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We Moved Downtown!

Moving on up…to the East side

Whether we are located in the North, South, East, or West, Nathan Fitts & Team loves being a part of the Blue Ridge community! Our new office, located at 3354 East First Street in Downtown Blue Ridge, couldn’t be more perfect. What were the determining factors for our move? There were three big reasons:

1. Space – Because we are the top producing real estate team, we needed more space to accommodate our stellar team members and more importantly for our customers. An open concept work area complete with a large conference room allows for regular communication on available listings between the team and privacy for clients during their real estate transactions.

2. Visibility – Although our previous space was easily accessible from Hwy 515, we were tucked in the back of the plaza and it was challenging for people to find us. Our new location puts us right in the downtown proximity allowing us to be easily seen, easily accessed, and extremely well positioned to show you what an amazing community Blue Ridge is to live, work, and play.

3. Location – As they say, “location, location, location” and we couldn’t agree more. While we were fortunate to have several fast food restaurants close by previously, our new location allows us to be within walking distance to downtown shops and a variety of dine-in restaurants like Blue Smoke BBQ and Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill! The options are endless and we even have the opportunity to work off our meals on the short walk back to the office!

The inside offices are now complete, and you’ll see changes to our exterior soon. We have really enjoyed being a part of Re/Max Town & Country for the last four years, and our whole team is looking forward to a bright future assisting our customers with the care and attention they deserve. We receive new listings every day, so keep checking back with us or let us list your property today!

We invite you to come visit us at our new office. If you are traveling North on Hwy 515 towards Blue Ridge, make a right on East First Street (Bill Holt Chevrolet is on the corner). Travel 1.6 miles and our office will be on the right. If you are traveling west on Hwy 76 from the Hiawassee or Blairsville area, head towards Blue Ridge and make a left on the Old US76 Connector (near Checkers). Then take a right onto Old US76 (near Pizza Hut) and you’ll come right to us. See you soon!

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8 Things Every Retiree Should Have in a Home

You’ve worked hard your entire life, raised your family, and now it’s time for you to retire and enjoy the finer things in life. The North Georgia Mountains are an ideal location to find your retirement dream home and Nathan Fitts & Team are here to help! Let’s take a look at some features you should consider adding to your wish list when you begin house hunting:

1. Location, location, location!

The age-old adage is true, location is everything. The beauty of small town living is that you are close to delicious restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, and medical services. Not only do you get to enjoy the quaintness of the mountains, but a quick run into town will provide you with city conveniences.

2. Can you hear me now?

When looking for a mountain home, you want to be sure that you will be able to receive cellular reception and high-speed internet. Wi-Fi is a definite necessity for our smart tv’s and smart homes offering conveniences and security features for this day and age. Many North Georgia communities are now part of the North Georgia Network which provides a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network offering high-speed broadband.

3. Let there be light!

Bring the outdoors in with large windows and tons of natural lighting. Not only will this lift your spirits, but you’ll be more active and able to get more tasks accomplished. Not to mention that as we age, it becomes more difficult to see so the lighter the better! Task lighting, dimmable switches, and ambient lighting are also considerations for lighting your new home.

4. No fuss, no stress!

Now that you’ve retired in style, who wants to spend all their time fussing with maintaining your home’s exterior and landscaping? Look for homes with vinyl or brick siding to ensure minimal upkeep. Consider a metal roof. Not only are they low maintenance, but you’ll love the sound of the rain coming down! Wooded lots are ideal options to keep your outdoor workload light. If you do have large grassy areas, consider removing it by paving, graveling or adding a deck to the space.

5. Just say no!

If you were to ask our knees and hips if they want to walk up and down stairs to get to and from the bedroom, they would give you a resounding no! Search for homes with master bedrooms on the main floor to keep those aches to a minimum. While single story living is most desirable, multi-levels work great as long as the master is on the main and your guest rooms are upstairs!

6. Walk on in!

As we mature, traditional tubs become cumbersome to step into and can be dangerous when getting out. Look for walk-in showers with no step or a small step to reduce the risks of slipping. Fortunately, walk-in showers are easier to clean and they look great too!

7. Take it for granite!

Yes, we really meant granite! Granite countertops are the ideal hard surface countertops. Easy to clean and maintain, these durable counters are resistant to heat, scratches, and stains. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but the earthy look and variety of color options will complement both the rustic and modern home styles.

