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DIY Tip for the Week, May 24th, 2016!

How to Clean Your Gutters

gutter fulls of leaves how to clean gutters

 

 

Cleaning your gutters is one of the important home maintenance chores you can do. It’s usually dirty, you’re moving the ladder a lot, you’ll likely get wet from flushing the gutters, and it’s not exactly something you can show off once you’re done (like you can with a clean and organized garage). Not doing it regularly, though, can spell trouble for your home. If the gutters are too full, water can actually damage the roofing and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters, rather than the tough tissue in the human body). Overfull gutters can spell trouble below deck as well, as water pouring over the gutters versus going cleanly down the spouts can mean water getting to your foundation, and possibly into your basement and crawlspace. The torrents can also do a number on your garden beds if they’re right under the gutters.

While it’s a simple task, below I offer a few reminders and perhaps a couple new ideas on how to keep your gutters clean as a whistle, and thus protect your home for years to come.

When to Clean Your Gutters

Twice a year — once each in the spring and fall — is the recommended amount and timing for cleaning your gutters. In my neighborhood though, we have plenty of trees, meaning I’m doing it much more than that. After a big storm, or even just a couple months of wind and rain, I’m up there cleaning them out, even if it’s just to remove a downspout clog. And in the fall alone I do it a couple times as well with the bevy of leaves we get.

It’s far more pleasant to wait until your gutters are dry to clean them out. Otherwise they’re quite mucky, which makes them harder to de-gunk. It’s also not a bad idea to check your gutters before you’re forecasted to get a big storm. I’ve sat in my dining room and watched the rainwater pour over the gutters and into the garden and foundation, which I probably could have prevented by doing a quick 10-minute sweep of even just the spots near the downspouts. Better to do this chore too much and keep your foundation safe than not enough.

Safety First

Don’t attempt to clean your gutters from the roof. You’d be turning this chore into a needlessly dangerous proposition. A ladder is going to be your best bet. Make sure you’re following best practices for ladder safety; cleaning out gutters is a simple task but it can quickly go awry if you aren’t paying attention. Perhaps most pertinent for this particular chore: don’t reach out further than is safe to do. It’s easy to think you can lean out as far as your body will take you, since it means moving the ladder less, but remember, keep your waist between the rails. Don’t contort yourself trying to get an extra few inches; the risk isn’t worth it. Since you’re moving the ladder a lot, on potentially unsteady lawns and gardens, also be sure you have stable and even footing; get a spotter if needed.

ladder standoff stabilizers for cleaning gutters

Standoff stabilizers — so you can clean your gutters without wrecking them.

If you’re using an extension ladder, it’s a good idea to get what’s called standoff stabilizers. These will prevent the ladder from lying on the gutters themselves, which can cause damage.

For collecting the debris (rather than leaving it scattered about your property), you can lay out a tarp underneath your gutters, and just move it along with you when you move the ladder. If using an a-frame ladder, it’s also easy to use a bucket with a handle, which can be attached to one of the built-in hooks on the top of most ladders.

Get That Gunk Out!

cleaning gutters by hand how to clean gutters

Using a small garden trowel, or just your hands with a pair good gloves, scoop out the leaves and sediment, starting at the downspout. In my experience, your hands are a better tool for this job. They’re just all around more maneuverable; getting downspout clogs loosened is far easier with hands than a trowel.

When you’ve cleaned as much as you safely can in one spot, move the ladder on down and repeat the process with all your gutters. Once you’ve got all that you can with your hands, use a hose to flush the finer debris, starting at the end opposite the downspout. Let it run for a minute, and ensure that water is coming cleanly through the spout. If it’s just trickling, you know you still have a clog. In that case, run the hose at high pressure right into the downspout to clear it.

If you’re not the home handyman kind of guy, there are several options for alleviating this chore altogether. Gutter whiskers and other insert-type products simply lie in the gutters themselves and prevent leaves and other gunk from building up; they’re rather expensive though. Mesh guards are far cheaper, and act as just a netting over the gutters. Yet another DIY option are snap-in plastic covers, but you have to ensure that your gutters are compatible before committing to buying them for your entire home. Exploring these options is on my own home maintenance list.

Source:http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/09/22/how-to-clean-your-gutters/

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for May 23rd!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

A Nod to JFK

Welcome to Monday, let's make it a fantastic week! This week, we celebrate a man who was a great president, a great soldier and a great person.  That man is John F. Kennedy, born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

 

Shortly after graduating from Harvard, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to command a patrol torpedo boat in the South Pacific. On August 2, 1943, his boat, PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese warship and split in two. Two sailors died, and Kennedy’s back was badly injured. Hauling another wounded sailor by the strap of his life vest, Kennedy led the survivors to a nearby island, where they were rescued six days later. The incident earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for “extremely heroic conduct” and a Purple Heart for the injuries he suffered.

Kennedy went on to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th president in 1961.

As president, Kennedy faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure achievements such as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. He also started the Peace Corps and won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book Profiles in Courage.

When Kennedy was elected president, he gave one of the most stirring inaugural speeches in history. In that speech, he said the famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” It was a wake-up call for Americans to take a stand for their freedom and get involved on some level. Kennedy is credited with making Americans feel safe but, at the same time, instilling a deep sense of pride for their country and a willingness to fight to keep its borders safe.

