Great Summer Camps Around York County for Kids to Enjoy

Now that summer is around the corner, you’re probably on the lookout for activities that your kids can participate in since they will be out of school for the next few months. Fortunately, if you are living in York County, then there are a number of fantastic summer camps that your kids can attend. The following are a few of the summer camps that you might want to look into:

  • Beginners Camp Sew – This camp will teach kids how to sew. It will take place from June 22nd to June 26th from 9:00 AM to noon. The cost is $30, which will include a starter sewing kit.
     
  • ClubScience – This camp, which is located at the Fort Lawn Community Center, will allow kids to explore water quality and water life as well as to go kayaking. It takes place between July 7th and July 9th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The cost is $30 and includes lunch.
     
  • Camp Wild – This overnight camp will let kids go camping, hiking, boating and more at Chester State Park from June 23rd to June 25th for $85. 

Check out these camps and contact us at Randy Lindsay for more about living in York County.

Charlotte is Outpacing Raleigh in Growth

Raleigh is often named as one of the fastest growing cities in the country, but Charlotte has recently outpaced the state’s capital after having passed the 800,000 population mark last year. This is a 2 percent growth in population from 2013.

Charlotte’s population growth has been nothing short of impressive, especially when compared to some of the larger cities in the country. The population has grown 10.7 percent since 2010, a growth rate that topped every one of the country’s 50 biggest cities with the exception of Austin and New Orleans. Charlotte gained 78,534 residents over that time period – only 7 other cities gained more residents during that time. 

Charlotte is currently the 17th biggest city in the country. The second biggest city in North Carolina, Raleigh, experienced an annual growth rate of 1.9 percent over the last year, slightly below that of Charlotte. Despite being the second biggest city in the state, Raleigh’s population is still only half of Charlotte’s. Many of the smaller towns around the Charlotte area have experienced respectable population growth as well over the last year.

Charlotte continues to grow. For more information about metro Charlotte real estate, contact us at Randy Lindsay today.

Don’t Expect Home Insurance Premiums to be the Same Year After Year

A lot of new homeowners aren’t too familiar with the terms of homeowner’s insurance, only with the fact that it’s a good idea to have it (and that it’s required if they are taking out a mortgage). One thing that you should be aware of is that the premiums you start off with may change from year to year. The following are a few things that can affect your homeowners insurance premiums:

  • Location – If the location of your home becomes more prone to certain natural disasters, such as wildfires or tornadoes, your premiums may go up to reflect this.
     
  • Age – No, not your age – but the age of the home. As a house grows older, it will eventually become more susceptible to damage. Your roof, electrical system, heating and cooling system and more will be more prone to damage, which means your house will cost more to insure.
     
  • Additions – If you build onto your home or add features, such as a swimming pool, your insurance will increase in cost in order to increase your coverage.

These are things that could affect your homeowners insurance premiums. Contact us at Randy Lindsay for a real estate agent in Fort Mill, SC today.

Read the Fine Print When Hiring a Mover

After buying a home in York County, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to hire a moving service in order to move from your old home to your new one. However, keep in mind that not every mover is the same. This means that you’ll want to make sure that you read over the paperwork carefully. The following are a few things you should know:

  • Estimates  - There are two types of estimates – non-binding estimates and binding estimates. Non-binding estimates could end up being way different than the final cost because the costs will be determined by the weight of your shipment. A binding estimate tells you what the cost will be up front.
     
  • Bill of lading – This is your contract. Make sure it includes information such as the mover’s contact and license information, your contact information, your origin and destination address, the services and rates, the time frame of the services to be rendered, the payment method and the insurance coverage and dispute settlement.
     
  • Inventory list – Make sure the inventory list and condition listed is correct beforehand. 

Use these tips when hiring a moving company and be sure to contact us at Randy Lindsay today for home buying advice.

Little Fixes You Can Make to Your Home for a Better First Impression on Buyers

When selling a home in Tega Cay, SC, you’ll want to make sure your house is in tip-top shape before showing it to potential buyers. While you’ll probably need to hire professionals for any necessary major repairs, there are a few small fixes that you can do around the house on your own. The following are a few of the home fixes you can do yourself:

  • A door that doesn’t shut properly – Check the latch plate to see if it is loose and tighten the screws if it is. Check to see if the stop molding is warped or out of alignment. Use a hammer to realign it or sand it down if necessary.
     
  • A sticking door – If the door is sticking, check the hinge screws. If they’ve come loose, tighten them up. If this isn’t the problem, you can sand and refinish the edge of the door where it is sticking.
     
  • A sticking sliding door – Use a silicone spray to lubricate the track. If this doesn’t do it, pop the door out and clean the track and rollers.

Make these fixes yourself and contact us at Randy Lindsay for more advice on selling a home in Tega Cay, SC.

What to Know Before Buying a Home for Your Winthrop Student

One of the strategies that many parents have to save a bit of money is to buy property for their kids to live in while they are attending college at Winthrop. The idea is that they don’t pay the expensive boarding costs and make a little money on the side. Then they can turn around and sell the property after four years – at a profit of course. However, it’s not as simple as that. The following are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • It’s not a long-term investment – The house isn’t going to appreciate enough over four years to make you much money. In fact, after all the closing costs that are involved, odds are you’ll be closer to breaking even.
     
  • Consider the location – In some areas, buying a home will be cheaper than paying rent for four years – but in other places it will be cheaper to rent. Do the research before making a decision.
     
  • Consider your kid – Your kid and the roommates are going to have to take care of the house – and college students aren’t exactly known for that.  Make sure you’re prepared to handle any repairs and cleaning costs.

Keep these things in mind and contact us at Randy Lindsay for reasons to move to Rock Hill.

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