Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Is staging Necessary for everyone?

Making your home attractive to prospective buyers can be a daunting task.   All those items that make the home "yours", such as  your personal items, need to be stored away as you neutralize your home prior to selling.  The prospective buyer needs to imagine their own photos and furniture in your house.     Personal items such as family photos and even your favorite recliner might have to disappear for a bit.   Visualizing the home  is much  easier to a potential buyer with most of your personal items gone.  Decluttering your homes will take everyone's help.  Your children's bulky toys need to be out of sight to give your home that appearance of space.  

I am not sure that staging is always necessary, but painting dark and bold colored walls with a nice neutral color might be a great idea . A new coat of paint gives a  fresh clean scent to your home and helps it to sparkle with an updated decor.  

The front of your house is the first part of your house the prospective buyer sees is .   Sprucing up the front lawn and front door area is a must.  Make your front lawn  look it's very best with shrubbery trimmed and grass mowed.  If there is a porch, make it more inviting.  A look that says "I think I would like to sit here for a while" makes the home more appealing.  

Inside the house, be certain that your furniture is arranged in a way to look cozy and with traffic patterns that look obvious.  Another good idea is to increase the wattage in your lamps and light fixtures.  This gives your home a brighter look.  

If you have a basement, make sure the area is clean and organized.   This area must be well lighted and clean to make it an asset to your property.  

Do all faucets work correctly?  Commodes all working properly?  Make sure all repairs are done.  Repairs will be addressed in a home inspection so now is a great time to get your home in tip top shape. 

Last but not least, this is the time to tidy up the garage and make it look like a garage again.  If you family can't part with many of the items then storage is the next best answer. 

You can call me anytime to come take a peek and talk over what exactly needs to be done to make your home ready for the market and to get the best and fastest results....


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


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265


Brentview Realty


Posted on 02/28/2018 7:01 AM by Jarod Tanksley
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Thinking of Building a new home?



​For most people,​ the largest financial ​investment  ever mad​e is ​the purchase of their ​home.  Usually, ​​the things you need​ today in your home ​will change through the coming years.​ 

T​hinking through what you need if you are​building a home today that you plan to stay in through the coming years is a challenge.  There will be changes in family size or needs that you must consider.  Let's look at this project​ from every angle  (East & West).  There are architects, engineers. builders and other professionals to help you and make the right and effective decisions.  ​

​Be sure to consult with a professional that understands the requirements of heating and cooling systems.​  Planning for space​ that ​can range from storage and closets to placement of rooms such as a laundry room.   You should also consider how long you plan to stay in this home and if you should you design a larger space. Architects will add helpful information to assist in this decision.

​Choosing the right l​ighting is very important in every home.​  You might like low light and not ​want​ ceiling light fixtures but for re-sale, ​that ​c​ould ​discourage any potential buyers of your home.  While that might be a long time from building to selling, it is much easier to allow for lighting in the building stage than at selling time.

Plan​ for rooms that can be combined and have multiple uses.  ​Such as, a home office that is used only one day a week or seasonal room like a Craft/Hobby room.  A multipurpose room would work well if designed to accommodate all of these uses.  One can NEVER have enough storage.

​The proper​ placement of certain rooms like the laundry room or the master bedroom ​i​s important.  It is important because of convenience.   In the past designers decided that an upstairs laundry room was a great idea since it was near bedrooms​,​ but many people do not like that concept.   Bedrooms should be placed away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home.  Quiet is a must when picking a design​.  For instance, if you design a one level home, the master should be at the far end of the home.

Any Mom will tell you that the kitchen should be near the garage and/or point of entry into the home.  To have the convenience for carrying in groceries is a huge factor in design.  ​C​onsider that ​a mud room should be near to kitchen and  the garage so everyone can enter and have the chaos limited to one area. 

You know best what your needs and concerns are in building your home but professionals can direct you and suggest ideas you may not have thought of.  Ultimately no one knows your family and lifestyle like you do.  


"You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"

Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265


Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 02/14/2018 11:30 AM by Jarod