Monthly Archives: April 2014


Helping the Atlanta Market Grow: Elite Realty Group


Elite Realty GroupStorage World is excited to put the local spotlight on realtor, Calvin Gleaton, owner of Elite Realty Group. The Elite Realty Group is a full service real estate company that serves the metro Atlanta area in both property management and tenant placement. The Group prides itself on “bringing buyers, sellers, landlords together all over the Atlanta and metro area.” The office is located in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Some of the services that that Elite Group offers are: Administrative Services, Dispossessory Filings, Credit Reporting, Collection and Revenue Recovery, Skip Tracing, Turn Key and Rehabilitation, Inspections, Repairs & Maintenance, and Property Preservation. The Elite Realty Group has a monthly drawing for clients who refer someone to the Group’s services. The Property Management Division of Elite Realty Group acts as an intermediary agent between owners and tenants, collects rental payments, performs move-in and move-out inspections, provides applicant screening and credit report services as well as arranges for maintenance on the property based on the owner’s request.  The Group offers help with both home rental and home sale listings in the Atlanta market.

The Atlanta housing market continues to grow and prosper. The housing market in the Atlanta area was hit hard during the housing market bubble burst starting in 2008. It has taken many years, but starting in 2012, the market has made great strides to improving. Homes in the Atlanta market do not stay on the market for very long. The need for housing for Atlanta area residents as well as new residents is much greater than the actual supply of homes that are on the market.  According to a recent MetroStudy Report, the new housing starts will increase by 24% in 2014. There were nearly 14,000 housing starts in 2013 up 67% from December 2012! Home closing rates jumped 39% in that same time period. The northern part of Atlanta has experience the most housing starts.  And most importantly, home values in the Atlanta area are getting higher. In April the median home sale price was $236,500 with the average listing price of $500,000!

The Atlanta region continues to grow and attract people from all over the world. This growing diversity and changing demographics will continue to keep the Atlanta housing market very strong. The housing demand will continue to out-pace the low supply of new and resale home. We are lucky to have a company such as the Elite Realty Group in our neighborhood to help with the ins/outs of the very quick paced Atlanta housing market!


Easter Events in Atlanta Area


Easter Events in the Atlanta Area

 

 

Springtime has finally arrived in full force in the Atlanta area! Because Easter is so late this year, we can really enjoy the flowers and trees being in full bloom. Easter Sunday, April 20th, should be a gorgeous day for family brunches and dinners, egg hunts and attending church services.

 

Easter Events in Decatur, Jonesboro and Stockbridge

Churches and other community organizations in Decatur, Jonesboro and Stockbridge are hosting various Easter festivals and activities for the Easter holiday weekend. The First Baptist Church in Decatur started off the festivities with their “Spring Carnival” on April 12th. The Decatur Community Achievement Center will be having the “Egg Hunt Eggstravanza” on April 19th at the Community Achievement Center from 2-4pm. There is a free egg hunt, vision screenings, face painting and more! In the Stockbridge area, there will be an “Eggciting Egg Hunt” at Panola Mountain State Park on April 19th. The egg hunt will be split between age groups: 1-5 years old and 6-11 years old. The eggs will be hidden in nature trails in the park. There will also be face painting and other family activities at the park.

 

Easter Services and Brunches

Easter is a time of family celebrations and church services. There are many Easter church services from sunrise services to regular morning services in the Atlanta area. You can find information for services at Access Atlanta and Atlanta.net. Stone Mountain Park has 2 special sunrise services: one at the top of the mountain and the other at the base of the mountain on the Memorial Lawn. For a short trip out of Atlanta, you can enjoy the Easter sunrise service at Callaway Gardens and then join in the Easter egg hunt and festival with candy-filled Easter eggs, entertainment, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more.  There are many Atlanta area restaurants that are offering Easter brunches. You can see which restaurant is closest to you and make reservations via Open Table.

 

Family Easter Weekend Events

There are even more great Easter Weekend events in the Atlanta area. Callanwold Fine Arts are holding “Eggstravaganza” on April 19th. There will be thousands of candy-filled eggs to find on the grounds, Atlanta Braves games, carnival rides, face painting, crafts and fun for the entire family.  If you are looking for a unique Easter egg hunt, look no further than the North East Cobb Community Egg Drop that takes place at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. A helicopter drops over 90,000 eggs at the stadium of the school. Last year over 20,000 people attended the egg hunt. Plus, there are carnival rides, kid zones, games and other family activities.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday, Storage World  wished you and your family a wonderful Easter!

 

 


Self Storage for College Students


College Students and Self Storage

 

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is nearly here. It does seem that it was just yesterday that college students were moving into dormitories and college apartments. Most colleges and universities will be ending their school years from the end of April to mid-June. This is the time for students to pack up all of the belongings that they have accumulated throughout the school year as well as all of the items that they brought with them at the beginning of the school year including computers, electronics, linens, books, furniture and winter clothing. All of these items will need to be packed and then transported back home in the spring, just to be packed up again in the fall to return to school. There has to be a better way than transporting all of this stuff back and forth every year! And there is! Self storage is a great alternative for college students and faculty to store their school items during the summer.

