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5 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Home Inspection Period

When you’re buying a home, there seems to be a lot of waiting around on things that happen behind the scenes. But during the home inspection period, there’s actually a lot you should be doing and educating yourself about. With that in mind, we decided to put together some info on the do’s and don’ts of your home inspection period. Read on for some friendly educational tips on how to navigate and negotiate during what can sometimes be a tricky period of time! 

Don’t Wait Too Long to Schedule Your Inspection

Give your inspectors and yourself plenty of time to complete inspections and reports in a timely manner. It’s best to go ahead and start scheduling any inspections you need as soon as you have a ratified contract and go into escrow. Not only will you need the time to actually have the inspection done, but you also need plenty of time to go over the report and decide what you’d like to ask the seller to fix before closing. Give yourself a couple of weeks for the whole process, and don’t forget that a lot of companies just perform inspections on weekdays. On the back end, the seller will also need plenty of time to have the repairs done if needed.

Do Look Into Other Specialists

One home inspector might not cut it for you. For example, one inspector may go to great lengths where structural, mechanical, or electrical integrity is concerned, but they might not be as well versed in child safety as the next. When you have specific concerns or requests, you should consider checking into other specialists. If you’re buying an older house, you might need to hire someone who specializes in things like asbestos and lead paint. If you have a child/children, you could recruit a child safety specialist to be sure things like banisters, stairs, cabinets, and the like are all satisfactory and as childproof as possible.

Don’t Neglect the Report

A good home inspector will provide you with a very detailed report that includes photos of any problematic areas. It’s very important to set aside some time to go through this report thoroughly. Sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite beverage, a notepad, and a pen, and make a list of anything you want to address. Make some time to go over the list with your real estate agent as well. A seasoned agent can offer up great advice on what you should definitely request that the seller fix versus what minor details and repairs you can let go and address on your own later.

Don’t Ask for Too Many Repairs

It’s super important not to overwhelm the seller with your repair requests. If you present them with a big ol’ laundry list of repairs just to see what they’ll approve, they could very well just say no to everything and send you packing (especially if they’ve had multiple offers on the property). If the issue is something major that affects the structural integrity of the home or the safety of its inhabitants, you should absolutely include it in your wish list. Examples of major issues might be faulty wiring, leaky pipes, a compromised roof, or an HVAC system that’s in dire need of repair or replacement. Just don’t sweat the small stuff that could be considered cosmetic damage, such as peeling paint (as long as it’s not lead-based), a deck that needs restaining or sealing, or siding that needs a good power-washing. All of this can be taken care of later. 

Do Check Credentials

When it comes to protecting your family and your investment, you need a qualified, professional home inspector. Though a great handyman is an extremely useful contact to keep in your phone for later on, this isn’t the job for them. Make sure to hire a qualified and credentialed home inspector who comes with good reviews and lots of experience. And feel free to ask questions and interview a few before you make a final choice. 

Friday Five // November 8th, 2019

TGIF! It’s time once again for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place throughout the Lowcountry over the weekend. Get into the holiday spirit with a holiday market, check out some rad vintage rides, sample some of the Lowcountry’s best shrimp and grits, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very fun and safe weekend! 

Start your Christmas shopping this weekend at Charleston’s Holiday Market, the Lowcountry’s Completely Holiday Experience! Kick off the holiday season at the North Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center among all the gifts and glitter, music and magic, food and fun the season has to offer. Experience aisle after aisle of specialty shops, boutiques, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, seasonal specialties, toys, jewelry, and lots more! Be sure to bring your camera for photo ops with Santa, who will be there to visit with the children and hear their Christmas wishes. Admission is $8 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 (children under 6 get in free!). Parking is free for this event. Click the link above for a printable coupon for $1 off adult admission. 

