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You’re on Vacation—Don’t Let Your Home Give Away Your Absence

6/23/2017

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You’re on Vacation—Don’t Let Your Home Give Away Your Absence

 

Summer is a great time to take a vacation. While you’re taking care of all those last minute trip details, what about your home? You don’t want it to give away your absence. This just makes it a target for a robbery or vandals. Here are some tips for prepping it for your time away.

 

If you and your family plan to be gone more than a few days, let a trusted neighbor know about your plans. Give this person your exact dates as well as any necessary contact information—your cell number, destination, etc. Leave a key with a neighbor in case there’s a need to get in for a water leak, foul odor, smoke alarm going off, plant watering, etc. Have this person check the exterior of your home daily for any signs of forced entry through a window or door.

 

Purchase a few inexpensive timers for various lights inside and outside your home. Setting one for a television or a radio is also a good idea. Lock garage doors, all windows and all doors. Unplug automatic garage door openers, especially if you have an attached garage with an interior door entry into your home. If your neighborhood does not have a restriction against vehicles parked in the driveway, try to leave a car parked there. Barring that, ask a neighbor to park there on occasion to give the home a lived-in appearance.

 

Place small valuables in a locked safe or safety deposit box. Back up computers of essential data, turn off and unplug. Do a quick inspection around the house, double-checking that everything is turned off—faucets, charging devices, stove, etc. Unplug non-essential appliances like televisions, coffee makers, alarm clocks, toasters, microwave and other electronics. Set your thermostat so the air conditioning will only run occasionally. During your final walk-through, be sure to give all plants a healthy dose of water.

 

If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time this summer, say more than 10 days, arrange to have someone cut the grass. This often gets overlooked by people when they go out of town, but you want your home to appear well-kept, even during your absence. Newspaper and mail delivery stoppage are two other areas people often forget about. You can now conveniently go online to put your mail on hold so, even if you forget to do it before you go out of town, you can still handle this detail from your smart phone.

 

Arrange for the proper pet care, whether it’s boarding the animals, having a pet or house sitter or ultimately taking them with you. Just be sure your neighbor knows about your plans so he or she doesn’t panic that the family dog is missing.

 

And finally, don’t forget to go over any security system issues with the neighbor entrusted with a key to your home. Otherwise, an unpleasant situation could arise with your alarm going off nonstop or, worse, your neighbor getting arrested by the local authorities. Once you’ve taken care of these essentials and safely arrived at your vacation destination, sit back and enjoy. You’ve earned it!

Celebrating National Homeownership Month in June

6/9/2017

 

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Celebrating National Homeownership Month in June

 

National Homeownership Month began as a week-long focus on homeownership in 1995 and expanded into a month-long event in 2002. It started as a presidential initiative to support and expand homeownership opportunities for Americans.

 

This month, June, has been designated National Homeownership Month. As is tradition, the month kicked off with the current president officially declaring June as National Homeownership Month. With a new administration in office for 2017, we are hearing of a possible change in focus on priorities for the housing industry as well as those industries related to it.

 

For instance, President Trump says he plans to roll back the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and lessen regulations in the housing industry. The House just passed a bill this week aimed reversing Dodd-Frank financial regulations, but it is unlikely to pass in the Senate. Trump also points at stats of low home ownership rates, post-recession, and has pledged to increase homeownership rates for the middle class and minorities. He is reportedly working with Congress on a pro-growth plan.

 

However, with foreign trips, NATO meetings, the beginning of the tax plan overhaul, a lengthy  process with healthcare in repealing and replacing Obamacare, unexpected time being taken away with various investigative issues, and still having several unfilled, key government positions such as the directors of both FEMA and NOAA (key agencies that deal with natural disasters as we head into hurricane season), housing has seemingly taken a temporary backseat in the Trump administration.

 

Increasing homeownership has also been announced as a top priority by 2017 National Association of Realtors (NAR) President William Brown, a Realtor from Alamo, California. The NAR is striving to engage and inform consumers through its website, HomeOwnershipMatters.realtor. There, visitors can read the latest news, stories and videos on housing-related public policy issues affecting them at the state, local and national levels.

 

One thing likely to affect housing in the month of June is the next Fed meeting, scheduled for mid-June. Most experts are predicting another small interest rate hike of a quarter to a half percent. This will quickly ripple into mortgage interest rates as well. A quarter of one percent may seem insignificant, but when calculated across a 30-year mortgage and factoring in the amount of your mortgage (often low to mid six figures), it adds a healthy amount to the overall cost of purchasing your home.

