Friday, 27 December 2019
A New Year, A Fresh Space
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The holidays are winding down and it is time to start packing up the decorations, getting back into a more normal daily routine and looking forward to a new year filled with new possibilities.  Many have been in a holiday frame of mind since early November and have "decked the halls" both inside and out.

When you start to put away the decorations, your home can look a little empty.  This may cause some sadness after such a busy season filled with all sorts of fun activities, special meals and visits with family and friends.

If your home seems a little lifeless after stowing the holiday gear, consider a few options to give it a new vibe.  It is probably less cluttered now that the decorations are gone so take advantage of this to do a little extra cleaning and perhaps rearrange some of your furniture and collectibles for a different flow in your home.  You can also remove some items for donation that no longer fit with your new plan.  Since it is still winter, you can keep things cozy with a few well-placed throws, candles and some personal items that have sentimental value to you and your family.  Also keep in mind that even though the Christmas or other holiday decorations are gone, you can still use some nature-themed items such as greenery, branches, berries, and pine cones to brighten up the winter days.

As we move towards the new year, take some time to enjoy the calm in your space, invite some friends over to share a meal and reflect on your blessings!  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com  (Featured Listings & Blogs)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 12/27/2019 8:45 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Thursday, 12 December 2019
Making Your List and Checking it Twice...
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Making Your List and Checking it Twice...

It seems like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving and now Christmas is less than two weeks away!  Everyone is rushing around to finish decorating and shopping tasks in preparation for the big day.  Many people will spend their holiday locally hosting their friends, family and out-of-town guests and others will be traveling this holiday season.  If you are the one traveling to visit friends and family, have you prepared your house for departure?  

Some people travel often and have a well-established checklist of items to handle and others may be traveling for the first time this year.  Either way, there are a few important things you should consider doing to keep your house looking "lived in" while you are gone.  Be sure to stop your mail and any other regularly scheduled home deliveries such as newspapers or food delivery services.  If you haven't put a hold on your mail in a while, the U.S. Postal Service has a new verification system so placing a hold may take a few extra steps this year if that service is available in your area.  

If you have "smart" plugs or light bulbs, look at the schedules and make some changes for a more randomly lighted appearance than normal.  Even though you may have control of household items remotely via your home network, give a trusted neighbor a key so they could get into your home and reset a router if your network goes down or handle other small emergencies that may arise.  Mechanical timers on lamps provide a good back-up in the event of a network failure.

Other things to consider are thermostat settings and parking arrangements.  Turn down your thermostat to save some energy while gone, but do not turn off the heat completely.  Consider asking your neighbors to park a car in your driveway occasionally while you are gone and keep watch on the mailbox as well as pick up deliveries that may not have been cancelled.  Many people may choose to use a house or pet sitter while gone, but if not, make sure to clean out any items from the refrigerator that may not stay fresh while you are gone.

By attending to some of these things in advance you can feel more confident leaving your home and enjoy your holiday travel without worry!

 "You've Got a Friend in Real Estate" ..... Merry Christmas Everyone....

 

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com (Featured Listings & Blogs)

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

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Posted on 12/12/2019 9:46 AM by Jarod Tanksley
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Tuesday, 3 December 2019
4 Tips to Help You Prepare to Sell in 2020
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If you're thinking about getting in on the selling and buying action in 2020, there are several things you can be doing now to prepare.

1. De-clutter and stage your home. For many, this takes considerable time, so instead of trying to kill yourself working over a short amount of time, spread out the work to align with the timeframe of when you want to list (see #4). For tips on de-cluttering, read this previous post.

2. Get your finances in order. There's nothing worse than starting your online search for homes only to discover that you don't qualify for the homes you've got your heart set on. You'll need to have your finances in order before you get pre-qualified for a loan, so start organizing your paperwork and writing down everything you'll need to hand to a mortgage lender. Need help choosing a lender? This post can help!

3. Agree on a price. You'll want to work with a trusted Realtor to find out what your home is worth and what price point will generate the most interest when you officially list. You'll also need to work with your agent and agree on a price point as you begin your search for a new home.

4. Agree on the timing. 2020 has the potential for higher interest rates, and election years can sometimes be uncertain, but now is still a great time to put down roots and make an investment in Middle Tennessee. If you have children in school, you might want to wait until the end of the school year, but keep in mind that there are longer waiting periods for closings now, so you'll need to factor that into the timing.

Nashville-area real estate is a great investment, so call me today and I'll help you get the best price for you home and help you find your next dream home! 2020 could be your best year yet!

 

 

"You've Got a Friend in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265
www.BrentwoodandBeyond.com
Brentview Realty  615.373.2814

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Posted on 12/03/2019 8:05 AM by Jarod
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