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Halloween Safety Tips in the Greater Athens Area

Information and photo via Keller Williams

We all want to keep our little ghosts and ghouls safe this Halloween. Here are some simple reminders on how to protect your trick or treaters so everyone has a great time.

Costume Choices

  • When choosing or constructing your costumes make sure masks fit securely and provide adequate vision and ventilation. Children should also wear shoes that are well-fitting and sturdy.
  • Costumes should be made of flame resistant materials.
  • Accessories can be a real hazard. The best swords and knives are short, soft, and flexible.

Be Seen

  • Add reflective tape to the costume or bag your child is using to carry candy. Walk with a flashlight so everyone can see where they are going and in turn, others will see you.
  • Walk from house to house as a group, and make sure children are accompanied by an adult.
  • Stick to trick-or-treating in well-lit homes in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Look both ways when crossing the street. If there is a cross walk available, use it.
Home Safety

  • Keep candles and jack-o-lanterns away from landings and doorsteps at your home where costumes could brush against the flames.
  • Be sure the walkway to your house is clear and free of any tripping hazards.

Have a great Halloween and don’t eat too much candy!

5 DIY Improvements to Make Your Home Classier

Updating your home to be more chic – without looking cheap – is completely doable on a budget.

If you’re looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that extra sense of style while saving you money. No need to cringe at those three little words: “do it yourself.” There really are fast, easy and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home.

1. Replace Your Light Fixtures
Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more elegant one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a sophisticated light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. And you don’t need to pay a pretty penny for expensive new fixtures – you can buy used fixtures online.

2. Add Floating Shelves
Installing floating shelves in your home combines the functionality of extra storage space with a bit of style and personal flair. Floating shelves can be mounted on walls in many different patterns, and they come in various materials to give your rooms a unique touch. For a small room choose shallow shelves to display framed photos; for a larger room you can afford to use deeper shelves to hold vases, books and unique trinkets.

3. Paint an Accent Wall
Painting an accent wall can add a pop of color and showcase your personality. Usually a low-risk project, a homeowner of any skill level can tackle this project in a day. You just need some painter’s tape, a brush and the color that suits you! Just make sure the color you choose is complementary with the other colors in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones.

4. Install Decorative Molding
Adding decorative molding around your home can add an extra touch of elegance. Install molding to the ceiling by capping walls, columns and cabinets, or add chair molding lower to the ground. With detailed molding you can add character to your rooms while also making them feel taller and more finished.

5. Build a Stone Fire Pit

Take your sophisticated style outside by building a stone fire pit in your backyard. Completed in only a few hours, take uniquely shaped rocks or large stones and put them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit. Before starting the project, be sure to check your local fire codes or homeowners association to ensure you are safe and allowed to start building.

Adding a touch of class to your home doesn’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to start with one project at a time, allowing yourself to complete one before starting the next. Otherwise, you’ll fall victim to chronic project incompleteness syndrome – not a good look!

Now that you know about these five inexpensive DIY projects, which will you try? Or let us know what your favorite home improvement project is on our Team JWA page!

Staging Your Home in the Greater Athens Area

Staging Your Home in the Greater Athens Area

Staging your home isn’t just de-cluttering. Let us show you!

Seller Insights
When you’re ready to sell, staging puts your home’s best foot forward. De-cluttering and de-personalizing common rooms is important to the process, but don’t overlook these factors that will leave lasting impressions on buyers (info and photo via KW):
1. Curb Appeal – Make a lasting first impression on buyers by mowing the lawn, power-washing the driveway and sidewalks, and keeping hedges trimmed.
2. Outdoor Social Areas – Adding comfortable seating and games to front porches or covered patios can highlight outdoor features of the home.
3. Storage Space – Buyers are attracted to homes with great storage space. Organize pantries, walk-in closets and utility rooms, and keep doors to these rooms ajar so that buyers know to look inside.
Did you know we have a specialized home staging service? We can walk you through the benefits of staging and show you techniques that will attract the right buyer for your home. Call us today or submit a request for contact to discuss what staging strategies and resources we have available to increase the marketability of your home.


Not Finding Exact Real Estate You’re Looking For Online

Not Finding Exact Real Estate You’re Looking For Online?

Let us show you the whole picture in the greater Athens area!


Info Via KW

Personal Photo Real Tips from a Real Estate Professional
Most people these days start out their real estate search online, but it’s easy to feel like you’re not getting the full picture. Seeing properties in person is really the only way you can narrow down your search and really get the buying process started.
Call me today and I can help you put together a list of properties that we can view together in the greater Athens GA area. If you don’t have a solid idea on what you’d like to see, we can even plan on just touring a few open houses together.
And one more question – Often people start searching online to try and gain an understanding of their own home’s value. Is this the case with you? If so, I would love to give you an online, no hassle estimate or an in-depth broker price opinion. Submit a request for contact, or ask for a customized home valuation guide for your current home today!

First Time Homebuyer Series Considerations

JWA First Time Homebuyer Series – Considerations

9 Considerations for First Time Homebuyer Home Research

So you’re ready to begin the search for your first home. These are exciting times! At Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates, we would love the opportunity to share in this time with you in helping you find a home that is just right for you. Below are 9 considerations when researching homes in the greater Athens GA area. Call today or submit a request for contact and we’ll walk you through each step! (Information via KW)

  1. Before you begin viewing properties, make a list of “must haves.” Consider location, style, age, amenities, etc.
  2. Don’t view too many properties in one day.
  3. When you find a property you like, visit it at different times of the day.
  4. Walk or drive past the property before going inside.
  5. Don’t be put off by interior decoration – it can be changed.
  6. Establish what’s included in the sale – land, furniture, appliances, etc.
  7. Ask why the sellers are moving.
  8. Determine the annual property taxes.
  9. Ask how much utility bills cost each month.