How To Sell Your House Quickly in 2019

How To Sell Your House Quickly in 2019

  1. Recognize that each market is different

    Pricing your property around the average sales price for your neighborhood is the best starting point. Realize that neighborhood amenities will impact the speed at which your home seels.

  2. Get a home inspection

    Home Advisor says that basic inspections range from $270 to $378. Being proactive often puts sellers in a better position to negotiate their final sales price. Reduce drama and increase your final sales price by doing repairs in tandem with sell-prep work so that when the house hits the market it is at it’s very best.

  3. Refresh your space with professional stagging

    Decluttering your space allows prospective home buyers to see themselves and their belongings in the space.

    Clear off counters, minimize cords, tuck personal photos and other items away.

  4. Choose upgrades wisely

    Consult your realtor to see what upgrades buyers expect to see in your neighborhood. Home upgrades can be costly, choose them wisely. Some updates and additions have a much higher return on investment than others.

  5. Set a realistic sales price

    In competative markets, buyers often don’t want to pay more than what the comps show. Pricing your home correctly when it first goes on the market is very important to the success of your home sale.

10 Most Affordable Houses For Sale in York County

10 Most Affordable Houses For Sale in York County

Curious to see what the most affordable houses in York County are selling for?! We’ve compiled a list of 10 homes you have to see!

224 Pursley Street

2 Beds | 1 Baths


5573 Old York Road

2 Beds | 1 Baths


1107 Ebenezer Ave Ext

3 Beds | 2 Baths


1234 Cedar Grove Lane

4 Beds | 2 Baths


186 Greenbay Drive

3 Beds | 1/1 Baths


1309 Plantation Hills Dr

3 Beds | 2 Baths


3378 Linda Court

3 Beds | 2Baths


1345 Pinecrest Drive

3 Beds | 2 Baths


520 Cool Creek Drive

5 Beds | 2/1 Baths


2714 Wellington St

3 Beds | 2 Baths


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Kitchen Renovations: Process & Timeline

Kitchen Renovations: Process & Timeline

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The Kitchen Renovation Timeline

Allow your kitchen remodel 12 weeks. We always hope we can get a kitchen done in 8-10 weeks, but as we mentioned in Part 1, unknown complications can and do happen.

When possible, we recommend our clients do one of the following three things to help them survive their kitchen remodel:

  1. Move out temporarily when possible

  2. Set up a makeshift kitchen in another room away from the dust & work

  3. Live through it. We will try to keep your sink and appliances in for as long as possible, however, you may go a day or two without a sink during counter install. This scenario usually adds a lot of stress to a family and can sometimes make the kitchen renovation process longer.

The Kitchen Renovation Process

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  1. Demo day. Kitchen renovation demo day is the day that you say goodbye to your cabinets, counters and any walls that are moving. Usually, any of those unwanted surprises reveal themselves during demo.

  2. Electrical & new plumbing

  3. Drywall.

  4. Cabinets installation

  5. Counters installation

  6. Backsplash installation

  7. Floor refinishing

  8. Painting

  9. Lighting installation

As stressful as a time it may be, it’s worth every week and every penny once you’re sitting there hosting your first party and showing it off.

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Turn to a design professional to help you think of all the little things you might be overlooking. You may think you can’t afford it, but I guarantee you will end up spending the same amount in overlooked items that can end up costing you time and money.

Our staff is dedicated to helping you pick out a sturdy cabinet that will stand the test of time, counters and a backsplash that won’t date itself in a couple years and lighting that will make the room cozy and functional.

Things I Wish I’d Known About Kitchen Remodeling

Things I Wish I’d Known About Kitchen Remodeling

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What is it with everyone wanting a kitchen renovation? Well, I’m the first to tell you, any kitchen is the heart of a home, so it makes sense that everyone wants to update their kitchen. It’s where you gather for dinner with family, where homework is completed, where drinks are poured and stories with friends happen. And in my home, it’s where a party ends up, whether you want it to or not.

