Real Estate Blog

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Open layouts with a lot of natural light are all the rage right now when it comes to real estate. You see it everywhere. Historical and old-fashioned buildings have been renovated into apartments with as much space in a single room as possible. The fashion is also to install high-efficiency light bulbs to use as little energy as possible. You might also want a trendy mattress.

That’s great for the many days ahead, but when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, that can cause some problems.

Let’s start by talking about lights. High-efficiency light bulbs are all the rage right now, and with good reason. The lower your power bill, the better your budget, right? They’re also slightly better for the environment than their lower efficiency counterparts. However, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs can actually be a problem when it comes to bedtime.

Our eyes believe that blue spectrum lights mean that we need to be awake and functioning. Many of the higher efficiency light bulbs give off a lot of blue spectrum light, which can make getting your brain to accept that we should be trying to fall asleep.

One way to help with that is to get a more yellow-tinted bulb, which isn’t hard to find with LEDs. You can also use old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.

Many younger people tend to keep their offices in their bedrooms, which is a problem. The more distractions you have in your sleeping environment, the worse sleep you’re going to get, especially when those distractions include a computer. Computers and many electronics have blue spectrum lights built into their LCD screens, like high-efficiency light bulbs. Those lights are great for increasing the amount of attention you pay to them, thanks to the way our brains work. However, they are not good at all for letting you go to sleep promptly.

The more stuff you have in your bedroom, the more likely you are to stay awake when you need to be asleep. You know what they say - out of sight, out of mind. That should apply to your office space. If you must have an office in your bedroom, you should put a divider or something to block your view of your workspace. You should also have an out of sight place to leave your phones, tablets and other electronics, to make sure that you have as few obstacles as possible between you and getting the best night’s sleep.

Now, that distraction-free zone should also have some plants in it! NASA did a study, and it showed that particular plants are good to have in your bedroom to have cleaner air. An easy way to include plants in your home is to have a window box or some floating shelves on the walls.

Clean air flowing through your bedroom means a high quality of sleep. Another great way to have these effects is to sleep with a window open, so make sure that’s a possibility when you’re looking for a home. If it’s not possible, a ceiling fan or air conditioning unit can also help. But fresh, flowing air is the best.

Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

For more info reach out to.... 

Sarah Johnson
Community Relations/Tuck Sleep Foundation
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Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 03/15/2018 7:50 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Making your home attractive to prospective buyers can be a daunting task.   All those items that make the home "yours", such as  your personal items, need to be stored away as you neutralize your home prior to selling.  The prospective buyer needs to imagine their own photos and furniture in your house.     Personal items such as family photos and even your favorite recliner might have to disappear for a bit.   Visualizing the home  is much  easier to a potential buyer with most of your personal items gone.  Decluttering your homes will take everyone's help.  Your children's bulky toys need to be out of sight to give your home that appearance of space.  

I am not sure that staging is always necessary, but painting dark and bold colored walls with a nice neutral color might be a great idea . A new coat of paint gives a  fresh clean scent to your home and helps it to sparkle with an updated decor.  

The front of your house is the first part of your house the prospective buyer sees is .   Sprucing up the front lawn and front door area is a must.  Make your front lawn  look it's very best with shrubbery trimmed and grass mowed.  If there is a porch, make it more inviting.  A look that says "I think I would like to sit here for a while" makes the home more appealing.  

Inside the house, be certain that your furniture is arranged in a way to look cozy and with traffic patterns that look obvious.  Another good idea is to increase the wattage in your lamps and light fixtures.  This gives your home a brighter look.  

If you have a basement, make sure the area is clean and organized.   This area must be well lighted and clean to make it an asset to your property.  

Do all faucets work correctly?  Commodes all working properly?  Make sure all repairs are done.  Repairs will be addressed in a home inspection so now is a great time to get your home in tip top shape. 

Last but not least, this is the time to tidy up the garage and make it look like a garage again.  If you family can't part with many of the items then storage is the next best answer. 

You can call me anytime to come take a peek and talk over what exactly needs to be done to make your home ready for the market and to get the best and fastest results....


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


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265


Brentview Realty


Posted on 02/28/2018 7:01 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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