July 8, 2021

Home Sales Breakdown - Nolensville TN

Nolensville Home Sales Breakdown
Okay, for those of you who love numbers... you'll like this! I'm sure you've seen on the news or hear from friends how the home market is around here right now (it's on fire). Biddings wars, days on market is often hours on market, homes going under contract before they actually go active, and more. That being said, not all homes fall into that category. The demand is real. The low inventory is real, but here's a snapshot that shows not everything is selling over list price. A lot of info that floats around is often generic in nature, but here are some specifics on how the last 250 homes have closed in relation to their original list prices. I've gone one step further and broken it down according to home price brackets, because I know we all wonder where each of our properties may fit into the mix. You'll be able to quickly see how homes sold for: the original listing price, below the original listing price, or above the original listing price. There are many more ways this data can be analyzed, but this will give you an idea on how properties are closing. Check it out - it's great info!
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July 6, 2021

Home Sales Breakdown - Brentwood TN

Okay, for those of you who love numbers... you'll like this! I'm sure you've seen on the news or hear from friends how the home market is around here right now (it's on fire). Biddings wars, days on market is often hours on market, homes going under contract before they actually go active, and more. That being said, not all homes fall into that category. The demand is real. The low inventory is real, but here's a snapshot that shows not everything is selling over list price. A lot of info that floats around is often generic in nature, but here are some specifics on how the last 250 homes have closed in relation to their original list prices. I've gone one step further and broken it down according to home price brackets, because I know we all wonder where each of our properties may fit into the mix. You'll be able to quickly see how homes sold for: the original listing price, below the original listing price, or above the original listing price. There are many more ways this data can be analyzed, but this will give you an idea on how properties are closing. Check it out - it's great info!
Home Sales Breakdown
July 2, 2021

Irrigation Leak High Water Bill

Irrigation Leak High Water Bill

Irrigation Leak?  Plumbing Leak?  High Water Bill?

Many of us have been there.  You may either receive an abnormally HIGH water bill or a notice from your water company about a suspected leak.  The main reason a water supplier may alert you is because your measured numbers were abnormally high (per the meter) and/or the timing/duration of use is abnormal - all of which means they are suspect a leak is on your side of the meter.  You may want to simply call a plumber or irrigation service now which is perfectly fine, but if you're the investigative type, here are some tips on how to proceed with possibly discovering the leak source prior to calling a service company.  Fixing it may still require calling someone, but this may help determine who to call.  Your situation may vary if you have multiple water meters (1 for irrigation and 1 for your home, or one for a pool set-up) but this will apply to most set-ups.  NOTE:  Traditionally, if a leak is on the supply/street side of a meter, it's the responsibility of the water supply company/municipality to resolve.  If a leak is on the property owner's side of the meter, it's their responsibility to resolve.  It should also be noted that some water suppliers will work with property owners on adjustments to a high bill if an affidavit is supplied stating a leak was discovered and repaired.

Let's take a few steps to see if you can discover the source of your leak.  Keep in mind that a leak will only "run" when it has water supplied to it, so if a valve of any sort turns water on and off to the leak location, it could only leak when the valve is on, so if anything is on timers or inside appliances the leak may vary with timing making it more difficult to find.  We'll attempt to find it regardless.

  • Locate Your Water Meter:  Prior to the following, ensure nobody else in your home is using water for anything.  Your water meter is usually in a concrete or metal valve box in your yard (or even within concrete surfaces in some locations) and is flush with your lawn.  This will most often be in a front yard close to the street, but can occur elsewhere.  Once found, you can usually either flip open the top door (sometimes metal) or remove the lid (it's heavy but just lifts off).  Now, look inside at your valve to see if you can see any sort of gauge.  It may have a flip-up cover over it.  Once discovered, you'll see either see digital numbers or rolling analog dials like older car odometers.  These numbers show your water consumption for billing purposes.  When water flows through the meter, the numbers change.  If the numbers are not moving at all... not even slightly... then there is no water flowing through the meter at that time which would indicate no full-time leak.  If they are moving, water is flowing through the meter.  A leak can make them move very slowly for slight leaks and very quickly for substantial leaks, so watch for enough time to be sure you can see evidence for even a slow leak.  There are different types of meters out there, so yours may have additional flow indicators that will assist in determining if there is flow and the rate.  Assuming you discovered moving numbers or an active flow indicator, let's proceed.  If you did not discover moving numbers, water is not leaking at a detectable rate at that time.

