• GFS Level Up ad
  • IB Header Feb 2023
  • YMCA Header 3.15.23
  • Prisma Header March 2023
  • SCCT Once on this Island
  • CCES Header January 2023
  • FOA Banner Nov 2022

Author Archive

Dan Hamilton’s Guide to Greenville Retirement Communities

Posted on |

Are you a retiree looking for a change of scenery? Or maybe you and your family have just moved to Greenville and have parents eager to follow you to the area? In this article, our Real Estate Partner Dan Hamilton shares some of the best retirement and age-restricted communities in the Upstate, comparing amenities and explaining buying and leasing options.

Dan Hamilton and his team of real estate professionals at Hamilton & Company offer unparalleled customer service to their real estate clients and free advice on living in Greenville to their community.

Hamilton 2023

Interested in buying or selling real estate in the Upstate? Contact Dan today to learn more. New to Greenville and want to learn more about the area? Check out Dan’s YouTube channel where he shares weekly real estate advice and Greenville news.


Dan Hamilton’s Greenville, SC Holiday Bucket List

Posted on |

In this article, Top Rated Real Estate Agent and Team Leader Dan Hamilton takes a break from offering Greenville real estate advice to share his must-see Greenville events this holiday season. Keep reading to discover his family’s favorite Greenville traditions!

I have lived in Greenville since I was 5 years old, and Christmas has always been a special time in the city. This year, I’m sharing some of my family’s favorite Greenville holiday events and Christmas traditions that we never miss.

I’m just sharing a few of my favorite events here, but if you’re looking for more ways to spend time with your family this holiday season, check out my team’s holiday guide. Whether you’re looking for a Christmas Tree Farm, a Christmas Parade, or a New Years Eve Party, the Hamilton & Co. Holiday Guide has you covered with over 70 Greenville Holiday Events!


Dan Hamilton’s Guide to Amenity-filled Greenville, SC Communities

Posted on |

The Upstate is full of amazing communities, neighborhoods, and districts, each with their own unique personality and offerings. As Greenville’s top-rated real estate team, it’s our job to understand how each community compares and offer our clients (and faithful KAG Readers) up-to-date information that will help them make an informed decision about where they want to call home. Click here to read more articles from Dan Hamilton!

In this article, we break down some of the Upstate’s communities that are known for their top-of-the-line amenities. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive lifestyle where you hardly ever leave the comforts of home, these neighborhoods may be for you!

Dan Hamilton Guide

If you see a community you like or are considering a move in the future, give Hamilton & Co. a call at 864-527-7685! We do more than just buy and sell houses; we are experts on all things Upstate and love answering your questions.

Keep reading to discover all the amazing places in Greenville to call home…

Gower Estates

An established and always growing community just 10 minutes from Downtown Greenville, Gower Estates is a popular neighborhood for many Greenville, SC residents.

Gower comprises over 500 homes ranging from brick ranches to traditional styles and remodeled cottages. Lots are relatively large and homes sit away from streets lined with mature trees and, in many places, wide sidewalks. Children living in Gower typically attend Sara Collins Elementary, Beck International Academy, and J.L. Mann High School.

Gower Estates is known for their tight-knit community and robust amenities. Residents enjoy a swimming pool along with a youth Swim Team; tennis, basketball, and softball courts; a playground and picnic area; walking trails throughout a 21-acre park; and more. Neighborhood gatherings are frequent in this community as well.

If you decide to venture outside of all Gower has to offer, you’ll find Downtown Greenville, Haywood Road, Woodruff Road, and other popular dining and shopping areas only a short drive away. In fact, Gower’s central location is one of the community’s most popular features.

If you are interested in receiving new listing updates for homes in Gower, tell us and we’d be happy to set up a personalized email alert.

Bent Creek Subdivision

Bent Creek Subdivision is less than 3 miles from the heart of Downtown Greer and all the boutique shopping and dining experiences the town has to offer. Frequent travelers will also appreciate the neighborhood is only 15 minutes from Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

Bent Creek comprises over 200 homes and features a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and a playground. The pool is also home to the Ben Creek Barracudas Swim Team! Schools in the area include Woodland Elementary, Riverside Middle, and Riverside High.

