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Saturday, 28 September 2013
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      Fall in love all over again with Tennessee at area fall events and farms

Fall is an amazing time of year in Middle Tennessee. The weather is close to perfect, the scenery is changing into a beautiful display of colors, football is in full swing, and there are events and festivals galore that allow you to experience all that fall has to offer.

There are many places to choose from, but the following is a synopsis of some favorites that are close to the Brentwood, Tenn., area. Bring your friends and family out for the fun!

FARMS

GENTRY’S FARM
1974 New Highway 96, Franklin, Tenn.
http://www.gentryfarm.com/

A Franklin fall tradition, historic Gentry’s Farm opens wide its gates every fall for fun and education. Come enjoy corn and hay mazes, hayrides, tire swings, playgrounds, and then pick your own pumpkin from the patch. There are also great fall displays for family pictures. They are open every weekend in October and Monday mornings.

 

LUCKY LADD FARMS
4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville, Tenn.
http://www.luckyladdfarms.com/index.html

Located between Franklin and Murfreesboro, Lucky Ladd Farms is open almost every day in October so that you can experience their expansive list of activities. With mazes, playgrounds, pony rides, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a tractor train, interactive educational field trips, and flashlight corn maze adventures, your family can spend the whole day exploring. New this year is a family-friendly Pumpkin Holla’ Lighted Trail that features hundreds of hand-carved glowing pumpkins, music, and more.

 

WALDEN PUMPKIN FARM
8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna, Tenn.
http://waldenfarm.biz/

This family farm is open free to the public every day but Wednesday in October, but you’ll want to pull out your wallets for the yummy concessions, hay and corn mazes, hayride, pumpkin train, 40 ft. slide and more!

 

RIPPAVILLA PLANTATION
5700 Main Street, Spring Hill, Tenn.
http://www.rippavilla.org

This plantation is known for its history and its 10-acre corn maze. Come any weekend in October to make your way through trail mazes, with 15 information stations along the way. You can also join the many brave adventurers who walk the maze by flashlight at night! Other activities include a pumpkin sling, pumpkin painting, hayrides, a play area, and hot chocolate by a bonfire.

 

EVENTS

FALL FEST @ THE HERMITAGE
4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, Tenn.
http://fallfestatthehermitage.com/

OCT. 5-6, Open 10-5
Adults $5     Children 11 and under FREE
This annual event features fun, music, food, art, and history!

 

CITY FARMHOUSE PRESENTS: A POP-UP BARN SHOW
Idyll by the River Farm, 3160 Del Rio Pike, Franklin, Tenn.
http://www.cityfarmhousefranklin.com/pop-up-barn-show.html

OCT. 11-12, Friday, 10-6; Saturday, 8-4
$8 per day or $12 for a weekend pass
This two-day event features shopping, live music, food trucks, special guests, and seminars and how-to’s for design, decorating, and cooking.

 

30th ANNUAL PUMPKINFEST
Main Street, Franklin, Tenn.
http://downtownfranklintn.com/events/pumpkinfest/

OCT. 26, Open 10-6
FREE
One of Franklin’s most popular events, this street festival takes over historic downtown Franklin with arts and crafts booths, games and inflatables, live music, delicious food, and a costume contest for kids and pets.


For a more extensive list of fall festivals and happenings all over Middle Tennessee, visit: http://www.nowplayingnashville.com/categories/index/8/0

 

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Posted on 09/28/2013 4:37 PM by Jarod
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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You finally found it—the perfect home. You knew it as soon as you walked in the door. If you’re a woman, you’ve started mentally placing furniture around the room. If you’re a man, you’ve made sure the garage will store all your tools. But before you start moving in your stuff, you’ve got to sign a lot of paperwork and you’ve got to protect yourself.

That’s why I always make sure my clients set aside enough money on the front end to get a thorough home inspection. Jerry Black from Pillar to Post Home Inspectors services many homes in the Middle Tennessee real estate area. He explains that many times when a buyer walks in a house and they know they want it, they put up blinders. A home inspector will go through the house with unbiased eyes to make sure they find everything that needs to be discovered. The most common problems they find that the untrained eye misses are plumbing leaks and issues in the crawl space.

So, how does a home inspection protect you? It can be written in as a contingency on your purchasing offer. If the inspector finds major problems with the home you are trying to buy, you have the option of walking away from your offer without any penalties.

You should expect a home inspection to last from two to three hours. It is beneficial for you to be there during this time so the inspector can explain things more clearly to you. According to investopedia.com, the inspector should note:

• whether each problem is a safety issue, major defect, or minor defect
• which items need replacement and which should be repaired or serviced
• items that are suitable for now but that should be monitored closely

A really great inspector will even tell you about routine maintenance that should be performed, which can be a big help if you're a first-time home buyer.

Be sure to find the company that offers the most services. There are three major home inspection agencies that monitor the guidelines, but those guidelines only require a minimum on some services. Hire the company that goes above and beyond. Pillar to Post, for instance, offers a 1,600 point inspection. They also have three different packages to choose from so you can up your inspection to include other features such as radon and mold testing.

Even though there are quite a few expenses in the buying and selling process, a home inspection is one of the best investments for your purchase and your peace of mind.

For more information on Pillar to Post, click here and watch the video about their three inspection packages.

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Posted on 09/24/2013 2:00 PM by Jarod
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