Category Archives: News

On Deck – Creating Great Spaces for Relaxing and Entertaining Outdoors

After the hot days of summer, most of us are looking forward to cooler fall days. For many of us, the deck will beckon during those autumn evenings, so now is the time to make sure your deck is ready for entertaining. Decks and porches are among the most common home improvement projects homeowners undertake. Not only does a deck... Read More »

Homegrown Dreams

I believe many dreams are born at home. For instance, I cannot tell you how many times I have defeated Michael Jordan at the buzzer. Not in real life, of course, but in my imagination when I was a kid out in my parents’ backyard—hundreds of miles away from Chicago where Jordan actually played. Growing up, I spent countless hours... Read More »

Tips for Making Your College Room Home

As classes begin at our local colleges, many students will be excited about classes, activities, meeting new roommates, and decorating their dorm rooms and apartments for the upcoming year. For all students, but especially for freshman, it is important to make the dorm or apartment room as comfortable and homey as possible. “College dorm rooms may not seem very much... Read More »

‘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 »