Look around your home. Walk slowly from room to room, whether in your mind’s eye or in person, and tap into your feelings about each space. Is your living room shabby and furnished with oddly mismatched pieces? Are the bathrooms cluttered? Is your kitchen outdated without being quite vintage? Then today’s article is for you!

If your home is bringing your mood down, it may seem like renovation and moving are your two best options. Both are costly, time-consuming, and anything but convenient. The good news is that we can suggest ten steps to help you love your home again! Whether you follow two or ten, we hope you find this upcoming summer season the most enjoyable time you’ve spent at home in recent years.

1.) Declutter

As homeowners, we can…

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One of the benefits of owning your own home is that you can have a pet without first asking a landlord for permission. Still, there are some steps you will want to follow before you bring your new furry companion home. Today, we’re sharing our top ten tips on how you can prepare your home for pets. Whether you’re bringing home a new puppy, kitten, or older adoptee of either species, our guide will help you make sure you’re ready for their adorable escapades you will no doubt experience.

Pet-Proofing Your Home

Just like human babies and children, pets need safe environments in which to live. Before you bring your pet home, go through your rooms from top to bottom looking for hazards and items you do not want them to be able to reach.

First,…

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When you are selling your home, you want to take full advantage of the market. No matter your home’s location, size, or age, it will bring in significantly more if you are able to optimize its condition before you list it for sale. However, if you are preparing to sell your home and you have realized that it needs extra TLC before it is market ready, today’s guide is for you.

The worst-case scenario for your property is it languishing on the market for months after you list it, only drawing in a smattering of lowball offers. To avoid this disheartening dynamic, rectify the following before listing:

Clutter

You are no doubt used to your belongings being comfortably strewn throughout your home. Sellers, though, will expect your home’s…

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It’s no secret that some of the most stressful parts of becoming a homeowner are securing a mortgage, locating your ideal property, placing a competitive offer, and navigating the intricacies of closing paperwork and processes. Of course, you have your agent to take care of you and your interests every step of the way! 

Once you have your keys in hand and the deed in your name, you may experience a whole new wave of thoughts and emotions—hopefully full of pride in your accomplishment and plans for your new home. You may also find yourself wondering: What happens now?

Here are some things to expect when you become a homeowner:

You Will Feel More Security and Freedom

Whether it happens as soon as you have the keys in hand, or a week later…

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HGTV’s “Love it or List It” showcases an all-too-familiar conundrum for homeowners throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond. If you’ve seen the show, you know featured guests ask for help deciding whether to remodel and relist or remodel and stay put in their refreshed home. 

As much as you may feel like this show could feature you and your current predicament, the reality is that very few Americans have enough expendable cash, a team of professionals, and a hotel voucher to cover our time away from home. Still, you have a decision to make: should you stay, or should you go? 

Let’s break down the factors that are most likely to help you determine the answer to this question. 

You Should Stay If:

You Have Poor Credit

Life can throw up…

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Full-on renovations are the most powerful method for transforming your home, but don’t be fooled into believing that you have to take on significant debt to make your home a better place in which to live. Strategic, thoughtful, small upgrades to enhance your space can create an impact on both your comfort level and your interior style. Choose just a few affordable luxuries, implement them as you are able, and prepare to fall in love with your home all over again. 

Add Richly Textured Plants

It’s no secret that houseplants are an excellent way to beautify your living spaces. Plants are available in a dazzling array of colors, scents, and sizes; they cleanse the air you breathe. Lastly, they can be matched with complementing vessels of nearly…

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While a professional home inspection is a crucial step in the home-buying process, there are some warning signs you can spot even before that inspection. During your home tour, keep an eye out for these atypical "red flags." They could indicate underlying issues that might not be immediately evident. Here are seven of them:

Unusual Odors

Pay attention to any strange or persistent odors in the home. Unpleasant smells could be a sign of hidden problems such as mold, mildew, pest infestations, or issues with the plumbing or sewage system.

Patchy or Mismatched Repairs

Be cautious of walls or ceilings with uneven patches, inconsistent paint jobs, or areas that look recently repaired. These could indicate past damage or ongoing issues that…

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Even in Middle Tennessee’s thriving real estate market, you may find that you’ve been too optimistic with your initial listing price for your property. The next reasonable step is lowering the price. Sometimes, this will draw buyers like bees flocking to blooming lavender, but there are at least as many instances of nothing happening, even a week or two later. 

But wait: who is that buyer emerging from the shadows? Is this the moment you’ve been waiting for?

No. This is a lowball sniper, the buyer who sees your home languishing on the market and thinks this is their opportunity to offer you a full eight to ten percent less than your asking price. At least, that’s what you will observe during your first interaction.

How are you meant to handle…

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In the world of real estate financing, a myriad of options awaits those seeking to purchase their dream homes. One such option often arises when dealing with high-priced properties is the jumbo loan. But what exactly is a jumbo loan, and when should you consider it?

A jumbo loan is a mortgage specifically designed to finance properties that exceed the limits of a conventional conforming loan. These loans are a practical solution if you're eyeing properties that come with a hefty price tag, going beyond the thresholds set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for conforming loans.

As of 2023, the maximum limit for a conforming loan is $726,200 in most counties. Properties that surpass this figure are the ones that necessitate a jumbo…

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Just a few decades ago, homeowners tended to use their garages as storage and parking spaces, feeling accomplished if theirs were at least organized and well-lit. Today, it’s increasingly popular to renovate or repurpose garages, using them as extensions of the cohesive indoor spaces rather than ignored, neglected zones. If you are preparing to take the leap and upgrade your garage, our conversion tips will help you at each stage of this complex task.

Ultimately, your goal of enjoying a chic, modern garage is absolutely achievable, so don’t give up! The results will be well worth the hard work. Whether you want your garage to boost your creativity, serve as a customized play space for your children, or give you space to host your friends for your…

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