 

If buying a home is in your very near future, you may want to try to lock in an interest rate before the increase. Just know that the clock starts ticking on closing that loan (i.e. finding the right home, negotiating the price and actually signing papers at the closing table), all within a time period of just 30-60 days.

 

If you’re looking for a reputable and dependable mortgage professional, RE/MAX Greater Atlanta has a short list of preferred mortgage providers we work with regularly and have no hesitation recommending them. We can tell you from our own experience which loan officers will do everything possible to get your home loan closed in a timely fashion. We share the same goal as our clients—to have a smooth, hassle-free closing. Part of that process going well includes using an experienced lender who knows how to overcome just about any challenge in getting a mortgage approved so a real estate deal can close without delay.

 

Call our RE/MAX Greater Atlanta office today at 770-973-9700 or stop by during normal business hours. We’re at 2050 Roswell Road in East Cobb/Marietta—the large brick building with the white columns. We will be happy to answer your real estate questions, set you up with a RE/MAX agent who specializes in your area/price point and refer you to a reputable mortgage professional to get you prequalified for a home loan today.

 

It's June And The Summer Clock is Ticking on Your Move

6/2/2017

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It's June And The Summer Clock is Ticking on Your Move


With nearly all the metro Atlanta school districts getting out the week before or at Memorial Day this year, this first week in June finds the kids well entrenched into summer routines. You, however, are probably still adjusting!

If a move is a necessary part of your summer plans, the clock is ticking. And this year, it's louder than ever. With the earlier school dismissal, the flipside is the kids also return to school sooner than in years past. Cobb County schools go back July 31st, the Cherokee County school district is scheduled to return August 1st and Fulton County is actually one of the later ones we found with August 7, 2017.

That's basically just under two months! Which means you need to find and get a home under contract in the very, VERY near future in order for it to close in that time period. Prequalification is the first order of the day as is finding a full-time real estate professional who specializes in your price point and the region you want to live.

At RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, we can help with both. One or more of our agents serve nearly every area of metro Atlanta. In addition, we have a preferred mortgage lender we can refer you to who we have the utmost confidence in that you will be treated fairly, professionally and given the best mortgage advice available. Today's mortgage restrictions and qualifying process are much easier than they were a few years ago and Lori and her crew will make it as simple and efficient as possible.

So what are you waiting for? That perfect home may have just been listed on the market! And if it did, it won't be there long. Listing inventory is very low right now so having that pre-qualification will help you know the price range you can afford and will tell sellers you're serious home buyers when you put in an offer. We want to be the agency to help you through that process and negotiate on your behalf. Call RE/MAX Greater Atlanta today at 770-973-9700. You can also conduct a thorough search of available properties at our site, www.realestateatlantaga.net.

Have a Safe & Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Everyone!

5/26/2017
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RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
respectfully honors all those who
have served our country, and we proudly
celebrate this Memorial Day.
 
Make time to honor and thank
all who sacrificed so much for the freedoms
that we enjoy, and celebrate this time
with your friends and loved ones.
Enjoy a safe and happy weekend! 
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What Atlanta I-85 Shutdown Can Teach Us About Alternatives

5/19/2017

 

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What Atlanta I-85 Shutdown Can Teach Us About Alternatives

 

I-85 in Atlanta is once again fully operational, much to everyone’s relief. The Georgia DOT and construction crews worked round the clock to rebuild two entire sections, north and southbound, after a recent fire caused a collapse on one side and structural issues in the other direction.

It forced hundreds of thousands of people to alter their driving routes, driving times, and perhaps even who they were driving with or their work routine (such as working from home more). Even if you didn’t normally use that interstate you were potentially affected by the overflow coming onto your normal driving route or having your public transportation choice be much more crowded than usual.

The Interstate 85 issue in Atlanta, while massively inconvenient, can also be looked at as an important learning opportunity. If you started carpooling, why not continue to do so and save on gas as well as emissions going into the air? It’s also one or more fewer cars on the road during rush hour.

Another important lesson—do you have back up routes planned for at least a few key points along your route home?  A major highway or interstate could be shutdown again for the day because of a massive accident, flooding or other issue and you won’t know this until you are suddenly rerouted. What will you do? Technology like Google Maps and GPS are wonderful aids, but typically give the main route alternatives…and they give everyone else the same ones as well. Why not have your own alternatives mapped out in advance with lesser known side streets?

