Atlanta Homes Guru Blog

This week during our HRG team meeting, we were discussing what the real estate market looks like right now for our current buyers. After a slower spring market due to the pandemic, we saw an increase in the number of buyers who were ready to take advantage of the close to 3% mortgage rates to purchase a home.

However, while many sellers decided that now was the right time to sell, others have continued to wait - essentially creating a seller's market, making it more difficult for buyers to take their time to find their next home.

What does a seller's market look like?

What we're seeing is less homes on the market creating a 'sense of urgency' with our buyers. Gone are the days of having time to 'sleep on it' ... buyers are now being forced to

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It’s not as easy as home-improvement shows make it look.

Anyone who is as obsessed with HGTV as we are could be forgiven for indulging in fantasies of quitting your day job and reinventing yourself as a Fixer Upper–style home-improvement superstar. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be the next Joanna Gaines or Leanne Ford? But if your reveries are quickly outpacing your reality, you might want to think twice before diving head first into the house-flipping market. Shows tend to gloss over some of the less glamorous parts of the process (hello HVAC repair work), bend the constraints of time and space (you’re doing this all in a week, you say?), and price labor and materials at rates typically unseen in this century.

And did we mention that

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A pool’s impact on your property value depends on these variables.

Installing an in-ground pool costs upward of $30,000. It’s an eye-catching addition to your landscaping, and it makes your house the go-to hangout spot among friends and family. But is it worth the investment? Will a pool add value to your home? Like any home improvement, a well-designed pool should increase your property value, but the reality depends on several factors. Here, experts explain four things that affect the monetary worth of a backyard pool.

Buyer Characteristics

Any sale requires a buyer. If all the people viewing your property specifically want a pool, yours becomes more valuable. If none want a pool, it becomes less valuable. It all comes down to one question:

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Listerine is known for killing germs that cause bad breath, but winning the war against halitosis is hardly its only triumph. Antiseptic mouthwash can take on all sorts of tough tasks — here are 12 unexpected and amazing ways to use it.

1. Clean your garbage disposal. It's a brilliant but disgusting concept, really — a blender made especially for grinding up and flushing food refuse, built right into your kitchen sink. But after a while, you might notice it start to stink like a bowl of leftover chili that's been sitting in the sun for two weeks. Pour in a half-cup of Listerine and give the disposal a quick spin — the stench will be gone in no time.

2. Deodorize trash cans. Soak a paper towel in a little Listerine and place it

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Paint isn’t just for walls. Here’s how to breathe new life into old stuff (like your worn-out vinyl floor).

Did you know that a little paint can perk up carpets, appliances, and even vinyl floors? With proper prep, you can paint just about anything in your house. Here are seven of our favorite house paint ideas to give new life to old things:

#1 Paint Door, Drawer, and Cabinet Hardware

Spray paint can turn builder-grade brass locks and hinges into fashion-forward hardware with an oil-rubbed bronze, pewter, or stainless look.

  • Insert the door lock’s spindle into a square of Styrofoam, which will hold it upright while you spray around the knob.
  • Before you paint, insert a tiny strip of painter’s tape into the keyhole to make sure paint
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Your "do-it-yourself" attitude is commendable, but at some point, you’ll need to hire a home repair contractor and pay someone to fix something in your home. There are going to be situations when you don’t have the time, inclination or skill to make a particular repair or do some of the work you need to be done. We all hire someone to fix something in our house at some point. What you'll find here is some guidance on when and how to select a home repair or maintenance contractor.

Types of Home Repair Contractors

When you need repair work done on your home, you will usually hire a specialty type of tradesman called a “subcontractor” which is different than a general contractor (GC) or builder. A general contractor or builder is a company

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1. The simplest way to assess the curb appeal of your house is to walk to the curb—or to the street—and view it with the critical eyes of someone who has never looked at it before. Enlist the help of a friend whose opinion you value, sense of style you admire, and who will be honest. Take pictures of the house and front yard, along with close-ups of the door, path, landscaping and other details.

Know your home's architectural style. Is it Midcentury Modern, Colonial, Georgian, or maybe Spanish? Get smart about your region's climate and local environmental issues that might affect your landscaping choices, like water rationing in a drought zone or planting annuals that will have to be changed out every couple of months.

Look at it through the

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Every year, firefighters across the country respond to around 13,820 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

About 27 percent of these fires is caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation that’s far more serious than the drop in performance caused by constricting a dryer’s ductwork.

Some dryers have indicators designed to alert you when lint has built up and blocked the vent. Our clothes dryer tests have found that LG’s FlowSense and Samsung’s Vent Sensor detect completely blocked vents but aren’t as good at detecting partially blocked vents.

The same is true for the check-vent feature on Maytag and Whirlpool

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The most common mistake homeowners make is believing that their homeowners insurance is all inclusive. They think it will cover everything and anything that goes wrong in the home.

It isn’t and it won’t.

Let’s look at what a home warranty covers compared to what homeowners insurance covers. We’ll then look at why having both is the best way to protect your home.

What does a home warranty cover?

Here are some of the most commonly covered systems and appliances under a Home Warranty Service Agreement.

  • HVAC systems
  • Plumbing and electrical systems
  • Major appliances: washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven range, disposal

A Home Warranty Service Agreement from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW) is an annual service

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Packing up and moving has always been remarkably stressful in and of itself. Moving during the coronavirus pandemic, when everyone across the nation is supposed to be staying put to lower their risk of illness? Well, that's a tricky undertaking, to say the least.

First, a note of caution: If you don't have to vacate your current home, consider staying right where you are. Aim to reschedule your move for when the spread of the coronavirus outbreak slows and the government lifts restrictions on movement.

"During this crisis, many customers are postponing their moves and some are just completely canceling them," says Lior Rachmany, CEO and founder of New York's Dumbo Moving and Storage. "However, we’re still receiving a great deal of new customers

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