3 Design Tricks to Make Your Small Space Feel Big

Low on square footage? Don’t sweat it — a small space is an opportunity to get clever.

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Got a small space in your home that you’re not sure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to get creative with your furniture arrangements? You’re not alone.

Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space.

1. Thoughtful paint choices

Choosing the right paint color for your small room can instantly give the impression of more space. Traditional neutrals like white, cream and light gray are great choices, because they provide a clean and streamlined look that makes the room feel brighter and more expansive.

Painting the ceiling white to draw the eye upward is an easy way to create visual openness overhead. You’ll have an airy and inviting space in no time.

On the other hand, if you want to play up the small-space vibe even more, go bold with dark colors. You can emphasize the smallness of a room by making a cozy, den-like atmosphere with colors like black, dark gray and navy.

Whether you decide to go light or dark, adding paint to your small space will help you get the effect you’re going for, both quickly and affordably.

2. Savvy storage

Tight spaces don’t often come with great storage. But by incorporating creative and flexible storage solutions, you can keep clutter out of sight and keep everything you need handy.

The kitchen is a great place to implement clever storage solutions:

  • Create an adjustable cooking area with roll-away islands and pantries.
  • Hang spices or wine glasses beneath your cupboards.
  • Attach holders to the backs of cabinet doors to keep foil and cleaning supplies neatly out of sight.

Don’t forget to look up! The ceiling is a great place to hang big items like bicycles, and you can add shelving high up in closets for rarely used items.

3. Multitasking furniture

When you have limited floor space, it’s important to make your furniture work double duty. Choose pieces that have hidden storage and multiple functions or furniture that you can compact and store when not in use.

If you can’t fit a dresser in your bedroom, try using drawers or crates under the bed for clothing and extra linens. A pouf or leather ottoman can easily transition from a seat to a footrest or side table.

Add function to your entryway by employing a bench with storage inside to hide extra shoes, gloves and scarves. And if you have wall space to spare, hang a fold-down dining table.

Limited square footage doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice function and style. Small-space living is a great way to lead a simplified and streamlined life.

With creative thinking, you can go from a cluttered, cramped mess to an organized and inviting space with room for all.

Article by BY ERICA SOOTER Zillow Porchlight


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Five Money-Saving Green Upgrades

Have you considered making some changes to your home? Whether it be to increase value or increase the interest of buyers–maybe going GREEN is a good idea for you!

Going green is great for the environment, but that’s not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.

  1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install, but ongoing maintenance costs are very low, and a typical system could save you hundreds of dollars per year. You can even sell your surplus electricity.black and silver solar panels
  2. Wood furnace: Wood-burning furnaces are relatively inexpensive, and though the yearly savings aren’t as dramatic (about 10% on heating bills), it adds up over the long run.
  3. Insulation: There’s a good chance your insulation isn’t very efficient, especially in older homes. Look into installing floor, cavity, wall, and loft insulation to reduce your heating bills.
  4. Rain barrels: Rain barrels are extremely inexpensive, and provide gallons of free water to use when you wash your car or water your garden.Image result for rain barrel
  5. Geothermal system: OK, so the price tag is scary at first. A geothermal system uses the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home, but can cost $30,000 to install. But tax credits allow you to get a lot of that money back, and the energy savings average about $1,900 per year. If you plan to be in your home for a decade or two, it’s a great investment.Image result for geothermal system

    Greenbrier Valley Upcoming Events

    September 7, 2018 First Fridays After Five
    Check out the shops, galleries, and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg! Most stores staying open until 9 p.m. serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment!

    September 8, 2018 10a.m. – 4 p.m. White Sulphur Springs own Freshwater Folk Festival

    The Freshwater Folk Festival is a celebration of our nation’s fish, wildlife, and natural resources. The 2018 festival will feature great music, food, dance, crafts, fun and educational activities.

    September 8, 2018 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Ronceverte 1882 Heritage Days Celebration
    Celebrate Ronceverte’s rich hertitage

    September 8, 2018 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.  DARE to CRUZ Car Show
    Showcase of more than 100 street rods, muscle cars and vintage automobiles. All proceeds benefit the Lewisburg Police Department’s D.A.R.E program.

