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Make Your Carpet Last While Looking Great

Carpet is one of the areas of your home that requires the most maintenance and probably shows wear faster than any other part of your home. For that reason, many people choose to use other floorings in their home in some rooms that holds up better to wear and tear. Even if you choose other flooring options for high traffic areas of your area, nothing beats the comfort of carpet in your bedrooms.

If you do choose to have carpet in your home, there are some steps you can take to keep it looking great and help it last longer. Start by being careful to wipe your shoes when you come inside. Adding rugs at your entry doors can help with this. Some people choose not to wear shoes in their home and even if you aren’t willing to go that far, carefully wiping your feet every time you come inside will make a big difference. Even when you can’t see dirt on your shoes, it is there and will come off on your carpet.

Regular carpet care will help it look nice for longer. Start with a thorough vacuuming at least once a week. If you have young children or pets, you should do more frequently. It is also necessary to clean spills immediately, and you should keep the carpet cleaner on hand for unexpected stains. On a regular basis, you should also have your carpets professionally cleaned or rent a carpet cleaning machine to assist with this task. Even if your carpets appear very clean, you will likely be shocked at the dirty water coming out of the machine if you choose to clean your carpets yourself. Doing this on an annual basis at a minimum or more often if you choose will help your carpet look nice and eliminate dirt and allergens from your home. Many home improvement and even grocery stores rent the carpet cleaners. You can search for a location near you here.

Everyone wants their carpets to look nice and be clean for their families but if you are thinking about selling your home, this is even more important. When buyers come to look at your home, they will notice immediately the condition your carpet is in and will comment on it. At a minimum, you should have your carpets cleaned before you list your home and if your carpet has reached the end of its life expectancy, having it replaced will make a huge impact.

Christine Topham
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Just Listed! 1946 Cash Road, Calhoun, GA

Looking for a FARM? Here's a GREAT ONE!

Beautiful Setting for this 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home on 31.5 Acres, approximately 27 acres is Pastured & Fenced. This stunning Open Concept home features a Newly Renovated Kitchen with Stainless Steel Upgraded Appliances. The Large Great Room boasts custom built-ins and beautiful Wide-Plank Hardwood Floors are featured throughout the Main level, including the master suite. The Main Level is All Handicap Accessible with an Entry Ramp located in the Garage. Other accessible features include Wide Door Frames & Roll-In Shower in the master bathroom. The Upper Level has two More Large Bedrooms & a Full-size bathroom. The Huge Covered & New Open Deck offers Views of the Lake & Pasture! This home also has a Pool with a Cabana, Large 30x60 "Mechanics" Shop with Roll-Up Doors/Power/Water/Bathroom & Storage Room, and So Much More!

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Make Moving a Breeze with these 10 Simple Steps

If a move is coming up in your future, you may be stressed out trying to figure out how to coordinate all of the details and do everything that needs to be done. It is important to be well organized and do as much as you can in advance of your move so that you have time to focus on the last minute things when needed and don’t get overwhelmed. How do you even know where to start? Follow these simple steps to a successful move.

1. Start by gathering all of the packing supplies you will need. Find or purchase boxes, tape, markers wrapping materials. When you are packing, it will slow you down if you have to skip different things because you don’t have the right supplies.  and

2. Research the actual move and make the necessary reservations you need. You will need to either book a mover or reserve a moving truck if you plan to do it yourself. In addition to the actual vehicle, you will need, if you plan to move, make sure you have people lined up to help you and possibly a backup if something falls through. If you are putting items in storage as part of your move, make these arrangements as well.

3. Plan a schedule for packing. Determine which room you should pack each day or week, so you get everything done on time. Don’t forget last minute packing that will need to take place as well. Designate a box or two for each room to pack the final items that you will be using right up until your move.

4. Spend an afternoon coordinating utilities and other transfers that need to be scheduled. Whether you need new utilities set up, things turned off or just a transfer, work on this several weeks in advance to ensure this is scheduled appropriately and allow yourself plenty of time to handle any paperwork requirements that are necessary.

5. Set aside a box for important items that you will need access to at all times. This box will need to stay with you and not get packed in a moving truck.

6. Moving time is the perfect time to purge. If you don’t want something or won’t have a place for it in your new home, sell it or donate it so that you don’t have to move it.

