Sept. 9, 2015

Homes Need Love Too

It's a huge accomplishment owning a home, not to mention a HUGE RESPONSIBILITY! You don't have to be a licensed contractor to properly take care of your home. Maintaining the "big ticket items" (like HVAC system, roof, and electrical) can almost be like a full-time job, but there are a few small things you can do regularly to help prevent any problems.

 

Don't just paint over that water stain

No matter how small, a leak can ruin more than just the integrity of a home. Should you ever find moisture or water stains on your ceiling or walls, determine the source and fix it! Water damage can lead to rot and mold, which can potentially be harmful or people and animals. Some of the most common places leaks can be found are around windows and doors, the roof, and any cracks in the foundation. Some water leaks have the potential to damage your home before you even see a stain. If your area is prone to heavy storms, you should check your roof after every storm to make sure there are no missing shingles or damage from hail or debris. Regardless, you should check your roof every year, but make sure you inspect it from a ladder or the ground, as walking on the roof can also cause damage.

 

Keep your drainage systems clean and away from your home

You may have the best drain pipes in the neighborhood, but it they are not paired with the proper grading, they won't do you much good. If any water drains and puddles around the foundation, structural issues may be in your future. Make sure any areas that may come in contact with water are sloped away from the foundation of your home. Also, to avoid any overflow, keep gutters unclogged and free of dirt and leaves.

 

That shade tree can cost you

After every big storm, you can turn on any news station and hear stories about downed limbs or trees through houses, but that's just something that happens to other people, right? Right...until it happens to you. If you have limbs or branches that hang over or near your home, the safest thing to do is trim them.

 

Filters are our friends

Dirty HVAC air filters can wreak havoc on a system, as they can allow dust and debris to creep in and interfere with the air flow. Most air filters should be changed once a month and the entire system really should be checked once a year. The typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 12-15 years, but if you take great care of it, it could last up to 20 years!

 

Don't get crazy with the toilet

There is nothing more disgusting that a backed up septic system or drain. The #1 way to prevent a gross clog is to just not flush/drain things that don't belong. Don't pour grease down the drain. Don't put starchy or fibrous food in the disposal. Do watch the kiddos during a potty break (food, money, even socks seem like a toilet magnet to a three year old).

 

Finding $ in the washer isn't always awesome

I'll be the first to admit, finding a handful of quarters in the washer and/or dryer makes my day! Bus as with so much else, too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing. Objects made of metal (think easily pocketed things like nuts, bolts, washers, and yes, coins) can overload your appliance and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Don't forget to clean out the dryer's like trap as well. Not only will it cause unnecessary wear and tear but it could also increase your home's risk of a fire.

 

Porous countertops need to be loved

It may be just the right look, but porous countertops, like marble, granite, or concrete, need to be maintained to stay gorgeous and gleaming for years to come. While some don't require it, many porous countertops need to be re-sealed every so often. The best way to keep it clean between sealings is with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. When you need to do a more thorough cleaning, the best option would be to use a cleaner made for natural stone. Just make sure you do not use acidic or abrasive cleaners, as they can cause damage to the stone.

 

 

 

Posted in Home Tips
Aug. 31, 2015

Clean Out That Clutter!!

It feels like the more we clean out our house, the more stuff we seem to accumulate. Whether it's out of necessity, sentimentality, or laziness, piles tend to multiply. To help you cut back on the junk, we've come up with a few tips on how to clean up that clutter.

 

  • Invest in a date book

I know I said tips to cut back the clutter, but this really is a great tip. There are some events that happen every year, like birthdays and anniversaries, that you really need to remember. At the beginning of the year, write down all important dates so you're not scrambling to find a last minute gift, or forget the occasion altogether!

  • Don't toss everything in your closet

Regardless of the trend (or decade), there are some clothing items that seem to never go out of style, like a classic pencil skirt or tailored button down shirt. Because you won't have to constantly go through clothing based on the current trend, you will save time and money by keeping those types of items stocked. It's easier to add accessories to liven up a classic look than to buy a whole new wardrobe based on what's trending at any given moment.

  • Family photos are always a hot commodity

While the influx of selfies may not be everyone's cup of tea, family photos and candid shots of special events are treasured keepsakes. Generations from now will be thankful to have tangible memories from their elders. Invest in albums that are archival quality to preserve photos for years to come.

  • Don't throw away ALL that paperwork

If you've invested money and labor into your home, keep records to show it. Should you ever decide to sell your home, you'll be able to show any potential buyers what you've done to improve the home.

