2015 Smyrna Holiday Celebration & Christmas Tree Lighting

ShowImageJoin Santa and all of your neighbors on Tuesday, November 29th on the Smyrna Village Green from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm for “Coming Home for the Holidays.” Enjoy holiday festivities and musical performances at the Smyrna Community Center and see Santa light the big Christmas Tree on the Village Green at 7 pm. Bring the entire family for all of it and ring in the season downtown. This event marks the first official evening of holiday lights in our downtown.

Admission is free. Smyrna Community Center – 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, 30080. For more information, call Parks & Recreation at 770-431-2842. Rain date is Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Music/Singing Schedule is as follows:

Mistletoe Music Hall (inside Community Center)
5:45 –6:05 p.m. Russell Elementary School Lynn Boland, Director
6:05 – 6:20 p.m. Nickajack Elementary School Shannon Bassett, Director
6:25 – 6:45 p.m. Cumberland Christian Academy, Patriot Singers Debbie Holyfield, Director
7:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony on Village Green
7:10 – 7:30 p.m. Brown Elementary School Chorus Carla Jackson, Director
7:30 – 7:50 p.m. Whitfield Academy Chorus Brian Coski, Director

Holiday Hall (inside Community Center)
5:00 – 5:20 p.m. Norton Park Elementary School Chorus Jason Passmore, Director
5:25 – 5:45 p.m. Belmont Hills Elementary School Samuel Holmes, Director
5:50 – 6:10 p.m. King Springs Elementary School, Melody Makers Christa Joy Chase, Director
6:15 – 6:30 p.m. Smyrna First United Methodist Church Kim Duggins, Director
6:35 – 6:55 p.m. Teasley Elementary School Roxanne Smith, Director
7:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony on Village Green
7:10 – 7:30 p.m. Sanders Elementary School Chris Chance, Director
7:35 – 7:55 p.m. Argyle Elementary School Stanley Homer, Director

Ho! Ho! Hall (inside Community Center)
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Osborne High School Orchestra Jane Cumminisky, Director
6:30 – 6:55 p.m. Whitfield Academy Orchestra DeAnna Baldwin, Director
7:00 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony on Village Green
7:10 – 8:00 p.m. Tara Winds Ensembles Dr. Andrea Strauss, Director

Outside Carol Sing
6:40 – 6:50 p.m. God’s Light Youth Ensemble Kim Duggins, Director Smyrna First United Methodist Church
Donner’s Deli (inside Community Center)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Helen Cunningham Piano Studio Helen Cunningham, Director

Tree Lighting Ceremony Visit With Santa – Ho! Ho! Hall
7:00 p.m. Santa arrives to light the great 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures.
Christmas tree on the Village Green. Sponsored by Smyrna Optimist Club.

Holiday Bazaar – Ho! Ho! Hall Donner’s Deli
5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Local arts and crafts items 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Located downstairs – across from
for sale. Get an early start on Holiday Hall. The Smyrna Business
your Christmas shopping. Association will sell hot dogs, cold
beverages and desserts.

2015 Lights of Life


The Lights of Life is an annual tradition that was started by Life University in 1989 as a gift to the local community. Talk of the Lights of LIFE spread quickly, given the location, quality and low cost. As the most affordable holiday light show in the Southeast, the Lights of LIFE holiday light display has become a yearly tradition. Now nearly half a million spectators from the surrounding region cruise through the spectacularly illuminated campus annually! New displays are added, and the entire arrangement is unique each year. The 65 foot tall rendition of Santa and his sleigh is the tallest display in the Southeast. The Lights of Life event runs every night from November 26th through December 31st.

The Lights of Life is held on the the campus of Life University (1269 Barclay Circle – off Hwy 41 just north of Dobbins AFB, Marietta) just north of Smyrna Vinings from 6pm to 10pm daily.

The cost to enter is:

  • $10 per car: Friday/Saturday/Sunday; November 26—29; & December 18—31  |  6:00-10:00 p.m.
  • $5 per car: Monday—Thursday  |  6:00-10:00 p.m. (except for above listed dates)
  • $20 per bus regardless of date

This is a zero-profit operation. Fees cover the cost of the electricity for the lights, as well as the costs associated with the ongoing operations.