In 1962, the United States discovered that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba. Those missiles would be able to strike the U.S. with nuclear bombs. In the coming days, the United States and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war. The United States quarantined Cuba in order to keep the missiles out. After negotiations, the Soviet Union agreed to dismantle the bases. In return, the United States agreed to never attack Cuba and to remove missiles from Turkey.

Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy while riding in a convertible in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Almost every American who was 5 or older on that day remembers it clearly. There’s still a lot of speculation around the mystery surrounding his death and why it’s still such a vivid memory in the hearts and minds of so many. But one thing is certain: He was one of the most beloved presidents – a man who worked hard to bring about peace. This week we celebrate his life.

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

 

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, May 20th!

Words of Wisdom 


“Well, in the first place, military service, they don't call it service for nothing. You are actually serving your country. And it is a worthy and valid vocation.” – Rev. Rick Warren

 

“We must never forget why we have, and why we need, our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” – Allen West

 

“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.” – Charlie Dent

 

“We, the People is more than a statement of purpose. It is an acknowledgement of an obligation to each other.” – Charlie Pierce

 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.– Ronald Reagan

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, May 19th, 2016

10 packing tips you probably haven’t thought of!

  1. Don’t use all your linens to pack all your china. Yes, it saves money on bubble wrap, but when you want to take a shower after a long, sweaty day of unpacking you won’t want to dig through four boxes of wine glasses to find a towel.
  1. Don’t keep cooking until the last minute. You have two options: Eat takeout for a couple days. Or, cook one or two big casseroles in disposable pans, freeze them, and eat lasagna and tuna noodle for a week. Buy some paper plates and plastic utensils and get your kitchen packed up well before moving day.
  1. Don’t pack things you aren’t 100% sure you want in your new home. We finally got this one right on our last move. Several weeks (or months) ahead of time, start sorting and de-cluttering. Go through closets and storage areas and give away or throw away anything you haven’t used in a while, never really liked that much, anything that is broken, your kids have grown out of, you have a newer version of, et cetera. It is much easier to get rid of things than to pack them! And when you get to your new home, you will enjoy opening boxes to find only the things you love instead of opening boxes of the junk you’ve been tripping over in the basement for the last five years!
  1. Don’t be afraid of putting things together that aren’t similar. We have wasted a lot of time packing one small box with bits and pieces from various rooms so that we could accurately label the box something specific like “candle holders.” Instead, just pack all the items on top of your bookshelf into one box. Label it “top of bookshelf.” You know which knick-knacks you were used to seeing on the top of the bookshelf, and it will make things go much, much, faster.
  1. Don’t pack your router and modem until you are 100% sure you own them! When you call your cable or internet company to cancel service, double check to find out whether you own the equipment or whether it was loaned to you as part of your service agreement.
  1. Don’t go out and buy a million boxes from Home Depot (yet). You can get boxes for free from lots of places. Ask your friends. Ask at local businesses. Ask around at your job – most offices order things like coffee or printer paper in large boxes. My wife once scored a ton of moving boxes from her office job because she was friends with the woman who stocked all the office kitchens with napkins and Splenda.
  1. Don’t recycle your paper recycling. As soon as you know you’re going to be packing up, start saving all your junk mail and scrap paper. Wad it up and wedge it between glasses, or use it to fill up extra space in boxes of knick knacks.
  1. Don’t turn down offers of help! You may feel like it’s easier for you to just pack your own things, rather than having to supervise your friends. If they offer, say yes! You will be glad of the company, and when it’s the night before the truck arrives and you are facing a floor strewn with odds and ends that you keep picking up and putting down in new places but not actually packing, you can give them the go ahead to just start throwing things into boxes and labeling them “misc.”
  1. Don’t label boxes “misc.” You will be desperate and exhausted and want to just take everything that isn’t in a box already and burn it, but at least write something like “misc. + colander” or “misc. + cookbooks.” Even identifying just one item will jog your memory as to what else you packed with the colander.
  1. Don’t get your truck stuck in the front lawn.

Moving truck stuck in the front lawn while packing

Source:http://mattminordurham.com/10-packing-mistakes-not-to-make/

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, May 17th, 2016!

The Easiest Way to Clean Oven Racks

 

 

Cleaning your oven racks doesn't have to be a hassle. With a couple of household items, you can clean them quickly and easily.

 

Things You'll Need

 

Tip

  • Clean your oven racks every few months so they don't become stained and rusty.

Step 1

Remove the oven racks and place them in a tub or shower.

 

Step 2

Spray the racks liberally with vinegar.

 

Step 3

Liberally pour baking soda all over the racks and let sit for 10 minutes.

 

Step 4

Cover them with hot water and let sit for 10 minutes.

 

Step 5

Use a scrub pad to remove grime, rinse and let dry.

 

Step 6

Return the racks to the oven. Now you're ready to cook again with sparkling clean racks!

(All Images: Jessica Kielman)
 

Source:http://www.ehow.com/how_2058749_clean-oven-racks.html?utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=freestyle&utm_campaign=fanpage&crlt.pid=camp.JXqaTpm1Hf2k

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for May 16th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Salute to our Armed Forces!
Happy Monday! Let’s give a special shout out to those who serve to protect our country and those who have served in the past to defend our country as we celebrate Armed Forces Day and pay tribute to the many who serve in the various branches of our military.

 

On August 31, 1949, United States Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under the Department of Defense. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated on May 20, 1950. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defense,” which expressed the unification of all military forces under one government department.