7. If your move is a long distance move, make sure to obtain copies of school and medical records to take with you.

8. If you have pets, make any special arrangements needed for them. It may be a good idea to arrange a friend to keep them for a day or two when the move is taking place. With the door open so much, if they are prone to escaping, having them somewhere safe may be helpful and one less thing for you to worry about.

9. Take time for meals and keep some snacks and drinks on hand during the move. I promise the move will be stressful. If you are hungry on top of that, it will feel way worse than it is. Take short breaks when you need to so you feel better.

10. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Accept any help that is offered to you and asks for more help if needed.

If you need a recommendation of professionals to help you with your move, give me a call. Moving is hard, but if you allow yourself the time you need to make preparations and use this list as your guide, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think.

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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Just Listed! 502 E Valley Road - Rydal, GA

Country Style 3 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Home Located on 4 Acres

Looking for Horse Property? Well, Here It Is! Country style 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home located on 4 acres with a 5-Stall Horse Barn! Beautiful Location with stunning views of Pine Log Mtns. The Master bedroom is located on the main level. Master bathroom features beautiful tile flooring, large jetted bathtub, separate shower, and double vanity. This home Features Heart Pine Flooring on the main level and a stunning 2-Story Great Room with a large Stone-Front Fireplace. Expansive kitchen features custom built cabinets, solid surface countertops, and a double oven. Two Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms are located on the upper level. This home also features a finished basement with a family room, recreation room and full bathroom. Screened Porch & Huge Deck overlook stunning cross-fenced pastures. Additional features include Solar Panels for Hot Water, Several Storage Buildings, Huge Covered RV Parking & more! Too Many Details to List! Hurry, It's A Must See!

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Spring is the Perfect Season to Add Curb Appeal

If you are in the process of selling your home, your home may be in need of some improved curb appeal. Curb appeal is extremely important if you hope to have many showings. If your home and yard look dull on the outside, buyers may never make it inside. In the winter months, it can be especially hard to brighten the exterior of your home since the grass is often dead and brown and there are few flowers in bloom. In Spring, you have no excuses. The grass is growing and green, nurseries are full of beautiful plants and flowers and the weather is perfect for you to get outside and work in the yard and spruce up the exterior of your home.

Curb appeal should make your home appeal to the buyer at first glance so start with the obvious then work your way through the rest of the list below. The absolute musts are: mow regularly, clean the exterior of your home and make sure your exterior paint isn’t peeling...but once you’ve done all that, there are some small and inexpensive curb appeal improvements that will make a huge difference.

       Make sure the path from your buyer’s car to the entrance is free of kid’s toys, lawn care items, fallen twigs or other debris. Stepping over or around items detracts from the flow of the tour right at the beginning. For that matter, get anything that doesn’t belong in your yard put away.

       The front door will make a big impression…good or bad. Make sure it is super clean and freshly painted then add a new welcome mat and you are ready for buyers. A fresh coat of paint makes a door look brand new. Once the impression of “new” or “well-kept” is formed in the buyer’s mind - that impression will stick with him or her throughout the rest of the house.

        A manicured lawn gives the impression of a carefully tended home. Grass creeping over the sidewalks doesn’t necessarily look sloppy, but an inch or two of space between the lawn and the sidewalk makes the entire yard look neat and well-kept.

       Thin out plants that are creeping into the zone of other plants. Landscape style is trending toward openness and even minimalism, so space between plants and shrubs gives that airy and clean appearance that makes your yard look well taken care of.

       Add color. Bright flowers can do wonders for the facade of a home, drawing the eye where you want it. Add planters by the front door and bright annuals in your flower beds. The color will make a big impact with even a small amount.

       Bring in new mulch. Mulch fades with time, giving landscaping a drab gray base. Bright mulch creates contrast with the colors of flowers and shrubbery, giving them a healthier and more appealing appearance.

If you are planning to sell your home or it is already for sell, these items can make a huge difference and they won’t take weeks and tons of money to do either. You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make in such a short time, and what an impact your home will have on potential buyers. Contact me today to discuss how to get your home ready for the market. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and/or help you determine the value of your home.

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited
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25 years serving Bartow, Cobb and Paulding Counties

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