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Jan. 30, 2023

How to Cut Costs When Moving

Are you thinking about moving in the next few months? From employment changes to family obligations to health concerns, more and more people are rethinking their living arrangements right now, packing up, and moving. But as we all know, moving is neither fun nor cheap. While we all know that moving entails certain costs, some of us sometimes find ourselves in a situation where the spending has gotten out of hand. The thing is, moving doesn’t have to cost that much. Here are some tips on how to cut costs when moving.

 

Move During the “Slower” Season

If we all had our way, then we’d all do our relocating during the summer months because the kids don’t have school to worry about and the weather tends to be more friendly. However, summer is also the peak moving season, which means things can get costlier because of the high demand for moving services. What’s considered the off-peak moving season falls between September and April. If you move during this timeframe, you’re bound to benefit from lower rates charged by moving companies!

 

Talk To More Than One Moving Company

If you’re going to hire professional movers to help you relocate, don’t make a deal with the first company you speak with, no matter how great they sound. Before you settle on a mover, do your due diligence first. Get quotes and comparisons from at least three moving companies before hiring one. It would also help if you can ask friends or family if they have contracted the services of the companies you are interested in, or if they have any good experiences with any other companies. As part of your research, make sure to ask the moving companies about their licenses, available insurance to purchase, or if they have hidden charges for certain items.

 

Pack Your Own Items

Believe it or not, there are people who make money by offering to pack things for those who are relocating. While it’s a sensible option for people who are too busy to pack or are unsure of where to even begin, it's also a costly one. If you have the money for it, then go ahead and hire somebody to pack your items. However, if you have a lower budget to work off of, then it’s financially smarter to do your own packing. There are plenty of how-to blogs and videos to teach even beginners! 

 

Dispose of Unnecessary Things

Are you sure you still need those thick, heavy textbooks from school or that worn-out couch that has been with you for years? In all likelihood, you don’t need to pack up every item you own, so get rid of the things you no longer need to save on your moving costs. Actually, you can even make a few bucks from your old things by holding a garage sale. If you sell enough, you may not have to rent a huge moving truck anymore and can rent or hire something much smaller (aka, money saved)!

 

Use Recycled Packing Materials

Sure, boxes and packing materials don’t cost much, but they do add up. So, instead of buying new boxes and packing materials, try to find usable boxes around your house, or ask friends and family if they have any they can loan. You can also go to neighborhood stores and buy their used ones at reduced prices, or some stores may even just give them away. If all else fails, get on your neighborhood marketplace as there is always someone who is offering to give theirs away, or will respond to your post asking for boxes!

 

Call Team Lail-Chambers for Great Service No Matter the Season!

If you’re looking to move to Charleston, SC, and want more help and advice, contact Team Lail-Chambers today. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Home Owners
Jan. 23, 2023

Why the Winter Season May Be the Best Time to Sell Your Home

There is no shortage of advice and opinions when it comes to buying and selling homes. One such opinion is the one that says selling a home in the winter season is a bad idea. There are benefits to selling your home in the winter that you may not realize. If you are a homeowner thinking of relocating to a different home that better fits your needs, now can be the perfect time to do so. When the weather is cooler, some home sellers decide to take their homes off of the market until spring. Other homeowners who are thinking of selling their homes, decide to wait until the prime real estate season to list. But, is this a wise choice? Can you sell your home in the colder months? The answer is, yes! Surprisingly, now may be one of the best times to sell your home. Here are a few reasons why!

 

Some Houses Show Better in the Winter Months

Some homes just have a warm cozy feel to them either due to their architecture or due to the way it is decorated. Big fireplaces invite buyers to imagine sitting in front of them on a cold winter night. This sort of inspiration can’t happen during the spring and summer months, especially in Charleston, SC!

 

Less Competition Equals Motivated Buyers

Competition may be less right now. Fewer houses tend to be on the market in the fall and winter which can lead to higher demand in closing on your house! This is because many sellers want to avoid moving during the holiday season and prefer to move when it is warmer. So, if the right home comes along, a motivated buyer is ready to make an offer. This also gives you more room to negotiate when accepting an offer on your house.

