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Tuesday, 25 May 2021
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After many decluttering sessions you have decided you no longer want to share your bedroom with a piece of exercise equipment or have laundry drying on a rack in the den.  You know you want to move to a new home, but how do you know if you need more space or just a different layout? 

Look carefully at the layout of your current home, not just its total square footage.  Make a list of what you like about your current home and what works for your lifestyle.  Make a second list of things that don’t work or you would like to change.  The bedrooms and bathrooms may be adequate but the kitchen and den simply can’t contain your family activities any longer.  Maybe your kitchen works well, but your bedrooms and closets are small and you now need a dedicated office space.  Be sure you know exactly what does and doesn’t work in your current home so you aren’t just buying more space, but also an improved layout that will support your needs.  You may be able to buy a home of similar size with a different layout that will give you expanded options without paying for more space than you will use.

When you start searching for a new home, the primary consideration should be how you and your family will use the space for “everyday” functions rather than how it would be used for entertaining or special occasions.  Look at furniture and other items you have now and imagine how they will fit into the new space you are considering.  Do you need separate “dedicated” spaces for the kitchen, dining room and den?  Or, would an open kitchen/dining/den combo serve your needs and allow for the space of a dining room to be used for another function?  Do you need a laundry room and a mudroom or would a combination of the two be sufficient?  Would having a smaller laundry space on a second floor conveniently located near bedrooms (where the dirty laundry lives!) make you happier than having to carry loads and loads of laundry to a larger utility room on the first floor?  Do you need long, wide hallways or would you rather have a layout where bedrooms and baths were connected by a smaller community space?  There is rarely a “perfect” home, but knowing how you need your home to perform and keeping an open mind about all possibilities will make your home search much more targeted and fun!

 

...."You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 05/25/2021 2:27 PM by Jarod Tanksley
Thursday, 13 May 2021
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How do you know it’s time to go???

Home sales are typically higher as we move from spring into summer and this year has been no exception!  It seems that everywhere you look there is an article or news story about buying or selling your home.  It is easy to get caught up in the dollar signs of the selling and buying frenzy that is going on in our area, but just because the market is moving doesn’t mean you should!  So, how do you know???

A few short decades ago, many people only bought one or two houses in their lifetime.  Now however, many buy a new home and move every few years for a variety of reasons.  Most moves still coincide with major life events like buying a starter home, starting a family or empty-nest downsizing.  Along with those reasons, many also want to move for access to a new school district, new neighborhood amenities or lower taxes. And, with the new work-from-home trend taking over, time spent commuting is no longer as large an issue as it once was when considering a move.

If some of these things are true for you, now may be the time to go!  Have you outgrown your home?  If, even after the best marathon decluttering sessions you and your family still don’t have enough space, it might be time to consider a new home.  You may need a different configuration of space than what your current home offers and a renovation is not an option.  Do you feel like you have too much space to care for or even too much mortgage and would like to downsize and perhaps travel, start a business or just relax more and mow less? 

If you have been thinking about moving for a while, are wrapping up some home improvement projects or see homes selling quickly in your current neighborhood with the price per square foot higher on comparable sales than what you originally paid, now could be the ideal time for you to sell.  There are a few other things to consider before putting your home on the market especially where you would like to move to and your timeframe requirements.  Many prospective sellers wonder where they will go if their home sells quickly and they haven’t found one to buy.  I can help with a handyman, estate sales, packing and moving.  If you remember to keep an open mind about your search for a new home and consider that many things can be negotiated such as closing dates and possession, these are some starting points for discussion if you’re feeling the urge to move!  And remember ...

 

.... "You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

 

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Posted on 05/13/2021 1:39 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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