 

Parades, open houses, receptions, picnics and air shows are just a few of the events that you might see this week. Who is that special person in your life who has served to protect your rights and way of life? Have you ever sat down with him or her to discuss the military or ask why he or she decided to serve? Ask to hear his or her “story,” because everybody has one.

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, May 13th!

Words of Wisdom


“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” – Jessica Lange

“My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso." – Pablo Picasso

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.” – E. M. Forster

“Mothers and children are human beings, and they will sometimes do the wrong thing.” – Maurice Sendak

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, May 12th, 2016

Newest Homes for Sale as of May 11th, 2016!

  Today is May 11th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the newest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

If you are looking for Rentals click here.

 


4904 Princess Drive
Lake Park, GA 31636
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
3,214 sq ft, 3 acre lot , MLS# 106435
$300,000

 


4182 Silver Glen
Hahira, GA 31632
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,610 sq ft, 0.11 acre lot , MLS# 106430
$136,900

 


3667 Knights Mill Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,309 sq ft, 0.42 acre lot , MLS# 106388
$250,000

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, May 10th, 2016!

Fizzy “Toilet Freshener Bombs”

 

Fizzy toilet bombs

Today’s post delves into a serious issue plaguing our homes – keeping the toilet fresh between cleanings. ;-) I’ve posted in the past about cleaning solutions and methods for a thorough cleaning of our toilets, but what about when you have company coming over on short notice and you don’t have time to clean the toilet as well as you’d like? Or, your toilet just needs a little love before cleaning day comes back around? Enter these all-natural, super handy “toilet bombs!”

Toilet Bombs

These tabs are made using 3 simple ingredients that all have natural cleaning and deodorizing power:

  • Baking soda – a mild abrasive that neutralizes acids and deodorizes.
  • Citric acid – helps dissolve hard water stains, and provides the “fizzy” effect by reacting with the baking soda and oils.
  • Essential oils: lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils – help eliminate germs and bacteria, and leave behind a fresh, clean scent.

Simply drop one of the tablets into your toilet bowl and watch the tab fizz away, leaving it fresh and clean!

Toilet Bombs

Fizzy Toilet Bombs

  • 1 1/3 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 1 tsp water
  • 30 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 30 drops Lemon essential oil

Toilet Bombs

Mix the baking soda and citric acid together in a small bowl. The next step is to add the water and essential oils to the mixture. To minimize the fizzing action, use a small spray bottle that produces a fine mist.

Toilet Bombs

Gently mist and stir the dry mixture until all of the oils have been added. Test the mixture at this point by squeezing some in your fist. If it isn’t clumping very well, put a little more water in the spray bottle and wet it down some more, but just until it can form a good clump in your hand.

Toilet Bombs

Then, pour the mixture into your silicone mold of choice, and pack each cell down firmly. Allow the bombs to dry for several hours, then remove them gently from the mold and they’re ready to use!

Toilet Bombs

Bonus Use!

In addition to quickly freshening up the toilet, these fizzy bombs are also useful for allergy sufferers because they contain the ultimate triad of allergy-busting oils – lemon, lavender, and peppermint (LLP.) If you’re having a particularly rough day due to allergies, drop one of these “bombs” into a bowl of hot, steamy water. Put your face over the bowl and drape a large towel over your head to trap in all the beneficial, steamy goodness for about 5-10 minutes. (One small tip: peppermint can be a little bit sting-y so it’s best to keep your eyes shut!) This steam treatment will help calm irritated skin around the eyes and nose, and will help open up your airways and reduce congestion.

Source:http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/10/fizzy-cleaning-toilet-bombs.html

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for May 9th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Cheers to the Moms!
I hope everyone – especially all of the moms – had a great day yesterday. I hope all moms had a wonderful and special Mother’s Day.

Moms do it all, and they do it without complaining (most of the time!). When I think about Mother’s Day, I think of the many times that my own mother sacrificed or did without so her family could do something or have something it wanted. I remember the countless times when we asked where we had left something, and she always seemed to know exactly where to find it. Most of all, I remember that I didn’t realize how smart and insightful my mom was until I became an adult.

We all have different memories and emotions when we think of the word “mom.” Sometimes mom was a grandparent, sometimes mom was that special person who raised you from a small child for a variety of reasons, but the word “mom” has always had a special feeling attached to it. The character traits of a mom are too many to list but include teacher, negotiator, mentor, nanny, housekeeper, gardener, cook, nurse, counselor, rule enforcer and friend.

Not all moms are perfect, but I think every mom does the best she can with the circumstances she has. Moms instill values and lead by example because they care.

Many of my friends didn’t have the opportunity to spend yesterday with their moms. For some, they could only celebrate the memories and, for a few, their relationship with their mom is strained. The message I would like to end with today is this: If your relationship with your mom is strained, for whatever reason, forgive her and try not to judge her. We can all choose to forgive. We don’t have to understand, but she’s your mom, and she probably did her best. For everyone else, just keep loving your mom, and don’t forget to show her you care… every day of the year.

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, May 6th!

Words of Wisdom 


“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.” – Melody Beattie

 

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

 

“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” – Marilu Henner

 

“There's a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome.” – McKayla Maroney

 

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

 

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, May 5th, 2016

 

Home Selling Tips: Repairs To Make Before Listing

 

1. Clean, paint and align gutters and downspouts

Home Selling Tips: Repairs to Make Before Listing

I don’t need to go outside to inspect my gutters to know they need to be cleaned and aligned. And I never even thought about painting them!

