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Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Ros...

Roswell Mill Dam on Big (Vickery) Creek in Roswell, Georgia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten Reasons Why You Should Call Roswell, Georgia Home

Roswell, Georgia is a vibrant suburban community with a rich history, excellent home values and plenty of things to do—making it one of the most coveted cities in Georgia in which to live.

From a cozy downtown area to its proximity to the city of Atlanta, there’s plenty to love about the North Atlanta suburb. There are plenty of outdoor activities, thanks to the Chattahoochee River and other nature trails. There is also a plethora of shopping and other activities perfect for the entire family.

Roswell also offers some of the best schools in the metro area, making it an appealing destination to families.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in the Atlanta metro area, here are ten reasons why you should consider Roswell, Georgia.

  1. Small-town flair with big-city access. Roswell is only about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, yet far enough outside the Perimeter that it retains its small-town feel. This gives you the best of both worlds: a quiet, suburban lifestyle while remaining close to the best that Atlanta has to offer like its sports teams and nightlife.
  2. Miles of outdoor trails. Roswell boasts sixteen-plus miles of scenic walking/biking trails, including the Vickery Creek Trail in the Chattahoochee National Recreation area and the Chattahoochee River Walk passing through the heart of town. These trails are open year-round and are perfect for an afternoon getaway.
  3. Rich history. Roswell blends the best of the present with the richness of the past, with plenty of historic dwellings, Civil War landmarks and even ghost tours.
  4. Rich in culture and art. Roswell offers a remarkable amount of art and culture for a city its size, including the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which serves as home to the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and whose 600-seat theatre hosts numerous musical, theatrical and cultural events throughout the year.
  5. Great shopping and dining. The historic district of Roswell is home to a great selection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops—and with a wide range of fabulous restaurants, Roswell is considered a foodie destination.
  6. Excellent school system. Roswell’s public schools are part of the Fulton County School System, which scores well above the state average with test scores.
  7. Great range of home styles and prices. Roswell’s growing population means a continuing number of new builds, along with spacious, well-established homes. While overall home prices are above the state average, home values range from the low $100,000s to the upper $300,000s and up.
  8. High appreciation rates. Home values in Roswell currently have some of the highest appreciation rates in the state, making them an excellent investment.
  9. Low crime rates. Roswell boasts one of the lower crime rates in the state of Georgia, making it a popular place to raise children.
  10. Nationally recognized quality of life. Roswell regularly places on “best place to live” polls, including CNN’s 2010 list of Top 100 Best Places to Live In the US.

Dac Carver is the Vice President and Managing Broker of Atlanta Real Estate firm Beacham & Company. A 17-year veteran of residential real estate, Dac graduated from Christ School, a college preparatory school near Asheville, NC and earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina in 1991. He and his wife, Shannon, have two school-age sons.

The Top 3 Pests In Atlanta

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with some pest control professionals In Atlanta, GA. These professionals have taken hundreds of phone calls from concerned Atlanta area citizens this summer, who’ve become fed up with bugs invading their homes. I asked them point blank, “What are the top three pest invaders in Atlanta?” “What pests do receive the most phone calls about?”

Here were Bulwark Exterminating’s top three most common pest invaders in the Atlanta area:

3. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

If you live anywhere in Georgia, you are likely very familiar with the Red Imported Fire ant. Fire ants are notorious for stinging relentlessly whenever you disturb there huge nests that can plaque a property. The mound-building activity of the red fire ant has damaged plant roots, lead to the loss of crops, and interfered with agricultural farming in the State of Georgia. In order to best control the populations of fire ants in and around your property, Atlanta Fire ant control is necessary.

2. Spiders

Black Widow Spider

There are not very many spiders in Atlanta that are dangerous to humans, with the exception of the black widow spider which has very toxic venom that can be life threatening. There are approximately 100 reported deaths from spider bites in the 20th century. Despite this really low number, that doesn’t stop Atlanta residents from running to the nearest phone to call an Atlanta spider control professional whenever they see any big ugly spider.

