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We were both born and raised along the Grand Strand and know the entire Horry County, so no matter what style of home you are looking for or what area you prefer, we can help you!  Please give us a call and let us help you make your dream a reality!  843-222-8566.

Eddie & Julie Boyd - The Boyd Team - Realtors - Myrtle Beach Real Estate - BRG - Beach Realty Group

           

Feb. 4, 2023

Which Room Should You Remodel First?

Which Room Should You Remodel First?

 

As a homeowner, you are constantly faced with big decisions. From which internet provider to use, to what type of shingles to buy, to which upgrades to make, navigating the life of a homeowner can often be difficult. One of the most difficult decisions that a homeowner has to make is which room to renovate first, when it is time to start renovating.

 

While you likely loved your house when you bought it, nothing remains perfect forever. Styles go out of date, appliances and finishes wear down, and needs and preferences change all the time! What you wanted in your kitchen 10 years ago probably doesn’t match what you want now, and there is nothing wrong with that.

 

With that being said, renovations are very expensive and you’d be wise to consider the return on investment that you will earn with each upgrade. While you are, in theory, upgrading your home for yourself, you should also think about how the costs will affect your home’s value. Good quality renovations often increase home value, but some rooms tend to yield more returns than others.

 

This post is going to take a look at which rooms you should renovate first. It will consider both the expected return on investment as well as the difficulty level of renovations in each room. By the end of this post, you should be able to craft a good game plan for your upcoming home renovations.

 

man climbing on ladder inside room

 

1.     Bathroom Renovations Provide High Returns on Little Investment

 

While you may have a wide range of bathroom types in your home, the story usually remains the same: investing in high-quality bathroom renovations is almost always the best bang-for-your-buck opportunity in your home. Generally speaking, bathrooms require much less time and money to renovate nicely than other rooms. Further, prospective buyers almost always check out the bathrooms in detail and this can often make or break a sale.

The advantage of renovating bathrooms first is their size. Because they are small rooms, bathrooms can be updated quickly, affordably, and very nicely. There is less area to go wrong, too, which means that hiring professionals to renovate your bathrooms is almost always a home run in terms of ROI. In most cases, bathrooms should be the first room that you renovate, and you shouldn’t skimp out on the details.

 

2.     Kitchen Renovations Provide High Returns on Larger Investments

 

Aside from bathrooms, there is no room that buyers look at in more detail than the kitchen. People who enjoy cooking have very particular expectations within the kitchen, and building a kitchen that meets these lofty expectations is a sure way to win a sale. From clever touches to staple features like a center island, investing in a proper kitchen can really improve the market value of your home.

The downside to renovating your kitchen is the cost. Kitchens are disproportionately more expensive to renovate, due to the high costs of appliances, cabinets, and other finishes. The large upfront cost is what deters many homeowners from making significant upgrades in their kitchens.

Skimping on upgrades in the kitchen is dangerous, and it can wind up having a negative impact on your home’s value. Kitchens should be designed for wear and tear, and choosing cheap options over durable options can quickly destroy any hope you had of adding value to your home. While they are expensive, it is in your best interest to choose the nicest kitchen elements that you can afford.

 

brown wooden seat beside white wooden table

 

3.     Finishing a Basement Provides Great Returns but Requires Time and Capital

 

One of the highest upside renovations that you can make is finishing an unfinished basement. When you finish your basement, you can list a higher amount of livable square footage, increase the number of rooms in the house, and largely alter your potential home listing. On top of that, the actual uses you create for the space can add value in and of themselves. Installing a bar or a wine cellar almost always adds value, especially when compared to having nothing in the basement at all!

Finishing a basement takes a lot of time and work, but the costs can be pretty manageable. The total investment will vary widely based on the size of your basement and the degree to which it is already finished, but it truly doesn’t need to break the bank. At a minimum, installing drywall, insulation, and carpet can add thousands of dollars to your home's market value. If you add further detail, you can expect the returns to rise even higher!

 

4.     Living Room Renovations Provide Satisfactory Returns on a Range of Investment Levels

At this point, renovations are more about your own wants than the future returns they will earn. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements all yield pretty favorable ROI’s, but the other rooms on this list are much more hit or miss. This is largely because they are rooms that are governed much more by personal preference, and everyone’s preferences are different.

The living room is a tough room to renovate effectively. It is often one of the largest spaces in the house, and renovations can range greatly depending on how invasive you plan to get. If you want to overhaul the flooring, change the wall layouts, and install new windows, your expenses can rise very quickly without too much hope of recompensation when you sell the home.

One angle to consider is that many living room overhauls don’t actually include many renovations. Installing new carpet is not very invasive or expensive, and purchasing a new furniture set has no bearing on the future sale price of your home unless you plan to leave the furniture behind.

 

black and white box on brown wooden table

 

5.     Bedroom Renovations Provide a Low Return on Investment

Just like the living room, bedrooms tend to provide a much lower return on investment when renovating. This is largely due to personal preference, as new homeowners may plan to install carpeting, paint, and finishes of their own.

When you make changes to your bedrooms, you should consider mostly what you want the rooms to look like rather than what you think will generate the highest return. There are few middle-budget options that add significant value to your home, and you’re usually much better off just creating a space that you can enjoy without worrying about how much value it will add to your home in the long run.

 

Thanks for reading our post on which room you should remodel first. Making home renovations is very exciting, and it can positively impact your home value if done right. The comments about expected returns on investment in this post are all meant to be used as rough ideas, and they are in no way concrete and unchanging. Every situation is different, and our recommendations are only meant to provide a rough framework for you. We are not liable for any ramifications of financial decisions that are made as a result of the advice in this post.

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, and Professionalism You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 28, 2023

Homebuying Tips: The 5 Biggest Factors that Make Up Your Credit Score

Homebuying Tips: The 5 Biggest Factors that Make Up Your Credit Score

 

Buying a home takes a lot of planning, decision-making, and time. Many moving pieces go into the home-buying process, from building a budget to finding the right home and more. Finding funding is one of the most important and daunting parts of buying a house, and working with mortgage lenders can be a hassle. For this reason, it is crucial to beef up your credit score before applying for mortgage preapprovals.

 

Your credit score plays a massive role in the final loan offers that you will get. From maximum loan amounts to the stated interest rates, your credit score influences many things. This post is going to explain 5 of the biggest factors that make up your credit score. While this information should be helpful for you, we are not financial experts and are not liable for any financial decisions that you make. Rather, we recommend that you think about this advice while discussing it with your financial planner or advisor.