Now, let's see if we can separate your home from your irrigation system (this is assuming you're running everything through 1 water meter).

  • Locate Home's Main Shut-Off Valve:  The main shut off for your home is a valve that opens/closes the pipe that allows ALL water to come into your home for showers, sinks, toilets, etc.  Every homeowner should know where this is in the case of emergency.  If you don't know where yours is, now's a great time to find it.  It's often near a water heater because the supply line coming into your home directly feeds your water heater (plus more).  This valve could be one that you have to twist/turn/screw in (like your garden hose bib), or the more modern type which is a lever that simply turns 90 degrees.  If this type, you simply turn the valve handle so it's perpendicular to the pipe and the water is shut off.  What this does is isolates your entire home (assuming you only have 1 supply line) from your water supply line coming from the street.  Why is it important to use this valve method?  Because we want to be 100% sure that no water is running in your home.  It's easy to think none is, but with faucets, tubs, dishwashers, clothes washers, leaking toilets, ice makers, etc... it's hard to guarantee it, so this valve shuts off the entire home at once.  Now, that we're sure no water is running in your home, on to the next step.
  • Revisit Your Water Meter:  With the entire home turned off, let's return to your water meter out in the yard to take another look at the numbers.  If the numbers are still moving (and we're assuming nothing outside is running), then the leak is between the meter and your home because by shutting off your main valve for the home, we've eliminated areas actually IN your home, so water must be leaking elsewhere.  If the numbers have stopped moving, then the leak is most likely within your home and by turning off the main supply valve you essentially shut off the leak by not allowing water into your home.  You can confirm this by turning your main valve back on and returning to the meter yet again to check the numbers again to see that they're moving again.  Now, keep in mind that while doing this you will need to ensure that nothing automated or on timers is running (or not) because that could corrupt your test with things coming on and off automatically.  Here are some additional steps that depend on what you discovered.

If the meter numbers kept moving after you shut off the home's valve and you've concluded that the leak is OUTSIDE of your home, then here are some things to consider for leak sources:

  • A main supply line is routed from the meter to your home, so it is possible this is leaking.  This is the main supply line that provides all water to your home for all uses and was installed during the building of your home.  Most of this length is underground, but then will enter your crawl space (if you have one), or is routed under your slab if that's your construction type.  In most cases, this is a job for a plumber.
  • If you have an irrigation system, this too could be the possible source for the leak.  There are many ways for an irrigation system to be set up.  It will include a line that connects to your main water supply line and ends at your back-flow preventer (the large brass valve above ground) and a continuation of the supply line from the back-flow preventer to the rest of your irrigation system.  From this point, irrigation systems may have all your zone valves in one location (called a manifold), OR you may have a series of valve boxes (green tops) that are in-ground around your yard.  Each valve turns on/off to open the pipe allowing water to feed that zone of your yard/landscaping.  Your leak can occur in any of these pressured lines or from a failed valve not properly closing which allows a little water to flow through but not enough to engage the heads.  Some systems allow you to manually open/close valves, so it is possible that you can close each one to ensure it's closing properly and discontinuing the flow to help determine which one may be faulty.  In most cases and for most people, these scenarios are going to require a service person... and possibly one that has sonic equipment to "listen" for leaks using special equipment to minimize how much yard to dig up during repair.  You may even look for soft wet spots in your yard or other evidence of water running that may help direct you to the general area.

If the meter's numbers stopped moving when you shut off the home and you've concluded that the leak is INSIDE of your home, then here are some things to consider. 

