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Growing Roses Class

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA

Looking for ways to add curb appeal to your home or spruce up your landscaping? This season, why not consider adding roses to your garden! Known for their beauty, and luscious scent, many prefer roses because of the well-kept home image they display.

Roses require a lot of TLC and a little special treatment. If you are interested in learning about the growing conditions and care that is necessary to keep them happy, then Pike Nurseries has the class for you! They are holding a free class on May 30th and 31st, which will teach you everything you need to know about growing roses and how to care for them properly. The Nurseries are also offering information about the different varieties of roses, and how to plant and prune them.

This weekend, come out to Pike Nurseries for their FREE class where you will learn all the information you need to achieve that breathtaking rose garden you’ve been longing for.

Saturday, May 30 at 9am
Sunday, May 31 at 10am
 

For more information on the class, visit the website here.

To find a Pike Nurseries store near you, click here.

4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-843-9578
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of Stevebidmead/pixabay.com

Is it Time to Move Up to a New Home?

by Page Plager

Deciding to move to a new home is a big, important decision. It means listing your home, showing your home, selling your home, finding a new home, packing up and moving. It can be a long and stressful process. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right help and a commitment to seeing the process through to the end, the process of selling your home and buying another can be exciting and even fun.

Here are five signs that you are ready to move.

Is Your House Just Too Small?

That two-bedroom one bath was quaint and cozy when you first married. You turned that second bedroom into an office/storage space and, later, a nursery. It was the perfect size. Now, that your family has grown beyond three and you have acquired more things than you can easily store, the once cozy space feels more like a 10X6 cell.

Everyone needs their own space, and enough space is one of the keys to a happy life. Since it is difficult to make an existing home larger, buying a new home is the best way to have the space you and your family need.

Is the Neighborhood Just Not the Right Place Anymore?

When you bought your home, that neighborhood bistro was one of the best features. Now, your priorities have changed. You’ve had everything on the menu at that bistro and what was charming is now annoying. You are more concerned about safe streets and good schools rather than a vibrant nightlife.

Neighborhoods don’t change overnight. If you find that your priorities no longer match your neighborhood, it’s time to move to a new neighborhood.

Does the Thought of Renovating Make You Break Out in a Cold Sweat?

Maybe you bought that fixer upper with the honest intention of rehabbing it back to its former glory. You were going to redo the kitchen, re-tile the bathroom, and bring that scuffed hardwood floor back to shining glory. Unfortunately, life got in the way, or you realized the cost in both time and money would just be too much. Now, you look around at all the half-completed projects and down at that still scuffed up floor and shudder.

If you have discovered that you do not like the idea of renovating your home, moving to a finished, up-to-date home is your best option.

Are You Spending Too Much Time in the Car?

Time spent in the car going to and from work is time not spent doing things you would rather do – like spending time with family and doing your favorite hobbies.

If you are spending more than an hour each way commuting to and from work, that is too much time in the car. We all change jobs over the years, and our new jobs are not always convenient to our homes.

Moving to a home that is closer to your work is one way to reduce your commute time.

Have Your Priorities Changed?

Are you just ready for a change? Do you find that what you once loved about your house isn’t that great anymore? Are there a hundred little things that you just don’t like about where you live?

People change over time, and if you are no longer happy where you live, that’s reason enough to make a change and buy a new house.

Moving to a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Make sure you have the help you need, contact me today and I will guide you through the process of selling your home and buying a new one.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Kehrig at Flickr.com.

Memorial Day Weekend – Salute Our Troops

by Page Plager

Stone Mountain, Ga.

Come spend this Memorial Day weekend at Stone Mountain Park. There will be a huge firework presentation that will include a laser-show, unbelievable fire effects, and an extended grand finale! The skies will light up in this special choreographed musical tribute in honor of all the courageous U.S. veterans who have died fighting for our country, and their families. This three-day Memorial Day event is one of Atlanta’s largest.

Visitors that arrive early can enjoy a day full of adventure and fun for the whole family. So bring the family and come pay tribute to our troops!

“All active and retired military personnel will receive one FREE Adventure Pass with valid ID and will save up to 30% off per person (Ticket is $21.95 + tax for an Adult or Child) for immediate family members, and will receive 20% off food and merchandise.”

To purchase your passes, click here.  For more information about Memorial Day at Stone Mountain Park, please click here.

May 23 – May 25

Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of stonemountainpark.com

How to Turn Your Home into the Perfect Sales Pitch

by Page Plager

Model homes are pristine, perfectly-staged examples of how homes that are unfurnished or incomplete in a new development or condominium complex can potentially look.

