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PEACH FESTIVAL EVENTS IN FORT VALLEY

Tuesday, June 5
  • 5:30 – 8 p.m.: Spaghetti & Jazz, Austin Theater in downtown Fort Valley. Tickets $10 per plate, take-outs available
Friday, June 8
  • 8 p.m.: Karaoke at the Bandstand downtown Fort Valley
Saturday, June 9 THE BIG DAY
  • 7 a.m.: Khoury’s Walk for Health, Fort Valley United Methodist Church NEW DAY THIS YEAR
  • 7 a.m.: Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast, Fort Valley United Methodist Church
  • 10 a.m.: Peach Festival Parade starts at Boys and Girls Club in Fort Valley
  • 10:30 a.m.: Introduction of Miss Georgia Peach and her court at the bandstand
  • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Peach County Historical Society’s Famous Chicken Salad Luncheon
  • 2 p.m.: WORLD’S LARGEST PEACH COBBLER is served FREE presented Peach County Board of Commissioners, Lane Southern Orchards and Pearson Farm
  • 7 p.m.: Concert on the main stage in the Courthouse parking lot featuring the Soul Purpose Band
  • 9:45 p.m.:Fireworks Grand Finale
5K ROAD RACE
  • Saturday June 16: 7 a.m., 5K Road Race and Fun Run, First Baptist Church, Fort Valley
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520 Loxley Drive for Sale

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520 Loxley Drive for Sale

Check out this great new listing!

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New Goodwill on Lake Joy Road

A huge crowd hit the racks at the new Goodwill Center which opened Wednesday on Lake Joy Road.

The 21,500-square-foot store, which replaces the retail/donation center in Perry, is the third in the Warner Robins area. Jim Stiff, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Georgia, said the Lake Joy Road store is positioned well for future growth.
The new $3 million store features a drive-through donation area. Wednesday, it was well stocked with long racks of clothing for men, women, girls and boys, along with books, household items and other goods.
According to Goodwill, Houston County donors have given about 4.4 million pounds of items this year, keeping the equivalent of 74 tractor-trailer loads out of the local landfill.
Last year in Houston County alone, Goodwill served 2,285 people, helped 506 find competitive jobs and completed 33,727 training days with clients, officials said.
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5 Things to do Before Listing Your Home

Deciding to list your home for sale is a momentous time. Take a moment to look over these tips for what every seller should do before they put their home on the market.

Organize Your Paperwork: Every homeowner should have a detailed list of all past repairs, updates, and upgrades they’ve made. This will help your agent know what should be mentioned on the MLS. Did you put on a new roof in 2010 or install a new water heater in 2009? These are great selling features because they mean less work in the future for the prospective buyer.  Also included in this list should be any home warranty information. These warranties will most likely transfer with title of the home.

Get Ready to Declutter: Even before you’ve officially listed your home for sale, you should start getting rid of things you don’t need. Starting now will mean a more thorough and less rushed job of clearing things out.  Having a yard sale is a wonderful way of making a little extra pocket change while reducing the amount of things you’ll have in your home during showings and that you’ll need to pack up and move. It’s a win-win!

Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More: Dirty homes are a real buyer turnoff. Now is a great time wash down walls, spruce up paint, and give your entire home a thorough cleaning. Do your carpets need refreshing? Consider renting a carpet shampoo machine or hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to come in and revamp your carpets.  Chances are buyers will ask for this anyway come closing time.

Get an Inspection: Having a pre-sale inspection can mean identifying problem areas. Perhaps you’re unaware that your foundation needs repaired. This will severely affect your listing price. It’s best to be prepared and realistic in today’s market.

Make Repairs or Get Estimates: Your inspection will likely leave you with a list of repairs, large and small, that need made. Keep in mind that prospective buyers will also get an inspection of your home and will find these same issues. You may wish to go ahead with large repairs. If not, be sure to at least get estimates so you are fully prepared for negotiations (you’ll know what the real cost should be) or so you can provide the estimates for buyers.

Start Staging: Staging is like prepping your home for its first date. You want to have it clean and well-dressed. This means turning up the curb appeal with neat landscaping, fresh paint, and flowers.

Congratulations on deciding to list your home for sale. Be proactive about making a good first step by following these tried and true tips

 
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Great Kitchens Sell Homes

May 14th, 2012 by gaelite

The kitchen is the most important room to stage in your home. Potential home buyers will want to view it void of unnecessary countertop appliances and clutter. By showcasing your kitchen in the best possible light, you can potentially sell your home faster and increase the closing price.  Even in a slow real estate market, making your kitchen attractive to a buyer could make the difference.

Clean up the kitchen

Studies have shown that one of the dirtiest places in the home is the kitchen. Before you list, pull out those rubber gloves and give everything a good scrub so that the kitchen sparkles. Replace unsightly floor tiles, or in a worst-case scenario, consider a complete floor makeover. Pay special attention to the cabinetry; in older homes, it is common to see cracks in the beaded caulking between the ceiling and the trim above the cupboards. For less than $10, you can buy a pre-mixed tube of crack filler and make it look like new. Also, to give the kitchen an inexpensive facelift, consider replacing the fixturing – an affordable way to give doors and drawers a second wind.