Spend your Saturday in Park Circle at the 7th Annual Rockabillaque, presented by Southern Roots Park Circle and Vive Le Rock Productions. Enjoy a fun-filled day of classic cars, vintage, bikes, live music, pin-ups, tattoos, cocktails, brews, contests, block party, and more from 11am until 11pm. This year’s Rockabillaque promises an epic Classic Car & Vintage Bike Show with over 300 cars and bikes, and more than 35 national, regional, and international bands. Contests themes include Pin-Up, Beard & Mustache, Mr. Man, Tattoo, Doggie & Me, and more. For even more fun, head to the Merchant Market with more vendors than ever before; the Beer Pairing Garden; and the kids’ section featuring activities, contests, and performers.

Head down to The Joe on Saturday from noon until 3pm for the Shrimp and Grits Festival, presented by Geechie Boy Mill. Sample shrimp and grits from some of Charleston’s most favorite restaurants, such as Poogan’s Porch, The Barbadoes Room, Grace & Grit, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear some live music, shop with local vendors from around the Lowcountry, and enjoy a cash bar with drinks from Charleston Mix Bloody Mary. General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. VIP admission is $40 in advance and $45 at the door and includes complimentary beer, wine, and oysters while supplies last. 

Carnes Crossroads and the City of Goose Creek are teaming up this Saturday to present Movies on the Village Green, an outdoor movie night series. Gather the family and bring your blankets and chairs to see Mary Poppins Returns in the heart of the Carnes Crossroads community. Food trucks and other vendors will be on hand to offer up delicious options for dinner and snacks. There will also be lawn games and activities to enjoy before the movie begins at 5:30pm. This is a free event with free parking!

For a free, family-friendly event on Sunday, head to Mount Pleasant for Boone Hall Farms Home Grown Sunday. Admission and parking for this event are free! Enjoy live music all day long from Palmetto Soul. Sample beers and wines and Mr. Tom’s Smoked Half Chickens and BBQ. The kiddos will love the baby goat petting zoo, face-painting, and Miss Missy from Burdon Creek Dairy. Meet Terry Hamlin, local author and founding father of the Cooper River Bridge Run. And be sure to check out all the local artists, crafts, cookies, and eatable vendors, such as Ciaburri’s Fresh Mex, Christopher Hyatt - Charleston Traditions Cuisine, Melissa Henderson (author of Licky the Lizard), Holy City Popcorn, Serenity by the Sea, Old World Glass Works, Virginia Bond Fine Art, There’s No Place Like Charleston, and much, much more! 

Friday Five // November 1st, 2019

Happy November! We hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween week and you’re all ready for a brand new month full of possibilities. Let’s kick it off with this week’s Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events going on in the Charleston area throughout the weekend. Be Scottish for the weekend, check out some awesome family fun, hit up the fair, and more. As always, whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a safe and happy weekend!

Everyone can be Scottish for the weekend at the 48th Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. Organized and hosted by the Scottish Society of Charleston, the Scottish Games usually sees over 6,000 guests annually and is the second oldest event of its kind in the southeast. The Games & Gathering events kick off on Friday night with the Charleston Tartan Ball at Daniel Island Club (black tie, military mess dress, highland evening dress for men). Then join in the fun and camaraderie and watch some of the best and strongest in the games from 9am until 5pm on Saturday at Boone Hall Plantation. Saturday’s event includes athletic competitions, a pipe band championship, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, children’s events, border collie demonstrations, and live music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and vendors will be on hand for demonstrations and selling their wares. Be sure to grab a ticket for the Scotch Whisky Tasting during the games as well! The events wrap up with Kirkin o’ the Tartan on Sunday at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street. 

The Coastal Carolina Fair is back in town for its 63rd year, and it starts this weekend! Did you know the Fair has operated continually in Charleston County since 1924? Since then, it has grown from a small county fair that served the immediate Charleston area to an operation reaching the entire Tricounty area and beyond. In 1957, the Exchange Club took ownership of the fair and grew it into the Coastal Carolina Fair, the purpose of which has always been to raise funds for charity. Since its beginning, the Exchange Club of Charleston has used funds raised at the Fair to provide millions of dollars to hundreds of charities to benefit citizens and make the Lowcountry an even better place to live and work. The Fair begins Thursday, October 31st, and runs through Sunday, November 10th. Make some time to visit and try the various delicious foods, see the quality entertainment and exhibits, and ride the thrilling, heart-pumping rides!

