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Friday Five // August 23rd, 2019

It’s Friday once again, and you know what that means! Time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening this weekend in the Charleston area. Get some home design inspiration, stomp and sip some grapes, see a wild and wonderful musical tribute, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

The Charleston Fall Home Show takes place this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Gaillard Center with lots of brand new features to entertain and educate gusts. Listen to one (or more) of seven seminars, sit down one-on-one with a professional interior designer for a free consultation, or chat face-to-face with around a hundred of Charleston best local contractors. The Charleston Fall Home Show is sure to provide a wealth of inspiration and information for your next big home projects. Visit the show on Friday from 11am until 5:30pm for free admission! For just $15, you can attend the VIP Home Show Party, which includes complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, on Friday evening from 6pm until 9pm. (Must be 21 to attend party.) General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $7 each.

Fans of Elton John will want to be at the Charleston Music Hall Friday night for Rocket Man: A Tribute to Sir Elton John. Tokyo Joe’s Rocket Man Tribute follows the model of a live Elton John performance. The band goes to great lengths to use exact replicas of Sir Elton’s costumes and entertain visually using state-of-the-art lighting, Rocket Man is ultimately about the music that has been the soundtrack to so many music-lovers’ lives. Performed by the Columbia-based rock band Tokyo Joe, Rocket Man will leave every Elton John fan feeling like they just experienced a tribute performance worthy of the original.  

Visit Deep Water Vineyard this Saturday and have a stompin’ and sippin’ good time at the 2019 Grape Stomp Festival. The vineyard will have their new sparkling wine available as well as their ever-popular “Have a Ball, Lucille”, a strawberry wine that’s back for as long as it lasts. Like every year, the 2019 Stomp will feature grape-stomping and Lucille Ball look-alike contests. Enjoy music, food, vendors, jump castles, face-painting, and more! Get your parking tickets as soon as possible, as they are limited and will sell out. Food trucks onsite will include Coastal Crust, Chicken Fats, Dave ‘n’ Dubs, Rebel Taqueria, Greekin’ Out, and James Brown’s Famous Boiled Peanuts, among others. The live music lineup features Southbound 17 and Dallas Baker and Friends. And the headliner of the event? Tastings from Deep Water Vineyard and Firefly Distillery as well as mixed drinks, wine-a-ritas, and beer from Low Tide Brewing. Adults, children, and well-behaved dogs may all attend! Admission is $20 per car in advance or $10 per person at the gate. No coolers or outside beverages allowed.

Join the Friends of Berkeley County Animal Center at Cypress Gardens this Saturday for the First Annual Rescue the Summer event. Berkeley Animal Center is the only public shelter in Berkeley County, so most of the lost or abandoned animals in the county find their way to the Center. The first step to adoption is having a shelter pet spayed or neutered, so to best meet the challenge and overrun after other shelter closures is for the Center to build a new on-site operating room. Every penny of proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit the Operating Suite Renovation Project. At the event, Berkeley Animal Center will have furry adoptables available to meet throughout the day. There will also be a variety of food trucks available for purchasing lunch, snacks, and drinks, as well as hand picked vendors and crafts to shop from. Bring the kiddos for games and prizes, and enjoy live music and karaoke with Sing with Aaron. No personal pets are allowed at this event.

Join Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mt. Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie this Sunday at the Gaillard Center for the Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert. Enjoy an uplifting musical celebration including iconic Charleston musicians such as the Blue Dogs, Zandrina Dunning and BlackNoyze Band, Rene Russell and the Bottom End, and singers from the College of Charleston Choir, Charleston Symphony Chorus, and Taylor Festival Choir under the direction of Dr. Rob Taylor. All proceeds support the Homeless to Hope Fund created by Palmetto Project and the Mayors’ Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing to provide financial support for rent security deposits and utility deposits or other barriers to help people to obtain housing through a network of service providers.

 

Overlooked Home Upgrades That Are Worth It

When it comes to home renovations and upgrades, there’s the tried and true, the goal-worthy projects, and the boring old necessary repairs. But there are also a few home upgrades we’d be willing to bet you’ve been overlooking. These are upgrades, both large and small, that are well worth the time, money, and effort they take to install in your home. Not only do they make your life just a little bit easier, but they’re also great features for resale value. 

Dimmers

Inexpensive, simple, and quick to install, dimmer switches are the easiest change that can actually make a huge impact in your home. If you’re unsatisfied with how harsh the overhead lighting is in your bedroom, or if you just want to set a relaxed, after-dinner mood in your entertaining space, a dimmer switch is your best solution. 

Second-Story Laundry

Not to be overly dramatic, but having your laundry room upstairs can be absolutely life-changing. No exaggeration. When your washer and dryer live on the same floor as the rooms that tend to hold and create the most dirty clothes and linens, you’re more apt to keep up with the laundry and less likely to let it pile up. Just think: no more carrying bulky loads of laundry up and down the stairs on laundry day!

