Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Pro & Cons of existing homes
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Recently, I met some friends who have lived in the same home for 30 years.  I actually think it's neat that they are still in the same home.  Some of my friends have parents who have moved to senior living communities and they purchased the parents' home and are living in their childhood home with their growing families.  I am sure lots of improvements have been done over the years and repairs as needed.  Many older homes are in GREAT locations with bigger lots and while newer homes are more modern they are usually on smaller lots and are a little farther out away from city centers.

In other situations, some people move more frequently from one home to the next because of family circumstances or career changes.  In most of these situations, living in a home for even a few years allows them to become accustomed to defects that are not really a problem for them, but for a new buyer may present an issue.  Too many small items could add up and actually be a deal breaker.  Although they may be small and incidental issues to the seller, those possible repair dollars add up to a buyer.  

If you and your family live in a house long enough​, there may be items ​that need to be repaired that you haven't considered because you have gotten used to working around the problem.  For instance, a sticky door or broken lock seems like a very small issue.  Maybe the door company no longer exists or you are unable to find replacement parts or locks.  I would suggest getting a home inspection before your home hits the market to benefit both sides of a future deal.  I assess each listing and when necessary, and I will provide this option as part of my professional service on older listings to help the homeowner avoid any surprises.

I am always here to help you in your quest for buying and selling.... "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 01/31/2018 8:07 AM by jarod tanksley
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Is this year the right year for you?
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Is it time?   You and your family are in the market for a new home.  What exactly is that going to look like?   There are certain questions you can ask yourself to know what that home should be and what your priorities are. 

​A good place to begin the process is in the bedroom area.  Everyone usually wants their own bedroom and bathroom if possible?  However, if you have many overnight visitors in your home you might want to consider a guest room or maybe an office that can convert easily into a bedroom with the concept of a Murphy bed.  If you haven't seen one, it is easy to explain.  Basically it is a bed and frame that is build to fold up against the wall looking almost like a cabinet without drawers.  It is a really convenient concept and they are usually very comfortable.

The age of your children can be a​ deciding​ factor​. If you have older teenagers, they may be going to college soon and you might consider not having as many bedrooms.  Remembering of course that college age children tend to move out and will usually need to move back in at some point, even if it just for weekend visits.

Storage is a big consideration.   Walk-in closets are great but extra storage is always a must.  You need to survey what ​you​ are lacking in storage space​ in your present home. D​o you need extra space for sporting equipment, outdoor furniture or car accessories​?​ You can NEVER have to much storage.

Outdoor spaces where everyone can gather is equally important.​ Where does your family spend most of their time?   Are you an outdoor family with lots of entertaining?   Do you like the outdoors and do you need a large patio and/or screened-in porch or maybe a pool?   Considering all of these points now will save you much time before the hunt begins.

​Make a list of needs and wants

Helping with all of these areas is exactly what I love to do.  So let's sit down and have a plan for finding your new home.

 

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

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

@Tips4Realestate

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 01/16/2018 12:23 PM by Jarod Tanksley
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Friday, 12 January 2018
Thank You for a Great 2017!
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As we roll into 2018, I can't help but reflect on what an amazing year it has been in so many ways. I feel blessed. And a lot of those happy memories revolve around family, friends, and the wonderful clients who trusted me to take care of their real estate needs.

I am truly thankful to say that I was able to be a part of more than 30 transactions in the Middle Tennessee area, and each one was a memorable experience as I had the privilege of helping people sell their homes, buy their dream homes, and handle the difficult details of estate sales after the death of loved ones.  I was even able to refer a couple of commercial deals.  My referral services helped connect many buyers and sellers to homes that would be hard to find otherwise. Connecting sellers and buyers is my favorite part of the job and it is a win-win for everyone! 

With more than 18 years of negotiating skills under my belt, there was no problem we couldn't handle together this year as we navigated contracts, inspections, and everything in between.

As I look forward to another great year in 2018, I hope you will trust me to help you with your real estate needs and refer me to your friends! Your referrals are the best gift and compliment you can give me!

Happy New Year!!....and remember...

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


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

 

 

 

Photo credit: Freedigitalphotos.net by Krishna Arts

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Posted on 01/12/2018 1:38 PM by Jarod
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Wednesday, 3 January 2018
Simple Tips to Winterize Your Home
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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
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