  • When in doubt, Re-Use

If you're a crafting fiend, chances are you have a lot of stuff in lots of random places. Ribbon, beads, cardstock, even glitter, can all be stored in surprising ways. Have you finally finished that garlic powder? Clean out the spice container and store glitter! Are those Chinese takeout leftovers finally done? If it came in a plastic takeout container, wash it and store all of your thread! The options truly are limitless. (Check out our page on Pinterest for more ideas.)

  • Make sure you dispose your electronics the right way

At this point, most everyone has had at least one computer in their possession. For those who have owned multiple computers in their lifetime, it's always a task to dispose of one. It doesn't seem like that big a jump from throwing a computer away to someone stealing your identity, so it's just better to store it ou of sight, right? WRONG! If any electronic or computer is still in functional, usable condition, there are many organizations that will take them as donations (after you've cleared out all of your personal information of course). If said equipment is no longer working, you can visit www.epa.gov to find out how to dispose (or recycle) it properly.

  • Send unused toys and books to a new home

If your "big kid" is now too old for that lego set or you've read that book one too many times, it may be time to part with it. As long as a toy is in good, safe condition or those books have all their pages, donate them so someone else can love them.

  • Those glasses can help another

Whether you've finally splurged on laser eye corrective surgery or just HAD to have those blue cat-eye glasses, you won't have a need for your old eyeglasses. UniteForSight.org or The Lion's Club will take unwanted glasses and send them to someone in need.

  • Clean out that medicine cabinet!

Most everyone has a stash of medicine bottles somewhere, especially considering how expensive some medicines are. While you may be saving a few dollars you could potentially be risking your life. Most medicines just lose their effectiveness over time, but some can be dangerous. No matter how you dispose of it, make sure you DO NOT pour it down the drain, as it can be absorbed in the water supply and cause harm to others.

  • You don't need all that paint

If you're anything like me you love to paint your home, so the likelihood that you have paint cans stacked to the ceiling is pretty high. Any paint cans or other flammable items that haven't been used in a year must be disposed of properly. Ask your local disposal/recycle center how to chunk it safely.

  • Those stacks of papers won't make you appear well-read

It feels like everyone you know has a stack of old newspapers and magazines stashed somewhere in their home. While that knowledge may make you feel better about your stack, the truth it, it shouldn't. Help out Mother Nature (and the cleanliness of your home) and recycle it!

 

There is absolutely no shame in saving precious sentimental items, but if the majority of your clutter is based on laziness (no judgment here) take a few minutes and clean out a drawer or cabinet. Who knows? It might motivate you to clean out the guest room closet too. If it doesn't, that's ok. At least you de-cluttered that junk drawer. :)

 

Posted in Home Tips
July 1, 2015

From Renting to Owning....and little help getting there.

I don't know about you folks but my money tree never sprouted in my backyard but if it has for any of you, please feel free to leave me some tips in the comment box :). For the rest of us though, we will have to work a little harder to get where we need to get to. For most, home ownership has been the "go to" for the accumulation of personal wealth. It creates a sense of pride and it is a big something to call our own. And why wouldn't you be proud of it? You worked hard for that! 

For some though that journey to home ownership can come with a little resistance and a lot of needed cash. Some will hesitate, stating that its easier and more economical to rent than to tie your money up into a house. Or that they will save more money by just renting. These commitment-phobes are neither right or wealthy. In an article written by the New York Times last year addresses these objections:

            “Home ownership requires potential buyers to save for a down payment, and forces them to continue to save by paying down a portion of the mortgage principal each month.”

 

“Even in instances where renters have excess cash, saving a substantial amount is difficult without a near-term goal, like a down payment. It is also difficult to systematically invest each month in stocks, bonds or other assets without being compelled to do so.”

 

With that being said, some of you may be convinced its time for you to buy but you may be a little short on the down payment. That's OK! We got you covered! Read the tips below to get you on your way to home ownership!

 

1. Create a Budget

 

This is the best place to start. Why? It gives you a financial snap shot of where you're money is going and where you may need to cut back. You may see that you are spending a lot on going out to eat or little too much on shopping. Finding where the excess spending is going to will help you control and eliminate it moving you several steps closer to your goal.

2. Break down your financial goal

 

Lets say for instance your plan is to save 15,000 for your new home (down payment, closing costs, etc.). That number can seem pretty daunting and nearly impossible to obtain immediately. But if you break down that goal to something more manageable, more obtainable, then you're more likely to achieve those smaller goals with less stress and apprehension. Try breaking it down by months and weeks and you will feel more motivated to reach your financial goal.

