It’s springtime in East Tennessee and sales have been really busy here.  I currently have 7 homes under contract and the season has just begun.  If you are considering selling your home or purchasing a new home, please contact me at 865-653-0553.  I am happy to provide you with a free evaluation of the current market and help you reach your next goal.

Here are some helpful hints and interesting articles that I thought I would share with you.

Add Curb appeal – ideas from HGTV magazine

  • Endless summer hydrangea shrubs planted by the front door becomes the yard’s star when it blooms in late spring.
  • Replace some of those dying shrubs with three favorites – Flower Carpet rose bushes, red sprite hollies, and green velvet boxwood.
  • A metal bench outside the front door is a great spot to drop shopping bags – and add some pop with some bright outdoor pillows.
  • Red begonias and yellow lantanas placed in a large pot by the front door is welcoming and colorful.
  • Place a pair of urns with dwarfed spruce trees by the front steps.
  • Add outdoor lighting.
  • Choose a front door mat to enhance the colors of your home.
  • Paint your mailbox and cover it with a colorful mailbox cover.
  • Add an interesting light fixture under your outside foyer.
  • Add step mats to front door steps to prevent slipping and add interesting appeal.
  • Add rocking chairs and pillows or add a colorful outdoor bench.
  • And most importantly – WEED AND TRIM!!!

 

Things to get rid of or put in storage now to declutter your home – Let it go – 

  • Spare contact lens cases.
  • Broken costume jewelry.
  • Dictionaries.
  • Wrinkled wrapping paper and crushed bows.
  • Latex paint if it is more than a year old.
  • A bread machine.
  • VHS workout tapes.
  • Manuals for appliances and electronics (they are all online).
  • Cookbooks you’ve cracked open once.
  • Random vacuum cleaner attachments.
  • Old remote controls you don’t recognize.
  • Scrunchies that have lost their scrunch.
  • Incomplete decks of playing cards.
  • Bridesmaid dresses.
  • Take-out menus – everything’s online.
  • Picture frames with broken easel backs.
  • Road maps – GPS is on your phone.
  • Unidentifiable keys.
  • Almost empty bottles of bubbles.
  • Impossible puzzles no one has ever finished.
  • Free gifts from cosmetic purchases.
  • Orphan mittens and socks.
  • Travel guidebooks.
  • Charges for old electronics.
  • Wire hangers from the drycleaners.
  • Dusty potpourri.
  • Dusty silk flower arrangements.
  • Chopsticks and soy sauce packets.
  • Your “fat” clothes.
  • Carpet remnants.
  • Scratched non-stick pans.
  • Anything with an antenna.
  • Prescription glasses that are no longer your prescription.
  • Umbrellas with bent or broken spikes.
  • Allen wrenches from DIY furniture.
  • Outdated Checkbook registers.
  • Disposable cameras.
  • Business cards.
  • Smelly towels.
  • The yellow pages.
  • Phonebooks.
  • Vases that came with delivered flowers.
  • Commemorative spoons and plaques