8. Go, go energy!

Select energy efficient appliances not just because of the tax break, but because you will reduce your carbon footprint. Energy efficient appliances use less energy, cuts utility costs, and help to protect our environment.

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Blue Ridge Station

Classy and Convenient Mountain Living!

It has been said that “If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, that you are lucky enough”. All of us at Nathan Fitts & Team couldn’t agree more! Regardless of what type of home you are looking for in the North Georgia Mountains, we have something perfect for you! Whether you are looking for a full-time residence or a summer retreat, our inventory of listings is sure to please every budget and every style.

 

If you are looking for mountain living with city conveniences, we’ve got a great suggestion for you….Blue Ridge Station! This newly constructed multi-use property consists of retail units on the 1st floor and five loft apartments on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors for a total of fifteen. These two-bedroom, two bath lofts are not your run-of-the-mill style units. These lofts were built to display the rustic feel of the mountains coupled with luxurious amenities for your comfort. Three different open concept floor plans allow you to select the layout that best suits your style. Each option offers hardwood floors, a farmhouse sink, quartz countertops, walk-in closets, a laundry room, a private balcony, and natural color palettes throughout.

 

Just picture this: You wake up in the morning and grab your cup of java or hot tea to head out to the veranda for some quiet time. As you sip, you watch the town of Blue Ridge come to life just below. Shops begin to open, and people begin to meander around. You hear the laughter of children excited for a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and observe couples walking hand in hand down Main Street. After you’ve eaten your breakfast and gotten ready for the day’s adventures, you ride the elevator down to pick up your car from one of your two designated spaces and off you go! Upon your return, it’s time to take Fido out for a walk in the large, beautifully landscaped dog walk area. As you are waiting on Fido, you smell the delicious aromas from the many restaurants conveniently located in downtown Blue Ridge. A quick walk from your loft, you window shop at all the cute stores on your way to Harvest on Main. After a fabulous meal, you decide a nightcap is in order at the Blue Ridge Brewery. After enjoying the nightlife downtown, you only have a short walk back to your spacious home. Just think, this could be YOUR life!

 

Blue Ridge Station is a terrific option for low maintenance living and the rare opportunity to own property in downtown Blue Ridge! Whether the loft is your full-time residence, or you choose to receive income from short-term rentals, Blue Ridge Station is a smart investment for classy and convenient mountain living!

 

 

Photo courtesy of Justin Rush

 

 

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3 Reasons to Sell Your Home NOW!

So, you’ve been thinking about selling your home, but you’re not fully convinced you’ll be able to sell it in a timely manner? As the top real estate producers in Northeast Georgia, Nathan Fitts & Team have a solid pulse on the industry and the current real estate trends. Right now is the perfect time to sell your home and here’s why:

A Sellers’ Market

It’s true, we are in a sellers’ market. Inventory is low and people are anxious to secure their piece of paradise in the North Georgia Mountains. This is beneficial for you because you might not only be able to get your asking price, but your home may sell for above your listed price! Interest rates are still low and buyers want to capitalize before the rates begin to rise again.

Tax Reform

With the recent changes in the tax bill, you may not be able to deduct as much as you have been able to in the past. Previously, a homeowner could deduct both state and local property taxes from their federal return. Now, those deductions are capped at $10,000 and combined with income and sales tax. Not to mention the cap on new mortgage interest deductions will decrease to $750,000.

Consumer Confidence

We are currently experiencing record unemployment rates and surges in the stock market which all translate to an increase in consumer confidence. Many first-time home buyers, especially in the Millennial generation, are anxious to take a dive into the real estate market.

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Whose Market Is It?

Real estate is a cyclical business. For months, or even years, conditions may favor the buyer. Then, over time, the pendulum will swing the other way and circumstances will favor the seller. The market forces of supply and demand help determine whether it is a buyer’s or seller’s market. When the supply of homes is high, the sense of urgency for buyers lessens. Because there are more homes to choose from buyers can be more selective and may wield more power during the negotiations. In turn, sellers may need to lower their asking prices to attract consumer interest. Conversely, in a seller’s market, inventory is lower. Buyers have fewer options and the sense of immediacy is heightened. As a result, the number of bids on any given listing may increase, asking prices might rise, and buying terms may become more stringent. A second factor that influences the market is mortgage interest rates. High rates mean it costs buyers more money to borrow from a bank or lender. Higher rates can lessen consumer demand. On the other hand, when rates are lower and buyers feel they can get more for their money it can propel them into the real estate market. If you are considering buying a home it is critical that you determine whether it is a buyer’s or seller’s market. Equally important is to remember that real estate is local. Different factors could make it a seller’s market in one city and a buyer’s in another. To help you determine which conditions prevail examine how long listings are staying on the market, compare that rate to six months ago, and look at whether homes are selling above or below asking price.

