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How-To Tuesday: Maximize Bathroom Space

A small bathroom can be a real pain…sometimes literally if you’re constantly bumping into things because there’s no storage space. Here are some creative ways to maximize the space you do have in your small bathroom.

Hang shelves. You have more wall space than you think in your bathroom. Consider installing a picture ledge between the sink and mirror. Or if you need bigger storage, hang larger shelving for towels and washcloths in the space between the shower and ceiling. The area between the ceiling and top of the door is also wasted space that could serve as storage for infrequently used items like beach towels.

Add under-sink storage. Pedestal sinks can be pretty, but they come with absolutely zero storage. You can buy cabinets that are designed to wrap around the base of a pedestal sink, or make them yourself. If you’re on a tight budget, simply hang some pretty fabric around the sink with Velcro or Command Hooks to create hidden storage.

Purchase a wall-mounted toilet. Toilets and their bulky bases can take up a lot of space in a bathroom. With a wall-mounted toilet, the tank and plumbing are hidden inside the wall and accessible through a panel, which also makes them more appealing to the eye.

Try towel bars. Hang baskets by mounting a towel bar on the wall and hanging storage baskets with an S-hook.

Let some light in. If you have an outside wall in your bathroom and no window, think about installing one. Natural light always helps brighten up a room and makes it feel larger. The fresh air will also help stave off mold and mildew.

Hang a second shower curtain rod inside the shower. Store items inside the shower using a second curtain rod. Hang items with hooks and baskets; use it to prop shampoo and soap bottles on; and drape your washcloth over it.

Utilize back-of-door storage. This is prime real estate for storage. Hang hooks for towels and bathrobes on the entry door. Mount baskets or magnetic strips on the backs of cabinet doors to hold small items.

Create hidden storage. A full-length mirror can hide a plethora of bath items. Think medicine cabinet storage on a bigger scale. We particularly like this DIY version, or if you’re not the handy type, you can purchase one like this one from Amazon.

Carve out a niche. If you have the wall space, you can cut into the sheetrock and build recessed shelving between wall studs. You can find a good tutorial for creating recessed shelves here. Or search Pinterest for some other great ideas and tutorials. 

Install sliding shelves in cabinets. Take your cabinet storage vertical by installing shelves that slide out for convenience. This is a pretty simple job that creates a lot more storage and helps you keep those pesky cabinets organized.

Friday Five // February 16th, 2018

Well, hello there, Friday! We’ve been waiting all week for you. We’re back again this week with the Friday Five, a list of five fun events taking place in the Lowcountry throughout the weekend. Spend some time with nature at SEWE, celebrate Mardi Gras at the beach, enjoy a family-friendly movie with pizza, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the agents and staff at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a safe and happy weekend!

The 2018 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition takes place this weekend. This favorite event of locals and tourists is a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, food, drink, and the people who honor them all. SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the United States and hosts hundreds of artists and exhibitors along with experts in wildlife and nature art. Events include numerous art exhibits, auctions, the much loved Dog Docks competition, Birds of Prey Flight Demos, Chef Demos, Sheep and Duck Herding Demos, and much, much more! Visit SEWE’s website for more information.

Folly Gras returns to Center Street this Saturday, February 17th, from 10am until 4pm. With a heavy emphasis on family-friendly activities, this annual event includes a parade, street performers, kids’ activities, inflatables, Mardi Gras-inspired crafts, psychic readings, local artisans, New Orleans-inspired cuisine, wristbands for 21+ with commemorative cups, and more. Folly Gras is hosted by the Folly Association of Business (FAB), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting Folly and all it has to offer.

History buffs interested in the Revolutionary War will love the Siege of Charles Town Reenactment at Johns Island County Park, taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. The siege of Charles Town is a large-scale, two-day reenactment of the events leading to the city's fall on May 12, 1780. The Siege was one of the most crucial battles of the American War for Independence, and the Continental defeat at Charles Town would cripple American forces in the South. The battle reenactment represents a section of what the 42-day siege could have looked like including fortifications and artillery.

