Before I share this update I wanted to share this: Remember, working on bettering your home is a great investment. The rewards are great but sometimes there are bumps in the road. Don’t ever let those bumps make you give up, because once you make it over them the end is sweet.
Two weeks ago, I said in my next Tuesday post I would talk about refinishing hardwood floors. Well like happens to many plans, things did not go as expected. Before I could even start refinishing the floors, I had to lay new wood in the kitchen. I started the floor 2 weeks ago and thought it would be done in a couple days but that would not be the case. It was not finished till the first of last week. So when it was time for the Tuesday post, I had not even started the refinishing. This past weekend I started the sanding and thought I could have it done in a couple days as well. Again, that was not the case. For this week, below is my experience laying hardwood flooring. Continue reading “Transformation Tuesday a week late”
From new listings to price reductions and 3 properties close to being under contract, it was a busy weekend for Greenbrier Real Estate!!
Continue reading “Busy Weekend!”
Our agents have been busy the past week! In the last 6 days, we have had 8 new listings go live, we have at least more 2 we are working on to go live this week, and we had 4 sales!! Some say this is the time of year in the real estate market that activity starts to slow because: families like to be moved and settled before school starts or the seasons are starting to change from Summer to Fall. Well that is not been the case here are Greenbrier Real Estate! We are as busy as ever and our agents are out there working hard with sellers to get homes sold and with buyers to find their dream home. If you are looking to sell your home or land or are looking to buy your dream home or place to build it, look no further that the Realtors here are Greenbrier Real Estate Service!
These are our new listings from the last 6 days:
Click here to get the details on all our listings, including these new ones!
When I started this job about 2 months ago, my husband and I were in the process of buying a home. I fell in love with this house! It was in my words “cute, charming and unique,” at least the outside was. Inside there were some unique features, but it was not my style and in need of some TLC.
For the month of August, we will be featuring Transformation Tuesdays! This will be a series following some of my home remodeling. I will post pics, tips and costs of different projects from my home remodel. If this is a popular feature, we may continue it with home transformations from some of our clients.
The photo above is one of the most basic room transformations you can make, PAINT! Most of the walls in my home were painted dark colors. Now I like color but usually lighter or brighter colors, especially in smaller rooms. This will be my daughter’s room. She is a bubbly, fun tween so this dark blue with dark ceiling were not ‘cool’ to her. We painted the ceiling flat white, the woodwork semi-gloss ultra white and the walls (her choice) tropical holiday. The difference was amazing. The room now feels larger, more open and bright.
As I said, this is one of the most basic, easy and cheapest room transformation to make. You may have some of the supplies at home already which will make it even less out-of-pocket. I had paint brushes, rollers and drop clothes already. Also, I had the ceiling and woodwork paint from a previous project. So all I had to buy was a $33 gallon of wall paint. If you would have to buy ceiling and woodwork paint, that would be about $50 more. This took about 1/2 a day. I painted the ceiling and woodwork first because then I could paint the white over onto the wall a bit. Doing this makes it easier to get straight lines on the walls. I do not tape the walls when trimming but if you do that is fine (your lines will probably be a little straighter than mine). Then I painted the walls. I almost always do two coats, I just think it looks better and the second goes much faster than the first.
So for $35-$90 and 1/2 day, you can transform the whole look and feel of a room.
Tune in next week for my next project: Hardwood floor refinishing.
Amanda, Office Manager
Vacation season is upon us! Kids are nearing their last days of school, the weather is getting warmer and we just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand or go to our favorite theme park.
While packing your bags and making sure you have everything ready is very important, what are you doing to make sure your home is safe while you are away?
We have done some research and have made a small list of things to do (or not do) while on vacation to make sure your home will be protected.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to come over and periodically check on the house.
- If possible, hire a “House Sitter”.
- Keep the curtains open! May sound strange, but it gives the persona of someone being home.
- Have a friend or neighbor turn a light on at night or set a timer.
- Call the post office to stop the mail from being delivered or have someone pick it up.
- (This one can be hard) Do not post on Social Media that you are on vacation. Post the pictures the week after you come home from vacation with a heartfelt Thank You to whomever watched the house while you were away.
- Make sure to Unplug your Televisions and Computers while you are away, just in case of a storm.
Wherever you go and whatever you do this Summer, we wish you a safe and wonderful time with family and friends!
I called into work and told them I had to watch the fog rise, I couldn’t imagine being behind my computer.
They laugh, tell me to have fun and be careful…I promise to send some pictures, and I’m off.
Today I am particularly grateful to be able to work at a company that understands my need to enjoy The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding counties.
On beautiful mornings like this, they automatically expect the text or call saying “I will be in later, the fog on the mountains are too beautiful to miss.”
