Joint Base Charleston Real Estate

For Rent:  312 Briarbend Road, Goose Creek 

$1,800/month
 5 Bedroom/3 Bathroom House

www.MilitaryHomesCharleston.com/312Briarbend

Pets are negotiable.
Move in ready June 23rd
$40 non-refundable application fee 
Posted by Jodie Ford on June 15th, 2017 4:03 PM
For Rent: 205 Weber Road, Unit A, Summerville SC 29483

$1,100/month
Pets are negotiable
$40 non-refundable application fee

www.MilitaryHomesCharleston.com/205Weber
Posted by Jodie Ford on June 13th, 2017 4:00 PM

6 Tips to Save Electricity This Summer

 

1. Cut down on energy leaks. This includes turning off lights and other electronics. When you leave a room, shut off the light behind you. Unplug electronics that aren’t being used, such as cell phone chargers, small appliances like toasters, or power strips that provide power for many appliances.  Big-screen TVs, DVD players, digital photo frames, and other appliances use more energy than you realize, and certain appliances use energy even if they are turned off.

 

2. Spend time outdoors. Spending a lot of time indoors will naturally lead to higher energy costs because you will be using lights, electronics, and air conditioning. Spending more time outdoors means you can turn off indoor electronics, and in the process, you will enjoy this beautiful city. Turn off all electronics before leaving the house.

3. Close blinds, storm windows, or shades during the day. The sun can heat up a room very quickly. Keeping the sun from shining into windows will cut down on cooling costs, and many stores sell curtains specifically designed for this purpose.

4. Use fans instead of air conditioning. Circulation is important to using less air conditioning during the summer. Cool down the house early in the morning by placing a box fan in the window and opening up another window at the opposite end of the house, in addition to turning on ceiling fans..


5. Use air conditioning efficiently. 
Set the thermostat to 78, and don't lower it. If you want to invest in an energy efficient air conditioner, these are 10-15% more efficient.

6. Use electricity during off-peak hours. If you plan to use electronics like a washer and dryer, air conditioning, and computers or televisions, try to do so during off-peak hours like early in the morning or late at night. Electrical companies charge less for energy consumed during off-peak hours.  It is recommended you wait until after 6 pm to cook, do laundry, or wash dishes on days the temperature is over 90 degrees.

 

Posted by Jodie Ford on June 12th, 2017 5:56 PM
www.militaryhomescharleston.com/1550tidal

For Rent: 1550 Tidal Marsh Lane, Mount Pleasant SC 29466
$4,500/month
pets negotiable
move in date: 06/15/2017
Posted by Jodie Ford on May 31st, 2017 3:20 PM

3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends

  1. Decide if it’s right for you

    Owners have to be comfortable sharing ongoing expenses, like property management fees, utilities, insurance, and repairs.

  2. Lay the legal groundwork

    To protect all owners when the unexpected happens, and to avoid hurt feelings and strained friendships, hire an attorney to set up an LLC, then purchasing the home through that company.  Your attorney can draft an operating agreement that clears up expectations on everything from how utilities are shared to how a buyout would work if one owner wanted to sell and the others didn’t.

  3. Start searching

Keep in mind that the vacation-home market moves quickly, and with multiple stakeholders needing to agree that a property is the one, it’s best to decide on your shared criteria before you start looking.  This is especially important if you’re searching from afar or if one person will be doing most of the home touring on behalf of the group. That way, when you find the right home, you can put an offer together quickly. You should also enlist a local real estate professional with expertise in the destination where you’d like to buy. That person is best qualified to help you identify homes that are a good value, that will perform well in the local vacation rental market, and that are in locations likely to appreciate.

 

If you find the right people to partner with, approach it like a business transaction, and act quickly when you find the perfect home, you’ll be sitting back and enjoying your dream home before you know it.

 

*Information from Zillow Porchlight

Posted by Jodie Ford on May 19th, 2017 2:14 PM

4 Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

 Check the zoning

Knowing the zone is important because it will tell you what you can and cannot do to the home.  To research your prospective home’s zoning requirements; you can visit its municipality’s website, or arrange to meet with a staff member, who can walk you through the legalities.

Bring in a home inspector

A home inspector will look for structural issues and advise you on things that may or may not need to be replaced, such as plumbing, electricity, and roofing.

Hire an architect and/or contractor

Research tax incentives

Depending on where you live, you may eligible for tax abatement, a tax credit for homeowners who improve their property’s value.

 

*Info from Zillow Porchlight

Posted by Jodie Ford on May 11th, 2017 1:33 PM

Top Tips for Joint Base Charleston Home Buyers

1. Don’t wait. Buyers who start their hunt early will likely face less competition and have just as many homes for-sale to consider.  And if you love a house, do not hesitate to put in an offer. The people that saw it yesterday slept on it last night and are ready to put in an offer today.    

