Real Estate Blog


Wednesday, 24 May 2017


It is very important to research what to do to get ready to sell your home. Equally as important is decluttering before putting your home on the market.  

This is also the time to do a deep cleaning.   In case you have not done this earlier, you still can do it by tackling the job room by room.  A bad odor may give an opinion of a home not being clean even when it is.  Using an air freshener is a good idea after cleaning so that the clean smell lingers. If you are in a time crunch and have a busy schedule...there are professionals to help.

I encourage you to realize the importance of preparation for your home on the market. Remember the saying  "you get one chance for a great first impression". Be certain that after viewing your home online, buyers receive a great first impression when they visit your home in person.

Listed below are some areas of concern to buyers and what you can do to be prepared:


* Remove unsightly items such as dead plants and empty pots, bicycles and toys, boats and garbage receptacles or garden hoses.

* Remove grill covers and furniture covers on outdoor furniture

* Blow off or sweep all patios, decks and walks.

* Remove all fallen limbs and debris from the yard area.


* Light is important- open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including garage area)

* Replace all burnt out bulbs.  Have all ceiling light on and under counter lights. Ceiling fans OFF.


* Take pictures and notes off of front of refrigerator, hide garbage can, remove cereals and snack foods from the counter tops, all dish soaps, sponges, cloths from sink area. It is helpful to grind a sliced lemon in the disposal to have a clean smell.


* Remove all personal items such as toothbrushes, shampoos, soaps, razors etc

* Pets and pet accessories should be out of sight

* Have mirrors clean and free of smears

* All remote controls for TV and stereos should be out of sight

*  It is important to be able to access lighting in each room and add lighting if necessary

* Nice looking wood and tile floors should not be hidden with rugs. 

Even though this seems like a long list it actually it only takes a few minutes to complete.  It is imperative that you have your home prepared and ready for that first impression and to be considered the best in the market. And always remember......

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

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 05/24/2017 10:15 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Friday, 19 May 2017


 Once you find the home you have dreamed of, it is necessary to make your first offer a STRONG one. You don't want any hiccups along the way so it is imperative that you know your price range before you go out to look at homes. Your Realtor can make sure that you meet with a qualified professional in the mortgage field to determine your qualification amount.


  1. ARE YOU QUALIFIED FOR YOUR DREAM HOME- It is exciting to go house hunting! The mortgage process is not quite as exciting but nevertheless a necessary component in the process. Along with this you need to know your situation and how equipped you are financially to make any necessary repairs (air conditioner, new roof).

  2. YOUR OFFER- Your Realtor is going to guide you through this process. Make sure they are knowledgeable of the area and the comparables (Not Zestimates). They will know the residential sales market and help you make an offer that will stand. Don't be affraid to use the Earnest money as a negotiating tool.

  3. BE QUICK TO ACT - Once you find that home, you will need to be expedient in your offer. There is not need to worry. You have been wise in deciding to go with a professional. That will save you so much time and result in being productive in acquiring your home.

  4. NEGOTIATING – Since in most cases there is usually a counteroffer, you have no need to worry since you have your Realtor to guide you through this part of buying your home. You know how much you can afford to pay and this is what they do for a living. They have the experience in negotiating and they know what is applicable for the residential area.


We all want the house hunting process to go smoothly whether you are picking out your home for retirement or buying your very first home. And Remember......


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

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814


Posted on 05/19/2017 6:20 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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