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Thursday, 24 September 2015
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Fall provides ample opportunities to make your home look more cozy and inviting from the outside, which will increase the buyer traffic if your home is on the market. If you have deciduous trees, you're already ahead of the game when it comes to "decorating" your property, but there are several other things you can do to kick up the welcoming factor a notch and get your home noticed.


- Rake the leaves. This is not just a neat-freak maintenance suggestion; raking up your leaves is good for your lawn. It allows it to "breathe," prevents snow mold in the winter, and gives your grass ample sunlight.


- Clear out all summer annuals and condition the soil. Also add another layer of mulch to keep the soil at an even temperature.


- If your yard lacks mature trees and shrubs, fall is the best time to plant. They take root and start getting used to the cooler climate.


- If you're thinking of waiting until Spring to put your house on the market, right now is the best time to get those spring bulbs in the ground.


- Hang a fall wreath on your front door and you'll add an extra welcoming element as someone enters your home. If you're a little on the crafty side, this Tip Junkie Web site has 51 DIY ideas for making your own wreath.


- There are also many other ways to add natural elements to your front entry with a large variety of leaves, gourds, and plants. Click through these great ideas from Better Homes & Gardens.


Some people give up on their flowerbeds and container arrangements after summer, but fall offers several options of plant life that will make your yard look beautiful right up until the first snowfall. These are just a few favorites:


- Marigolds-These easy-to-grow annuals come in gold, copper, and brass, which are the perfect compliments to fall.

- Mums (Chrysanthemums)-With around 40 species, these colorful flowers have annual and perennial varieties, and they grow well in the ground or in containers.

- Pansies-Perfect for containers, borders, or ground cover, these colorful annuals are extra hardy.

- Asters-Daisy-like in appearance, these perennials bring an extra punch of color and style to fall's more traditional flowers.

- Hydrangeas-These ornamental beauties come in a variety of colors and are a favorite for fall arrangements.

- Juniper-There are several varieties of juniper, but the evergreen ground cover is very hardy, and it changes from blueish-green to purple in the winter.

- Wandering Jew-A staple in the south for flower beds and baskets, this purple-leaf plant is low maintenance and multiplies quickly.

- Dusty Miller-The silvery foliage of this low-maintenance perennial will add a beautiful contrast to other plants in the ground or in planters.


Give people a reason to do a double-take when they see your home!

Jarod
jarod@realtracs.com
615-669-8265

photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net

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Posted on 09/24/2015 9:53 PM by Jarod
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015
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Building your dream home can be a rewarding experience, but as many who have gone before you can tell you, it can also be overwhelming if you don't know what to expect. In booming areas of the country such as the Nashville area, there are a lot of new construction communities to choose from, so get ready to shop around and have fun!

1. Find an agent to represent you. The agents assigned to the model homes you visit are paid to represent the builder, so find a trusted agent to represent you and your needs.

2. Get preapproved for a home loan. You need to know what your budget is from the beginning, because model homes have a way of drawing you in with all of their upgrades, bells, and whistles. You need to know exactly what you can afford so that you can walk away when the numbers get too high.
 

3. Speaking of upgrades, bells, and whistles . . . model homes are full of high-end embellishments, so never assume that what you see is what you get for the price you see as the base price. Ask to see price sheets for every upgrade. Ask to see exactly what features are included for the base price you are being quoted. Some builders set base prices higher to include a load of features. Other builders set base prices low, but the price adds up quickly once you have to add everything from crown molding to an electric door bell (I'm not kidding).
 

4. Don't expect to be able to negotiate much on the base price of the home, but DO negotiated for closing costs and upgrades to be thrown into the deal.
 

5. Get everything in writing. Get everything in writing. Get everything in writing.


6. Do your homework on the proposed neighborhood and surrounding area. Will there be future amenities that could drive up HOA costs? Will there be future building in your back yard? Will there be new roads, schools, or retail in the next couple of years? Ask the builder. Ask the planning commission of your city. It's OK to ask!


7. Don't give in too quickly to pressure. A builder's agent's job is to sell lots with houses on them, so that's what they are good at doing. Yes, there might only be one lot left with a tree or your chosen house plan might only fit on certain lots, but don't feel like you have to make a decision the first time you visit. Study the floor plans, proposed neighborhood maps, and take your time. This is a huge decision and you don't want to have regrets that you settled for what the builder's agent said you had to do that day. This is YOUR dream home!

I love to help people with new construction homes. I have years of experince working with local builders and I'm not afraid to fight for what is best for you. Give me a call!

 

Jarod
jarod@realtracs.com
615-669-8265

photo credit: freedigitalphotos.net
 

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Posted on 09/15/2015 10:41 PM by Jarod
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