2. Check foundation for cracks and repairs

Let’s see. 100+ year old foundation. Water issues in the basement. Yes, cracks will be found and repairs will be needed.

 

3. Clean grease and old spills from driveway 

One plus of living in the city is no driveways. But, if I did have one, I would definitely clean it to up the curb appeal.

 

4. Wash or paint exterior if needed

Home Selling Tips: Repairs & Fixes to Make Before Selling

Our house could absolutely use a good power wash (on my Spring cleaning “to do” list) and the trim could use a new coat of paint (not on my Spring cleaning “to do” list).

 

5. Inspect and clean chimney 

This is easily done by a professional.

 

6. Repair/replace worn shingles

Home Selling Tips: What to Repair Before Listing

I haven’t been up on the roof lately – okay, I’ve never been up on the roof  – but I’ll venture a guess that my 20+ year old shingles could use a few fixes.

 

7. Caulk tubs, showers and sinks

 This is a diy I can tackle myself – and have in the past. 

 

8. Make sure toilets and faucets work well

Selling Your Home How Tos and Tips

 We’re about 75% good on this one. And we do hire out. An old home equals old plumbing so we prefer to call in the professionals.

 

9. Fix broken windows, shutters, screens

 Repair or replace any damaged or broken windows, shutters, or screens.

 

10. Touch up or repaint walls neutral color

Use primmer on dark or bright colors and keep it neutral. Luckily it’s an easy and affordable diy.

 

11. Install new carpeting if needed

Selling Your Home Tips for Repairs

Have new carpet installed if needed. Also polish wood floors and repair any damages.

source:http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/home-selling-tips-repairs-to-make-before-listing/

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Newest Homes for Sale as of May 4th, 2016!

  Today is May 4th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the newest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

If EXIT Realty In Touch can assist you or anyone you know with your relocation needs, please give us a call!  (229) 333-5105.

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3753 Cross Creek Circle
Valdosta, GA 31605

4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,866 sq ft, 0.74 acre lot , MLS# 106317
$122,000

 


197 Sunflower Trail
Quitman, GA 31643

4 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,706 sq ft, 0.68 acre lot , MLS# 106356
$134,900
 
 
3667 Knights Mill Drive
Valdosta, GA 31605
 
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,309 sq ft, 0.42 acre lot , MLS# 106388
$250,000

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

 

DIY Tip for the Week, May 3rd, 2016!

Natural Vinegar Weed Killer – The Organic Way

Vinegar Weed Killer  – An Alternative to Roundup

The next time you walk outside and see a garden bed full of weeds and reach for the Roundup, why not stop and ask yourself a question.  “Why drench them with something that will remain in the soil for who knows how long?”  Maybe you should reach for vinegar instead. This natural method is easy to use and so much better for the soil.

Organic Vinegar Weed killer (must be 20% acidity)

I have seen dozens of methods for vinegar weed killer on the internet. The problem with most of them is that they suggest white vinegar and a LOT of salt.  Salt is also very hard on the soil and surrounding plants.  It can leach into the water table and is bad for the environment.  It also takes a very long time to dissipate. And white vinegar has too low an acidity level to really work.

Instead of these remedies. You can use Horticultural vinegar (or organic) on its own or with just a bit of dish washing Liquid. (The dish washing liquid helps it stick to the weeds)   Both Horticultural vinegar and Organic vinegar work. Either are natural weed controllers on their own.  **For this to work, the vinegar must be 20% acidity which is why this remedy works better than normal vinegar which only has a 5% acidity level.

  • Use a watering can, a spray bottle or a pump-sprayer to apply the organic vinegar. A pump-sprayer is the most efficient way to apply it. Be sure to rinse your sprayer after use, or metal parts may corrode in time.  If you want, add the dish washing liquid to the vinegar to make it stick to the weeds better.
  • Be sure to apply the vinegar weed killer on a warm, sunny, and calm day. You need to aim where you want the weeds gone. Vinegar is not selective; it can potentially harm plants you wish to keep, should you accidentally spray them.
  • Great to use in the cracks on walkways, where grass and ornamental plants are not an issue.
  • Horticultural vinegar is highly acidic – it will lower the pH of your soil for a few days or possibly weeks, so wait for a good rainstorm before you plant anything where you sprayed.
  • The vinegar is completely biodegradable – it degrades in a matter of days – and does not accumulate so it is approved for organic agricultural use as well.
  • Spray or pour the vinegar directly onto the weeds. Those pesky weeds should be dead in a matter of hours.

The acetic acid in the vinegar does two things: it burns the weed’s foliage on contact and it temporarily lowers the pH of the soil, making it hard for the weed to make a comeback.

Organic vinegar is much cheaper than Roundup, and doesn’t leave poisons behind.  Vinegars labeled as horticultural vinegar seem to be a bit pricier but that is just marketing in my opinion. The trick is to get a 20% acidity level.  Kill those weeds, save some money and help the environment.

Source:http://thegardeningcook.com/white-vinegar-weed-killer/

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

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May 2016 Community Calendar

Websites or phone numbers are listed with the events to get more information, when available. Check back on our blog often to learn more about some of the monthly events, and updates!