 

black leather bifold wallet on persons hand

 

1.     Your Payment History

 

By far, one of the most important components of your credit score is your payment history. Lenders want to loan money to people that they know they can trust, and having a flawless payment history is one of the best signals that you are a trustworthy borrower.

Carrying a balance on your credit cards is one thing, but missing payments outright is a different thing altogether. If you at least make the minimum payment every month, it shows lenders that you take your debts seriously and can be trusted. This is what makes your payment history one of the most important factors in your credit score.

In today’s day and age, it should be pretty easy to maintain a positive payment history – at least with credit cards. Most credit card companies allow for automatic online payments and have very user-friendly apps. If you set up automated payments, it is impossible to ever miss one. This is a surefire way to help your credit score.

 

2.     Your Credit Utilization Rate

 

Credit utilization rate is another one of the most important factors that go into your credit score. It is basically a rolling monthly figure showing how much of your total credit allowance you use at a given time. For example, if all of your credit card limits add up to $10,000 and you have a balance of $4,000, your credit utilization rate would be 40%.

While a lower number is always better, it is always best to try to keep your credit utilization rate below 30%. This signals to lenders that you can be trusted with large amounts of credit and that you will not instantly ramp up your spending as soon as your credit allowance grows.

 

3.     Any New Credit Applications

 

While many new credit cards offer lucrative signup bonuses, taking advantage of too many of them is always a bad thing. In fact, the number of recent hard inquiries on your credit report is one of the biggest factors in your credit score.

Applying for new credit cards always gets flagged on your credit report. While the flags do not always have a negative effect, too many of them are always a bad thing. For this reason, you should be strategic in the credit cards you have and the credit cards you apply for.

Credit cards carry many different benefits these days, and it is often nice to have a mix of different credit cards. Whether you like to travel, like cash back, or shop frequently at a certain store, there is likely a credit card out there that is a great option for you. As most people have a mix of interests, a mix of card types is often very beneficial!

With that being said, having multiple cards that overlap in benefits is usually unnecessary and potentially detrimental to your credit. Just because an airline offers you 60,000 bonus miles doesn’t mean you should apply for a credit card! The welcome bonus will fade over time, but the credit impact may linger.

 

person holding brown leather bifold wallet

 

4.     Your Credit Mix

 

Your credit mix is a summary of the types of debts and credit lines that you have. From a mortgage to a car loan to credit cards and more, the mix is used by credit card companies to determine how much of a risk you are.

Not everyone will have all of these types of loans and credit lines. While most people have a credit card these days, not all people have a car or a house to pay off. Obviously, you shouldn’t go buying a car or taking out a personal loan just to improve your credit score!

This point is also very important for prospective homebuyers. A mortgage is an incredibly valuable loan, and it is likely the biggest one a borrower will ever take out in their lifetime. If you have a mix of fixed monthly payments already that is pretty high, it may have an impact on how mortgage lenders view you as a candidate.

 

5.     Your Credit History

 

While your payment history has to do with you making timely, consistent payments, your credit history has more to do with how long you’ve had certain credit cards, what types of loans you have had in the past, and whether or not you’ve prematurely had to default on them.

One of the biggest parts of your credit history is the average age of your credit card accounts. This is the piece of the puzzle that is often hard for young homebuyers, as there is simply very little that they can do to improve their credit tenure. The only action young homebuyers can take to help this aspect is actually inaction; by not opening any new credit cards, your average credit card age will steadily rise. Each time you open a new card, that average age goes back down and the clock more or less resets.

 

Thanks for reading our post on the five biggest things that can impact your credit score. We hope that this post has been helpful and informative as you go through the home-buying process. While having a good credit score isn’t necessary for all home purchases, it does always help! Again, we are not liable for any ramifications of financial decisions that are made as a result of the advice in this post. Rather, we are simply aiming to help you to make informed decisions regarding your credit score as you get ready to purchase a new home. Purchasing a new home is one of the most exciting moments of your life, and it would be a real shame to have a bad credit score throw things out of whack.

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, and Professionalism You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 21, 2023

5 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach During the Spring

5 Reasons to Visit Myrtle Beach During the Spring

Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the east coast. From its gorgeous beaches to its acclaimed seafood buffets, the Myrtle Beach area has squarely solidified its place among other top American beach cities, like Cocoa Beach, Hilton Head, and the Outer Banks. 

As Myrtle Beach is most popular as a family vacation destination, most visitors arrive during the summer months. While the summer is certainly a wonderful time to visit the Grand Strand, it is not the only time. 

Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand are lovely areas during the shoulder seasons. This is especially true during the spring. This post will contain five reasons to visit South Carolina in the spring instead of the summer. 

 

waves of water

 

1. The Crowds Are Smaller

 

By far, the biggest advantage to visiting Myrtle Beach in the spring is the diminished crowd size. Myrtle Beach is a major tourist hub, hosting millions of visitors each year. The city itself is not actually that large, and things can get pretty congested when the crowds roll in. 

To be honest, that’s an understatement. The city’s roads weren’t designed to handle such large amounts of vehicles at ones, and the traffic can move very slowly during the peak season. As the main road through the area is residential and dotted with traffic lights, getting from Surfside Beach to North Myrtle Beach can be a tall task around dinner time. 

The large crowds are mostly concentrated in the summer. While the area receives tourists all year, the vast majority of them come during the summer months, and this season experiences congestion like no other. If you visit Myrtle Beach in the spring, you likely will not have to worry about bad traffic or large crowds!

 

2. The Lines Are Shorter

This point flows logically from the first one. Smaller crowds almost always mean shorter lines at the area’s top attractions, venues, and restaurants. This is especially crucial in Myrtle Beach, and the lines in the peak season can be absurd.

During the summer, places like Crabby Mike’s and the Carolina Roadhouse might have wait times near two hours. The same can be said about the water slides at the best waterparks in Myrtle Beach and the other too entertainment venues in the area. Visiting during the spring almost always means that lines will be significantly shorter, if they even exist at all. 

 

3. Hotel Prices Are Lower

While the first two points are all about convenience, visiting Myrtle Beach in the spring is also good for your budget. Myrtle Beach can be pricey for tourists over the summer, as the hotels and other accommodation venues all know that it is their time to capitalize on the high demand. 