The Lights of Life is a visual treat the whole family will enjoy, plus a few other attractions as well (weather permitting):

  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, pictures with Santa Claus ($12 per photo; $20 for two copies of the same photo)
  • Pony rides ($5 per rider)
  • Train rides ($3 per rider)
  • Petting zoo ($3 per person)
  • Concession stand offering seasonal drinks and snacks for purchase (Prices vary & no outside food or beverage is permitted)

For more information or questions about Lights of Life, please call (678) 331-4334 or visit www.life.edu/events/lights-of-life

10 Colors to Watch for Spring 2016

Mostly calm and cool colors – with a little bit of pop — will be on-trend in spring 2016. Pantone recently released its 2016 Spring Fashion Color Report, a forecast to which colors will gain traction in the new year. Expect these on-trend colors to not just pop up in fashion but also expect to see these hues in more home furnishings and accessories.

Here are Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring:

1. Rose Quartz

 Rose Quartz




2. Peach Echo

Peach Echo





3. Serenity





4. Snorkel Blue

serenity blue 




5. Buttercup






6. Limpet Shell

 limpet shell




7. Lilac Gray

Lilac Gray





8. Fiesta





9. Iced Coffee

 iced coffee




10. Green Flash

 green flash




Source: http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2015/11/02/20-colors-to-watch-for-spring-2016/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+StyledStagedSold+(Styled,+Staged+%26+Sold:+Entries)#sf14794021

5 Winter Home Improvement Projects for Less Than $1,000

house-54585_640It’s important to prepare a home for the cold weather ahead. And, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do this. Following are winter home improvement projects that home owners can do for less than $1,000:


It’s that time of the year again. Your home has to be properly heated in preparation for the low temperatures this season. Proper heating not only makes your home more comfortable to stay in during winter, it can also help you save on energy bills. For this article however, we will focus on your water heater.

Simple Water Heater Installation

A water heater is a simple device. It is not difficult to maintain and they usually last from seven to 15 years. However, even with proper maintenance, sooner or later, you will replace your water heater. If your water heater starts to leak or if it isn’t heating, you have to replace it fast.

Average Cost:

Typical cost is about: $826 – gas water heater with 50 gallon tank, typically used in a 5 person home, including vent and pipe

Prices range from:

$639 – electric water heater with 40 gallon tank, typically used in a four-person home
  • $1,077 – gas tankless water heater, 6.4 GPM for 2 baths, including vent and pipe


A domestic water heater may be tank­type or a tankless type, and can use either gas or electricity as its heat source. Typical domestic tank­type water heaters range from 30 to 50 gallons and they require floor space to be installed. Tankless units are rated in gallons per minute (GPM) and range from 2 to 10 GPM. They can be wall mounted and located in reduced spaces.

DIY Consideration:

  • In the very best of cases this installation may be suitable for the able DIY person, but home insurance or local codes may require a licensed or certified installer.
  • In cases where issues can arise, it is best left to professionals to resolve on the spot.
  • A fairly complete plumbing tool set will be required, perhaps including a torch.



During winter, people come in and out of your home tracking in all types of debris — which can do a lot of damage to your hardwood floors. Snow and water in particular, can be absorbed by wood.

Refinishing Hardwood Floors in Preparation for Winter

Hardwood floors not only make your house look beautiful, it also adds warmth to your home interior. Wood floors become extremely cold during winter. However, when heating a home interior with hardwood floors, the increase in temperature should be balanced with a gradual decrease in humidity levels. Otherwise, you risk warping the wood. That being said, you need to refinish your hardwood floors before winter sets in as this will provide extra protection to your wood floors.

Average Cost:

Typical cost is about: $2.8 per square foot – sanding of the existing floor and the application of sealers

Prices range from:

  • $2.50 per square foot – sanding of the existing floor and the application of sealers
  • $3.50 per square foot – sanding of the existing floor and the application of sealers


Hardwood floors should be refinished regularly to extend its lifetime. The cost of refinishing hardwood floors varies greatly from region to region.

DIY Consideration:

This may be suitable for the able DIY person.



Keeping your home warmer during winter entails high energy consumption. However, if you have energy­efficient windows you can reduce your energy consumption.

Energy­ saving Vinyl Casement Window Installations

When choosing the best windows for your home, there is no one­size­fits­all standard. But according to House­Energy, when it comes to choosing the best windows for cold climates, the most energy­efficient are double­glazed and triple­glazed windows. These windows have a very low U­factor and relatively high solar­gain (SHGC) coefficient. This type of window in vinyl frame would work best. Vinyl is inexpensive and does not need to be painted or stained. Casement windows also provide the best ventilation when opened.

Average Cost:

Typical cost is about: $943 – vinyl casement window replacement

Prices range from:

  • $691 – vinyl casement window replacement – DIY
  • $1,290 – vinyl casement window replacement – upgraded


Casement windows extend to the exterior of the house and may obstruct walkways.
The actual cost of installation will depend on material and finish grade, size, structural preparation, special needs and the current labor rate – when using an installer.
These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider. Taxes and permit fees are not included.
During contractor inspection, the homeowner should be informed about the cost of any repairs needed as well as the cost of adapting the new window with the current opening.
A project involving more than two windows may earn the homeowner a unit price discount
Local or national subsidy may be provided for energy efficiency improvements.