Those who don’t know much about flowers might not appreciate how special camellias are. These gorgeous flowers bloom throughout the depths of winter, brightening what can be an otherwise dull winter landscape. This Saturday, take a stroll through Middleton Place Gardens and learn more about these beautiful flowers. Special walking tours led by expert guides focus on the historic camellias, including the 1786 Reine des Fleurs, one of the first camellias planted in America. Tours last approximately 75 minutes and are included with general admission, but reservations are required.

Mellow Mushroom in Avondale hosts Mellow Matinee on Saturday from 11am until 1pm. On the third Saturday of each month, the restaurant presents a special showing of a family-friendly movie with sound on. This month’s feature is The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Kiddos can enjoy $5 kids’ meals, and adults can order from the full menu and enjoy $2 mimosas.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Buyers Fall in Love with Your Home

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we want to play Cupid! If you think about it, when a buyer goes out to look for a new home, it’s kind of like dating. So how do you get a buyer to commit? You obviously want to put your best foot forward if you want the right one to fall in love with your home. Here are some do’s and don’ts for helping buyers fall in love with your home.

DO make an impression. First impressions matter in life, love, and real estate. You want potential buyers to be wowed by their first look at your home. Make sure to bump up that curb appeal and create an enticing entryway that will make buyers want to see more.

DO showcase your home’s best traits. Make a big deal out of especially attractive features that call for highlighting. Use lighting and staging to draw the eye to your home’s most special characteristics.

DO freshen up. Check out the floors. Are the carpets sort of grungy? Could the grout in your baths and kitchen use a good scrubbing? Are the hardwoods scratched and chipped? Take care of those. Freshening up the flooring by giving it a thorough cleaning or refinishing can do wonders for a space.

DO check your home’s “makeup”. Could the walls use a new coat of paint? Warm up the space with a neutral coat of paint like dove gray, cream, or a diverse “greige.” Why not white, you ask? A hint of color will do a better job of showing off trim, molding, and other details. A great bonus here is that the smell of fresh paint triggers buyers’ minds to think “new.”

DO get cozy. The best way to make a home look cozy is to have it staged. If an empty room seems small, buyers will definitely point it out. Instead, give them an idea of how the room works by staging it with furnishings that accentuate its flow. Use warm tones and textures to suggest comfort.

DO give your kitchen a facelift. Kitchens get the most scrutiny from homebuyers. You don’t have to go out and invest in a fancy double stove or custom cabinets. Think about replacing door knobs and drawer pulls for a quick update. If your appliances suffer from dents and dings but are still in great working order, simply replace the front panel if possible. Change out the backsplash if it looks dated. Little changes make a big difference in the end.

DON’T overdress your house. A perfectly staged home can be very inviting, but be careful not to overdo it. You don’t want buyers feel like they’re in a museum where they can’t touch anything. Also, leave the windows bare if possible. The natural light those window coverings are blocking will work in your favor, so pull those curtains back.

DON’T neglect the little things. Those small repairs add up to make a home appear uncared for and dated. So tighten up those door knobs, secure that bannister, and fix those leaky faucets.

DON’T go overboard on scents. Fragrance is a personal thing. Candles and air fresheners that might smell pleasant to you could turn off certain buyers. Not to mention that an overpowering scent could lead buyers to wonder what you’re trying to cover up with all those candles.

 

How-To Tuesday: Make Your Roof Last As Long As Possible

What are five words no homeowner ever wants to hear?

You need a new roof.

Replacing a roof is a huge undertaking. It’s expensive and it’s inconvenient. So how do you avoid having to replace your roof for as long as possible? Let’s look at a few ways to extend the life of your roof in order to get the most out of it.

Keep Gutters Clean

When gutters get too clogged with leaves and debris, water can move upward, wicking into roof sheathing and/or rafters and rot them. Sounds scary, right? Don’t worry. This is fully preventable if you keep your gutters cleaned out. Think about installing gutter guards if you’re unable to clean the gutters as often as you should.