  • First, there are a LOT of possible leak sources in your home.  Everything in your home that is connected to a water source has some sort of valve that turns it on/off.  This includes all faucets, shower valves, ice makers, clothes washers, dishwashers.  A failure of any seal or actual device can cause leaking.
  • Running toilets are one of the most common sources.  The seals in the bottom of the tanks often degrade.  The refill valves often degrade as well.  In most cases, you can hear the water running to refill the tank (because the leak is allowing tank water to run down the drain and not keep the proper level).  The good news is that these are easily and inexpensively repaired.  Cracked tanks are also possible, but less common than seal failure.  If you suspect a toilet, you can always turn off the supply line to the toilet (under the tank near the floor or wall) and then check your water meter again to see that the numbers have stopped moving (assuming you've turned the main supply to the home back on).
  • Ice makers and dishwashers also have small valves that can leak.  When in the proximity of hardwood floors, they can often result in water flowing under the hardwood causing it to swell and buckle (cup). Although some people may say that damage may relax back down, in my experience it usually does not fully and will require hardwood repair/replacement.
  • Clothes washer supply lines route from your wall to the back of your washer.  These occasionally can burst or include a small hole.  This is usually quickly evident with water on your floor, but in the event your washer sits in a pan (which may or may not be connected to a drain) be sure to check your pan for moisture.
  • General plumbing is also something to consider.  You may have a leak anywhere in your plumbing, so it could come down to a plumber examining your entire home for drips or signs of water having run over a period of time.  This could include anything in your crawl space, or under your slab if your home is built on a concrete slab.  Plumbing in a crawl space is usually easily resolved.  Plumbing under a slab will require floor removal and cutting the concrete for access and a repour as part of the repair.
  • Faucets and shower valves are also components to consider.  Usually faucets have voids under them (cabinets) where you can see leaking.  Shower valves are another story.  It is possible for these to leak and drip within a wall where they go unnoticed until something calls attention to it (like a bill or water damage).

Some of the home leaks can be fixed by an ambitious DYIer.  Toilet tank seals and valves are easily resolved with a trip to the home improvement store.  Some seals are even available in a higher grade than what originally ships, so that may be something to investigate to provide longevity.

Multiple Water Meters

This is going to be more the exception than the rule.  If you by chance have multiple water meters, then a similar approach will be used for each meter to isolate the area of the leak.  You' want to isolate each area while checking the meter's gauge for movement.  Why multiple meters?  In some areas, property owners are billed for water in and sewage out.  Sewage out is partially calculated on the water in.  They figure if water came into your home, then it went back out for processing too, so they charge accordingly and that may be about 50% of your bill.  As we all know, not all water goes back out the sewer line.  We water lawns, wash cars, kids may play in the sprinklers, but the water company cannot account for all of that for every single property owner, so their system simply assumes water in is sewer out, but they often offer an alternative.  That is to install a second water meter for purposes where the water is NOT going back out the sewer line such as in irrigation system.  When you run an irrigation system through a second dedicated meter, you are not billed for those gallons as sewer out.  It's not free though.  You'll pay a substantial connection fee (often a few thousand dollars) for the ability to connect.  Once done though, and if you're at that property for the long haul, the expense can wash out and result in a long term savings.

No mater which set-up you have, isolation of areas is the key to finding a leak's location.  By properly utilizing valves, you can narrow the location of your leak and better know which service person to contact for a repair.  As mentioned, be sure to ask your water supplier about options for adjustments to high water bills.  It should also be noted that if a home is new, the irrigation was set up by the installer, and a homeowner is new to using irrigation that homeowner may be initially surprised at their water bill... even if it is actually correct (leading them to believe they have a leak).  It's astonishing how much a properly watered lawn consumes, so irrigation systems are often dialed back to stay on budget.  Having a point of reference (like previous years' use) is a great way to determine if consumption is off the norm and if you possibly have a leak... which is what the water company is doing if they send you a notice.

All the luck with resolving any water issues.