3. Get an extra J-O-B!

If you're not making the big bucks at your current job you may want to look at getting a second job. Dave Ramsey, financial author and radio host,  always suggest getting a pizza delivery job to help you reach your financial goals. While the pizza delivery job may not be your thing, there are plenty of other part time options to jump on board with. You may have to sacrifice a little of your time and social life but it will be well worth it in the end. 

4. Dine in instead of out

This goes along with your budget planning. If you have noticed that you spend way too much on going out to eat or drink, you may want to start spending some time pretending you are a Top Chef. Choosing to make your own meals at home will significantly cut down on your food cost because you don't have to pay for someone else to prepare it or tip the server. Even choosing to entertain at home versus out at a restaurant or bar will help cut down on cost while helping to maintain your social life.

5. Out of sight, out of mind

Choose to put your saving in a place where you are less tempted to use it for something else. Moving your savings to a separate account or a place that it is not readily accessible will help minimize the temptation to spend it on something that is less important than your goal

 

Well there you go, some easy steps that anyone can take immediately to get them into there new home!! If you have achieved your financial goal of a down payment and are ready to take the next step, give The LeAnne Carswell Expert Real Estate a call at 864-895-9791 and let one of expert buyer's agents find you a new home!!

Posted in Home Tips
June 9, 2015

Is It Time To Move? 7 Questions Buyers Should Ask Before Considering a Move

Is it Time to Move?

For most homeowners, there comes a time when you might ask, “is it time to move?” Because moving can be a lot of work and there are expenses associated with moving, this is a decision that will take thought and consideration. Here are 7 questions to ask before considering a move. 

  1. Do you need more space? Perhaps you were single when  you purchased your current home and now you have a growing family . Also, you've probably been in your house for a while and you’ve accumulated quite a bit of “stuff”. Today, our homes are filled with large electronics, furniture, exercise equipment, and other gadgets. These items combined with your family and pets, can make you feel bit claustrophobic in your own home.  This is probably the number one reason homeowners decide to make a move. 
  2. Do you need to be in a certain school district? When you bought your first home, you may not have considered what school district you were zoned for. Parents may make the decision to move in order for their children to be placed in a desired school system. In Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, there are several excellent school districts and desirable neighborhoods to match. If you’re interested in learning more about school zones, search our database by school district using our advanced search tool
  3. Are you looking for more amenities? As new home communities are built, there are many more options available to buyers today. You may want to consider a master planned or gated community which may contain a variety of amenities such as safety features, pools, playgrounds, athletic courts, and community events to promote a strong sense of community. 
  4. Has your lifestyle changed? As time passes, you've made changes and perhaps its time to make a move. Do you have a new job with a longer commute? You may need to find a home closer to your job. Or perhaps you need to downsize to a smaller home or a single story home. In these cases, it may be the right time to look for a new home. 
  5. Are you considering a remodel? If you’re considering a major remodel, it’s likely that your current home no longer meets your needs. When considering a major remodel, you must also take into consideration the cost and disruption to your everyday lives.  While moving to a new home certainly presents its share of challenges, the average cost of a major kitchen remodel can cost you around $25,000 to $50,000 or more – and that doesn't take into consideration being without a kitchen during the remodel!
  6. Has your income increased? When you purchased your first home, you were likely beginning your career. Now your income may have increased and maybe you've gotten married – adding a second salary to your household. Now could be the perfect time to take advantage of historically low interest rates and upgrade to a larger home.
  7. Do you have equity in your existing home? If your current home has increased in value since you first purchased it, you may be able to apply that equity to a new, larger home and possibly even enjoy lower monthly mortgage payments than you do now.

 

If you've answered yes to any of the questions above, it may be time for you to consider a move. If you’re interested in exploring these opportunities, call the Expert Real Estate Team at (864) 895-9791 today!

Posted in Buying
May 22, 2015

What to do in the Upstate this summer!

 The Upstate has graced more than a few Top 10 lists in the nation for top places to live and play, so there is no shortage of great events and places to keep you and your family entertained this summer! Whether you're a nature lover or just like to relax and be waited on, the list below has you covered.  