Interested in Bent Creek homes? Let Hamilton & Co. set up a customized home search so you’ll be notified as soon as one becomes available!

Neely Farm

In the heart of Simpsonville, Neely Farm is conveniently located near great shopping and dining, parks, golf courses and a movie theater.

Within the neighborhood itself, Neely Farm residents enjoy a pool and clubhouse as well as lighted tennis courts, a soccer field, and a nature trail. Families, empty-nesters, couples, and singles all enjoy engaging in book club, bunco group, garden club, swim team, tennis league, and so much more! There is even a pond with a dock area to enjoy. Children living in Neely Farm typically attend Plain Elementary, Ralph Chandler Middle School, and Woodmont High.

Hollingsworth Park

Nestled between Woodruff and Verdae Roads, Hollingsworth Park’s business and outdoor amenities make it a popular choice for families in the area. The community also offers a variety of housing options, from apartment rentals and townhomes to modest single family homes and multi-story estates for residents in all stages of life.

Not only is Hollingsworth Park conveniently located between popular shopping and dining destinations on Woodruff and Haywood Roads, the community itself offers lots in the way of amenities. 20-acre Legacy Park features walking trails, a pond, and a two playgrounds, one for toddlers and another for older children. The shopping center in Hollingsworth is home to a YMCA, Chestnut Coffeehouse, Stella’s Brasserie, and more.

Everything about this community was carefully curated to create an “old town” feel, from the homes’ architecture to the thoughtful placement of amenities, all of which are within a ten-minute walk of each other. Children in the Hollingsworth community are zoned for Pelham Road Elementary, Beck International Academy, and J. L. Mann High School.

If you would like to learn more about properties in Hollingsworth Park, tell us in this form.

Orchard Farms

Made up of 450 homes and 4 separate neighborhoods, Orchard Farms is a popular suburban community located off of Batesville Road in Simpsonville, SC and only 15 minutes from shopping and dining locations. Orchard Farm residents enjoy use of athletic and exercise facilities, green spaces, a club house, playground, tennis courts, pool, and more.

Dan Hamilton

The Orchard Farm community is close and enjoys neighborhood gatherings and fun contests like their Yard of the Month initiative where homeowners are applauded for their outstanding home exteriors. Children in Orchard farms typically attend Oakview Elementary, Beck International Academy, and J.L. Mann High School.

Sign up for notifications as soon as a home in Orchard Farms goes on the market!


One of Greenville’s newer neighborhoods, Hartness is an amenity-rich community with an emphasis on getting outdoors. Similar to Hollingsworth, Hartness offers a variety of custom home layouts of many sizes from townhome up to spacious estate. Hartness is located in Greenville and is just 10 minutes from Five Forks shopping and dining.

Hartness offers its residents amenities comparable to other Upstate communities including tennis courts, green spaces, a playground and basketball courts. Like Hollingsworth, Hartness also contains a Village Center with a number of boutique shops, gym and spa, and The Village Kitchen. But what sets Hartness apart is its outdoor amenities.

The community exists alongside a 150-acre Nature Preserve through which 15 miles of biking and walking trails run. Residents have access to a beautiful, serene lake and paddleboards and kayaks to explore it with. This community’s outdoor-focused mentality is perfect for residents of all ages. Children in Hartness often attend Oakview Elementary, Northwood Middle, and Eastside High School.

Be the first to know about new listings in Hartness with our personalized home search! Fill out this short form and get signed up.


Riverstone homes feature gorgeous custom exteriors with brick and stone fronts and cottage details. Ten minutes from downtown Simpsonville, Riverstone is just a couple miles from unique dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

In addition to well-lit streets and sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, Riverstone offers its residents a variety of amenities. The resort-style pool is the perfect summer hang out for children and adults alike, and tennis courts, walking trails, and a clubhouse gym all offer exercise opportunities no matter your preference.

