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Autumn Curb Appeal

by Page Plager

That fabled first impression is no myth, and if you're trying to sell your home, take a half- hour to evaluate what prospective buyers are seeing when they drive up to your home. Doing that by yourself can be a lot harder that you might think, simply because it's hard to separate your subjective experience out of the equation. This is simple to solve. Simply ask friends or acquaintances who are unfamiliar with your home to give you an honest account of their first impressions on your curb appeal. Certainly, your real estate agent is going to give you an objective appraisal as well.

Your job is to take those observations and find ways to improve the view from the curb. You should try to do everything you can to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives.

Landscaping of the space between the curb and the front door is a primary concern. Maximize by trimming, edging and weeding. Neatness counts! Minimize by removing ailing or dead trees, shrubs, bushes and other plants. If you just can't get a decent looking lawn, perhaps resodding is the answer, or even more radical approaches like changing ground cover completely. Refresh that mulch! Deep browns and reds are so much more appealing than a dull, washed out grey at the base of your landscaping pieces. And prepare your lawn for spring now, following the guidance in this Lowes.com article.

Structurally, make sure any damaged siding, roofing or other exterior parts of your home are repaired. Make sure the front of your home is clean and attractive. A power-wash is always a great place to start, and the DIY network has some excellent tips on doing it yourself. A new coat of paint is often a good idea, but you don't have to paint everything. Just touching up the trim, window and door frames after everything else is clean can brighten the appearance of your home.

A little color can go a long way. Carefully coordinated window treatments are an excellent accent; check out this article from HGTV for ideas. Colorful flowers just inside the windows can create a sense of warmth and depth, especially in the drab, colder months of the year. If you have a lot of decorations on the front of your house, make sure they're clean and in good condition. You don't want to overdo those, either. Remember, you want a buyer to imagine the home as their own, not see it as someone else's!

Spending some time on these projects will be worth the effort when you are ready to show your house to buyers. They will be impressed with how well-maintained your home looks outside and will be enticed to see the rest. 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 one2c900d/flickr.com

Fall Folklife Festival

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

Come welcome the beautiful season of fall at the Fall Folklife Festival held at the Atlanta History Center this weekend! This fall festival is taking its guests back to a more traditional time.

There are plenty of activities to take part in such as traditional crafts, the petting zoo, cooking demonstrations by Michael Twitty, live music, and much more! Local Atlanta-based food trucks are on site and have food available for purchase.

Bring the family and enjoy a day of fall-festival fun!

Event Date:

September 26th, 2015. 10:30am – 4:30pm

Ticket Prices:

Adult - $16.50
Senior - $13
Student - $13
Youth - $11
 

Purchase your tickets here.

For further information, click here.

Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-814-4000
 

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.

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Make the Moving Process Easier

by Page Plager

Moving, in theory, is a pretty straightforward process. You pack everything into boxes, put those boxes into a large truck and head off to your destination.

But if you're one of the forty million Americans that pack up their homes and move each year, you probably don't find it that effortless. That's why you need an action plan to help you manage your belongings and your time.

Here are five things you should think about when preparing your move:

Pack Early, Pack Often

Inside most everyone's residence are a bunch of things they want to keep, but don't use very often. Stay ahead of your move by packing these things up and putting them aside in a spare room or the garage. It also helps to pack at least one box every day.

Labeling Made Easy

The basic labeling system for most people is a black permanent marker. But when you're using recycled boxes, or feel you don't have enough time to write everything on a box, you may need a different solution. Buy tape with different colors, or use multi-color Post-It Notes, to color code boxes on the fly. This makes it easier to match boxes with rooms.

You Almost Forgot

When we're packing, we often forget places in the house we don't often go, such as the garage, the attic, or that storage under the stairs. Don't forget to start with those places first.

Garage Sales

The less you have to pack, the less you have to move. By holding a garage sale you can earn some extra money for other things like gas, food or a U-Haul.

Boxes, Boxes and more Boxes

Buying boxes and bubble wrap can very quickly get expensive. Luckily, there are free resources to help you get started.  Local stores often give them away, people share them on Craigslist, and if you're environmentally conscious, you can use Freecycle.org.

The truth is that moving isn't easy. But when you're prepared for the transition your entire family will have one less stress, which is always a good thing.

Oh yeah, and don't forget to forward your mail!

Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the moving process, buying or selling a 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.

