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Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your Home

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

    When selling your home it is important to know that some of the minutest details to the seller can make all the difference in the world to the buyer. Whether the sockets in the wall are upside down, does a shower curtain sit properly in the tub, does the cable outlet face the window or away from it, all of these. One of the simplest ways to make someone feel like your house could be their home is a simple paint job. http://realestate.aol.com/ has an article on how to properly paint or repaint your home to be more buyer friendly. Outlining which colors in which rooms are more appealing to your potential buyers.  You will be amazed by what a difference it makes to buyers and what a payout it can be for your return on the investment. By Josie Gulliksen | Posted Jul 15th 2010 4:48PM   Maggie Hernandez recalls a Realtor telling her sister-in-law that she had to get rid of many of her personal items in order to sell her home. But the realtor was even more adamant that the sister-in-law update the interior paint colors throughout her house. In fact 94 percent of all agents recommend a fresh coat of paint for their clients’ homes. And why is painting your house in order to sell your home so important? How about a major return on investment! According to HomeGain’s Prepare to Sell 2009 national survey, the average price to paint interior walls is $500 to $750, but that increases a home price by an average of $1,500 to $2,000 — which can be a 250 percent return on investment. The Basic Rule of Thumb It’s necessary to remove all the personal touches you’ve made within your home in an effort to make the place as impersonal as possible when staging your home for sale. A neutral-colored palette, without all the clutter, helps potential buyers envision how their personal taste can be implemented into the house. A bright red accent wall, or your teenager’s black-walled bedroom, needs to be painted over in order to sell. “Beiges, warm beiges and yellows are great choices for wall color and making a space look more impersonal,” says Maggie Hernandez, a seasoned home stager and realtor with RPI International, Inc. “Wallpaper is a deal-breaker, paint is your ally. Neutralize the color palette throughout the home and neutral doesn’t...

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Winterizing Your Home

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

The winter months can be beautiful in Tennessee with all the snow and icicles it’s a real winter wonderland. With all this beauty come the cold temperatures and the potential for high energy bills and busted pipes. If you take some time to look over these winterization tips you can prepare your home for the cold weather, while cutting you energy bill. 10 ways to winterize your home — now You’ll get a season’s worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather. By Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate So you’ve pulled your sweaters out of mothballs and found your mittens at the bottom of the coat closet. But what about your house — is it prepared for the cold months ahead? You’ll be a lot less comfortable in the coming months if you haven’t girded Home Sweet Home for Old Man Winter. With the help of several experts, we’ve boiled down your autumn to-do list to 10 easy tips: 1. Clean those gutters   Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home’s gutters — by hand, by scraper or spatula, and finally by a good hose rinse — so that winter’s rain and melting snow can drain. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house, the Insurance Information Institute says. As you’re hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage. “The rule of thumb is that water should be at least 10 feet away from the house,” says Michael Broili, the director of the Well Home Program for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, a nationally recognized neighborhood group in Seattle. 2. Block those leaks One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out, experts say. The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group. Professional Services Top of Form Find local plumbers, electricians, contractors and more. Bottom of Form First, find the leaks: On a breezy day, walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window...

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A Christmas in Nashville, TN

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

One of the best times of the year to visit Nashville, TN is Christmas time. With colorful light displays all over the city and surrounding areas, Christmas concerts and rides down Cumberland River on the General Jackson, it’s hard to find a reason not to come to Nashville this time of year. Still, the most diverse and easily the most popular attraction during this holiday season would have to be An Opryland Christmas, presented to you by Gaylord Opryland. Go World Travel just wrote an article on all of the amazing things that Opryland has to offer you and your family. Merry Christmas. An Opryland Christmas: Nashville, Tennessee Amy Cates Lyle 0 comments This is not your grandmother’s Christmas gathering.Yep, there’s a buffet line or two, just like the relatives serve up every year, but you can also expect quality live entertainment, ice slides, carriage rides and strolls through lighted tropical gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. As hub of the country music world, the city has become a year-round destination, but Christmas is something special in the state capital, thanks in large part to Gaylord Opryland Resort, where Christmas is a month-long event. The largest non-gaming hotel in the United States, the resort is an entertainment centerpiece of Nashville with holiday preparations beginning July 4 as horticulturists start hanging white lights throughout the property. The Annual Lighting Ceremony is held in mid-November, but visitors can still enjoy the twinkling decorations through early January. But that’s just the scenery. Gaylord Opryland has done its homework and created and developed a wide assortment of Christmas-themed events. It’s wrapped them up in a tidy little package called “A Country Christmas,” a 21-year-old celebration that attracts more than one million visitors each year. That’s a lot of houseguests. If Grandma or Aunt Edna start to complain about the time they spend in the kitchen, share this tidbit with them: At Gaylord Opryland, among the culinary team’s responsibilities is the preparing of 18,000 pounds (6,718 kg) of turkey, 10,500 pounds (3,920 kg) of sweet potatoes and 800 gallons (30,28 l) of gravy throughout the holiday season.   Staff horticulturists have learned to prepare early for Christmas. They begin hanging and installing light displays in July. Food isn’t the only thing on the menu. “A Country Christmas” allows guests to choose from music, entertainment, food and shopping options to suit your family’s taste. After you have...

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