1. Roaches


The south has a huge cockroach problem, and of course that includes Atlanta. The most frequently called about pest in the Atlanta area, according to the roach control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, is the cockroach. This is because of the cockroach’s high proliferation rate. The mild winters allow for roaches to breed more often, and make it easier for these disease carrying pests to survive. These roaches invade Atlanta homes searching for the water in your drains and the food in your kitchen cupboards.
In Atlanta, Oriental roaches are often called “waterbugs.” The most common roaches found in the area are the American cockroach, and the Asian cockroach. No matter the species of Atlanta cockroach, Atlanta homeowners just don’t want them in there homes spreading disease. Serious cockroach infestations require Atlanta roach control.

Atlanta Pest Control

If you are commonly seeing pests like spiders, fire ants and roaches in and around your Atlanta area home, get help! Get professional pest control in Atlanta!

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA30060
(770) 424-1300
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA30339
(770) 445-0949

Invasive Ants of America

Ants are some of those bugs we know we can’t get rid of. They always find a way to survive in our backyards. Most ants tend to keep to themselves. They’ll set up camp and go about their daily business. However some ants intrude into unwanted territory and wreak havoc for all of the surrounding bug life. The following ants have established their dominance and continue to invade throughout new locations.

1. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

Red Imported Fire Ants were introduced into the U.S. in the 1930’s through Alabama cargo shipments. They’re originally from Brazil and nearby South American countries. They’re found all throughout the southern United States from California to Florida. These are the ants that you will most likely encounter in your backyard.
Fire ants are a huge problem in the United States. They’re actually much more prevalent and successful in the U.S. than in their native Brazil. When the fire ants were first imported to America, their natural predators were not, thus allowing them to dominate in the U.S. In comparison to other ant species, fire ants are dominant. However, some of the other invasive ant species on this list have been known to put up a strong resistance.

These ants also cause millions in electrical damage. They infiltrate electrical products and chew at the wires causing things like appliances, street lights, power lines, etc to malfunction; creating quite the headache for prey and people alike.

2. Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are also not American natives, but were accidentally introduced from their native Argentina through the port of New Orleans around 1891. These invaders can be found in southeastern states of the U.S. along with California. Not only did these ants invade the states, but Argentine ants can also be found in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Austria, and Europe.

Argentine ants are a phenomenon to scientists for their colonial behavior. Most ants establish small colonies with one queen and many workers, but the Argentine ant establishes what is called a super colony. This super colony has many queens with thousands of workers. A supercolony in Europe is 3,700 miles in length.

Towards other species of ants the Argentine ant is extremely aggressive. It has been known to tussle with the Red Imported Fire Ant and come out victorious. However for every victory, comes a defeat. The Asian Needle ant, which is next on our list of invasive ants, has been known to displace the Argentine ant.

3. Asian Needle Ants

needle ant

The Asian Needle ant is a native of China, Japan and Korea, but can now be found on the Atlantic coast of the United States; from Connecticut to Florida. This ant has been around for quite some years, since about the early 1900’s, but has emerged dominant in the recent decade.

The Asian Needle ant is quite powerful. Studies have recently shown it outmatching the super aggressive Argentine ant. The Asian Needle ant seems to have a few advantages on the Argentine ant. While most species of ants hibernate through the winter, Asian Needle ants wake up much sooner than Argentine Ants. This gives them a head start on building up their colony.

4. Crazy Ants

Ants on raspberries

Crazy Ants have a few different names; from Tawny Crazy Ants to Raspberry Crazy Ants, the common factor is definitely that they’re crazy. These ants are also from South America, more specifically Brazil and Argentina. They have made their presence known in the United States especially in southeast Texas. Crazy ants have been able to displace fire ants, especially in Texas. Unlike other ants, these ants don’t organize single-file, but are much more spread out and run around in a “crazy” manner. These ants will literally invade anything; from boxes to pots and anything with moisture.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality ant control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Wolf spider stareYou may have seen them crawling around inside your Atlanta home. They are creepy. They are hairy. They can be huge; and they can bite! They are wolf spiders, and they are venomous… But are their bites dangerous?