 

You’ll Get Closer to Your Asking Price

The fact that there is less inventory and fewer choices for buyers during the winter months, selling your house in the winter can get you a higher price. If your home is priced competitively and shows well, winter buyers will be less likely to try and negotiate the price down. Since they have fewer options, they are less likely to risk losing out on a good home at a fair price. During the more active and competitive summer months, buyers are more likely to have a couple of properties they are interested in, so they feel more compelled to negotiate the price and conditions.

 

Maintenance and Inspections 

Late spring through early fall (May through September) is by far the busiest time of year for maintenance service companies. So, now that the weather has turned cooler, this is the perfect time to get home inspections done and completed quickly! This can create a faster turnaround for selling your home. 

 

Are You Ready to Explore Your Options With Team Lail-Chambers?

If you’ve been in your home for 5-10 years or more or looking to purchase your first home, now is the time to explore your options. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston, SC home!

 

Posted in Home Sellers
Jan. 18, 2023

All Things to Consider When Purchasing a Home

Purchasing a home in the Charleston, SC area can feel intimidating and overwhelming, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a veteran in the process. There are questions such as, what can I afford? What is a good interest rate? Is my credit good enough? Do I have enough to put down? How much should I put down? Due to all of these questions and uncertainty, many first-time homebuyers give up on their search for a home, or worse, they decide home buying isn’t realistic for them at this time and they continue to toss their money down the drain with monthly rentals. So, if you are interested in purchasing a house for yourself but you are not sure where to start, here are a few key concepts about homeownership that you should understand before you begin your home-buying journey!

 

Buy or Rent

Is it time to stop renting and buy a home of your own? While buying a house isn’t right for everyone, there are many benefits to homeownership such as cost savings, privacy, and remodeling to create your dream space! So, if you are a renter in Charleston, SC, or the surrounding area, and are concerned about the rising prices, now may be the time to consider purchasing a home. According to recent statistics, rental prices have increased by over 8% within the last year and will continue to rise as the months go by. This is causing monthly rents to be higher than a monthly mortgage payment. You have no say over whether the cost of rent goes up or whether the property owner decides to sell your apartment or house. When you purchase a house, your monthly payment is sealed for the duration of your mortgage, meaning that it will always remain the same. This allows you the control to establish a budget that you feel comfortable with and gives you the peace of mind that your home will remain yours.

 

Condo or House

Cost-conscious homebuyers can save some money while living in a condo whenever comparing the costs of living in a single-family home in the same proximity. Condos can cost on average, $100,000 less than single-family homes. They also have lower utility bills, less upkeep, and more options to great locations that can provide quick access to downtown entertainment (aka, less gas money and cheaper Uber rides)! Owning a condo can be very similar to renting an apartment, except that as the owner of your unit, you have the freedom to remodel the unit to your liking, and you can build equity on top of your investment, and this equity can be beneficial later down the road if you choose to purchase a larger home in the future. 

 

Location

Everyone has that dream neighborhood where they would like to live. If you are certain that you can manage it, then you should go for it. However, that isn't always the case. You may want to live in a certain place, and you even start looking for a house in the area but find it to be beyond your means. If that is the case, then you shouldn’t do it. It is better if you open yourself up to looking at a different location that is more manageable for you. As a result, you may find a beautiful place to live with everything that you need without plunging yourself deep into debt. If it is going to be your first home, consider taking a minimalist route and start from the bottom and with time you can save up and move. 

 

Mortgage

With so many home loan options available, it may be difficult to determine the one that’s right for you. While a lender will work with you to find your best solution, you must learn the basics about fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, FHA (Federal Housing Administration), and VA home loans. It’s also a good idea to research any fees associated with your loan. Last, you may want to check your credit report to know where you stand with the credit bureaus to make sure that you are paying all of your bills on time. You’ll also want to hold off on opening or closing any accounts, making any employment changes, or making any large purchases such as a new car, furniture, etc. 

 

Decide Where You Should Live With Team Lail-Chambers!