Riverstone currently has brand new homes available for purchase, including basement homesites! Get in touch with our office today to schedule a free tour.


For KAG Readers who are fans of rolling hills, Italian and French country inspired architecture, and custom home design, Montebello is for you! I personally live in Montebello and am blown away by its beauty and amenities; the community has been an amazing fit for my family.

As far as amenities go, Montebello has something for everyone, including a pool next to our clubhouse, Club Bella, a bocce ball court, a putting green, tennis courts, and a playground. My kids love spending afternoons by the pool, and I enjoy a tennis match on occasion. We’re all really excited about some new updates coming soon as well; our clubhouse is being renovated currently and we’re in the process of adapting our tennis courts for pickleball.

Despite its idyllic, secluded feel, Montebello is only a few minutes away from Furman University, Downtown Greenville, and popular shopping and dining areas, so you don’t have to sacrifice location for convenience. Montebello is zoned for Summit Drive Elementary, Sevier Middle, and Wade Hampton High.

If you are interested in a home or a property in Montebello, let my team know and we’d be happy to set up a personalized notification for you!

If you are new to Greenville or considering a move to the Upstate, we hope this guide has been helpful! The neighborhoods highlighted in this guide are just a few of hundreds across the Upstate. If you are interested in a list of communities personalized to your interests, budget, and needs, reach out to our team at 864-527-7685. From local lender recommendations, Greenville tours, and free home shopping tools, we go above and beyond to provide our friends and clients with the tools they need to call Greenville home. — Dan

10 Amazing Activities from Dan Hamilton that You Need to Do This Fall

Posted on |

Summer is winding down, school is starting, and if you’re like me, your family is finally returning to a schedule!

Some of my kids are happy to be back in the swing of things, and others are still wishing for summer days. For those looking for a fun activity or two to help ease your family back into the school year, enjoy this list of some of my family’s favorites. This list includes the very newest and most popular Greenville attractions right along with some old classics.

Let’s get started!

Clare’s Creamery

Clare’s Creamery is Greenville’s neighborhood small batch ice cream shop, dedicated to delivering the highest quality ingredients and the most delicious ice cream ever! The shop is a lifelong dream of founder Caitlin Clare’s, and that dream finally became a reality in 2020 with Clare’s Creamery. 

Clares Creamery

Beat the heat and run over to Clare’s Creamery for a locally made sweet treat. You can find Clare’s ice cream at their brick-and-mortar (1635 East North Street) or at their pop-up in The Commons shared with The Bake Room.

Chestnut Coffee House & Local Market

Chestnut brings a whole new meaning to the word community. This coffee shop and local market has proven wildly popular since its grand opening in January – so much so that the owners opened a new location this month! 

Chestnut Coffee

Enjoy expertly poured handcrafted coffee beverages, created with house-made syrups and Methodical Roastery coffee. Kids can enjoy Chestnut Ice Cream and Scout’s Doughnuts as well as a variety of delicious lunch foods and snacks. 

Chestnut Coffee House is located in the Hollingsworth community on Rocky Slope Road, and their new location is on East Curtis Street in Simpsonville. Grab an iced coffee and enjoy Hollingsworth park only a short walk away. Families with young children will especially love the two playgrounds located in the park with lots of space to run around!

Unity Park

Doubtless you’ve heard about Greenville’s newest green space and playground, Unity Park. This beautiful 60-acre park features a 4,100-square-foot splash pad, 2 huge green spaces, 4 playgrounds, picnic tables and shaded sitting areas, and so much more. Plus, the park sits right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and provides direct access to walking and biking trails (if you’re looking for a guide to the Swamp Rabbit, I have one of those too)! 

Unity Park

If you get tired of playing out in the sun, there are all sorts of indoor spots to enjoy right next to the park. The Commons provides tons of seating (indoor and outdoor) and multiple restaurants to enjoy (my family loves the burger at GB&D). A short walk across the Reedy River will bring you to Southerside Brewing, a brewery with a full food menu, live music, regular community markets and other events.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy is one of Greenville’s newest forms of entertainment. The indoor “playground” features an 18-hole mini golf course full of fun movie themes, ice curling, ping-pong, axe-throwing, and backyard games. You will also find a food menu with lots of delicious shareable plates. 