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Accent Wall Ideas that WOW!

Transform any wall in your home from boring to BOLD in a short amount of time!

What a great DIY project to add some flair and interest to a room! A quick and easy update to any room is to add an accent wall.

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.

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You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic.

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Interesting textures

Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets and stain it yourself before attaching it to your wall. It takes a little extra elbow grease, but it’s worth the effort.

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Patterns, murals, and more

Paint and wood are bold enough on their own to transform a room, but they’re still pretty subtle compared to other accent wall options. A chalk paint accent wall is a creative idea for any room and makes for some fun moments when you’re entertaining. There are also endless options for wallpaper and stenciling if you want some patterns or you can get really bold with a mural or oversized art print.

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To-Dos: Your August Home Checklist

With the transition from summer travels to school beginning in just 10 days in Greenbrier County, August can feel like a sudden downshift from the fun of vacation. Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning up the beach toys and preparing the house for a busy fall. Pick from these 13 to-dos to create your perfect August plan.

1. Clean and store summer gear. Once the last beach day is behind you, take the time to clean out the buckets, shovels and boogie boards so they’re fresh and clean for next year. Toss out cracked or broken toys, and shop end-of-season sales to replace items if needed.

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2. Set up a shared family calendar. Whether you choose a big paper wall calendar or a digital version, having one calendar to rule them all will be a big help come fall, when schedules get busier. Set up your preferred method now, and record important back-to-school dates and recurring events.

3. Clear the way for easy weeknight dinners. A too-packed kitchen (and fridge and pantry) can make meal prep harder than it needs to be. Clear away clutter to create a clean work space on the counter and remove expired, stale and unwanted food from the pantry, fridge and freezer. Donate unwanted and unexpired foods in their original packaging to a local food pantry.

4. Share your backyard harvest. Have a glut of tomatoes, squash or other summer produce? Pack up a basket to share with your neighbors, or check out Greenbrier County’s own Waste Not Want Not Project they host a Produce Market every Sunday in Fairlea, WV at Swift Level Fine Meats. A great project that benefits our area farmers as well as low income families and seniors in our area!

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Tackle These Tasks Over a Weekend

5. Organize family photos. 
Have a bunch of new photos from your summer adventures? Take this opportunity to sort and organize them — back up digital photos with cloud-based storage, and make an album or a book of recent photos.

6. Clean carpets and floors. Sand and garden dirt tracked in over the summer can really take a toll on floors. Vacuum and mop floors, and have area rugs and carpeting professionally cleaned if needed.

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7. Get organized for back to school (and work). Consider what would make this fall run more smoothly for your family: a few extra hooks in the entryway to handle coats and bags, perhaps? Or if papers are a constant problem, take the time now to set up a simple filing system and an inbox for each family member.

8. Check emergency kits.Emergency supplies don’t last forever. Open up your kit and check expiration dates on food and any medications; replace as needed. Don’t have an emergency kit yet? Make this the month you create one.

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9. Organize closets before fall shopping. Before making any new purchases, spend some time assessing what you already have in the closet: Try on clothing, fold and hang up any clothes on the floor, get rid of items you don’t wear and make a list of what you need. Doing this before shopping can help save money and prevent cluttering up your closet.

10. Schedule some do-nothing time. It can be surprisingly hard to relax and simply do nothing, even when you do have a pocket of free time. I find that the key is not calling it “free time” at all: By planning to do nothing, you are actually giving yourself permission to fully relax.

11. Clean and organize the garage. If you haven’t cleaned out your garage in a while, it’s likely this project will take an entire weekend (or more), so plan accordingly. It helps to think ahead and find out where you can take items (donations, hazardous waste, things to sell) before starting, and get a dumpster if you think you will need it. Wait until you’ve cleared away the clutter before purchasing new shelving or wall-mounted organizers. You’ll have a better idea of what you need once the decluttering is complete.

12. Finish up outdoor projects. Make use of the long August days to finish up any outdoor projects you started (or intended to start) over the summer.

