‘Right Plant, Right Place’ Equals Healthy Trees & Healthier Property Values

Shade trees are important in Southern landscapes. Not only do they provide a cool spot to rest in the heat of summer, shade trees often increase property values because of their beauty and can decrease energy costs for your home or business if planted strategically. Consider these statistics from the Arbor Day Foundation: • The net cooling effect of a... Read More »


What’s Blooming in West Georgia This Summer

The heat of a Georgia summer can wilt even the hardiest blossoms. However, many native plants, shrubs, and trees can thrive even in the hot, dry conditions we often face in July and August in West Georgia and East Alabama. We’ve compiled a list of some of the summer’s showiest blossoms. Here are a few of our favorites: Hydrangea: Another... Read More »


Memorial Day: A Reminder

Though many think of Memorial Day as the official kick-off for summer, the purpose of the day should never be forgotten. Memorial Day reminds all of us that the freedoms we enjoy are the result of the sacrifices of those who served the United States at home and abroad throughout our nation’s history. The first Memorial Day observance in Washington... Read More »


Home Inspection: a Small Investment with a Big Payoff

A light switch installed inside a shower. Furnace vents placed outside bedroom windows. Disconnected waste pipes. Search online for “home inspection nightmares” and you will find some unbelievable and dangerous construction blunders. As a home inspector for the past 10 years, Bill Craig of Affordable Home Inspections and Services headquartered in Carrollton can tell some wild stories of his own.... Read More »


Tips and Tricks for a Terrific Paint Job

Have you ever painted a room and been less than satisfied with the results? We’ve all been there, but fortunately today’s tech tools make it possible to remove some of the “pain” from “painting.” Painting is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to change the look of a room. However, a gorgeous color on a paint sample may... Read More »


Native Plants Offer Big Rewards in Georgia Landscaping

For many homeowners, landscaping is one of the pleasures of spring. Garden centers offer an array of colorful flowers, shade and fruit trees, and ground cover options to help homeowners bring their outdoor visions to life. It might seem like appearance is the only thing that matters when purchasing new plants for the yard, but horticulturalists and real estate agents... Read More »


A Home for the Ages (and the Aging)

  We plan our vacations. We plan for kids’ college expenses. We plan for retirement. However, very few of us plan for aging, especially when it comes to our homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of U.S. residents 65 and older will increase to nearly 73 million by 2030. Some of those Boomers will move into senior... Read More »


Trademark Quality Homes And Duffey Realty

Duffey Realty is proud to be the exclusive Listing Broker for Trademark Quality Homes in Carroll and Haralson Counties. Trademark Quality Homes has earned a reputation for building homes with high quality materials, excellent workmanship, and great attention to details. We have a price point and neighborhood to meet any family size, need, or budget. Currently, new homes are being... Read More »


5 Pesky Mistakes New Homeowners Make – And How to Avoid Them

When house hunting, it is easy to focus on the eye-catching surface features. Unfortunately, those well-staged facades can cover up big problems. If you are in the market for a new home, there are several hidden issues you should keep your eye out for as you shop. Tiny cracks. Small cracks and crevices in the foundation, doorways, and walls where... Read More »


Outdoor Spaces Need Some TLC? Check Out These Top Trends

Spring is here, and for those of us in the South, the lower humidity and moderate temperatures of these months are ideal for enjoying our outdoor spaces. If your yard and deck need some extra attention this spring, check out these tips on the top outdoor living trends for 2016. Outdoor rooms: Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings, and... Read More »