Nathan Fitts & Team have an in-depth knowledge of the market in Blue Ridge and the surrounding communities in the North Georgia mountains. By working with Nathan you can rest assured that you will be getting the information to help you make the best informed choice – whether you are a buyer or seller.

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Why Vacant Land in Blue Ridge Is the Most Underrated, Finite Investment

When you think of a strong investment, your mind will likely jump to thinking about stocks or business purchases, but you might be surprised to learn that land ownership is one of the most underrated investments you can make. Vacant land is often misunderstood when it comes to financial benefits for the simple reason that a piece of land just is not that exciting. It sits there without doing anything, and to be honest, it’s just a really boring product — but that’s what makes it such an amazing purchase opportunity!

 

You may have never realized it, but owning vacant land is a great way to make money, and because you can do so much with it, it’s an investment that can become very versatile. Owning a piece of land, in a location that can best meet your needs, will benefit you financially for decades to come.

 

So what’s the secret to land investment? It’s knowing how to make your purchase be one of the best decisions for you and your family, earning you money without taking up too much time or effort. Flipping houses or buying properties to rent out could be worthy investments, but why should you put energy into a project when you can just benefit from something that doesn’t need any additional work?

Purchase property in Blue Ridge GA that best meets your needs

There’s no house to flip, nothing to renovate, no plumbing to fix, no codes to keep, and no inspections to deal with. If you love simplicity and efficiency, land purchasing is for you. Not to mention, you won’t have much emotional attachment to your investment, making it easy when it’s time to sell or rent the property for someone else to build on. This anti-sentimental quality also makes it much painless for you as a buyer to find a seller willing to pass along their vacant property to you.

 

When a land owner doesn’t spend time there and has no construction with which to attach themselves, it makes it effortless to let go. Just because someone didn’t know how to make the best use of the land and earn a substantial profit from it, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to benefit greatly from the same investment. Location is everything, and just as long as someone else or another company can come in and build on your land, you’ll be set to see the growth of your investment.

Be in control of your investment in Blue Ridge GA

 

If you’ve been looking in the market to buy a home, chances are you’ve been warned about tight competition or the need for quick decision making in order to beat out any other interested clients. With vacant land however, there is often little to no competition whatsoever. Even for investors who are experts at purchasing and reselling houses, or even residential lots, the idea of buying land doesn’t often cross one’s mind. It doesn’t seem like a great move because you can’t see the concrete product that you’ve purchased. But that’s just it — the land itself if the tangible item you’re buying — and it’s worth is not to be underestimated. Having this inside knowledge gives you a great start over other real estate competitors who don’t realize that they too should have tried to acquire the land.

 

Unlike stocks or buildings, purchasing land in Blue Ridge GA means that you are in total control of what happens to your investment. The way your make your purchase even provides its own kind of independence. In some cases, you’ll be able to buy without having to communicate with third party financial institutions like mortgage companies or banks. Thanks to modern technology, you could buy an attractive lot without actually having to travel there in person, which also cuts back on your personal expenses and time involved. Virtual purchasing and selling? Yes, you read that correctly. You can manage your property investment from your couch.

Investing your money can be stress-free in Blue Ridge GA

As far as long-term investments go, owning land is the best and most sound option available. Not only will land always stay in the same place and never change, owners are also free from having to pay bills, fix repairs, upgrade structures, or investigate the conditions of the property in person. It doesn’t diminish in size or value, and you’re not relying on a certain time frame in which you’ll need to sell or rent your purchase. There’s also a limited quantity available — no one is making more land out of thin air to sell — which increases its value just by existing in the first place.

 

If you’re concerned about property taxes, that’s something to research depending upon where you’re looking to acquire land, but comparatively, taxes on vacant land are very low. Land investment is a simple, concrete opportunity that all but guarantees future income, so as long as the land can be used by other buyers down the road, there’s a sense of security for your purchase.

 

Money is not something we spend without consideration, and when we do decide to make a long-term investment, it should be something that’s easy to navigate and even easier to make a profit from. With economic change and uncertainty happening in domestic and foreign stock markets, putting money into stocks, bonds and companies is less reassuring, especially since we don’t have control over what happens to our money once it’s been invested.