Home shopping can seem challenging but it doesn’t have to be with Team Lail-Chambers! We can help you decide if a new townhome, condo, or single-family home is your best option. Our staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
Jan. 7, 2023

What Is Title Insurance and Do I Need It?

For first-time homebuyers, purchasing your first home in the Charleston, SC area can feel intimidating and overwhelming. There are questions such as, what can I afford? What is a good interest rate? Is my credit good enough? How much should I put down? There are so many things to consider whenever buying a home. But one thing you don’t want to overlook is title insurance. This policy protects you if there are any unknown issues that come up with the home’s title that could threaten your ownership and it’s definitely worth the cost. Here’s some information to help you understand what title insurance is and what it covers so you’re not caught off guard if you are ever in need of it!

 

What is Title Insurance?

A title policy is a one-time purchase that protects you against unpleasant surprises with the title to your home down the road. During the escrow process of buying your home, the title company will perform a search to look for any surprises in wills, deeds, or trusts to trace the history of the property. The title search will make sure that all past liens and mortgages are paid, no one holds an easement on the home, and that there are no pending legal actions that could cloud your title to the home.

 

Types of Title Policies

There are two types of title insurance policies ~ a lender’s policy and an owner’s policy. While both can protect, they do differ from one another. A lender’s policy will pay off your mortgage if it turns out that your home has an undiscovered lien. So yes, you wouldn’t be responsible for the mortgage any longer, however, you would risk losing your house. An owner’s policy covers all of the expenses associated with buying a home, including your down payment, so this policy is definitely the more favored one by real estate experts. However, an owner’s policy can vary in what they do and do not cover so it’s a good idea to shop around. The standard policy covers up to the purchase price of the home, which means you will get back the down payment and payments you’ve made.

 

Why It Matters

When you buy a home, you want a clean title that gives you full ownership of the home. Imagine moving into your new home only to discover the previous owner failed to pay years’ worth of property taxes ~ taxes for which you are now responsible. Or, if the home was sold without getting the signature of a former spouse who co-owned the home and now wants to stake his or her claim to the property? Or a contractor who did work on the roof five years ago was never paid and has now put a lien on the home? A title policy protects you from these unforeseen title issues with a one-time fee.

 

How to Buy Title Insurance

The only time you can buy title insurance is during the closing of your home. In some areas, the seller purchases the owner’s policy, and the buyer purchases the lender’s title policy but both will go into effect at closing. Your escrow agent will start the process of getting title insurance not long after your purchase agreement is finalized. As a buyer, you have the right to buy title insurance from any company you like. You may find it more cost-effective to buy your policy from the same title company as the lender. Title insurance can cost up to $1,000.  While this can be a big expense while already purchasing a house, it’s worth it to protect your interest in the home and ensure you’re never left on the hook for someone else’s debt.

 

Call Team Lail-Chambers to Close on Your New Home in Charleston, SC!

In today’s real estate market, it’s more important than ever to make sure your budget includes any fees and payments due at closing. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all that this entails, the best way to understand what you will need at the closing table is to work with Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, has the Lowcountry knowledge to fit you with the home of your dreams in Charleston! We work with you to find a home that fits your budget, taste and lifestyle. We can’t wait to help you. Don’t delay, give us a call today!

Posted in Home Owners
Dec. 11, 2022

Our Staging Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

Holiday Home Staging

The Lowcountry is a wonderful place to be during the holiday season! With endless natural beauty, festivals and events, it is one of our favorite times of the year! If you’re looking to sell your house, you will want to make sure to stage your home perfectly to entice potential buyers. Making your home appealing to buyers is one of the most important steps in selling your house, and with the holidays here, your options for making your house look like your buyers’ dream home are nearly limitless. Here are some fantastic holiday home staging tips that are sure to impress anyone that walks through your doors. 

 

Keep It Simple!