2. Shop around for a mortgage. Buyers shouldn’t take the first rate-quote they receive and should talk to more than one lender. A lower interest rate could equate to thousands in savings over the life of the loan.

3. Don’t discount buying new.  Buying new most likely means less competition and a wider selection of homes. But a caveat: New-homes typically cost more.

Posted by Jodie Ford on May 1st, 2017 4:07 PM

5 Tips for Spring Lawn Prep

Time for spring cleaning and that includes the yard.  Here are some tips on how to start your Joint Base Charleston yard off right this year. 

Prevent weeds

Proper mowing, irrigation, and feeding practices are the best possible weed prevention, but established weed populations require drastic measures.  If your lawn has bare spots, fill them in now with sod or seed so weeds don’t sprout and get a foothold.

Start your engines
Much like cars, lawnmowers will stop working without routine maintenance. If you haven’t already done so in the fall, replace the mower’s oil and gas with the types recommended in your mower’s instruction manual.  This would also be a good time to replace that corroded spark plug and dirty air filter. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from going stale and harming the mower’s engine.

Clear out thatch
You know that spongy layer of dead grass that builds up in your lawn? That’s thatch. A thin layer of thatch is normal and even healthy, because it protects the soil, roots, and beneficial organisms. But when that thatch gets about an inch tall, drought, weeds, and other problems develop.   If thatch is common on your block, prevent it with core aeration.

Reseed and resod
None of these tips will do much good without a proper lawn. If your lawn seems as if it’s beyond hope, consider starting from scratch.

If your existing lawn is an annual one, remove it with a sod cutter. Perennial grasses, like Bermuda or St. Augustine grass, are much tougher to remove, so you’ll likely have to either solarize with clear plastic sheets for several weeks or resort to an herbicide.

Once you’ve dug up the grass or otherwise eradicated it, replace it with soil and a grass variety appropriate to your region.

Amend the bare soil with topsoil or composted manure, and begin laying down the sod or planting seeds by following the label instructions. After planting, water it often until the new grass becomes established.

Start good habits
If you’re not already following a fertilizing schedule, start one now by following the directions on your product of choice. It’s very likely that you will forget this schedule after the first feeding, so pencil in the dates on your calendar so you don’t get off track.

Start the season off right by mowing more often, on a higher setting, and in alternating directions.

 

 

*Information from Zillow Porchlight

Posted by Jodie Ford on April 7th, 2017 1:54 PM

5 Ways To Stage Your Joint Base Charleston Home Like A Pro

 

No big projects

The first mistake a lot of people make when they get ready to sell is, they decide to redo the kitchen or do some elaborate remodel.  Tastes vary so widely, you can’t anticipate what a buyer might want in terms of color, appliances, or even where the kitchen should be.  Some buyers might want a price reduction to cover the cost of a remodel — but they might not, and in any case, you will save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

 

Paint it neutral

The best spending anyone can do is paint. Fresh paint makes a good impression in general, and neutral colors are best.

 

The power of the throw

Another low-cost staging trick involves throws and throw pillows. Tie the furniture together with throws and throw pillows in matching colors and patterns, and you could save yourself the price of a new sofa.

 

Downplay your personality

Unless your personality is beige, remove it from the premises.  Buyers are distracted by family pictures and unusual artwork that are clearly not their own. They also can lose their ability to dream about living in your home if the closets are bulging with clothes or your dirty laundry is visible.  While you’re at it, put away jewelry and medication, too. They have been known to disappear during showings.

 

Pack early

Between clearing out junk and removing aesthetically distinct pieces, you probably will end up packing early for your move.  Box up everything and leave it in the garage or in temporary storage. Some companies will deliver a container to your door and store it for safekeeping until you’ve moved.

 

*information from Zillow Porchlight

Posted by Jodie Ford on March 31st, 2017 12:44 PM

3 Steps to Prep Your Joint Base Charleston Home to SELL

Step 1: Clean and declutter

  • Get rid of clutter before cleaning. This is the time to purge your Joint Base Charleston house of unwanted and unnecessary items.
  • Deep clean your house. Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows — this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.
  • Organize closets, cabinets, and drawers. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. If your storage areas are clean and organized, it will send a signal to buyers that you take care of the house.

Step 2: Make DIY repairs

  • Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.
  • Replace caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks.
  • Freshen up or repair grout as needed.
  • Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.
  • Fix cracked or broken windows.
  • Replace or repair damaged window screens.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

Step 3: Go for curb appeal

  • Trim bushes, shrubs, and trees. Make sure vegetation isn’t touching your roof or siding.
  • Repair broken downspouts and gutters.
  • If it’s appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock, and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate curb appeal.
  • Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Be sure to eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.
  • Dress things up a little bit. If it’s seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat. Make sure the house numbers are easy to see, and in a style that compliments your home.
Posted by Jodie Ford on March 10th, 2017 3:03 PM

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