PDF version of the calendar available here

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The information contained in our website is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed. We make every effort to maintain this website to have current, accurate information. However, we cannot warrant the accuracy of the information contained in our EXIT Realty In Touch website. This includes, but is not limited to, information contained in our website and information contained in websites that are linked to our website.

 

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for May 2nd!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Stress Less!
Welcome to the Monday Morning Wake-Up Call! I hope you had a great weekend! According to EnSite Solutions CEO Toby Thomas, entrepreneurial stress is like a man riding a lion: “People look at the man and think, ‘This guy's really got it together! He's brave!’ And the man riding the lion is thinking, ‘How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?’”

While it’s widely accepted that managing stressful challenges comes with the territory of running your own business, what’s lesser known is that stress can hit entrepreneurs harder than most.

In 2013, the Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index showed that entrepreneurs were more likely to be worried and stressed than other workers. Entrepreneurs have innate character traits that put them at higher risk of experiencing stress and mood swings. People who are energetic, motivated and creative are more likely to be entrepreneurial and more likely to have more stress. Does that sound to you like the description of a real estate agent?

When you push yourself and abuse your body, you trigger mood swings. Even though you’re bound to encounter stress as an entrepreneur, you can overcome its detrimental effects with the right tools.

Stress is actually normal; it’s critical for our survival. The core element of stress is fight or flight syndrome. Without fight or flight, we would not survive as a species. However, today our stress response, which used to be triggered only occasionally, now gets triggered more frequently – sometimes far too much – which can have a disastrous impact on our health and mental well-being. There are several triggers that can activate stress, but let’s just look at a few.

The most fascinating fact is that we can transfer the stress we feel to others (or pick up someone else’s). A 2014 study found that seeing someone else experience stress is enough to activate our own stress response. 26% of people in the study who were just observing others under stress took on that stress themselves. There was no difference between genders in the study, but the closer the observer was (emotionally) to the person under stress, the more he or she exhibited an empathic stress response. Being around a highly stressed friend, partner, spouse or co-worker can affect your body just as much as it affects theirs. One solution is to control whom we spend time with, when possible. Spending time with successful, positive people helps you feel more positive and less stressed.

Another solution is laughter. Laughter has been proven to reduce stress and promote a healthier life, but did you know that the anticipation of laughter has been found even more effective when it comes to reducing stress?

Researchers found that anticipating watching a funny film decreased three stress-response hormones. Participants who weren’t anticipating the funny film didn’t see a significant decrease in their stress hormones. The great thing about this finding is you don’t even need to find anything to laugh at to see a benefit – simply anticipate something positive and fun, and you’ll feel less stressed.

Another solution is exercise. Galanin, which has been proven to reduce the effects of stress, is released in your brain when you exercise – meaning the more we exercise, the easier we’ll be able to handle stress and bounce back from it. If you want the stress-diminishing benefits of galanin, exercise is your answer.

My favorite stress reducer is to hug someone. A study published in Psychological Science found that greater social support and more hugs “protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.” The study questioned 404 healthy adults about their levels of social support. The participants had phone interviews 14 nights in a row to assess how often they had interpersonal conflicts and how many hugs they were getting. Finally, participants were exposed to a common cold virus and kept in quarantine for observation of their symptoms. Those who felt supported and received more hugs remained healthier than those who were not supported and did not receive hugs. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, hug your stress away!

And in times of woe, when all else fails, you also can hug the nearest dog. Multiple studies point toward the health benefits of dog ownership. Dogs listen without interruption, love unconditionally and do not judge. Therapy dogs are used to reduce depression and anxiety. They also are used in nursing homes and in some hospitals where patients are terminally ill.

 

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Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, April 29th!

Words of Wisdom

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle

“There is little success where there is little laughter.” – Andrew Carnegie

“Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.” – Norman Cousins

“Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that’s because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind. It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect.” – Marlo Thomas

“I'm happy that I have brought laughter because I have been shown by many the value of it in so many lives, in so many ways.” – Lucille Ball

 

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

 

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Real Estate Tip of the Week, April 28th, 2016

10 Realtor Tips for Buying Your 1st Home!

10 Tips for Buying Your First Home Together

Dreaming of domestic bliss but don’t know where to start?

If you’re ready to find Home Sweet Home with your new honey, here are some easy steps to make the process as smooth as possible.

1. Shop a loan.

Interview at least three lenders and compare the “good faith” estimates. A good faith estimate is used to compare offers from different lenders or brokers. The process can take as little as an hour, but make sure you tell each the same scenario to compare costs and interest rates apples to apples. They should respond to you quickly. Look for a loan that you’d be comfortable taking on for at least 3 years. 

2. Set a budget.

Figure out what you can realistically afford month in and month out. Pay off or lower credit card minimum payments, student loans, and car loans before you take on a mortgage if possible.

3. Improve credit.

One common misconception is that less than ideal credit will disqualify you from buying a home. If one of you has less than desirable credit, evaluate the one with the lower credit score to see if it can be improved enough to qualify for a loan. If this isn’t possible, you can take out a mortgage using only one of the partners for qualification. This is a common practice in the mortgage world. If only one of you is on the loan, both of you can still be owners in the property. By making on time mortgage payments, whoever is on the loan can improve their credit.

4. Start early.

Don’t wait until you need to move to get the process started. Clear up any financial issues you may have prior to getting approved for your mortgage. Explore all of the options available to first time homebuyers. If you don’t have a ton of cash available for the down payment, there are still several options available to make the upfront costs of buying a home really affordable.