When choosing a self storage facility, make sure that it is near your college or university, so you will have easier access to the items in your storage unit when you need to move back to school in the fall. Most self storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for college students short-term storage needs. The low-cost storage solution will also help the budget conscious college student. Make sure to choose the correct storage unit size that fits your needs. Start with the smallest size, a 5×5 storage unit, for storing books, linens and kitchen items. If you are storing larger items like mattresses, furniture and boxes, then you will need a larger storage unit.  Storage World offers storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 that can fit the storage needs of college students and facility. If you are storing certain electronic items and higher end furniture, then it might be better to invest in a climate or temperature controlled storage unit. Security is also a key factor for college students. They can have peace of mind that their personal items will be safe and secure while they are in storage.

Self storage is also a great option for college graduates. College graduation is a time of transition for students. They are either moving back home after graduation or they are moving to new cities and new adventures. If graduates are moving away from home, they need a place to store their items while they settle into their new homes. If graduates are moving home, they might have limited storage space, because their parents have converted their bedroom into a guest room, office, or even a workout room. Keeping items such as dishes and linens in storage directly after graduation is a great way to be organized and allow you space back at home.

There are many great options for self storage at Storage World for college students in the Atlanta area including Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Perimeter College, DeVry University, Clayton State University, Morehouse College and Spellman College. Stop by Storage World in Jonesboro, Decatur and Stockbridge to find out how we can help with all of your short-term to long-term storage needs.


Ten Spring Cleaning Tips


Spring Cleaning TipsSpring officially arrived on March 21st. With spring comes the time to do those dreaded spring cleaning projects. Spring cleaning began hundreds of years ago. People would close up their homes as a protection against the cold and wet weather during the winter months. Dirt and ash from fires, residue from oil lamps and other dust would settle in every surface of the home during the winter months. When the first sign of spring weather made an appearance, people would finally open up their windows and doors and thoroughly clean and air out their homes. We continue that cleaning tradition today by doing spring cleaning, remodeling and renovating projects during the warmer months.  According to a recent American Cleaning Institute Study, 72% of American households do some sort of spring cleaning and it takes about a week to do all of the projects.  Women, at 50%, are the ones most likely to do the spring cleaning projects.

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task. However, if you have a plan and an ending goal, then the spring cleaning projects can actually be easier to accomplish. A major component of a spring cleaning project is de-cluttering and re-organizing the spaces that you are cleaning. In order to become organized, you must first clear out the room that you are cleaning. Then, sort the items of the room in to the following boxes or piles: Keep in the room, store, sell, donate or throw away. Self storage is a great option to store items that you can’t get rid of, but still want to keep. Storage World has 3  locations in the Atlanta, Georgia area (Decatur, Jonesboro and Stockbridge) that can help you with all of your needs from packing and moving supplies to climate controlled storage units. Our moving boxes are the perfect size to help you with your spring cleaning sorting!

In order to help you through your spring cleaning projects, here are some great tips to help you make the tasks easier. There are also many great websites that can offer spring cleaning tips and ideas including Martha Stewart and HGTV.

1. To start off your project, create a checklist of the spring cleaning that need to be accomplished for each room.

2. Get family and friends involved in the spring cleaning projects. Share the jobs to make it easier for everyone. With more help, the projects can get done that much quicker.

3. Make sure you have all of the proper cleaning supplies for your spring cleaning tasks. Microfiber clothes are great for dusting and cleaning. Invest in a good vacuum with extensions so you can get the cobwebs in the corners and on the walls.

4. Do your projects room-by-room. Each room of the house will have special needs, such as cleaning the tiles in the bathroom to shampooing rugs and carpets. You don’t have to do the entire checklist at one time. Pace yourself and you will get the project done.

5. House cleaning tasks that need to be completed during your spring cleaning projects include:  wash the windows, change linens and comforters, deep clean the carpet and rugs, clean curtains, and wash down and scrub lawn and garden furniture.

6. Clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Throw out expired food and staples. Wash down the shelves and the cabinets. Dispose of any miss-matched tops and bottoms of storage containers.

7. Throw out expired medication, cosmetics and other beauty supplies in your medicine and linen closets. Wash down the shelves and doors in your medicine cabinet or linen closet.

8. Change the batteries in your smoke alarm. This should be done at least every 6 months. A good reminder to do this is during the time change every spring and fall.

9. Make sure that items in the room are put away in their proper home every evening. This will help keep the room organized long after the spring cleaning project has been completed.

10. Keep up your spring cleaning tasks throughout the year. Do some of the bigger tasks every fall and spring.

 


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