Sept. 12, 2019

14 First Time Homebuyer Mistakes To Avoid

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Posted in Buying
June 6, 2019

10 Ways To Protect Your Home When On Vacation


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When you’re excited about vacation, it’s easy to forget about what you’re leaving behind. That is, until you get to the airport and wonder: Did I lock the door? Is the iron on? Is the garage door open? Secure your home before you leave so you can travel with maximum confidence and peace of mind. These home security tips for when you’re on vacation will help ensure that you won’t return to any unpleasant surprises.

1. Lock the doors and windows

Locking up might seem too obvious to mention, but an estimated 32% of burglars enter through unlocked doors. Windows are also weak points, so keep them closed and locked, even on the upper floors. A clever burglar can still access them, and an open window anywhere in the house might let in animals, rain or wind. 

2. Clear out the mailbox

Mail piling up is a tip-off that no one’s home. Have a trusted neighbor, friend or housesitter collect your mail and keep it safely out of sight. Alternatively, you can request a temporary mail hold or mail forwarding through If you subscribe to any newspapers or subscription boxes, pause your delivery.


3. Use lights to create the illusion that someone’s home

Darkness is another trademark of an empty house — it also allows thieves to sneak in undetected. Nix that vulnerability by leaving a few lights on. Better yet, use motion detector lights to illuminate any intruders, or opt for smart lighting so you can set the lights to a timer and control them remotely. 


4. Keep the yard maintained

Unless you have an extremely low-care yard, the lawn or garden will definitely need attention if you’re gone long enough. Make sure your landscaping professional continues working in your absence, and if you don’t have one, ask a neighbor or hire temporary help. If you live in a wintry climate, consider snow removal as well. 

5. Leave a car in the driveway

Former burglars have reported that a vehicle in the driveway is a major deterrent in scoping out potential targets, because it almost always means that someone is home. Leave your (locked) car where people can see it, or see if a neighbor wants to park there. 

6. Hide or lock up valuables

Easy-to-grab expensive items are extremely alluring to criminals. Conceal and secure the high-value items in both your home and garage. Lock up the most important things in a household safe. Remember that many thieves don’t draw the line at stealing physical goods — they also want to steal your identity. Lock up social security cards, financial information and any personal identification that you’re not bringing with you. 

7. Don’t broadcast your plans online

Don’t post about your vacation on social media until after you return (and make sure your kids don’t either). By sharing travel plans, you’re advertising that your house will be empty. You can never be completely sure who sees that information, especially if you have many followers or a public profile.

8. Get your security system ready

If you have a home security system or security cameras, make them obvious to potential intruders. Cameras should be conspicuous so they can see and be seen. Post home security signs and decals prominently. If you don’t have a system, fake signs might be better than nothing. Also, make sure the security system and any automated devices you have are programmed correctly for your absence. If you have a professionally monitored system, inform the company that you’re going away. Make sure cameras, smoke detectors and any other components are on and in good working order, and that your smart home devices are programmed appropriately. 

9. Adjust the thermostat

Adjust the thermostat to prevent the HVAC system from needlessly heating or cooling empty rooms. Programmable smart thermostats make this a lot easier, and you can remotely adjust them to comfortable temperatures for when you get back.

10. Prevent water damage

Some experts recommend turning off the house’s main water supply valve to prevent possible water damage from leaky pipes. This is a viable option if you live in a moderate climate and the house will be empty, but if you live in a cold area, or someone will be checking in while you’re gone, you probably want to leave the water on. 


