Atlanta Homes Guru Blog

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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1. Do not have anything else financed. That debt will affect your Debt to Income Ratio and can prevent you from qualifying for a home. It will most certainly reduce the amount of money you can borrow for a home. 

2. Do not apply for credit anywhere until the home transaction is CLOSED. If you do, your credit score may go down short term & the Underwriter will ask you for a letter explaining why you applied for additional credit.


3. Any amount financed outside of a mortgage will decrease the amount of money you can borrow for a mortgage. EXAMPLES: No furniture, no cars, no boats, no debt consolidation loans, no additional credit cards or lines of credit. 

4. Do not put any "one time" or unusual deposits into your bank account except

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With over 90% of Americans now under a shelter-in-place order, many experts are warning that the American economy is heading toward a recession, if it’s not in one already. What does that mean to the residential real estate market?

What is a recession?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research:

“A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in real GDP, real income, employment, industrial production, and wholesale-retail sales.”

COVID-19 hit the pause button on the American economy in the middle of March. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley are all calling for a deep dive in the economy in the second quarter of this year.

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A modern smart home is full of high-tech devices hackers would love to crack. Learn how to protect those devices here.

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How to Secure Your Alexa Device

Devices like the Amazon Echo are essentially little portals of convenience you can place around your home. They can play music, keep you informed on the latest news, and order you more laundry detergent when you're running low. Unfortunately, the microphone that allows an Alexa-enabled device to hear your questions and commands is also a potential security hazard.

One easy way to secure your Amazon Echo device is to turn off its microphone. That way the device is not constantly listening for its activation words, protecting your home from unwanted recordings. You'll

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In many ways, house hunting is a lot like dating. You’re looking for the perfect match. And while everyone has different tastes, you know the right one when you see it.

Another commonality? A single trait—whether in a house or a potential partner—can be a total turnoff. With people, it could be bad breath, a lack of ambition, or political differences. With homes, well, the list goes on and on—as you’ll hear from the following individuals who discovered instant dealbreakers during their house hunts. A fair warning: Some of these might make your skin crawl.

“On our house hunt, we visited a home and the seller was present and smoking a cigarette right in front of us. Big nope. I checked out and didn’t listen to anything that was said because

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