Winter Activities in the Upstate

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Winter brings along cold weather that can make it feel like you’re stuck indoors all season. The good news it that Greenville and the Upstate area are bustling with fantastic winter activities. From family friendly fun to a date night out, we have you covered this winter! Ice skating, light shows with animals, holiday markets and more, finding an activity to fight off the winter blues will be a breeze. 

Ice Skating

No snow? No problem! Ice on Main is a classic winter activity that many look forward to when the temperature starts dropping. Operating on Main Street in the heart of downtown Greenville, it truly feels like you’re in a winter wonderland when you’re there! With emerging restaurants like Indaco and O-Ku steps away, it makes it for a perfect night out. Ice on Main’s run started on November 15 and goes through January 15, 2024. 

In the mood for some indoor skating? Skate in the rink the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team plays on at the Bon Secours Wellness arena! This event starts on December 16 and runs through December 30. Public skating at the Pavilion Rec complex is also available year round, with rentals available. All of the above options offer rentals for skating walkers, making these great outings for all ages. 

Holiday Markets

Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? Our holiday markets have you covered! The Greenville Christmas Market located at the Grand Bohemian Lodge in downtown Greenville is quickly becoming a holiday favorite this year. With kid’s corner events on certain days and Santa meet and greets, this is a great kid friendly option. Check out their website for a list of vendors and the holiday shop hours.

The Swamp Rabbit Cafe has a holiday flea market on select weekends throughout December, offering a variety of vendors from baked goods to pottery. These holiday markets are a great stop for all ages, and, even if you’re done with your Christmas lists, browsing and shopping around makes a great activity and photo opportunity! 

Light Shows 

Experience the magic of holiday lights in Upstate! Whether you’re strolling or driving, there’s a dazzling display waiting for you to enjoy. The Upstate Holiday Light show is one that knocks it out of the park consistently every year. It is located at District Park and is said to have 32 million lights.  The Upstate Holiday Light show started on Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking for more adventure in your light show, Hollywild in Wellford is the way to go. Just a 40 minute drive from the Greenville area, take a stroll through the preserve, see the lights, and feed some animals! The Greenville Zoo also puts up light displays throughout the zoo, check out their website to purchase tickets in advance for Holidays at the Zoo, held on select dates throughout December. Pro tip: stop by a coffee stop or local bakery for some extra treats to enjoy during the show.

Extra Fun!

The festivities continue! At downtown’s Hyatt Regency and Courtyard Marriott, the Bon Secours Festival of Trees showcases beautifully adorned trees at the hotels’ entrances. Running until December 25, this display is open to everyone, free of charge. Meanwhile, the Greenville Gingerbread Exhibit returns to the SpringHill Suites in downtown Greenville. Free for all, visitors can wander through the lobby admiring the intricately crafted gingerbread houses.

Before exploring the downtown hotels, make sure to drop by Kilwins for their renowned hot chocolate. Families seeking more entertainment can visit the Upcountry History Museum for “A Very Grinchy Christmas,” an exhibition celebrating The Grinch. Featuring original animation and sketches by Dr. Seuss, this exhibit, included in the museum ticket, runs until January 21, 2024.

Date night? Check! Family night? Check! Staying entertained in the midst of winter is no problem with the plethora of options and event held in and around Greenville. Say goodbye to the winter blues! 

Make it Count: The Significance of First Impressions When Selling Your Home

a living room staged to. make a good first impression for a buyer

Selling your home can seem like a daunting task, especially as a first-time seller. A knowledgeable real estate agent by your side will make the process smoother, but there are many things you can do to aid in the appeal of your home! Preparing every aspect of your house is an important, and often, overlooked aspect of the sales process.

Research suggests that potential homebuyers typically form their first impressions of a property within the first eight seconds of stepping inside the house. These rapid impressions heavily influence their overall perception and decision-making process regarding the purchase.

Exterior: Don’t Underestimate Curb Appeal!

A lot of sellers may put time and effort into revamping the interior of their home but may neglect the exterior. Maintaining a well-groomed lawn goes a long way. Enhance it further by planting seasonal flowers in your beds for a vibrant touch and ensuring trimmed hedges and bushes for a tidy appearance. This can catch the eye of even a passerby driving through the neighborhood looking for available homes.

Creating an inviting front entryway contributes to the exterior’s appeal; a new welcome mat and a clean porch free of dirt or excess leaves make a difference. If you have the time and resources, power washing your driveway and sidewalk can add a brand-new feel to the home. A small but important detail is your house numbers – consider getting a different or more updated font to give your home a more modern feel!

Declutter: Get Rid of the Mess!

Having a clean slate on the inside of your home is a great way to start getting prospective buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the house. Keep in mind that individual tastes vary widely in décor, so strive for a neutral, adaptable space. Pack away unnecessary knick-knacks that may be cluttering up counter space or end tables.

As far as personalized items, it’s a good practice to take down family photos on your walls, clear old Christmas cards from your refrigerator, and stow away anything customized specifically for your family. Thinking of throwing some boxes in your closets for the time being? Don’t! Prospective buyers viewing your home will definitely want to peek at their potential closet space!

Cleaning Up: Tips for General Upkeep

Making sure your home is as clean as can be is essential in making your home a clean slate for potential buyers. Pulling out your vacuum is a great first step, but there are many other things to consider in your pre-showing cleaning routine. Wipe down appliances to remove fingerprints, as well as windows! Dust off shelves, end tables, baseboards, window blinds, ceiling fans, and all of those other places where dust and dirt ducan accumulate.

Make sure you are catering to other senses too! Your house may appear to be clean,  but the immediate scent of something like pets or garbage upon entering could create a negative impression. If your budget allows, hiring a cleaning service to do a proper deep clean prior to your first showing is an easy way for you to start fresh and maintain a clean home.

Repairs: Fix it up

You likely have identified a few minor repairs needed around your home, but perhaps you haven’t given them priority yet. Well, now’s the time! Fixing up that wobbly toilet, replacing that dead lightbulb, or tightening up the leaky faucet are some small repairs that can make your home more appealing.

Think all of the small upgrades you can make that could have a big impact. Refreshing or replacing exterior doors can serve as a striking focal point, adding a touch of color to the outside, while painting selected rooms indoors can revitalize the space. Consider swapping out worn-out blinds, and for a more significant but rewarding project, consider updating the major hardware throughout your home, including kitchen and bathroom faucets, to elevate the overall appeal and draw attention in listing photos. Being proactive as a seller by addressing small repairs before a potential buyer’s inspection can leave a positive impression, showcasing your home’s care and maintenance.

Photography: Lights, Camera, Action

After successfully preparing your home for listing, it’s time for photos! Remember what we said about first impressions? Buyers typically discover homes through the MLS, where they’ll view pictures before even stepping foot on the property. High-quality images can spark interest, preventing potential buyers from skipping past your listing and moving on to the next home.

Investing in a professional real estate photographer isn’t a necessity but can certainly make a big difference in how your home is presented.

In the world of home selling, first impressions truly make a difference. By meticulously decluttering, deep cleaning, and addressing repairs, you’re not just presenting a house; you’re crafting an experience for potential buyers. A clutter-free, well-maintained home speaks volumes, inviting them to envision a future within its walls.

As you prepare your home with care and attention to detail, remember that the effort you put in will undoubtedly pay off, captivating those who walk through the door and setting the stage for a successful sale.

If you’re seeking guidance in listing and selling your home in the Greenville, SC area, reach out to one of our experienced agents for expert assistance.