Join the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry for some serious family fun this Saturday at FAM JAM 2019, the Museum’s signature annual event that celebrates family and community togetherness and the power of play. Through the help of more than thirty community partners, CML will transform Marion Square into an engaging and innovative playscape. Featuring live music, entertainment, and hands-on activities, this free family festival encourages kids to move their bodies and stretch their imaginations. The event takes place from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, and all attendees receive free admission to the Children’s Museum that day to continue the fun. 

Get excited, history and architecture buffs, because the Preservation Society of Charleston’s 43rd annual Fall Tours of Homes, History, & Architecture begin this weekend. Experience Charleston’s stunning private homes, intimate gardens, and churches as you stroll through the historic city streets. The Fall Tours serve as the Society’s foremost annual fundraiser. Choose from a variety of events, including Curated Tours, Gardens Walks, and Talks; Photography Walkabout and Workshop; Haunts and Haints: Spirits Among Us; Morning History Walks and Talks; and more. Help the Preservation Society in its mission to support sustainable and responsible tourism in Charleston. Limited tickets are available and advance reservations are recommended.

This Friday evening marks the 15th year of the Friends of the Hunley Oyster Roast and Silent Auction. This event grows and becomes more popular each year, offering tons of fun, good music, and all-you-can-eat barbeque, oysters, and traditional sides. All proceeds from the oyster roast and silent auction support maritime preservation and education. The silent auction will feature weekend getaways, gift certificates, artwork, and unique experiences. The oyster roast takes place from 7pm until 10pm at the Charleston Visitor Center & Bus Shed. General admission tickets are $45.

Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

With all the little ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and princesses preparing for a night of trick-or-treating fun, we thought we’d take the time to share our best tips for staying safe on Halloween night. 

Plan your route ahead of time. The excitement of Halloween can wear off quickly when arguments start over which way and how far to go. The length and location of your trick-or-treating route will vary depending on your children’s ages, of course. But it’s always a good idea to have a plan for how far you’ll go and how long you’ll stay out. Remember that little feet and legs can get tired quickly. And once that sugar high wears off, sleepy little ones can slip into meltdown mode at the drop of a witch’s hat. 

Stay in well-lit areas. If your neighborhood doesn’t have much in the way of streetlights, make sure to equip everyone in your party with flashlights. Even if you plan to go out before dusk, remember that it gets dark pretty quickly these days. Adding a little reflective tape or clip-on lights to costumes, trick-or-treat bags, and shoes is always helpful as well.

Choose a route with plenty of sidewalks. It’s always safer to stick to the sidewalk than to walk in the street. Not everyone is considerate of or patient with trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, Halloween night is one of those times when less responsible people might be driving under the influence. Anything you can do to avoid walking on neighborhood streets is good! You can never be too careful when it comes to your children’s safety. 

Trick-or-treat in groups. It’s always safer to do things in groups, and trick-or-treating is more fun with friends anyway! Adults can chat and have fun while also helping look out for each other’s kiddos. If older kids would rather go out on their own, make sure they’re going with a trusted group of friends who understand and obey rules meant to keep them safe. 

Never go inside a stranger’s home. Some Halloween enthusiasts go all out with festive activities and haunted houses. That’s all well and good if you know your neighbors well, but it’s better not to enter a stranger’s home. Make sure children understand that they should only approach houses with lights on, and they should never enter someone else’ home without a parent or guardian. 

Make sure costumes fit well. Costumes should be an appropriate length to prevent tripping. Accessories and props should be flexible and soft to help avoid hurting anyone by accident. If anyone is wearing a mask, make sure they can see and breathe well. Use makeup instead of masks if possible.

Wear comfortable shoes. This might be difficult with some costumes—especially for excited kids who want their costumes to look authentic—but good walking shoes or sneakers are the best choice for trick-or-treating. If your child insists on wearing “fancy” shoes with their costume, bring along a pair of tennis shoes for when their feet start to get tired or blistered. 