Posted in Home Protection
April 25, 2019

Columbia Events


Cayce Festival of the Arts
Featuring artists, crafters and authors from around the region - net proceeds to benefit a local charity selected by the Cayce Avenues Neighborhood Association
Kinetic Derby Day
Parade of kinetic sculptures (human-powered, handmade floats), adult and child soapbox derby racing, food trucks - hosted by City of West Columbia
West Columbia
Kid's Day of Lexington
Learn about health, safety and environmental awareness through booths, activities, live performances
Sweet & Savory Chef's Competition
A night of sweet treats, savory hors d'oeurves, live music and vote for your favorite dishes - benefits Palmetto Place Children's Shelter
ColaJazz Crawl: International Jazz Day
Multiple area venues will be hosting local and international jazz musicians - hosted by ColaJazz
3 - 4
Festival of Gardens
Visit eight private gardens in the Forest Lake neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lots of fresh crawfish and other tasty treats, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, 5K crawdaddy dash run, and more
Columbia Wave Fest
Live music, food, vendors, kids zone - a Federation of Families of SC event in recognition of national Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
NAMIWalks Mid-Carolina
5K family-friendly walk - benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Big Nosh
Sample popular Jewish foods and experience cultural events and activities
9 - 11
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, street dances, fireworks, best chicken cooking contest
Lexington Wine Walk
Wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, live music - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
17 - 18
Governor's Cup Road Race
2-days of racing with the Main Street Mile on Friday evening with kid's open and elite divisions then on Saturday is the half marathon and 5K events
Lemonade II
Living. Every. Moment. Optimistically. NonStop. And. Defying. Expectations is a cultural day party celebrating culture and arts - 21+ only at Hampton Preston Mansion
Metropolitan Bridal Expo
Plan the wedding of your dreams with vendors from the area inspiring you on the different aspects of wedding planning
Power of the Purse
Auctions of designer purses, spa packages and more - Women in Philanthropy event to raise money for women and children in need
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
South Carolina Square & Round Dancers Convention
For all levels of dancers - several dances plus clinics, workshops and more
Blythewood DOKO Rodeo
An IPRA championship rodeo, live music, rides for kids, food vendors - benefits local organizations
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Posted in Outdoor Living
Oct. 26, 2018

Fall Cleanup


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 Fall weather is here with vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges, saturating skylines and grassy fields alike. The crisp, cool breezes blow through the air, shocking our senses and reminding us that Summer is, in fact, truly gone. 

Now it is sweater weather!  And pumpkin-flavored everything!


1. Clean up before you close up

Before closing up your home for the cold winter months, you want to clear out all the dust, dirt, pollen, and muck that’s been accumulating throughout the summer. The last thing you want to do is get stuck inside with all of that for the next few months – especially if you have allergies!

  • Check and clean your air filters
  • Wipe down the blinds, wash the curtains, and clean the ceiling fans, floors, and carpets.
  • Wash the walls, windows, doors, baseboards, etc.
  • Get behind and under all the furniture like couches, beds, bookshelves, etc.

2. Declutter and tidy up

Purge, purge, purge. Items you no longer use or do not want either sell, donate or throw out,

Whatever you choose, getting this done at least twice a year just makes the job that much easier.

3. Get rid of unwanted guests

Our homes tend to get invaded during the summer and become safe havens for critters like bugs, spiders, flies, etc. Fall cleaning is the perfect time to get into all the crevices around your home and get rid of those guys.

  • Vacuum and wipe down all the corners and creases at the ground and ceiling level
  • Wash the window sills
  • Don’t forget the closets! 


1. Clean and store summer garden tools.

If you've got a lawn to mow, there's no doubt you're already noticing the shorter days. Nothing like mowing the lawn after dark! With shorter days and slower growing grass, it's time to start thinking about storing your mower, rakes, and wheelbarrow for the off seasons. If you have an electric mower, you’ve got it easy. But if you have a gas-powered mower, you’ll have a little extra work to do. We asked a New England mower dealer about the top reason mowers give their owners trouble in the spring, and this was his number one: If you leave gas in the tank, it can deteriorate and damage internal engine parts over the winter. Avoid this by either running the tank dry before storing it, or adding fuel stabilizer to your gasoline can and topping off the tank before you put it away.

You’ll also want to ensure an easy startup in the spring by lubricating your pistons. Simply remove the spark plug (once the engine is cool of course) and pour a capful of engine oil into the spark plug hole. Pull the start cord a couple of times to distribute the oil.

When you’re ready to do a final cleaning, turn the mower off and turn it on its side to remove grass and remaining gunk from the deck.

2. Put away hoses and shut off exterior faucets.

If you live in a cold weather climate, hoses left attached to outdoor faucets can cause costly damage to your pipes and exterior walls. If water backs up in the pipes, it will likely freeze, expand, and then crack the hardware. So make sure to remove, drain, and store your outdoor hoses and turn off the shutoff valves that lead to those faucets. If you're not sure where to locate your shutoff valves, ask your plumber to show you. If your house has a basement, that's likely where you'll find it. 

3. Drain and turn off your sprinkler system.

Even underground irrigation systems can freeze and burst, so it’s important to turn off the water to your main sprinkler system, shut off any automatic controls, and open the drain valves to remove water trapped inside. You’ll also want to shake excess water from your above-ground sprinkler heads.