Twelve weeks after you utter those ten-infamous words, you have the most amazing kitchen. You’ve gotten rid of those awful laminate counters, you’ve utilized that wasted space in the corner. You no longer have a peninsula that juts out in the middle of the floor and divides the space up. You’re sitting at your new island staring into a phenomenal new backsplash and sipping on your pour over coffee made with your insta hot water system you installed. All is well in the world.

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What is the cost of a kitchen renovation?

More often than not, kitchen renovations start with 10 simple words and the unassuming belief that a kitchen renovation is an easy undertaking. “I want some new cabinets, counters and maybe re-configure the layout.” But what most clients don’t realize is that those 10 words can cost $35,000 before you know it.

I’m here to break down what you can expect when you utter those 10 words, and to explain how we come up with that kitchen renovation cost.

Flashback 12 weeks to the start of your kitchen remodel project… We’re excited--we’ve come up with a plan and it’s time to crunch numbers. We have setup a plan to carefully manage the design & installation process, timeline, and budget.

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The hidden kitchen renovation costs

It’s obvious that the new counters will cost you, the new cabinets, and maybe the new appliances but what about the hidden kitchen renovation costs that you were not expecting?

When reconfiguring a space, a good interior designer thinks ahead about moving electrical, plumbing, what the floor looks like underneath that cabinet that you moved, and the fact that now the layout of your lights in the ceiling makes no sense.

Next thing you know, you’re watching all the upgrades take place, and you think “Gosh, it sure would be nice to have some under cabinet lighting and a few extra can lights in here”. Or “I think we want to add a garbage disposal and an insta hot system to the sink”. And “Man, the trim in the rest of the house looks dirty compared to the new trim in the kitchen.” Before long, those items that you never once thought about, have upped your budget. It never fails.

As an interior designer, it’s my job to give you all the information that you need and manage your budget as wisely as possible. Our design team recommends a 20% buffer to our clients for those “extras & unknowns.” Nothing could be worse than having $30k for a project and running out of money because of the unknowns then having to make shortcuts to get the job done.

Learn more about the kitchen remodeling process and timeline in part 2 of this blog series.

7 Hot Home Listings in Rock Hill

7 Hot Home Listings in Rock Hill

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During our Monday sales meeting, we saw 7 hot home listings in Rock Hill that we’re sure will sell quickly! If you are looking to buy a home in the Rock Hill area, don’t wait.

Have questions about one of these 7 hot home listings? Click on the images to see other photos and read the listing agent’s notes to learn more. Contact Michael & the team today.


1588 Foxridge Road

4 Bedrooms/4 Full Baths - 2 Half Baths



Location is prime with this lake home on the Rock Hill side of Little Allison Creek. The left side of home is the original remodeled cabin with sitting area, kitchen, bedroom and bath and a half. It connects to the home through an office/sitting area. The remaining house was built in the 1990's and provides wonderful living space to enjoy the lake life. With 244 feet of water frontage on Little Allison Creek, you have a wonderful waterfront view facing North. This home has fantastic potential. The outdoor living areas provide both privacy and enjoyment of the lake. The dock has a small sitting/staging area and floating dock.

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1536 Crestdale Road

3 Bedrooms/1 Bath



3BR/2BA - SOLD AS-IS - Open and bright family room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Modernized kitchen boasts granite counters, pendant lighting over large kitchen island, stainless appliances and upgraded cabinets. Great for Investor or Owner Occupant looking for a neat project where you can add your personal touch! All Appliances convey.

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224 Pursley Street

2 Bedrooms/1 Bath



Great for first-time buyer, or investment home. The home is just off Cherry Rd. You can walk to downtown, or Winthrop and it's close to I-77. It's all electric and move-in ready. The stove/range and the refrigerator are NOT included, but are negotiable. The home has insulated glass windows and insulated doors. All information provided is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. The buyer's agent shall verify all information, considered important by the buyer. The property is offered "AS-IS."

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1718 Baylor Dr

4 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths



Beautiful 4 bedroom home with a whirlpool tub in the master in the popular Bristol Park neighborhood.This home has a eat in kitchen and a formal dining area, Fire place in the living room. Oversized patio for entertaining and two french door in the rear! Fresh paint and new carpet. As-Is Seller will make no more repairs But willing to negotiate repair and place in escrow.

