Hiring and Managing Your Home Repair Contractor

Your "do-it-yourself" attitude is commendable, but at some point, you’ll need to hire a home repair contractor and pay someone to fix something in your home. There are going to be situations when you don’t have the time, inclination or skill to make a particular repair or do some of the work you need to be done. We all hire someone to fix something in our house at some point. What you’ll find here is some guidance on when and how to select a home repair or maintenance contractor. Types of Home Repair Contractors When you need repair work done on your home, you…

Ways to Improve Your Home’s Exterior

  1. The simplest way to assess the curb appeal of your house is to walk to the curb—or to the street—and view it with the critical eyes of someone who has never looked at it before. Enlist the help of a friend whose opinion you value, sense of style you admire, and who will be honest. Take pictures of the house and front yard, along with close-ups of the door, path, landscaping and other details. Know your home’s architectural style. Is it Midcentury Modern, Colonial, Georgian, or maybe Spanish? Get smart about your region’s climate and local environmental issues that might…

Why would you need a home warranty if you have homeowners insurance?

The most common mistake homeowners make is believing that their homeowners insurance is all inclusive. They think it will cover everything and anything that goes wrong in the home. It isn’t and it won’t. Let’s look at what a home warranty covers compared to what homeowners insurance covers. We’ll then look at why having both is the best way to protect your home. What does a home warranty cover? Here are some of the most commonly covered systems and appliances under a Home Warranty Service Agreement. HVAC systems Plumbing and electrical systems Major appliances: washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven range, disposal…

Financing Timeshares

MoneyTipsA vacation home sounds delightful, doesn’t it? If you can’t afford one, you may be able to at least afford a part of one – by purchasing a timeshare. You’ll have plenty of company if you do. The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) reports that timeshare sales have risen for eight consecutive years, reaching $9.6 billion in 2017. The average timeshare occupancy rate reached 81%. Typically, timeshares are not financed like traditional secured home mortgages, due to valuation and reselling difficulties. If you can’t afford to pay cash, how do you finance your timeshare? Developer Loans –…

Coronavirus and shelter-in-place impact in Atlanta

News and updates on how the novel coronavirus is affecting housing, transit, parks, and other aspects of daily life. Plus, tips on how to manage at home Contributors: Curbed Atlanta Staff As COVID-19 spreads across the country, and Fulton County remains Georgia’s hotspot for confirmed novel coronavirus cases, precautions like stay-at-home restrictions, event cancellations, and […]

How Atlanta’s short-term rental market is affected by, responding to coronavirus

A few months ago, the newest rentable Atlanta-area “treehouse” debuted, hidden on a plot of elevated land in East Point, just beyond the southwestern edge of Atlanta. Owner Darrel Maxam shared that bookings were going quite well. Today, as the novel coronavirus and related restrictions have convinced a majority of metro Atlanta residents (and prospective […]

Despite coronavirus concerns, $325K Westview bungalow bags a contract in hours

Across Atlanta, evidence abounds that homebuying activity has not ground to a halt with other sectors of the economy in the face of the novel coronavirus. In light of COVID-19 concerns, real estate tech platform HomeLight conducted a recent national survey of 600 top agents that found almost 52 percent of homebuyers have paused their […]