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Monday, 01 April 2013

Brentwood, TN Real Estate Tips…

Don’t curb your enthusiasm!

Unfortunately, in the real estate word of marketing and selling your home – there are just as many DO NOT’s  (when it comes to curb appeal) as there are Do’s!

Curb Appeal Do Not’s:

  • You might think that lovely violet paint matches your newly planted pansies just perfectly… however; loud and bright paint detracts from the overall value of your home. And when the buyer drives up – they immediately see a nice large bill from the painter before they even step inside. 
  • Gardens in the summer look lovely & lush, overflowing with fresh food… however, if out of season a potential buyer will see a dead overgrown area that can be interpreted as high maintenance. It might be best to forgo a season of your hobby when marketing your home.
  • A cluttered driveway is also a big no-no.  It can give the impression that there’s not room elsewhere to store it and the house lacks in space. Having the garage cleaned out and ready will solve this.  A parked car is also unattractive in photos that buyers see online.
  • Personal possessions can be a tricky subject, as the owner you are fond of the yard décor you have chosen for your home. But remember, you are trying to give the buyer the impression that they can make it their home now.  Any type of religious décor, lawn ornaments, or even old patio furniture becomes more of an eye sore.

Does all of this sound a bit overwhelming? No worries – I am here to help. With over 12 years in the Brentwood, TN real-estate market I have seen the best and the worst! I have the expertise to help your home stand out.  Call or email anytime, and I’ll be happy to walk through your home with you and help you evaluate a priority to- do list, suggestions and what the market analysis for your neighborhood shows about other homes.

Posted on 04/01/2013 10:23 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

This week we will continue to look at how curb appeal affects how buyers see your home. There is a whole range of ideas that can be tailored to fit just about any budget. Getting a head start on spring lawn care can make a drastic difference, for example. The home improvement stores are beginning to set out flowers and soon the outdoor sections of the local nursery will be overflowing with color. Apply some of that color in some freshly-mulched beds in your yard, roll up your DIY sleeves and watch how these changes can impact the feedback on your home, and bring in an offer!

For free, you can:
• Clean up overgrown flower beds, remove weeds
• Rake leaves and remove overgrown brush
• Wash windows and glass doors
• Properly store outdoor garbage & recycling cans
• Clean up toys, store bicycles, put away hoses
• Clean up any outdoor grill areas

For $100 you can:
• Invest in pots / planters on front porch with seasonal plants for a welcoming entrance
• Upgrade door hardware to a current finish
• Power wash siding, and wood surfaces to remove dirt and mold
• Repair or replace loose shutters

For $500 you can:
• Proper landscaping can provide a huge wow factor, add in size-appropriate trees
• Hire tree trimmers to correctly trim back overgrown bushes, & trees that block your home from street view
• Install fencing for privacy and block unsightly views of neighbor’s property
• Have a brick mailbox built
• Invest in having an old cracked walkway repaved with stone or pavers

Posted on 03/20/2013 10:26 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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