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4242 Rambling Rose Lane

3 Bedrooms/3 Baths



Impeccable brick home in desirable Laurel Creek! Freshly re-fin H/W floors spanning across 1st floor which features Formals, Grand 2 story GR w/ gas FP & Built-ins overlooking private fenced backyard w/ irrigation. Kit w/ lots of storage, granite, stainless appliances, under cabinet lighting, impressive mst suite w/ gas FP, custom closets & mst bath. Priv hm office w/full bath, laundry w/ folding table & exterior entrance, Bedrooms 2&3 up with lgr bonus room that could be used as a 4th BR, Jack & Jill Bath, fresh paint in many of the rooms along w/ some updated bath fixtures, lots of family space for entertaining, some shelving in garage. Comm features pool, clubhouse, tennis & sidewalks. New electric washer, dryer and refrigerator will convey.

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437 Plantation Rd

3 Bedrooms/2 Baths



Updated Brick Ranch!!! You do not want to miss this beauty! No detail in this home has been overlooked. As you walk through the large foyer you will be greeted by the large hearth in the formal Dining room. Kitchen has been completely updated. New cabinets, tile wood floors, granite countertops, Gas stove with a double oven, all stainless steel appliances and fridge with a pull out freezer drawer stays! Huge laundry room with tons of storage and an oversized tankless gas hot water heater. Master and hall bath look like a Pinterest picture. Hardwood floors throughout the house. Garage has a workshop that is perfect for motorcycles. RV parking at the side of the garage with a hookup in the workshop. New HVAC and windows in 2016, crawl space is immaculate and a new french drain system, all new PEX piping. Quiet neighborhood with no HOA or city taxes.

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1854 Frank Barnett Dr

2 Bedroom/1.5 Baths



Super cute home on 1+ acres. This home has great potential for another property behind it, investment property or home residence. Home is currently being rented and requires 24 hour notice. Property is also listed as commercial.

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College Avenue Renovation Project

College Avenue Renovation Project

Renovation & Design by Copper Dwelling + Design

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Copper Dwelling + Design’s recently completed project on College Ave was a big undertaking. This historic home, built in the early 1900s, was split into a duplex for many years. Our clients decided to take back their home and restore it for their own family. The tree-lined streets of College Ave are stunning and compliment this brick bungalow so well!

When we presented the project to our clients, there was one main decision that they needed to make; would they move out completely or were they going to live through the renovations? They chose to live through the renovations, so the most important step was to shore up any structurally compromised aspects of this 100 year old home. Addressing fundamental building repairs was important as it allowed us to create a level floor. If you’ve ever owned a historic home, you know just how hard it can be to level floors.

Next, we tore down the walls exposing some amazing, and previously hidden, brick features inside the home. The primary goal of opening the home up was to create a clear line of sight through the home from the front entryway to the new back door.

The original kitchen was small and dark. By closing off the existing back hallway, we were able to create an incredible gourmet kitchen that is triple the size of the old kitchen. The tudor-style window in the kitchen is probably my top 3 favorite things in the home. This window choice was bold, but strategic, in that it lets in so much light into the space.

To create more functional spaces, we added on to the house by creating a new bedroom and full bathroom, and powder room. To accommodate this newly constructed addition, the back door was relocated to the center back of the house. To complete the new back-entryway, we installed a 1920’s inspired encaustic tile floor. We chose a stately black paneled french door which allows light to pour over the gorgeous floors and brighten the kitchen. This area became my number one favorite feature of the home.

In the living room, we framed in a custom fireplace over an existing insert to resemble the brick flue that was exposed during demo. Our clients wanted a farmhouse chic vibe and they picked out an incredible slab of walnut for their mantle. The fireplace married the historic character of the house and tied the look in the living room together to make it feel much larger.

The final phase was turning the home from a duplex into a single family unit. We tore down the stairwell wall that was originally only accessible from the outside through a separate entrance and created a side-foyer which gave the main part of the house access to the stairwell.

The construction phase of the home took about 10 months to complete. Our incredible clients somehow managed to stay sane while living through it all day in and day out, but we’re happy to report that all of the renovations were worth it!

Before & After Photos College Avenue Renovation Project