Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Making Your Upgrades Count

Recently I overheard a man say that he was waiting to sell his home until he could spend time transforming his backyard into something nice for whoever lived in it next. He went on to say that he had lived there for 15 years and had never made one upgrade, but he thought this would be the one that would make people want to buy his home. As I mulled over his reasoning, I realized that many people struggle with what upgrades, if any, should be made in their home.

Rarely does an upgrade return dollar-for-dollar on the amount that was spent, but there are several ways you can increase the value and likeability of your home if you will focus on the things that count. Your goal should be to make your home look cared for, current, and on par with the rest of your neighborhood if you want to receive a fair offer on your home.

Before starting any redo, you must consider a couple of things. First, you need to know how much equity you have in your home compared to what you're wanting to spend on upgrades. Also factored into equity is how long you plan on staying in your home after you make the upgrades. If you're planning on sticking around for a few years to enjoy all of your hard work and money, then that will buy you time to build up more equity before you sell and couteract some of the costs.

I recommend focusing your upgrades on three areas of your home: the entryway/front exterior, the kitchen, and bathrooms. People have come to expect these three areas to have more of a wow factor, and the great thing is that you don't have to spend a fortune to do that.

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. For many families, a lot of time is spent here, so anything to make it more pleasant is a plus. You can greatly improve the likability of your kitchen by replacing worn-out appliances, adding a fresh coat of paint, updating hardware and light fixtures, and choosing at least one area for a wow factor, such as a small area of tile work. Here are some cost-effective ideas:,,20409598,00.html

Bathrooms are another area that can be updated without knocking down walls. Again, adding a fresh coat of paint, updating hardware and light fixtures, and choosing one wow factor can make a huge difference. Here are some ideas for the bathroom:

When people walk up to your home, you want to have them at hello! If your front door is worn, find a sturdy replacement. If the paint and wood are cracking around the door, windows, or shutters, sand and put on a fresh coat of paint. Find a couple of ways to make people smile as they walk in by adding a fresh pot of flowers, placing chairs with pillows nearby, and adding hardware and lights that make the whole scene welcoming.

If you're making upgrades in order to sell, contact me and I'll help you know where to focus your hard-earned money.





Posted on 05/28/2014 4:26 PM by Jarod
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Summer 2014 Activities Guide--Brentwood, Tennessee

According to, Brentwood, Tennessee, has been named on the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids list! “Its highly rated schools, large-lot neighborhoods and small-town atmosphere create an ideal setting to raise kids,” said of Brentwood.

I sat down to create a list of events and activities for kids in the Brentwood, Tenn., area, and what I found was that several other people have gone before me in this task, and they’ve done a bang-up job. Instead of trying to re-invent an already well-oiled wheel, I’ve just complied a list of Web links that will show you a lot of what the Brentwood and Nashville area have to offer this summer and year-round.

OK, this mom nailed it. I want to do everything on this list whether kids join me or not. She has gone above and beyond on suggesting fun activities for kids of all ages. You have to check this out!

This site provides links to several other great places around town such as a schedule for the Brentwood Library, the Chamber’s calendar, the Parks and Rec Web site, and many more.

This Web site includes several links to Nashville area events and attractions. If you scroll down to “Nashville Event Calendar,” then you can click on each month and see a plethora of activities for kids and adults!


This beautiful Web site showcases all that the city of Nashville has to offer. Click on the “Events” and “Things to Do” links to see things that could keep you busy all year round.


I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love living here, and you should too! Get out and see all of the wonderful things the area has to offer. If you want to make Middle Tennessee area your permanent home, give me a call!




Posted on 05/21/2014 9:31 AM by Jarod
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Williamson County Schools Are the Best in the U.S. | YES!!

 Williamson County Schools continue to outperform other schools, not only in the state of Tennessee, but also in the whole country. And where there are good schools, the housing market will always thrive.

Recently on, Brentwood Middle School was rated #30 on a list of the 50 best middle schools in America.

Brentwood Middle has also been ranked/rated:

  • The best middle school in Tennessee by
  • 10 (on a scale of 10) by
  • 10 (on a scale of 10) by

It also received an award as the Blue Ribbon School for 2006.

Even more recently, ranked Williamson County Schools No. 1 in the country for highest performing school districts in schools with more than 20,000 students. Let me saw that again: Williamson County, Tennessee, Schools were ranked No. 1 in the COUNTRY!

I’m constantly talking about the benefits of living in the Nashville, Tenn., area, and these reports help prove it. The entire Nashville area has many other great schools as well, so if you’re considering a move to this area and schools matter, here are some Web sites to look up how each school ranks:

If you’re sitting there thinking, “That’s great, but I don’t have kids, so what does that have to do with the location of my home?” then consider what the experts at say about why you should consider buying a home in a good school district:

1. You’ll pay more to live in a good school district.

“A school’s high rating often drives up the prices of homes in that school’s district. Even if you don’t have kids, you’ll still pay more to be near a good school. Schools basically establish an area as a good location. And as any real estate agent will tell you, location matters.”

2. A good school district might protect you from the real estate market’s ups and downs.

3. Though it may cost more to buy near a good school, it will be good for resale.

Give me a call and I'll help you find a great home in our nationally ranked school district!


Posted on 05/14/2014 10:41 PM by Jarod