The Wolf Spider

With 125 different species, the wolf spider is very common in Atlanta and around the United States. They are called wolf spiders not because of their large, hairy, wolf-like appearance; but because they were once believed to hunt in packs like wolves. These spiders do not make webs, but live in burrows hunting their prey on the ground.

Wolf spiders enter Atlanta homes during the cooler months, looking for food and refuge from the elements. You’ll see them scurry across your beautiful marble tiling, both day and night, as they search for their next meal. They are usually brown in color, can grow to reach well over an inch in length, and they have a Union Jack (British flag) impression on their backs.

Are Wolf Spiders Dangerous?

Wolf spiders are venomous, and poisonous. Although menacing in appearance, wolf spiders don’t generally bite unless they are threatened or provoked.

While wolf spiders are poisonous, their bites are usually not fatal to humans. If you are bitten by a wolf spider, you will likely experience moderate symptoms like swelling, redness, and mild pain. If bitten, make sure to wash the bite thoroughly with warm soapy water, and apply an antiseptic to prevent infection. If symptoms worsen, seek medical attention immediately as it may indicate you are having an allergic reaction to the spider’s venom.

Wolf Spider babiesKeeping Wolf Spiders Out Of Your Home

The best option for eliminating spiders in your Atlanta home is a guaranteed spider control solution. Wolf spiders are not like other pests, and should not be treated as such. Only a few products are effective for controlling spiders long term, and Atlanta’s Bulwark Pest Control has the solution… Guaranteed!

Wolf spiders should not be treated lightly even if their venom is not lethal. Their bites can be painful, and may cause health concerns… Not to mention they are an eyesore! Get Bulwark’s guaranteed spider control today, and ensure your beautiful Atlanta home is spider free!

Pest Control Atlanta

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
Atlanta Bee & Wasp Removal
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 842-1292
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979

Three Common Plumbing Problems Atlanta Citizens Encounter

Woman In Need Of Plumber It’s estimated that there are roughly 432,427 citizens living in Atlanta and if you count the surrounding suburbs, that number can easily go into the millions. These numbers are not at all surprising once you look at the benefits that come with living in Atlanta.  You get to live in a city that has an interesting and romantic history, you get to eat at some of the best restuarants and eat food prepared by famous chefs, and you get to live in a large metropolitian area that has all of the features of an urban setting, but still retains its southern charms.

The only downside to living in an urban area like Atlanta can be the plumbing problems that can occur.  Since Atlanta is an old city, a lot of city residents are running water from old and decaying pipes that are in need of serious repair.  Along with that, you also have to deal with annoying plumbing problems that can take days to fix or cost hundreds to repair.  Leaky faucets and discolored water are something that nearly every person has to deal with, but if you know how to identify common plumbing problems you can save yourself from a lot of headaches.

Clogged Showerhead

When you start to notice a change of water pressure the problem may not be with your pipes.  Even though our water is filtered it contains a lot of minerals and water that’s running through old pipes with substancial mineral build up.  All of that running mineraled water can cause a build up of minerals in your showerhead, and that build up could cause your shower head to clog.  Luckily, most home owners won’t have to worry about calling a plumber to fix this problem.  If you can remove your shower head, take time to carefully clean out the mineral deposits.  If it isn’t removable, look into purchasing a CLR solution and let the head sit in there overnight.  In the morning, your showerhead should be clean and good to go!

Running Toilet

Do you sometimes hear your toilet running water long after you’ve flushed it?  If so, it’s very likely that your toilet has a running problem.  A running toilet can cause more problems than just noise.  If your toilet is running longer than it should you could be loosing up to 200 gallons of water in a 24-hour time span.  When a toilet is running too much a defective flapper could be the cause of your problem.  Most plumbing companies in Atlanta can fix it relatively quickly and for a reasonable price.

Unheated Water

If you’re finding that it takes forever for your bath or shower water to heat up, don’t run out and find a new water heater just yet.  Mineral deposits can build up in your water heater just like they build up in your shower and if your water is being heated inconsistently it’s probably the cause of mineral deposits in your water heater.  If the build up isn’t too thick you may be able to drain your heater and clean it out on your own. However, if it’s too much you should call a plumber to handle the job.

