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2019

The Top 5 Exterior Areas to Fix up Before Listing Your Home this Fall

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You’ve probably heard that spring and summer are the best times to sell your home, and we’ll be honest: they do have their perks. But with mortgage rates remaining low and motivated buyers steadily flowing into the market, this fall is shaping up to be a pretty profitable selling season.

If you’re gearing up to list your home soon, then you’ll need to pay extra attention to your outdoor areas. Here are the top five spaces to give a little TLC to before you sell!

The Lawn

An old rake leaning against the wall of a home.

Once you’ve raked up the leaves, you might think your lawn is all taken care of. But there’s much more to fall lawn care than bagging up leaves! If temperatures haven’t majorly dropped by the time you list, you’ll need to keep mowing your lawn—it’ll continue growing until the first hard frost.

If you’ve got a few bare spots in your yard, fall is also the perfect time for overseeding! Since the ground is relatively warm but the sun isn’t quite as powerful as in the summer, growing conditions are better than ever. Just be sure you’re providing your lawn with plenty of water, and those sparse spots should start to fill in.

The Garden

Pumpkins and gourds sitting on a table.

Since you’re planning a move, you probably don’t want to start planting new veggies, but there are other ways to give your garden a fresh look. First, you’ll want to make sure all of your leftover plants from spring and summer are cleared out, and your plot is weed-free. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time for the fun part!

Picked up a few pumpkins or gourds from the farmers’ market? Set them out near your doorstep. Need a home for a scarecrow or two? Give them a perch on either side of the garden. You can fill in any blank space with potted plants like mums or sunflowers or a decorative holiday banner!

The Roof

Leaves in a gutter.

With trees shedding leaves and dead branches, you’ve probably got a decent amount of brush and foliage dotting your roof. Now’s the time to pull out the ladder and do a clean sweep. Plus, it’s the perfect chance to get a look at the condition of your shingles and see if any need replacing!

While you’re up there, be sure to sweep out your gutters, as well. There’s a good chance the extra debris has them more clogged up than usual, which could lead to flooding or exterior damage. Clearing them out will prevent any issues, and show buyers that you go the extra mile in maintaining your home.

The Porch

Fall decor including a wreath, potted plants, and gourds, all placed around a small bench.

The crowning glory of your home’s exterior, the porch should act as the first taste of what the inside of the home has to offer. You want to strike the perfect balance between warm and welcoming and clean and clutter-free!

First, take care of spiffing the space up by sweeping the floors, ringing out the welcome mat, and dusting off any outdoor furniture. If you have one too many chairs or a crowded collection of potted plants, you should remove some of the clutter.

Then, add a little character! Put a few pumpkins by door, set out a scented candle or two, swap out your porch light for a warmer wattage, and update your throw pillows—just be careful not to overdo it. Since your porch space is likely relatively small, a little goes a long way.

The Front Door

A welcome sign and a small wreath on a white front door.

It’s only a small portion of your exterior, but if you play your cards right, your front door can be one of the most eye-catching parts of your home. Nothing draws attention like a fresh coat of paint, so you should consider picking a shade that pops and matches your siding—like a warm red or a bold blue. At the very least, you should use furniture wax or dish soap to scrub out the dinginess.

Once you’ve revamped your door, it’s time to accessorize! Since it’s fall, you should be able to easily find a seasonal wreath to hang. If you really want to go the extra mile, think about replacing your house number or knocker with some shiny new hardware.

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Kicking Clutter to the Curb: Transform Your Home with These 4 Decluttering Tips

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We’ve all been there. One day, you look around your house, and there’s just So. Much. Stuff. Stuff in boxes, stuff on the walls, stuff in the corners—just…stuff. If you’re gearing up to sell your home, you’re going to have to deal with all that accumulated clutter eventually. Luckily, there are plenty of simple strategies for getting the job done!

Arm yourself for the Crusade Against the Clutter, and use these top tips to transform your home before selling.

Start Early

A to-do list.

If you aren’t prepared, things can quickly get overwhelming. After all, you’re not only getting your home ready to sell, but you’re also packing things up, finding a new home, and dealing with your finances. It makes sense that decluttering your home isn’t first on your list, but it’s one of the most important steps!

Before you list your home, you want the space to be ready to wow buyers from the second they walk through the door. If you kick off your decluttering months in advance, you’ll be in much better shape come listing time.

Expand Your Storage

An organized silverware drawer.

For many people, clutter accumulates simply because they don’t know what they actually have. An easy way to fix this issue and make your home more organized is by coming up with an intentional storage solution.

Hit the store and pick up some sliding storage and plastic tubs, then label each unit and keep it stored anyway until needed. That way, you’ll know exactly what you have and where it is. Never worry about misplaced holiday decorations or a surplus of school supplies ever again! Plus, a lot of your stuff will already be neatly packed away come moving time.

Take It Little by Little

A man and woman carrying boxes.

Decluttering can be a long process, filling up nights and weekends and free time—especially if you put it off until the last minute. Luckily, if you start ahead of time, you’ll have the luxury of taking it little by little. And not just one room at a time—we mean really little, like an hour or two hours spent on just the kitchen cabinets or bedroom closets.

You can even make it fun! Get everybody in the house together and play a game of 12-12-12. The rules are simple: walk through the house and find 12 items you want to keep, 12 items you want to get rid of, and 12 items you want to sell/donate. You’d be surprised how quickly you can reduce your clutter after a few rounds, and it only takes a couple of minutes!