If that August heat is getting to you, Group Therapy is the perfect place to enjoy summer (or back-to-school) family fun indoors! They do corporate events too; I’ve planned one there for my team at Hamilton & Company!

Looking for a fun parents’ night out? Group Therapy is 21+ after 7pm each night. Enjoy speciality cocktails, a 30-tap self-serve beer wall, and a transformed party atmosphere! 

Group Therapy is located in the Camperdown Plaza and is only a short walk from Insomnia Cookies, Starbucks, Jeni’s Ice Cream, and other local favorites.

Discovery Island

What better way to beat the heat than to spend the day at the waterpark? Discovery Island at Southside Park in Simpsonville has tons of water activities for everyone in the family! 

Enjoy two water slides, a lazy river, wave rider, and more! Discovery Island also has food available for purchase and lots of seating and shade for those not participating in the water activities.

Flying Rabbit Adventures

Flying Rabbit Adventures is a 3-story aerial park and a favorite summer activity for the Hamilton & Co. team

Flying Rabbit

No matter your experience, there’s a track here for you! Flying Rabbit has three different courses ranging in difficulty, plus courses just for kids. If you’re not a fan of heights, you can enjoy a performance bike track and challenge course, along with other great adventures! 

Flying Rabbit is located at Holland Park, a mixed-use development space that is home to Greenville’s famous Home Team BBQ, Double Stamp Brewery, and more!


Have you heard of 3’s? Formally Crosswinds Par 3, “3’s” has transformed the Par 3 into a 12-hole putting course designed by world-renowned golf course architects. The putting green is perfect for a family day (or night) out, plus you’ll get to enjoy delicious food and drinks from the 3’s Grill. 

3s Golf

This experience is truly unlike anything else in town! In addition to booking a personal tee-time, you can take advantage of weekly events like Friday Date Night and Family Sundays.

ReCraft GVL

Looking to stock up on school supplies responsibility and affordably this year? Recraft GVL is South Carolina’s first “creative reuse center,” collecting reusable materials from manufacturers, institutions, and households across the Upstate and redistributing them in their brick and mortar on Haywood Road.

In addition to shopping at ReCraft, you can donate your time or old supplies to their store! Visit ReCraft’s Website and Instagram to learn more about these opportunities.

Skateland USA

Skateland USA, located on White Horse Road, is an indoor skating rink the whole family can enjoy! There is also a toddler rink available.


Get those after-school wiggles out at BlocHaven, Greenville’s community-oriented rock climbing gym and cafe. At BlocHaven, there are multiple climbing areas with routes suitable for all ages and experience levels.

On your first visit, be prepared to sign a waiver for each participant and sit through a short orientation. After that, signing in is simple. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, so plan to stick around and watch (or even climb with) your little ones. We’ve seen children as young as three years old having a blast in the space!

We love making Greenville feel more like home for its residents by sharing our local recommendations! Interested in investing in Greenville? My team at Hamilton & Co. is the top-rated real estate team in the Upstate, and I would love to help you buy a home here. Give me a call at 864-527-7685 and tell me what you’re looking for; I’d love to help you make your real estate dreams come true!  — Dan

Dan’s Guide to the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System

Posted on |

The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail System is a mixed-use (walking/running/biking) path that stretches through Downtown Greenville up into Travelers Rest. Since opening in 2009, the popular trail has grown from 9 miles to 22, and sections are still being added all over the Upstate! As the trail grows, so does local business. Breweries, cafes, parks, and shops have all popped up along the path, providing Greenville residents with tons of fun activities!

A long-time resident of Greenville and a fan of getting outside and having fun with his family, Dan Hamilton shares some of his favorite stops along the trail system. Follow along as Dan walks us through the trail, starting in Downtown Greenville and ending in Travelers Rest. 


