Category: Community

February 25, 2016

Honoring a Local Legend.

Many of you have seen the posts and updates by now about our local legend Bill Haisten.  Everyone has a memory of some sort of Bill, and even if you aren’t born and raised here, you know who he is. A petition has been started to add his name to Griffin’s Memorial Stadium, over 2,000 people have signed the petition so far.

Sharing comments and memories of Bill over the years has brought the Griffin community together.  He knows everyone by their phone number and never forgets a face.

 

Here is the link to the Facebook Page to support the cause and Click here to sign the petition as well!

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This is just another great example of how great our community is and how quickly they act together to work in a positive way!

 

September 16, 2015

8 Ways to Allergy Proof Your Home

Whether you have a pet or not, there is dust-free light at the end of the tunnel! You’re not alone, either – allergies affect more than 20% of Americans. In this post, we’ll go over specific ways to free your home of allergens so you and your family can finally breathe cleaner air. Here are some trusty guidelines to get the allergy proofing started.

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1. Lay down doormats.

In each entryway of your home, lay down two doormats – one on the inside and one on the outside. This helps prevent allergens from being tracked inside. Another alternative is to have your family and guests remove their shoes when they enter your home. Otherwise, allergens are just spread around.

 

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2. Upgrade your vacuum cleaner

If you don’t have one already, make sure your vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter. These are specifically made to trap particles as small as 0.3 microns. Basically, they’ll be able to capture the majority of allergens.

 

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3. Replace air filters

Remember to always clean or replace the air filters in your heating or cooling system as often as required. You can refer to the manufacturers’ instructions regarding when to change them and how often.

 

4. Beware of mold

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Minimizing mold, especially in your bathroom, is one of the most effective ways to lessen allergens. With more than 100,000 species of mold in the world, the last thing you want is for your bathroom to turn into a war zone. Clean regularly and remind yourself to dry off surfaces that collect standing water. Also, it’s important that your bathroom has good ventilation. Every few years, you should replace any broken tiles and re-caulk sinks and tubs. This keep mold from growing behind the walls.

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5. Say bye-bye to drapes

Consider switching from curtains to blinds or shades because they hold much fewer allergens. However, if you insist on having drapes, make sure they’re machine washable since those are easier to keep dust-free.

 

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6. Get an air purifier filter

From cooking fumes and cleaning vapors to dust and pet dander, there are so many different types of particles that can pollute the air inside your home. Air purifiers can be very effective in helping reduce allergens in the air, but just make sure you stay away from those producing ozone. We recommend using one with a HEPA filter.

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7. Use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels

By investing in a hygrometer, you’ll discover the exact moisture levels in your home. Take a measurement in each room and if the reading is above 60 percent, you may consider using a dehumidifier. High humidity can lead to mold growth, so this is your best tactic to prevent that.

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8. Ditch the carpet

Carpet does a great job of trapping in countless allergens, so it’s a good idea to replace your carpeting with hardwood or linoleum flooring. If that’s not an option, use low-pile carpeting instead of high-pile. Be sure to vacuum at least once a week and shampoo your carpet frequently.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic, This Old House

September 14, 2015

Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse in 5 Steps

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Have you ever bought something but then later on, found yourself regretting that purchase decision? Well, it’s no big deal when you can easily return or exchange something like a pair of pants or even a designer purse. A house, on the other hand, is much more permanent. It’s not only the largest investment you’ll ever make, but it’s also the place you’ll come home to every day, and where you’ll spend years making life memories as your family grows.

There may be increasing pressure to make a quick decision in today’s fast-paced and competitive real estate market, but it’s important to stay grounded throughout the home buying process. Before you try to compete with other interested buyers and snag that “hot listing”, take a breath and follow these steps.

1. Stick to your home requirements.

Before you even start your search, make a list of your “must-haves” in your new home. If having a 2-car garage is on the list but the house you’re looking at only has a 1-car garage, move on. Don’t let yourself settle for something less and then end up making expensive renovations because it’s not exactly what you wanted.

2. Know where you’ll compromise.

Note any items that are on your home wish-list, but you could live without. There should be at least a couple home features that you and your partner or spouse can compromise on.

3. Stand your ground.

Even after you have made the decision to buy a specific home, don’t let yourself overlook major issues. For example, if the inspector finds a cracked foundation or dry rot in the floor joists, you should either back out of the deal or get the price lowered to reflect the cost of the repairs.

4. Keep a clear head.

If you get stuck in a bidding war with another buyer, you need to ask yourself if you really want the house or if you just want to win the fight. The last thing you want to do is end up overpaying for a house that doesn’t completely satisfy all your needs.

5. Love the home’s proximity.

You can change many things about a home, but you can’t change the location. Think about what you do everyday in regards to where you live. This includes where you work, where you have to take the kids to school, and where you do things for fun.

These are all very important factors to consider when buying a home and most importantly, they’ll help you avoid homebuyer’s remorse at all costs. Find a home you’ll love living in every day. The less you want to change, the better!