Don’t have drain valves? Hire a professional to blow out the pipes with compressed air. This will run you about $100, and will prevent costly repairs come springtime if any of your pipes burst.

4. Clean your gutters and downspouts.

5. Check the condition of your roof.

Since it’s your home’s first line of defense against wind, rain, and snow, it’s important to make sure your roof is in tip-top shape before the seasons turn. You can check for missing or loose shingles yourself, or better yet, hire a roofing professional to check it out and make any repairs. This is the best time of year to do maintenance on your roof.

6. Tend to trees and shrubs.

One of the most important home maintenance you can do in the fall is to cut the dead off your trees. This can prevent falling limbs, limit damage to your home during heavy winds and rain, and can also help preserve your trees through to the spring. Fall is also the best time to prune your plants in any climate simply because the summer growing season has come to an end.

Do you have a pool? Best to consult a professional for at least your first year as a pool owner. And always examine your pool cover for damage and replace if necessary.

Now that you have accomplished so much, kick back and enjoy that pumpkin spiced whatever.

Oct. 7, 2018

Columbus Day






What Is Columbus Day?

Columbus Day is a national holiday in the United States commemorating Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the Americas. It first became a federal holiday back in 1934, but had been celebrated unofficially for years prior, dating back to at least the 18th century. 

Who Was Christopher Columbus?

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator. We don’t know a whole lot about his early life, but do know he was born sometime before October 31, 1451. We also know he was mostly self-educated, coming to be well-versed in geography, astronomy, and history. From a young age, Columbus learned about the sea and traveled a lot. Later in life, driven by a desire to profit from the spice trade, he would become obsessed with finding a western sea route to China, India, and the rest of Asia.

In 1492, the joint Catholic Monarchs of Spain would agree to sponsor Columbus and his crew on a journey westward. Columbus would set sail in August of that year, leaving Spain with three ships. A couple months later, on October 12th, he landed on an island that is now part of the Bahamas.   

Columbus and his men would go on to visit the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola. He would set up a settlement in what is now Haiti, the first European colony in the New World since the Norse came to North America in the 10th century.

(A misconception is that Columbus was the first European to “discover” America. He was not. The Vikings beat him by some 500 years.)

In March, 1493, Columbus would return to Spain a hero, bringing back with him gold, spices, and slaves. He would ultimately cross the Atlantic again three other times. It wasn’t until his third voyage that Columbus finally realized he wasn’t in Asia, but a whole new continent. He died in 1506.

The History of Columbus Day in the United States

The first known Columbus Day celebration took place in 1792, on the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ initial voyage. The festivities took place in New York, and were organized by the Tammany Society. Soon after, other parts of the country began to hold similar commemorations. Many of these occurred in Italian and Catholic communities, and often featured religious ceremonies and parades in his honor.

In 1892, for the 400th anniversary of the event, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation encouraging all Americans to celebrate Columbus and his achievements. It was around this time that celebrations of Columbus shifted from being religious and ethnic-based, to more secular and patriotic.

Congress and President Franklin D. Roosevelt would proclaim Columbus Day a national holiday in 1934. 

When Is Columbus Day?

In the past, Columbus Day was celebrated every October 12th (the date he reached the New World). However, in 1971, Columbus Day was changed to the second Monday of October.

Posted in HOLIDAYS
Aug. 31, 2018

Labor Day

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 Labor Day is the ultimate long weekend—it’s the end of summer, the beginning of fall.  Established nationwide in 1894, Labor Day is actually a dedication to the achievements and contributions of American workers.

Here are four surprising facts about the history of the holiday to get you thinking:

On the first Labor Day, 10,000 workers marched in New York City

In 1882, before the day was recognized as a national holiday, workers marched from City Hall to Wendel’s Elm Park, the largest park in New York City at the time. They gathered with their families for concerts, picnics and speeches.

The eight-hour work day wasn’t established until 1916

The Adamson Act instituted the eight-hour work day across the country. It was the first federal law that regulated employees’ hours at private-sector companies.

97% of US employers celebrate Labor Day

According to a Bloomberg BNA survey, almost all employers grant Labor Day as a full paid holiday for employees. Those employees who do work on Labor Day are likely to receive greater pay for their time on that day, the survey also revealed.

