The $100 Bathroom Makeover

Want to spruce up your bathroom but don’t have the time or money to do it? Bathrooms usually need the most work but require only simple changes to update the look. Here are some easy ideas to liven up your bathroom on the cheap!

  • Hang a new shower curtain and liner.
  • Get a new showerhead.
  • Install a temporary vinyl floor.
  • Install some shelving.
  • Paint the cabinets and update the knobs.
  • Get a new rug.
  • Install a new towel ring or hook and get some new towels.
  • Refresh your grout.
  • Install a new faucet.
  • Hang a new picture.
  • Spray paint your fixtures.
  • Update your lighting.
  • Use inexpensive plywood boards to bring on the shiplap.
  • Frame the mirror.

Tips To Organize Your Garage

Many garages tend to be dumping grounds, but with a little organization, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to help you get your garage clean so you’re able to use it for what it was meant to be used for – your car!

  1. Take everything out. Sort items by what you need and what you don’t. Whatever you don’t need – sell or donate.
  2. Try using as much vertical and ceiling space as possible. By specially made hooks to hang bikes, brooms, rakes and mops. Add a ceiling organize to store luggage, camping gear and items not used on a regular basis.
  3. Install shelves to store paint and gardening supplies. Make sure to group accordingly.
  4. If you use the garage as your main entrance, consider adding a coat and shoe rack to help keep things organized.
  5. Label all your storage bins. That way you can find those Christmas decorations when you need them!
  6. Pull your car in and enjoy!

Best Things To Do In Columbia On The Cheap

The capital city of Columbia offers a lot of fun things to do! Whether you are visiting or just looking for something new to try, here is a list of some great places to see in Columbia that won’t break the budget! Read more on these exciting places in my upcoming blog series, “When in Columbia, Visit…” Hope these give you some inspiring ideas for a day out in the city!

  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
  • Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park
  • South Carolina State House
  • South Carolina State Museum
  • Saluda Shoals Park
  • Soda City
  • West Columbia Riverwalk
  • Tunnel Vision Mural
  • Spirit Communications Park
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • World’s Largest Fire Hydrant
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Robert Mills House and Gardens
  • Five Points
  • River Rat Brewery
  • South Carolina Military Museum
  • Finlay Park

As always, if you have a place to visit in Columbia that should be on this list, please let me know so I can include in my new series.

Items To Never Leave Out At An Open House

During an Open House, you open up your home, let strangers in and out all day, and go somewhere else while it’s happening. This leaves one person, your REALTOR®, to watch over your entire home while also trying to sell it to prospective buyers. Although you want to believe the best in people coming to see your home, visitors are going to have a lot of unsupervised time alone in your home. It is ALWAYS best to hide or remove things that people may be interested in if you are holding an Open House. Protect your things and NEVER leave these things out at the Open House.

  1. Prescriptions and other drugs. The medicine cabinet or your nightstand will be the first place a thief will look.
  2. Anything that is valuable and easily accessible. This should be obvious that anything of value should be put away before an open house. Money, jewelry, guns, cell phones, laptops, artwork and anything else that can easily be walked away with are popular things stolen at an Open House. Also, DO NOT FORGET to take your extra set of keys with you!
  3. Documents with your personal information. Lock away documents in a secure location to avoid any chance of identity theft. Also, be sure to remove anything with bank account numbers, credit card numbers and other financial information.
  4. Identifying information with your name on it. You want the buyers focused on the house and what it has to offer, not your personal life. Keep your info out of reach.
  5. Food that can be snagged from the fridge. Believe it or not, people will open the fridge and steal food. They tend to go for easy to grab items so put the things people want in harder to get to.  Also, it may be a good idea to leave out refreshments for visitors coming to view your home.

