3 Must-do’s before listing your home for sale…

Step 1: Clean and declutter

It may sound obvious, but the importance of cleaning and decluttering cannot be overstated. Here are some ideas to make this process nearly painless.

  • Eliminate clutter before cleaning: This is the time to purge your house of unwanted and unnecessary items. In addition to donating items to charity, consider giving them away through Craigslist or neighborhood sharing groups. Recyclers are often willing to pick up and haul away large metal items for free.
  • Deep clean your house: This step will probably involve the biggest time investment.  Pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms, and clean the inside and outside of your windows — this makes a striking improvement in the overall appearance of your house.
  • Organize closets, cabinets and drawers: In this case, out of sight is not out of mind. Many potential buyers will open cabinets and closets, because they are thinking about storage space. Clean and organized storage areas signal to buyers that you take care of the house.

Step 2: Make small repairs

Take care of these problems before you show the house for the first time. These are all fixes that you can do yourself.

  • Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets.
  • Replace caulking around tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Freshen up or repair grout as needed.
  • Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral, generally pleasing color that complements your home.
  • Fix cracked or broken windows.
  • Replace or repair damaged window screens.
  • Replace burned-out lightbulbs.

Step 3: Go for curb appeal

You want potential buyers to be charmed by the outside of your house so they look forward to coming inside. Extend your pumped-up spring cleaning to the outside of your house too.

  • Trim bushes, shrubs and trees. Make sure vegetation isn’t touching your roof or siding.
  • Repair broken downspouts and gutters.
  • If it’s appropriate for your yard, apply new mulch, river rock and/or pea gravel. This can do wonders for your landscaping and provide immediate curb appeal.
  • Clean and repair concrete areas, such as driveways and walkways. Eliminate any oil or grease stains, and clean out any weeds coming up through the cracks.
  • If it’s seasonally appropriate, put out some pots of annuals, which will maintain their color for the season. Freshen up your doorstep with a new welcome mat and make sure the house numbers are easy to see.

With just a moderate amount of effort, you can make your house beautiful and welcoming, both inside and out.  When you are ready to list your home please feel free to call Paula and Penny!

RBC Heritage 2019 – Hilton Head Island, SC

Excitement is starting to build on Hilton Head Island as we near the annual RBC Heritage

Dates are:  Monday, April 15 – Sunday April 21 

Paula and Penny will be at the Sea Pines Real Estate @ Beach Club hospitality tent representing Paula Traver & Associates Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (hours are below).  Tent is located on the 18th tee box and free lunches will be served to our clients – please come by and give us a high five and have a bite to eat!  Remember…….keep coming back to read our blogs and we will keep you posted on new event offerings and links!

Paula – Thursday, April 18th (4pm-6pm)  &   Sunday, April 21st (2pm – 4pm)      @hhi4you

Penny – Saturday, April 20th (4pm-6pm)  &  Sunday, April 21st (12pm-2pm)      @hiltonhead_realtor


#realtors  #seapinesrealestatebeachclub  #rbcheritage  #golf  #boaters  #hhi4u  #realestate

curb appeal SELLS….

………………………….curb Appeal sells!!!

There’s usually at least one home in every neighborhood that looks so attractive you can’t help but slow down each time to walk or drive by. On the flip side, there may be a few that force you to look away! (Sorry, neighbors.)

Homes with great curb appeal demand a higher asking price and sell faster…here are a few to get you started!

  1. paint your front door (DIY)
  2. install a new/trending door knob (DIY)
  3. cheerful door mat (DIY)
  4. the lawn!! – mow, conquer those weeds, green lawn spray paint, trim (DIY)
  5. power wash the house (DIY)
  6. how is your roof???
  7. make the windows sparkle (DIY)
  8. pave the driveway (DIY)
  9. add charm to the front door – plants, outdoor furniture
  10.  new house numbers (DIY)

Your first impression is your BEST impression!!



United Airlines begins flights on March 31st #bookitbaby

The Hilton Head Island Airport announced Monday that United Airlines will begin flying in and out of the airport starting in spring 2019.  The national airline will run seasonal service to United “hub airports” in Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York City, Beaufort County airports Director John Rembold said at a news conference.

Get Ready!!

  • Starting on March 31, United will operate nonstop flights from Hilton Head Island to Washington Dulles International Airport two times a day.
  • Starting on April 6, United will operate flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport two times a week.
  • Also on April 6, United will begin offering flights to New York/Newark Liberty International airport once per week.