Did the shutdown show you anything else? For example, maybe you really can work at home one or two days a week and still be on top of your job? Or maybe that long commute is really just becoming too much and the decision has got to be made—either a different job or a move closer to work?

Sometimes a shakeup like this closure  makes you get out of your routine and temporarily find a new normal can be a good thing. To helpful and healthy new alternatives!

Tips for Holding a Successful Yard Sale

5/9/2017

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Tips for Holding a Successful Yard Sale

 

Whether you’re moving or just need to rid out, having a yard sale can be a great way to earn some extra cash and space at the same time. Here are some tips to make it a successful event:

 

  1. Price everything – you’ll never know how many sales you will lose simply because people won’t ask about price. Even if it’s just a generic price area, such as all DVDs $3 or everything on this table $2 each, this let’s shoppers know quickly and easily. Then be sure to price your other individual items as well. Not sure what to price something? Check eBay or Craigslist (Craigslist.org) to see what that pair of roller skates or baseball mitt lists for, on average.
  2. If possible, see if neighbors on your block or even in your community would like to have a yard sale as well. Community yard sales are often a big draw, especially if advertised properly at online sites and with signage. If that’s discouraged in your subdivision or there’s not enough interest, having just a couple families on your street can still make it a multiple family yard sale.

Barring that, have a couple friends or family members bring items to sell at your sale. Even if each additional family only contributes a couple boxes of items, they count as an additional family participating. Hopefully, one member of each family will be there the day of the sale to help out as well and share the workload. Now you can bill your sale as a three or four family yard, which will always be of more interest to yard salers than single family sales.

  1. Be organized. A yard sale is really not something you can throw together last minute. It takes planning, sorting, checking on prices if necessary, organizing the other sellers, borrowing tables from other people, if needed, cleaning out the garage area for extra floor space, etc. You also want to have your items presented in a way that makes sense, just like they do in stores. Books in one area, children’s toys all in another area, kitchen items together on another table, etc.

Otherwise, it appears to the potential buyer, like you just threw everything out on tables 10 minutes before your sale began. And if you don’t appear to care about your items, why should they? As the saying goes, presentation is everything. Just because you haven’t used that crock pot in 5 years and it’s been on a shelf in the garage, doesn’t mean you should sell it with 5 years of dust on it.

  1. Advertise as much as possible. We have already mentioned Craigslist, which has a yard sale area, but do a search of your city’s name + yard sale and see if some more localized sites come up. Put a listing on as many online places as possible. For Craigslist, you can include photos of your big seller items like furniture, exercise equipment, luggage, appliances, etc. Include your address/map, or at least a map to a cross street and say something like “follow the orange signs.”
  2. Have consistent signage if possible. Thanks to technology and great printers, it’s pretty easy to print your own signs. Be sure to use large, bold fonts and clear masking tape to put these up. The tape will, essentially, laminate your paper. Choose a bright colored paper if possible and the same color will allow them to find you the easiest. Make sure signs are up at least 1 hour before the start of your sale. For multiple day sales, be prepared to check each morning and replace or repair as necessary. After your sale, be courteous and take all signage down. Nothing is more frustrating to a yard saler than following signage around to nowhere. It also clutters up the neighborhood and makes it difficult for others in your area having yard sales in future weeks.
  3. Prepare to do markdowns near the end of the day. If you REALLY don’t want to end up storing this stuff again, decide on a time when you want to start marking everything down. Often with a couple hours left on the last day (or the only day, if you’re having a one day yard sale) can be an ideal time. Whether you slash items to half off or allow people to fill a bag, the idea is to get rid of as much as possible. After that, make a decision as to whether to store or donate the remaining items. If you decide to donate to a local charity for their own community yard sale or thrift shop, be sure you make an itemized list as this may be something you can write off on your taxes at year-end.

 

Now is the perfect time of year to have yard sales in metro Atlanta. We hope yours is a huge success!

 

Spring is Here--Time to Begin Landscaping!

4/28/2017

 

 

 

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Spring is Here--Time to Begin Landscaping!

 

Spring is here and metro Atlanta temperatures are making it easy want to get out and spruce up those flower beds that have looked so sad all winter. This time of year, it’s time to make a whole list of priorities about landscaping and maintaining your yard.