Inspect candy before eating. We know it’s incredibly tempting to sneak a few pieces of candy along the way, but it’s better to wait. Candy should be inspected by a parent or guardian before the kiddos dig in. Only accept pre-wrapped candy from people you don’t know very well, and be sure the wrappers haven’t been tampered with in any way. Homemade treats are lovely, but the sad truth is that there’s no way to be absolutely sure they’re safe to consume. Also take your child’s age into consideration when sorting through their loot; some candies or toys could be choking hazards for small children.

Friday Five // October 25th, 2019

It’s Friday once again, which means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening around the Lowcountry this weekend. Do a little trick-or-treating, attend a royal ball, exercise your mind and body at once, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company wish you a very happy and safe weekend!

The 2019 James Island Connector Run (JICR) takes place on Saturday morning, with races starting at 8:30am. The Connector Run provides runners and walkers with one of the most scenic race routes in the Southeast and one of the most challenging race courses in the Lowcountry. Overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and the historic downtown peninsula of Charleston, this 10K run and 5K run/walk goes across the James Island Connector. The post-race festival is held at Cannon Park and includes refreshments, music, a beer garden, and a kids’ zone. The top five male and female finishers for the 10K and 5K runs will receive cash awards.

Dress up your little witches, goblins, superheroes, and princesses and bring them to the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston for the Tanger SPOOKtacular! This free, family-friendly event takes place on Saturday from noon until 3pm. Children ages 12 and under can trick-or-treat while supplies last. There will also be Goblin Games, Cauldron Crafts, and a Family Costume Contest, which starts at 2pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best Family Costume (one group winner), Top 3 Most Creative Kids’ Costumes (3 winners), and Top Dog Award (best dog costume). Look for decals on entrance doors of participating stores. Masks permitted for children ages 12 and under. 

Also taking place on Saturday afternoon is the Fall Festival at Mt. Pleasant Towne Center, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Veterinary Specialty Care. Celebrate the fall season with a day of family and pet-friendly festivities. A pet costume contest, presented by Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, will benefit the Charleston Animal Society. Contest registration begins at noon with a $10 fee for each pet. Register your furry friends for Best Duo, Most Topical/Trending, Best Homemade, Best Inanimate Object, and Funniest. Human friends can enjoy trick-or-treating, hula hooping, a photo booth with King & Fields Studio, live music featuring Logan and the Kidders and Bach to Rock, arts and crafts, face-painting, caricatures, bounce houses, balloon animals, and a meet and greet with Charlie the RiverDog. Refreshing cocktails will be available for purchase from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and beer and wine from Burton’s Grill. Food and sweets will also be available from Dave N Dubs Hot Dogs, Charleston Pops, Pure Fluff Co., Clean Eatz, King of Pops, Kona Ice, Miss Katie’s Sweets, and James Brown Famous Boiled Peanuts.

Join Charleston Country Parks, Healthy Tri-County, and Charleston County Public LIbrary this Sunday at Palmetto Islands County Park for the grand opening of Storywalk. Storywalk is a path where children of all ages can combine the joy of reading with a walk in the woods, exercising both mind and body at once! Join your hosts and celebrate the opening of this fun, interactive walk with crafts, jump castles, and more. Admission is free for this event with the cost of park admission. The grand opening event takes place from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday. 

You are cordially invited to Reservoir Hall in Hanahan this Sunday afternoon for an Enchanting Royal Ball, hosted by Curiouser Entertainment. On this enchanting afternoon, you’ll enjoy a magical, fall-theme fête with favorite characters like Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Arabian Princess, Beauty, the Little Mermaid, the Frog Princess, Maleficent, and other special guests. You and your child can roast marshmallows and make s’mores y the cozy fire pit; color and decorate at the craft table; eat yummy treats and snacks at the pink candy bar; take part in singing, dancing, and games led by the princesses; and lots more. Your regular $35 ticket includes entry into the event, a goodie bag for your child to take home, downloadable photos from a professional photographer, and all Royal Ball activities, including unlimited snacks and candy. VIP tickets are $45 and include everything in the regular ticket, plus early entry into the event, a special meet and greet and photos with the princesses, and a special gift for your child to keep. Every attendee over 12 months old requires a ticket for entry. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and adults must be accompanied by a child. 

 

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