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Are you Ready to Close on Your Home?

When you are buying a new home, there are lots of preparations you will need to make so that you are prepared when it is time to close. If you haven’t bought a home before or it has been a while, you may not think of everything you need to take care of. Here are some things you won’t to make sure you don’t forget.

  • Cleaning supplies gathered for initial cleaning or a cleaning crew scheduled. While the sellers should leave your home relatively clean, there are likely some areas you may want to clean yourself to make sure they meet your standards. Have your supplies ready so you can do this right away and get started moving in sooner. If you are using a professional, confirm their availability and make arrangements to meet them at the property to let them in.
  • Pack what you will need for the first few days (or longer if your mover is scheduled later) so that you have the things you can’t live without in case it takes you a little while to sort through all of your boxes. These items should include a wide variety of things so you have the basics such as toiletries and medicine, a few days worth of clothes, toilet paper, some snacks and drinks, pet care items if you have pets and anything your children can’t live without like a special stuffed animal or toy. Also, pack your chargers and necessary electronics separately so you can get to them easily.
  • Have you taken care of transferring all of the utilities into your name? Most companies will just make the switch on the day you request and don’t need to come out but take care of this in advance in case they need some time to get the transfer scheduled. You should plan to have everything in your name as of the day of closing. While you are handling utilities, make sure you have taken care of any necessary insurance. Your mortgage lender will need this information as well so this should be done in advance but if you aren’t getting a mortgage, don’t forget this step.
  • Do you plan to have the locks changed on the house? Go ahead and schedule a locksmith to come to the home so you can get this done right away.
  • Are there any appliances that you need to purchase? Go ahead and make arrangements for those. If you are purchasing them, don’t open any new credit accounts or spend significant amounts of money that might change your credit situation. Your mortgage lender will do a final credit check before closing and new accounts may change your credit score and cause an issue with your loan. If you need to open a new account to make your purchase, do your research and select your appliances and wait to finalize the purchase after closing.

All of these items will help you make sure you are ready for closing and don’t have any surprises that you aren’t prepared for.

Christine Topham
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Bluegrass, BOOs, and Balloons

What’s better than live music, how about FREE live music? The Cartersville bluegrass and folk festival is this Saturday, October, 20th, and admission is FREE! Bring the whole family and enjoy great live music and a multitude of activities and treats everyone can enjoy. Visit the official event website for additional details.

If you are looking for some spooky festivities then this weekend you are in luck. October 19th and 20th is the 6 Annual Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival! There will be tons to do at this event including live entertainment, hot air balloon glows, trick-or-treating, costume showdowns, food trucks, and so much more! Visit the official event website for additional information.

Lastly, wrap up your weekend with a trip to the Marietta Square for the annual HarvestFest. Saturday, October 20th from 9 AM to 5 PM you will have the opportunity to browse and purchase a wide variety of unique handmade items from local artists and craftsmen. Visit the official event website for additional information.

It looks like this weekend in Georgia is shaping up to be a blast for the whole family!

Christine Topham
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Steer Clear of these Decorating Trends

Trends come and go all the time and unless you want to update your home every couple of years, it is best to stick with classic styles and colors that have stood the test of time. If you don’t know where to start, it might be easier to eliminate some items you definitely don’t want to show up in your house now. Here are some trends to avoid at all costs.  

Wallpaper borders. In different times, these have shown up at the top of the wall and even in the middle. Chair rail or crown molding will both make a classic statement that will not disappoint even in a few years time.  

Wicker furniture on the inside of your home. While whicker on the patio or front porch will never go out of style, keep it out of your house at all costs.  

Vertical blinds. Have you ever been responsible for opening and closing vertical blinds? That is all it will take to make you never buy these. The noise and the pulling and the one that will never lay as flat as it should. If you are thinking about this, all you need to do is test them a few times and you will not think about it again.  

Popcorn ceilings still show up in houses especially those without recent updates but there is absolutely no reason to add this to your home. If you are making updates, consider removing the popcorn ceilings as they will really date your home.  

Lace and other frilly things. These items showed up everywhere in the 1980s and 1990s but have slowly lost favor since then. Today,  much simpler decor has taken over and allowing your décor to stick around longer. 

Rose gold popped up on the iPhone and then seemed to spread to everything else. The rose hue can be harder to mix with other elements than classic gold and silver.  

Gallery walls have come and go but can be hard to maintain in busy spaces unless you have time to adjust the crooked frames every day. Throw out your level and select one large piece to occupy a wall.  

While trends will always come and go, if your budget doesn’t allow for constant redecorating, devote the largest part of your budget to staples and use small less expensive accents to add personality to your home every few years.   

Christine Topham
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It’s a Spooktacular Weekend in Georgia

Get ready to get spooky at the Spook Sprint 5k fun run this Saturday, October 13th. Registration fee is $25 and proceeds will benefit Purses for Possibilities. Visit the official event website for additional information and to register today!

Looking for something a bit spookier? Check out the Scaryetta Haunted Trolly Tour. This 90-minute tour takes a trip through Marietta’s most paranormal landmarks. Visit the official event website for additional information and to purchase your tickets.

Not quite in the Halloween mood? Be sure to check out Marietta’s Chalktoberfest, this Saturday, October 13th. Chalktoberfest is a combination of Marietta’s annual Chalk Festival with their premier Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy your afternoon sampling craft beers, live music from local artists, watching professional Chalk Artists chalk the streets and eating great food at the beautiful downtown square of Marietta. For additional information visit the official event website.

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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