This demand surges over the summer but drops drastically the rest of the year. As the demand for hotel rooms goes down, so do the costs of staying in them. Visiting Myrtle Beach in the summer can mean savings of hundreds of dollars over the course of a week. 

These reduced hotel prices can mean several things. You could opt to stay in a nicer hotel for the same price as you’d pay in a lower-quality hotel in the summer. Or, you could choose to save the money on accommodation and spend it exploring the area and feasting in its top restaurants! In either case, saving hundreds of dollars is always a good thing.

 

4. The Weather Can Still Be Beautiful

Myrtle Beach weather in July is great. The sun is always shining, the sea breeze feels nice, and the conditions are usually great for a day on the beach. 

While this is not always the case in the spring, the spring weather is still quite pleasant. Early spring months are usually too cold to take a dip in the ocean, but the weather is still usually nice enough to lay out on the beach and get a tan! Once April and May arrive, the area warms up significantly and the weather is very enjoyable. 

 

5. You Can Experience the Area as a Local

 

Arguably the best advantage to visiting Myrtle Beach in the spring is that you get to experience the charm of the city that locals see when the peak season ends. This city is filled with life and culture, and its truest colors shine brightly once the millions of vacationers go home. 

As Myrtle Beach realtors, we know this quite well. The city takes on an entirely different persona over the summer, and the all-surrounding relaxed vibes of the fall and spring are what make many people want to live in the Grand Strand. 

If you find yourself thinking about relocating to Myrtle Beach or buying a second home in the area, you know who to call! 

people walking on beach during daytime

Thanks for reading our post with five reasons to visit Myrtle Beach in the spring. While the droves of tourists tend to visit in the summer, the spring truly can be a fantastic time to visit Myrtle Beach. The summer is a very hectic time in the area, and the spring offers visitors a much more relaxed and tranquil experience. This experience is often what makes people move here and stay here for the long term!

Myrtle Beach has blossomed into an incredible place to live throughout the year, and each year the area seems to grow even more. If you’re thinking about moving to South Carolina, especially somewhere in the Grand Strand, visiting during the offseason is a must. You’re sure to love it!

 

If you visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, we’re here to help. We at The Boyd Team are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, and Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 20, 2023

Benefits of Buying a Vacation Home in Myrtle Beach

Two men are shaking hands.

Welcome to Myrtle Beach, a city on the east coast of The United States of America and one of the most popular vacation resorts. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, it offers miles of beaches with beautiful sights and places for relaxation. Its climate, amusing lifestyle, and other amenities attract people from all over the American continent to visit Myrtle Beach. What's more, a large number of them came there to stay. But if you are interested in the charms of this beautiful place, and if you want to know the benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach, we are offering the answers.

1. Property prices and living costs

If you want to buy a house in Myrtle Beach, you'd like to hear that the property prices there are pretty low. The average home price in this area goes around $175,000. That is approximately 30% lower than the national average. What's more, the housing market in  Myrtle Beach is affordable when compared to the other parts of North Carolina, as well. In the nearby areas, you can hardly find a home whose price goes below $200,000.

On the other hand, affordability does not apply only to the real estate market. Myrtle Beach has considerably lower living costs compared to North Carolina standards. However, that doesn't mean you'd lack any services or facilities. Everything is fully available, but the prices are reasonable.

2. An intelligent investment

The laws regulating mortgage loans and the interests market are strict, and that lowers the risks for real estate investments. Mortgage rates are decreasing. On the other hand, Myrtle Beach's marketplace has shown as a pretty safe and stable one. All of that creates a perfect atmosphere for getting a loan and purchasing a property somewhere in the area of Myrtle Beach. You'll quickly get a good vacation home under almost perfect purchasing conditions.

What's more, if you organize your move smart with this investment, you'll hit the bulls-eye. When it comes to packing, you should get the right supplies as soon as possible. Buying moving boxes in Florida when purchasing a vacation home in SC is a great idea.

A person is holding loan documents

When you know the benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach, you’ll see that it is your best investment.

3. A renting property

A vacation home in Myrtle Beach can also earn you a lot of money. During the holiday season, such properties can serve as rentals. At that time, people flock to the coastal areas to relax and spend time at the beach. Surveys have shown that most tourists would rather choose the comfort of a rental home-like property than the hotel facilities. That is why the rental rates are increasing year after year. And, if your vacation home is anywhere close to the Myrtle Beach area, you can think about renting it from season to season. That will help you pay off your loan and bring you some extra cash.

4. Fees and taxes- one of the benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach

The general estimation has shown that the property taxes in South Carolina are lower than in the other states. They rarely exceed 0.5%, while the national average is 1.1%. The same goes for the income taxes in this state. Still, owning a so-called high-risk property logically brings more taxes to pay.

On the other hand, when it comes to the HOA fees, another huge concern of all the property investors in the Myrtle Beach area, they are considerably lower than anywhere else in the country.

5. Perfect weather

Climate and the weather are the top benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach. That is a place where you will never experience any harsh weather conditions. Summer is, of course, the best season there. The weather is hot, but temperatures are never too high and unbearable.

When it comes to winters, they are mild and never last for too long. Approximately for about two months. During this period, you'll see fewer tourists in the area so you will enjoy the city's peaceful atmosphere. And, the prices are lower too.

Finally, when it comes to natural disasters, there is no reason to worry either. Although hurricanes are typically for the beach areas, they rarely occur in South Carolina.

A beach during the sunset. Location is one of the benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach

Spend your summers at your own vacation home.

6. Active lifestyle

Have you mentioned the word boredom? Well, that is an unknown word in the city of Myrtle Beach. There are numerous things to do in the area, especially during the summer season. Apart from the stunning beaches, you can spend your time on one of the golf courses the city is famous for. Other recreational activities, as well as cultural ones, are equally popular in Myrtle Beach. Over the year, you will be able to attend more than 600 different fine art events.

Finally, you should know that the city's community is diverse regarding ethnicity, culture, and religion, and most residents are friendly and willing to help.

7. The health system works perfectly well

Naturally, you would like to buy a property in a city where the health system works well. Well, in Myrtle Beach, it is more than that. In this city, you will have many respectful healthcare facilities of various kinds, from surgery services and emergency medical assistance to rehabilitation centers. And all of that is close to wherever you settle down.