Image courtesy of Lisa Risager/Flickr.com

Music Midtown 2015

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This weekend, don’t miss one of the biggest music festivals to hit Atlanta. This annual festival, which began in 1994, will be featuring chart toppers such as Elton John, Drake, Hozier, Sam Smith, Van Halen, Vance Joy, Tove Lo, Lenny Kravitz, and so much more!

With a lineup like that, there is no way you can miss this show. Grab your friends and get ready to jam out to all of your favorite performers all weekend!

Ticket options include: General Admission to Music Midtown on Friday and Saturday - $125. 2-Day VIP tickets include preferred viewing areas, complimentary food and drink, and more - $600. 2-Day Super VIP includes valet parking, dedicated entrances, luxury lounge, full open bar, access to specialty catering, exclusive viewing decks, and more - $1200.

Event Date: September 18th & 19th - Gates open at 4pm

For the 2015 Line-Up, click here.

For further information, visit the website here.

Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive Northeast
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 Andres Garcia/Flickr.com

How to Find the Right Neighborhood

by Page Plager

Finding the perfect home is about more than just bedrooms, baths, walk-in closets and a formal dining room; the neighborhood is equally if not more important than all those things.

But how do you research a neighborhood if you don’t live nearby or have friends in the area?

Fortunately, it’s gotten much easier that it was in the past when word of mouth was the only option.

Start with an online search. Go to your preferred search engine and type in the name of the neighborhood. You will instantly see a list of reviews and perhaps even a neighborhood message board describing what the people that live there or have visited think about the area. Take these with a grain of salt, but they are a great way to get a “feel” for the area.

If you are considering buying a house in a neighborhood with which you are unfamiliar, talk to the neighbors after you view the house. Likely, they are out in the yard or walking down the sidewalk. Say, “Hello,” and ask them how they like the neighborhood and let them know you are considering moving close to them. People love to talk about their neighborhood, and you will likely get an honest, unbiased opinion of the neighborhood from those that live there that are not trying to sell you anything. A smile can go a long way.

It is normal and preferable to keep an arm’s length relationship with the sellers of a home. It helps during the negotiation process, but asking the sellers about the neighborhood is normally an acceptable question. Ask about commute times, good restaurants or how the schools are; most of the time, if they want to sell the home, they will be more than happy to answer.

Where you live is as important as what you live in; please, don’t forget to do your due diligence regarding neighborhood selection. It will cost you nothing and I am sure you will enjoy your home more if you are in a neighborhood that meets your needs rather than one that does not.

Contact me today if you want to know about schools, zoning or anything else to do with a neighborhood or area. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find your dream 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 Kevin Poh/Flickr.com

Dancers Unite Against Cancer

by Page Plager

Atlanta, GA.

This Saturday come take part in an evening of dancing, live music, an Asian styled dinner, and the chance to make a difference for the 2015 Nancy Falco recipient.

The Nancy Falco Fund fundraising event is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to provide financial aid and hope to cancer patients, all in a loving manner. Each year 100% of all proceeds are donated to a Georgia resident currently experiencing the financial hardship associated with a cancer diagnosis.

So get your tickets now and come show your support by carrying on Nancy’s legacy, and by doing so you will be helping somebody in need.

Event Date:

Sep. 12th, 2015. 6:00 – 10:00pm

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $30 pre ordered - $40 at the door
Kids (Under 13): $10
 

To order tickets, or make a donation, click here.

For more details, click here.

1579 Monroe Drive NE, F146
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
(404)-290-6799
 

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.

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Home Selling Obstacles

by Page Plager

Your home has been lingering on the open market for months. Your neighbors’ home sold in weeks. You saw the moving vans. Why isn’t your home selling?

Well, your home could be stuck in real estate limbo for a variety of reasons, but there are several common culprits: You overpriced your home to begin with, your home isn’t in the best condition, you used a poor marketing strategy, you refuse to show your home, or you have a unique home.

You Overpriced Your Home

It’s a common mistake for new home sellers to overvalue their homes. After all, they have many priceless memories there. Unfortunately, by overpricing your home for the market, you miss that vital first rush of buyers and you run the risk of your home becoming a dead listing.

Even if you reduce the price at a later date the impression is that there is something wrong with your home and you run the risk of selling your home at an even lower price than if you priced it correctly in the first place.

So, avoid this mistake by approaching the pricing of your home dispassionately and listening to your agent.

