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2009 

For anyone who has never visited Marietta, Georgia, it is a traditional town whose roots predate the Civil War.  In fact, it is one of the few southern cities to have survived the Civil War.  General Sherman liked it so much that he spared it from his torch and moved on to Atlanta.  The original ...
03/31/2009
Nothing like a sunny day and breath of warm fresh air to make us want to clean up the winter cobwebs and have the house sparkling again.  The exterior of your home deserves attention, too, and what better time of year to freshen things up than now.  Here are some tips that will make the outside o...
03/23/2009
Water is one, if not our most valuable resource.  We pay for its consumption, and most of us know what constitutes a reasonable water bill.  If you have noticed an increase in consumption, it may be time to perform an inspection to be sure that water is not being wasted.  As a rule of thumb, the ...
03/18/2009
Saving for a rainy day is a rule of thumb that many have lived by over the course of their working lives.  Guess what?  It's raining right now!  Seems like the heady days of consumerism have given way to more financially prudent practice.  Yes, it's perfectly fine to wear last season's clothes, o...
03/10/2009
With last week's announcement of a decline in pending home sales, it appears that job losses and weak consumer confidence are inhibiting a real estate recovery.  The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in January, fell 7.7% to 80.4 from a downwardly rev...
03/09/2009
Every day we do the best we can to keep our kids happy and healthy.  We encourage good eating habits and hygiene.  But is the condition of our home optimum for discouraging breeding of bacteria and allergens?  Here are a few simple tips for eliminating these potential sources of illness. Air qual...
03/07/2009
Along with all the storms that have crossed the country this winter, also came power outages.  Many of us have taken precautions against this by purchasing generators to keep the lights on.  Yes, generators are  lifesavers in these situations, but can also be deadly.  If you own one or are consid...
03/05/2009
Thinking of selling your home?  How attractive will it be to potential buyers?  Consider the features that buyers rate highest in a new home.  The top five kitchen features are a walk-in pantry, an island work space, appliance storage, a built-in microwave and a drinking water filtration system. ...
03/02/2009
Oftentimes when the economy is in a downturn, homeowners consider remodeling their existing homes rather relocating to serve changing lifestyles.  The secret to aesthetically and financially successful remodeling is to take stock of what is typical for your neighborhood.  If you are living with l...
03/01/2009
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