 

Falls Park on the Reedy River

This gorgeous green space offers ample room for you to enjoy the falls, have a picnic or even some entertainment! Shakespeare in the Park goes on May 21st through August 2nd, Thursday through Sunday starting at 7pm. This is great way to catch an outdoor show and see some local talent in action.  For more information go to:  http://www.warehousetheatre.com/season/upstate-shakespeare-festival/ 

 

Fluor Field 

Located down the road from Falls Park, this ball park is a replica of Fenway Park!  The park is near some great restaurants to stop at before the game!  For a list of games and more info check out their official site: The Official site of the Greenville Drive 

 

Swamp Rabbit Trail

This paved trail starts near the downtown area and takes you 18+ miles past The Swamp Rabbit Grocery Cafe, Furman, and up in to Travelers Rest.  Once in this quaint downtown area, you will enjoy great new restaurants and views!  For info about the trail check out: http://greenvillerec.com/swamprabbit

 

Greenville Zoo

Always a fun place to take the kiddos!  A connected paved trail can take you from Falls Park to the Greenville Zoo.  Besides the Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my), this Zoo offers day camps and fun activities for the kids! There are even some fun adult events such Brew in the Zoo and Sippin Safari!  For more information about camps, events and dates, check out: http://www.greenvillezoo.com/

 

Paris Mountain State Park

Everything outdoors from boating to fishing to hiking, the is a great outdoor hot spot for nature lovers or anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors in a great spot!  This park boast multiple trails with different intensity levels for any fitness level.  And if you want to make it an over night experience, they have camp sites too!  For information about Paris Mountain state park, visit:  http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/parismountain/introduction.aspx

 

These are just a few things that the Upstate has to offer! Write in tell us about your favorite hot spots in the Upstate!

Posted in Upstate Living
May 11, 2015

Flex your Green Thumb to Increase your Homes Selling Pontential

The weather in the Carolina's is starting to warm up!  For most, that means strolling the streets of downtown Greenville, hitting the Swamp Rabbit Trail, or enjoying some the beautiful lakes that the Upstate has to offer.  But don't forget to spend time in your yard, especially if you're getting ready to sell your home!  A survey conducted by The Herald Tribune in Greenville, S.C. indicated "houses with "excellent " landscaping could expect to sell for 4 percent to 5 percent more than homes with just "good" landscaping.  But those with only"fair" landscaping would sell for 8 percent to 10 percent below "good" houses. And according to a Clemson University Study, "Event taking your landscaping to the next level, upgrading from "good" to "excellent", in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to your home".  So roll up your sleeves, get the sweet tea on ice, and follow these landscaping tips for your yard!

 

Budget and Plan

This is the time to decide if you will be tackling the project yourself or getting some (or all) assistance from a professional and that decision can usually be helped along by how much you want to spend.  If you're thinking on the smaller scale like planting a few flowers or just getting the grass green, you may prefer to do it yourself.  There are lots of sites that can offer you the right tools and info to get things going.  But if you're going for an all out ---------, then you may want to contact a professional.  They will be able to put everything into perspective and within budget, without lifting a finger.  Either route you choose, you should really plan out where everything is going to go.The last thing you want is for your wallet to be as empty as the holes in your yard and for the whole thing to look worse than it did before you started.

 

Inspecting and Pruning

So you have the plan together and you're not going to be doing major overhauling.  Simply cutting back, trimming, and cleaning up branches and debris will make a nice difference.  Make sure you don't wait to long and start in the warmer months.  Refer to the professionals or do your research on which plants to prune when and how.  Pruning, when done properly, encourages healthy growth.  If done improperly or at the wrong time, can harm the health of your trees, shrubs and plants.  

 

Planting

This is where the planning comes in place.  Did you have visions of botanical gardens in your head or were you just trying to add a little pizzazz?  Either way we hope that native plants made the list.  Planting native plants will be overall less maintenance and less costly.  Some native upstate plants to consider would be azaleas and swamp milkweed.  In addition to the cost and time benefits, Upstate Forever.org states additional benefits from planting native plants are runoff quality and quantity control, reduced irrigation, air quality control, non-invasive, and aesthetics, just to name a few.  

 

Mulching

What better way to add that finishing touch to a yard than mulching.  Mulch can come in a variety of different colors and materials.  But besides looking nice, mulch has other benefits that are great for the yard!  Moisture retention, regulating soil temperatures, and suppressing weed growth are just a few but major benefits of mulching.  Make sure you research or ask a professional about what time of year is the best to do so.   

 

So these were just a few of many things you can do to your yard to give it that little oomph it needs to stand out in the buyers mind or just to stand out on your street.  Do you have some landscaping tips or pictures you would like to share?  We would love to hear from you!  