8. A second home or retirement getaway

A vacation home in Myrtle Beach is a perfect second home choice for everyone. However, once you get to retirement age, you'll be sure that buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach is your best decision. The number of retirees in Myrtle Beach is increasing every year. Seniors love the city's location and its weather. Myrtle Beach seems just like a perfect place for their retirement days.

A man and a woman are sitting on a bench.

There is nothing like spending your retirement at the beach.

Are you still having second thoughts? Well, now that you know the benefits of buying a vacation home in Myrtle Beach, we know you can make up your mind. So, wait no more. Start planning your next investment.

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 14, 2023

10 Creative Ideas for a Backyard Natural Playground

Have you been thinking about creating a natural backyard playground, but you aren't sure exactly where to start? Have you done some research already, but you want to make sure you find as many fun ideas as possible before breaking ground? If either of these questions applies to you, this post on natural playground ideas will certainly come in handy. Natural playscapes are a great addition to any backyard, and sometimes all you need is a little inspiration to get the ball rolling.

 

white and brown wooden bench near body of water during daytime

 

Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds

Outdoor play spaces are incredible places for children to experiment, learn, and grow. Children often exist in their own worlds, and allowing them to climb, run, and jump in their natural environment is an excellent way to encourage imagination and build social skills.

Historically, conventional playgrounds have been some of the best places for children to develop. Between making new friends and developing their social skills to having a safe place to expel their energy and develop gross motor skills, local parks and playgrounds are great for children.

While school playgrounds are often a great place for your children to prosper, sometimes the greatest playgrounds are just natural play areas in your own backyard. People have begun to prioritize privacy more than ever. If you want to create a safe outdoor space that aids in your child's development, a good idea may just be to add a play structure or two in your own backyard.

 

Why Should You Build a Natural Playground in Your Backyard?

In recent years, natural has become one of the most common buzzwords. From beauty products to clothing materials, to common grocery store items and the building materials used to construct a home, there has been a major push toward using natural things over artificial things.

There are many reasons for this. From a sustainability standpoint, the excess use of plastics and other similar materials has had a damaging impact on the environment. From a health standpoint, many of the artificial materials that manufacturers have been using are toxic to humans, and especially children.

One of the best things about natural play spaces is that they are usually made of natural resources. These natural elements, like wood and large rocks, tend to have fewer sharp edges, more vastly different textures, and less toxic substances than standard playground equipment.

Beyond just that, natural playgrounds often encourage more imaginative play, by incorporating balance beams and other structures into the surrounding landscape. While a typical neighborhood playground surrounded by a chain link fence is a fine place to take your children, nothing beats having what is essentially an outdoor classroom in your own backyard.

 

brown tree trunk on green grass field

Creative Ideas for a Backyard Natural Playground

When designing a natural playground, it is important to think about how the structures fit into the natural features of your land. This is often the role of a landscape architect, who can often come up with amazing ways to design nature play spaces that blend right in with the natural landscape. While a professional can build a plan specific to your backyard, we've put together a list of great ideas you can incorporate into your backyard natural playground.

While you don't need a huge backyard, some of the natural playground building blocks on this list do require a fair amount of space and may not be suitable for small yards.

 

1. Use Tree Stumps as Stepping Stones

One key skill that children learn while on a playground is balance. Learning how to shift their weight from one foot to another and balance a couple of feet off of the ground is a key part of early childhood development, and stepping stones help them to realize that there are consequences if they fall.

Using trimmed tree stumps instead of large plastic or metal pieces is a creative way to weave your outdoor play area into the natural world around it. While the vivid colors of plastic pieces may be helpful in very early childhood cognitive development, natural materials often help to spur an older child's imagination more effectively. One of the best ways to encourage open-ended play with older children is to use structures and toys that seem to blend in with their surroundings.

 

2. Create a Water Table

While stepping stones are great for improving gross motor skills, water features teach children how to interact with other forms of matter while simultaneously cultivating hand-eye coordination. While brands like Fisher Price sell many different plastic water tables, there are lots of ways that you can build one yourself from natural resources if you have a little time.

A water table is essentially a table built to hold a small pool of water in its center. More complex natural water tables may include miniature aqueduct systems, a miniature water slide, and even a waterfall.

When building a water table, you only want to leave a few inches deep of space for the water to fill. Deep water is dangerous for children, even up to several years of age. Water tables teach small children the properties of water, gravity, currents, and buoyancy.

 

3. Build a Sensory Garden

A sensory garden can be beneficial for both children and adults. Essentially, a sensory garden is a garden that stimulates as many senses as possible. While flowers are always visually stimulating, sensory gardens incorporate ways to stimulate the senses of smell, sound, touch, and even taste.

Children are often hyperstimulated by artificial stimuli in today's day and age. From loud toys to endless screen time, children often receive sensory overload. While the goal of a sensory garden is to stimulate all of the senses, it should do so in a natural and calming way.

For example, you may plant bright flowers, plant flowers with a pleasing aroma, use speakers to play subtle calming music, plant fruit to snack on, and use pebbles to pave the walkways.

 

4. Hang a Tire Swing

Tire swings are a classic example of outdoor activities that repurpose free things in different ways. Old tires are often given away for free once the treads wear out, and the only other inputs you need are rope and a tree!

While small children may not be able to use a tire swing, it is likely to be a new favorite for any older kids you have. Hanging a tire swing doesn't take much time at all, and it is an affordable and fun way to encourage your kids to get some fresh air outside. Obviously not every yard has a good place to hang a tire swing, but if your yard has a tall enough tree, this project is about as easy and rewarding as it gets.

vehicle tire swing

 

5. Design an Obstacle Course

Building an obstacle course in your backyard is a great way to encourage healthy competition and exploration among your children. If you get creative, you can design an obstacle course that provides your children with plenty of opportunities to develop, while also enabling them to have a great time with each other or with friends.

Playing alone isn't usually as much fun as playing with others, and obstacle courses are a great way for children to learn both teamwork and competition.

 

6. Add a Mud Kitchen

A mud kitchen is a pseudo-kitchen where children can pretend to cook and create. Cultivating a child's imagination is crucial to their development, and mud kitchens allow them to take "ingredients" from their surroundings and turn them into creations of their own. While you obviously don't want to eat a pie made of mud, leaves, and grass, mud kitchens encourage free play that spurs longer-term creativity as your children grow.