Real Estate is a fast paced business and we work very hard to make sure each and every one of our clients are taken care of.
Our goal is to help you sell and find your perfect home in a timely manner.
As a Marketing Director, I am not always the one that you see or talk to, and if I do answer the phone, I have probably accidentally hung up on you because transferring a call is nearly impossible!
I’m the calm behind this business, the one driving around in my car at 5:30am because the sunrise is too beautiful and I can’t sleep in.
I’m the one who gets a text message from Jill asking me if I am out getting pics of the Greenbrier Valley Sunset!
We at Greenbrier Real Estate Service don’t just want to Market your home or show you the perfect piece of property, we actually care about this sublime part of West Virginia.
We can tell you where to find the perfect sunsets, the best hiking trails, or give you directions to the nearest restaurant.
We will always be there to answer any question you have about this beautiful piece of Almost Heaven.
It’s funny what can happen when you sit on top of a quiet mountain by yourself;
I could quite possibly have the best job in the world, even when you have to perform an impromptu cattle herd.
Crystal Adams Faulkiner, Marketing Director
Immaculate and Updated home in Lamplighter Valley Lewisburg. Features a 2 story foyer, Formal Living and Dining area. Gourmet Kitchen and Family Room with gas Fireplace. Huge master suite on 2nd level with large walk-in closet and master bath. Hardwood flooring, crown molding, custom built-in cabinets and wainscoting are some of the extra details through-out this home. The unfinished basement is great storage area or ready for you to finish for additional living space. Easy access to downtown Lewisburg’s restaurants, shopping and more!
Offered at $349,900
At Greenbrier Real Estate we work hard to assist buyers and sellers with all of their Real Estate needs in the Greenbrier Valley and surrounding areas.
When you are ready, feel free to call us at 304.645.2255 and one of our professional REALTORS will be happy to help you in any way!
1047 Washington Street East
Lewisburg, WV. 24901
Greg Allman, Broker
Are you thinking about selling?
You may be ready, but is your house ready to be put on the Market? As a REALTOR, we want to share some tips with you based on buyer feedback that will help sell your home quickly and get top dollar asking price.
Here are some things that a homeowner may miss, but a potential buyer notices immediately.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME:
- Clean Windows
- Fresh Paint
- Clean Grout in kitchens and bathrooms
- Have the carpets professionally cleaned
- Replace furnace filters
SPRUCE UP THE LANDSCAPING:
- Mow the lawn
- Plant flowers
- Trim bushes and trees
- Fresh Mulch
- Pressure wash home and deck
- Pack away winter clothes
- Sell or donate items that you don’t use
- Pack personal cherished belongings and valuable items
- Stage the cabinets, shelves, and closets
COLOR COLOR COLOR:
- Buy new bedding with pillows that incorporates fresh bold color
- Replace the old heavy drapes with light curtains
- Add pops of color by painting older furniture
- Replace towels, shower curtains and bathrugs
- Beige is OUT….It is ok to go a bit bold with color (just don’t go overboard!!) Make sure the colors compliment each other and flow throughout the home.
Selling your home in the winter presents a unique set of challenges. There are buyers out there, which means you can sell your home, and for a great price. Bur to do so, you need to avoid the common mistakes sellers make in the season of snow and cold temperatures.
Here are some mistakes to avoid as a Winter Home Seller:
- Going at it alone. Choosing the For Sale By Owner route may sound like a good idea, but by hiring an Agent you can ensure that you are doing everything right and improve your odds to make sure you sell your home properly.
- Trying to save on your utility bill by keeping the house cold. Buyers need to be drawn in, not frozen. You always want the buyers to feel warm and cozy, a safe haven even in the coldest of winters. Keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature!
- Not clearing the sidewalk. Winter weather may make your walkways treacherous and difficult to use. You want potential buyers to have an easy time getting in and out and around the home. Shovel the snow, put some Ice Melt where necessary and keep up if the snow and ice are still accumulating.
- Not using photos from a more attractive season for your listing. If snow is piling up, icicles are hanging and trees are bare, your seasonal pictures of your home could be a big help to the potential buyer. Make sure you give your agent some seasonal photos for buyers to be able to imagine their life there the entire year.
- Failing to spruce up our house with color and scent. Summer brings its own appeal, but when it comes to winter, sometimes you need to add some warmth to your home, something to make it more welcoming. Use seasonal decorations, pops of color and seasonal scents.
- Being too busy to show your home. Just having your home on the market can put you under considerable stress. There is a lot on the line and naturally you want to sell your home for the best price you can. Every time you deny a showing, you are lessoning the chance of achieving your ultimate goal.
The REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service are here for you and all of your Real Estate needs. We can offer you our professional advice and opinions on selling your home during any season. When you are ready, feel free to call us.