 

Posted in Selling
April 20, 2015

Considering a Low Ball Offer? 3 Things to Consider First

Considering a Low Ball Offer? 3 Things to Consider First

Over the past few years, home prices have dropped dramatically but with the improving economy the housing marketing is on the rise and inventory is tight. With prices being so low, buyers often make low ball offers on homes in an effort to get a good deal. Well that may have been a good idea several years ago, but these days tossing a low ball offer isn't just bad form; it can also offend a home owner into rejecting your offer.

Today, buyers must realize that there are several factors that are taken into consideration when making a competitive offer on a home. Here are 3 things to consider on making an offer on the home you want – without upsetting the homeowner. 

  1. Understand the market and the value of the home. To determine the value of a home, appraisers look at comparable homes that have sold recently. Work with your real estate agent to see what homes have sold in the last few months and notice the difference between the list price and the sale price. Understand that factors like square footage, lot size and age can affect the price. This knowledge can help you make a fair offer on a home. 
  2. Consider how long you have been looking for a home. If you have been searching for the right home for several months, don’t blow your chance on the right home by making a low ball offer. Typical home searches can take up to 12 weeks, if you make an offer that is rejected and you've offended the home owner, you’re now back to square one and have to search for another home which could take even longer. 
  3. Don’t insult a homeowner. Most homeowners are emotionally attached to their home. They have invested a lot of time and money into their home and have raised a family in this home. The value a homeowner place on their home is not only sentimental but priced according to market value. Don’t risk losing out on the home by placing too low of an offer and insulting a homeowner. 

Even if your goal is to get a counteroffer and settle on a price in between, starting off with too low of an offer can jeopardize the process and a seller can refuse to work with your offer at all. Put yourself in the seller’s shoes – how would you feel if you got such an offer?

Contact a Buyers Agent with the Expert Real Estate Team to help you make a proper offer that will work for you AND the seller. Call us today at (864) 895-9791.

Posted in Buying
April 14, 2015

Millennials and What They Mean to Real Estate

We've all heard the term "millennials", but what exactly constitutes being a "millennial"? There are a lot of variations of the same thought, but pretty much everyone can agree that millennials, or Generation Y, consist of the last generation to be born in the 20th century. Basically everyone born between 1980 and 2000 are millennials. They are the first generation who has had technology at their fingertips since childhood but the last generation who were able to escape reality by sheer imagination. (We're not saying kids today lack imagination, but simply the opportunity for imagination, what with the millions of options they have for entertainment, extracurricular activities, etc.) They are more culturally, socially, and environmentally conscious of the people and things around them. They are far more tolerant yet far more adamant about what they want.

So what does all of this mean to real estate? Considering they are the first generation since the Silent Generation that's expected to be less successful economically than the generation before them, affordability will play a major role in the types of homes they buy. Unwilling to sacrifice details, the size of the homes they buy is the only variable they are willing to alter. The demand for smaller, more affordable homes will increase, but millennials also expect to see energy efficient materials, extensive storage space, and high-end finishes. One of the main demands is actually a laundry room! The National Association of Home Builders found that 55% of millennials would NOT buy a home if it didn't have a separate laundry room.

The types of homes millennials buy isn't the only change we'll see in real estate. The way they buy homes is changing the game completely. For a long time, the telephone was the lifeline of a successful Realtor. Now? Not so much. According to the National Association of Realtors, 50% of millennials search for homes on their phone, but don't actually use the phone to talk. Whether it's a home, a neighborhood, even the agent, they've done their homework. They want to know every detail about a home before they step inside. They also want to know every detail about their Realtor (professionally anyways). They want to read reviews from other clients, they want to see you active on social media, they want to know that they can trust you to give them valuable information at a moment's notice. Did I mention, however, that they don't actually want to talk to you? On the phone at least. Most millennials prefer text or email communication over a phone call, but still value face-to-face contact with an agent.

Moral of the story: Amp up your social media, prep your texting thumb, and find smaller, yet high end new homes. Millennials know what they want, how they want it, and they want it yesterday.

April 7, 2015

Reality TV Real Estate Vs. Real Life Real Estate

We've all seen them; reality shows about house hunting, renovations, and real estate companies have all but taken over our television screens. The free room makeovers done in a weekend, the perfect home in the dream neighborhood within budget, flipping a property and making BANK! If it all just seems too good to be true, that's because it is. Here are just a few of the things these shows tend to exaggerate.

