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We are swiftly moving through October and this is a good time for the reminder that October is Fire Prevention Month.  If you haven’t done so this calendar year, test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors if you have them.  If you have older models, test and change the batteries…

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The thermometer and the calendar both say it’s almost fall!  The change temperatures bring our attention to preparing for football-watching, chili-eating, sweater-wearing season!  While you haven’t flipped over from air conditioning to the heat just yet, if you have a fireplace, the cooler e…

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Normally by Labor Day in Middle Tennessee your lawn is on the crunchy greenish-yellow side and this would not be the best time to do anything that might cause further damage.

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It is not unusual to see homebuyers cringe when they tour a listing with wallpaper, especially if the home was built in the 1960s or ’70s and it is original to the home. 

Do you ever get your neighbor’s mail or packages or do they get yours?  Sometimes, it may just be an oversight by the mail carrier or delivery person.  However, if it happens often or if visitors seem to have difficulty locating your home you may want to spruce up your house numbers.  After …

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Last year at this time we were in the height of a pandemic lockdown where we spent MUCH of our quality time around the house, apartment or condo for months and months on end. Many used some of this time to get on the decluttering train and regain some order in your space, especially if you s…

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After many decluttering sessions you have decided you no longer want to share your bedroom with a piece of exercise equipment or have laundry drying on a rack in the den.

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Deciding to sell your home – whether you have lived there for a long time or a brief period – is usually an emotional time. Choose an agent that will assist you in the emotional decisions, too. There are many decisions to be made, it is critical that you have complete trust in your agent. Pu…

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Spring is here and your sniffles or runny nose may have announced it even though the official calendar start is still a few days away!  Leaves and flowers are emerging from the long winter and as usual, a change of season often reminds us to do some maintenance around the house. Many people …

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It has been almost a year since many people started working exclusively from home.  Some may have already been working from home on occasion or full-time by choice.  It was a nice balance and enjoyable.  There were already some established routines and it was a nice break from office life bu…

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Whether you're cheering on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers — or just tuning in for the commercials and the halftime show, odds are you're looking forward to the game day spread! Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday marks the second leading food fest of the year (coming in right behind Thanksgivi…

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While you are taking time to get your home back to pre-holiday shape, don’t neglect safety.

You may be ready to settle in to the current season of sweaters, fireplaces and pie, but spring is just around the corner and if you want to welcome it with flowers, you need to think about it now!

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As the summer progresses, homeowners continue to spend a lot of quality time around the house as their regular activities return, but at a slow pace.

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We all know the kitchen pantry can have a tempting voice that beckons you to do bad things.

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It is almost the end of July and we are in the season of those annoying “pop-up” thunderstorms that seem to make their way into every weather forecast we hear on a daily basis.

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Many of you have received your first large electric bill of the season reflecting the temperature change and although you are enjoying the beautiful hot days after being cooped up for months, you aren’t enjoying the high energy bills.

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Since you have been spending so much time around the house doing all sorts of projects and organizing various aspects of your life, you may have decided you would like to do a larger home improvement project for your family’s enjoyment or perhaps in preparation to sell. 

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The weather has finally taken a turn towards the sun and this weekend is the unofficial start of summer!  Many people will be planning gatherings and spending a lot of time outdoors over the next few months so here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to get the summer started! 

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Many of us have spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks outdoors getting landscapes back under control after the dark cold winter months.  After a few visits to the local gardening center, you have chosen some new plants, trimmed emerging shrubs and bushes and fertilized everything…

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In just a week, we can officially say winter is over based on the calendar.  Of course, there are those unofficial "winters" here in the South (ever heard of blackberry or dogwood?) that will continue for a while and seem to vary in name and number depending on who you ask.  But, for the mos…

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February is just about over and it is time to get your home in tip-top shape and ready to list if you plan on moving this year.

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Now that we are well into the new year, many of you may be considering buying a new home. Whether it is your first home-buying experience or not, let me offer you some tips to make the process a little easier!

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Lighting is an important aspect of your home’s interior design. It is not only functional, but can be mood-altering!

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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 ins…

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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.

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To rake or not to rake? That is the question! Every year about this time, you stop cutting the grass and realize just how many trees you have in your yard when the leaves start to accumulate on your lawn. You may even be lucky enough to have leaves from your neighbors’ trees find their way i…

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It is now sweater and soup  weather. Fall is upon us and along with that comes the regular use of heat in our homes. Did you turn off all the ceiling fans in your home when you switched over to heat side of the thermostat?  

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Home remodeling is back to being big business in the United States this year with the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University suggesting that it could easily exceed the $300 billion spent last year as the housing industry continues to improve. Many Baby Boomers are contributin…

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BY JAROD TANKSLEY As we move into fall, there are some routine maintenance items that you are probably handling around your home. You may have started tidying the garden or landscape areas and giving your patio or deck and outdoor furniture some attention too. With a season change and cleaning in mind, you should also …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY According to the calendar, summer and its scorching long sunny days are just about ready to move on! Next up? Autumn with its wonderful crisp days and cool nights! Even though everyone is buying the large baskets of mums, pumpkins and Halloween candy, now is also the time to start thinking past …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY There are many reasons people downsize to a smaller home — kids move out, rents get hiked and people enter into retirement. Whatever the reason, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the loss of space. But don’t worry! There are lots of advantages to living in a smaller home that …

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By JAROD TANKSLEY Things in your life are calming down now that the kids are grown, established in their careers and out of the house. You’ve left the corporate world behind and now it has become apparent that some things need to change for you to live a peaceful, healthy lifestyle long past retirement age. …

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I recently spent some time with Brittany Campbell of Citizens One Bank, we discussed the changing rates and real estate market.  The school year is approaching faster than interest rates are dropping! While you shuffle through back-to-school sales take advantage of other major savings as we step into the third quarter with the lowest rates …