NAR’s Top Curb Appeal Tips

How your home looks on the outside could significantly impact a potential buyers perception of how much your home is worth. Here are some noteworthy tips from the National Association of REALTORS® on how to enhance your home’s curb appeal and help you get the best possible price when it’s time to sell.

CLEAN EXTERIOR WALLS & WINDOWS It’s not only the inside of your home that needs to be kept clean of dirt and grime, the outside of your home should be just as spotless. Clean your outer walls with soapy water and wash your windows inside and out.

FRESH COAT OF PAINT A new coat of paint is like a face-lift for your home. Try to pick a color in a neutral so that it will appeal to the most people possible.

KEEP GRASS CLEAN & TIDY Your front yard creates your home’s first impression to prospective buyers. Make sure that your lawn is green and trimmed and your shrubs and flower beds are well tended.

CLEAN & REPAIR THE ROOF If your roof is damaged, dirty or missing shingles, it can have a negative impact on the value of your home. Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least once a year; this will show you have maintained your home well.

Five Steps To Be In Your New Home By Fall

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Are you thinking of buying a home, but just haven’t taken the first step? Now is a great time to buy a home. By following the below tips, you can be on well on your way to that perfect home to call your own.

  1. Contact a REALTOR® as Soon as Possible. Having a REALTOR® to help you while house hunting is extremely important. When you find the house of your dreams, you want to be ready to move quickly.
  2. Establish Your Needs and Wants. It is always a great idea to make a list of your features you absolutely need in your new home, the features you want in your new home, and the ones that would be nice but are not required. This will help you weed out homes and give your agent a guide as they go on the hunt for “the one.”
  3. Set Up A Home Search. In order to buy a home, you need to find a home. Your agent will find properties and make suggestions, and you can search online via multiple platforms, but for the most accurate and up-to-date listings, have your REALTOR® set up some automatic feeds that will send you a list of properties meeting your criteria daily, weekly, bi-weekly or however often you want to receive them.
  4. Determine Your Financing Options. It is a must to go through the pre-approval process when starting your home search. This will not only give you an idea of how much home you can afford and be approved for, but it will also allow you to make an immediate offer on a home you want. Your REALTOR® can put you in touch with qualified mortgage providers if you need assistance.
  5. Stay Positive and Get Excited! Be prepared to work side-by-side with your agent as you search for your new home. Buying a home can be a stressful process, but your REALTOR® will guide you through and help you meet your home ownership goals. Imagine all you will do in your new home and GET EXCITED for perhaps the biggest purchase you will ever make.

3 Real Estate Myths That Television Has Taught Us

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Shows about home buying and renovation projects can be fun to watch, but they often don’t accurately represent the realities of buying, selling and owning a home. Here are three common myths popularized by today’s TV lineup:

“Three homes will do.” On TV, a home buyer may look at three homes and find the property of their dreams. Well, anyone who has bought a house knows this isn’t the case. The number of homes a buyer must look at before finding “the one” differs for everyone, but on average, the typical home buyer will view at least ten homes before they are ready to make an offer.

“I can afford that.” Shows that present real estate purchases and renovations rarely reflect realistic prices. The fact is, markets vary greatly from place to place. The price of a home or remodel in the area in which the show was filmed may be completely different than where you live and prices could be much higher or lower.

“This will be a cinch.” While some DIY projects can be finished quickly, the amount of time most renovations take is much longer than TV would have you believe. Even if you hire professionals, unexpected delays may occur. Don’t expect to start a project on Friday and have it finished by Monday – you want it done right, not done quickly.

If you’re considering buying, selling, or renovating, the more you know, the better prepared you can be. Contact me for professional input – I’m happy to help. After all, you can’t believe everything you see on TV.

5 Buyer Turn-Offs to Avoid

When you are in the process of selling a home, you have a lot going on. You may be busy packing or researching your next home, job-searching for your new area, and doing everything you can to keep your house spotless for the next showing. With so much going on, it’s easy to let maintenance items slide, but this would be a mistake. The exterior of your home provides the first impression of your home, so put forth the effort to keep your curb appeal appealing.

Manicure the yard. Keep your yard mowed and tidy, sweep walkways and pull weeds. A well-kept yard with attractive flowerbeds and an inviting front porch are appealing to buyers. If a potential buyer does not like the way your house looks on the outside, they may never see the inside.

Clean the gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to drainage issues that may damage your landscaping and foundation. If buyers see puddles of water and debris along the roofline, they will not get a good impression of your home.

Check for unwanted critters. Inspect the attic, basement and crawl spaces for unwanted guests. This is a complete turn-off for buyers. Make sure to plug any holes or cracks that could allow animals access to your home. Consider hiring an exterminator if necessary and stay up-to-date on routine pest control.

Wash the windows. Be sure to keep your windows sparkling. Not only do clean windows let a potential buyer know that you take care of your home, they also let in light, making a much brighter and inviting space.