Remove Leaves From Roof

If leaves, moss, or other debris tend to collect on the surface of your roof, it’s important to remove them every so often. Piles of leaves left on a roof can accumulate moisture and decompose. This leads to water accumulation in the roof as well. When you notice leaves piling up on your rooftop, you can use a telescoping pole and brush, or break out your trusty broom and ladder if you’re comfortable with it. Otherwise, call a professional to help.

Trim Trees

Trimming any branches that hang over your roof will help keep leaves, moss, and limbs from piling up in the first place. Low-hanging limbs that scrape against shingles repetitively can cause damage over time; or worse, when a tropical storm or hurricane blows through, heavier branches could cause major roof damage. It’s best—and safest—to call in the pros to remove branches that hover over your roof.

Keep a Sharp Eye Out

Give your roof the once-over every now and then to make sure it’s in good condition. This is especially important after a storm. Look for loose, damaged, or missing shingles. Check for damaged flashing around chimneys, skylights, or vents. If you see any of these signs, you might want to call your local roofer for a quick inspection. It could be a minor fix, or you could let it sit for a while and end up having to pay a lot more later on.

Get Regular Inspections

As a matter of fact, it’s a great idea to have your roof inspected regularly. Sometimes warning signs are visible to the untrained eye and need professional care. Having regular roof inspections means you’ll have a lower maintenance bill, and your roof will have a longer life.

 

7 Apps That Will Help You Prepare to Sell Your Home

Mobile apps can be great organizational tools for many aspects of life. Many of us reach for our phones to check our calendars, make bank deposits and transfers, make appointments, and even log our daily calories and exercise. It’s no surprise that designers have created apps specifically intended to help you buy and sell real estate. The only problem is that the number of apps out there can become overwhelming when you’re trying to do research and find help. With that in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of some of the best apps for preparing to sell your home.

Houzz

This app doesn’t deal directly with buying and selling real estate, but it can be a big help for sellers who are preparing their homes to be put on the market. Use Houzz to find inspiration for home updates, staging tips, and what the current trends are in the design world.

The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius

Like Houzz, this is a great app for sellers who are looking to fix things up a little before their house goes on the market. The app offers pro tips and trade secrets that help save time, money, and hassle when you have projects to complete before your home goes on the market. These tips can make all the difference between a poorly executed DIY project and one you’re proud to claim as your own.

Real Estate Dictionary

This is one app that’s great for any participant in a real estate transaction. Real Estate Dictionary can help you crack that pesky industry jargon you hear from real estate agents, attorneys, home inspectors, and other professionals. Need to know what an easement is? Not sure what REO means? Confused about the difference between the terms REALTOR® and real estate agent? Crack open your trusty dictionary app!

Realtor.com

Use the official Realtor.com app to research recent sales in your area and properties that are currently on the market. You can also calculate how your home’s price per square foot compares to other houses in the area. Knowing what’s going on in your local real estate market is the key to keeping informed when selling a home. Price your home too high, and you might lose buyers to comparable homes in your neighborhood. Price it too low, and buyers will either wonder what’s wrong with your home, or you’ll either miss out on extra cash in your pocket.

MagicPlan

Create a handy dandy floor plan for your home using MagicPlan. Simply open up the app and take a stroll around the house, taking pictures along the way. Based on the images you provide, the app will automatically map out each room of the house and produce a quality floor plan. Print out your plan or add it to the photos section of your MLS listing.

360 Panorama

If you want to share immersive photos of your home with potential buyers, try using 360 Panorama. As the name suggests, this app is designed to turn your phone or tablet into a full-featured, 360-degree panoramic camera. This is a great option if you want to do a virtual tour but can’t afford to pay a professional.

Evernote

Organize your attempt to sell your home with Evernote. Collect ideas, images, and notes in one place to go back and review later on your phone, laptop, or tablet. Clip articles and images you find the internet with the Web Clipper feature. You can even share your organized notebooks with your significant other and your real estate agent.a

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