Real Estate Blog

Wednesday, 03 January 2018
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Now that we are in the cold months of winter, there are a few simple steps you can take now that will keep your home nice and cozy and shield you from the bitter cold.

INSULATION

There are many areas of your home that could have been neglected when your home was built, but don't let that overwhelm you. Any additional insulation can be helpful! Actually, Energy.Gov has this informational graphic that shows several areas of your home you can insulate that you probably never even thought of. Start by choosing those areas that are most important to you that you could fix on your own.

The Attic

Because heat rises, the attic is a prime place to lose your warmth if it is not properly insulated. You can purchase rolls of fiberglass insulation and position them around edges of the attic or in areas where the other insulation looks thin. Inspect the perimeter for cracks and then seal and patch. Also, if the ductwork for your central heating is located in the attic, check for leaks and loose fittings. This one move could save you quite a few dollars on energy costs.

Basement

There are many reasons to focus on the basement during this process. For one, if any of your home's appliances are located in this area, cold air causes them to use more energy. Also, if the basement is cold, that means your floors above are cold, which means the heat has to work extra hard in your living space.

Windows & Doors

Check exterior doors and windows for any air leaks and add weather stripping where needed. If you can afford it, replace drafty windows with double-paned upgrades. Use foam and tape around any exposed pipes to prevent freezing. Also, see the above note about central heat ductwork if it is located in your basement.

Furnace and Fireplaces

Proper maintenance on your heat sources could save you a lot of energy and money. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your furnace each fall before you turn on your heat. You will not only help your system work better, but you might also prevent hazards that could arise from running a neglected system. Also, changing out your filters on a regular basis will help everything run more efficiently. A professional is also best for inspecting your fireplace to make sure it is in optimal working order before you start burning fires. This will help protect you and your family from chimney fires and excess amounts of carbon monoxide.

Kitchen & Baths

Leave the cabinets open and the faucets dripping

OUTSIDE

  • Check the exterior of your home for cracks around your doors, windows, and crawl spaces. Use caulk and weather stripping where needed.
  • Close outdoor vents that lead into your home.
  • To prevent pipes from freezing, empty water hoses and spigots of excess water and insulate any exposed pipes outside your home, in the garage, and in crawl spaces with foam and tape.
  • Clean out your gutters! Clogged gutters could cause ice to back up and create damage to your roof.
  • Don't forget about draining the irrigation system

 

Winterizing your home does not have to be difficult, but if any of these tasks are too big for you, hire a professional. If you need help finding a cozy home, give me a call and I will be happy to help.....

 

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

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

 

Photo credit: Mark Sylvester at FreeRange

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Posted on 01/03/2018 10:01 AM by Jarod
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
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There are really many different styles, it's not a one size fits all market.  The traditionalists usually have the cozy, comfy & warm decor where the contemporary are more into clean lines and minimal furniture, but there are always a few who combine both.

It has been said that color trends come and go. So if you never got around to decorating with grey, you are in luck.  If you've noticed,  each decade seems to have it's own style and colors and they are starting to collide.

The coming trends seem to be tribal patterns and the colors black, white, and caramel together with organics.  Orange and red are back as well as accent colors.  Gold and brass are entering once again to make a bright appearance in your home.

I never thought it would reappear, but avocado and gold leathers, carpets, and wall colors are slowly making a comeback.  When I look at the pictures I am not convinced.  We will see if it really happens. 

Black and white interior design has been around for such a long time.  It is a top trend that will never go out of style.  No matter how colors fluctuate with time, these two colors in particular will always remain classic.  Add a touch of brass or elegant silver and voila, you have elegance.  

For the traditional style homes, oversized furniture is coming back as well.  Very large comfy sectionals and multiple sofas and chairs with heavy wood tables.  If you have never gotten rid of your bulky furniture you will be right back in style.  Recovering your sectional  in new trendy colors and patterns is popular for those living the traditional lifestyles .  Splashes of color will also be popular to combine with the the neutral colors tones.

The Contemporary style homes usually are more of an open concept with medium or dark wood floors in the living spaces with multi-colored walls and even wallpaper.  Marble and quartz countertops are popular in homes where kitchens have white and greys on the walls and the retro contemporary furnishings.

Choosing natural colors in the materials of tiles and flooring will stand the test of time.   Colorful trim and decorative finishes like glazes will warm your home and display a personal preference that meets your own lifestyle.

So, during the time off work when celebrating with family, take your quiet times and grab a warm throw and sit by the fireplace and dream of the warmth of Spring and visualize the plans for your home.  Spring is just around the corner..... and remember.....

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

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

@Tips4RealEstate

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 12/19/2017 7:00 AM by jarod tanksley
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