Have you ever heard the saying “less is more?” When it comes to holiday home staging, this idea couldn’t ring truer. Use simple and clean holiday decorations anytime you stage your home during these seasonal months. Keep your décor within your color scheme. If you happen to have a white palette for your living room, keep your tree the same. Have small and tasteful decorations on your tree to help tie the room together. This can be said also for neutrals. Also, keep your tree in earth tones and it won’t overpower the general space. Use decorations to highlight the positives. Have a gorgeous mantle? Decorate it with a few well-placed ornaments. Hang mistletoe in the doorway to highlight it. A well-dressed table goes a long way, as well. Potential buyers can imagine themselves enjoying this holiday when you have a table set for a feast.

 

Make It Cozy!

The art of making a house a home is something we all strive for, and coziness is one of the things that can make potential buyers enjoy being in your home. Here are just a couple of ways you can amp up the coziness without overpowering the space. Add a touch of warmth to your home. When you think of the holidays, you think of cozy times spent with family and friends. Light up the fireplace before you show your house. If it’s too hot on that day, emulate it with seasonal scented candles instead. Make your home smell like the holidays! This is a simple tip that goes a long way. There are many recipes out there that are easy to create on your stovetop or in the oven and will also add a wonderful touch. Cookies, anyone?

 

Don’t Forget the Outside! 

You can use the ideas and tips from above to help decorate the space outside your home, too. Curbside appeal is something that matters any time you are selling your home, so be sure to add it to your holiday home staging ideas. Just like the inside, these should be simple and sweet! Keep the décor to a minimum with a few strands of lights and some wreaths. Play up the space you have. Do you happen to have a charming front porch? Play up the best parts of it. Whether it is space or architectural detail, make sure they can see it. Be sure to plant seasonal flowers to add color. Here in Charleston, we are fortunate to have milder winters and have certain flowers that will do well in the colder months. Be sure to see what will work for your area and home. 

 

You Can Count on Team Lail-Chambers to Find You the Perfect Lowcountry Home This Holiday Season!

Because no matter the season, Charleston, South Carolina is one of the best and most beautiful cities to live in. When you decide to experience Charleston, SC, make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter, and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Nov. 14, 2022

Buying a Home on a Single Income? Here’s How!

For first-time homebuyers, purchasing your first home in the Charleston, SC area can feel intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you are buying your first home alone. There are questions such as, what can I afford? What is a good interest rate? Is my credit good enough? Do I have enough to put down? How much should I put down? Due to all of these questions and uncertainty, many first-time homebuyers give up on their search for a home, or worse, they decide home buying isn’t realistic for them at this time and they continue to toss their money down the drain with monthly rentals. So, if you are interested in purchasing a house for yourself but you are not sure where to start, here are a few key concepts about homeownership that you should understand before you begin your home-buying journey!

 

Get a Full Picture of Home Ownership Costs

Buying a home is never as simple as paying a mortgage payment each month. So, as with most budgets, the first place to start is a full consideration of everything involved. On top of your mortgage, what other monthly costs will come up? Consider utilities like electricity, phone, cable, water, and others. You’ll be responsible for property taxes, so find out how much other local owners are paying. If you’re buying into a community, you may have to pay monthly fees to a homeowners’ association. When you’re visiting open houses and talking to owners, be sure to get a full picture of their monthly costs. It will help you build a responsible budget.

 

Keep Your Credit as Strong as Possible

It might sound obvious, but keeping your credit or FICO score spotless is important. Buying a home on a single income means that you’ll most likely want a lower mortgage payment. Depending on the home you’re buying, this might be significant. Your credit score is one of many factors your lender will use to assess you, but it’s the most important. So, keep those bills paid on time to avoid any negative impact on your credit report.

 

Plan Ahead For Unexpected Budget Shocks

Don’t forget to think ahead about events that may shock your finances because unfortunately, unexpected things happen to all of us! Having one income means that you will want to plan for a worst-case scenario (just to play it safe). Consider the different types of insurance you can get on your mortgage and home in the event that you are in-between jobs, for example, and how much you’ll need to put away in a “rainy day fund” each month. While it may feel like a bit more of a struggle, it’s still completely doable to buy a home on a single income, you just have to play it smart.