5. Hire a pro.

Ask friends and family for a REALTOR® recommendation. Interview them in person if possible to determine the best fit.

6. Set realistic expectations.

Talk with your partner about your non-negotiable amenities and identify what you’d be willing to compromise on so that your criteria falls within your budget and your looking at homes that suit both of your needs.

7. Spot any issues.

Hire a licensed home inspector who can make sure there are no problems. There are no guarantees in home ownership but this at least gives you the peace of mind that you’re avoiding any major issues before buying.

8. Browse.

Ask your friends and family where they like living and spend some time in that area of town. Visit the local restaurants, grocery stores, and parks. Meet the surrounding neighbors on either side or across the street from the house you’re considering. You can always change the house or upgrade the finishes but you can’t change the location or who your neighbors are.

9. Enjoy this time.

Don’t take things too seriously. There will always be another home, another neighborhood for you to discover, or another deal around the corner.

10. Be patient.

Finding the right home is like dating, sometimes you have to go through a few fixers to find the perfect one!

source:http://applebrides.com/2015/06/11/10-realtor-tips-for-buying-your-1st-home/

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

 

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Newest Homes for Rent as of April 27th, 2016!

 

 

CUTE 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bath town house close to everything!
321 Brookfield Road
Valdosta, GA 31602

Available: NOW
$660 per month plus DEPOSIT

 

2BA/2BA-Only Minutes to Moody AFB!!!
6122 Vinnie Drive - B

Valdosta, GA 31605

Available: NOW
$625 per month plus DEPOSIT

COMING SOON!

3712 Cambium Court
Valdosta, GA 31605

Available: 5/6/16
$975 per month plus DEPOSIT

 

**You are able to check out a key at our office at 3315-B N. Valdosta Road Mon-Thu: 9am-4pm, Fri: 9am-3pm. A $20 cash deposit or debit card is required and will be returned when the key is returned to our office. You must also provide a valid driver's license/i.d. and phone number.

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3315 B N Valdosta Road, Valdosta GA 31605
Office: (229) 333-0768
Email: rentals@EXITintouch.com

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

DIY Tip for the Week, April 26th, 2016!

How To Paint A Sink

How To Paint A Bathroom Sink: Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Way To Update Your Bathroom - No Plumber Needed!

Step 1: Read the Instructions.

Carefully. I’m serious. Because I did read the instructions and there was mention of a Homax cleaning solution to use on the sink. Well, I only had the brush-on epoxy paint. Luckily I’m an Ace Hardware blogger so I could turn to Ace Hardware’s expert spokesperson, Lou Manfredeni.  And he said that I could prep the surface for the epoxy paint using CLR or Pine Sol.

 

Step 2 (Optional): Remove the Faucet.

Ace Hardware generously gave me an beautiful Moen Banbury Two Handle Bathroom Faucet in a chrome finish to replace our sad, sad, old faucet.  So we took the old one out …

how-to-paint-a-bathroom-sink

… and let me tell you, that old faucet didn’t want to go.  Once again I must thank my husband for tackling this less than pleasant job …

If you don’t plan to replace the faucet, you can just tape it off with painter’s tape before applying the Homax Tough as Tile epoxy.

 

Step 3: Clean the Surface.

The instructions can’t stress enough the importance of surface preparation.  Give the sink a really good scrub down.  I used CLR.

 

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Rinse and dry.

 

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Step 4: Scour with Steel Wool (Grade 000)

Use small circular strokes to scour the surface with grade 000 steel wool …

 

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Rinse and dry.

Step 5: Repeat Steps 3 & 4 a Total of 3 Times.

 

How-to-paint-a-sink-instructions

 

Step 6: Tape Off Area.

Using painter’s tape, tape off drain and area around sink that you don’t want painted.

 

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Step 7: Paint First Coat.

Carefully stir epoxy.  You don’t want bubbles to form.  Use a nylon bristle brush to apply in long clean strokes.

 

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Don’t overload brush.  A thinner layer is better.

 

I also go back over to make sure the strokes start at one end and end at the other.

 

For the sink basin, I applied in a circular pattern starting at the top rim and proceeding down to the drain.

 

 

Step 8: Apply Second Coat.

 

The second coat needs to be applied 2-4 hours after the initial coat.  If more than 4 hours have passed, allow the paint to cure for 72 hours before applying the second coat.

 

Also, if drips or runs appear in the first coat, let cure 72 hours and then use your 000 grade steel wool to scour them away.  Rinse and dry before applying the second coat.

 

 

Step 9: Final Cure and Use.

 

Do not remove the painter’s tape until the epoxy has fully cured for a minimum of 72 hours.

how-to-paint-a-sink-diy-tutorial

 

To care for the surface, use non-abrasive non bleach cleaning products and a soft sponge or cloth.

 

Now, can I just tell you how much I’m loving this solution?  So much easier and less expensive than pulling out the vanity and buying a new vanity and hiring a plumber and contractor to install the new vanity …

 

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Oh, yeah, I gave the cabinet a spruce with some paint and wax and new hardware.  But I’ll share that project at a later date …

 

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most likely after I get some  beadboard wallpaper up on the walls.  A project I’m hoping to tackle this week …

 

Paint A Sink: How To Paint A Sink Tutorial

Source:http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/paint-sink-giveaway/

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

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Monday Morning Wake-Up Call for April 25th!

Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:

Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead

 

Make it a Laugh Out Loud Kind of Week

Welcome to a new week! What best describes your laugh? Did you know there are actually 10 types of laughter?

When someone slips on a banana peel, do you release small machine gun busts of laughter, or do you burst out with a belly laugh? Maybe you’re a giggler, or one of those silent laughers who keeps their mouth shut. Or maybe you’re at the top of the laughter tree: a snorter.

Have you ever laughed so hard that your stomach hurt? The human body can only increase in laughter so much until it starts to implode into itself – just like a black hole in space. Signs of your approach toward hilarious doom include tears, aching stomach and, ultimately, the snort. The snort is like a safety value: When a person begins to approach the critical point of laughter, a snort, or “Sus scrofa release,” as scientists refer to it, releases pressure. Everyone will snort when they reach this critical point of no return. Some never reach this critical point, and others max out their threshold very quickly.

Laughter also has been proven to reduce pain. Norman Cousins developed a recovery program incorporating laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “I made the joyous discovery that 10 minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep,” he reported.

When we laugh, our brains also release endorphins that can relieve physical pain and create a stronger immune system.  A 2000 study found that people with heart disease were 40% less likely to laugh and be able to recognize humor in a variety of situations, compared to people of the same age without heart disease. Time to start watching more of those funny movies!

Something to Think About

Laughter appears to burn calories, too. A researcher from Vanderbilt University conducted a small study in which he measured the amount of calories expended in laughing. It turns out that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter burns 50 calories. But don’t be too quick to ditch your exercise routine – one piece of chocolate has about 50 calories, meaning it would take roughly 12 hours of concentrated laughter to lose a pound!

 

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Words of Wisdom for Your Friday, April 22nd!

Words of Wisdom

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.” – Jackie Speier

“One billion people in 175 countries will mark Earth Day. That puts tea parties in perspective, doesn't it?” – Greg Dworkin

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

 

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Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

 

Real Estate Tip of the Week, April 21st, 2016

15 Best Tips for Selling Your Home

 

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1. Great photos mean EVERYTHING.
This is one thing you cannot skimp on. We live in a world where people start their new home shopping journey online and want to preview the home before actually driving out to see it. And people are extremely visual. They want to see the layout, the colors, the finely appointed features, the yard… everything. If you give them dark and gloomy photos, it makes the house seem dark and gloomy. Hire a professional photographer if needed and make sure they use a wide angle lens to capture as much of the space as possible in each shot. 

hearth room

2. Signs drive traffic.
No matter how much your market your home online or in newspapers, nothing drives traffic like a good old fashioned sign. Potential buyers often will move within 5 miles of their current home and can notice your For Sale signs while driving their kids to school, or on their way to the grocery store or the bank. And don’t just put one sign in front of your home and call it a day. Put a sign at the front of your subdivision and at a few spots along the main road or back roads on the way to your neighborhood. Check your local guidelines, but oftentimes they’ll let it slide on the weekends, just like garage sale signs. 

3. Cheap laundry baskets are your new best friend.
I cannot tell you what a lifesaver this was for us while we were trying to sell our home. Yes, sometimes you will get those last minute calls asking if someone can show your home in 30 minutes. It’s too hectic to try and pick up the chaos when you still have to get shoes on your kids, pack up the pet, and get out the door as fast as possible. To help pick up the mess like random toys, shoes, and paperwork, just throw everything into a cheap plastic laundry basket and shove it in your car before you leave. You can then organize and sort when you arrive back home.

4. Use a real estate agent.
I know when you think about that real estate commission it’s often a hard pill to swallow, but trust me… it’s worth every penny to hire a professional. Most real estate agents will have professional photographers take photos of your home (refer back to #1!) for their marketing, which includes a brochure or flyer. Also, they can list your home on multiple websites that you could not access on your own including the multiple listing service (MLS). It’s a fact that people who use a good agent sell their homes faster and for more money. And a study by the National Association of Realtors shows that people who use an agent sell their homes for 16% more than people who don’t. And please listen to your agent. They are professionals and do this every single day. Trust their opinions!

Sold Home For Sale Real Estate Sign and Beautiful New House.

5. Declutter your home.
Other sites that claim to have the best tips when selling your home will often suggest removing all family photos from your home. I completely disagree with this. A house should feel and look like a home. A place that is lived in—not a museum (unless you’re selling a museum-like mansion, then go ahead… remove that massive oil painting of the family above the fireplace). But limit the amount of photos and knick-knacks. DECLUTTER. Clean off the mess from your countertops and end tables. Think less is more, but make sure you still have it styled. And clean out the basement and garage while you’re at it. 

6. Brighten your space.
Make a house seem a bit more cheerful with additional lighting. Add some floor lamps or table lamps to dark corners. Also, turn on all of the lights in your home before a showing. Upgrade your light bulbs to a higher watt as well to make the entire home seem brighter. Also, think about getting the whiter light bulbs instead of the ones that cast the yellow haze. 