The 4 Home Renovations that Are Most Like to Pay Off: Dan Hamilton’s Guide

Posted on |

Whether you’ve got your sites set on selling your house soon or you’re thinking about resale further down the line, there are certain improvement you can make to your home now that have appeal for buyers in the Upstate. In his Guide to Strategically Investing in Your Home, our partner realtor Dan Hamilton discusses some of the home improvements that he and his team have seen that result in pay off for sellers.

Are you looking to sell your home in the near future and want to make sure you get top dollar for your investment? Or maybe you don’t plan to sell anytime soon but would like to enjoy some home updates that will pay off down the road. No matter what your situation, investing in home improvements will pay off. 

But not all home improvements are created equal. Some home renovations pay off big time at the closing table and others aren’t worth the effort. In this article, we’re going to break down the home improvements that statistically result in the highest return on investment (ROI) as well as some general design and renovation advice for homeowners concerned about their house’s value.

One last thing before we get started…if you are a homeowner interested in selling your house, we encourage you to STOP, fill out this form, and then keep reading. As the Upstate’s TOP ranked real estate team (don’t believe us? Check out our Google reviews!), we’d love to offer you personalized advice on the best way to prepare your home for sale through a free home evaluation. During this meeting, our listing agents break down the best way to get your home in your location ready to sell at top dollar. This service is completely free and you don’t have to commit to our team to take advantage of it! 

These Home Improvements Have the Best ROI

First thing, we’re breaking down some of the home improvements that statistically get you the most bang for your buck. Keep in mind, the specific figures used in this article are estimates and will vary by region, supply availability, real estate market, time, scope of project, and many other factors. 

#1: Minor Bathroom Remodel

Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the best places to spend your renovation budget. On average, it costs about $10,500 to replace the tub, tile surround, floor, toilet, sink and vanity fixtures in a bathroom. Typically, projects of this size result in a $10,700, or 102%, return on investment (ROI). 

If you have the money and desire to redo an entire bathroom, by all means consider it! Updated bathrooms make potential homebuyers feel clean and at home rather than like they have intruded on someone else’s space. However, a similar effect can be achieved at a lower price point.

If your tub is in bad condition but you don’t want to splurge on a new one, consider reglazing your current piece. Caulking does wonders for your bathroom, especially your shower, and is a truly simple DIY project. Finally, replacing handles, faucets, and light fixtures will absolutely transform your space – and many can be bought at a good price on Amazon. You can also repaint your current fixtures for an even more cost-effective glow up.

Finally, no matter what projects you decide to tackle in your bathroom, remember a deep clean will go a long way in making the space feel clean and inviting. 

#2: Landscaping

Homeowners who invest in outdoor landscaping are estimated to receive a 100% return on investment, calculated with a $4,900 budget. This budget is meant to be split between the actual landscaping work and hiring a designer to ensure a high quality and effortless curb appeal.

If you want to skip paying for a designer, many local garden centers offer either free design services or classes and seminars. Here are some popular Greenville nurseries and garden centers that may offer similar services.

When designing on a budget, focus on high impact areas of your property like the front door and merely maintain the rest of your yard. Clearly edge all natural areas, weed the lawn, and perform other small tasks that will improve the overall look of your yard, leaving bright and colorful designs for those high impact areas. The best designs are simple – focus on clean lines, bright spots of color, and creating a beautiful scene that appears easy to maintain. 

Landscaping is so important because it contributes to your home’s first impression. A strong first impression increases interest in and traffic to your home when you decide to list it. We’ll talk more about the importance of curb appeal later. 

#3: Minor Kitchen Remodel

Along with bathrooms, your kitchen is one of the best places to spend your renovation budget if your concern is a return on investment. Statistically, a $15,000 kitchen remodel (focusing on cosmetic and not layout changes) will result in about a 99% return on investment, or $14,600. Remodeling your kitchen will brighten and modernize your space, warmly inviting potential buyers to picture themselves gathering in the room.