 

Turn to Team Lail-Chambers to Help Find the Perfect Charleston Home 

When you're ready to buy your first home, you want to make sure you have the right team to make the process easy and stress-free. That’s why you should make the call to Team Lail-Chambers. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

Posted in Home Owners
Oct. 31, 2022

The Best Kept Secrets For Buying a Home

Is it time to buy a home of your own? While buying a house isn’t right for everyone, there are many benefits to homeownership such as cost savings, privacy, and remodeling to create your dream space! So, if you are ready to buy a house in Charleston, SC, or the surrounding area, now may be the best time to do so! But, how can you get the most out of your money? We’re glad you asked because we know some of the best-kept secrets in real estate and we want to share them with you!

 

Don’t Try to Time the Market

Don’t obsess with trying to time the market and figure out when is the best time to buy. Trying to anticipate the housing market is not narrowed down to a science. Yes, we can predict, but we can never guarantee when prices will drop or inflate. So the best time to buy is when you find your perfect house and you can afford it. Real estate is cyclical, it goes up and it goes down and it goes back up again. So, if you try to wait for the perfect time, you may miss out.

 

Be Realistic

The difference between renting and home ownership is the sleeper costs. Most people just focus on their mortgage payments, but they also need to be aware of the other expenses such as property taxes, utilities, and HOA (homeowner association) fees. New homeowners also need to be prepared to pay for repairs, maintenance, and potential property-tax increases. Make sure that your budget can cover the expected as well as the unexpected!

 

Rein In Your Spending

It’s not wise to make any huge purchases three to six months before buying a new home. You don’t want to take any big chances with your credit report and number. Lenders need to see that you’re reliable and they want a complete paper trail so that they can get you the best loan possible. If you open new credit cards, amass too much debt or buy any large item such as a new car, or new furniture, you’re going to have a hard time getting a loan.

 

Get Pre-Approved for Your Home Loan

We cannot say this enough! There’s a big difference between a buyer being pre-qualified and a buyer who has a pre-approved mortgage. Anybody can get pre-qualified for a loan. Getting pre-approved means a lender has looked at all of your financial information and they’ve let you know how much you can afford and how much they will lend you. Being pre-approved will save you a lot of time and energy so you are not running around looking at houses you can't afford. 

 

Stalk the Neighborhood

Before you put an offer in on a house, swing by the property at different times of the day to get a feel for the area. Drive by the house to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Do your regular commute from the house to make sure it is something you can deal with on a daily basis. Find out how far it is to the nearest grocery store and other services.

 

Bid Like a Pro

Your opening bid should be based on two things: what you can afford and what you really believe the property is worth. Make your opening bid something that’s fair and reasonable and isn’t going to totally offend the seller. You need to look at what other homes have gone for in that neighborhood and you want to get an average price per square foot. Also, a nice rounded-up number sounds like every other bid out there so try to stick out by offering a more specific “oddball” number instead. This will also help you to come across as a buyer who has put more careful thought into their bid. 

 

Know the House Inside and Out

Would you buy a car without checking under the hood first? No! So make sure to hire a home inspector. A home inspector will provide you with the information needed to make the best, and most educated, the decision as to whether or not to buy. If the inspector does find any issues with the home, you can use it as a bargaining tool for lowering the price of the home.

 

Find Your Dream House With Team Lail-Chambers!

If you’re planning to be a homeowner one day in Charleston, SC, the best thing you can do is start preparing now by keeping these specific elements of a home in mind. Call Team Lail-Chambers today and determine if now is the time for you to buy! The staff here, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston home!

 

Posted in Home Owners
Oct. 25, 2022

Why the Fall Season May Be the Best Time to Sell Your Home

There’s no doubt that this year has been an amazing point in time in the housing market if you are a seller, especially in Charleston, SC. If you are a homeowner thinking of relocating to a different home that better fits your needs, now is the perfect time to do so. When the leaves start falling, and the weather cools off, some home sellers decide to take their home off of the market until the spring. Other homeowners who are thinking of selling their home decide to wait until the prime real estate season to list. But, is this a wise choice? Can you sell your home in those cooler months?  Surprisingly, fall may be one of the best times to sell your home. Here are a few reasons why!

