Tips to Make Your Move Easier

If you're getting ready to move, this guide runs you through all the most important tasks so you don't miss a thing. Tips to Make Your Move Easier Check out the following sections to get a head start on your next move: Packing Hiring movers Preparing your pets to move Changing your address Here's a closer look at each. Packing Tips Here are a few tips to help you pack efficiently and effectively: Start packing items you won't need in the next week. Be thoughtful in your selections! Pack heavier items on the bottom of boxes. This helps your boxes stay intact and keeps your belongings safe. Label boxes with what's inside and which room they should go in. This saves you time dragging boxes from room to room later. Pack a survival kit of essential items for the first few days in your new home. You'll need entertainment for kids, medications, contact lens solution, toiletries and paper plates - plus whatever else you need to survive. Related: 15 home staging tricks that you can use to sell your home faster Hiring Movers If you're hiring a moving company to help you on the big day, these tips will help: [...]

By |2022-11-01T00:57:33-05:00October 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on Tips to Make Your Move Easier

How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

When you're selling your home, it's important to help potential buyers envision the lifestyle they'll enjoy if they make an offer you can't refuse. One way to do that is by staging your outdoor living space, so here are seven tips to make sure you get it right. How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home Check out these seven tips to stage your outdoor living space in a way that makes buyers fall in love: Declutter and clean Spruce up your landscaping Bring in portable plants Define each space Add ample seating Choose comfort-themed accessories Use lighting to set the mood Here's a closer look at each. Outdoor Living Space Staging Tip #1: Declutter and Clean Remove everything from your deck, patio or porch that's not in use or doesn't contribute to the space's overall aesthetic. Put away all bikes, toys and outdoor accessories, too, so they don't distract prospective buyers. After you tidy up, it's time to get down to the serious business of cleaning. Scour the floors of your outdoor living space, wipe down handrails, clean the windows and power-wash the walkway. The idea is to make your space as clean as it was [...]

By |2022-11-05T05:34:23-05:00September 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Home Staging, How To, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on How to Stage Your Outdoor Living Space to Sell Your Home

What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer?

Finding your dream home is incredibly exciting - and it's even more exciting when a seller accepts your offer. But what happens next? This guide walks you through the process that takes place after a seller accepts your offer, as well as what you need to do to prepare for closing. What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer? Quite a bit happens between offer acceptance and closing day. Before you can move in, you need to complete the following tasks: Review your purchase agreement Hire a home inspector Get final mortgage approval Schedule your closing date Transfer funds and finalize documents Your real estate agent will be with you every step of the way, answering your questions and making sure you meet important deadlines. But in the meantime, here's a closer look at each so you know what to expect from the process between offer acceptance and closing. Task #1 After a Seller Accepts Your Offer: Review Your Purchase Agreement Your purchase agreement is a legally binding document that outlines the details of your home purchase, including price, contingencies, deadlines and more. After the seller accepts your offer, you'll need to review the agreement carefully with your agent to [...]

By |2022-11-01T00:59:26-05:00September 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Buying and Selling Tips, Consumer Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on What Happens After a Seller Accepts Your Offer?

5 Things You MUST Do Before You List Your Home

If you're thinking about selling your home in Middle Tennessee, There are five things you need to do first. This guide explains. 5 Things You MUST Do Before You List Your Home for Sale Check out the five tasks you should tackle before you list your home for sale: Make repairs Consider minor upgrades Make simple cosmetic fixes Declutter Stage Scroll down for a closer look at each. Thing #1 to Do Before You List Your Home: Make Repairs If anything in your home needs to be repaired, now is the time to do it. There's a good chance that your buyer will hire a home inspector after you accept an offer, so it's in your best interest to make sure everything is in great shape before that inspector shows up. That's because buyers often use inspection reports to negotiate with sellers, and even minor issues could end up costing you when it's time to reach a deal. Related: When can a seller keep a buyer’s earnest money deposit? Thing #2 to Do Before You List Your Home: Consider Minor Upgrades Little upgrades can make a huge difference in the sale of your home. For example, if you [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:46-05:00August 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on 5 Things You MUST Do Before You List Your Home

When Can a Seller Keep Your Earnest Money Deposit?

If you're like many people, you know that when you offer to buy a home, you usually include an earnest money deposit. But when does a seller get to keep it? This guide explains. When Can a Seller Keep Your Earnest Money Deposit? To understand when a seller gets to keep an earnest money deposit, you must first understand what an earnest money deposit is for. An earnest money deposit is cash that you give a seller to show that you're serious about making the purchase. After all, you're asking the seller to take their home off the market so you can buy it, but the seller doesn't have any guarantee that the transaction will actually go through. Usually, an earnest money deposit totals between 1 and 3 percent of the home’s purchase price. The reason this deposit exists is so that the seller has some form of compensation if you back out of the transaction without a good enough reason to do so. So what is a good enough reason? That's where contingencies come in. What You Need to Know About Contingencies Contingencies are conditions that must be met before a transaction can go through. Contingencies affect buyers and [...]