  • 3 is NOT the magic number

Whether it's three homes or three days, it typically takes a lot more of each to accomplish your goals. Buying a home in the reel world, buyers look at three homes and somehow find the perfect one. In the real world, buyers look at an average of six new homes or ten existing homes before they purchase (National Association of Home Builders). The reel world also doesn't show the nitty gritty details of finances and inspections. While most shows do give the budget or mention a small hiccup with a repair needed, they gloss over the fact that it can sometimes take months to be pre-approved for a budget and contracts can sometimes fall apart due to a problem with an inspection. As for home renovations in the reel world, it takes three days to finish a room makeover. In the real world, it can take up to three days just to drywall! Most renovations take weeks, even months to finish. A lot of cut corners and 24 hour work days go into doing a three day TV show. By using quick installation materials, like laminate flooring instead of hard wood, they can get the job done faster. (That doesn't always mean it looks better though.)

  • Flipping houses is A. not easy and B. not cheap

Since the housing bubble burst and distressed properties could be seen everywhere, people saw opportunity in the house flipping business. You could make lots of money too, IF you took the leap before the crowd. The problem with flipping houses is, everyone seems to think they can do it and that is most definitely NOT the case. There are so many things to consider before buying a home in general, much less one to flip. Some things include the location, knowledge of the property and area, etc. Just because a home is cheap doesn't mean it's a good buy. If you buy an older home to flip and it has lead-based paint, forget it. You can kiss your huge profits goodbye.

  • Staged homes and staged story lines

One of the most surprising things about reel world real estate is the fact that the homes AND family story lines are more scripted than documented. One of the homes toured on the show may not even be for sale or the families back story my be a little too embellished. What once appeared to be the most honest reality shows are now coming out to be just as fake as an episode of "The Hills". 

One positive of the reel world real estate is it causes buyers and sellers to step up their game. Sellers can no longer get away with shoving things in closets for a showing and buyers are more likely to do their homework than just jump into the first home they see. Everyone involved in the real estate process is more cautious, yet smart, about the role they play.

As with all reality TV, the goal is to entertain. Yes, there can be great lessons to be learned, but at the end of the day, it's still just television.

Posted in Home Tips
March 31, 2015

Waterfront Buying: 5 Tips from the Expert Real Estate Team

Want to beat the crowd?? Now is as good a time as any to buy waterfront property! We have plenty of lake homes, waiting for their next owner!

 

Waterfront Buying - 5 Tips to Consider

Buying a home is always a complicated process, but when considering waterfront property, there are many other factors that a buyer must consider. Fortunately, the Expert Real Estate Team has a lot of experience with waterfront properties. Here are a few tips on what to expect when purchasing a waterfront home or property. 

  1. Consider the property first, then the structure. You may fall in love with the waterfront home but have you considered the property? Make sure to check out how you would access the water and if you can swim in the water. Also consider the privacy of the waterfront property – you may want to be private or you may want to be close to neighbors. It’s important to take this into consideration. You can change a home but you cannot change the location. 
  2. Choose a property that fits your lifestyle and the waterfront activities you have in mind. You may find a beautiful property for sale, but if you’re looking for a waterfront property that needs to be close to where you work you may want to consider the time it will take to commute to and from your waterfront property. Also find out what kind of activities are allowed on the body of water, as some areas have restrictions on jet skis, speedboats and other watercraft.
  3. Make sure the waterfront property can withstand the weather and consider the type of insurance needed. Waterfront homes receive more abuse from the elements than the average home, so extra measures should be taken to protect them from extra moisture. It is also a good idea to look at what insurance is needed when purchasing a waterfront property. 
  4. Find out what you can do with the property. If you want to make any changes to your waterfront property, such as adding a dock, start this process early to ensure that these alterations will be possible. There could be restrictions in place in the subdivisions where you choose to live. If you’re part of a homeowners association, find out what kind of upkeep and maintenance of the property will be required from you by reviewing the subdivision covenants or restrictions.
  5. Talk to People in the Waterfront Community. Talking with your potential neighbors can give you some great insight. Do they enjoy living in the community? Are there issues with the area or are their waterfront-related problems? In addition to your real estate agent, getting insider information from your neighbors can be the best source of information before deciding to buy the waterfront property. 

 

If you've always dreamed of living on the water, the Expert Real Estate Team has the experience and knowledge of the area to find the perfect property for you. Contact our office today at (864) 895-9791.

If you're interested in learning more about the Upstate Area lakes, visit our Upstate SC Lakes page. 

Posted in Buying