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Just Listed! 8 Ridge Way, Cartersville

Charming Home Located in the Heart of Cartersville

This charming 3 bedrooms 2 bathroom ranch style home is located in the heart of Cartersville close to shopping, the hospital, and downtown. This property features a partial unfinished basement, hardwood floors in all rooms except for the kitchen and bathroom, and new windows! The roof was replaced in 2013. Convenient to I-75. Don't let this one Slip by.

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From Superheros to Souther Belles This Weekend Has It All

It’s rodeo time in Georgia! The Bartow County Championship Rodeo is this Friday and Saturday, July 13th and 14th at the Bartow County Saddle Club Arena. Come out and support your favorite Cowboys and Cowgirls. Visit the Bartow County Championship Rodeo’s official website for event times and ticket pricing.

Superhero Saturday is this Saturday, July 14th from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Tellus Museum. CW TV will be there with some of your favorite superhero friends for photo ops and fun. Visit the Tellus Museum’s official website for additional information.

Enjoy dinner in a show as The Vineyard Café and Dinner Theatre presents Steel Magnolias. This Saturday, July 14th at 7 PM enjoy this classic southern tale while sampling a delectable southern style menu!  Visit the Vineyard Café’s official website to purchase your tickets TODAY! Seats are limited!

If action movies are more your thing, then be sure to check out the Top Gun movie night at the Aviation Wing. July 14th at 11 PM the Aviation Wing of Marietta will show the classic film, starring Tom Cruise, on a giant outdoor screen, adjacent to the nose of the Aviation Wing’s F-14 Tomcat. F-14s are the aircraft featured in the film, and the Aviation Wing is home to the only F-14 on display in the State of Georgia. Visit the Aviation wings official website for additional information.

Christine Topham
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Turn Your Formal Spaces into Every Day Space

All homes are unique and everyone needs different rooms in their house. Depending on the setup of your home and your lifestyle, you may have rooms in your home that rarely get used. There are many ways you can update the rooms in your home to allow them to work for you every day.

To determine what would work best for you, think about your lifestyle and the things you do every day that could give you dedicated space for certain activities. A dining room or formal living room can become an office or play room. You might also consider tearing out walls and combining spaces to make larger areas and create an open floor plan that allows you to host groups of people or just allow your family to stay closer together even when you are doing different things. 

You could also consider making transitional spaces that could be used for multiple activities. An office that doubles as a guest room when you have company or a play room with lots of great storage to keep it neat and allow for crafting or other activities in the same room.

If you have decided to stay in your home longer than you initially thought, you might be ready to have your bedroom on the main level so you don’t have to deal with stairs every day. Adding a bathroom and a closet can make this happen pretty easily. Or you might need space for a parent or in-law to move in with you. This would also work well for a nanny or other caretaker if you needed to have someone stay with you.

Do you homeschool your children? This can be challenging without devoted space that will allow kids to focus on their work. If you are using a space that is primarily used for something else, it can be easy for your kids to become distracted when they are doing their school work.

A few more options would include making an additional living space such as a den or sunroom, a man cave or even converting space into a new or expanded garage. The options for changing your home are only limited by your imagination so think about your lifestyle and the kind of space that would make your home work for you.

Christine Topham
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To Pool or Not to Pool?

Many people enjoy nothing more than a trip to the pool on a hot summer day. Swimming, lounging, playing water volleyball or getting in a full body workout are all great ways to use a pool. The idea of being able to walk out your back door and dive in the pool can be very enticing but there are pros and cons to becoming a pool owner so how do you decide what is best for you?  

First, let’s start with the fun parts of installing a pool in the backyard. No more treks to the neighborhood or community pool with chairs, sunscreen, snacks, drinks,  and floats. Don’t worry about forgetting anything either because if you do, just step inside and grab what you need. For convenience, the backyard pool gets major points. towels

If you are looking for an easy way to work out without having to leave the house, few exercise programs offer a full body workout like swimming without an entire room of equipment. You can get a great workout with just goggles and a bathing suit and not have to worry about what time the gym closes each day. This is definitely another win.   

Pools can also be a great place to hang out. If your kids are always bored or you like to have friends over on the weekends, the pool will offer instant pleasure for kids and adults alike.  

So far, it all sounds like fun but there are some negatives as well. The pool will require some extra work for maintenance and this doesn’t come without an expense. Even if you take care of pool maintenance yourself, it won’t be cheap. First, you will have to pay for water to fill it and keep it full, chemicals to maintain the balance of the water, equipment to keep it clean and possibly a cover or other accessories. Add in chairs for the pool deck, towels for you and your guests and things can add up quickly. If your yard wasn’t already fenced, your insurance company may require this and your insurance premiums will likely increase as well because of the added liability of the pool. If you decide to install a pool heater to increase the amount of time you can use your pool, this will be an added expense as well.  

While a pool party is lots of fun, it can also be dangerous if people aren’t acting responsibly and there isn’t enough supervision. Children should never swim unsupervised even if they are strong swimmers.  

Pools can create a challenge when it comes time to sell your home down the road. Many people aren’t comfortable with having a pool in their backyard so they will not consider your home. There will be some people just like you that find the idea of their own pool exciting that will be interested in your home but you are extremely unlikely to get much of a return on your investment.  

Don’t make this decision quickly or lightly. Take your time to weigh the pros and cons and make sure a pool will add enough benefits to your lifestyle that you don’t mind the added risks.  

Christine Topham
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Make Sure Your Pet Will be Comfortable in Your New Home

More and more people want to purchase homes that truly accommodate their pets. They don’t just want a home for themselves but one that will allow their pets to be just as comfortable as they are.  

Start with the basics. Make sure there are no restrictions on the property you are interested in that will keep you from bringing your pet along. Some properties, such as condo buildings, may not allow pets at all or may have a limit on the number and size of the pets that are allowed. Make sure the property you are interested in offers all of the space your pet will need. That may just mean room to walk your dog around the block but could include space to store your dog’s bed or a fenced yard so your pets can enjoy some freedom outside and off the leash. If you are moving to a new area, make sure there are no restrictions that might prevent you from keeping the pet you have. 

Think too about the features of the home. If your dog can’t go up the stairs on their own but they sleep with you every night, make sure you are comfortable carrying them up the stairs every night. What kind of floors does the home have? Do you need something specific? Some floors can be slippery to pets or they might get their claws stuck in a snag on the carpet.  

What is nearby for your pet? Are pet stores, veterinarians, a dog park and  day care available when you need them or will you have to drive an hour each way?  Will your pets be bothered by a train that goes by four times a day and makes significant noise? When you leave the pet alone, will they bark and annoy your neighbors? Are you close enough to your neighbors that they will complain about your pet?  Are there sidewalks that you can walk your dog on or will you be competing for the road among cars, pets, runners and more? 

Some pets may not be fond of change. When you move, try to keep as many things the same as possible. Start making small changes and make them one at a time to help your pet prepare for their new home.  

Christine Topham
RE/MAX Unlimited

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