They’re the perfect sales tool.

When you sell your home, this is your competition. You are competing with new homes as well as resales, and you have to beat the competition.

There are three areas that need to be addressed in order for your home to compete with new, model homes: the exterior, the interior and staging. If you consider showing a home as one long sales pitch you could call these areas: the opening, the pitch and the close.

The Exterior (The Opening)

First impressions are critical. If would-be buyers don’t like how your home looks from the outside, they won’t bother exploring the inside. This is the opening of your sales pitch. It sets the tone.

Make sure the exterior of your home is as perfect as you can make it.

  • Clean the yard and flowerbeds of any debris and trim all hedges and shrubs.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your house and repaint if necessary. New homes have fresh paint.
  • Clean, repair, repaint (or replace) your mailbox.
  • Repaint the front door. Don’t just clean it. Also, polish any tarnished brass.
  • Mow and edge the front lawn. Eradicate any weeds – even if that means doing it by hand.
  • Pressure wash the sidewalk and driveway.
  • Replant flowerbeds, window boxes and flowerpots with bright, colorful flowers and ornamentals.

Improving the curb appeal of a home can be arduous. If you don’t have the time or the skill to do the job right, hire someone who does.

The Interior (The Pitch)

In every sale, there’s a point where you lay everything out for the customer to see. That’s the pitch. When showing a home, the inside of your home is the pitch. Do everything you can to show your home in the best possible light.

  • Clean your home from top to bottom – literally. Then, clean it again. Leave no piece of furniture unmoved. Eradicate every cobweb and dust bunny. Shine every square inch of flooring. Shampoo and steam clean every stitch of carpet. The interior of your home has to be spotless. You can do this yourself, or you can hire a professional cleaning crew. It’s up to you.
  • If your animals stay inside, eradicate any evidence that they do. You might consider boarding your pets with a friend or relative while your home is on the market.
  • Remove half of your furniture to storage to make rooms appear larger.
  • Clear away kitchen clutter and organize all drawers – even the junk drawer.
  • Freshen up the bathrooms. Invest in new hand towels, curtains, potpourri bowls and ornamental soaps. Declutter and organize your linen closets.
  • Paint walls a neutral color. Beige is not as sterile as white. It’s a warm color that makes rooms seem larger.
  • Perform minor maintenance. Replace broken outlets and light switches, oil door hinges, polish tarnished fixtures and fix any items like leaky faucets, cracked windows, toilets that won’t flush properly and clogged drains.
  • Clean out the closets. Your closets need to be no more than 25-percent full and meticulously organized to show well.
  • Clean, organize and air out the basement.

Staging (The Close)

People don’t buy homes based on logic; they buy homes based on emotion. Staging a home allows you to use emotion to close the deal.

Staging uses furniture, artwork and careful accents to create a mood and highlights the positive aspects of a home while concealing the negative. It’s possible to stage your home yourself. There are several tutorials online that go into great detail about staging a home for sale, but in most cases, experts can do a better job.

Professional stagers have arrangements with local furniture stores and art galleries to use their wares for a nominal fee. New furniture and accents create the impression of a brand new home. Professional stagers' fees vary, but when you consider that professionally-staged homes often sell faster and for up to 20-percent more than unstaged homes, the fee is worth it.

By thinking of your home as one long sales pitch, it’s possible to do all that you have to do to compete with those perfectly-presented model homes and beat them.

If you are getting ready to sell your home, and would like an opinion that will help you to plan and proceed with less stress, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment to preview your home.  I’d be happy to offer you suggestions designed to help you maximize the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of boulderite at Flickr.com.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

by Page Plager

Duluth, Ga.

Disney on Ice is bringing you Worlds of Fantasy, a magical show on ice that includes four Disney character favorites and lots of excitement! From discovering the hidden wonders of the sea with the Little Mermaid, watching Lightening McQueen and his crew take on some high-speed stunts, playing with Woody and the rest of the Toy Story gang, to visiting Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell, the fun and magic here is endless!

Children will absolutely love watching their favorite Disney characters come to life in this show, and so will you! So hurry and order your tickets, and get ready for a night you won’t soon forget.

“Market pricing applies to all tickets. Rates can fluctuate based on factors that affect supply and demand. Lock in your price and location today!”

You can get more info and purchase your Worlds of Fantasy tickets here.

