3620 Kelsey Chase Ct, Marietta, Georgia

May 31st, 2015 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Decks, Energy savings, First-time home-buyer, Landscaping, Real Estate, Real Estate Information, Real Estate Tips and Advice, Realtor, Sellers Comments Off on 3620 Kelsey Chase Ct, Marietta, Georgia

3620 Kelsey Chase Court - Exterior Front

“Honey Stop the Car” and let’s see this beautiful home. Freshly painted interior with wood floors, trey ceilings, dramatic 2-story foyer and two-story family room bathed in light. Stunning main level master bedroom suite houses a lovely master bath and large walk-in closet. Formal dining room with chair rail and a very open kitchen with stainless steel appliances opens up into a large family room with a stone fireplace. The full-unfinished basement is stubbed for a bath and ready for the expanding family. Bring the pets because the backyard is fenced and ready for playtime.


29 Charles St, Cartersville, GA 30120

May 30th, 2015 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Decks, Energy savings Comments Off on 29 Charles St, Cartersville, GA 30120

 

 

Front View

Not only is this 4/3.5 bath home beautiful, it’s the Location! Located in one of Cartersville’s most exclusive neighborhoods, and only 1 minute from downtown. Warm hardwoods, soaring ceilings, custom shutters and detailed trim are immediately noticed upon entering. Stained Cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile floors, and all the exquisite appointments you would expect. Stone fireplace in keeping room, fireplace encased by built-ins in family room, spacious bedrooms and master suite which includes tray ceiling, hardwood flooring, walk-in closet, and large master bath. Full, partially finished basement & fenced yard with 2nd driveway to the 3rd car garage in the basement.


10 Home Repairs that will Save You Money

July 15th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Energy savings, Home Care, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on 10 Home Repairs that will Save You Money

10 Home Repairs that will Save you Money
Post Contributed by:
Claire Bradley, Investopedia.com
Jul 7, 2010
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Remodels are great, but can get pretty pricey. Not everyone has thousands to add value to their home – but what about those less glamorous repair projects on your to-do list? These simple and inexpensive maintenance items don’t seem like they add to your home’s value, but they’re big money-savers in the long run.

1. Caulk
If you’ve lived in your house a few years, you probably noticed that the caulk along your sinks, countertops and bathtub is coming loose. These gaps may not seem like a big deal, but they can wreak havoc inside your walls. Moisture causes mold and even leaks – expensive repairs that can easily be prevented. A tube of kitchen and bath caulk costs just a few dollars, and you’ll avoid expensive repairs.

2. Insulate
The quickest way to save money on your energy bill is to insulate, yet so many of us overlook this simple home improvement project for its benefits. Sure, your walls are insulated, but what about your basement, your attic, and your garage? Just in case the energy cost savings aren’t enticing enough for you, check with the IRS – there are current credits that allow you to deduct this energy-saving expense from your taxes.

3. Change Filters
When was the last time you changed your furnace’s air filters? It’s an oft-overlooked chore, but one that keep your furnace running efficiently, and improves the air quality inside your home. Change your filters at least every three months to keep your furnace working efficiently for years to come.

4. Install a Thermostat
Does your home have a programmable thermostat? If not, invest in one; it’ll earn its money back in no time. By programming heating and cooling, you avoid paying to keep an empty house at a comfortable temperature. Manage the heat appropriately in winter to avoid burst water pipes; in summer, draw your curtains during the day to keep the house cool. Buy a programmable thermostat and you can save big on monthly bills.

5. Fix Leaks
That leaky faucet or runny toilet is draining your water bill, and in most cases it’s a cheap and quick fix. Replace the washer on your faucet, and while you’re at it, consider installing a faucet aerator if yours doesn’t already have one. Faucet aerators reduce water flow from your faucet to save on your water bill; check your home improvement store for this inexpensive fix.

6. Install Dimmers
Dimmers aren’t just for romance; they can save you big bucks on your energy bill. They’re cheap and easy to install, so look for rooms that could use a little reduction in harsh lighting. While you’re at it, replace your light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. They’re big money savers.

7. Clean Carpets
Clean your carpet lately? With proper care, carpets can last a long time and look great, but everyone needs to clean them sometime. You don’t need to hire an expensive service either – if you can vacuum, you can clean your carpets by yourself. Rent a carpet cleaner at your local supermarket or big-box store for a modest fee. Make sure you vacuum thoroughly before cleaning, and pick a dry day so your carpet dries quickly. With regular cleaning your carpet can last a long time, saving you big bucks on new flooring.