Source: http://blog.realestatebook.com/2015/09/10/avoid-homebuyers-remorse-in-5-steps/

August 26, 2015

Top 8 Reasons Homeowners Choose a Metal Roof

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about metal roofs and their manifold benefits. And why not? As one of the most durable roofing materials available on the market, metal roofs have outshined the famous asphalt shingles, slates, and other composite roofing materials. Here are eight reasons why homeowners choose a metal roof:

1. Durability

Everyone wants a strong roof that can shield the family and the home from windblown debris and unfriendly weathers. Unfortunately, many roofing materials do not have the strength to withstand against aggressive wind and temperature change. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are fire-retardant and impervious to rust, mildew and mold. They are great for coastal homes and areas with wind that travels up to 140 mph.

2. Longevity

The fact that metal roofs do not succumb to many of the common roof plagues makes them not only durable, but also lasting. They do not experience extreme thermal expansion and contraction, making them even less likely to break, chip, crack, or become loose over time. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, a metal roof can live between 40 to 60 plus years, which is two to three times longer than a well-maintained asphalt roof.

3. Convenient Upkeep

If your metal roof has been properly installed, then maintenance on your part is virtually zero. Unlike other roofing materials, metal roofs do not absorb water and can rid snow easily from its surface. These two factors alone greatly reduce the chance of having a damaged roofing structure and gutter system.

4. Energy Efficiency

Metal roofs have high solar reflectance and thermal emissivity, which means that they can efficiently reflect solar heat right back to the atmosphere. Depending on where you live, a metal roof can keep its surface approximately 100-degree Fahrenheit cooler than any conventional roof.

5. Eco-friendly

Unlike an asphalt shingle roof that needs to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, metal roofs can live beyond age 50 without any sign of decay. Additionally, metal roofs are 100 percent recyclable. Whereas more than 13 billion pounds of asphalt shingles lay uselessly in landfills, retired metal roofs are reused and contribute to at least 25 percent of a newly constructed metal roof.

6. Customization Flexibility

Metal roofs can not only be painted in hundreds of colors, but can also be coated to emulate textures of other roofing materials. They are excellent for various residential buildings, especially historic homes that need a strong roof to protect the building structure and still maintain its cosmetic integrity.

7. Resale Value

There are many factors a buyer considers when looking for a new home. Because metal roofs require virtually no upkeep, are durable, and last for decades, homes with a metal roof generally enjoy a 1-6 percent increase in resale value when compared to an asphalt-shingle home.

8. Great Return on Investment

Although slightly hefty in its upfront cost, metal roofs are a true energy saver in both summer and winter. Known to reduce your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent, Home Guides reports that a metal roof helps homeowners recoup an average of 85.9 percent in their investment. In the meantime, homeowners living in the eastern regions of the U.S. have been found to recoup up to 95.5 percent of costs on average for their metal roofs.

Source: http://blog.rismedia.com/2015/top-8-reasons-homeowners-choose-a-metal-roof/

August 20, 2015

Paint Like a Pro in 5 Steps

Nothing transforms the look of a home as simply and inexpensively as paint. Whether you’d like to liven up a dated design or refresh your entire home to sell, paint like a pro with these tips.

 

1. Look for high-quality products.

When it comes to paint, quality matters. Search for a combination paint-and-primer to save a few steps and ensure complete coverage and deep color saturation. The paint should have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs.

2. Get inspired online.

Color selection can seem intimidating, but it’s a chance to infuse your personality into your home. Many online resources are available for homeowners to explore, coordinate and experiment with different looks. Pinterest and Apartment Therapy are great websites for browsing images, finding home décor inspiration and colors that speak to you.

3. Use paint samples, rather than chips.

The most realistic way to envision the color in your home is to see it in action. Many paint retailers offer small sample cans for just a few dollars. Use these to paint a few stripes of each color option in the room you’ll be painting. Note how color changes in different lighting conditions.

“Sunlight, shadows and furniture can all alter the appearance of paint in your space,” says BEHR Vice President of Color Marketing Erika Woelfel. “Before fully committing to a hue, make sure it’s one you’ll love morning, noon and night.”

4. Use the right painting supplies.

High-quality painting tools save you time over the course of your project and produce the most beautiful finish. For best results, use a lint-free roller cover. Select brushes made of nylon and polyester. For flawless edges, use a painter’s tape specifically designed for your surface type.

5. Prep before painting.

Begin by removing all wall fixtures, such as pictures, doors and light switches. If you have small cracks or holes in your walls, remove any dust and apply a patching material. Make sure to allow this to dry completely before sanding the finished area. Wash away oil, grease or wax stains by dampening the surface, applying mild detergent with a sponge, and then rinsing the wall clean. Once dried, you’ll be ready for smooth application and beautiful color.

Source: http://blog.realestatebook.com/2015/08/12/paint-like-a-pro-in-5-steps/

August 3, 2015

The Hottest Trends in Tile

New designs, styles and technologies are making tile the most versatile and accessible flooring material in homes today. Whether tiling up a wall or carrying tile throughout the home, many builders, designers and homeowners are thinking outside the box when it comes to this trend, says The Tile Shop, purveyor of tile and natural stone at more than 100 retail showrooms across the country.