 

Clean up and pruning are the first order of the day. Rake up all leaves, twigs and other debris. Prune back all shrubs and bushes, but let spring flowering shrubs complete their bloom first. Since roses are nonspring-blooming plants, you can prune these bushes as well. Pruning will rejuvenate the plants and allow light into the plant’s interior. 

 

Most people know they should fertilize their lawns with the onset of warmer weather, but you should also apply a slow-release shrub fertilizer to all shrubs. Now is a good time to check the health of the trees in your yard to see how they fared this winter.

 

Early spring is a great time to prepare your annual or perennial flower beds. Late April and early May are the ideal time to plant these, after you have tilled the bed and added rich compost or topsoil.

 

Spring is a critical time to get ahead of weed control in your flower garden area. Apply an herbicide or add landscape fabric to prevent later weed outbreak. To avoid crabgrass sprouting up in your lawn, apply a pre-emergent fertilizer (unless you are planting grass seed and then these areas should not have fertilizer applied). Crabgrass doesn’t usually appear until summer, but it starts the germination process in mid-spring so this is the time of year when it’s most vulnerable.

 

Check with your local nursery or garden center for the best bulbs and plants to be planting this early in the year. Planting a bulb, plant, bush or tree at the wrong time of year is often the difference between failure and success.

 

Springtime is also an excellent time to check your lawn equipment and tune up mowers, trimmers and tillers. Get the blade sharpened or replaced in your lawn mower. Change the oil in your equipment. Check hand tools for cracked or dry handles and either treat with linseed oil or paint to protect the wood handles and extend their life.

 

Even if you’re thinking of selling your home this summer, these spring landscaping tips should be followed now to avoid weed or other problems while your home is listed for sale. Did you know a home with a well-maintained and designed landscape can increase a home’s value as much as 15 percent?

 

If playing in the dirt is not all that appealing to you, there’s no time to waste contacting landscape companies to find a fit for your needs and budget before they are all completely booked for the season.

 

Either way, the end result will be a thriving green lawn and colorful flower bed and plant area to take pride in every time you pull in the driveway. It will be something you and your family can enjoy daily now that nice weather is here.

2017 Earth Day Events in Atlanta

4/22/2017

 

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2017 Earth Day Events in Atlanta

Earth Day, celebrating each year on April 22nd, is in its 47th year of raising awareness about environmental protection. It also marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

In 2017, we have the added advantage of Earth Day falling on a Saturday, which increases the number of activities happening in the metro Atlanta region. Here’s a quick rundown of a variety of activities and events taking place around metro Atlanta this weekend.

Earth Day Recycling Event 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22. If you need to unload old TV sets, paint cans, paper or metal scrap, take them over to Pope High School on Saturday for their Earth Day Recycling Event. For a $10 donation, reduce your clutter while helping keep the planet clean. Pope High School, 3001 Hembree Road NE, Marietta. popebandrecycling@gmail.com    www.popeband.com

Earth Day Celebration at the Dunwoody Nature Center 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Dunwoody Nature Center. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody.  www.dunwoodynature.org

Join the Dunwoody Nature Center in celebrating Earth Day with paint recycling, yoga with Sweet Escape Yoga and stargazing with the Atlanta Astronomy Club.

13th Annual Alive! Expo Atlanta. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 22 and 23. $10 per day per person. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta. 770-806-7492www.aliveexpo.com

Have a health-conscious weekend by visiting the expo. Not only will you get a chance to visit with naturopaths, chiropractors and alternative practitioners, but you'll also see exciting demonstrations, try samples and learn about living a clean, green lifestyle.

Tillman Honor Run. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Free to watch, $40 for adult racers, $10 for child racers. North Point Mall. 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 678-274-7743www.awesomealpharetta.com

Get your running shoes on, because the Tillman Honor Run will take place at North Point Mall on Saturday. In honor of Pat Tillman, this race will raise money for the Tillman Scholar program.

Bike Roswell! Saturday Morning Ride 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Free. Roswell Area Park. 10517 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-640-3253www.roswellcyclingfestival.com

To celebrate the start of the 2017 Roswell Cycling Festival, Bike Roswell! will host the Saturday Morning Ride at the Roswell Area Park. Bring your bike at 8 a.m. This event is not for beginners, as the planned route is to travel around 25 miles through Roswell!

Atlanta Night Market

Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd, Duluth;  $10 weekend pass;  $5 per day pass with children under 12 free.

