Create a Backyard Oasis


Transform your backyard into an outdoor living space with these ideas!

Add a deck or patio – Upgrade the tiny concrete pad outside your back door with a new patio or deck! This will not only create a perfect entertaining space, but will also add value to your home!

Add a fire pit – Who doesn’t love sitting around a cozy fire with friends and family? This is a simple upgrade that can be constructed in an afternoon. If building one isn’t your style, your local home improvement store will likely have a selection of prefab fire pits!

Landscaping – Plants, flowers, and trees not only add beauty to your backyard, but can also be extremely functional! Tall trees and shrubs are perfect for creating shade and privacy, while flowers entertain your sense of smell!

Water feature – If you really want to go the extra mile, consider adding a water feature! A small pond or fountain can do a lot to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Keep it warm – Consider investing in a patio heater to prolong your outdoor entertaining into the early fall.


Don’t Replace it, Paint it!


Paint isn’t just for walls anymore. These days there is a variety of paint for almost any surface. So, if you’re looking for an update, but replacing is not in your budget, consider taking a trip to the paint section of your local home improvement store!


Whether it’s your door knobs, hinges, cabinet pulls, or even towel rods, there are plenty of paint options to create a whole new look. A couple cans of special spray paint and a few hours are all you need to create a brand new bronze, pewter, or even stainless look!

Brick Fireplace

Are you tired of the boring red brick façade that overwhelms your living room? That too can be painted! Just be careful with this one, once you paint brick, it is difficult to go back, so do some research and make sure that you can live with your color choice.


Yes, even most appliances can be painted with a special heat-resistant appliance spray. If your white refrigerator has become dingy and drab, give it new life with a fresh coat of paint! You can even give your appliances a stainless look with a liquid stainless steel application.


Does the pink 70’s tile in your bathroom give you nightmares? Does the thought of tearing it all out and replacing it incite the same feeling? Then paint it! A cool white or grey tile can give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new life!

Vinyl Floor

If you’re looking to get a few more years out of your old vinyl floors, consider a few coats of paint! You can even have some fun with it and add stripes to your laundry room, or a checkerboard pattern to your mud room!

Before beginning any painting project, do some research online or talk with an expert at your local home improvement store to make sure you are getting the correct paints and prep tools. Most projects will require sanding and special primers to allow the paint to adhere better, and tile projects will need to be sealed with a water-based polyurethane.  If done correctly, these simple paint projects can help you fall in love with your home all over again at the fraction of the cost of remodeling!


Simple Tips for a Great Open House or Showing


20160325171500892562000000-oOpen houses can be a great way to meet new clients, generate buzz, and encourage offers.

But for unprepared agents and sellers, an open house can be a nightmare. Messy closets, overwhelming odors and no curb appeal can send potential buyers running and into the door of another home!

What’s the best way to utilize an open house or a showing?

No scent is the best scent.

Avoid Irritating scents like candles or tart warmers.  Some people are allergic and the wrong scent or a strong scent can run off potential buyers.

Instead, eliminate odors with a deep cleaning. Shampoo carpets, let in fresh air, and deodorize appliances.

No clutter.

Keep buyers focused on the home, not the stuff. Make sure to declutter and depersonalize a home before showings or open houses.

Clean out closets.

Closet size is a touchy issue for many buyers, so there’s a good chance that at least one closet will be opened during an open house or showing. Amplify the appearance of storage space and trim closet contents.  Now is a great time to “purge” all of those items you don’t need anymore and donate them or have a Yard Sale.  (Just not on the day of your Open House or a previously scheduled showing!)

No pets (or evidence of pets).

Pets may be sweet and loveable, but they can also create damage and odors. Many potential buyers will run in the opposite direction because pets have lived there.

Remedy signs of pet damage, and remove pets from the home during open houses.

No owners.

No open house benefits from an emotionally-attached seller hanging around. Avoid giving your potential buyers the creeps and remove yourself from the home.

Attractive entryways.

A home’s entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house. Give the right first impression. Remove dead plants and debris. Scrub cobwebs and dirt from the front door. Add a decorative wreath or a nice chair.

Close the toilet lids.

Just do it.

Light & bright.

Rooms appear larger in brighter light. Experiment with lighting before your open house. Try opening shades and curtains, and turning on different sources of light to accentuate a home’s best features.

Give information in a different format.

Digital information rules, but agents and sellers should give potential buyers as much printed information as possible. Don’t be hesitant to put a printed brochure or photo postcard into their hands. There’s something about tangible, physical information that sticks with a buyer.