By Randy Harris, a retired plumber who likes to write guest blogs as a hobby on the weekends.

Are Atlanta Centipedes Dangerous?

English: House centipedes?

They’re creepy.

They’re an eyesore.

But are centipedes dangerous?

What Are Centipedes?

You know that long, creepy, flat, bug with lots of legs? It’s called a centipede. You may have seen a few around your home or property. The centipede is very common around the Atlanta, GA area.

Depending on the species, the centipede can have as many as 346 legs, or as few as 30. They are long, skinny insects that are usually a dark reddish-brown in color. Most species of Georgia reach lengths of about two inches, but there have been reports of centipedes that are as long as six inches. These are rare.

Centipedes hunt their prey at night, eating roaches, snails, spiders, and other insects. They are commonly found under vegetation, boards, or rocks around your property. Inside your Atlanta home, they can be found in basements, garages, crawl spaces, and around windows, doors, and baseboards.

Are Centipedes Dangerous?

Centipedes do bite. They do so with pincher like claws, called “poison claws,” that are found next to the centipede’s head. Centipedes are capable of releasing toxic venom when they bite. It’s because of this, centipedes should not be handled. Even if you are being careful while holding a centipede, their multi-segmented bodies are very flexible. This allows a centipede to bite from a wide variety of angles if held.

These centipede bites are relatively harmless, just painful. As of today, there is no public record stating an Atlanta, GA centipede caused human death. Like with many other insects (bees, wasps, etc.) these bites can cause a severe reaction if a victim has insect allergies. If this is the case, medical attention should be sought immediately.

Most centipedes do not pose a serious threat other than pain and swelling. The bigger the centipede, the more pain and swelling a victim is likely to endure. Conversely, some of the smaller centipedes are too small to penetrate human skin. Pain from a bite wound can last several days and may be accompanied by discoloration, numbness and necrosis.

Atlanta Pest Control For Centipedes

While centipedes are not considered deadly, they do inflict painful bites. They are also an eyesore. You definitely do not want these things inside your home. If you are seeing an unusually large number of centipedes inside your home, you may have an infestation. Have a pest control professional, who is experienced in dealing with centipedes, address your situation.

Pest Control Atlanta

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
Atlanta Bee & Wasp Removal
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 842-1292
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979



Atlanta Honored As Nerdiest City

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Today I came to vivid realization… I am a nerd.

I don’t know why I didn’t see the writing on the wall. I’m a grown man with massive collection of Legos. I own more video games than a twelve year old gaming addict. I love books. I love nerdy movies in which I have a huge collection. I believe in aliens. I still play with toys.

The first step to finding inner peace as a nerd is admitting you have a problem. After finally admitting to myself that I am indeed a nerd, it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I once feared the term “nerd,” now I’m beginning to embrace it.

So where else in the US are my fellow nerds found? Where are my people?

According to a recent publication from a real estate blog, nerds are congregating in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Honored As ‘Nerdiest’ City

The real estate blog, Movoto recently released their top ten nerdiest cities in the United States. With moderate surprise, Atlanta, GA came in at number one. I thought the number one honor would have gone to a Silicon Valley city like San Jose, CA,

While Atlanta is home to Georgia Tech University, a University composed of some 15,000 computing, engineering, and tech nerds; Atlanta’s also home to hundreds of annual fairs and conventions.

Reactions to Atlanta being named the nerdiest city in the country have been quite positive across Twitter and other social media sites.

The general consensus … Atlanta being named a nerdy city is a good thing. If ‘nerdy’ is bad, we don’t wanna be good.

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert!

Nerd alert, Nerd alert, Nerd alert! (Photo credit: TedsBlog)

How The Nerdiest Cities Are Calculated

The real estate professionals at Movoto looked at many factors when compiling their list, and crunched nearly as many numbers as ground control did to slingshot Apollo 13 around the dark side of the moon.

Some of the factors that came into play when determining the nerdiest city include: ratios of people to the number of comic book stores, book stores, science museums, gaming stores, book stores, and computer stores.