The open-air, night market will feature more than 200 art, food and drink vendors, as well as musicians and cultural performances. The three-day event will also feature a juried art festival, kid zone, specialty drinks and desserts, a vegan festival, an international beer village, and several international food villages that represent sustainable living. The Atlanta Night Market will run 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.  

March for Science Atlanta

Inspired by the Women’s March earlier this year, Atlanta’s version of the March For Science is a nonpartisan event hoping to send a strong message regarding the “current administration’s writing off of climate change as a hoax.” 

The program will begin at noon with a series of speeches from “science enthusiasts and activist.” The march will begin at 1 p.m., beginning in Candler Park and taking a 2.2-mile route around the Little Five Points area before returning to the park. Atlanta-based scientists will stick around after the march to answer questions.  

Noon. April 22. Candler Park Drive, Atlanta. Marchforsienceatlanta.org

Georgia Aquarium’s “Superhero Day” 

Georgia Aquarium’s Earth Day is dedicated to helping children and adults become “superhero(s) of the sea.” The day-long celebration will feature interactive activities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.,  geared towards educating families on what they can do to help protect marine life.  

Bring a child who is 12 or younger dressed in his/her favorite superhero costume and receive a free child’s admission with a paying adult ticket.  9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22.

 

 

Income Taxes Due April 17th This Year – Pitfalls to Avoid

4/7/2017

 

 

 

 

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Income Taxes Due April 17th This Year – Pitfalls to Avoid

 

You read that right. In 2017, you have a couple extra days to complete your taxes. The weekend immediately before includes Easter and, for many families, this is a time of celebration and family activities. So…this weekend of April 8th and 9th is probably a better time to close yourself off from the world and attempt the daunting task of understanding the intentionally vague tax form language.

 

For those filing extensions to turn in completed tax forms later, your deadline to do so is April 18th. Keep in mind, however, that if you’re certain you are going to owe money, this may not be a recommended way of putting off the inevitable. The IRS still expects payment by April 17 (or you will be paying a penalty for each month you have not filed and paid).

 

Other Pitfalls to Avoid…

 

  1. Transposing numbers. An easy mistake to make the longer you work with all these forms and numbers!
  2. Simple math errors. This would be eliminated if you’re using one of the online filing programs, of course, as it does the additions and subtractions for you.
  3. Failing to add life events of the last year. Because you may have never included such events on your tax returns before, it can be easy to forget to add them now. This includes such events as marriage, having a baby or buying a house.
  4. Forgetting to sign all required areas of the tax forms. Again, if you’re filing with one of the electronic systems, they each seem to do a pretty thorough job of making sure every required box is filled in, included signature areas, before the forms are transmitted electronically.

 

The most commonly used tax forms can be found here along with a brief description of when they are most commonly used.

 

The following apps might help make tax information-gathering easier next year:

 

Charitable Deductions – try downloading the free app ItsDeductible Charity Donation Tracker. Created by Intuit in the hopes you’ll use their tax software (everything saved in the app “conveniently” imports into their TurboTax software), it’s still a great place to have all your donations in one place. It’s good for adding those small, spur of the moment donations. You can also make a list of donated items and it will help accurately value these donated items for your tax return—this is often a difficult area to correctly handle when it’s time to sit down and crunch numbers.

 

Gas Mileage for Work – as real estate professionals, we can relate to this issue in a big way! Realtors have a huge amount of mileage to deduct annually. With technology, it’s now much easier than having to painstakingly jot down starting and ending mileage in a mileage book. Dozens of paid and free apps exist that track the mileage for you! Try Everlance Free Mileage Log Expense Tracker or MileIQ Free Mileage Tracker & Log for Business.

 

Tips and Alternatives While I-85 is Shut Down in Atlanta

3/31/2017

Tips and Alternatives While I-85 is Shut Down in Atlanta

 

The collapse of a portion of Interstate 85 yesterday has certainly taken over the local and national news.  Now that the reality is setting in and we wait to hear exactly how long it’s going to take to fix this major expressway going through the heart of Atlanta, what are your options? It’s time to come up with several alternative plans to get you through the coming months.

 

First, here’s the latest from the Georgia DOT. A 700-foot section of 85 northbound will need to be completely replaced and is shut down. The southbound section of 85 also sustained fire damage, will need to be replaced, and a smaller section of it has also been closed.

 

For those who relied on I-85 to get to and from downtown Atlanta or the airport area, life just got much more complicated.