 

Thank you for reading our post on building a natural playground in your yard. Hopefully, this post has inspired you to take the initiative and build a sustainable and fun natural playground in your backyard. Natural playgrounds are great for both your children and the environment, and they don't need to cost an arm and a leg, either.

As realtors, we love helping people to find their own space. When you own property, you can truly build your own world on it. With children, this means you can unlock a world of opportunity and growth, all in your own backyard.

Homeownership puts you in greater control of your life and situation, and this control is especially handy when you have children. After all, you can't make permanent alterations, like some aspects of a natural playground, to a property that you rent!

 

If you decide to visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 7, 2023

Escrow Company vs Title Company: What's the Difference?

Escrow Company vs Title Company: What's the Difference?

 

When you buy a home, there are a lot of moving pieces and a lot of involved parties. While you may think that the only people involved in a real estate transaction are the real estate agent, buyer, and seller, this is far from the truth. There are more than a handful of entities involved in every sale of a home, and they all play very important roles in the closing process.

Two of the entities that often get confused are the escrow company and the title company. While in reality title companies and escrow companies are entirely different things, they are sometimes mistaken to be the same thing. This post is going to outline the key roles and services that each type of company provides, how the two can overlap, and where they differ.

 

man writing on paper

What Is an Escrow Company?

An escrow company is a neutral third party company that provides escrow services. The escrow process exists in almost every industry, but in personal real estate, it is a process designed to protect the financial interest of both buyers and mortgage lenders throughout a sales transaction.

Essentially, an escrow agency exists to protect the financial interests of both sides of the home-buying process. The purchase of a home requires a lot of upfront cash from a buyer, and it is important for lenders and other involved parties to know that the money is fully available and able to be spent. On the flip side, buyers care that their money is safe and that the other parties deliver their services correctly and on time.

When money goes into escrow, it is held in a third-party account that is regulated to ensure that the buyer pays their fees and dues on time and that the service providers do their job correctly at the same time. The buyer transfers a full specified amount into the escrow account (the escrow deposit) to prove that they have the cash, and the escrow funds are only released by the escrow agent to the appropriate service providers once the services are delivered. In this way, the escrow officer oversees the financial transactions and subsequently protects both the buyer and the seller.

 

What Is a Title Company?

Title companies, or title insurance companies, are one of the most important actors in the new home purchase process. They provide services that help both the home buyer and the home seller. In short, the main role of a title insurance company is to research the house's title and make sure that the property is unencumbered and ready to be sold. When we use the term title, we are referring to the official document that records the ownership and financial history of the property.

The title agent's job is to review public records and the history of the property to guarantee the chain of title and confirm that there are no title issues. These title searches make sure that the seller has the legal right to sell the house, that there are no liens on the property, and that there is a clear, documented chain of previous owners.

In addition to doing this research, a title insurer may also offer title insurance policies, which protect buyers against unforeseen title defects or future claims against the buyer's ownership of the property.

A title policy can be purchased by both a mortgage lender and a buyer. The owner's title insurance policy protects the owner against property ownership disputes in the future, and the lender's policy offers the same protection to the mortgage lender.

Finally, title companies often help with a large amount of the paperwork involved with the real estate closing process. There is a slew of loan documents and other legal documents that are completed throughout the closing process, and title companies often help to complete these forms and expedite the closing process.

 

man in purple suit jacket using laptop computer

What Is the Difference Between a Title Company and an Escrow Company?

An escrow company is any company that provides escrow services, while a title company offers a much wider range of services to buyers and sellers throughout the closing process. Title companies conduct research that protects the new owners and their mortgage broker long after the transaction is complete. Generally speaking, escrow companies provide no services throughout the entire process other than the independent third party monitoring of funds.

In addition to making sure the property has a clear title, a title company may provide escrow services for the buyer, seller, and mortgage company for an additional cost. Not every title agency offers escrow services, but many do.

 

Do You Need to Work with a Title Company?

Technically speaking, you do not need to work with a title company. You can choose to cut costs and not employ the services that title companies provide. However, the savings are minimal compared to the potential future costs that could arise from not using a title company.

Title companies make sure that the property's title is clean and that there are no hidden surprises that could arise down the line. If the property has a clean title, the buyer can rest assured knowing that they are purchasing full ownership of the house and that there will be no claims against the legitimacy of the sale in the future.

An example of the negative consequences of not using a title company could look like this. A buyer purchases a house from a seller who inherited it when their mother passed away a year prior. The seller thinks the house was fully left to them in their mother's will, and that they have the full right to sell it.

Three years later, the seller's long-lost sister reappears and stakes her own claim on the 50% of the house to which she claims she is entitled. If this claim is valid, the buyer would have to negotiate ways to provide the sister with the half of the property that she is demanding.

Had the buyer worked with a title company in the first place, the company would have likely seen this risk ahead of time, taken actions to investigate it, and avoided the conflict altogether. If they had not identified this as a risk, they would have likely offered the buyer a title insurance policy that would step in to protect the buyer in this case.

white and red wooden house miniature on brown table

What Percent of Closing Costs Go to the Title Company?

The title company provides many services to the buyer and seller at closing and naturally gets compensated pretty well for them. Closing costs are usually equal to about 3-6% of the selling price of the home, and the title company earns the brunt of that amount.

While title companies provide many of the services that contribute to closing costs, they do not provide them all. Title companies do not sell homeowner's insurance, for example, and they may not handle the home inspection or the payment of initial property taxes. There is a wide range of services that are offered within the title industry, and it is always a good idea to work with one.

 

 

Thank you for reading our post about the differences between an Escrow Company vs a Title Company. We hope that this post has been helpful in explaining the key differences and similarities between these two important pieces of the real estate process. Every home purchase requires the use of escrow services, but working with a title company is optional. With that being said, it is always a good idea to work with a title company, as their work can offer you maximum protection from title claims in the future.

 

If you decide to visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 4, 2023

7 Things Buyers Don't Want to See in Your Home

A real estate agent showing a house to a family of four.

The time has come for you to sell your home. You are struggling - we know. Saying goodbye to a place where you made many memories is not easy. But, hey - look on the bright side! Selling this home means starting a new life in another home that suits you better. We know that you agree, and thus, we know that this is not the thing you are struggling with. You are having difficulties selling your home, right? If the answer to this question is YES, then that means that your home is full of things buyers just don't like. However, there is nothing to worry about just yet. We are here to share with you seven things buyers don't want to see in your home. If you get rid of them, we are sure your home won't be on the market for too long. Thus, keep reading.