 

Less Competition Equals Motivated Buyers

Competition may be less during the autumn months. Fewer houses tend to be on the market in the fall and winter which can lead to higher demand in closing on your house! This is because many sellers want to avoid moving during the holiday season. So, if the right home comes along, a motivated buyer is ready to make an offer. This also gives you more room to negotiate when accepting said offer on your house.

 

Curb Appeal

Making your home appealing to buyers is one of the most important steps in selling your house. With the holidays approaching, your options for making your house look like your buyers’ dream home are nearly limitless so take advantage of the upcoming seasons and holidays! Bring out the pumpkins and colorful fall foliage. Place pumpkins on your porch or along your walkway, and display a colorful fall wreath on your front door. Use decorations to highlight the positives. Have a gorgeous mantle? Accessorize it with a few well-placed decorations. Bring attention to stunning doorways or beautiful bay windows. The choice is yours!

 

Maintenance and Inspections 

Late spring through early fall (May through September) is by far the busiest time of year for maintenance service companies. So, now that the weather has turned cooler, this is the perfect time to get home inspections done and completed quickly! This can create a faster turnaround for the selling of your home. 

 

Are You Ready to Explore Your Options With Team Lail-Chambers?

If you’ve been in your home for 5-10 years or more, now might be the time to explore your options. The staff here at Team Lail-Chambers, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are well-acquainted with Charleston and the Lowcountry, and are happy to help you decide on the best neighborhood for you and your family. We work hard to match you with a home you'll love. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect Charleston, SC home!

 

Posted in Home Sellers
Oct. 18, 2022

DIY Halloween Decorations to Scream About (In a Good Way)!

The night comes sooner, there’s a chill in the air, and in the far distance, you can hear howling at the moon because it’s officially the season of the witch, or what most like to call Halloween! There are tons of ways to spruce up your house for this haunted holiday, but you don’t need to burn a hole through your wallet to do so. With stores like Michaels, Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart, and many more, you can still get into the Halloween spirit this fall. With everything from seasonal coffee mugs to pumpkin-themed welcome mats, you can turn your home into the spookiest house in the neighborhood. Here are some excellent DIY Halloween decorations and ideas to make your home a spooktacular sensation!

 

Your Neighbors Will Fall Head Over Heels for This Skeleton Decor:

What could be scarier than your own personal graveyard right on your front lawn? Decorate your yard this year with inexpensive cardboard tombstones, skulls, and skeleton parts. Leave them in varying places such as by your front door, in your bushes, by your trees, and even in a wheelbarrow if you have one. It is sure to give your neighbors a fright. Let’s just hope they don’t come to life on Halloween night!

 

Become the Pum-King With Reusable Jack O’Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns is a quintessential Halloween staple, but unfortunately, they have to be thrown out soon afterward. A lot of work for a short amount of time, right? Instead of buying a pumpkin (apart from Pumpkin Pie of course!) repurpose an old mason jar. Cover it with orange tissue paper or construction paper, and use black construction paper for the eyes and mouth. Finally, put either a small candle or a battery-powered candle on the inside. You get the same effect! 

 

Spiders, Cats, and Bats, OH MY:

Are skeletons too scary for you? Why not decorate with other classics such as spiders, black cats, and flying bats? There are many things you can do with these affordable decorations such as sprucing up all of your windows with cobwebs and fake spiders. You can place bats to hang from your trees or by your front door, or you can place a black cat on your stairway, porch, or in your front window sill. But, what is our favorite thing to do?  Placing large eyeballs in your front yard bushes to make them appear alive but, of course, friendly! Last, create some critter crawlers! Find some black, plastic bugs at the store and hot glue magnets onto the plastic bugs, and attach them to your lampshades. Your guests will love the ingenious touch, and you can move the magnets up and down so the kids can play with the “bug shadows!”