Posted in Home Maintenance
June 25, 2021

Nashville Area Fireworks July 4th 2021

It's that time of year again where you're starting to talk about where you'll watch fireworks for July 4th.  If you've never been to the display that Nashville puts on downtown at the waterfront, then you're missing one of the great visual displays (of anything) that you'll ever witness.  It is simply unbelievable, and that's the popular opinion... not just mine.  I recall decades ago when the fireworks display was "okay" for a town the size of Nashville, but then a turn of events occurred and the plan was reworked (and I believe privately funded), and the entire situation changed.  Nashville rocketed upward to one of the of the top displays in the country.  Since then, it's often claimed to be THE #1 display, but that's of course going to be subjective.  Despite any rankings, it is something not to be missed at least once in your lifetime. 

If going downtown isn't on the plan for this year (but hopefully another), then there are some additional great displays in the areas surrounding Nashville that will fill your heart with the spirit of July 4th.  Here's a guide where you can find some great displays this year in Middle Tennessee:


April 4, 2018

April Events Around Nashville

April 2-8: Mule Day

Downtown Columbia | Columbia

If you aren’t from Middle Tennessee you may not know it, but Mule Day is a favorite with all the locals! Over 100,000 visitors head to Columbia to see the parade, mule shows, and enjoy southern food! This has been a local tradition for the last 170 years and has awarded Columbia the title, “Mule Capital,” of the world. You really just have to see it in person!

April 7: East Nashville Beer Festival

700 Woodland Street | Nashville

The 8th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival is a must-attend event for beer lovers! All samples are included in the price of admission and you have the choice of everything you can think of: traditional Belgian, German, imported beers, and local breweries!

Note: This event is 21 and up.

April 7: Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil

Cumberland Park | Nashville

Make sure to save your appetite because this festival is all-you-can-eat crawfish! Enjoy live music along with your Cajun food. Alaina Cross, Three Star Revival, Dew Pendelton, and more will all be playing music for visitors!

Note: This event is 21 and up.

April 13-14: Spring Fling Market

Briar Rose Hill Event Venue | Bethpage

The Spring Fling Market is a great place to snag some clothing, pottery, leader goods, and more unique goods! Tickets are only $5 on Friday night (which also comes with free wine and appetizers!) and $3 on Saturday. On Saturday, you can also enjoy food from various food trucks, including, The Mac Attack Food Truck, Dan’s Gourmet, and more!

When you finish shopping, you can also see the 1850s plantation house and carriage barn at Briar Rose Hill!

April 14: Cherry Blossom Festival

1 Public Square | Nashville

Come celebrate Japenese culture and enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms! The day starts off at 9:45 am with a Cherry Blossom Walk that follows 2.5 miles of Nashville’s beautiful parks. When you are finished walking, enjoy the day with a variety of children’s activities, try your hand at sumo wrestling, or participate in the Pups in Pink Parade benefiting the Nashville Humane Association!

April 16-22: Nashville Comedy Festival

Various Locations | Nashville

If you love to laugh, then this festival is going to give you plenty of opportunities! This festival is jam-packed with well-renowned names in comedy including, Jeff Dunham, Tim Allen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Brad Paisley! Tickets range in price as do venues so make sure to buy your tickets early!

April 21: Boro Adventure Fest

Barfield Park | Murfreesboro

It’s time to run away to the woods for an adventure-packed day in the ‘Boro! Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Candle Wishes Foundation, which provides birthday wishes and essential supplies for homeless and needy children, to put on this festival.

The only way to get to this fest is to hike through the woods. This journey leads to live music, campfires, food, slack lines, rock climbing, and fun activities for kids! There’s even a free campout with dinner! At only $10 to pre-register, this is an amazing and cheap activity for your weekend!

April 28-29: Main Street Festival

Historic Downtown Franklin | Franklin

This free event draws crowds of thousands to celebrate spring in downtown Franklin! Known for its live music, local artisans, and amazing food options, you’ll find plenty of entertainment at Main Street Festival! Proceeds from the event will go to the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. Parking is free at Church of the CIty and Harlinsdale Farm so make sure to avoid the traffic! Shuttles will run from each location and charge $1 each way and per person.