It’s a weekend for people to come together

In 1898, Samuel Gompers, the head of the American Federation of Labor said that Labor Day was meant to be a time when workers “lay down their tools of labor for a holiday, but upon which they may touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it.”

So, whatever job you are stepping away from this Labor Day Weekend, celebrate and enjoy for a job well done!

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Posted in HOLIDAYS
Aug. 21, 2018

Back to School


Does Back to School Really Mean the End of the Real Estate Buying Season?

We’ve all heard the widely held belief that back to school signals the end of the home buying season.  The reasoning goes that, once children are back in school parents are less likely to uproot the family.  Back to school also means the end of Summer.  Those without children to consider will tell you this means the holidays are right around the corner, and no one wants to buy a home during the hectic last quarter.

Both of these bits of sage wisdom, or some variation thereof, are passed to you from friends and family members, potentially discouraging you from listing your home, or beginning a house buying hunt, at any time past September.  It turns out that many of these “helpful” or “well informed” pieces of advice aren’t based in any real life statistics.  

The Second Best Time of Year

While Spring and early Summer are great times for home buying and selling for families looking to settle into a neighborhood before the school year begins, it turns out that Fall attracts buyers for different, but equally compelling reasons.

Selling your home in autumn is the second best time of year.  Vacations are over, families are back into routines, and the holiday season is still far enough away to let us ignore.  Inventories that declined over the summer months pick up. Home sellers are generally more negotiable as they see the days shorten and serious buyers are looking for that special home for the thanksgiving buffet.  If you are considering a move now is a great time.”

Less Bidding and More Serious Buying

If the thought of entering the Spring time home buying spree leaves your head spinning, it turns out you aren’t the only one with the aversion.  Buying a home in the fall can mean less competition and less of a chance of getting into an emotion fueled bidding war.  But don’t think that means that there are fewer quality properties on the market.

Sellers in cooler climates will want to get their relocation out of the way before the snow and ice moves in.  The end of the year is also a common time for companies to hire, or relocate their employees.  Some sellers will also prefer to hold out listing their home until after the spring and summer season is over, hoping their property will get more attention once the market has leveled off.

Let’s Talk About That Whole School Thing

  As it turns out, fewer couples and homebuyers nowadays have minor children in the home to consider.  So while the whole concept of back to school equaling the end of the home buying and selling season may have been more relevant 20 or 30 years ago, the majority of those in the real estate market today don’t even have children to consider.

If you’re seriously considering buying or selling a home, any time is the right time.  With a wide selection of listings available near you, consider speaking with a W Realty agent and get your home search underway.



July 28, 2018

2018 Housing Market


Advice for Buyers and Sellers in the 2018 Housing Market

As the weather heats up, so does the housing market. Now that we are halfway into 2018, we’ve identified two important factors for buyers and sellers in this year’s market: low inventory of homes and low mortgage rates.

Low inventory. This means the supply of existing homes on the market is low, compared to the demand from homebuyers, which has created a seller’s market.

Low mortgage rates. Though rates are slightly higher than last year’s rates they are still at historic lows.

The best advice on buying a home in this seller’s market is that homebuyers should be prepared to act quickly.

Make sure you are pre-approved for your loan. This makes you a qualified buyer, which is more attractive to sellers.


Here are the expert’s tips on navigating the 2018 real estate market.

If you’re buying
• Work closely with W Realty and a mortgage banker who recognize the need for speed. You don’t want to miss out on an offer because another buyer was faster.
• Get your mortgage banker to prequalify you so you know how much house you can afford from the start. This empowers you to write a purchase contract.
• Lock your mortgage rate now. Rates could head higher before the year is out.
• Don’t expect drastic discounts even if the property needs work. Most sellers already realize the home needs work and have accounted for it when pricing the home. Trying to discount an already discounted home could cost you the home you love.

If you’re selling
• Even though it’s a seller’s market, don’t price your property too high. Aim for the high end of the realistic range. There is an ideal time frame in which to sell a home and it usually falls within the first few months the home is on the market. Too many days on the market means you may have to reduce the price lower than market value to get the sale.
• Work with a broker who focuses on presentation – staging and decluttering – and gives you consistent feedback. Anything that can differentiate your property will be of great value.
• Make sure your home has superior web exposure and is presented well. Almost 85% of buyers use the Internet to search for a home.

Now is a great time to get into the market. If you’re thinking about buying or selling soon, contact us at W Realty.  We are here to help you every step of the way!