1.  Clutter and Dirt

Two things buyers don't want to see in your home are, without a doubt, clutter and dirt. These may not seem important to you, but they are crucial factors that impact your home value. Believe it or not, these two may decrease your home value by up to 10% - shocking, we know!

Thus, don't wait. Before you even list your home, make sure it is clutter and dirt free. When it comes to clutter, you have three options - donate, sell, and throw away. And, when it comes to cleaning, there is only one option - clean. You'll have to clean every nook and cranny of your home if you want to impress the buyers. And, yes, this also means cleaning the inside of your closet, under your stairs, and above the cabinets - trust us, people will look there.

A woman cleaning a bookshelf

2. Personal Items

Speaking of things buyers don't want to see in your home, we cannot but mention all of your personal items. Personal items such as family photos, heirlooms, memorabilia, travel souvenirs, and even things like your kid's drawings on the fridge or your pet's toys on the floor, etc., are not the things that should be in your home when selling. Why? Because, with so many of your personal items scattered around, it is difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home. Thus, pack all of these and place them in storage (or relocate them to your new home, if it is ready).

Moreover, some other things you should avoid putting in your home when selling are decorations. For instance, now is Christmas time, and your home is probably full of holiday decor, right? It would be a good idea to organize and store it to try to avoid clutterof this kind. And for the same reason - it makes it difficult for buyers to envision their holidays in your home.

3. Strong Odors

One thing is for sure - a home with odors will not sell. Just think about it - would you buy a home that smells funny, moldy, or even rancid? You probably wouldn't. So, if your home is on the smellier side, you know what to do - give it a deep clean!

If you don't have the time and the energy to deep clean your entire home, it might be a good idea to call professional cleaners. Professionals of this kind will ensure your home is spotless, and more importantly, they will ensure all the funky odors are gone.

A dog sitting on a dog bed inside the living room

4. Deferred Maintenance

If your home looks like a haunted house, don't be surprised to see buyers running away with screams. An overgrown garden, driveway covered in snow and ice, clutter scattered all over the yard, peeling facade, etc., are all the things that can push away the buyers. Thus, even though it's winter, you must take care of your home.

The same thing applies to the inside of the home. If the interior of the home has peeling paint on the walls, squeaking floorboards, leaking faucets, outdated appliances, stains on the carpets and furniture, etc., it will, again, be a major turn-off for the buyers. So, take a weekend off and get that tool kit out!

5. Lack of Storage

Okay, one of the most important things buyers don't want to see is a lack of storage. Let us be honest - you are the one who doesn't want to see it either, right? Thus, if you want to attract buyers and, of course, sell your home for a higher price, try to incorporate additional storage options in your home. For instance, you can try to create a pantry, add more storage in the kitchen and bathroom, utilize that space under the stairs, etc.

6. Outdated Finishes

If your home has many old and outdated features, that may be another thing pushing the buyers off. Nobody wants to buy a home that needs a lot of work. By changing just a few things in your home, that is, by making them at least a little bit more modern, you will significantly change the look of your home.

So, prepare for the project home renovation. Don't worry; you won’t have to make any significant changes. Sometimes, even removing wallpaper, repainting the cabinets, and replacing the hardware or lighting, can make a huge difference.

A couple painting walls

7. Poor Lighting

One of the last but certainly not least things buyers don't want to see in your home is poor lighting. We think that you can agree with us on this one. There is nothing worse than entering a home that is lit with yellow light coming from rusty and outdated fixtures.

So, if your budget allows it, try replacing the lighting in your home. You won't have to spend a lot of money on this one if you go to your local furniture second-hand store or your city's flea market. Yes, there is where you can find some unique lighting fixtures for a small amount of money.

As you have seen, there are many things buyers don't want to see in your home. So, if you have some of these inside and outside your home—you know what to do.

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 31, 2022

Homebuying 101: How Much to Furnish a 4 Bedroom House?

Homebuying 101: How Much to Furnish a 4 Bedroom House?

 

 

Your house is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. From the monthly mortgage payment, to the upfront closing costs, to the furniture you need to fill up the entire home, many costs are associated with buying a new home. While the mortgage payment and the closing costs are pretty easy to estimate up front, the actual cost of furnishing a home remains a mystery to many homebuyers. This post is going to provide furnishing cost breakdowns for each of the main rooms in a 4 bedroom home, including the total cost of furnishing the entire house, on average.

 

It is important to remember that each room's furnishing costs have a very wide price range, and this post is just meant to give you a better idea of what to expect. Every homebuyer has their own furniture budget, and your own needs, personal style, and the square footage of the whole house can all cause these estimates to be too high or too low. It is always a good idea to base your furnishing budget on your own financial capacity and to communicate this budget to your interior designer if you are working with one.

 

Some people enjoy shopping for furniture at flea markets and yard sales while others opt to buy new furniture from designer brands at furniture stores. Obviously, where you decide to purchase furniture affects the overall cost greatly, and the average person decorates their first home on a limited budget rather than taking out a personal loan.

Based on this post, the average cost to furnish a 4 bedroom, three bathroom house is anywhere from $7,500 at the low end to $60,000 at the higher end.

 

white round table near white wall

 

Average Cost to Furnish a Living Room: $2,000 to $15,000

 

In terms of square feet, the living room is often the largest room in the entire house. Logically, its large size means that it is usually one of the rooms that add the highest total to your furnishing credit card bill! The average furniture costs for a living room range from $2,000 to $15,000 depending on the quality and quantity of items that you buy.

 

While most living rooms have at least a coffee table and a couch, some opt for end tables, table lamps, area rugs, a television, an entertainment center, and recliners. If you work with an interior decorator, the living room is where a lot of your extra money will wind up being spent.

 

If you stick to just the basics and are willing to check out some thrift stores and online marketplaces, you can furnish a living room with quality furniture for just a couple thousand dollars. However, if you add in a flat-screen TV and some electric recliners, the total price can skyrocket.

 

Average Cost to Furnish a Dining Room: $1,000 to $10,000

 

Dining rooms tend to be much more straightforward than living rooms when it comes to furnishing, as they don't really require much furniture. The most important thing you need to purchase is a dining table, which is also easily the most expensive piece of furniture in the room. In addition to the table, the pieces of furniture you will need are chairs, table settings, and potentially a chest of drawers or a china cabinet.