 

All factors considered, the safest and most likely place to see financial growth is through the purchasing and selling of land. Land agents, real estate sellers, and virtual property managers agree, when you’re able to secure a plot of land that could be the slightest bit useful to another person, you’re able to increase its value and earn revenue from the property. Land is permanent, resourceful, useful, and a necessary part of any new structure, business or production. It may seem out-of-the-box, but gain a sense of security by choosing vacant land as your next long-term investment strategy.

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7 Reasons Why You Need An Agent Instead of Trying For Sale by Owner

7 Reasons Why You Need An Agent Instead of Trying For Sale by Owner

 

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you might still be on the fence about whether to hire an agent to help you sell, or if you should try selling by owner. Though it’s up to you how to go about the process of selling, there are some major benefits to using an agent that will help you save time, increase the value of your sale, and support buyer confidence. Here are just a few ways an agent can help make your home-selling experience less stressful while ensuring you get the most value on the market.

 

7) An agent is an expert for real estate in your area, like Blue Ridge

 

This is at the top of our list at number seven, but it’s one of the most important factors to consider. Even though you may be keeping up with recent sales in Blue Ridge and watching trends in the market, a real estate agent is going to be the most knowledgeable about what you can do in your home to help it sell faster and at a higher value.

 

6) Access to the Multiple Listing Service, like North East Georgia MLS and Georgia MLS (Atlanta)

 

An agent is going to help you sell your home faster because he or she has access to the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS. The MLS is a database of all the homes for sale in your area, and when your home is listed in that database, all other potential homeowners’ agents will be able to see your home as an option.

 

This expedites the “word of mouth” process and helps others see that your home is also being sold with help from an agent. For buyers using a real estate agent, that person could be more interested in showing their clients homes that are being sold with help from an agent rather than from a family who’s trying for sale by owner.

 

Effective agents in the Blue Ridge/Tri-State area subscribe to the North East Georgia MLS and Georgia MLS which doubles the coverage in which your home is displayed.

 

5) They’re in-the-know on code regulations and zoning laws

 

You might know everything about events in your neighborhood, the quality of the schools, and where the best markets are, but an agent is going to be your trusted source for all of the local coding laws and zoning regulations that will apply to your residence. This is especially important when looking at different types of properties such as cabins and mountain homes in the Blue Ridge area.

 

Making sure your house is up to code will make the selling process much smoother and will give buyers confidence when they make offers to buy your home. If something isn’t up to code, like the entrances, foundation, roof, wiring, flooring, or plumbing, you’ll want to have someone on hand who can point out what needs to be repaired, and what doesn’t, helping you increase the value of your home and keep repair costs from exceeding what they need to be.

 

4) Inspector and contractor referrals

 

After your agent helps you evaluate your home, he or she might find something that needs to be addressed further before introducing your home to potential buyers. That’s where their knowledge of professional inspectors and contractors in the area will come into play. Having an agent is kind of like having a guide through the home selling process, a guide who doesn’t want you to waste money or find yourself in a situation where you’re in over your head. Having their knowledge of how to go about prepping your home for sale will be a huge help and will save you time and money.

 

3) Networking with other agents and potential buyers

 

Not only should your agent know of well-reviewed inspectors and contracts, but he or she will also have a trusted network of other real estate agents and potential buyers. Rather than depending on your own advertising and word-of-mouth, your agent is going to be able to reach out to other agents with which he or she has built a relationship.

 

If your agent has facilitated positive home sale experiences in the past for other agents and their clients, those agents will likely want to work with your agent to help find the right buyer for your home. In addition to the MLS list, your agent will make sure your home is visible on the market and attractive to buyers.

 

2) Official and professional price negotiators

 

One of the most challenging tasks as a seller is to know the best asking price for your home. You might be able to be a pretty good judge based on what other homes similar to yours are selling for in your area, but you might not be taking amenities, aesthetic appeal, remodeling, and other factors into account. If you post an asking price that’s too high, you’re going to keep yourself on the market for a longer period of time, wasting your own time, when you’ll likely wind up with lower offers in the near future.

 

But at the same time, you don’t want to start your asking price too low, because you might not realize that certain upgrades and additional features in your home, that were missing from a comparable home a few blocks away, might make your house worth more than you previously thought. Having an agent evaluate what your home is worth and come up with a pricing plan for buyers is a huge part of what an agent’s role is in the selling process, and it’s one of the most crucial reasons why having input from an expert is ideal.