8. Clean Siding and Windows
Windows and siding get a beating in most climates. Wash your windows and siding with a simple hose and water first, and with a cleaning solution as needed; your home improvement store sells specialty products for just this kind of job. Rent a power washer for very dirty jobs. Keep an eye on cobwebs, wasp and bird nests to ensure your home’s exterior stays in good shape. Touch up with paint as needed, and your house will look like new at little or no cost.

9. Fight Pests
Those spiders and ants at your foundation, that mouse nest in your crawl space? Take care of it – pests can destroy a home in a hurry. Hire an exterminator, or for small pests, combat with pesticides. Even if you don’t think you have a problem, inspect every part of the interior and exterior of your home regularly to avoid small pest problems getting out hand.

10. Clean Ductwork
If your home is older, your ductwork likely has dust, grime, and other unwelcome residue inside. For big jobs, pay a professional; a simple cleaning can easily be done yourself. Simply remove the grates from your air vents, and clean the inside with your vacuum.

The Bottom Line
The best way to invest in your home is to take good care of what’s already there. With these simple repair jobs, you’ll even save money – with just a little elbow grease as investment


Summer Time Energy Savings

May 21st, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Energy savings, Water Conservation Comments Off on Summer Time Energy Savings

Summer Time Energy Savings

This is why it’s called Hotlanta!  Georgia’s summer months tend to get on the steamy side and can drain not only your physical energy, but also your wallet.  Check out these tips to conserve energy and money around your home this summer.

  • Keep your thermostat set on 78 when you’re home.  Bump it up to 85 if you’ll be gone most of the day so the a/c isn’t working so hard while you’re gone
  • Utilize the ceiling fans in your home to help cool you down.  This is more energy and cost efficient than dropping the a/c temparature.
  • Pull the shades and close your blinds to help keep the sun out of your home.  This will help a lot in keeping the house cooler.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Keep you’re refrigerator fully stocked.  The more food you have in it, the less cold air escapes when you open the door.  This means less work on the refrigerator to adjust back to the desired temparature when you close the door.
  • Use your dishwasher.  Surprisingly, this option uses less water than hand washing dishes.
  • Invest in Energy Star appliances  This will not only help your summer electric bill, but it will impact your savings year round.

With a little intentionality and planning, we can all fight against spending too much money on our household bills this summer!  Not to mention, this will benefit our environment for years to come!


3.5% Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive Extended Through June 30, 2010

May 5th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Buyers, Energy savings, First-time home-buyer, Real Estate News Comments Off on 3.5% Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive Extended Through June 30, 2010

3.5% Closing Cost Assistance and Appliance Incentive Extended Through June 30, 2010
Fannie Mae is extending the 3.5% incentive for homebuyers who purchase and close on a Fannie Mae-owned home by June 30, 2010.  Buyers purchasing properties listed on HomePath.com will continue to be offered an incentive of up to 3.5% of the final sales price to be used towards one of the following:
  • Closing Costs
  • The purchase of new Whirlpool®  appliances
  • A mix of closing costs and appliances at the buyer’s discretion up to the maximum 3.5%
Eligibility
To be eligible for this incentive:
  • Property sale must close on or before June 30, 2010
  • Buyer must be an owner-occupant (second homes are eligible as long as they are owner-occupied)–investors are excluded
The incentive reinforces Fannie Mae’s commitment to stabilizing communities and assisting buyers.  For more informaiton about this incentive, visit HomePath.com, read the press release or contact a Fannie Mae listing broker.

Cash for Appliances in Georgia

February 7th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in Energy savings, Kitchen Updating, Real Estate News Comments Off on Cash for Appliances in Georgia

Cash for Appliances
 
On February 12, 2010 Georgia starts the rebate program for “Cash for Appliances”. The state will be giving out $9,000,000 in rebates for replacing old appliances with energy efficient models. It’s on a first come, first serve basis so if you or anyone you know needs to replace a refrigerator, washer or dishwasher, please contact Carol Reichert with Sears at carol.reichert@searshc.com and you’ll not only get the rebate, but our Commercial Sales discount as well.   You can also visit Sears for more details.
 

 Carol will be working Saturday Feb. 13th from 10-5 at the Arbor Place Mall Sears in Douglasville if you want to stop by. 

 

 


Energy Savings Tax Credit

January 4th, 2010 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Appliances, Energy savings, Finances, Home Care, Tax, Tax Credit 1 Comment »

Energy Saving Appliances and home improvements can give you a tax break!