Catch Paula on HGTV’s “Island Life”!

Catch Paula on HGTV’s “Island Life”!

In case you missed it, you can view the show here!

An active couple is ready to ditch the cold weather of Lake Placid, New York, for the year-round sunshine on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After spending summers on the island with their family they fell in love with the community, the culture and most importantly, the golf. The search is on for the perfect place to call home.

More Showings:

SUNDAY:  Oct 15

9:30pm | 8:30c

MONDAY:  Oct 16

12:30am | 11:30c

Tune-In to 2 NEW Island Life Episodes with Paula!

Hilton Head Island Hole in One

An active couple is ready to ditch the cold weather of Lake Placid, New York, for the year-round sunshine on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After spending summers on the island with their family they fell in love with the community, the culture and most importantly, the golf. The search is on for the perfect place to call home.

Upcoming Showings:

SUNDAY:  Oct 15

9:30pm | 8:30c

MONDAY:  Oct 16
12:30am | 11:30c

Heading South to Hilton Head

Matt and Kyle have been living between Philadelphia and New York for years, and the constant traffic and chaos has left them wanting a fresh start. After visiting Kyle’s aunt in Hilton Head, SC, they knew they had found a place where they can enjoy a simpler life by the beach. They’ve decided to make the move south and are looking for the beach home of their dreams.

Upcoming Showings:

SUNDAY:  Oct 22

9:30pm | 8:30c

MONDAY:  Oct 23
12:30am | 11:30c

Paula Johnson Traver Featured on Island Life on HGTV

Paula Johnson Traver Featured on Island Life on HGTV

Last week was the premier of Island Life Hilton Head Island featuring Paula Johnson Traver and first time home buyer Holly Strohm. Holly is a 27 year old Michigan native with a career in hospitality management who wanted to trade her cold winters for warm summers in Hilton Head. Holly enlists the help of her mom Debbie to choose the perfect property with enough room for guests. Tune in to watch Paula help Holly find the right one!

Charles Fraser’s Vision

A great marriage between the environment and progress….

Charles Fraser’s vision of Hilton Head Island has been passed through the decades, and has been envied by developers around the world. When you travel through the United States, almost all resort communities are concrete jungles; Hilton Head Island will remain a timeless masterpiece.

It is impossible for a community like Hilton Head Island to grow and continually prosper if not for the dedication of its people. Without this dedication, the community would fall into the honky-tonk pattern that many seaside communities acquire. This stewardship can be exemplified in the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee which I am honored to serve on. It is a privilege to work with a group of individuals that are the epicenter for Hilton Head Island’s future. We are charged with representing Hilton Head Island on the local, state and national level. Visits to Columbia, SC to meet with our state representatives and visits to Washington DC to meet with our national representatives keeps the issues of Hilton Head Island on the forefront with our legislators. This type of volunteerism represents the generations of dedicated people that will keep Hilton Head Island as pristine as it was envisioned forty years ago.

Hilton Head Island is a truly blessed place. Every day on Hilton Head, you can experience the beauty of the island and this exceptional eco-system on Hilton Head Island. You can witness bottle-nose dolphins frolicking on the beach.

The marshes on Hilton Head are protected from any type of development allowing hundreds of bird species to flourish here. Clamming and oystering are two other truly exceptional activities to participate in on beautiful Hilton Head Island.

The miles of leisure trails that are entwined through forest preserves, conservancies, and
hilton head real estate neighborhoods are another unusual characteristic of Hilton Head Island. You can navigate the entire island through the trail system.

There are numerous tennis courts scattered throughout Hilton Head. Personally, I take pleasure in participating in my weekly tennis groups; it is a wonderful opportunity to create new relationships with people with a common interest. Many visitors come to Hilton Head strictly for the world-renowned golf courses. On Hilton Head, there are 26 golf courses. The Heritage PGA Golf Tournament takes place each Spring on the world class Harbour Town golf course in Sea Pines Resort. You too can play Harbour Town or one of its two sister courses Ocean or Pete Dye’s newest masterpiece Heron Point in Sea Pines Plantation.

Whether you are into biking, golf, kayaking, sailing, yachting, relaxing, bird watching or any number of the 101 things to do on Hilton Head Island, you will have realized that the true reason you chose Hilton Head Island is because of the people, because without the people, the Grass would not be Greener on Hilton Head Island.

So what are you waiting for…