Clutter is a kitchen killer

Kitchens are the focal point of almost every home. A great rule of thumb for the staging of a kitchen is to leave no more than two appliances on your counter. After you have uncluttered the kitchen counter, brighten and soften the space by adding some fresh fruit, new dishtowels, a cookbook, and plants or flowers.

Modernizing today will help you sell tomorrow

Modernizing your kitchen can help you sell your home for years to come. Renovating your kitchen now will let you enjoy new appliances while boosting the value of your home for the future. While you may want to take specific appliances with you, stainless steel can make almost any kitchen sing. Another way to add value to your kitchen is to install concealed appliances – hiding the dishwasher and fridge, for example, can really spice up your kitchen for buyers. Also popular are dual microwave/convection oven (prices can vary between $200 – $900 for higher-end stainless built-ins) – another appliance quickly becoming a staple in most modern kitchens.

If you can’t replace appliances, be sure to have them repaired and cleaned. It’s also a good idea to clean your fridge and stove, as buyers will almost always open oven and fridge doors.

Lighting

Take the time to make sure all the existing light fixtures have working light bulbs. Make sure the blinds are open on all the windows and, if required, add a small table lamp or two to accent a dark corner.

… And the kitchen sink

Another kitchen remodeling idea is to upgrade your “sinkware.” New faucets, soap dispensers and sinks (whether you are reglazing or replacing altogether) are affordable ways to give the kitchen an immediate facelift. Don’t forget, buyers love to turn on the kitchen faucet when touring a home.

The kitchen is the most important room and biggest selling feature in your house. Staging it properly can make every potential buyer say, “this could be my kitchen.”

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Five Musts Before You List Your Home
by Carla Hill

Deciding to list your home for sale is a momentous time. It means you will be moving on to a new stage of life, no matter if you’re moving up or sizing down. Take a moment to look over these tips for what every seller should do before they put their home on the market.

 

 

  • Organize Your Paperwork:Every homeowner should have a detailed list of all past repairs, updates, and upgrades they’ve made. This will help your agent know what should be mentioned on the MLS. Did you put on a new roof in 2010 or a install a new water heater in 2009? These are great selling features because they means less work in the future for the prospective buyer.

    Also included in this list should be any home warranty information. These warranties will most likely transfer with title of the home.

     

  • Get Ready to Declutter: Even before you’ve officially listed your home for sale you should start getting rid of things you don’t need. Starting now will mean a more thorough and less rushed job of clearing things out.

    Start with one closet and work your way through the entire home. Sort items to toss, keep, sell, and donate.

    Having a yard sale is a wonderful way of making a little extra pocket change while reducing the amount of things you’ll have in your home during showings and that you’ll need to pack up and move. It’s a win-win!

     

  • Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More: Dirty homes are a real buyer turnoff. Now is a great time wash down walls, spruce up paint, and give your entire home a thorough cleaning. Do your carpets need refreshing? Consider renting a carpet shampoo machine or hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to come in and revamp your carpets.

    Chances are buyers will ask for this anyways come closing time. You’ll beat them to the punch and have a shiny, sparkling home to show for it.

     

  • Get an Inspection: Did you think inspections were only for buyers? Having a pre-sale inspection can mean identifying problem areas. Perhaps you’re unaware that your foundation needs repaired. This will severely affect your listing price. It’s best to be prepared and realistic in today’s market.

     

  • Make Repairs or Get Estimates: Your inspection will likely leave you with a list of repairs, large and small, that need made. Keep in mind that prospective buyers will also get an inspection of your home and will find these same issues. Head them off at the pass and do some fixing up. You may wish to go ahead with large repairs. If not, be sure to at least get estimates so you are fully prepared for negotiations (you’ll know what the real cost should be) or should you can provide the estimates for buyers.

     

  • Start Staging: Staging is like prepping your home for its first date. You want to have it clean and well-dressed. This means amping up curb appeal with neat landscaping, fresh paint, and flowers. It means rearranging furniture and removing clutter.

    Congratulations on deciding to list your home for sale. Be proactive about making a good first step by following these tried and true tips.

Published: May 10, 2012

GETTING THE HOUSE READY TO SELL-DISCONNECT YOUR EMOTIONS

 

When conversing with real estate agents, you will often find that when they talk to you about buying real estate, they will refer to your purchase as a “home.” Yet if you are selling property, they will often refer to it as a “house.” There is a reason for this. Buying real estate is often an emotional decision, but when selling real estate you need to remove emotion from the equation.

You need to think of your house as a marketable commodity. Property. Real estate. Your goal is to get others to see it as their potential home, not yours. If you do not consciously make this decision, you can inadvertently create a situation where it takes longer to sell your property.

The first step in getting your home ready to sell is to “de-personalize” it.

 
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