“Tile has always been durable and easy to maintain,” says Kevin McDaniel of The Tile Shop. “Tile has a long lifespan and classic good looks, making it a favorite flooring of choice wherever homeowners need a floor material that’s both practical and beautiful. Even more design options are available now, making tile a smart floor surface in virtually any room of the home.”

If you’re thinking of renovating your home, try incorporating some of these innovative tile trends in your home.

Rustic, Real Wood

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Many of the larger-format, faux wood tiles mimic the look of real hardwood floors. Less expensive and more durable than real wood, these tile floors are practical yet beautiful choices for active households with children and pets. Details evoke the character of real wood, right down to the nails.

“Rustic faux wood is making a huge splash because of its warm, earthy coloring and unusual time-worn finishes such as aged paint, which is difficult to achieve with real wood. I foresee it continuing to be a very popular design trend,” McDaniel says.

Longer Planks

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While standard square tile sizes will always have their place in home decor, rectangular tiles – otherwise known as planks – are gaining popularity. New 12-by-24-inch tiles are ideal in bathrooms. In addition, 6-by-36-inch tiles or 8-inch by 8-feet planks (often in wood-grained looks) are a favorite for living areas.

“Using longer planks can help smaller spaces look larger, and create an appealing consistency across multiple rooms,” says McDaniel. “While consumers may be familiar with traditional tile shapes such as square or hexagon, these longer tiles offer exciting new design flexibility.”

Poured Concrete

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Concrete is a trendy design material right now, but it’s not practical for every household or application. New tile styles create the look of poured or stained concrete at a fraction of the cost, and they include all the durability, versatility and ease associated with tile. Tile options range from long rectangular 8-by-18-inch or 12-by-24-inch planks to 18-by-18-inch squares. Tiles are rectified (the edge is cut completely straight) and grout joints are very narrow to create the look of seamless concrete.

Heated Floors

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While heated floors were once a luxury option for homeowners, they’re becoming increasingly mainstream. Tile lends itself to radiant heat beneath the floor. Some retailers even carry thermostats to control the heated floor.

High-Contrast Grout

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Using a high-contrast grout color can make the floor pop, and it’s a tactic that works well with mosaic designs. Choosing the right grout color is just as important as the tile you select. Also popular is the concept of mosaic designs that mimic an area rug within a larger section of tile flooring. It creates the look of custom art within the floor.

Source: http://blog.realestatebook.com/2015/07/23/the-hottest-trends-in-tile/

July 24, 2015

Free Summer Outdoor Movie Series

Summer Movie In The Park

Bring your family to the park tonight with your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy Big Hero 6. Concessions will be open and inflatables & pre-show music will be available 1 1/2 hours before the movie begins. The movie will be shown at dusk on the lower football field.

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June 30, 2015

Kids Bike Parade in Concord, GA

Kids Bike Parade Set For July 4th in Concord

The annual children’s Independence Day Bike Parade will be held again this year Saturday, July 4 at 10 a.m. in Concord. Children of all ages are invited to bring their bikes, skates, scooters or wagons and line up in front of the Concord Café at 9:45 a.m. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the parade.

June 22, 2015

7 Patio Hacks to Try This Summer

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When you’re not soaking up the sun on the beach or enjoying a game at the ball park, your backyard is likely playing host to summertime activities. To crank up the good times at home and enhance curb appeal, add these unconventional upgrades to your patio for endless fun all summer long.

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1. Chandelier and Sconces

Today’s outdoor lighting designs have evolved beyond tiki torches and paper lanterns. String up tiny twinklers, repurpose a chandelier, or install sconces to add some sparkle to your summer.

 

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2. Suspended Sofa

Outdoor spaces have become an extension of the interior of the home, and your patio should be no exception. Suspend a sofa for lounging, create a coffee nook for weekend mornings, or a cozy bench to tackle your summer reading list.

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3. Pizza Oven

It’s no secret outdoor kitchens are in high demand. Add your very own by installing a pizza oven in your backyard. For the non-handy homeowner, pre-manufactured pizza ovens are available, but do-it-yourselfers can construct one in a weekend.

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4. Foldable Bar

A bar is a must if you regularly host guests. If your patio doesn’t permit a full bar set, you can use a DIY foldable bar. The best part? It can be stored at a moment’s notice – not that you’d want to!

5. Movie Screen

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An outdoor movie at home is a fun way to spend warm summer nights without breaking the bank. String clothesline between deck posts or trees and use a white sheet and a projector to create your very own theater.

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6. Dance Floor

If your patio is spacious, boost the entertainment factor with a portable dance floor. If your patio is natural wood, reserve a corner for when Saturday Night Fever rolls around.

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7. Container Garden

Your patio is the perfect place for a container garden. Inject life onto a stone slab by growing your own vegetables or summer blooms.

 

Source: http://blog.realestatebook.com/page/2/