April 29: Nash Spring Bash

Public Square Park | Nashville

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we love food trucks! This fun festival is a huge food truck meetup! Over 40 business vendors are going to be joining some of the cities favorite trucks to raise money for Project 615, a local philanthropic apparel company. Come enjoy amazing eats while raising money for a great cause!

April 16, 2016

Open Houses - Visit Inside & Outside

The warmer seasons are here and OPEN HOUSE signs are popping up all over the place on the weekends.  Reports for the weekend's open houses are being pulled by buyers all across the country using their favorite app or site.  They're mapping out the locations, driving out to them, but.... maybe not actually going in.  Hmmm....

Now, this may seem humorous, but my first tip is to actually go into the home.  Yes, I  know... it sounds crazy and funny, but you would be amazed at how many people take their time to map out all the open houses, drive to them, but don't go in.  Sometimes, they'll even stop, open the car door, grab a flyer from the box, but still not go in.  You would be AMAZED at how often the home that a buyer eventually decides on is one they judged by the inside.... not the outside.  For that reason, I always encourage home buyers to definitely go inside even if you're not sure about the outside.

One reason that home buyers may be reluctant to go inside is that they feel they'll be pressured, over-sold to, and the agent will come on too strongly.  My suggestion would be to simply express to the hosting agent your preference on how you like to view homes.  Some people like to self-tour while others like to be given a tour.  The host wants you to be comfortable, so feel free to communicate to them your preference.  The host will always be on hand to provide additional information about the home that you will not get by simply viewing it, so take advantage of that by asking questions throughout your visit.

If you already have a signed buyer's agent agreement with a Realtor, go ahead and share that info with the hosting agent during the introduction.  It's most helpful for everyone to know that in the beginning to make communications more efficient should you want to move forward on the home.  Some agents supply their clients with cards to hand out should the buyer go exploring homes on their own. This is great because it instantly supplies the host agent all the contact info of the buyer's agent.

So, as you embark on your home searching adventure, be sure to include open houses into the plan, and as funny as it may sound... yes... actually go in even if you may not be initially confident with the exterior.  If you have any questions about visiting open houses, and if you would like me to join you (assuming you're not working with another agent), I would be thrilled to show you some homes.  Contact me and we'll get you rolling.

Posted in Buyers
April 13, 2016

Discover The Ultimate Storage Space

As part of the home searching and buying process, people tend to focus on the main living areas of the home - often, the kitchen, family room, and master suite.  Buyers also try to envision their furniture within each living space of the homes being considered, so the concentration of home consideration process occurs within the finished living space.  It's easy to forget that each of us usually has a collection of stuff that doesn't go in the living space, but rather needs to be stored.  Things like holiday decorations, childhood toys, or other decor items that are rotated in and out of the living space throughout the year.  Well, these things will also need space in your new home and that is usually some unfinished space or attic... preferably with easy access (aka walk-through door).  

What I have found is that fabulous storage is frequently on the wish list, but can easily be overshadowed by a super-nice finished living space.  So much so that it's easy for a buyer to forget about checking for storage space while shopping homes and being dazzled by all the nice interiors.  Reminder:  check the homes for storage and see if it matches your needs for space and accessibility.

What's ironic is that when we discover that awesome dreamed-about storage space, the thought that many of us immediately think is:  "We could finish this out!"  Well... yes, you probably can, BUT... if that can be done it may be more in-depth than you think.  Most likely that home's HVAC system has not been sized to include that additional space, so you're probably looking at an upgrade or additional unit for that space.  Also, if you DO finish it... guess what?  You just got rid of the storage space you fell in love with and searched for, so now you may be short on space for the items intended for that area.  

Another thought that almost immediately comes to mind with many buyers is: "Why didn't they go ahead and finish this space when the home was built?"  Well... the short answer is "They've got to stop somewhere", and where they stopped finishing was their optimum combination for living space, storage space, and price.  Why price?  Well, if a builder was to keep finishing all the unfinished spaces those square feet would increase the home's price by the per sq.ft. price times the number of additional sq.ft. being finished thereby adding many thousands of dollars to the home which may put it out of range for the community's target price range.  For example, if a home had 150 sq.ft. unfinished space and someone wonders why it wasn't finished out, that space at $150/sq.ft. would have added $22,500 to the price of the home.  At $200/sq.ft., $30,000.  Even if it wasn't at full per sq.ft. price, it would still be a substantial increase in price on the home, so there's a target balance of living space, storage space, and price of the home.

