Author: Aprill Jones

19 Oct 2017

Insuring your haunted house

What does Robin Price, President, Allen Tate Insurance, think about all the Halloween celebrations coming up in the Carolinas? It seemed a worthy question, because it looks like we are all in for Halloween, which is second only to the Christmas season in consumer spending for decorations. Robin even mentioned she had seen in Property and Casualty 360, that according to the National Retail Foundation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and 71 percent of Americans plan to hand out candy, with nearly half also decorating their homes. So which witch where? We can’t get enough of Halloween stuff, for the inside and outside of our houses, with elaborate displays that range from haunted houses in...
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10 Oct 2017

Selling your home with pets

“Does my house smell like my dogs?” This is something I’ve been known to ask my particularly honest friends, even though I don’t particularly like it when they say, “Yes, it does.” And if you also have a house full of pets, and are trying to sell your home, the situation gets even, let’s say, smellier, because while you want to show your home at its best, you also care about your pets. After all, they’re part of the family, too. Don’t worry. Pet lovers successfully sell their homes all the time, while keeping pets safe and happy. Here are 5 tips you to help you do the same: 1) Make your listing agent and anyone else involved in the sale of your...
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21 Sep 2017

6 Questions asked and answered about life insurance

Life insurance. Yeah, your eyes glaze over and you start checking your Instagram just at the mention of it. But keep your attention here for just a few moments and I promise it won’t be painful. Life insurance is something that takes care of your loved ones, plain and simple. And that’s something we can all make a little time for, isn’t it? And actually, according to the 2016 Insurance Barometer Study by Life Happens and LIMRA, 1 in 3 households would have immediate trouble paying living expenses if the primary wage earner died. And, the study also found that 40% of respondents had not bought life insurance or more of it because they were unsure of how much or what...
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6 Sep 2017

Be an awesome homeowner

Whether you only recently took that great life leap and purchased your first home, or are an old pro, it never hurts to do a check to make sure are you being the best homeowner you can be. Follow these tips and you could prevent expensive problems and increase the value of your home throughout the years of your homeownership. And wouldn’t that be awesome? Home, awesome home Even if you are a brand new homeowner, you’ve probably already come up against some maintenance issues. Maintaining your home could mean frequent and multiple trips to the big box stores for hand tools, power tools, appliances, lawn equipment and supplies, cleaning supplies, light bulbs—well—you name it. Start a list to keep from overbuying, try to...
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31 Aug 2017

Tips to get your garden fall ready

While spring is the best gardening time in many parts of the country, fall in the Carolinas is an excellent time to plan and plant for year around beauty and enjoyment. Now is the time to embrace fall flowers such as snapdragons, ornamental cabbages and mums. Pansies and violas will give you a fall show that carries on until next April, so don’t be shy about bright colors and big quantities. Improve soil with compost before planting and fertilize monthly for best blooms. Now is the time Now is the time, as well, to shop garden centers, where you may find huge mark-downs on perennials or summer bloomers that can be planted now for flowers next summer. Planning your garden ahead could save...
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29 Aug 2017

5 tips for purchasing a home with ease

The struggle seems real enough. Friends and family, frustrated and stressed, meeting obstacles and jumping hurdles, all because they decided to go out and buy a house. But does it have to be painful? I talked to Allen Tate President Phyllis Brookshire to get the low down, and she offered these five tips for purchasing a home with ease. 1) Get smart before you even start Phyllis says the first thing you have to do is understand what you can afford to buy, how to get pre-approved, and how the mortgage process works. She says, “I strongly recommend that you get pre-approved. When you're preapproved for a mortgage, you will know how much you have to spend before you shop. Then, when...
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25 Jul 2017

Tips to make moving a breeze

A lot of you are on the move in the Carolinas. And moving can be, as some of the old timers here would say, “a job of work.” While it does take time and some heavy lifting, with some planning, your move can go smoothly and you’ll be in and settled at your new home before you know it. Just to be sure, we talked to some people who had recently moved, and asked them to share their first-hand tips on how to make moving a breeze. Clean out First, before any packing starts, purge. Then go back and purge some more. This task is easy to work in if you are selling a house and getting it ready to go on the...
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18 Jul 2017

9 things to know when shopping for auto insurance

Did you get a new vehicle for those summer road trips, or pulling a boat or camper? Do you feel confident you have the best coverage at the best rate available for your current or new vehicles? This week, Robin Price, president, Allen Tate Insurance, shared some good advice with me that I thought I should pass on to you. So, here are nine things to know about shopping for auto insurance. 1. Understand the value of an independent agent. One of the biggest advantages of working with an independent insurance agency like Allen Tate Insurance is that it gives you more choices. Because a variety of carriers can be represented, an independent agent has multiple resources to find the best...
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11 Jul 2017

Top kitchen remodel trends

You’ve put up with an old cranky oven and stubborn drawers that never quite close. You bought a sledgehammer in anticipation of Demo Day with not just a little glee. And now it’s finally time. You get to re-do your kitchen. A good place to start your update is with a look at current trends in kitchen re-do. Some are pretty surprising, some are not (how many times do we have to hear about “greige?”) some you’ll love, and some, not so much. The good news is that with a little creative thinking and planning, you can get the remodeled kitchen you want, any way you want it. Colors While it’s hardly a new trend, white kitchens still seem to be all the...
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20 Jun 2017

How to avoid closing day surprises

Closing day, as in signing the papers and finalizing the sale of a house or property, isn’t always as cut and dry as it sounds.  Allen Tate President Phyllis Brookshire and I spent some time recently discussing closing day surprises and how to avoid them. She had just talked to some of the top Allen Tate agents about the subject, too, and had gathered some good information. Because who needs unpleasant surprises? Closing day has enough excitement going on all by itself. “Even if closing day truly is the simple transfer of a home from seller to buyer, the buyer and seller represented at the table may be filled with anxiety, relief, anticipation, and expectation Along with all those emotions, some...
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