Heated Floors

You know those unexpectedly chilly mornings that send shivers down your spine as soon as your feet hit the floor? It’s the worst. No one wants to be jerked out of that cozy, just-woke-up feeling in such a rude way. Combat those frozen feet by installing heated floors in your home. We know heated floors sound like a huge splurge, but since they’re very energy-efficient, they could actually save you money over time. In fact, radiant heating, which is what heated floors are, is more efficient than other systems such as baseboard heating or forced-air heating. While the installation might be a bit pricey up front, you and your wallet—and your toasty warm toes!—will be happy you did it in the long run. 

Double Sink Vanities

Are we wrong to admit that quite a few of our marital squabbles have started over a single sink in a bathroom? If you and your partner or roommate tend to get ready for the day around the same time, it can be a pain to coordinate everything from brushing your teeth to combing your hair or putting on makeup. Yes, we realize this is a total “first world problem,” but honestly, life is just that much easier when you have two sinks in the bathroom. The slightly higher price of installing a double-sink vanity is well worth the convenience and the time you'll save. 

Landscaping

If the exterior of your home is looking tired and blah, it might be time to perk up your landscaping. You might’ve already thought of repainting the siding and sprucing up all the components of your actual house, but sometimes we tend to overlook the landscaping. Think of it as “makeup” for your house. Give it some color with pretty florals in window boxes or some flowering bushes in the beds underneath. Highlight the best areas with pavers or your favorite edging. Plant a hedgerow to delineate other areas. The result these small additions make will change the way you look at your home when you make your way up the driveway each day.

 

Friday Five // August 16th, 2019

It’s the end of another week, and you know what that means. It’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening in the Charleston area over the weekend. Go shaggin’ on the pier, learn all about plants, sample brews from around the globe, and more. No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents here at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

Get on your shaggin’ shoes and get out to Folly Beach Pier Friday evening for this month’s Moonlight Mixer. DJ Jim Bowers will spin the hottest oldies and beach music tunes as you dance the night away. Get your tickets for $10 at the gate or by calling (843) 795-4386. Children age three and under get in free. Beverages will be available for purchase. Food and snacks will be available for purchase at Pier 101 restaurant and the Gangplank Gift and Tackle Shop as well. Outside alcohol, food, and coolers are prohibited. Smoking is not allowed within the event area. No pets allowed.

If you’re more interested in a relaxing movie night, Waterfront Music & Movies might be exactly where you belong this Friday evening. Bring your blankets and chairs to Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park and sit back to watch the sunset to the sounds of local musicians Chris Boone Music. At sunset (approximately 8:30pm), celebrate the 35th anniversary of Footloose with the beautiful Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor as a backdrop. This week’s event includes a special birthday celebration for the park’s 10-year anniversary of opening! Music and food sales, provided by Palmetto Lunch Box and Mac Daddy food trucks, begin at 6pm. Concessions will also be available for purchase from Ben & Jerry’s, T&T Kettle Korn, and King of Pops. 

Join Summerville nonprofit organizations Lowcountry Youth Services, We-R-1, Summerville/North Area Jewish Community Center, and the Community Resource Center along with community partners this Saturday for the 4th annual Summerville CommUNITY Back to School Bash at Doty Field. This extravaganza takes place from 12pm until 6pm on August 17th and includes food, jump castles, free school supplies (while they last), and many other resources available to the community. Please register ahead of time to make sure you get free school supplies and a meal, which includes one hot dog, one bag of chips, and a bottle of water. Children must be present to get their free supplies. 

Head on down to “The Joe” this Saturday for the 17th Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers, presented by Kickin’ Chicken! Sample over a hundred American and international ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners, and specialty brews at Joe Riley Park. The first 2,500 people through the gates will receive a commemorative sampling glass. 18 sampling tickets are included in the admission price. Water will be available to clean glasses between samplings. This event is for adults age 21 and up only. No dogs allowed, and no refunds will be given, as this is a rain or shine event. Get your tickets at any Kickin’ Chicken restaurant or at the RiverDogs Box Office. VIP tickets are also available at the box office or online and include early entry, 25 sampling tickets, and access to a VIP lounge with light snacks and refreshments.

Are you sick and tired of always killing your plants? Have you always wanted to be the type that always has fresh, beautiful greenery around the house? If so, you’re invited to a Plant Party at Charles Towne Fermentory this Sunday from 11:30am until 1:30pm. Bring your friends and make a toast to all the plants you’ve loved—and neglected—before. Learn all about succulents, how to care for them, and how to create your own beautiful and unique succulent arrangement. Each guest will receive their choice of containers, succulents, and all the supplies needed to make their very own arrangement. Stay after the party and shop the artisan market! 

Things You Didn't Know Your Agent Can Do For You

Most of the general population of homebuyers and sellers don’t know just how much their real estate agents do behind the scenes. Besides showing you homes to buy or taking care of your listing paperwork, they’re fielding phone calls, negotiating the best deal for you, and organizing inspections, appraisals, professional listing photos, open houses, and much more. But aside from the usual everyday tasks, there are lots of things a great Realtor® can assist you with. 

They can help you stage your home. 