Another aspect of storage space in a home is how usable it is.  Is it one big room, or allocated into many different areas?  Storage space in a home is often a byproduct of a home's roof design and may not actually be something that was "purposefully designed".  If you have a home design with a lot of different roof angles, the home's storage space may be divided among many different areas (you usually see a lot of small access doors).  Another thing to consider is how easily are the storage areas accessed, and what size objects do you need to store.  Is access a full size door, a small door, or attic drop-down stair set?  All of those will come into play while comparing a home's storage spaces with your belongings intended for storage.

All of this may help provide some helpful awareness for when you go home shopping.  If you have additional questions about homes, selling, or purchasing, please contact me any time and I'll be happy to help.

Posted in Buyers, Real Estate
April 11, 2016

Take It Before You List It


Let me set the stage for this with the following.  You walk into a store and see... let's say... a couple shirts for sale.  You look at one, kind of like it, but move on to looking at the next one.  While you're doing that, someone else starts looking at the first shirt.  They pick it up, and it's the last one of that type.  All of a sudden... you find yourself wanting that shirt to the point you're secretly hoping they'll put it back down on the rack.  They don't.  They take it.  Now, all the other shirts you look at pale in comparison to the first one, but they ALL would have been just fine had you not been comparing them to the first one you saw and lost out on.  Okay... keep all that in mind as we move forward.

As offers are written on homes for sale, there can often be special requests for things to remain with the home.  In our area, our purchase agreement includes a substantial paragraph specifying a group of items that are to remain with the home.  Most of the items could already be assumed to be considered part of the home, but as disputes arise, the document increases in size to clarify.  Listed are items such as lighting, window treatments, pool equipment, built-in appliances, etc.  If left unedited, all those items are to be left with the home by the seller.  Exclusions and changes can be part of the negotiation.

Frequently though, there may be some items that a seller wants to take with them and those items may be included in the pre-printed list of items that are to remain with the home.  It may be for sentimental reasons, or perhaps the item cannot be replaced and it is the sellers favorite item.  All of those reasons are perfectly fine... but the removal of those items needs to be handled correctly which can include these approaches:

  1. Remove it now before you list or show the home. This prevents any potential confusion because the items a seller wishes to take with them have been uninstalled prior to listing or showing the home.   In some cases, if it's a light fixture the seller has installed another one in its place, but other times it could be a fountain, drapes, etc. that are simply being removed.  The reason I suggest this route of action strongly is because it prevents the scenario of the shirts described above.  Remember that?  If a buyer sees the home with the items in it, then not including those items can possibly interfere with what normally could be a smooth sale and they can end up being negotiated in as part of the purchase while the seller may feel stressed to agree in order not to lose the sale.  If you want it... take it now... before you list and show.
  2. Okay, if for some reason #1 wasn't your preference, then you can of course write it into the purchase agreement that certain items do not remain with the home.  This is a common practice but can result in a tougher negotiation to include those items.  Remember the shirt analogy above?  Once something is seen and then cannot be had, it can make for an interesting process.  If you absolutely have to... then use this option and write it into your agreement.  Don't forget though, or you may by a default in the agreement be leaving these items behind.

There are also of course the cases where sellers wish to take items and it really doesn't matter to the buyer, so they easily come to an agreement.  As a seller, you won't know your scenario until you're in it, so make this part of your pre-listing planning.  If there are any items that are not going to be sold with the home, remove them.  If they are logical components that one would expect to be included such as lighting, replace your favorite one with an alternate model so the home is complete when sold.