 

1) A stress-free selling experience

 

Overall, the absolute best reason to use an agent is to make the sale of your home be as stress-free as possible. Of course selling your home will involve some stress and decision-making, but having an agent to guide you through the entire process is invaluable, and though having an agent might seem like an extra expense on the surface, his or her expertise and connections will help save you time and money overall.

 

Because you’re only going to sell just a few homes, or many just one home, in your lifetime, it can be a daunting task. Using a real estate agent who is aware of current trends and issues in your community, and is helping families sell and buy homes each week, will be a tremendous asset to you in your own experience. There’s a value in what you’re getting from your agent that goes beyond a price tag, and the confidence and security an agent can provide your family will make the sale of your home a positive experience.

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Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Blue Ridge, GA

 

Nestled in the Northern Georgia Mountains at the start of the Appalachian Trail, the town of Blue Ridge is a popular destination for singles and couples looking for a serene and eventful place to retire. With it’s central location, affordability, optimal weather and local happenings, Blue Ridge, GA should be at the top of your retirement city list!

 

10) Accessible for friends and family to visit

Even though you may be choosing a new home that takes you away from family and friends, you’ll want to make sure that it’s easy for loved ones to visit. It can be expensive to travel to seaside communities, and many other popular retirement cities often include a very long drive, which can be difficult for grandkids to handle. Blue Ridge, Georgia’s convenient location allows residents to feel like they’ve traveled to a getaway location, without being too far out of reach. Blue Ridge is less than a 2-hour drive from Atlanta and Chattanooga, with the drive from Knoxville under 2.5 hours. Blue Ridge is also just 3 hours from Greenville, SC! For guests traveling from further away, there are several small airports in the area, in addition to larger airports in those surrounding cities.

 

9) A community with welcoming traditions

No matter your interests, the Georgians of Blue Ridge have a seasonal traditions and annual events that you’re sure to love. The area is often the home to music festivals, traditional fruit picking activities, cook-offs, fairs, art shows, and other events that have the power to bring the community together.

 

8) Beauty of season changes without extreme winter

One major reason that people relocate when they retire is they want to escape winter weather. Winters can be especially dangerous for older adults, and you’ll definitely want to move to a place where you won’t worry about shoveling feet of snow or scraping up ice on your stoop. Summer all-year round isn’t ideal either though, and that’s one of the top reasons why Blue Ridge, GA is such a popular destination. The summers are more mild than other neighboring southern cities, the fall is absolutely breathtaking, and you’ll still experience winter without the added hassle or dangers. The region does see some snow, and there are opportunities for winter sports, but the snow and ice is mostly found in higher elevation.

 

7) Outdoor lifestyle

Have you never gone hiking or trout fishing? Maybe you’ve never been camping or haven’t tried the latest arts and crafts trend. Blue Ridge is welcoming to everyone, and you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy all of the adventures, but be ready to bring your social life outdoors. You’ll love being able to have a relaxing day on the lake, ride the historic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, or go camping in the wilderness that’s not so far from home. Blue Ridge also takes concerts and movies outside, and you can even experience a Drive-In that’s been in operation since 1955!

 

6) Housing choices you’ll love

Whether you’re looking to live in a quaint cottage, a log cabin, a suburban home, or an apartment, Blue Ridge has many residential choices to meet your needs. You can live up in the mountains, along the river, or close to town, putting you in the middle of what you enjoy most. The architecture style of homes in the area is also very diverse, and you’ll be able to find something that suits your taste and feels like home! Because it’s also a vacation destination for many families, your loved ones will also be able to find the perfect accommodations nearby (or with you) when they come to visit!

 

5) Fun recreational activities

Blue Ridge, GA is guaranteed to get you up and moving! With all of the activities to try and things to do, you’ll be active all year round and not only in warmer months. Hiking and exploring scenic routes are always popular, and if you’re more adventurous, you can go biking along one a new trail, go tubing down the river, go horseback riding through a trail, or even zip-line through the trees!

 

4) Cost of living is affordable

While many popular retirement destinations also offer gorgeous scenery and lots of local happenings, most of them also come with a hefty price tag. One of the reasons we love Blue Ridge, GA is that the cost of living here is much more affordable. According to AreaVibes, the cost of living in Blue Ridge is 13% lower than the national average and Georgia state income tax is 55% lower than the national average, which means you’ll be spending less on living expenses and activities. When friends and family come to visit, they’ll also be able to find affordable hotels, cabins or homes to rent.