Your Home Isn’t In the Best Condition

Today’s buyers are discerning. They want only the best for their real estate dollar. If your yard is overgrown and your furniture is covered in animal hair, your home may be immediately disqualified from consideration. It may not take a very large investment in time and money to bring your home to show quality. You can hire a quality landscaping company to up your curb appeal. You can hire a maid service – I’ve even seen them advertised on Groupon.com. – to do a deep cleaning that will be easy to maintain. Remember, a clean house sells.

You Used a Poor Marketing Strategy

The purpose of marketing your home is to reach the largest number of potential buyers in the shortest period of time. This means professional photographs, slick flyers and distribution across multiple sites. The days of sticking a sign in the front yard are long over. Your agent should be marketing your property aggressively.

You’re Not Showing Your Home Often Enough

Showing your home can be a pain. There are strangers walking through your home, and most prefer that you not be there while they look over your home. Fortunately, an agent will be there. As inconvenient as it might be, show your home as often as possible in order to sell it quickly.

Your Home Is…Unique

There was a time when the more interesting or unique a home was, the better. If you live in one of these homes, you might face a few extra obstacles when trying to sell your home. Don’t worry. There’s a buyer for every home. We might just need to be a little creative in our approach.

There will be obstacles when selling every home. Don’t let a few minor problems stop you from achieving your goal. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or 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.

Image courtesy of Tom Page/Flickr.com

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

by Page Plager

Pine Mountain, GA.

Come out this weekend and celebrate the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival! There is plenty here for everyone to enjoy. There will be live music, a kid’s zone, beach activities, tethered balloon rides, a pyrotechnic skydiving demo, 5K Race, Triathlon event, classic car show, disc dog demos and more. There will even be a “Mastering Night Photography” course.

Gather your family and head out to the Callaway Gardens for this eventful weekend and the chance to see the beautiful balloon lightings and flights!

Event Date: Sep. 4th- 6th, 2015.

Event Times:

Friday, 10am – Dusk
Saturday & Sunday, 6am – Dusk

Admission:

Adults - $30
Seniors - $25
Children (6-12) - $15
Children (5 and younger) - FREE
 

For more information, visit the website here.

Callaway Gardens
17800 US Hwy 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
800-852-3810
 

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 girardjeanpierre/pixabay.com

Consider Resale Value Before Buying

by Page Plager

It’s hard to imagine ever selling the home you just spent so much time and effort acquiring, but for most Americans, another move is inevitable – it’s only a matter of time. Families grow, families shrink and people change jobs. It’s rare these days to stay in the same home for 25 years.

So, even though finding the ideal home for you and your family should be your end goal, it pays to consider the possibility of how other potential buyers will respond to your home in the future.

Tastes may change over the years, but there are several factors that are found in homes with a high resale value consistently. If you hope to sell your home quickly and for a profit in the future, it pays to keep these four factors in mind when investing in a home.

A Prime Location

Absolutely nothing tops location in the real estate industry – why else would people pay thousands of dollars to live in a shoebox apartment in Manhattan? If your home is in a prime location, the odds are it will sell quickly and for a premium. Of course, like many things, a prime location is in the eyes of the beholder, but, typically, you cannot go wrong with good schools, convenience to nearby shopping and services, low crime rate and walkability.

A Great View

A nice view can sell your home when all else fails. People like the idea of stepping out onto their porch or balcony and seeing something beautiful each morning. You probably do too.

Now, depending on whether you are in the city or in a more rural area, your definition of a “great view” may vary. City dwellers like to be up high and overlook the skyline. Those in rural areas like to stare at the beauty of nature. One thing is for sure, the view of a brick wall or a gravel pit rarely meets anyone’s definition of a “great view”.

A Great Layout

Layout is an important factor as well. In fact, you might remember that the number of bedrooms and baths was one of the first things you considered when determining which homes belonged on your “must see in person” list. Beyond just number of beds and baths, the feel and flow of a home can play an important psychological role when selling a home. You want a home that has a floor plan that makes sense, feels larger than it is and incorporates natural light.

A Great Façade

How a home looks from the outside can plays an important role in generating interest among potential buyers. Homes that make a great first impression from the street tend to sell faster and for more money than those that don’t. So, if you plan to resell your home in the future, consider investing in a home with the potential for great curb appeal or one that already has it.

The four factors listed here are very important when investing in a home you intend to resell sometime in the future, but a much easier method is to simply remember what attracted you to the home in the first place. Trust your instincts. If the home attracted you, it will likely attract others in the future. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you find the home of your dreams.

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.

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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.