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Clean This while you’re Stuck at Home

After we have been furiously disinfecting and cleaning everything, we touch…almost…here are some things to clean that you might not have thought about.

  • Earphones – these include anything you put in your ears. Whether they be Airpods or cheapies from the local store, it is time to clean them up. Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol then use a Q-tip to do the inner area. If your earphones have mesh try not to push any ear wax deeper into the mesh, instead grab some Fun-Tak and knead it until it warms up then press it into the mesh and it will pull out the dirt and wax. Use a toothpick to carefully remove any leftovers.
  • Air vents – how often do we think about cleaning these. Drop them into your bathtub with some hot soapy water and use a toothbrush or other small brush to clean up the dust and dirt. Your lunges will thank you.
  • Bagless Vacuum – own one of these? Have you cleaned it? Check your manual first but you may be able to rinse off some if it with warm water. Then pull out those long hairs that get spun around the beater bars. And you might be able to save the filter by washing it also unless it paper.
  • Bathroom Vents – a common cause of household fires. Who knew? Use some canned air or the reverse side of your hand-held vac to blow out dust and debris. It could save your life.
  • Blinds – ok we all hate cleaning these up but mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a bowl. Dip a sock in it and then put your hand in the sock to wipe down the blinds. Then just throw the sock away when you are done.
  • Brass – take half a lemon and cover it with salt, then wipe down the surfaces. Hmmm.

Well I hope you found those helpful. Next week I will provide you with some more items to clean that you might not be thinking about but should probably do at least once. ?

Greenville Area Update

The old Wells Fargo building at the intersection of Miller and Woodruff Roads is under construction and will be converted into a healthy food fast-casual restaurant. It will seat 70 people and have an outdoor patio. Hoped to be open by November.

The old Applebee’s which is right beside Chik-Fil-A and Sam’s Club on Woodruff Road was bought by JP Morgan Chase Bank. There are no indications of what the building might become but it is zoned for restaurant use. It can be used for general retail, business, and professional or business offices without county approval.

RV and Boat sales have skyrocketed since March with South Carolinians seeking the outdoors in massive numbers. But this unexpected demand has created a vehicle shortage. Lake Hartwell State Park has been busier than in the past 11 years. The park has been 30 percent busier and their revenue has increased by 26 percent in the second quarter.

Porter’s RV Sales located in Anderson usually has 45 RVs in stock, but they are now struggling to keep up with demand. They have been getting calls from the United Kingdom dealers in search of units. They have had record sales since June. This increased demand has also caused an increase in used RV prices. The average is now $100,000.

Boat sales have also gone through the roof. A local dealer says he has been in the business for 15 years and has the lowest inventory he has ever had. The average price for a used boat is about $35,000.

It seems that people are buying RVs and boats with the money they saved for their vacations and using them for recreation and social distancing. It’s interesting how shutting things down is bringing back the “old days” in that people used to spend their vacations traveling the country, camping, boating, and doing things that were physical instead of mental. Let’s hope this keeps up.

Real Estate News

Sales of new single-family homes rose sharply for the second straight month in June. The annual sales pace for U.S. new-home sales rose 13.8% last month.

In Silicon Valley California, 43,000 households face eviction in the next few months as the eviction moratoriums begin to expire. Landlords who have been feeling the economic pain also are ready to kick out non-paying tenants.

Homeowners who are selling this summer are recording record profits on the sale of their homes. Nationally, home sellers have made a profit of around 36 percent in the second quarter of 2020. This reflects the low or tight inventory of homes available for sale around the country.

People are on the move and I am ready to help you buy or sell in the Greenville area. Please contact Victoria Cottle by email or call (864) 275-3953 for your real estate needs in the Upstate of South Carolina!

Victoria Cottle is a Realtor® in the Greenville South Carolina area and if you, a friend, or a family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

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