Susan Gardner

September 15, 2017

Home Siding Considerations

When you are checking out homes, there are several items in our market you need to be aware of – including siding.  In the lowcountry, vinyl, wood, brick and cement board are the most common types of siding.   There are advantages and disadvantages to all of them.  Stucco is […]
August 10, 2017

Preparing to Negotiate

Once you’ve identified the house you want to make a home, the next important step is getting it at the very best price with the very best terms. It’s easy to over simplify negotiations to just about price, but there are so many other things that come into play to […]
August 10, 2017

Finding the Best Financing Deal

Finding the right home for you is your primary goal, but enjoying it with a lower payment and better mortgage terms is a very important secondary goal. I’ve worked with many lenders over the years, and here are a couple of things to keep in mind when beginning the process. […]
August 7, 2017

Three Reasons to Retire in Summerville

Word is getting out.  Summerville is becoming known as a great place to spend your retirement years. There are numerous reasons for this but let me just mention a few. One, we have a great climate with an average high of 76 degrees.  This sounds nice and all, but what […]
July 22, 2017

Investing in Plumbing Repairs

You will spot several different types of plumbing systems in any housing market, including your own. Copper, galvanized, rigid plastic, polybutylene, and soft plastic are but a few. Certain systems are more prone to having certain problems. Fixing minor plumbing repairs today can save you time and money when you […]
July 22, 2017

A Little Painting Works Wonders

New paint makes the entire home smell clean and neat, and can bring sellers top dollar. If your home has chipped paint, exposed wood, or surfaces that looks faded, it’s time for new paint.  Especially if your home was built before 1978 and has chipping paint.  If the buyer is a […]
July 22, 2017

Pricing Your Home to Sell

Did you know the best chance for selling your property is within the first seven weeks? And in Summerville, the median number of days on market is less than two weeks. It’s true. Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net […]
July 22, 2017

Choosing the Best Windows

Single pane, double pane, thermo pane, triple pane windows, plain glass, leaded glass, low “e” glass, wired glass, and tempered glass, too. WOW – There’s a lot to know! Some children have been known to shatter a window or two. Tempered glass can prevent this.  Tempered glass is about three […]
July 17, 2017

Showing Your Home to Sell

The greatest way to show a home is to make it available for agents to show it.  I know this sounds obvious but you’d be amazed at the number of times I try to show a home and cannot get in for one reason or another.  Typically a key is […]