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When you’re buying or remodeling a home, the task of finding service providers can be challenging. I have a depth of personal experience in real estate and I know what sells. Call me or e-mail me and I will be glad to provide a list of contractors that can help you with your home needs from architects to plumbers, to landscapers.

Helpful Building and Remodeling Websites

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/ features an annual Cost vs. Value survey that compares the average cost of popular remodeling projects and their value at resale in U.S. markets.

For aesthetic advice three of my favorite sites are Home and Garden Television at www.hgtv, www., houzz.com, and Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/categories/home_decor/

Building and Planning Departments

Your local building and planning departments are the best places to find out what is and isn’t allowed to be done to your property. For example, some homes in Fulton and DeKalb counties and their incorporated areas are in historic districts which require following certain guidelines. An appointment with your local city or county planner can put you on the right track and help fill in the details for you.

DeKalb County

Planning Department: http://www.planningdekalb.net/, 404-371-2155
Preservation Planner: David Cullison, 404-371-2155

Fulton County Planning and Community Services

, 404-612-7800 http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/fcpcsd
City of Atlanta
Office of Planning, 404-330-6145, http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=326
Urban Design Commission, (historic designation) http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=388

City of Avondale Estates

Permitting Concierge Coordinator, Phil Howard, 404-294-5400
Historic Preservation: http://www.avondaleestates.org/historic-preservation.html

City of Decatur

Planning Director, Amanda Thompson, 404-370-4104,
http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=133
Preservation Planner: Regina Brewer
http://www.decaturga.com/index.aspx?page=133