Stay in season. Keep furniture, plants and decor in season. This lets potential buyers know that you still care and maintain your home.

Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home

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The one surefire way to update the look of your home is to paint. But where to begin when choosing the right color for your walls? Some people like to choose their favorite shades; while others, try to match their existing furniture or décor. But did you know that there are optimal choices for each room? When you are ready to splash a new color in your home, consider choosing a shade that suits the room’s purpose. Here are some great guidelines as you pick your paint.

Bedrooms: Green. Green is a color associated with calmness and relaxation. By choosing green in the bedroom, it may help you rest better after a busy day.

Offices: Blue. Blue is a proven productivity booster. It can help lower heart rate so you can focus and stimulate energy so you work hard.

Dining Rooms: Red. The color red is an exciting color believed to make people hungry, which makes it an ideal choice for the Dining Room.

Kitchens: Yellow. This bright, cheerful color adds to the “Joys of Cooking” and creates an inviting atmosphere, where family and guests can gather.

Living Rooms: White. The color white makes rooms appear larger and encourages relaxation, which makes it a perfect choice for lounging spaces.

Media Rooms: Black. It may sound extreme, but black, or another dark shade, allows viewers to focus on the screen as the only light in the room. The dark color reduces reflections and glare and improves viewing color.

Think these colors too extreme or just not in your color palette? Consider adding splashes of these shades in each room. Add green pillows in your bedroom or red decorations in the dining room. You may be pleasantly surprised as to how well these colors enhance the ambiance of each space.

Chapin Labor Day Festival ’19

Mark your calendars for Chapin’s 40th Annual Labor Day Festival & Parade. The Chapin Labor Day Festival promotes community pride and highlights what a great place Chapin is to live, work and play. More than 22,000 people will come to participate in various activities happening throughout the weekend. This family-friendly event first began in 1979 and features a Downtown Farmer’s Market, live music, a parade, and activities such as arts and crafts, food vendors, a cupcake eating contest, a classic car show, and a children’s play area. There is something for everyone of all ages, and the fun runs all weekend long!

Kick of the Chapin Labor Day Festival on Saturday, August 31st, at 7 AM with the Justin Pepper 5K and follow with the Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market on the 100 block of Clark Street. Saturday night, join Tokyo Joe on Beaufort Street to benefit We Care; music starts at 7 PM. Come on Sunday evening at 7 PM to enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring Noel Lindler and the Bank Walkers – can bring lawn chairs but no coolers. Finish off the weekend with the annual Labor Day Parade and Classic Car Show on Monday. There will also be over 130 vendors, arts and crafts for all ages, and a children’s play area with three bounce houses. Don’t forget the Chapin Library Book Sale immediately following the parade at Town Hall or the AMROC Model Train Exhibit at American Legion Post 193 Building. For more information on these events, visit

Upcoming Events at the Columbia Museum of Art

The CMA has a new look. After more than a year and a half of renovations, the CMA is bigger and better! The CMA is a place to learn something, do something, and see something. Both adult art classes and children’s programs make learning fun, and new exhibitions come through every few months. If you have never been, or haven’t been in a while, now’s a great time to rediscover the Columbia Museum of Art at one of their great upcoming events.

Arts & Draughts, Friday, August 23rd 7:00PM
This quarterly event offers beer, live music, art, food and more with DIY art projects, scavenger hunts and unique tours. “Art, drink, and be happy!”

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 24th 10:00AM
Bring the little ones to play on Boyd Plaza. Held every Saturday, this FREE event lets children build and create with big, blue blocks. Supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 24th 1:00PM
Have an encounter with the dynamic and playful work from contemporary artists, Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato. Kuehnle uses inflatables to create touchable, interactive art; Mimi Kato portrays herself as a vast range of characters through the use of photography.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection, Sunday, August 25th 1:00PM
Discover the artistic talents of South Carolina through various works; learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba poetry, and local artists organized by themes where visitors can compare ancient and contemporary art.

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 31st 1:00 PM
Play with the CMA’s big, blue blocks at Boyd Plaza for FREE. Fun for all ages.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 31st, 1:00PM
If you missed last week’s tour of Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato, the exhibits are back for a command performance.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection, Saturday, September 1st 1:00PM
See the story behind the art through science, materials, artists’ views and lives, acquisition, and care required to maintain wondrous works of art.

Hats Off! Tuesday, September 3rd 2:00PM
A tour devoted to headwear by Docent Ann Holtschlag.

Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: City Street, Wednesday, September 4th 10:00AM
Explore urbanscapes in this program designed for 2-3 year olds as a way to explore art through movement and play. Program includes story time, gallery exploration, and creative activity.

CMA Freshman Mixer, Thursday, September 5th 5:00PM
Calling incoming college freshman to learn about local art, events, community resources, and the perks of being a museum member. Enjoy a photobooth, exhibitions, mocktail bar, and a scavenger hunt for prizes. Snow cones and food available for purchase.

Look ahead: Van Gogh and his inspirations coming in October!