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Wednesday, October 20, 2021   /   by Melisa Kern

16 Things Every Homeowner Should Know

What happens if your toilet overflows? Or the water line ruptures and floods your kitchen?Homeownership is a big step, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Here is a list of basic things every homeowner should know. 
How to Fix a Running Toilet
If your toilet is running water nonstop, it’s a must-fix situation or else your water bill will wash you away. So it’s a good idea to get acquainted with what you see when you lift the top of the toilet tank (it’s called the flush valve assembly, by the way). Sometimes the fix is as simple as repositioning a part of the assembly, but if that doesn’t solve your problem, you may need to replace it.
 
How to Unclog a Drain
Harsh, pricey chemicals shouldn’t be your first option when a sink drain gets clogged — better to keep a small plunger and a drain snake on hand to work out the problem mechanically. After you’ve removed the primary clog, clean out the smelly gunk by putting a cup of; ...

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021   /   by Rachel Dickerson

Valentine's Day Ideas: Greenville Edition

Here are 5 Valentine's Day Activities Happening in Greenville this Weekend: 
1. Valentine's Chocolate & Beer Tour 

A certified beer maker and professional dessert maker have come together to create this tour! The Brewery Experience owner Gary Glancy, a Level 2 Certified Cicerone, and Chef Kristen Grissom, head of Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at Greenville Technical College, team up this year to bring you the 5th Annual Chocolate and Beer Tour. This is an all-inclusive, three-stop brewery tour. It concludes with a decadent chocolate and beer pairing featuring vastly different beer styles from light to dark, and a variety of chocolates and truffles. 
Date: February 13, 2021
Location: Tour around Greenville 
Phone: (828) 216-1343
Time: 3-6:30pm 
Price: $75 per person 
2. Valentine Couple Surf and Turf 


Wine and dine your sweetheart at The Cook's Station! Your meal begins with strawberries and bubbles, followed by scallops, sirlo! ...

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Thursday, December 10, 2020   /   by Rachel Dickerson

2020 Holiday Season vs. COVID-19

The Holidays are looking a little different this year... 
Christmas is a special time of year! Typically, you would be attending large family gatherings, cooking/baking with family and friends, or maybe joining crowds at the mall to get the Holiday deals. Luckily, being social is not something you have to miss out on this year. You can still do traditions with your family and friends, it might just have to be virtual! 
“Because of the technology available to us today, we actually have the ability to speak to and see our family and friends in real time. While it may feel weird to use video instead of being in person, it truly can make you feel closer together during this season,” said Dr. Berson- Prisma Health. 

Here is a List of 10 Socially Distant ideas for Your 2020 Holiday season: 

1. Send Your Holiday Cards
2. Decorate a Gingerbread House 
3. Christmas Movie Night
4. Take a Drive around Greenville to see Holiday Lights 
5. Send 1 ...

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Thursday, October 8, 2020   /   by Rachel Dickerson

Fall Real Estate Market 2020: What to Expect

Fall is the new spring… at least for real estate. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live and has introduced what everyone is now calling “the new normal.” And it seems like the new normal (for this year at least) is an active fall real estate market. Fall usually sees the beginning of the slow down for real estate markets nationwide, as markets are usually hottest during the spring and summer months. But this year has been different.
As we venture into the fall months, it’s important to understand what trends will look like for the fall real estate market 2020. So what will the year’s last quarter hold for the fall housing market? Join us as we delve in.
What Are the Predictions for the Fall Real Estate Market 2020?
And what trends will dominate in the upcoming months?
While it’s been challenging to make precise predictions this year, we’re already seeing clear trends for the fall real estat/ ...

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020   /   by Rachel Dickerson

How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

Some local governments require that sellers provide buyers with a detailed home inspection while giving the buyer the option to obtain their own inspection. In other parts of the country, the seller only provides disclosures, and the buyer pays for their own home inspection.
Whether you're producing a seller's home inspection for the buyer or expecting the buyer's home inspector to show up on your doorstep, it's best to be prepared!

1. Clean the house. 
A clean home says that you care about the house. It's a good idea to make a good impression. Don't make the mistake of thinking inspectors can see past dirt and clutter, because they can't.
2. Be on Time
Have the house ready for inspection at 8:30 if an inspector makes an appointment with you for 9:00 a.m. Sometimes home inspectors are early. It's also common for inspectors to start on the exterior of the home, so leave the shades down or drapes drawn until you're dressed. More than one unprepared seller has been ...

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