13. Check your home for signs of pests. 
It’s not a pleasant subject, but being proactive when it comes to pests in and around your home is much better than trying to solve a pest problem that has gotten out of hand.  If you do need to use pesticides, choose the lowest-risk product first, and use according to the directions. If you hire a pest control pro, ask him or her to use bait, and crack and crevice control when possible; fogging should be a last resort.

What’s on your TO-DO List for the end of summer? Soak it up, get things done, and get ready for fall in the Greenbrier Valley!

Article adapted from Houzz.com-Laura Gaskill


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Outdoor Landscape Lighting

With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening.

With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening. This blog posts features one of our most recent new listings.

596 Crowfield Circle
Lewisburg, WV

ACCD_0951.jpgThis home has a beautiful exterior with so many wonderful features, the landscape lighting highlights all the greatness this home encompasses. Check it out along with some great lighting tips!

How do you create a yard that’s light years ahead of others? One way is to make the space usable at night. Since many people work or play till long after the sun goes down, they often don’t have time to enjoy their backyard until the evening hours. Add outdoor lighting, and your garden is immediately transformed into usable space.

ACCD_0903“Most people don’t realize this, but the backyard is a whole new room that they haven’t explored fully,” says outdoor lighting designer Michael Sestak. “You have the option to go beyond that light bulb at the doorway.” Good lighting can bring Zen-like qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeter of your property, make it fun to entertain and highlight points of interest, such as sculptures or fountains. 596 Crowfield Circle has a welcoming back yard with an amazingly designed outdoor space, you’ll feel like you have extra living space with this area!

ACCD_0923.jpgAnother oasis in the backyard to sit and relax with friends, the simple garland style lights adds yet another small touch of coziness. The ground lights featured in the perfectly manicured flower garden highlights the exquisite plants you’ll see throughout the landscaping.ACCD_0940.jpg

When choosing landscape lights for your home, it’s best to go with what works with your landscape and what you are wanting to highlight. No matter what you choose, highlighting your home will be a sure way to interest potential buyers if you’re trying to sell your home. Landscape lighting can also help with security of your home!

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Staging your home: TIPS!

With these tips, your house will feel like home to those buyers in no time!

Maybe you’re thinking of selling your home, and maybe you’ve heard of “staging” your home and you’ve probably wondered if it’s really necessary.

It is necessary! Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and for some people a blank space or a space with all of your things makes it very hard to do just that. But, don’t just take our word for it…

A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
  • 39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
  • 21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket

Put into action these few tips that will help those potential buyers start falling in love with your home!

Budget accordingly

Ask your agent if they can help with staging or know someone who can. This could affect the price of what it might cost you stage the home. Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.

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Staging the living area can help potential buyers vision how to fill the space.                             Pictured: 529 Court St. Lewisburg, WV

Declutter!

It’s probably a given, but really– no one wants to walk into a messy home. So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations. Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out those closets! (Consider renting a storage unit if needed)

Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either,

Focus on the Rooms that Count the most!

Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the Living Room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.

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Pictured: 225 Tommy Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Stage your yard too!

Your house has to look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.

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Clean flower beds, well trimmed shrubs will make a difference in a buyer’s eyes!                Pictured: 597 Dwyer Ln. Lewisburg, WV

Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:

  • Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
  • Mow the grass.
  • Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.

Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:

  • Wash the front windows.
  • Power wash siding and walkways.
  • Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
  • Make sure house numbers are easy to see, visible, and pretty.
  • Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit. (If not, install new fixtures or lighting.)

Even basic upgrades — like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox — can help a buyer fall in love at first sight.

Just wait ’til they come inside and see what else you’ve done with the place!

Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com

Staging a home can and will make a difference when it comes to selling your home!
Greenbrier Real Estate Service is ready to help you sell your home, contact us for more tips and assistance during the process!


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Renaissance Festival This weekend!


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Alderson, WV’s Famous 4th of July Celebration! June 29-July 5 Alderson, WV 4th of July
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10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

It’s Father’s Day weekend!
So, first of all Happy Father’s Day! We hope that you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends!
We recently held a Father’s Day giveaway on our Greenbrier Real Estate Service Facebook page! The winner won ribeye steaks and shrimp, grill tool set, and a GRES ball cap. Be sure to find us on social media to stay up to date on all of our promotions as well as New Listings!, SOLD! properties, Price Updates!, and local information!
Since it’s Father’s Day weekend we thought that we would share some great ways to spruce up your backyard for all those summer time BBQs and evenings enjoying the warm summer air!
Let’s take a look at some great tips on creating the perfect getaway in your backyard!

