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60 seconds is all the time you have to create a stellar first impression and in today's competitive market, buyers want to fall in love before they've even stepped foot inside.

How can you ensure that your home stays top of mind? Follow these simple, yet significant ways to maximize your home's appeal;

Exterior - everything should be in tip-top shape, your home is competing with hundreds of other homes, a buyer will simply move onto the next option if yours doesn't fit the bill.

1. Lawn should be green & mowed, bushes & hedges trimmed, trees & weeds under control - no dead branches, flower beds neatly tended to

2. Doors & windows (including garage) should be fully functioning and in good condition, no pealing paint, ripped screens, etc. and

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If you're anything like me, last week I was ecstatic when it was 70's degrees and sunny...the perfect temperature to throw open the windows and get the winter 'funk' out of the house! There's nothing like a little fresh air to put a little pep in your step and prep you for a new season. 

And as we prep for a new season, we want to make sure that our homes are functioning as they should be and ready to for us to start performing our usual 'spring' activities! Even though we live in the south and don't typically experience harsh winters, there are still things we can do to best maintain our homes so they're operating at their full potential. 

So, how can we prep? Here are a few ways...

Exterior

Check drainage - be sure water is able to flow

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1. Never under any circumstance should you be present for a showing - Buyer's are searching for their new future home and it's a stressful time for them. They don't need the added pressure of a seller pointing out their favorite features or reminiscing about past experiences they've had in the home. 

Instead: allow the buyer's agent to show your property and wait for the feedback.

 2. Don't leave out your personal items/always de-clutter - You hear it all the time, but it's the truth! We know you love your family, but the majority of buyers have a hard time envisioning their own possessions in a space that's filled with other people's personal items. Also, buyer's can't see themselves growing into this space if there's clutter everywhere. Always try

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Whether you're thinking about buying, selling or investing in real estate, you will want to hire the most qualified realtor/team who has the expertise that you'll need. There are so many moving parts to a real estate transaction and you will want someone that will best represent what your bottom line is;

1. Sell my home quickly and for the most money possible

2. Find me a home quickly and for the best price possible

3. Find me investment properties quickly that will make me the most money over time (or as soon as possible if flipping)

We all know the market is saturated with realtors. People step into this field for various reasons and a shocking 75% of realtors fail in their first year in the business (www.tomferry.com). However, when you

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There are those that simply cannot live without the latest and greatest tech gadgets, while others live life very minimally. Case in point, my husband and I are very simple people and when we purchased our first home last year, we were in awe...and a bit nervous...about all the technology in our new home.

From the nest thermostats to the iPhone operable under cabinet lighting, to the video doorbell, the Philips Hue lightbulbs & the bathroom vent with bluetooth connection to name a few, not only did we need to learn how to become homeowners, we needed to figure out things that would normally be simple tasks such as, turning on the lights & heating our home...dear god, I miss the 80's!!

Aside from feeling like I definitely should've been born in a

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What is Radon? 

Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes throughout the United States - especially in North GA due to the proximity to Stone Mountain. Like carbon monoxide, radon is colorless and odorless. And, typically moves up through the ground, into the air and into our homes through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water.

 Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties have been found to have some of the highest elevated levels of radon gas in the entire state. (Sure Thing Home Inspections)

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How Harmful is Radon?

 Just to put the level of harm in perspective for you, the EPA estimates that radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. (www.epa.gov/radon) 

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There's something quite special about building a home, specifically for your needs! From choosing your lot, to choosing your floor plan, selecting the perfect finishes and that first sight of the builders breaking ground - it's all so exhilarating!

So, why Hamilton Mill? The FANTASTIC location is one of the many reasons families opt for this area. With close proximity to excellent schools, plenty of retail shopping, delectable dining & easy access to I-85, this sought-after neighborhood is the epitome of what one would imagine calling 'home.' Did we mentioned the VIEWS???

Ok, tell me more... Kerley Family Homes has been ranked among the top 10 homebuilders in Metro Atlanta, since 2013. They've built homes in over 30 communities offering a wide range

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Wondering if it's 'about that time' to replace some of your appliances or larger home ticket items?

We've pulled together some information for you to best determine when you'll need to replace these items throughout the life of your home including; your roof, siding, windows, appliances, HVAC & more.

Click HERE for a short video!

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One of my favorite things about the New Year is to see what professional interior designers will predict to be the 'hottest trends' in the coming year. They look at colors, finishes, fixtures, furniture styles...and they ALL have a different opinion!

What one designer says is "so over in 2019" another may say "it's still hot and heavy in our market!"

Conclusion: go with what YOU love!

My background is in interior design and I've never allowed another designer, magazine, website or any outside influences affect my design choices. Your style is your style and your home should be a reflection of all the things that you love, not what someone else tells you is 'in or out.'

My husband and I just purchased our first home together and I kept seeing

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Mid seventies and sunshine is on the books for this weekend and there's plenty to do!

1. Grab your tickets to the Atlanta Home Show @ the Cobb Galleria for some design inspiration!

2. Get involved in the March Madness Discdogathon in Dacula! 

3. Clean Comedy Night is back at Tradewinds Coffee Co!

4. Checkout international music, dance, games, food & crafts at the Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival 

5. Grab your friends, your favorite wine, some snacks & Paint Your Pet!

Check back with us every Friday for a list of fun things to do each weekend!

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