July 16, 2018

Selling A Home With Pets

Cats and dogs can live together peacefully. Read my latest blog for some tips and advice to help with the transition.

Tips For Selling A Home With Pets

Selling a home with pets takes a few extra steps in order to make sure the home is ready for any buyer who walks in the door. The last thing you want is for a buyer to automatically exclude your house from their list due to some pet related issue. In order to remove any stigma in the buyers mind it is best to minimize as much as possible the fact that a home has a pet.

While your home is on the market it would be ideal if your pet or pets can stay with a relative and thus be out of sight out of mind for buyers who then have one less thing to distract them when they come through your home. For most home sellers though sending their pet away even for a little time may not be an option. Regardless if your pet stays in your home or stays with other family the below tips will guide you in getting your home ready for sale by taking care of any pet related issues



When it comes to repairing pet damage this means more than just repairing scratched walls, chewed up molding, or frayed carpets. Check your sofas and other furniture (wood or upholstered furniture) to make sure there are no rips, tears or wood damage cause by your pets. If you can repair those items effectively then do so. Otherwise it may be best to put those pieces of furniture in storage or sell them before you start showing your home to buyers. Buyers will definitely notice pet damage on walls, carpets, molding and they will notice pet damage on furniture. The fact that buyers can see the pet damage on furniture but don’t see any on other parts of the home may lead the buyers to think there is more unseen damage around the house as well. Remove any doubt from the buyer’s mind and repair or remove from your home anything that shows signs of pet damage.

Walls, Molding and Doors

Drywall damaged by pets should definitely be repaired or replaced. Depending on the extent of the damage a small hole can easily be patched with wall repair compound and sanded over. Make sure to paint the spots that were patched as well. Be mindful of how you paint the patched spot as well since the paint on the wall will have faded and changed color over time and new paint of the same color will stand out against the old paint making your patch and paint job very evident. Even if you have paint left over from the last time you painted the wall, depending on how long ago you painted and how old the paint in the can is, you may not be doing yourself a favor by applying that paint. Better choice would be to paint the entire room so it has a uniform look that does not throw off buyers.

Wall repair compound will not be able to address large holes or large areas of damage in drywall. When your drywall has large holes the first thing you should be doing is inspecting inside the hole to make sure no electrical wires have been damaged by your pet. If you do notice any damaged wires, have a qualified electrician replace the wiring and then install new drywall to repair the holes. Fill in the gaps between the new drywall and old drywall with joint compound then sand and repaint as needed. Your walls will look as good as new and there will be one less thing to distract any buyers when coming through your home.

Generally repairing solid wood molding and wood doors is not easily done and often times the end result is wood that is much weaker than as it was originally. Instead repairing damaged wood you should completely replace pieces of wood molding or doors that have pet damage. Replacing wood molding should be an inexpensive task if the damage is confined to a small area. Damaged doors on the other hand require the entire door to be replaced and sometimes replacing the door hardware (hinges and door knob) might also be in order. Interior doors can be ordered to the exact size need in your home at your local or big box hardware store. Exterior doors with damage may be a more costly replacement depending on the type of material used for the door and whether you can replace the door itself or there is more involved like an entire door and frame.

Hardwood Floors/Carpets

Over time the shine of hardwood flooring will wear off with continual foot traffic. Add pets into the mix with hard or sharp claws then the shine and polish of hardwood can wear out quicker. The nice thing about hardwood is that even if the shine is gone the underlying quality of the hardwood still remains and the shine can be brought back through the process of either resurfacing or refinishing. To determine if the hardwood floor should be resurfaced or refinished it is recommended to get in touch with a hardwood flooring expert. In many cases where refinishing is called for the color of the floor can be changed to bring it up to modern tastes if need be. A new modern color for hardwood floors will work great for buyers looking for that special feature that sets a home apart from others.

Carpets over time absorb a lot of dirt from the foot traffic of both humans and their pets. If a good steam cleaning can remove all of the stains and the carpet is not too old that it has lost its plush then you should be fine with just a steam cleaning and deodorizing treatment. On the other hand if your carpet is worn out in spots where Fido likes to relax, or worse Fido used certain spots as a scratching or chewing Picture of vacuumpost then it needs to be replaced. If part of the carpet needs replacing you should look into redoing carpet throughout the entire house. Brand new carpet in a home means the buyer does not have to worry about replacing carpeting before they move in and facing an expense they may not be ready to afford thus tipping them towards buying your home over one that has older carpet.


