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PAGE RE-2 REAL ESTATE - FEBRUARY 2014 he arrival of spring has long been celebrated by people of every faith and from every cor- ner of the globe as a time to say farewell to the cold and gray of winter and to welcome the return of warmth and color and the beginnings of new life. While spring is breathing new life into the outdoors, it's also a perfect time to add a little seasonal oomph to your indoor envi- ronment. Here is an assortment of tips for brightening your home in celebration of spring. Change is in the air. Spring is a perfect time to bring the outdoors in. Spring flow- ers, arranged either in one large bunch or in several mini-bouquets placed in nooks throughout the house are not only a visual treat, but emit refreshing springtime scents. Brighten up. Adding seasonal touches to your home can be as easy as painting a piece of furniture, a single wall or the trim in the sunniest room in your home. The best colors forspring are light, clean, refreshing, and natural as opposed to either pale pastels or deep, color-drenched hues. Consider paint colors inspired by nature, such as shamrock, violet, slate and goldenrod. Lighten up. It's hard to imagine that spring has sprung in a room decked out in velvet or other heavy fabrics. Warm days and spring breezes call out for sheer or lightweight curtains, slipcovers in natural solid-colored or floral fabrics, and decorative pillows that bring splashes of color into the room. It's not necessary to replace all of the fabrics in a room to usher in a new season. Sometimes simply changing out pillows and removing warm winter throws is enough. Floor it. Don't forget to give your floors a spring facelift as well. Substitute lighter cotton, sisal, jute or seagrass rugs in natural shades for the heavy wool rugs that feel so right when the weather turns cold. (Spring and summer are also perfect times BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME DURING SPRING - While Spring is breathing new life into the outdoors, it is also the perfect time to brighten your home with a cele- bration of spring col- ors. See adjacent o one wants to live in a sterile white environment but many homeowners are scared of color. Combining colors is often challenging for homeowners who do not know the basic color guidelines. Which color goes nicely with brown? How do you add color to a blue room? The following tips will give you confi- dence to add the right hues to your home and add that contrast every room needs for visual stimulation. START WITH THE three basic color schemes; monochromatic, analogous, and complementary. Monochromatic are colors with the same hue but different values. For example; brown and taupe; or two shades of blue. Analogous are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel and thus simi- lar. For instance; green and yellow or red and purple. Rooms can use three analogous colors for more excitement, like green, yel- low, and orange. A subtler, more sophisticated analogous combination could be yellow-green, yellow, and orange-yellow depending on the mood you are trying to create in your space. Complementary colors are colors that are opposite on a color wheel. Complementary colors give the most con- trast and are exciting to the eye. Orange and blue is a favorite to many Auburn fans or red and green which we tend to link to the Christmas season. Take a Cue from Your Mother Mother Nature, that is! Colors that are found together in the great outdoors are also beautiful when combined in the home. Think of a light blue sky paired with silvery white clouds. Or a forest with its combina- tion of greens mixed with tree bark brown. If it's pleasing in nature, it'll be sure to please you inside, as well. Look to Your Closet Think about the color combinations you enjoy wearing. What accent colors do you add to your outfits? Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says, "If you look and feel good with those col- ors on, you'll like them around you." when adding new color to your home, remember to stay classic with your largest, most expensive pieces. That way, when you choose to make any changes, you just switch small accessories and other inexpen- sive items. This allows you change your surroundings with the seasons without breaking the bank. AVOID THOSE HOME IMPROVEMENT BLUNDERS - Sometimes doing it yourself improvements at your home is cheaper, but dangerous, It is important to know a few safety tips that will keep you from making "blunders" in home repair and improvement. Let Us Help You With Your Home Financing! "ACommunl Bank 105 Chipley Street. Pine Mountain. 706-663-2700 121 South College Street. Hamilton. 706-628-5555 t 0 Georgia Residential Mortgage Licensee EQUAL HOUSING LENDER ome improvement projects seem to drum up images of shyster contractors or bumbling do-it-yourselfers. However, home repairs don't have to turn into an unorganized mess. By avoiding some com- mon mistakes and taking common-sense precautions, you can end up with renova- tions that wow. 1. Accepting the lowest bid. Smart homeowners shop around for everything -- including work done on their home. But accepting the lowest bid right off the bat to save money may cost you more in the long run. A low bid certainly may be a great deal. But generally it could be a sign of an inex- perienced contractor, or one who plans to use subpar materials or skimp on the job. Contractors will have similar prices. Shop based on experience and recom- mendations, not price alone. 2. Choosing friends and family. There certainly are skilled professionals that also may be a close friend or family member. But mixing business and pleasure could be a recipe for trouble, especially when work- manship and an exchange of money are involved. 'We had a friend replace our home's fur- nace," says Beth in Pennsylvania. "While we got a great price, we found out later on when there was a glitch in the system that certain things weren't done up to code. "We had to spend more money to have it repaired, and the friendship has since suf- fered," Some relatives are adamant about doing repairs - but they may not be skilled or know the correct laws governing remodel- ing. Stick with a third party contractor with whom you'll feel comfortable talking if you feel repairs need to be done a certain way. 3. Thinking you can handle it. Many do- it-yourselfers (generally in an attempt to save money) believe they can learn every DIY task from a book or magazine. There are some jobs, however, that should be left to the professionals, including major plumbing work or electrical repairs. There's no need to risk a fire, injury or death by doing inexperienced electrical modifications. 4. Letting maintenance slide. Many homeowners think once the repair is made that they're all set --failing to keep up with routine maintenance. But complications can arise by not maintaining a new appliance or keeping up with an improvement. "Our homeowner's association required proof that the dryer venting for our clothes dryer was replaced on an annual basis," offers Bill in California. "I'd simply go out and buy a new box of the venting material, and submit the receipt as 'proof' so I could save the money on a professional installation. "But one day the lint trapped in the venting, which I hadn't bothered to change, caught on fire. It not only damaged the venting, it damaged the entire dryer -- resulting in the purchase of a new dryer. "Luckily no one was hurt. I've since learned my lesson." S. Followingevery trend. Anyone who has a harvest gold or avocado green appli- ance collecting dust in the garage or base- ment knows how interior style choices come and go. Instead of jumping on every trend (granite countertops and stainless steel refrigerator, for example), think about what will work for your home and be timeless. Otherwise you may end up having to update every few years. 6. Asking questions later. Make a list of every question you can think of and ask it before the work gets started. This way you're left with few surprises and can do changes without costing yourself time and money. Don't wait for the finished product before you start to question the bows and whys. 7. Expecting things to be perfect. If you go into a project with the idea that there will be no mishaps, even minor ones, you may end up stressed out when one arises. Everyone makes mistakes --even profes- sionals: If you think something is not being done correctly, speak up or get a second