DIY Consideration:

● This project is not highly suitable for DIY with precise carpentry and a critical closure deadline.

● Partial DIY of removal and disposal tasks are possible for the prepared DIY.



As winter approaches, your electric bill rises. This is due to several factors:

● Lights stay on longer because of shorter days and longer nights;

● Extra hot water is used for warm baths and showers;

● Because people stay indoors longer during winter, electric equipment such as computers, TVs, DVD 
players and gaming consoles are used more often;

● The clothes dryer is used more often.

Electric Circuit Install

Due to the reasons mentioned above, you need a more efficient electrical system during winter.

Average Cost:

1. For Electric Range Circuit

Typical cost is about: $202 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable

Prices range from:

  • $ 76 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable – DIY
  • $393 – 30 foot circuit, outdoor conduit upgrade

2. For Electric Outlet Circuit

Typical cost is about: $153 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable

Prices range from:

  • $27 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable – DIY
  • $292 – 30 foot circuit, outdoor with conduit upgrade

3. For Electric Dryer Circuit

Typical cost is about: $179 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable

Prices range from:

  • $53 – 30 foot circuit, exposed cable – DIY
  • $333 – 30 foot circuit, outdoor with conduit upgrade


Electric range circuits bring power to electrical equipment inside your home. These are subject to compliance codes and professional practices designed to reduce fire risk.
The cost to install an average electric range circuit, electric outlet circuit or electric dryer circuit depends upon the power rating, circuit lengths, preparation and special requirements, and the current labor rate.

DIY Consideration

● IMPORTANT: Whenever you are going to work with electricity, you need to turn off the circuit breaker first. Double check, using a non­contact voltage tester to make certain that there is no current before you start working.

● This project is somewhat suitable for DIY with good electrical skills and tools.

● Electrical circuits and installations must comply with codes to reduce fire risk.


Most home owners choose wood doors for its aesthetics. It provides a good blend of elegance and strength and they can be very affordable depending on the type and quality of wood. However, wood needs to be treated regularly with paint or varnish so that it will be protected from wind, rain and snow. Neglecting to do so would cause rotting. For most people, the most practical choice for the winter season would be a fiberglass or steel door.

Installation of Fiberglass/Steel Door

Fiberglass and Steel are energy­efficient and common low­maintenance choices for exterior door material.

Average Cost:

The average exterior door costs range from:

1. For Fiberglass Doors:
Typical cost is about: $679 – exterior fiberglass door replacement

Prices range from:

  • $463 – exterior fiberglass door replacement – DIY
  • $1,537 – exterior fiberglass door replacement – upgraded

2. For Steel Doors:

Typical cost is about: $ 613 – exterior steel door replacement

  • $397 – exterior steel door replacement – DIY
  • $871 – exterior steel door replacement – upgraded


The cost of installing average exterior fiberglass and steel doors depends on the type of material and finish grade, size, structural preparation and special needs, and the current labor rate.
These prices are for service in the immediate area of the provider. Taxes and permit fees are not included.
During contractor inspection, the home owner should be informed about the cost of any repairs needed as well as the cost of adapting the new window with the current opening.

A project involving more than two windows may earn the homeowner a unit price discount Local or national subsidy may be provided for energy efficiency improvements.

DIY Consideration

● This project may suitable for DIY with carpentry skills, unless of a critical deadline.

● Partial DIY of removal and disposal tasks are possible for the prepared DIY.


Source: Contributed by Howmuch.net and found at http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2015/11/09/5-winter-home-improvement-projects-for-less-than-1000/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+StyledStagedSold+%28Styled%2C+Staged+%26+Sold%3A+Entries%29

Home improvement projects may be costly if you are not well ­informed. If you want to make sure your money is spent wisely on your home improvement projects, without having to sacrifice quality, visit howmuch.net for more information.

What is Your Home Really Worth?

Home prices have been on the rise for the last few years, and in many areas, home values are at their highest in six years. Popular real estate sites will quote a value for your home, but they don’t know the local market or factor in what makes your home special. Do you know what your home is really worth? Smart Home Price is a new tool that can make sure your online home value is accurate and takes into account recent local sales, and any upgrades you’ve made while living there. The tool is free, easy to use, and there’s no obligation. To determine and update your Smart Home Price, follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Go to PetersenPartners.smarthomeprice.com and enter in your home’s address.