 

3) Positive attitudes and spectacular hospitality

Southern hospitality is no joke! Blue Ridge is a community where everyone says hello to one another and residents are eager to welcome you to town. You’ll be able to connect with other residents and enjoy outdoor activities and events as part of a community. Kindness and friendly attitudes can be found at every turn, and if you’re arent originally from the South, you’ll love experiencing the charm and hospitality of what it means to be a Georgian.

 

2) Amazing local food

When moving to any new place, food is one of the most important factors to consider, and Blue Ridge does not disappoint! Some of the most popular places in town include a locally-sourced and farmed all-day breakfast joint, a gourmet chocolate and fudge shop, a fine dining restaurant with amazing riverside views, and tons of delicious comfort food. Not to mention, all of the local breweries and wineries offer opportunities for tours, sampling, and enjoying the scenery while munching on cheese plates and sipping your new favorite local beverage.

 

1) Easy to be social with others

It’s important for new retirees to be active in their communities and have ways to socialize with other residents and retirees. With lots of festivals, events, fairs, concerts, plays, art shows, and recreational activities, you’ll feel like you’ve become part of the Blue Ridge family in no time at all. Residents often spend time at local eateries or by making a picnic outdoors, and you’ll enjoy playing golf or participating in other games and activities with new friends.

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Adding Privacy to Your Patio or Yard

A yard or patio is the perfect spot for enjoying the outdoors, whether that means playtime with your kids or quiet relaxation after a long day. And while you may like your neighbors, you may not want to see and hear them every time you venture into your backyard. If more privacy interests you, consider these options below:

Fencing — Probably the most straightforward solution, fences have long been the go-to for homeowners seeking seclusion. Be sure to check city ordinances and HOA policies before installing one.

Hedges — Shrubs like boxwood and privet are commonly planted along property lines. Choose an evergreen variety for year-long privacy. Make sure it’s suited for your climate and matures to your desired height.

Screens — Stylish and effective, folding wood-panel screens add a nice visual element while blocking unwanted views. Opt for a weather-resistant screen designed for the outdoors.

Trellis — The lattice configurations on these simple wooden structures offer an element of privacy. They’re also a perfect host for climbing vines and plants if you’d like additional coverage. Just be sure to check the sunlight and care requirements for the vegetation you plant.

Pergola — A pergola helps block views from second-story windows and balconies. It can be as simple or intricate as you’d like and will offer a degree of shade along with privacy.

Drapes — Budget-friendly and chic, panels help screen off your patio and can be moved as desired. Make sure the fabric is suitable for outdoor use or spray it with a water-resistant coating.

Vertical Garden — If you’re looking to increase privacy and also want to grow your own herbs, consider a living wall. You can buy prefabricated tower planters for easy installation.

If neighborly noise is a problem, a water fountain is a relaxing, sound-muffling solution. Consider your outdoor space and choose the privacy-adding options that work for you.

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4 Appliances That Need a Cleaning

Occasionally cleaning household appliances like stoves and refrigerators may seem obvious, but what about equipment that does the cleaning, like the dishwasher and washing machine? Give these often overlooked appliances a deep clean with the following tips before the holidays have them working overtime.

Unclog the dishwasher. The cleaner the dishwasher, the cleaner your dishes will turn out after going through a wash cycle. Take a moment to clean the dishwasher’s filter, usually located on the inside bottom of the machine. This detachable filter becomes clogged with food and debris over time, so empty it out regularly to keep it working efficiently.

De-gunk your garbage disposal. Use a natural abrasive combo of ice and salt to loosen grime from the blades. Though it will be loud, run the disposal until the ice is gone. When finished, you can grind up a lemon or lime wedge to deodorize the drain.

Give your washing machine a wash. Hosting out-of-towners during the holiday season? Avoid musty bedding and towels by sanitizing the machine and removing mildew buildup every few months. To do this, run a hot wash cycle without a load and add one cup of bleach to the soap dispenser or directly into the machine.

Give your vacuum more power. Increased foot traffic could have this tool working harder over the holidays. Keep your vacuum maintained with simple fixes like unclogging hoses, cleaning the rotating brush and replacing the filter.

Want to keep your appliances working hard for you? Give them regular attention and their own cleaning now and then.

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