Make it FAST

Clutter.

For the last tip, we’ve gotten the inside scoop from professional organizer, Peter Walsh. Walsh says that decluttering is as simple as remembering this short acronym:

Fix a time. Plan ahead, and find a time that works for everyone in the house—and make attendance mandatory!

Anything not used in twelve months. If you haven’t used it in a year, then you probably don’t need it. Ask yourself a few questions: Do I need it? Is it valuable to me? Is it worth the space it’s taking up? If no, then kick it to the curb.

Someone else’s stuff. Still have that borrowed tupperware? Give it back. Holding onto things that family members have left behind? Send it their way. If it’s not yours, find a new home for it!

Trash. It’s easy to get sentimental and hold onto things that are well past their expiration date (metaphorically speaking). Don’t be afraid to take the plunge—and maybe even go overboard—and trash some of your older belongings. If you don’t want to go full in and trash it, then you can always donate it to a good cause.

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Tips for staying safe this Halloween

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Image result for trick or treatThere is nothing more adorable than seeing our kids excitedly trick-or-treating as their favorite superhero or cartoon character. As we fondly reminisce Halloweens passed, we get to enjoy watching them form memories of their own. While these times are sure to be cherished, its important that we always remember to practice safety first.

While I hate to cast a shadow on my favorite holiday, I feel compelled to share the following in the name of safety. According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be struck and killed by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Scary, right? If numbers and stats are your thing, visit the National Safety Council to learn more. The full article can be found here.

Statistics aside, we want to help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday. For safety tips on costumes, trick-or-treating, candy allergies, etc. we recommend giving Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics a read. You might be surprised by the number of safety tips you never considered.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Don't forget your Fall maintenance!

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Autumn is officially here!


Related imageWith the changing of the leaves come Fall festivals, the Coastal Carolina Fair, pumpkin patches and hay rides. With so many exciting festivities its easy to forget winter is just around the corner. However, its important to complete your fall maintenance checklist now before the days get too short and the weather too cold. Most Fall maintenance items don't take long and you can rest easy this winter knowing your home is prepared. Plus, the sooner you finish the sooner you can get back to the candied apples and Halloween crafts!

If you don't yet have a check list we recommend "Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist" on Forbes.com to get you started. Happy Fall!

Hurricane Dorian

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Ravenel Associates is monitoring Hurricane Dorian. The Governor McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation for all of the South Carolina coast line beginning at 12 noon, today. Lane reversals of I-26 will begin at noon.

It is recommended owners and residents take the time now to secure all outdoor furniture and decorations. We recommend you bring all items such as grills, chairs, tables, and decorations including items from the screened porch into your home. If you use a rental company, you may want them to assist you with this.
Please continue to monitor the local news. We encourage you to be alert for any announcements you may receive from the local weather stations or from other agencies such as NOAA (National Hurricane Center) Weather Radio. In the Charleston area, the frequency for the NOAA is 162.550-162.450. While the television station is easier to see and listen to, if a storm approaches power usually goes out and radios are the way to go! Just make sure you have plenty of charged batteries. South Carolina Emergency Management Division (scemd.org), has an excellent 14 page guide with information as to the evacuation routes for your area, phone numbers for emergencies and what you need to prepare and/or purchase if you are staying in the area. Charleston County’s website is useful for determining road closures and openings.
The landscapers have been contacted to turn off the irrigation should the need arise. This ensures water does not pour out of the pipes if they are damaged. If you have a pool in your community, the pool contractor has been contacted and will be storing the pool furniture.
It is recommended owners and resident take the time now to secure all outdoor furniture and decorations now. We recommend you bring all items such as grills, chairs, tables and decorations including items from the screened porch into your home. If you use a rental company, you may want them to assist you with this. Please be reminded to turn off your gas, electricity and water prior to leaving.
After the storm, your landscape company will begin clean-up as soon as it is safe to be on the roads. Initial clean up begins with clearing parking lots, walkways, and roadways of any hazards and for access. They will then consolidate piles and start removal of debris on the grounds.

Management will inspect the community once it is safe to do so. Please have your rental company inspect the inside your home. Notify your insurance agent of any damages.

Ravenel Associates offices, will be closed effective Tuesday, September 3 at 12pm. We will be monitoring and responding to e-mails and voicemails. If there is an emergency, please call our emergency line at 843-768-9480.

Mosquito Control

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The Charleston County Mosquito Control Program utilizes several methods to treat mosquitoes in our area in an effort to protect public health. To request service in your area or to simply learn more, visit the Charleston County Public Works.

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Ground Operations Notification:
Charleston County Mosquito Control (CCMC) may be conducting ground adulticide operations using ultra low volume spray trucks throughout the County of Charleston from May 13, 2019 to May 28, 2019. These operations will be conducted based on comprehensive surveillance results. Daily schedules will be posted on this site and citizens on CCMC’s call list will receive notifications of scheduled spraying in their area.

Quick Mosquito Facts

  1. 50+ species of mosquitoes live in Charleston County
  2. 30 of these species bite people and pets
  3. The two salt marsh species occur in the greatest numbers
  4. Dredged material disposal sites can produce up to 80 million mosquitoes per acre per rainfall
  5. Natural sites can produce up to 8 million mosquitoes per acre per rainfall or tide event

Mosquito Control

Phone: (843)202-7880
For service requests or to be added to the notification list (allergies, bees, etc..) please complete a work order request.