According to the National Association of Realtors®, staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize living in a home, and in some cases can actually net a 1% to 5% higher offer than similar unstaged homes. Many agents are all too happy to help you stage your home to make it even more appealing to buyers. Some have their own furnishings and decor at the ready, and some have contacts on speed dial that can help out with the staging process. Even if it’s as simple as using your own furnishings and decor, but removing personal touches like family photos, it’s always a great idea to stage your home before it goes on the market. Just ask your agent for their recommendations!

They can help with relocation services. 

When you’re moving—and especially if you’re moving to a new city or state—it can be stressful to find relocation experts you can trust. A real estate agent who’s been in the business for a while will usually have a solid list of trustworthy businesses and individuals in many different industries. This typically includes moving companies, cleaning services, handymen, and contractors to name a few. If you need assistance finding providers for services like these during relocation, let your Realtor® know. In addition, your local Realtor® should be glad to refer you to another trusted Realtor® in your new city or state. 

They can help you purge and toss. 

Having an unbiased eye is invaluable when it comes to deciding whether to keep or get rid of certain belongings. Agents who offer boutique or concierge services go above and beyond for their clients, and many are happy to help you figure out how to purge your belongings when it’s time to sell or move into a new home. They might help you out personally or arrange for professional organizers, trash haulers, or storage services. 

They can help you get your home in “ready-to-sell” condition.

A great listing agent will do a walkthrough with you and help you make a to-do list of items that should be taken care of before putting your house on the market. If you need help getting it all done, they can recommend professionals, make appointments, meet contractors or other vendors, etc.  

They can help with design ideas and advice.

Trust us. Real estate agents have seen it all—the good, the bad, and the downright hideous. You don’t show homes for a living without learning a thing or two about home decor and design. In fact, some Realtors® go above and beyond to learn about home design by taking classes or doing research on their own time. They might help you navigate the dos and don’ts of design, assist you with a game plan for setting up your existing furniture in your new home, or just help choose paint colors, wall art, and other decor. They could also be valuable in helping you steer clear of uber-trendy design that you might not be happy with a year later! 

These are just a few of the little extras your real estate agent can help you with. Think of her or him as your home buying or selling guru. At Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company, the agents and staff pride themselves on providing boutique services for clients. They’re more than willing and ready to stand by you step by step and assist in any way they possibly can. Contact one of our amazing agents today to discover the Johnson & Wilson boutique service difference!

 

Friday Five // August 9th, 2019

TGIF—it’s the end of another work week! That means it’s time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events taking place in the Charleston area throughout the weekend. Celebrate at a back to school event, taste local seafood offerings, sing along to your favorite Disney tunes, and more. No matter what you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

For a bit of family fun to kick off the weekend, head to Gahagan Park for Summerville Movie in the Park. Peter Rabbit is this week’s selection, the fourth free outdoor movie night of the season. This is a free, family-friendly event that’s perfect for everyone! The movie starts at dusk, but come early for fun activities hosted by this week’s sponsor, Summerville Medical Center. Starting at 6:30pm, there will be games and a miniature petting zoo along with food trucks for snacks and dinner. Bring your chairs and blankets and have a ball! 

If you’re a seafood lover, the perfect event for you is happening this Saturday afternoon. The Omar Shrine Seafood Festival 2019, presented by Crews Subaru of Charleston, takes place at Patriots Point Saturday from 12pm until 5pm. Beat the heat at this indoor event that features local seafood dishes, live music, beer, wine, liquor, and door prizes. Your $25 ticket includes seafood dish sampling from participating food vendors and two beer/wine tickets. Further drink tickets may be purchased at the door. Those who aren’t fans of seafood and won’t be sampling the wares can get in with a $5 non-seafood ticket donation. Other delicious food items will be available for purchase as well. Children ten and under get in free. 

On Saturday from 11am until 4pm, local nonprofit organization Every 1 Voice Matters will host the 2nd Annual Community Back 2 School Bash in Park Circle. The event will feature over 800 bookbag giveaways with school supplies, jump castles, game trucks, face painting, double dutch, free food for the kids, gospel acts, celebrity DJs, celebrity speakers, free haircuts, fire trucks, a photo booth, and more! This year’s special guests include Mayor Keith Summey and Chief Burgess among many others. Event sponsored by Every 1 Voice Matters, Durham School Services, and DTLR.

This Sunday, Bay Street Biergarten is hosting the best brunch ever—Disney Brunch! Local band Keys and Co. will perform all of your most favorite Disney songs for you to sing along with. Brunch starts at 11am, and all the best Disney hits will flood Biergarten’s outdoor patio from noon until 3pm. Come dressed as your favorite Disney character or in your finest Disney regalia, or just brush up on your fave Disney tunes for the singalong. 

It goes without saying that the music catalog of The Beatles is vast and has been recognized for decades as some of the best and most-loved music of all time. This Sunday at the East Beach Conference Center on Kiawah Island, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and vocalist Kanika Moore will pay tribute to the Fab Four with All You Need Is Love: CJO Plays The Beatles. Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, All You Need Is Love, and Here Comes the Sun are just a few of the classic and beloved songs you’ll hear at this amazing event. General admission tickets are just $25. Get them at the link above!

 

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