Though kitchen remodels are valuable investments that usually pay off, they often exceed a typical pre-list renovation budget. There are a few lower cost ways to create a similar impact depending on the current state of your kitchen. If you do not have the budget to reface cabinets, just replace hardware! In most cases, this is another simple DIY project. If you have a kitchen island, consider adding a statement pendant light or a hanging pot rack to create visual interest.

Finally, if you are going to invest in one “larger project” in your kitchen, definitely consider upgrading your laminate countertops to granite or quartz. This is an upgrade most homebuyers expect to see these days, even in older homes. 

#4: Replace Windows

This home renovation is especially important if your home is 20 years or older! Replacing windows (specifically 10 3×5 windows) costs around $9,700 and will result in almost 90% return on investment.

However, if you plan to continue living in your home, your return will be even greater! Old windows are drafty and poorly insulate your home. By contrast, new windows will vastly improve your home’s energy efficiency, keeping your monthly energy bill lower.

Aesthetically, new windows will create clean lines inside and outside your home, and those new window panes will sparkle in the sun! The change from a curb appeal perspective is really amazing. Here are some other amazing benefits of new windows beyond increasing your home value. 

If you are looking to improve current windows rather than replacing them entirely, you have a few options. Repainting your window trim and sills and cleaning the glass can make your windows appear newer and cleaner. As far as energy efficiency, there really is no comparison to newer windows, but there are a number of easy fixes you can try.

Replacing your windows is a sizable purchase with few budget workarounds. However, this improvement will be a huge selling point for your house! Even if you do not plan to sell in the near future, investing in new energy efficient windows will save you money every month on your energy bills and is definitely worth considering if your home is older.

Other Improvements and Design Trends to Consider

Now that we’ve shared 4 popular and investment-savvy home improvements for you to consider, we’ll take a moment to review some honorable mentions and noteworthy design tricks. This section will even help inform your design decisions should you choose to pursue one of the home improvement projects listed above.  

2022 Color Trends

One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your home’s overall appearance and appeal to buyers is to apply a fresh coat of paint. Perhaps less simple – picking the right color. Let’s take a look at what colors are popular this year:

In 2022, we’ve seen home designers move away from the cool whites and grays often associated with the popular “modern farmhouse” home style. Homeowners and designers are still keeping things light and airy, but opting for warmer whites and neutrals. Accent colors are growing in popularity again, and trends seem to indicate deep, rich tones in an organic color palette dominate the market. 

If you are painting your home in preparation for listing, keep your paint color simple and consistent throughout your home. The best choice is a balanced white with a hint of warmth like Sherwin Williams Alabaster or something similar – the graphic below has some great options! 

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) 

LVP is a cost effective, high quality flooring alternative to hardwood or tile. Dent and scratch resistant, water-resistant, and overall cheaper and more durable than hardwood, LVP is quickly becoming the most popular flooring in houses. If your home is filled with various types of flooring (hardwood, laminate, tile, carpet, etc.), installing LVP may be a good option for increasing your home’s value and creating interest with buyers. 

Organic Shapes and Natural Elements

A huge design trend this year involves incorporating organic, rounded silhouettes and natural textures into your home. When designing your home, consider incorporating rattan, wood, and other natural elements into your living space and softening hard lines with rounded furniture. 

Aim for spaces that are light and airy and consider light wood floors and white walls. Wood ceiling beams can add warmth and coziness to a room and can be mirrored by another wood element on a mantel. Accent chairs or dining chairs can feature natural materials like rattan or leather, too. Organic elements like these, along with highly textured accent pillows and a plant or two, soften a room and create visual interest. If a room’s furniture is angular, you can introduce a round side table and a circular statement light fixture. 

Impeccable design is not a requirement to sell your home (especially in the aggressive seller’s market we are experiencing). However, incorporating a few new design elements is a very simple way to elevate your space, either for your own continued enjoyment or for interested buyers. 

Master Suite Design 

We’ve already mentioned that kitchens and bathrooms are some of the most important rooms in your home to update prior to selling. One other space that deserves a little TLC is your master suite. A calm, luxurious-feeling master bedroom will help potential buyers fall in love with your home. 