2. Get your current Smart Home Price by verifying home details like the number of bedrooms, baths, total square footage and the year your home was built.


3. Next, enter in your contact information. Your property’s Smart Home Price will be emailed to you within a few minutes.


What happens next?

The Smart Home Price you receive via email is a property value based on local home sale prices and the assumed condition of your home. Your Smart Home Price is syndicated and offered for display to national real estate websites.  If you think your home may be worth more than your Smart Home Price, we can work together to determine the market value that today’s buyers should see online. Reach out to us at info@petersenpartners.com today and we’ll get started on this process!

The Ultimate Home Seller Checklist

Selling a home can be a process, even in a hot seller’s market.

By prepping your home a few months in advance, you can reduce your stress and increase the odds of finding a buyer quickly after listing. Take a look at this handy checklist to ensure you know all the important steps that go into selling your home.

If you’d like to discuss the home selling process more, contact the #1 team for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Georgia at info@petersenpartners.com. Get the best possible price for your home by knowing its true value in the current market. Visit www.petersenpartners.smarthomeprice.com today!


Color of the Year: Off-White Is On Trend for 2016

It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. Here are four major paint brands’ achromatic color picks and how best to use them in your home.
Benjamin Moore and Glidden have made off-white hues their “color of the year” for 2016, while Sherwin-Williams and Behr are each showing an off-white in their 2016 color trend forecasts.
From Jennifer Ott on Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/54931197

What 92% of Sellers Know About Listing A Home

The rate of For Sale By Owner (FSBO) homes has been decreasing steadily for the last decade. In 2014, FSBOs accounted for just 9% of home sales. Why do 92% of home sellers now use an agent to sell their home?

It’s simple: today’s buyers are web savvy and expect homes to be marketed on national home search sites that FSBO sellers often forget about. Agents can also help with negotiation and to streamline the closing paperwork. Plus, sellers who use an agent usually make more†on their home sale, even after paying an agent’s commission. But don’t take our word for it — there are plenty of stats showing that hiring an agent is the smart choice. Check out these facts about hiring an agent vs. selling your home FSBO.

Still on the fence? Name the price you will sell your home for and let us find the buyer for you! Visit PetersenPartners.NameYourSellingPrice.com today!

To learn more about the #1 team for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and our advanced marketing solutions, visit www.PetersenPartners.com or contact us at info@petersenpartners.com.


Keep Your Home From Looking Like a Haunted House to Potential Buyers

3130698335_5a16ef7eff_zHalloween is just around the corner and, while it’s fun to decorate, make sure your house itself isn’t causing a fright. Check out these 5 steps to keep your home from looking like a haunted house. Even if you’re not ready to sell your home just yet, fall is the perfect time for some simple maintenance.

  1. Spruce Up Your Lawn
    While brilliant fall foliage can automatically make your home look more attractive for showings, that doesn’t mean you can slack off on lawn maintenance during this season. Keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking, keep the lawn trimmed, get rid of any dead plants, and patch any bare or brown spots in the grass. Once your lawn is looking its best, spice it up with a splash of color—replace your fading summer plants with vibrant mums or other colorful seasonal flowers. Make sure your landscaping is cohesive with your geographical area and the rest of the neighborhood, too. For example, planting palm trees where everyone else has pine trees or using lava rocks in flowerbeds where everyone else uses mulch can distract potential buyers from seeing the home itself.
  2. Highlight Your Front Door
    Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
  3. Clean Up the Exterior
    When fall rolls around and the trees shed their leaves, your home becomes more exposed, making its exterior appearance extra important. Fall is a great time to pressure wash the exterior of your home and clean the windows. While you are at it, make sure all windows and screens are in good, working condition. If the paint is chipped or faded, applying a fresh coat will do wonders to revive your home’s appearance. Replacing rotted wood shutters or tattered awnings can also drastically improve your home’s curb appeal.
  4. Clear Out Your Gutters
    Stay on top of yearly and monthly maintenance. During the fall, be sure to clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. Not only will it help signal to a potential buyer that your home is appear well-maintained, it will also protect your home from water damage.
  5. Get Rid of the Clutter
    What you see as unique may come across as an eyesore to a potential buyer. With winter approaching, you probably won’t be spending that much time outdoors anyway, so go ahead and pack up the lawn ornaments and put away any kids’ toys scattered around. Don’t forget to clean out your garage and any exterior storage buildings, too. A cluttered garage tells potential buyers your home doesn’t have enough storage. If possible, avoid having vehicles in the driveway. It’s not only distracting in photos, it also suggests the overflow of clutter in the garage prevents cars from actually parking in the garage.