Upgrades Worth Considering When it’s TIME TO SELL!

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I am often asked what upgrades are worthy investments to prep a home for sale.  We all know the easy answers….

  • Interior paint
  • Minor kitchen and bathroom updates

But experience (and tons of research) has taught me a few tricks that I am happy to share.  Remember, the goal is to make the home visually appealing to a wide range of buyers!  So for what it’s worth, here are my top picks of upgrades that should be considered when it comes time to sell….

  • Front yard landscaping, new pine straw/ mulch, potted plants for color, and landscape lighting (be sure to get an evening shot for your marketing).  Remember that curb appeal is key!
  • Consider a new high-quality  front door, something special!  Especially in a neighborhood where homes look similar.  Be sure to make your home pop!
  • New garage door!  If needed, this can be a large focal point and by adding a new garage door, you can change the whole look of your home!
  • New roof, if needed.  Insurance companies are asking and could base the buyer’s  insurance rates according to the roof’s age.  If your roof is in need of repair, investing in a new roof will go along way to help secure a buyer and prevent any headaches with your buyer securing insurance.
  • Back yard WOW spots!  This could be a new brick lined patio, fire pit, garden or paved courtyard with water feature and up-lighting  Just remember that folks in Charleston actually use their outdoor living space year round, so use this space to create something usable and enchanting!
  • Large living room rug!  It’s all about scale, and by placing a large, comfy rug in the main living area, you will send a big, welcoming message to your buyers!  And since  the living room is likely the first room the buyers will see, here is your chance to make a bold statement!
  • Green Features!  Buyers love homes with tankless hot water heaters, high efficiency windows, etc.  If it’s time to update any of your mechanical componants, be sure to consider going the extra mile with newer products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
  • Golf Cart!  If you live in a walkable community where golf carts are allowed, a buyer LOVES to see a golf cart included in the sale.  Remember, you are selling more than a home, you are selling a lifestyle and your buyer will love it!

If you are considering buying or selling, I specialize in this market and I am happy to provide you with a personalized plan for success!   Feel free to contact me at Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com and to see homes for sale in the Old Village/ Old Mt. Pleasant, visit my website at SearchOldVillage.com.

 

 

 

 

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The Blue Porch Ceiling Mystery Solved!

When touring homes, one can’t help but notice this “uniquely Charleston” trend- the light blue porch ceiling!  Many assume it is meant to represent the color of the sky, but there is more to the tradition than meets the eye.

It’s no coincidence. You can find “haint blue” all over Charleston, whether on some of the most historic houses on the Battery, or new construction communities in Mt. Pleasant…  So, what’s it all about?

According to Charleston FYI:

Now mimicked by paint companies, the first-ever “haint blue” is said to have originated in Gullah Culture in the Carolinas hundreds of years ago. The Gullah Geechee people painted their doors, window frames, shutters, and their porch ceilings as a means of protection. The light blue is believed to have the power to protect homeowners by chasing away evil spirits or ghosts. While many hear this and are quick to judge, no one should be so certain in a city known for its historic, haunted streets.

Even for those that don’t believe in the spirits, the light blue also brings a charming touch to any porch. It is also said that blue paint is believed to keep bugs and birds from nesting. The blue resembles the color of the sky, a place bugs and birds wouldn’t naturally settle or nest.

Whether or not you believe in the evil spirits that may be roaming around the cobble-stone streets of Charleston, the shade known as “haint blue” can add a charming and peaceful accent to any porch, even outside of the Lowcountry. The next time you’re wandering around Downtown Charleston, remember to look up at the porch ceilings to witness true Lowcountry culture.

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Our Favorite Downtown Hotels

Located across from Marion Square and steps from King Street, this renovated former federal building exudes old world Charleston charm.
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Warm, upscale suites with full kitchens and complimentary room-in breakfast. Need I say more?!
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Perfectly located, this hotel is elegant and sophisticated with modern southern decor.
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This posh hotel is in a 1920s art deco building. A drink at their cocktail bar is a must!
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This art-filled boutique hotel in the French Quarter is conveniently located to many attractions. The best part of this hotel is the rooftop bar – stunning views of the city!
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Should I wait until Spring to Sell?

It’s December and with the whirl-wind of the holidays approaching, clients are asking me if they should list now or wait until the first of the year.  Obviously we do not have a crystal ball answer, but based on my experience, I am advising as follows:

Why wait?  True, there is a smaller pool of buyers during the colder months (think about those buyers who currently live in the North that cannot sell their homes because it is snowing) but even with fewer buyers, there is also fewer homes to chose from.  The big factor being that tons of new inventory will be hitting the market in the early spring, and the best path to ensure a quick sale is to beat the rush.

Below is an interesting article from RIS Media’s House Call.

“The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re considering selling your home, now is the perfect time to reassess your strategy for getting your property sold. With the colder temperatures and many people heading on vacation, it may seem like an inopportune moment to list your house, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Although it’s true that there are fewer buyers looking for a home at this time of year, the pros far outweigh the cons. There are less, yet far more serious buyers searching for homes in your market, and there is less competition with less homes on the market, and transactions happen far more quickly as there are less being processed.