If you utilize window treatments in your master bedroom, consider investing in a high quality curtain. Curtains should drape all the way to the floor and be positioned on a rod halfway between the top of the window and the bottom of the ceiling. When installed this way, curtains make a small room feel larger and, especially in bedrooms, make the space feel so expensive and luxurious. 

If you have plans to sell your home but are overwhelmed by the design element, we understand! Check out this interview with our friend Kim Dunn, owner of Staged 4 You by Kim, the Upstate’s largest and most experienced home staging service. Give her a call (or call us at 864-527-7685 and we’ll make a personal introduction) to learn how she can transform your home, earning you up to 25% more at the closing table!

The Importance of Curb Appeal 

We’ve covered a lot! Before we wrap things up, we wanted to circle back to the exterior of your home. Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression; if people don’t like the way your home looks from the outside they won’t want to see the inside. That is why it is so important to tighten up your home’s exterior appearance. 

We already discussed landscaping and window replacement as two major ways to improve your home’s outdoor appearance. Here are a few final exterior improvements to consider if you are serious about upping your home’s curb appeal: 

  • Power wash your driveaway and any additional pathways.
  • If you don’t have a walkway to your front door, consider adding a stepping stone path. These make great additions to your backyard as well!
  • Clean or replace exterior siding. You can hire a professional to assess the state of your siding and decide which would be best for your home. 
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint (or stain as appropriate) to your front door and clean or replace any glass panes. Make that entryway shine! 

The Bottom Line

If you plan to live in your home for years, make improvements and design choices that make you happy. However, if you plan to sell in the near future or are concerned with the overall value of your home, being strategic with your budget and your design choices is important. Keep your plans classic, (slightly) on trend, and appealing to a wide audience rather than leaning into personal style choices. Choosing the right project and being strategic with your design will ensure you increase the value and desirability of your home.

Are you interested in selling your home? Hamilton & Co. is the Upstate’s highest ranked real estate team. We have a team of real estate experts ready to walk you through each step of the home selling (or buying) process! Whether you’re moving down the road or across the country, need to purchase sight unseen or want to spend the weekend touring homes, we’re here to help. Visit our website at MyGreenvilleHome.com and learn more about the home buying and selling processes, or give us a call at 864.527.7685 and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

You can also read more from Dan Hamilton on Kidding Around.

Dan Hamilton’s Guide to Spring Home Maintenance

Posted on |

It’s time for some spring cleaning! Usher in warmer weather and brighter days by sprucing up your home. Whether you’re prepping for a move or just happy to crack open some windows, you’ll improve your home by taking a few steps needed to keep things in tip-top shape. In the guest article from our partner REALTOR® Dan Hamilton, he offers up some essential home maintenance tasks to tackle this spring.


Dog-Friendly Guide to the Upstate

Posted on |

Woof! Got a favorite Fido in your life? Bookmark this article! This guest post from Kidding Around partner realtor Dan Hamilton highlights all of his team’s favorite dog-friendly hangouts in the Upstate. This guide gives you the lowdown on the best neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, parks, and doggie daycares and boarding for your favorite four-legged friend.

From Great Danes to Dachshunds, one look around Downtown Greenville will tell you Greenville is crazy for dogs! We love taking our furry friends with us wherever we go. Whether you’re a new pet owner or just new to the area, you’ll want to take advantage of this pet-friendly guide to the Upstate. 


Dan Hamilton’s Guide to Upstate Neighborhoods

Posted on |

Looking for the best Upstate, SC neighborhoods? Greenville, South Carolina has a lot going for it: Great local and state parks, a budding food scene, lively arts and entertainment, plenty of family friendly fun, quality schools, a cost of living below the national average… the list goes on. In this guest article by partner realtor Dan Hamilton, he offers an overview of some of Greenville’s gems–its quaint communities and neighborhoods. Whether you’re already settled into a community you love or you’re looking for a new one, learn a little more about the neighborhoods that make Greenville special!