1. Dress Up Your Deck

Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck.

A pergola covered with luxurious vines and an abundance of plants in containers bring the surrounding garden up onto the deck and help blend the structure into the landscape.

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2. Create a Picture-Perfect Patio

A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun–or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room.

Patios are usually surfaced with brick or stone. If you opt for concrete, consider adding texture and color to imitate stone for a more natural look. Design the patio to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

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3. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and if you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen.

You don’t need a fancy grill, but a counter top for food prep and conveniences such as closed storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and cleanup even easier.

 

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Curb Appeal! 10 Tips that could help sell your home faster!

It’s no lie that first impressions are everything. That is especially true when it comes to real estate and selling a home! *Imagine*…you’re driving around town looking at homes…

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Simple, well maintained, and easy to maintain landscape is a huge hit with buyers!            MLS#18-621 Eloise Circle White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • Do you drive right by the one with shrubs so overgrown that you can barely see the walkway? Probably. Sure, you might be able to see yourself there but it looks like so much work already!
  • Do you start to slow down at the home with a clean flower bed, freshly cut grass, and possibly a bright welcoming door?  Yes, yes you do. You start picturing yourself planting your favorite flowers in those flowerbeds. Before you know it, you’re calling up your Greenbrier Real Estate Service REALTOR and scheduling a showing.

That–friends, is why curb appeal is so important if you are trying to sell your home! You want potential buyers to feel an immediate connection with the home. ((Keep reading! Tips below!)

Curb appeal can easily make or break a sale. Being an established real estate company in Greenbrier County, we’ve seen our share of properties and we can definitely say that when a home has good curb appeal it is much easier to show to home buyers. Home buyers want to feel welcomed to a property, and then they want to see more immediately!


What can help you as a seller achieve that? Let’s look at the top curb appeal tips from home professionals. Not trying to sell your home? These tips are great for any home owner!

  1. CURB APPEAL STARTS ONLINE! Over 88 percent of home buyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting home buyers to the front door! We as realtors can help you with that! We always make sure to have great pictures of our listed properties.

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    A welcoming and easy to follow pathway will lead buyers right to your door! MLS#18-697 Lamplighter Dr. Lewisburg, WV
  2. ACT LIKE A BUYER! Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen. Take notes of things that you need repair or updated.
  3. LOOK UP TO THE SKY! Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice, says Jean Miskimon of the Metal Roofing Alliance. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.
  4. SHINY, HAPPY NUMBERS! If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.
  5. GET A SECOND OPINION! A new set of eyes might help you prioritize what needs fixed and cleaned up. Homeowners often get used to certain defects –chipped paint on the front door from the keys banging against it, cobwebs on the porch ceiling, cracked or stained steps. Ask a friend to come over and act as if they were a potential home buyer.
  6. UNDER PRESSURE! Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.
  7. PLANT SOME COLOR! Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom, says Sheri Silver, a landscape designer and owner of Fiori Garden Design. “Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift,” Sheri advises. Never plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”

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    A clean front porch with fresh blooming flowers help buyers feel welcome!   MLS#18-739 Mayapple Trail Lewisburg WV
  8. OPEN UP! Open up those shutters, curtains, and blinds! Homes that feel brighter inside sell faster…it’s TRUE!
  9. LIGHT UP YOUR LANDSCAPE! Who knows, buyers might be driving past your house, scoping it out at 9 p.m. You want them to be able to see it! It also helps to set your home apart from the crowd, not everyone has landscape lighting. It also can help with security, which is an added selling point! Go on now, shine some lights on your property!
  10. ADD SOME POLISH! Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home. Get those brushes out and paint!
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    Freshly painted door, with a welcoming color is a great way to add curb appeal!       MLS#18-606 Wake Robin Trail Lewisburg, WV

    BONUS! Other easy and inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.

We hope that you enjoyed this post and found it informative!


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