The number of Renaissance fairs, sci-fi conventions, and live action role-playing groups (LARP) were also a big determining factor when determining the nerdiest cities in the US.

The Top 10 Nerdiest Cities in US


1. Atlanta, GA
2. Portland, OR
3. Seattle, WA
4. Sacramento, CA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Boston, MA
7. Las Vegas, NV
8. Miami, FL
9. San Jose, CA
10. Denver, CO


Author Bio: is a pest control nerd and blogger with Bulwark Exterminating, which is based in Arizona. Bulwark Exterminating is an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. Bulwark is fully operational in eleven major cities, including Atlanta, GA.


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Atlanta Millipede Infestations Common


 If you are a home or property owner in the Atlanta, GA area, you’ve likely come across multiple millipedes. These leggy insects are actually quite common in moist and humid areas like Georgia. They have become so common in fact, that Atlanta pest control professionals have seen a significant increase in millipede related calls. So what exactly are these squirming insects? Are millipedes dangerous? Are they even considered pests? How do you get rid of them? Here’s what you need to know: 

What Are Millipedes?

They’re creepy. They’re crawly. They’re leggy… 

They are millipedes, and they can grow over 200 pairs of legs and reach lengths of more than four inches. They may be showing up around your Atlanta property very soon. 

The millipedes that are commonly found in Georgia are black or brown. When disturbed, they will curl up into a ‘C’ shape, much like a pill bug might do. They prefer cool, damp places, like moist soil. They are frequently found under wood piles, rocks, and other debris. Millipedes feed on decaying material and plant matter. They can live as long as 10 years. 

Are Millipedes Dangerous?


The millipedes found in areas of Atlanta and Georgia are not dangerous to humans. They do however; give off a repulsive smelling discharge made up of a combination of irritating chemicals. This discharge can cause skin rashes, and may be toxic to small animals. Millipedes will lose body fluids as they die, causing staining on indoor surfaces. 

Do Millipedes Invade The Home?

Yes, millipedes can invade your home. They can live indoors in crawl spaces and basements; or wherever moisture is present. 

If you are seeing millipedes inside your Atlanta area home, do not panic. If these pests are not yet dead, they will be soon. Millipedes cannot survive very well indoors… They simply dry out. Like I mentioned before, millipedes prefer the moist outdoor conditions in the soil; and are most commonly found under rocks or debris. 

In dealing with millipedes inside your home, whether dead or alive, a vacuum with a hose attachment is your new best friend. Suck up those millipedes. If your vacuum is of the wet-vac variety, leave a solution of water in bleach in the vacuum. The millipedes will be sucked into a solution that will not only kill the creepy crawlies, but also disinfect them. 

Are Millipedes Pests?

Millipedes are pests! 

They can attack the stems and roots of healthy plants and trees, causing permanent property damage. This can be a result of millipede dehydration; something that is common during the long, hot Atlanta summers. These millipedes attack healthy plants to get water. 

Millipedes also feed on the sap of a plant or tree. Once a millipede gets it is lips around some of that sweet sap, it will keep feeding… And feeding! They can also do a lot of damage to seedlings. 

While the millipedes that are commonly found in the Atlanta area are not dangerous, they can be quite an eyesore and can even be quite destructive. If left untreated, millipedes can live almost ten years. If you are seeing them on your property in great numbers, hire a pest control company who is experienced in treating millipedes. 

Atlanta Pest Control For Millipedes

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
MosquitoNix Atlanta
433 Bishop Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-5770
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979



Atlanta Yellow Jackets Exposed

English: a yellow jacket wasp

English: a yellow jacket wasp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you live in Atlanta, and hear the word yellow jackets, you probably think of Georgia Tech. While the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets garner much of the cities’ attention, there is another type of yellow jacket that require admiration… The stinging yellow jacket wasp!

The Yellow Jacket Wasp

The yellow jacket is sometimes mistaken for a bee, because of it’s black and yellow coloring. Like bees, yellow jackets can unleash very painful stings. Yellow jackets can sting a victim repeatedly with their lance-like barbed stinger. Stings can result in death if a victim suffers from insect allergies. Such cases are rare.