Restaurant Review: Momma Rabbit’s Nibbles & Sips

A friend and I met for lunch last week at Momma Rabbit’s.  Now, I had been there for brunch a couple of times but never for lunch;  my friend, who just moved here from Salt Lake City, Utah, had never been.  So before I get to the wonderful lunch we had, I want to tell you her reaction when we walked in – She was grinning from ear to ear.  She couldn’t believe that it was so cute and charming and soooo “Southern.”  I died laughing because I had forgotten that she is just being introduced to our cheerful, southern ways.  It really is the cutest restaurant with all the little rabbits strategically placed – not real ones of course.

As usual Momma Rabbit’s didn’t disappoint.  We both had the Resting Peach Face Salad.  YUMMMMMMMM.  This particular entrée is seasonal; it’s only served when our “good ole’ southern peaches” are in season.  It’s a bed of mixed greens topped with local peaches, candied pecans, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, and chicken with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.  I’ll say it again, YUMMMMMMM.  My suggestion is to hurry and go before the peaches are gone!!!

Momma Rabbit’s is located in Lexington, South Carolina at 5082 Sunset Blvd. To read more or check hours of operating, connect with them on Facebook.

Enjoy Lake Murray at An Upcoming Event

Even if you don’t have a boat or lakefront house, you can enjoy Lake Murray every day. Take in a sunset over the lake at one of the public parks by the dam, rent a boat, go on a guided fishing trip, enjoy hiking and camping at Dreher Island State Park or have a meal at one of the lakeside restaurants. Throughout the rest of the summer, there are also events that give you a great reason to enjoy some lake time.

This Saturday, July 20th, is the Lake Murray Hustle. California Republic is hosting a stand up paddle racing race with a disco theme in Leesville beginning at 9 AM. After the race, an award ceremony will be held aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray. For more information, visit www.californiarepublicsup.com.

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the purple martins in July and early August. Thousands of purple martins roost at Bomb Island, and for a few weeks, you can see them flying around the island in droves.

Go for a swim at Lake Murray Public Park. It gets pretty hot in the summer and what better way to cool off than a lake swim! Cost is $3 for cars and trucks, $2 for motorcycles and $5 for buses. Hours of operation and additional information can be found here.

Dam Swim for Drew is held on the Irmo side of the dam to the Lexington side. This annual two mile swim honors the memory of Drew Smith, a young boy killed when a speedboat hit the boat he and his father were fishing from on Lake Murray. Proceeds benefit the Drew Smith Memorial Scholarship, a $1000 scholarship awarded to a Lexington High School senior participating in the swim. More information can be found at www.strictlyrunning.com.

The Lake Murray Dam Run will be held on September 21st. This is a 10K race with a great view of the lake and takes place from the Lexington side of the dam to Saluda Shoals Park. Find info at www.facebook.com/LakeMurrayDamRun

Tips To Save For A Down Payment On A House

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Many people save for a down payment for several years. After all, the more you put down, the less your monthly payment will be. Here are some ways to save so your wallet is ready when you are!

  • Transfer a fixed amount into a special savings account each month. By setting up an automatic direct deposit into a separate account and committing to never dip in to these funds is the most popular and convenient way to start saving for a home.
  • Skip vacations for a year. Doesn’t sound like much fun but can mean significant savings toward a down payment.
  • Lower your expenses. Review expenses and reduce and/or eliminate. Put the savings into your special savings account.
  • Reduce your high interest debt. Pay off credit cards one at a time beginning with the ones with the highest interest rates. Once the balance is paid, close the card and move on to the next one. Also, consider transferring balances to the card with the lowest rate.
  • Get a second job. Even a temporary second job can help make substantial contributions.
  • Look into down payment assistance. There are organizations out there that might help you with your down payment. Do some research and find out if you qualify.
  • Sell some of your investments. Think of this as a way to move some of your current investments into another one – a new home!
  • Borrow from your retirement plan. Look for penalty-free withdrawals for home buyers; many 401K plans allow employees to borrow for this purpose.

By following these tips to save, you will have enough for a down payment in no time!