Click here to read more, and if I can help you in any way, please let me know.  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

Just Sold – 813 Pitt Street

Happy Fall!  So happy to close 813 Pitt Street!  The sellers were a dream to work with and I am so grateful to have met them and to be a part of this time in their lives.  Happy sellers, indeed.  Oh, and happy buyers too!

A kind note from the sellers:  Our experience with Jackie Kelly and the Cassina Group could not have been better.  Our home was an older home in a market that was filled with competition from new homes and fresh renovations.  Jackie sensed the love we had for our home and knew that we wanted another family to have the experience we did in raising our children there.  She represented the home as if it were hers.  Through a lot of ups and downs, she guided us to the unique buyer we hoped we’d find.  She was always available and extremely prompt with everything and anything we needed.  She is a professional and full-time realtor who knows what she is doing.  We highly recommend her to anyone needing a realtor.  We loved our experience with her, her assistant, Melissa, and the entire Cassina Group.

Tom & Janet Utsey

813 Pitt Street closed on October 29 for $1,258,250.

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If I can help you sell your home, please contact me today.  I have been selling in the neighborhood for years, and happy to provide you with a clear, concise plan to get your home closed!  Jackie@TheCassinaGroup.com

 

 

Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum- Oct 1st!

It’s back!  And I a so excited for this exciting event!

Grab your friends and test your local knowledge, as I host Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum Restaurant!

 Oct 1st from 5-6:60pm at Red Drum Restaurant!  Super fun trivia all about our neighborhood and surrounding areas.

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2300 Beckenham Drive- Park West- Deep Water Dock

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DEEP WATER DOCK WITH 9 FEET AT LOW TIDE! Need I say more?!

Located in lovely Park West, you will love this custom Lowcountry home with dock on the Wando River, located on a private cul-de-sac in Masonborough. The panoramic water views along with Charleston charm make this home a one of a kind find! The home has a great layout for everyday living and entertaining with a formal dining room, living room, great room and an eat-in chef’s kitchen on the main floor. The master bedroom suite is also located on the main floor, with four large bedrooms and a flex space on the next level. High-quality craftsmanship abounds with luxurious features including Travertine and hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, coffered ceilings, wainscoting, built-in cabinets, granite counters and so much more. The home also boasts many outdoorliving spaces including a covered front porch, deck, private backyard and a rooftop sundeck with panoramic views of the water.

Additional features of this stunning home include:

*Dual staircase leading to a grand front porch with columns, Travertine stone flooring, stunning mahogany French doors flanked with floor-to-ceiling shutters, tongue and groove ceiling and gas lanterns.

*2-story foyer with Travertine flooring, direct view of the water and sweeping staircase to 2nd floor *Travertine stone and Caribbean Walnut Hardwood flooring throughout main and upper level. Hand scraped hardwood and Travertine in lower level.

*Formal dining room with gas fireplace, wainscoting, coffered ceiling and French doors leading to front porch

*Formal living room/ library, currently being used as a billiards room, with wood-lined walls, built in cabinetry, coffered ceiling and 2nd gas fireplace

*Fully equipped Chef’s kitchen with commercial grade appliances – AGA stove and oven with pot filler, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Dacor oven, warming drawer, microwave and wine cooler

*Amazing, over-sized back porch overlooking a very private back yard with water views, featuring Travertine floor, tongue and groove ceiling, with fans and gas lanterns

*First floor master bedroom with double doors leading to back porch *Spacious master bathroom with double sinks, walk-in, rain head shower, jacuzzi tub, double walk-in closets and stacked washer/ dryer

*Second floor with open loft/ flex space and four large bedrooms (two are en-suite and two share a Jack-n-Jill bath)

*Second floor laundry room with granite counter, wash sink and built in cabinetry

*Spiral stair case from second level porch to top sundeck with panoramic water views *Basement/ Garage level with 3 bay, 4 car garage and tons of storage.

*Lower level features a large family room with French doors that access the ground d level patio, built in cabinetry with sink and built in beverage cooler

*Outdoor kitchen includes crab pot filler and high output gas burner, cut out for a Big Green Egg, 5 burner gas grill and pot burner

*Pergola overlooking a fantastic oversized paver patio with in-ground fire feature! Perfect for year-round entertaining

*Adorable brick-walled home office which could be turned into a wine cellar *10 foot ceilings throughout, extensive trim and moldings, window box seats, wired for sound, Nest thermostat, central vacuum, wood shelves in closets, elevator shaft for all 3 levels

*The dock is accessible through an easement on the neighbor’s property with a shared walkway. The property has its own pier head and floater. Pilings can accommodate a boat lift. True deep water even at low tide, a rare find!

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MLS #18005225

Offered at $1,499,999

For more information, contact Jackie Kelly at 843.991.9111 or jackie@thecassinagroup.com