 

Going To or From Downtown

If you have never used or been a fan of public transportation, now would be a great time to bone up on it and give it a try. Bus, train, whatever will get you closest to your destination. It would not be a great surprise if additional busses or train cars were added to meet the demand over the coming months.

 

Take this weekend to really familiarize yourself with some of the much smaller, lesser known surface streets. While we have provided you with some helpful links below to alternative routes due to street closures and exit ramp closures, these will be the routes everyone will be following. Perhaps there is another way simply by going just a few extra miles out of your way.

 

Consider creating a temporary carpool with friends, coworkers or neighbors. The fewer cars on the road right now the better. If you and a coworker only live a few miles apart, why not take advantage of that? Having another person or two in the car may also decrease the frustration levels, as well, if you do get stuck in traffic and make the time pass more quickly.

 

Mondays and Fridays are notoriously the worst traffic days during rush hour. If you have a ton of vacation time built up, now might be the time to start taking some long weekends. Some businesses may need to go back to flex times or offer more work at home flexibility.

Going To or From the Airport

Consider taking MARTA. Now more than ever, that may be your best option. If driving is still a must, take I-285. Sure it will take longer, but your blood pressure will probably thank you. Consider hiring a driving service. Let them figure it all out while you relax in comfort in the back seat. These services, unless you go the way of a stretch limo coming to get you, are actually pretty affordable.

 

If your flight is early in the morning or during the heart of rush hour, consider going down the night before and staying at a nearby hotel. Most of these offer a complimentary service to get you to the airport and either a free or reduced rate to leave your vehicle at the hotel while you’re away.

 

And finally, if you haven’t booked your flight yet, be more conscious of the flight time now to take advantage of one of the above game plans. Or consider flying out of Chattanooga. The drive up is quite easy—a straight shot up I-75 north and the airport is much smaller and easier to navigate. From Marietta, the drive should take you roughly 75 minutes. The airport is located in the southern part of the Chattanooga region so you won’t even have to drive through downtown Chattanooga. Just keep in mind there will be far fewer daily flight options.

 

Other Necessities:

  1. The Waze app. It’s fantastic! Gives you up-to-the-minute updates on accidents, materials in the road, speed traps and more. It can do this partially because of user participation. You will be amazed by how accurate it is as well. It’s bad enough that you will have to go an alternate route, but what if that route now has an accident blocking an intersection? You will have that information to come up with plan B or C in seconds.
  2. Good music or audio books. Your ride is very likely going to be longer so why not make it more pleasant? Audio books will definitely take your mind off how much longer it’s taking.
  3. Snacks and extra liquids. As temps are getting warmer, it’s not a bad idea to keep some extra bottled water or flavored water in your car as well as some nonperishable snacks, especially for that afternoon commute. While surface streets will give you more options for stopping for something, why extend the drive any longer than necessary? Keep things like granola bars, nuts, chips and protein bars (without chocolate coating) within easy reach so that plummeting blood sugar isn’t a contributing factor to a case of road rage!
  4. P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E. Remember, we are all in this together. It’s not you against the other drivers. We all want to get to our destinations safely and as quickly as possible. Everyone is being inconvenienced by this so patience, understanding and cooperation will go a long way.
  5. Evening Activities. If you find you have had an incredibly bad day at work and your entire body is tensed up at the thought of your commute home, take a little time before joining the follow the leader madness to get yourself in a better place. Keep sneakers in the car to take a walk or make plans to go to the gym after work so that you avoid rush hour altogether. Run errands. Meet a friend for dinner.

 

Below, we’ve provided some links to area maps and details about alternate routes and road closures to help inform you about how to get around, without using I-85 near where it comes into I-75 close to Georgia Tech.

 

If you’ve found this blog post from RE/MAX Greater Atlanta helpful, we urge you to pass the direct link along to someone you know who could use the information. Or just repost it on Facebook or other social media. We want it to help as many people as possible!

 

Helpful Map and MARTA Links to Alternative Routes:

 

http://www.cbs46.com/story/35038346/alternate-routes-after-collapse-of-i-85-in-atlanta#ixzz4cvQxjOgp


http://www.11alive.com/traffic/alternate-traffic-routes-for-i-85-collapse-/427152080


http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/245176761-story


http://www.cbs46.com/story/35040257/how-to-use-marta-around-the-mess

 

 

 

 

 

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