Foraging yellow jacket wasps hunt for their food; and these are the wasps most of us see buzzing around. They will eat almost anything with protein or sugar in it but preferences range from meats to ripe, decaying fruits, human garbage, and soda.

The Nest Of A Yellow Jacket

Yellow jackets can build their nests almost anywhere, but they favor the fortification of man-made structures. Yellow jacket nests can be found between walls, underneath flooring, in the eaves of houses, inside an attic, and underneath a porch or deck. They are also commonly found in trees, bushes, shrubs, and abandoned animal burrows. A fertilized yellow jacket queen will take shelter in these protected areas during the winter months, and build begin building a new nest and laying eggs when the weather warms.

Spring is here, and yellow jacket nests are small and manageable. If a yellow jacket nest is left untreated all summer, a 5,000 wasp colony can be the result. If you are seeing a few yellow jackets now, take action before the problem escalates.

Pest Control For Yellow Jackets

Unfortunately, homeowners rarely take action against yellow jackets until they are stung or when one of their loved ones is stung. Don’t make this mistake. If you are seeing yellow jackets buzzing around your home’s garbage cans; or are frequently seeing them near hummingbird feeders or picnic areas in your yard; you likely have a nest nearby.

In order to eliminate the yellow jackets near your home, you first need to find out where their nest is. Open a can of soda or tuna flavored cat food and place it near where you are seeing the pests. The wasps will soon find the bait and you can then follow them back to their nest. Now that you have located a yellow jacket nest, it can be treated.

Treating a yellow jacket nest is best left to a pest control professional. Attempts to tackle the problem on your own can leave you with numerous very painful stings. If you are attempting to treat the nest on your own, be very careful. Be safe. Drill a hole inside the nest and spray a quick-freeze aerosol pesticide inside the hole. Next, dust the hive with a pesticide powder. Repeat if necessary. Wait a week or so for the yellow jackets to die, and then remove the nest so it will not be inhabited in the future.

Atlanta Pest Control

Wasp & Bee Removal

Atlanta Bee & Wasp Removal
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 842-1292
Animal Sports & Bee Control
1368 North Cliff Valley Way Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 723-1065

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141


3 Tips For First-Time Homebuyers In Atlanta

Atlanta Real Estate

Buying your first home should be an exciting time in your life. What better place to settle down than Atlanta? With the hustle and bustle of the city, a plethora of jobs, and all kinds of entertainment just around the corner; Atlanta is a great place to start a life and buy a home. With the excitement of buying your first home comes the stress and unknown. You may feel nervous and unsure of what the future holds, but by hiring the right real estate agent, exploring your options, and getting to know the area, you can make your experience a great one. Whether you are buying brand-new or a fixer-upper; get to know plumbers in the Atlanta area, contractors, and others who can help you fix up your home for the best price out there.

Take Your Time To Look Around

Atlanta is a huge city so there are a ton of options out there for first-time home buyers.  As long as you’re not in a huge rush for a job or if your rent contract is ending, be sure to take your time to explore all your options. Figure out what you can afford financially in Atlanta and consider what type of home will work best for you. If you have children (or plan to in the future), you will obviously want a house that will be able to accommodate everyone. If you are enjoying the single life, a townhouse or condo might be your best bet.

Find A Reputable Real Estate Agent

As mentioned above, Atlanta is a huge city so your chances of finding a great real estate agent who will work hard to get the most for your money shouldn’t be too hard. Let them know exactly what you’re looking for and be clear about setting a strict budget. Let them know the general idea of what you’re looking for and your agent will take it from there!

Do Your Research

Chances are, you might need to do a bit of fixing up on your new home as a first-time home buyer. Do a little bit of exploring and ask around to find out who the best contractors, electricians, and plumbers in Atlanta are just in case your new home needs a bit of fixing up. Do your research by talking to others in the area and see who they recommend. Try researching online reviews of specific companies as well.

Atlanta is a great place for a first-time home buyer and buying your first home can be a rewarding and memorable experience. Be sure to take your time and try not to become overwhelmed… find a reputable real estate agent and do your research to ensure a successful search.

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