You may have heard about the federal tax credits for energy star appliances.  Whether you’re looking to install a new toilet or upgrade your heating and air throughout your home, if you utilize energy saving products, it may give you a tax break.  There are several stipulations around the deductions that are based on the overall energy performance of the items you are changing.

For energy star appliances, visit www.energystar.gov to find out what appliances qualify.  For upgrades to your home, this new website www.houselogic.com has great information on the stipulations around replacing roofs, insulation, hot water heaters and other utilities in your home.  This site also explains some common tax deductions you can take for your home. 

Remember that getting a nice tax break is only one benefit to utilizing these government funded initiatives.  You will also be decreasing your utility bills and helping make our environment a better place for the future.


Going Green: Good For the Environment, Good For the Wallet

September 30th, 2009 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Buyers, Energy savings, Real Estate News, Sellers, Tax Credit Comments Off on Going Green: Good For the Environment, Good For the Wallet

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Making green improvements to your home can be good for the environment and your wallet

On February 17, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.  This bill extends and modifies the tax credits for windows, doors, and skylights established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Going green can not only improve the environment but can also help the wallet.  If renovations are in store for your home consider making them energy efficient.  There are tax credits for 30% of energy efficient home improvements for amounts of up to $1,500 for improvements to existing homes.  Acceptable projects include:

•    Windows and Doors
•    Insulation
•    Roofs (Metal and Asphalt)
•    HVAC
•    Water Heaters (non-solar)
•    Biomass Stoves

There are also tax credits available for 30% of the project cost, no limit, for existing homes and new construction.  These projects include:

•    Geothermal Heat Pumps
•    Solar Panels
•    Solar Water Heaters
•    Small Wind Energy Systems
•    Fuel Cells

Reducing the carbon footprint for your home has never been more affordable or had such incentive.  Whether you want to change your windows or alter your home’s energy source, making changes to make a difference in our environment can help save you money.

For information on energy efficient tax credits click here or call The Mullinax Team at 770.606.0054.


A Few More Ways To Save On That Energy Bill…Part II

February 24th, 2009 mullinaxteam Posted in "Green" Living, Energy savings, Home Care, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on A Few More Ways To Save On That Energy Bill…Part II

Building Doorway with Lanterns

Most people purchase window treatments, such as heavy drapes, blinds or shutters to complete the look they want to establish on the inside of their home. But curtains, drapes, blinds and shutters are also a wonderful investment that will help keep energy costs down, whether you are heating or cooling your home. Attic insulation is also one of the best ways a homeowner can reduce the amount of energy they are paying for in their home, whether it is for heating or cooling. Without proper insulation it will escape via the roof. Expect to pay between $500 and $700 to insulate a 2,000-square foot home. According to experts, insulation can save you up to 25% on heating and cooling costs. Don’t forget to seal air leaks in your home. By simply filling in gaps around your windows and doors and sealing ducts, you can save up to 20% on your heating and cooling bill. Last but not least, always replace or clean your air filters. By doing this small task each season you can save 7% in electricity costs per year. For more energy saving tips, check out http://www.georgiapower.com/residential/homeSavingTips.asp.


So Many Ways To Save Money On Your Energy Bills…Here Are A Few

February 23rd, 2009 mullinaxteam Posted in Energy savings, Home Care, Real Estate Tips and Advice Comments Off on So Many Ways To Save Money On Your Energy Bills…Here Are A Few

Hand at the Calculator

Energy Tips to Help Put Money Back Into Your Pocket

Most showerheads use twice the water needed for a thorough, enjoyable shower. By installing low-flow shower heads and faucets it not only reduces the amount of money you will spend on water, it only take a few minutes to install and will also reduce the amount of money that you will spend on the electricity or gas that heats your water. Most faucet aerators will cost you about two dollars, and most low-flow shower heads cost around thirty dollars. By using these devices you will be able to re-coup these costs within one year of use. Plus, many utility companies offer their customers rebates for using these devices.  Check our local Cartersville water departments for more information. Some states have initiated laws that require water-saving toilets and showerheads be installed in new construction.

The best way to save money on your energy bills is to turn off lights that are not in use.  Another simply way is converting standard incandescent light bulbs to highly efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. Since a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL) will last six to twelve times longer and use up to 75% less energy than a regular bulb will, experts calculate that the purchase of one three dollar CFL will be re-payed in energy costs within three months of use.

If you’d like to get more natural light into your home, consider some of the basic daylighting materials and techniques available. Also, visit your local Cartersville area hardware stores, they provide you with even more helpful tips to put money in your pocket.  A few simple light-enhancing techniques can make nearly any home sparkle with tons of natural light.