 

At the higher end of the spectrum, you can order custom pieces that reflect your own signature style. If you are looking for less financial burden, you can always look for a great deal on pieces at local furniture stores and spend closer to $1,000 to furnish the whole room. If you have a standalone dining room, you likely will not need to spend much on kitchen furniture.

 

black wooden table and chairs

Average Cost to Furnish a Master Bedroom: $1,000 to $15,000

 

Other than the living room, the master bedroom is almost always the most expensive room to furnish. Your master bedroom is your own paradise, and it is worth spending the time to find the perfect pieces. In addition to a bed frame and a mattress, you will need to purchase side tables, dressers, decorative pieces, and more.

 

Bedroom furniture prices range greatly depending on quality and style, and a great way to decorate your new space while maintaining a realistic budget is to create a solid design plan before you start purchasing individual items. The purchase price of a matching set tends to be much lower than the price of each individual item bought separately, and these dollars definitely add up.

 

Average Cost to Furnish a Home Office: $500 to $4,000

 

Working from home has become a very popular added benefit of many jobs, thanks to the pandemic, and many people speculate that remote work is here to stay. As a result, many people are starting to create dedicated office spaces within their homes. While the design process for a home office isn't nearly as elaborate as it is for a master bedroom, it is worth mentioning that the costs of furnishing a home office can quickly add up.

 

On the high end, you may choose to buy monitors, a high-quality desk and chair, and wireless computer accessories. Your home office can be a great place even without spending much money. While you can buy very high-end desks and desk chairs, most cost a lot less than you might imagine, and the size of your room will likely dictate how much money you spend on your home office.

Average Cost to Furnish a Guest Room: $750 to $5,000

 

Usually, guest rooms are much more straightforward to furnish than master bedrooms. While thoughtful and stylish touches are always great, the fact of the matter is that guest bedrooms are only used a fraction of the time, and the best way to cut down on furnishing costs is to spend less on furnishing the guest room. While you should give every room in your new house or new apartment plenty of effort and time, a good rule of thumb is to make the guest bedroom your last priority.

 

A guest room will need a bed, a dresser, and a nightstand at minimum. Anything in addition to these things should be focused on creating positive vibes and peace of mind for your guests.

Average Cost to Furnish a Bathroom: $250 to $1,000

 

Bathrooms tend to be very simple to furnish. Full bathrooms need a floor mat, a bath or shower curtain, soap dispensers, towels, and a waste basket. Half bathrooms just need hand towels, a wastebasket, and a floor mat. While you can always add more items, these are the staples that you can't do without!

white wooden cabinet near table inside room

Other Ways to Save Money When Furnishing a Home

 

Minimize Delivery Costs

Unless you have a truck and don't mind hauling your new furniture around, you will likely need to pay the supplier to deliver it to your home. While some stores offer free delivery, this is not common. However, if you ask, many furniture stores will condense delivery fees if you can coordinate items to be delivered together.

 

Consider Leaving Hardwood Floors Exposed

Hardwood floors are beautiful, yet they are frequently covered by area rugs. While area rugs add a nice touch, they can be costly and can even detract from the beauty of your home.

 

Purchase Protection Plans on New Furniture Items

While spending money may seem like a counterintuitive way to save money, purchasing protection plans on new furniture could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Financially protecting your home furnishings from damage before it occurs is one of the best ways to save money when purchasing furniture for a new unfurnished apartment or house.

 

Consider Sample Budgets Before Creating Your Furnishing Budget Breakdown

The internet is filled with detailed sample budgets, and it is a good idea to check out as many of them as possible before you attempt to craft your own. Understanding the piece-by-piece items that fill up a furnishing budget can greatly help you when you make your own budget breakdown.

 

Take Advantage of Seasonal Sales

There are better times than others to purchase furniture. Generally speaking, the best times to buy furniture are in late winter and in late summer, when stores are trying to offload their current merchandise to make room for the next season's stock. This is especially true for patio furniture.

 

dresser beside sofa

 

If you decide to visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 24, 2022

Can You Put a Pool Near a Septic Tank in Your Yard?

Can You Put a Pool Near a Septic Tank in Your Yard?

 

 

Adding a pool into your yard is one of the most sought-after upgrades to any home. Whether you are imagining a small above-ground pool or a larger in-ground pool, installing a pool in your backyard provides plenty of opportunities to have fun with friends and family while soaking up the sun. While having a pool is a blast, there are many things to consider before you go through the process of buying one. While the upfront costs are expensive, the maintenance also costs further time and money. On top of that, you need to be sure that your property can even accommodate a pool!

 

Whether you already own a property or are currently in the market shopping for one, understanding the property's limitations is important. While there are many different sewage system varieties out there, the one that interferes with an inground pool the most is a septic tank system. In fact, there are even rules governing the installation of both a septic system and a new pool in the same yard. This post is going to lay out everything you need to know about having both a pool and a septic tank in your yard, considering both below and above ground pool types.

 

white and multicolored beach ball floating in back yard pool

 

Do All Properties Have a Septic Tank?

 

The job of a septic system is to store and dispose of plumbing waste from your house. There are two main types of waste removal systems: sewage systems and septic systems. Sewage systems contain tubes and piping that carry solid waste and other waste water underground to the local sewer system's main sewer line. Septic systems are more private, and they contain several components that purify waste water before it gets redeposited into the ground water below a property. Only about 20% of American households have a septic system, while closer to 80% utilize sewer systems. Generally, septic systems are popular in rural areas and communities with low population density, and sewer systems are more popular in cities and areas with higher population density.

 

How Do Septic Systems Work?

 

Septic Systems are private, and normally a property has an entire septic system for itself. Septic systems contain several components that help to purify the waste water coming from the house. The septic line is the central pipe under the house that carries all solid waste and waste water from the house drains and the yard's storm drains to the septic tank. The septic tank is where this waste water is initially purified, and it is then sent out via a distribution box to the septic field. The septic field, or drain field, is an area of the yard where the excess water is safely released back into the ground, where it soaks through the lower soil.

 

There are two main types of septic systems: aerobic systems and anaerobic systems. While they both function similarly, aerobic systems are known for being more efficient at breaking down waste and they tend to work in more circumstances and on more properties than anaerobic systems. While aerobic systems are widely considered to be more effective than anaerobic systems, they also require electricity, are more expensive, and require more maintenance.