Show dates & times:

Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, May 17, 2015 – 1:00pm, 5:00pm
 
For more information about the show, please click here.
 
The Arena at Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, GA 30097

 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of www.disneyonice.com

Smart Technology for Your Home

by Page Plager

The latest trend in home remodeling isn’t a color scheme or granite countertops. It’s turning your home into something out of a science fiction movie.

Smart homes are finally here, and homeowners are surprised at how affordable it is to convert an existing “dumb home” into a cutting-edge, smart home.

Smart homes used to be well beyond the budget of the average consumer, but with increases in technology – and the fact that nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet – the cost of integrating smart technology into the home has plummeted.  

It won’t be long before smart-technology integration is a requirement rather than a bonus feature– especially in the luxury real estate market.

Why not be ahead of the curve and make the transition now rather than later?

Here are a few things you can do right now for relatively small investment.

Smart Door Locks

How often do you lose your keys, or have to rush home to let in a visiting friend or open the door for a handyman? Or how about all the time you waste digging through your pocket or purse trying to find your keys with a handful of groceries?

Well, once you install a new Smart Lock System you won’t ever worry about any of those things again. For example, the August Smart Lock unlocks as soon as an authorized person approaches the door. You can also unlock – or lock – the door remotely in case your guests beat you home. You can even issue temporary keys to people like contractors or short-term guests. Smart locks like the August Smart Lock typically cost between $150 and $250 and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Smart Interior and Exterior Lights

For decades we’ve been trying to set it up so we don’t need to get off the couch or out of bed to turn off the lights – with limited success. Now, with just a screwdriver and a few minutes, you can install smart lights switches throughout your home that can be controlled via a smartphone app or your voice. These lights can be set to turn on or off on a preset schedule or when the sun rises and sets. Smart light switches – your best option – run about $50 apiece. If you don’t want to take the trouble to install new switches – or you have a healthy fear of electricity – you can choose to install smart light bulbs by Phillips Hue. You can then control each bulb through your smartphone. You don’t even need a screwdriver.

Smart Thermostats

The most popular thermostat currently on the market is the Nest Thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been around for years, and they are great. There’s only one problem: You have to program them. The Nest Thermostat eliminates that need. It programs itself. All you have to do is set it and adjust it as you normally would throughout the day. It will remember and begin to adjust itself. The Nest Thermostat also gives you the ability to set and monitor it via your smartphone or tablet. A Nest Learning Thermostat is just $249 and can be installed in under an hour.

Smart Appliances

Finally, there are the new smart appliances. These are the most expensive upgrades you can make to your home. There’s just no way to turn a dumb appliance into a smart one. You have to buy new appliances, but if you are in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker or washer and dryer, going the smart route is something to consider. Imagine a refrigerator that alerts you via text if you are low on milk or a coffee maker that cleans itself. Or how about a washing machine that tells you if there’s a problem or an unbalanced load? Very cool.

Integrating smart technology into your home will improve your quality of life, and it will also improve the resale value of your home if you ever decide to sell. It’s a feature that is still new and exciting and can help with the marketing of your home. Anything that sets your home apart in a positive way is a good thing. So, given that the cost is so small relative to the possible return, why wouldn’t you take the initiative and smarten up your home? Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of Stephane at Flickr.com

Brunch for Mom at Park Tavern

by Page Plager

Atlanta, Ga.

Mother’s day is here, and it’s time to show your mom just how much you really care! Treat her to a Mother’s Day brunch at Park Tavern overlooking Piedmont Park and the city skyline this Sunday, May 10th. A fantastic buffet will be provided, with items such as eggs benedict with smoked salmon, sweet potato soufflé, Mahi-Mahi, and much more!

There will also be a chef-attended omelet station, French toast station, and a carving station serving spiral ham & herb crusted prime rib.

This is a very popular event so be sure to purchase your tickets before it’s too late!

For more information visit the website here. To purchase tickets, click here.

Ticket Prices:

Adults - $28.69
Children 7 and up - $14.90
Children 6 and Under – free
 
Park Tavern
500 10th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
 

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of ngodai86/pixabay.com

What it Takes to Sell a Luxury Home

by Page Plager

Selling luxury real estate is an art form and requires an attention to detail that is near obsessive as well as the assistance of an expert realtor. Buyers that are willing to invest millions of dollars to acquire a luxury home know what they want and they are determined to get it. The slightest problem or misstep and they will go on their merry way.

So, how do you ensure that you avoid any of these missteps when selling your luxury property on the open market?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you with selling your luxury home regardless of the market.

