Category Archives: Sellers

Energy Efficient Upgrades Save Money on Monthly Bills

As much as half of the average homeowner’s monthly utility expenses go toward cooling and heating, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). For many households, that makes energy the largest home-related expense each month, next to a mortgage payment. Fortunately, numerous technological advances are making it easier than ever to manage home energy use. Smart thermostats and electricity... Read More »


Spring Fever? Cure it With These Home Improvements

Spring is finally in the air, and if you’re like us, you’re looking forward to some Georgia sunshine. After a long winter cooped up indoors, spring is the perfect time to start re-imagining your home and making upgrades that create a fresh, welcoming vibe. We’ve found some project ideas that can help breathe new life into your home as we... Read More »


Tax Day is April 17: Are you Ready?

Tax season is in full swing, and the April 17 Tax Day deadline is quickly approaching. Wait a minute, you may be thinking. Tax Day is always April 15, right? Well, yes and no. The regular IRS tax return filing date is April 15. But April 15 falls on Sunday this year, and the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday is... Read More »


It’s That Time—2018 color trends vary from bold primary hues to warm neutrals

We’ve still got a few weeks left in 2017, but the color experts are already announcing their favorite paint shades for 2018. In September, the Pantone Color Institute announced its Fashion Color Trend Report Spring 2018 edition ahead of New York Fashion Week. The top two colors are bold primary colors: Meadowlark, a lively shade of yellow, and Cherry Tomato,... Read More »


When It Comes to Repair and Upkeep, Your Home’s Age Matters

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” While most people apply this old saying to people, it could describe buying an older home, too. Older homes have character, charm, and personality, writes Melissa Darcey, a frequent contributor to The SafeWise Report at www.safewise.com. Often, they are located on larger lots in areas... Read More »


Protect Your Home from Flooding: Part 2

How to Protect Yourself from Lying, Cheating Scammers After a Disaster When a flood event happens, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is one of the first organizations on the ground to help in relief and recovery efforts. Once the danger from the flooding event has subsided, those affected by the destruction must register with FEMA in order to qualify... Read More »


Protect Your Home from Flooding: Part 1

Do I need flood insurance in Carrollton, Georgia? Many of us watched in dismay as record rainfall resulting from Hurricane Harvey brought record flooding to Houston, Texas. For some, the news reports brought back memories of recent flooding in Carrollton, Carroll County, and West Georgia. Heavy rain on Christmas Eve 2015 caused flooding in several parts of Carrollton. A portion... Read More »


LOCK-in on the Latest Home Security Tech

You’re running late. You grab your lunch, jump in the car, and you’re off. Minutes down the road, the questions pop into your head. Did I close the garage door? Is the front door locked? Was the dryer finished? For most of us, our home is our #1 investment. It is also a major source of worry, according to a... Read More »


Don’t Let Termites Eat Up Your Investment

For thousands of years, the natural beauty and strength of wood has made it a versatile component of home building and design. Unfortunately, wood is also a favorite target of several pests that feed on its cellulose fibers. That’s why homebuyers and home sellers should enter a real estate transaction with full knowledge of a home’s wood infestation history. A... Read More »


Does Paint Color Affect the Selling Price of Your Home?

Yes, a fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money, but homeowners have to weigh financial priorities when prepping a home for sale. Nationally, U.S. homeowners spend $15,190 on average in extra or hidden costs associated with selling their home, according to a new analysis from Zillow® and Thumbtack, an online service... Read More »