Consider using Photo Boards!!    It’s tough for buyers to know what a property looks like at different times of the year. That’s what good photos are for. Use photo boards or a laptop slideshow to show off a property in different seasons.

At Greenbrier Real Estate Service 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!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington Street East
Lewisburg, WV. 24901
Greg Allman, Broker

Preparing Your Home and Pets

Here are some helpful tips for Listing and Showing your home with pets! 

Give Your Home A Deep Clean

One of the top ways to scare off a potential buyer is with foul odors.  The reality is that pets can create some less than desirable odors and smells.  If you have pets, before you list your home for sale, it’s critical that you give your home a deep cleaning.

A deep cleaning is not as simple as vacuuming the floors and cleaning the counter tops.  When selling a home with pets, a deep cleaning must cover many of those tough to access areas.  This includes behind all furniture, underneath all throw rugs, and inside each closet.  Pet hair and dust do a great job at finding their way into those hard to access areas.  Even consider having your duct work in your home cleaned out as pet hair and dust can make it’s way into the ducts of your home fairly easily.  By making sure these “hard to reach” areas are cleaned, it can make a huge difference in removing any foul odors from your pets.   Whether cleaning is something you like to do or not, it’s not a bad idea to hire a professional cleaning service.

Clean Up Your Pets Belongings

Whether you are selling a home with pets or not, one of the most inexpensive ways to prepare your home for sale is by decluttering.  When you have pets and you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s important to clean up after your pets belongings.

A pets belongings can include their toys, beds, blankets, or even their litter pans.  The last thing you want potential buyers having to do is avoiding your pets pile of toys in your living room.  Obviously it’s difficult to remove all of your pets belongings, however, making sure their belongings are in an organized pile in a tucked away area, such as a closet or a basement, can make a big difference

Clean Up The Exterior

Whether you have pets or not, making sure that the exterior of your home is prepared for the sale is important.  If you have pets it should be something you take extra special care of.

There are a couple specific things that you should make sure are completed before selling your home.  First and foremost, make sure you pick up after your pet if they use your backyard as their bathroom.  The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to step in an area where you have forgotten to pick up after your pet.

Other considerations to make when selling your home with pets is the condition of your lawn and landscaping.  Many pets, such as a dog, make it a habit to dig holes in the yard or landscaping.  Make sure that you have filled any holes that your pet has made in the past.  These things may seem like small tasks but they can make a huge impact on a potential buyers outlook of your home.

Repair Any Interior Damage Your Pets Have Caused

While this may not apply to every pet owner, some pets make it a habit to destroy our homes.  Before you list your home for sale, if your furry friend has damaged your home, make sure you correct it.

A homes flooring is one of the most frequently damaged areas of a home.  If your pet has damaged your carpeting or floors, make sure you have this addressed before potential buyers begin walking through your home.

Other possible pet damaged areas in a home may include:

  • Scratched hardwood floors
  • Trim work around doors
  • Ripped screens
  • Kitchen cabinet doors
  • Lower trim work
  • Furniture

Remove Your Pets During Showings

If you are unwilling to relocate your pets while selling your home, the next best solution is to make sure you remove your pets during showings.  Just because you love your dog, Fido, doesn’t mean that every potential buyer who walks through your home is going to love your dog.

Whether it means you take your animal for a walk or pack them and their belongings up in your car for a long car ride, at the very least, make sure you remove your pets during showings.

Another way to remove your pets during showings that is becoming more popular is hiring a walking service.  If you happen to have a dog, you can hire a company or person that will come to your home and take your dog for a walk for a period of time.

Secure Pets In Pet Crates

 If you are unable or unwilling to relocate your pets and you cannot remove your pets during showings, securing your pets in crates during showings should be the last resort.  It’s not a smart decision to allow your pets to wander free during home showings as it can make some potential buyers very uncomfortable.

In addition to making some buyers uncomfortable, by not placing your pets in crates you run the risk of your pet escaping or even worse, injuring a potential buyer or Realtor who is walking through your home.  When you’re selling your home with pets, the last thing you want to have to worry about is your pet escaping or injuring someone who is walking through your home.




Buying or Selling?

DSC00246The house you looked at today and wanted to think about it until tomorrow may be the same house someone looked at yesterday and will buy today!!
The REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service are always ready to answer any questions pertaining to your Real Estate needs.
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