Most people having lived with their pets for some time become accustomed to the smells that non-pet owners may readily notice. Regardless of whether there are pets smells or not having ones carpet and furniture upholstery steam cleaned is always recommended prior to putting one’s home on the market. As mentioned above if steam cleaning can take care of stains and odors then you don’t need to go any further. If on the other hand the carpet is damaged or the odors cannot be removed from the carpet then the best bet is to replace the carpet and padding.

While your carpet may be new or recently steam cleaned and odor free the furniture your pets hang out on may be another story. That furniture can give off pet odors in your home and that may turn buyers off. Steam cleaning furniture may also take care of pet odors, if not then the furniture should be removed from the home.


Great landscaping adds to the curb appeal of your home that draws buyers in and makes them want to see the rest of the house. Prize winning flowers, beautiful bushes, and great trees won’t sell a buyer on your home if they have to walk through a mine field of dog droppings on the lawn. Pick up after your pet on a regular basis while the home is on the market. Even if your pet is trained to do their businesses in one particular area make sure that area is cleaned up. Buyers will walk where they want to and stepping into a pile of droppings is sure to make them forget any charming feature of your home they did see.   Even worse is if they stepped into the droppings before going into your home and now they will be pets and landscaping picturewalking through your home with those same tainted shoes. Keep the yard clean and you and the buyer will be happier for it.

When a pet urinates on the grass it can cause the grass to yellow due to the high levels of nitrogen in the urine. This usually does not happen when the grass is wet enough to absorb the extra nitrogen but when it is high and dry outside your lawn will turn yellow in those frequently used spots. To help avoid this situation you can water your grass regularly or you can simply add some plain water to the area where Spot just relieved himself and the diluted urine will not cause your grass to burn. End result is a nice green lawn that has little evidence of pet activity.


Last but not least you should also be considerate of your pet. This may be a stressful time for your pet with buyers coming and going. If your pet gets aggressive with strangers or is scared by strangers you should take your pet with you when showings are happening or keep your pet in a crate until the buyers are gone. Make sure you let your agent know what type of instructions to leave for any buyer’s agents who come through your home on how to deal with your pet. You may also want to consider leaving a note close to the front door about the pet if something has changed since you last gave directions to your agent to share. Let buyers agents know if your pet should be confined to one room if he/she is loose, be left alone or other directions. Most real estate agents are used to showing homes with pets and will handle pets per your directions.

Make sure your pet’s toys and bedding are put away as well to help minimize clutter around the home. Ideally if your pet comes with you try and put away any and all signs of a pet in your home.   Toys can be put into a cabinet; the pet crate can be covered up in the garage or basement. The fewer pet signs a buyer sees means less distractions for them when looking at your home.


Selling a home with pets requires a few extra steps and considerations in order to put your home in the best position for buyers. Cleaning up the yard and repairing any interior damage, odors or stains caused by your pet helps to keep your home looking great for buyers. With the proper preparation buyers should be able to focus on the charm and quality of your home above all else.


June 25, 2018

4th of July Happenings in Columbia

 4th of July Fireworks & Celebrations Around        Columbia

Lake Murray 4th of July Boat Parade 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: noon

Location: Parade begins between 12 – 12:30 p.m. at Bomb Island heading towards the dam. Once boats have fallen in line behind the lead boat, the parade will head towards Lake Murray Dam. The parade will pass both the Lexington and Irmo parks at Lake Murray Dam. Therefore, both park sites are ideal for viewing the parade.

Cost: Free, but if watching from one of the Lake Murray Dam park sites admission is $2 per car.

Details: The theme for this year is Cheers to 30 Years.” Call or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center to get registered (2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia, (803) 781-5940). 

Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration 2018

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: approximately 9:15 p.m. (gates at Dreher Island State Park close at 8 p.m.)

Location: Multiple – Lake Murray Dam park sites and walking path, 2068 North Lake Drive, Columbia , SC 29210 or 1832 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072; Dreher Island State Park, 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC 29127

Cost: Lake Murray Dam park sites – $3 per car/truck, $2 per motorcycle, $5 per bus; Dreher Island State Park – $2 for adults, $1.25 SC Seniors, FREE for children 15 years and younger.