7. A coat of paint can change everything.
I know you’ve heard a million times before about painting a couple rooms in your home before putting your house on the market. Make sure you go neutral. But also think about painting other things in your home. Do your cabinets need a facelift? A coat of paint can change that and completely transform your kitchen. Also think about painting old furniture for a quick and cheap makeover, or even painting your patio furniture to upgrade your outdoor space. Paint is one of the cheapest upgrades you can make. Embrace it! 

before and after kitchen makeover

8. Concentrate on the kitchen.
A kitchen is often the most important room in the house. It’s where company seems to gather when you are entertaining. Work on making the kitchen a little more up to date with some minor projects… upgrade an appliance or two, get new countertops, paint the cabinets. This can make or break the home, so make sure you focus on this area first. Before we put our house on the market we painted our cabinets and the accent wall, decluttered, and got a new lighting fixture. Made a HUGE difference! 

9. Online marketing.
As mentioned in #4, a real estate agent can help you get on multiple websites through their listings such as Trulia, Realtor.com, or Zillow. Also consider the other online outlets they might introduce you to: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email blasts. If you would try to market an Open House next Sunday through just a sign in your yard, it would have much less of an effect than if your real estate agent blasted it to all of their contacts and across social media.

10. Curb appeal.
It’s the first thing people see when they drive up to view your home. Make sure your place looks inviting: wash the windows, paint the front door, plant some flowers and mow the lawn. A first impression is everything. Don’t turn them off before they even get through the front door. 

front-porch-full-makeover

11. Clean the carpets.
We argued back and forth when putting our old home on the market on whether or not we should replace the carpet. We had lived in that home for 7 years and the almost-white carpets were looking a little grim, mostly due to our toddler. But instead of replacing the carpets, we decided to get them professionally cleaned instead. And it was AMAZING how they turned out! Brighter and fluffier, plus all of the extra dander gone that our vacuum couldn’t pick up. When people toured our home, they always asked if the carpets were new and were surprised when we told them no. Another note, make sure all flooring is clean and ready for showings… vacuum, mop and clean any grout tiles. 

12. Do pre-inspection repairs. 
When we were selling our last home we had two big cracks in the basement wall. We called in the professionals to get it fixed with carbon fiber mesh, one of the absolute best concrete repair solutions and it’s 10 times stronger than steel. While it’s not the prettiest fix in the world and cost us $600, the solution came with a lifetime warranty and the work was signed off by an engineer. Without this paperwork and the repaired basement walls, it would have been tough to sell the home with the two large cracks. And luckily, the buyers had a real estate agent who was very well versed in basement repairs and home warranties to agree that our repairs were properly done pre-inspection. It definitely saved us a headache from trying to work out the repairs in the contract or after the home inspection. 

13. Organize key spaces.
Just a friendly reminder that people will be opening all of your doors and even some drawers to check out space and storage. Keep them organized! Clean out your linen closets and add some organizational storage like bins and boxes to disguise some of the mess. Also think about reorganizing some kitchen cabinets and packing away some of the unneeded entertaining pieces or extra sets of dishes. Make sure your kids’ toys are organized and out of the way as well. 

kitchen cabinet organized

14. Store your off season clothes.
Speaking of closets, make your closets look bigger by storing off-season clothes in the attic or basement. Also, if you’re a big shoe hoarder but don’t have the space, hide some pairs as well. 

15. Get a clue about your competition.
Another benefit of having a real estate agent is getting a read on the competition in your area. Your agent can find out other prices, types of houses, condition of other homes in your area, and what your house is actually worth in comparison. Don’t be afraid to ask for this knowledge and make them do the research for you. It’s best to be prepared when potential buyers try to negotiate price with you and you can actually prove to them why your house is worth the price you’re asking for. 

Source:http://howtonestforless.com/2014/05/22/15-best-tips-selling-home/

Keep checking back with our blog for upcoming DIY Tips for the Week, Real Estate Tips of the Week, Words of Wisdom, Community Events and more!

 

Remember! If you are ready to buy or sell your home, or you know someone who is, please drop us an email or give us a call and we will be ready to assist you!

 

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more per agent than any other agency in the Valdosta area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

Newest Homes for Sale as of April 20th, 2016!

  Today is April 20th, 2016 and we are sharing with you some of the newest listings.  There are many beautiful houses of all ranges on the market right now. Don't miss out on great deals! These are just a few! To see more visit our featured listings.

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  1610 Slater Street
Valdosta, GA 31602
3 beds, 2 baths | Single Family Home
1,444 sq ft, 0.41 acre lot, MLS# 106190
$119,000
 
 
4419 Triple Oak Drive
Valdosta, GA 31602
4 beds, 2 full, 1 partial baths | Single Family Home
2,897 sq ft, 0.44 acre lot , MLS# 106216
$325,000
 

 
4435 Plantation Crest Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
4 beds, 3 baths | Single Family Home
2,046 sq ft, 0.19 acre lot , MLS# 106232
$250,000

 

Call 229-333-5105 today for an appointment to view these homes!

Valdosta GA Real Estate - EXIT Realty In Touch, Valdosta, Georgia is a full service real estate office.  Whether you are buying or selling a home, seeking a property management company or a home to rent, we offer concierge service from our sales office and rental office. We utilize the latest in technological advances to make your experience as user friendly as possible. Our Realtors strive to be the best in their fields.  Every member of the EXIT Realty In Touch team is a licensed Realtor, literally ½ of the Realtors are Associate Brokers, we have Realtors who have earned their CDP, REO, ABR, Relocation Specialist, First Time Home Buyer and other designations.  Our agents sell 45% more real estate per agent in the Valdosta area than any other real estate agency in our area! For personalized hands on solutions for all your real estate needs call 229-333-5105 for sales and 229-333-0768 for rentals.

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