Hey everybody, Tom Townsend with Townsend Realty Group, coming to you. This is for everybody that’s looking to buy a home in Canton, Georgia, right here in Cherokee Country and wondering why you should move to GEORGIA! Over the last few months, we’ve had a lot of people migrating down here to the South from the North, and a lot of our recent clients are trying to get antiquated and understand the home-buying process down here in the South, so this is a great video for anybody out there that’s actually moving down here to the South in Canton, Georgia and looking for a home and has some questions about the differences between the real estate down here compared to what it’s like up north.
I know I’ve mentioned in past videos but I moved down here in 1999 after spending four years in Indiana and then prior to that was in Michigan, so it was an adjustment coming down.
1. The Hot Georgia SUN!
The first thing is the sun. The sun is out quite often down here compared to what we’re used to up in the North. We don’t have a lot of sunny days up in the North. Down here, the sun is out and it is hot, and we have to conte\]’nd in the South here with sun damage, and yes, there’s sun damage to your cars and there’s sun damage to your homes. So one of the things that you’re really going to want to take a look at is what direction the property actually faces, and how is the sun going to be rising and setting, and how is that going to actually affect the actual home itself from a heating standpoint and just sun damage to the home itself. You’re probably going to have to plan on maintaining your home, getting it painted a little bit more often than you typically would up in the North, so that is just one of the things. So the sun, which is an awesome thing, nice and bright, we’re very happy we have the sun down here compared to the North, but you are going to have to contend with a little bit of sun damage.
The other thing is when it rains down here, it rains, and I mean it pours. Definitely have times where we’ll have these thunderstorms go through and it just dumps on you like buckets. So we typically don’t have that up in the Northeast as we do down here in the South, so drainage issues and making sure that you have an adequate drainage system around your house that flushes that influx of water, the tons of water that come in an instant, away from your home is going to be really important, and there are some things that we help our clients out with to identify, “Do I have adequate drainage around my home itself?”
3. The South Has TERMITES!
The other thing is though is the little pesky termites. Yes, we have termites down here in the South. That is something that we typically didn’t have to worry about up in the Northeast and up in the North. So one of the things that you have to understand is termites are everywhere. It’s not a matter of if you get you termites, it’s when. You’re going to hear that over and over again. So you’re going to want to make sure that you have adequate coverage, have a pest control company that actually comes in and monitors termites or termite activity around your home, so once they are identified to getting close to your home or maybe some activity there, they can go ahead and kill those little suckers as fast as they possibly can, so it’s not something that you want to find out later in the home-buying process. So anyways, termites, you’re definitely going to have to worry about that.
The other thing here is basements down here. We don’t have a lot of basements in the South. Not really quite sure. It’s probably caused by the rocky soil that we have. You know, we are on bedrock here in Canton, Georgia. We’re in the foothills of the mountains, so it’s very rocky. We don’t have that big, rich soil like we’re so used to up north, so it’s not very easy to dig in. Also, we have this clay, which is not very porous for water, so you’re going to find out that we have a lot of crawl spaces here with the older homes that are built in the South, and then we also have a lot of slab homes. So you’re really going to want to take that into consideration when you’re actually going out and looking for homes. You’re not going to find a lot of basements. They’re definitely there. Almost all of the basements here in the South are going to be walkout basements, so there’s going to be a section that you’re actually going to be able to walk out into, either a side yard or backyard or front yard, but they’re going to be walkout basements, so it’s going to be a different type of a basement that you are used to up in the North.
5. HOME CONSTRUCTION
The other thing is is the construction. You’ve got to understand that the homes down here are built to accommodate for the heat that we have here in the South compared to the cold that we’re used to up in the North, so your air conditioning system is definitely going to be more important than your heating system here. Up in the North, we’re more concerned about our heating system than we are our air conditioning. As a matter of fact, when I was growing up, we didn’t even have air conditioning and we were perfectly fine. We could actually live like that. Nowadays, that is very difficult to do down here in the South because of the blistering heat. So the construction of the homes themselves, the air conditioning unit, your HVAC systems are all going to be conducive to keeping the heat out and the moisture and the humidity out of your home opposed to trying and trapping in a bunch of heat. So understand that there are going to be some nuances and difference in construction itself.
Let me talk to you a little bit about the taxes, how things actually work here in the South compared to up in the North. Now, every county is a little bit different, but right here in Cherokee County and Canton, Georgia, when you have a development that’s actually being built, up in the North, what we were used to was the infrastructure already had to be there to support a new development that was going in. In other words, the roads had to be wide enough to accommodate the new traffic, the septic systems, the electrical and the school systems already had to be there and adequate to support the new population that was going to be moving in. Here in the South, it’s a little bit different. We have a tendency to build first and then bring the infrastructure in to support that. It’s not a perfect science like that. You know, you obviously have to have roads and so on and so forth. However, we do have a tendency to build first and then widen roads later, or maybe bring in the school systems and build new schools to accommodate the new population that’s coming in. That was a big eye-opener for us when we first moved down here to the South. It was just flip-flopped to what we were used to. Doesn’t mean that it’s wrong or right. It’s just different, so you need to kind of understand and prepare for that. Especially if you’re in like Cherokee County, which is growing at a very fast pace right now, just be patient and understand that some of that infrastructure is going to be delayed in order to support some of the traffic and the new influx of population that may be going into certain sections of the county. So anyways, that’s a little bit different than what we’re used to up in the North.
7. LEVEL LOTS are Hard To Find!
The other thing that is different down here is, like I said previously, is you need to understand that we’re in the foothills and the mountains, so level lots are at a premium here, especially in Canton, Georgia, and Cherokee County. Up north, having a level lot in Indiana was no big deal. As a matter of fact, you couldn’t find a sloped lot, in Indiana. So the reverse is going to be different here than what you may be used up in the North. Once again, specifically in Cherokee Country, hey, we’re in the foothills, right? So most of the lots are going to be sloped. Some of the driveways are going to be sloped. If you do find a level lot, first of all, it’s going to be at a premium and it’s going to be kind of rare. Right now, in the current environment that we have that is a seller’s market, there’s not a lot of inventory, so you’re going to want to make sure that you’re a little bit flexible with the lots that you actually look at and understand that you may not have a perfectly level lot.
So those are some of the differences that you’re going to find when you’re moving from the North and coming down to the South specifically in the Canton, Georgia area in Cherokee County. I hope this answered your question of Why you should move to Georiga. Click on this link to find all the homes that are available right now in Canton, Georgia, and then make sure you also subscribe to our YouTube channel. Give me a thumbs up if you thought this video was helpful. Thanks and have a great day.