Details: Beginning at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) South Carolina’s largest fireworks display on beautiful Lake Murray. Fireworks will be set off from two great locations: Spence Island and Dreher Island State Park. In honor of our 30th anniversary, the fireworks show will be 30 minutes long this year. Viewers of the fireworks show will be able to tune into WTCB/B106.7 FM and WOMG/Classic Hits 98.5 for music that will be synced to the fireworks extravaganza. The best places to view the fireworks are Dreher Island State Park and both parks at the Lake Murray dam. Bring a chair or blanket, picnics are welcomed. No Alcohol Permitted at any of the locations.

31st Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018

Time: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (doors open 1 hour prior to each performance)

Location: First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Free, but must reserve tickets in advance by calling (803) 256-4251.

Details: The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is the longest running event of its kind in our state. It has been seen in person by well over 100,000 people and on television by untold thousands. From parades to indoor fireworks, the celebration is a flag waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving. With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of hundreds you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom, our founding, and our future! Joe Pinner will once again be with us to celebrate his 31st anniversary as master of Ceremonies! Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event!

Star Spangled Symphonic Salute

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Time: 7 – 9 p.m. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Cost: Concert is free with park admission ($5 fee)

Details: Celebrate Independence Day at Saluda Shoals Park with a concert featuring the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra! The Symphony will perform a range of music from Broadway songs to patriotic music to sing-alongs! Remember to bring a picnic blanket or chair.

Blowfish Baseball & Fireworks Show

Date: Tuesday, July 3; Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 7:05 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m. 

Location: Lexington County Baseball Stadium, 474 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072

Cost: $6 – $9

Details: Includes patriotic themed fireworks and more!

Harper Street Bike Parade

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – noon

Location: Corner of Harper and Hunt Streets, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Free

Details: Nobody celebrates an All-American 4th of July quite like Newberrians. On the morning of the 4th the residents of the Harper Street neighborhood celebrate Independence Day by parading down Harper Street in decorated bikes, tricycles, golf carts, and outfits of red, white, and blue, for a good hosing at the end of the road by the Newberry Fire Department!

Military Appreciation Day – July 4th

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia , SC 29201

Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission

Details: EdVenture with be decorated in flags as it recognizes the contributions and sacrifice that military children make alongside their military parents. The museum will offer free admission on this day to guests showing military identification. Free bag lunch for military children under 12.

Activities include:

  • World Map – place pin or sticker where you have lived- Lobby (All Day)
  • Science of fireworks – Bio Lab (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.)
  • Honor our Fallen Heroes Wall– 2nd floor (All Day)
  • Bald Eagle Activity – Tinker Tech (All Day)
  • Patriotic Storytime – EdVenture Library (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.)
    • I Pledge of Allegiance – by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez  
    • America: A Patriotic Primer – by Lynne Cheney 
  • Statue of Liberty Crown – AHA! Factory (All Day)
  • Write a Thank You Note to our Military – Main Lobby (All Day)

Lexington County Peach Festival

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 8 a.m. – 10:20 p.m. (check event website for specific activity start times)

Location: Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert , SC 29054

Cost: Free, but parking locations may charge. Arts and crafts, children’s rides, and great foods will be available for varying fees.

Details: As the Lexington County Peach Festival celebrates its 60th year on July 4th, the Festival offers a full day of fun with the celebration of America’s birthday. Festivities include antique car show, live entertainment, patriotic parade, art & craft vendors, carnival rides, great food like BBQ & peach desserts, fireworks, and more! 

Columbia Fireflies Baseball & Independence Day Celebration

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: 6:05 p.m.

Location: Spirit Communications Park, 1640 Freed Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: $5 – $10; parking $3

Details: Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show and celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday with the Fireflies!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: Dark-thirty

Location: Newberry High School’s Mike Ware Field, 3419 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108

Cost: Not listed, so bring cash just in case!

Details: The Newberry County Sheriff’s office invites all to their annual 4th of July Fireworks Show at Newberry High School. The evening begins with kids’ inflatables and goodies from food trucks around the Newberry High School football field. Once dusk has settled the community gathers to sing the National Anthem and watch the fireworks light up the summer night sky.

EdVenture’s Americana Day

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia , SC 29201

Cost: Free with purchase of museum admission

Details: Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with what it means to be American. Guests will have an opportunity to meet local Fireflies baseball stars and Glow with Mason, and flags will be flying in anticipation of the 242nd birthday of the USA! 

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

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