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5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer)

If you're like many people, you know that home staging is an important part of selling a home. But what can you do to your bathrooms? This guide explains. 5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer) Home staging is an essential part of the selling process if You want to make the best possible profit, and that includes your bathrooms. Check out these five tips that can help you make your bathrooms more appealing to prospective buyers: Swap out your dated fixtures Regrout the tub Scrub everything Remove personal items Add luxury touches Here’s a closer look at each. Bathroom Staging Tip #1: Swap Out Your Dated Fixtures If the fixtures in your bathrooms are old enough to vote, it's time to replace them. Head to your favorite home improvement store and look for new faucets, cabinet and drawer hardware, switch plates and light fixtures. You may be surprised at how affordable these things are, and even better, they're all typically easy to install on your own. If you're not sure whether you can tackle the task, though, it's a good idea to call a general contractor who can make the [...]

By |2022-11-01T01:03:34-05:00July 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buyers, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Luxe Up Your Loo (and Get Buyers to Make an Offer)

7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee

If you're selling your home in Nashville or another beautiful Middle Tennessee community, you may be thinking about downsizing - but where do you start? This guide gives you seven tips to help you get started. 7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee Check out these seven great tips for downsizing when you sell your home: Start early, and go at a reasonable pace Only downsize one room at a time Share sentimental items with others Sell or donate items you no longer use or want Avoid "Maybe" piles Give yourself some time to reminisce Wait to buy new things Here's a closer look at each. Tip #1 for Downsizing When You Sell Your Home: Start Early, and Go at a Reasonable Pace Don't rush yourself when it's time to downsize. In fact, as soon as you know you want (or need) to downsize, get started. That way, you'll have plenty of time to make well-informed decisions (and you won't feel rushed to get everything done before you're ready. Don't be afraid to evaluate every item in your home one at a time. Give your belongings your full attention, which can ensure that you [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:47-05:00July 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Tips to Help You Downsize When You Sell Your Home in Tennessee

5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love

When you're selling your home, curb appeal is very important. But what can you do to make buyers fall in love from the street? This guide explains. 5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love Your real estate agent will likely talk to you about curb appeal, which is incredibly important when you're selling your home. In fact, when you know that buyers begin forming an impression of your home before they even step through the front door, you realize that making your home as attractive as possible from the outside can make or break your entire real estate transaction. Check out these five easy curb appeal tips that can help you sell your home faster and for more money: New house numbers Immaculate lawn maintenance A warm, welcoming threshold Visible outdoor living space An updated light fixture and door hardware Scroll down for a closer look at each. Curb Appeal Improvement #1: New House Numbers Buyers who drive up your street looking for your home will be scoping out each house along the way. You can make yours stand out by investing in new house numbers – after all, that's what buyers are initially looking [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:47-05:00May 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 5 Curb Appeal Tricks That Make Buyers Fall in Love

7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make

Your real estate agent will be there with you through every step of your transaction, but check out these seven common mistakes that many sellers make so you can avoid them. 7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make When you're selling a home, it requires a lot of work on your part. it's normal for sellers to make mistakes – after all, people don't sell homes every day. However, check out these most common seller mistakes so you can avoid them: Skipping curb appeal Forgetting to deep-clean Neglecting cabinets, drawers and pantries Leaving clutter out Overstuffing closets Failing to stage Leaving valuables behind Scroll down for a closer look at each. Common Seller Mistake #1: Skipping curb appeal prospective buyers begin forming an impression of your home before they even walk through the front door. As buyers pull up on your street, they're evaluating your homes curb appeal. That means you need to make a special effort to ensure your home is as attractive as possible from the outside – including Cleaning up your landscaping, power washing your driveway and sidewalk, trimming hedges and bushes, and possibly even investing in new house numbers or a new mailbox. You should ask [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:47-05:00May 4th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Sellers, Selling Real Estate, Tips|Comments Off on 7 Common Mistakes Sellers Make

Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?

If you’re like many people selling a home in Middle Tennessee, your REALTOR® has talked to you about home staging – but do you really have to stage every room? This guide explains. Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell? Staging is a really important part of selling your home, and your real estate agent will most likely offer you pointers and tips if you need them. And though you should try to stage every room in your home, you may have to focus your efforts on the most important period if that's the case, here's where you need to stage: Kitchen Living Room Bedrooms Keep scrolling for tips to help you successfully stage each space. Kitchen Staging: The Basics Your kitchen is one of the most important in your home to stage. That's partly because the kitchen is where prospective buyers stand with their real estate agents to discuss how they feel about a home, and partly because staging is about more than selling four walls and a roof – it’s about selling a lifestyle. You want buyers to see that your kitchen is clean and easy to maintain, and you can [...]

By |2022-10-12T11:40:47-05:00April 17th, 2022|Agent Blog, Blog, Buying and Selling Tips, Real Estate, Sellers, Selling Real Estate|Comments Off on Do You Have to Stage Every Room in Your Home to Sell?
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