Get Your Property Ready to Show

When selling any property, it’s an accepted practice to clean the property to get it ready for showing. With a luxury property, this process intensifies tenfold. It’s not enough just to clean a luxury home; it needs the white glove treatment. Most sellers choose to hire a professional cleaning crew to go over the property with the proverbial fine-toothed comb. Every little detail must be perfect.

The same is true for the grounds. Once again, a professional landscaping crew is normally hired to make sure that all the hedges are uniform, the flower beds are refreshed and full of new, colorful flowers and the grass is fairway perfect.

Beyond just simply cleaning, many people choose to professionally stage their properties. Staging is the process of creating a look using furniture, artwork and other embellishments to create a look that is appealing to the discerning luxury homebuyer. It replaces furniture that may be dated with modern furniture. Essentially, it updates the entire look of the house.

Yes, this will cost money, but studies have shown that luxury home sellers that go through this process typically sell their home from between five and 20 percent more than those that do not.

Professionally Photograph and Film Your Property

Photographs used to sell a luxury home should be taken by a professional home photographer. Most luxury home buyers – or their agents – begin the home search online, and the only thing they have to judge a property by is a photo. Make sure that your photos stand out by using a professional photographer.

Because luxury properties are unique and possess so many distinctive architectural features and amenities, it is difficult to convey and accurate representation of the property with just still photos. That is why many people choose to also incorporate a video of their property in their marketing materials. Like the photos, make sure this video is recorded and edited by a professional. It will pay off in the end.

Market Your Property

Marketing is essential to sell a luxury property. The pool of potential buyers for luxury properties is understandably small. You must do your best to ensure that as many people have the opportunity to view your property as possible in order to improve your chances of finding the right buyer. Make sure that your agent is distributing your property through a variety of online outlets such as the local MLS, Trulia, Zillow, etc. Also, do not neglect to advertise on foreign real estate sites. A large number of luxury property buyers live outside of the United States.

Put the Word Out Through Brokers and Friends

As a luxury homeowner, your friends and their friends are part of your potential buyer pool. Make sure to get the word out to your network of business colleagues and friends that you are interested in selling your property. Some sellers even go so far as to host a party right before they put their home on the market or right after. They invite all their friends as well as well-respected brokers to the party. This gives the seller the chance to get the word out while the house looks its absolute best but in a relatively informal setting.

Show the Property

Be prepared to show your property as often as it takes to sell it. Don’t expect that your property will sell within the first few weeks. If it does, that’s great, but be prepared for the process to take a while. Luxury home buyers are picky. Don’t be offended if everyone doesn’t love your house. Be persistent and the right buyer will come along.

Showing your home is made much easier with an expert real estate agent on your side. He or she will handle all the showings. You don’t even have to be there. You can be away at the office or on vacation while your agent is showing the property. In fact, it’s normally better for both parties if the owner is not present while the house is being shown.

If you follow these steps, you will sell your luxury real estate, and you will command a top price. So, there’s no reason not to do your best to put your home in the best possible light, market it aggressively and show it until it sells. Contact me today if you are ready to sell your home. I will be happy to go over any questions you may have and help you determine the value of your home.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo courtesy of Sean Stanfield at Flickr.Com.

Peter Pan

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Come experience the story of Peter Pan come to life at the Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory. It’s by far their biggest and most magical production yet.  Featuring forty-eight elementary-high school students that have undergone a fourteen week training process, alongside some of Atlanta’s top professional actors. Just follow “the second star to the right, and straight on till morning” to the Fabrefaction Theatre for a modern rendition of this timeless musical that holds a special place in every heart!

Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm

Sundays at 3pm

Ticket Prices:

General Admission - $30
Seniors and Military - $25
Students - $20
 
Fabrefaction Theatre Company
999 Brady Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
404.876.9468
 

You can order your tickets by clicking here. For more information visit the FTC website.

Page Plager and Blaise Bugajski
Property SELLutions
Ph: 770-639-SOLD
Info@PropertySELLutions.com
www.PropertySELLutions.com

Contact us today if you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area - including North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County or Dekalb County.

Photo Courtesy of fabrefaction.org

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Page and Blaise Plager are the owner/agents of Property Sellutions.  We provide real estate services in Greater Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding communities North Fulton, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County, Dekalb County,
Hall County, Glynn County, and The Golden Isles


 

We list and sell residential real estate including single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, rental property,
investment property, vacant land and lots for sale in the Great Atlanta, Georgia area.