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Posted by on Feb 14, 2019

  What home inspectors will look for when you hire them to inspect a home that you are buying or selling GROUNDS Proper grading drainage away from house. No evidence of standing water No leaks from septic tank or leech field Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in good condition No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rotted wood Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from structure Downspout drainage directed away from structure STRUCTURE Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging Window and door frames appear square (especially bowed windows) Visible foundation in good condition – appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracks EXTERIOR SURFACES Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials (6″ minimum); no wood-to-earth contact Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling or flaking components Stucco: no large cracks (discuss all stucco cracks with a professional inspector) Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding No vines on surface of structure Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters No stains on exterior surfaces WINDOWS, DOORS AND WOOD TRIM Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay Joints around frames are caulked No broken glass (window or storm panes) or damaged screens, no broken doublepaned, insulated window seals Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good condition Storm windows or thermal glass used Drip caps installed over windows ROOF Composition shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, damaged or missing shingles, no more than two layers of roofing Wood shingles or shakes: no mold, rot or decay, no cracked/broken/missing shingles, no curling Flat roofs: no obvious patches, no cracks or splits, minimal blisters/”alligatoring” and wrinkles, no silt deposits (indicates improper drainage), sealed tar at flashings Flashing around roof penetrations No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk Soffits and fascia: no decay, no stains Exterior venting for eave areas: vents are clean and not painted over Gutters: no decay or rust, joints sealed, attached securely to structure, no bending or sagging, no sections of gutter or downspout missing, gutters clean, no...

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Market Snapshot for Real Estate in Williamson County TN

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015

Market Snapshot for Real Estate in Williamson County TN

The Williamson County Association of Realtors just released the property sales statistics for February 2015 and here are some highlights for real estate in Williamson county TN. The median sales price for single-family homes in Williamson County from February 2014 to February 2015 has increased 6.2%. The median price for condos in Williamson County were up 31% over February 2014. The median price of land closings in Williamson County increased 81% in February 2015 ($266,404 ) over 2014 ($188,000). Williamson County sales statistics for January 2015 and February 2015 can be viewed on the WCAR website by clicking the links below: February 2015 Williamson County Sales Statistics January 2015 Williamson County Sales Statistics This is a GREAT time to list your single-family home, condo or land.  I will be happy to help you with your property’s valuation in the current market.  To begin, you can reach me by calling (615) 500-9018 or email me at BurgessDeb@gmail.com or click here for FREE home...

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Staging Your Home and Curb Appeal 2.0

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

This blog is more in depth about staging and curb appeal. Also, time and budget is not in mind! You can refer to my budget and time friendly blog “Tips for a Curb Appealing Home” (https://debraburgessrealty.com/10-tips-curb-appealing-home/) In this blog, I will be talking about painting, decorating, fireplaces and more! I know this is a bit long, hopefully you will find a topic that applies to your home. PAINTING To give your kitchen a crisp, clean look; you want to replace your cabinet doors and drawers. Then paint everything to match and add hardware. If you do not want to buy a new dishwasher, I suggest checking with your manufacturer to see if you can get a new front panel for your model. There is an alternative, laminate paper can be used to re-cover the existing panel. Bathrooms are a huge part in selling a house. A low-cost alternative to replacing the tile is to use paint. You need to buy a high-adhesion primer and a ceramic epoxy covering. DO NOT forget to clean your tile before applying any chemical! After you have cleaned the floor, coat the tiles with the primer. Next, brush on the covering. This alternative is a fraction of the cost of new tiles. You will have an up-to-date bathroom that will bring in the big money. DECORATING Always remember, if you have the right mix/variety of accessories can make a room more inviting. Odd number accessories are eye-pleasing, especially the number three. For example, placing three vases in a triangle rather than a straight row. Make sure you keep the scale in mind, in a group of accessories you want various height and width. Keep the tallest in the back and the smaller ones up front. For a dramatic look, consider grouping accessories by color, shape, texture and design. SMALL TO BIG To make a small room look bigger, paint the small room the same color as the adjacent room. If you have two small rooms, you want a seamless look which will make both rooms feel like a big space. Another trick, if you want the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. If you have a lot of  windows, bring nature into the room by painting the walls a soft green. FIREPLACE If you have an overpowering fireplace, here are a few ways to tone down the brick. Again, using a...

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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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Essential Home Staging Tips to Sell your Home

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

Not all homeowners have the means to hire a professional interior decorator to stage their homes. While that’s totally understandable, here are few insider tips you can implement to help your home sell faster—and closer to your asking price. Clear the Clutter Realtors® know that potential buyers want to envision a space as their own; seeing other people’s mail on the counter, jackets hung on coat racks and shoes lined up in the foyer can be deal-breakers. Here are a few tips to avoid those situations: Arrange bookshelves neatly Close dresser drawers and closet doors (unless it’s a walk-in; then leave it wide open) Pick up yard debris and tuck away the trash cans Removing personal effects wherever possible lets buyers use their imaginations, so if you make a special effort to take down family photos, eclectic décor and all of the things that give your home a “lived-in” look, you’ll likely see better results. A Clean Home is a Happy Home Naturally, you will want to keep the house clean when you know potential buyers are coming but don’t overlook these sale-killers, though: Shower doors and bathroom walls (scour and scrub!) Gender-specific room décor Hardware holes that take just minutes to repair Benchmark Realty’s Home Staging Tips Feel free to download and print this easy to use home staging checklist which can save you money over hiring a professional. Nashville Home Stagers If you decide it’s time to call in the professionals here is a list of Nashville Area Home Stagers. Interiors by B- B Lucas-Thrower The Decorologist- Kristie Barnett Centered Staging- Michelle Cox Nashville Home Staging- Rhonda Taylor Staged by Sarah- Sarah Raines 615-419-8500 If you have any comments or questions please contact me using the form below.  ...

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Getting Ready for Open House!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013

Preparing Your Home for an Open House in Nashville Professional home staging is an established approach utilized to sell a home here in Nashville. Home staging benefits include fewer days on the market and higher selling prices. Think about professional home staging for a quicker home sale. Think of staging your house as creating a “style” for your home like a manager would do for a celebrity client. Just like creating an image gives more positive attention to a musician, staging makes your real estate more attractive on the market. Empty houses stay more days on the market. As an agent in Nashville, Tennessee, I can help you stage your house so that your home sells fast. Preparing your house to sell doesn’t have to be another hurdle in getting your home sold. It can actually be a great time to let your creative juices flow. Together, we’ll work to get an exceptional bid for your house. For less time on the market in Nashville, Tennessee, try these interior staging tips: Curb Appeal Begin with the exterior of your home, better known as your curb appeal. Take a fresh look at the exterior of your home from the view of a passerby. What jumps out at you? What wonderful characteristics seem to fade into the background? Understanding this assists us in determining what measures we can take to attract buyers from the street and into your house. If your house isn’t at its best on the outside with retouched paint and colorful garden plants we’ll need to address those issues. Follow the Curb Appeal Checklist and boost your house’s final selling price. Welcome Home Can buyers envision themselves watching a movie in your living space, reading a good book in your master bedroom or getting work done in your home office? I want your house to pleasantly accept buyers and give them a sense of easy living. I’ll help you accomplish this by recommending changes that enhance the features of your house. I’ll tell you get rid of pieces that give the appearance of clutter. Tabletops should be free and clear. Kitschy sculptures, souvenirs, family photos, and kids’ drawings should get stored away too. You need to “neutralize” the house so buyers can picture it as their new house. I know instantly where a room’s best characteristics are and how to show them off. Changes that directly affect your bottom...

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