Posted in Buyers, Sellers
April 10, 2016

10 Tips to Selling Faster and for More Money

10 Home Selling Tips

As a home seller, you're not putting your home on the market to sit.  You want it to sell in an efficient manner which means in a reasonable amount of time AND while bringing you a great sales price.  Creating demand for your home is what will help make that happen, so it's time to put yourself in the driver's seat of being a buyer and thinking objectively how you would see your home.  Okay... it's almost impossible for a seller to objectively look at their own home, but you'll have to try and probably take some hard advice from a professional who is trying to help you conquer your goal of prepping and selling.  To help get you in the mindset, here are a few (but there are many more) tips to get your home ready to make a great impression.

  1. Make It Bright - Homes with a lot of light are naturally welcoming and feel larger.  Buyers feel great in bright homes and ALWAYS comment on a home flooded with light.  If your home design doesn't include lots of windows, then consider additional lamps to help bring up the light level (and ensure they're on for showings).  Also confirm all bulbs are functioning because burned out bulbs make a poor impression.
  2. Clean Those Windows - It's not a task everyone loves, but giving buyers a clear view through your windows will help make a great impression that your home is cared for.  Take a look at your windows at various times of day too because a setting sun can quickly make dirty windows worse and even spotlight streaking from cleaning attempts.
  3. Say Goodbye to Home Smells - Most homes have some sort of smell.  The popular response to this is "mine doesn't"  You might be right... or you may have simply acclimated to it so you no longer notice it.  Either way, this needs to be confirmed.  Smells can be a top turn-off to buyers.  These may include pet odors, musty odors, tobacco smells, and more.  Now, before you go breaking out those industrial deodorizers... beware that those to can send up red flags.  Buyers will wonder what you're covering up.  The answer is to properly neutralize the cause and take proper measures for clean up even in areas it may have penetrated (wood, carpet, etc.).
  4. Paint It! - How much?  Well, that depends on how dated or how worn your home is.  If you're home is severely out of date with paint trends, then perhaps a thorough painting is order.  If you're still in the trend zone, then let's get things touched up.  Those scuffs on the walls and baseboards you've been overlooking... buyers will be considering those as lack of care for the home.
  5. Start Disconnecting - You're trying to convince another family that the home will be great for them, right?  Well, let's start by not reminding them the home is YOURS.  It's easier for their imaginations to see their family in the home without reminders that your family is there.  No, it doesn't require a complete move-out, but start packing up those family photos, big wall-size award-displays, personalized wall clings, as well as anything else that stakes YOUR claim on the home.
  6. Make It Big! - How does a space appear bigger?  Yes, lighter paint too, but I was thinking more about having less stuff in that space.  In other words, some of your stuff needs to be packed up and either sold or stored off-site.  If buyers see your home packed to the gills with stuff, guess what... they will think their stuff won't fit.  Your home needs to display all the space it genuinely has... only without your stuff filling it.  That doesn't mean shove it all in closets and the attic because buyers look there too.  Get rid of it, or store if off-site.
  7. Curb Appeal - If there's one thing about home shopping that a seller should remember, it's that a buyer will often not even consider a home if they don't like the outside.  Even with a showing scheduled, some buyers (with an agent) will pull up to the curb and say "nevermind" if they don't like the exterior or feel the home has been neglected.  The exterior (front elevation) is usually what is displayed in online listings as well, so you better make it good.  It may be your only shot with buyers who are skimming the thumbnail images online.  This should include everything on the exterior including the home & landscaping.  Pay special attention to your entrance (make that front door area spectacular) for those who do make it for a showing.  This will provide an outstanding first impression.
  8. Make the Quirks Vanish - You know all those little things like squeaks and adjustments you've been living with for years?  Well... those are new to a buyer and will not be overlooked, but instead will be perceived as lack of care.  Spend some time and get those things oiled and adjusted.  Doors - including walk-through doors and cabinet doors - should work properly and quietly.  Same for everything else.  Floor squeaks?  Sometimes those have an easy fix, so consult with your handyman, and make visits by buyers a great one.
  9. Showcase It! - Often times homeowners tend to accumulate things of all sorts which can lead to a hodge-podge arrangement within the home that may not result in one coherent theme for the home.  To some, this could look messy, and while they are not purchasing your personal things, the display of them can impact their impression of the home.  After your decluttering (#6 above), consider using a stager to help get your home in display shape.  This doesn't have to include the import of furniture.  Many times, a stager can simply advise on the best way to arrange your own belongings to make the best impression with a buyer.
  10. Use Logic With Pricing - If you genuinely want to sell your home, then price it correctly and competitively.  There's not a seller out there who doesn't want to get the most they can, but the reality is that if a seller prices a home in hopes of getting a price equivalent to winning the lottery, they are doing everyone a disservice.  Priced too highly, the home will sit on the market, accumulate days on the market, deter buyers from even coming to see it, and most of all it will frustrate you (if you really want to sell). Another catch to that is that even if a buyer does offer the lottery-level price, if they are using financing for the purchase your home will need to appraise well enough for the lender to agree, and if not then the entire deal may fall apart and will have wasted everyone's time.   Now, there is also the camp of sellers who thinks "well, if nobody wants to pay my price, then I will stay".  Yes, you can take that approach (which usually includes an ambitious price), but this should be discussed with your agent so everyone has realistic expectations.  If you really want to sell, get recent market data and price a home correctly.  You'll have buyers lining up to see your home.
Posted in Sellers
April 9, 2016