 

Be Totally Ghoul and Wicked:

We obviously couldn’t make this list without providing ideas for the most infamous Halloween decorations of all…Ghosts, Witches, and Pumpkins! Accessorize your lawn with these signature props by placing pumpkins to frame your driveway, walkway, or front door. Place the witch's feet in your bushes or by the side of your home to trick the neighborhood children into thinking your house fell on her. And ghosts? Well, we all know they can be anywhere, so place them on your porch, in your trees, or peeping out your window! Also, try Milk Jug Ghosts! These little light-up ghoulies are as adorable as they are affordable. Simply wash out and save some empty milk jugs. Draw a cute face on it using a permanent marker, almost like a Jack o’ Lantern. Finally, cut a small hole in the back and stuff the jug with white holiday lights. Spread them out on your lawn or front porch. 

 

Have a Great Halloween with Team Lail-Chambers!

Looking for a new home to decorate for the upcoming holidays? No matter the season, we have access to all the best houses in Charleston, South Carolina. Make the call to Team Lail-Chambers today! Our team of experts, led by Bob Chambers and Pheobe Lail-Chambers, are some of the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

 

Posted in Staging Ideas
Oct. 5, 2022

A Guide to the Best Fall Festivals in Charleston, SC

We don't slow down in the Lowcountry this time of year. Charleston, SC is a city in love with the good life. People here take it easy, relax, and understand how to have a good time. This attitude is reflected in the number of exciting festivals this city hosts every year. Each festival offers a unique reflection on Charleston living, and you’ll walk away from each one remembering something special. If you’re new to the Charleston area and want to be on the up and up, here are some Charleston, SC festivals you should not miss!

 

MOJA Arts Festival

The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting lineup of events with a wide variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of the events are admission-free, and the remainder is offered at modest ticket prices. This event comes each year at the end of September lasting through early October and is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

Charleston Mimosa Festival

Each season the Charleston Wine Festival association hosts an amazing event and their Autumn event in October does not disappoint with the Charleston Mimosa Festival! Enjoy mimosas with a variety of flavors to choose from brunch punch, beer, wine as well as live music and a DJ! Your ticket will include entry, entertainment, souvenir cup, and all you can drink from 1pm until 4:45pm so hurry and buy your tickets now while the cost is lower as they will increase the day of the event.

 

Autumn on The Ashley

Magnolia’s Fall Festival is back! Enjoy the craftsmanship of local artists, and get a jump start on your holiday shopping, at this amazing and extremely scenic event! Wood carvings, paintings, jewelry, photography, natural skincare, lawn art, are just a few things to name that you will see at this local festival. There will also be fun for the whole family including a costume contest and other exciting fall activities! But please note that general admission to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is required to attend the event ($29 adults, $15 children, and free for children 5 and under).

 

Oktoberfest

The Lowcountry’s oldest and most beloved Oktoberfest celebration returns each year for a memorable day of seasonal beer, German music, food, and homemade fun. More than just a celebration of Fall and all-things German, Charleston Oktoberfest has become the city’s favorite annual community picnic, with games, outdoor activities for children and an atmosphere that encourages friends and families to get away from their various screens and enjoy the simple pleasure of each other's company. Prost (or, Cheers)!

 

Charleston Oyster Festival

In Charleston, SC, we are known for our flavorsome seafood and dining options. But what some people may not know about, especially if you are not near a coastline, is our delicious and entertaining oyster roasts! One of the most popular oyster roasts in all of Charleston, SC is the Charleston Oyster Festival. When you think oyster roasts, it doesn’t get much more iconic to the area than this! Named one of the “top 20 events in the Southeast,” this festival hosts multiple contests, including oyster shucking and oyster eating. There are also fun activities for children and live music that will entertain all your family and friends. It’s a must-see, whether you’re a local or just visiting!

 

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We have said it before, and we'll repeat ourselves, there's ALWAYS something to do when you live in Charleston! Stick with our blog, and you'll never miss out on what’s happening in the Charleston area. If you wish to move to the Charleston area, consider calling Team Lail-Chambers ~ Infinity Realty. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to guide you to a place that meets your needs and desires. We are happy to assist you in deciding on the best place in Charleston, SC, for you. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect home!