 

A third type, the septic mound, is much less common and works entirely differently that a standard septic system. These systems are easier to see and identify, as they involve a raised mound somewhere in the yard and much less piping beneath the yard's surface.

 

Understanding which type of septic system your property uses, if it uses one at all, is crucial when thinking about installing a pool. The type of system you have can greatly impact what size and type of pool you can install in your yard, as the components required in each type of system can vary greatly.

 

stainless steel railings beside swimming pool

Can You Have a Pool and a Septic System on the Same Property?

 

Pools and septic tanks, while very different, have a lot in common. Both of these things take up a lot of space, and both use a lot of water. While above-ground pools conflict less with the space of a septic tank than in-ground pools do, there is no mitigating just how many gallons of water are in use by both a pool and a septic tank at the same time. When homeowners with smaller plot sizes try to install an in-ground pool, one of the major issues is that there simply isn't enough space beneath the ground surface.

 

While pool water clearly is separate from septic water, it is never a good idea for these two things to mix. This is why an area's local government or Health Department requires a minimum distance between pools and septic systems at the time of pool installation. The distance requirements often vary depending on the area of the property, so the best way to know what local regulations affect the property in question is to simply inquire with local authorities.

 

With all of that being said, in the clear majority of cases, a back yard can absolutely have both a pool and a septic system. Depending on the site plan and the local county's code requirements, some areas may face greater restrictions than others. However, as long as you stay compliant with these regulations, you will be just fine having both a septic tank and a pool system in the same yard.

 

Can You Put an Above-Ground Pool on Top of a Drainfield?

 

While there are clear rules about the distance that must be maintained between the septic system and the pool, many homeowners are unsure how exactly those distances are measured. While some prospective pool owners think that the septic tank location is the only thing they need to consider, this is incorrect. While the above-ground components of the septic tank are a common reference point for measuring the safe distance to install an above-ground pool, this methodology is errant. The entire septic system must be completely unobstructed by the pool, including the top of the leach field.

 

While at ground level it can be difficult to determine the exact location of the leach lines, it is mandatory that your pool contractor properly determines the full location of the leach field and marks off the minimum required distance from it. Putting an above-ground pool above any septic pipes can disrupt the leach field process, which could lead to human waste being improperly leaked into the ground and potentially nearby water wells.

 

 

swimming pool near palm trees during daytime

Other Things to Consider When Installing a Pool in a Yard with a Septic System

 

Installing a pool can be a great idea, even if the yard you are considering has a full septic system in it. However, it is important that you use more than just common sense when you decide what type of pool system you will implement. Pool equipment is expensive and large, and more often than not a pool is a permanent structure. Whether you install a concrete pool or an inflatable pool, for example, there are many things you need to consider.

 

The Location of the Pool

 

Firstly, one of the most important elements of building a pool in your yard is considering where the pool would be placed. In addition to assuring adequate separation from septic components and power lines, it is very important that you check the quality of the soil below where you will be placing the pool. On top of that, it is equally important that you pick a spot with level ground. Most types of pools are either permanent or very difficult to move, so the spot where you decide to put the pool is likely where it will stay forever.

 

The Ground Beneath the Pool

 

Secondly, you should make sure that the ground below where you plan to put the pool is free from components that you don't want to disturb. Installing a pool requires a lot of digging, and accidentally destroying important things underground with a bulldozer can be both dangerous and expensive. While concrete pads for above-ground pools don't require digging nearly as deep as in-ground pools, it is still crucial that you know what is below the ground you are digging in before you start digging.

 

The Full Design of the Pool and the Amount of Space Required

 

Thirdly, it is crucial to realize that in-ground pools are almost never made from a simple design. While what you see is just a rectangular pool with a deck around it, there are many other components under the ground that take up significant amounts of space. In addition to the pool, there is an intricate system of water line piping the creates a water supply between the pool filter and the pool itself. There is also a pool pump that pushes the water through these water lines, and there are often even electrical lines involved. While many of the most popular types of pool systems are streamlined and fairly easy to implement, it is important to recognize that a ten foot by ten foot pool will require much more space than just ten square feet.

 

The Regulations Dictating Specifications of the Pool

 

Finally, it is important that you check with your local building department to make sure that you have all permits and licenses that are required before you break ground on your new pool. They often require the submission of a site map before they approve you to build a pool in your yard, even if you own the property. Different counties in different states have different building codes, and building before you have proper licenses can lead to heavy fines and potentially the undoing of all the construction that you have already completed. Some authorities also require that you get septic clearances before installing a septic tank, which are basically provided in the form of an official approval letter.

 

pink and white inflatable ring on green surface

 

Thank you for reading our post on installing a pool in a yard with a septic system. Whether you already own the property or you are in the homebuying market, it is important to understand the rules and regulations surrounding the construction of pools near septic systems. Installing a pool in your yard is a major upgrade to your home, and it often leads to the creation of many amazing memories with friends and family. A pool is a great place to cool off in the summer, and having one in your own backyard leads makes things even more convenient, as long as you don't mind keeping up with the maintenance.

 

If you decide to visit Myrtle Beach or any other place in South Carolina and fall in love, reach out to us for help. We at The Boyd Team are always here to help you figure out whether Myrtle Beach is your next home or not, and we are committed to helping you find the right property for your needs and dreams. Any question that you have about moving to the area and finding your dream home by the beach is our pleasure to answer. Feel free to send us an email at eddie@boydteam.com or text or call us at (843) 222-8566, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Being true natives of the Grand Strand and Horry County and with over 25 years of experience in the local real estate market, whether buying or selling, we can help you make your dreams a reality.  

No One Knows The Grand Strand Better! Trust, Knowledge, Experience, Professionalism, You Can Count On!

 

 

 

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 21, 2022

The Country Music Restaurant In South Carolina Where You’re Guaranteed To Have A Blast

The Country Music Restaurant In South Carolina Where You’re Guaranteed To Have A Blast

 

It’s relatively easy in South Carolina to find a restaurant on the water that has live music. But not all of them have the history, the food, and the location of this unique country music restaurant (by day) and bar (by night) located just steps from the Atlantic and the famous Promenade in Myrtle Beach.

This legendary restaurant (by day) and bar (by night) is all you can imagine and more. It’s a come-as-you-are kind of place you’re sure to love. Have you been to The Bowery in M.B.?

The Bowery is located at 110 9th Ave. N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. It’s also just steps from the beach and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. Learn more on their official website.

 

Courtesy of Robin Jarvis

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