Brentwood TN Parks Guide

Brentwood Park Guide

Although the spring and summer seasons usually drive more traffic to our local parks, there are days in all the seasons where a dash out to the park can brighten your day with a run, walk, play, or simply witnessing the wonderful nature we have in Middle Tennessee.  To help you venture out, here is a guide to the local Brentwood parks.

  • Concord Park: 8109 Concord Rd - 40-acre park surrounding the Brentwood Library includes open areas for flying kites, family picnics, practice fields, and multi-use trail
  • Crockett Park: 1500 Volunteer Parkway - more than 164 acres and home to Eddy Arnold Amphitheater where summer concerts and July 4th fireworks are normally held.  Includes 7 lighted tennis courts, restrooms, concessions, 8 lighted ball fields, 11 multi-purpose fields, multi-use trails, 2 historic homes, community playground, picnic shelters.
  • Deerwood Arboreturn & Nature Center: 320 Deerwood Lane - 27 acres bordering the Little Harpeth River on the west side of the city.  Features include a collection of native trees, plant life, wildlife, 2 ponds, a one-mile bike path, outdoor classroom, educational amphitheater, multi-use trail with 2 bridges linking the Wildwood/Laurelwood community to the Arboreturn.
  • Flagpole Park:  end of Murray Ln - over 8 acres that include 2 unlighted multi-use fields, walking/jogging path.
  • Granny White Park: 610 Granny White Pike - 30 acres featuring 3 lighted ball fields, 4 lighted tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, a multipurpose field, large pavilion, playground area, lighted walk/jog trail.
  • Marcella Vivrette Smith Park:  1825 Wilson Pike - 398 acres located at the intersection of Wilson Pike and Split Log Rd.  Includes hiking trails, renovated Ravenswood mansion available for events.  Future expansion and features coming.
  • Margaret Hayes Powell Park:  Virginia Way & Granny White Pike - 22 acres that includes a 1-mile paved multi-use trail and a .4 mile trail in the wooded portion of the park.
  • Maryland Way Park:  5055 Maryland Way - 7 acres within the Maryland Farms office park that includes a walk/jog trail and fitness trail stations.
  • Owl Creek Park:  9751 Concord Road - 21 acres that include a large picnic shelter, spacious playground, basketball courts, walking paths, and restroom facilities.
  • Primm Park:  Moores Lane East just before Wilson Pike - 31 acres that include the historic Boiling Spring Academy structure and prehistoric Native American Mound Site.
  • River Park:  Fox Valley Drive & Concord Rd - over 70 acres along the Little Harpeth River featuring children's playground, basketball courts, picnic shelter, and the trailhead for the multi-use trail.
  • Tower Park:  Heritage Way near WSM Tower - 50 acres of multi-use trails, fields, natural open spaces, and Nutro Dog Park.