8 Step Summer Home Maintenance Schedule

Owning your own home is certainly part of the “American Dream.”  Neglecting regular upkeep and maintenance on your home, however, could turn that dream into an absolute nightmare.  Buying a home is likely the largest investment you’ll make, protect that investment with seasonal maintenance.  With the first official day of summer just around the corner, we’ve provide an 8 Step Home Maintenance Schedule for Summer to help keep your home in the best possible shape, protecting your investment.

  1. Inspect the exterior veneer (brick/siding) for cracks or loose pieces.
  2. Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. Make sure that splash blocks and extender tubes are present to keep water moving away from the foundation.
  3. Clear all foundation and exterior from vegetation.
  4. Check the exterior hose bib for leaks.
  5. Test that windows and doors open and close properly and easily.
  6. Inspect all wood structures such as decks and porches for soft or rotten wood and loose railings.
  7. You may want to consider staining, or re-staining decking and fences to prevent damage and maintain appearances.
  8. If your home has shutters that are fading, give them a quick refreshing.  Faded shutters decrease curb appeal and give the impression of ill-maintained home.

If you have not already, be sure to tackle these 5 items either Annually or Semi-Annually as well.

  1. Make/Review an emergency escape plan with your family – does everyone know where to go in the event of a fire or natural disaster?  Be prepared.  Make a plan today.
  2. Make sure the house number is visible from the street for first responders to see.
  3. Have HVAC serviced annually.
  4. Test for Radon every couple of years.
  5. Replace HVAC filters once a month.

Need to address repairs or seasonal maintenance but don’t know who to contact? Give The Spackman Group a call 615-840-2692 or 615-939-1252 and we’ll provide you with a list of vendors and handymen in the area our clients have used and had success with.  Please, consider us a resource.

You can also visit our website for more information www.thespackmangroup.com.

 

 

Take A Peek Tuesday – Waters Edge by Goodall Homes (Franklin, TN)

It’s Tuesday and we’ve come up with a new feature for the blog called Take A Peek Tuesday.  Well do the dirty work to research great properties and provide gorgeous images for those of you who love looking at homes as much as we do.

Whether you are just window shopping for ideas for your current home or you are hitting the market to buy, we trust you’ll find these segments worthwhile.

Today’s we are featuring the Goodall Homes community of Waters Edge.  Waters Edge is a master planned community which is set to comprise of 367 homes; 238 single family homes and 129 cottage homes.  They range in price from $431,990 – $552,344 and from 2,070 square feet to a generous 3,621.

Our focus today is on the Lincoln model which has a base price of $495,900 features 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5-3.5 baths and 3,043-3,384 square feet.

Waters Edge Lincoln Exterior

The model is meticulously appointed with a functional and effortless flow from the front door through the kitchen and dining area to the living space and out to the patio.

The dining space 

The living area with access to the patio / outdoor space

The Master Bedroom

And of course the luxurious master bath

A secondary bedroom

The jack and jill bath

Relax and have fun in the spacious bonus room

New construction is always a lot of fun, so much to look at, so many decisions to be made.  It’s a lot to take in and we encourage to bring your own representation when you look at new home construction.  The builders ARE fantastic here in the Franklin / Nashville area.  However, the builders and the on-site agent, do represent their own best interests.  And as a buyer, you need someone in your corner…someone to watch out for YOUR best interests.

If you’d like to take a tour of the Lincoln model at Water’s Edge.  Give us a call (615) 840-2692 or send us a quick email KateSpackman@kw.com.  We’d love to give you the opportunity to view the home and the community to see if it might be a fit for you.

That’s it for this segment of Take A Peek Tuesday.  Have a community you are curious about that you’d like to see featured? Just let us know.  We’ll do our best to accommodate your requests.

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Model home photos provided by Lauren Qualls – Goodall Homes

 

 

April 2017: This Month In Real Estate

We’ve just about wrapped up the month of April and I can tell you, we’ve been busy.  The market here in the greater Nashville area is just on fire.   We are certainly still in a seller’s market and things are heating up for the prime moving seasons.

View the brief overview of the April 2017 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: Thinking of putting your home on the market?  Get an instant home valuation estimate by  CLICKING HERE .  You can also contact our Listing Specialist: Greg Spackman (615) 939-1252 to schedule a FREE consultation.

BUYERS: If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here.  You can also contact Lead Buyer’s Agent: Kate Spackman (615) 840-2692 to schedule a FREE consultation.

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As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate April 2017 and find it valuable.

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This Month In Real Estate: OCTOBER 2016

 

It’s that time again!  Time for This Month In Real Estate.  Numbers don’t lie. And we’ve got the newest numbers that represent the CURRENT Real Estate Market for October 2016.tsg-oct-2016-this-month-in-real-estate

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all because it reflects the National Real Estate Market, not just that of Middle TN.  So, if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

View the brief overview of the October 2016 Real Estate Market here:

SELLERS: We can also provide you with an estimate of your homes value.  Get your estimate quickly and easily by CLICKING HERE .

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

BUYERS: If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here. You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.The first step in making the move towards home ownership is speaking with a lender.  We can help provide you with a list of lenders in the area that our clients have used and had success with in the past. Contact us for that info.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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8 Step Home Maintenance Schedule For Fall

It’s finally here, FALL!  Fall is my favorite season of the year – temps are dropping, football and hockey games are starting to remind us how much we missed the in the off season, candy corn is on the store shelves again and the smell of pumpkin spice is everywhere.

With the new Fall season, however, brings new home maintenance tasks for homeowners.  If you are living the American Dream of homeownership, you need to be aware that neglecting regular upkeep and maintenance on your home, could turn that dream into an absolute nightmare.

Buying a home is likely the largest investment you’ll make, protect that investment with seasonal maintenance.  To take the guesswork out of it and pin-point the most necessary maintenance items to address this season, we’ve provided the 8 Step Home Maintenance for Fall. Be sure to check these items out in and around your home this fall:

Protect Your Investment With Seasonal Maintenance

Protect Your Investment With Seasonal Maintenance

  1. Test your smoke detectors.
  2. Have a certified Chimney Sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
  3. Make sure your caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heating/cooling costs.
  4. Clean gutters and downspouts.
  5. Check that all interior doors open and close properly.
  6. Look for water stains on the ceiling.
  7. Inspect under sink cabinets and around toilets and tubs for leaks.
  8. Check in the attic for roof leaks and adequate insulation
Autumn scenery. Beautiful gold fall in park.

Maintenance Needs Change With The Seasons

If you have not already, be sure to tackle these 5 items either Annually or Semi-Annually as well.

  1. Make/Review an emergency escape plan with your family.
  2. Make sure the house number is visible from the street for first responders to see.
  3. Have HVAC serviced annually.
  4. Test for Radon every couple of years.
  5. Replace HVAC filters once a month.

Know what needs to be done, but need help accomplishing the tasks for your Fall Home Maintenance checklist?  Reach out to a local handyman or contact us for a list of vendors our clients’ have had success with.  For a fee, these professionals can complete the tasks quickly and work with you to preserve the integrity of your home and the investment you have in it.

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Contact us today by visiting our website: www.TheSpackmanGroup.com or by contacting our office (615) 778-1818 at Keller Williams Realty 9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110 Franklin, TN 37067

Kate Spackman: (615) 840-2692
Greg Spackman (615) 939-1252

How Loud: What’s Your Home’s Score?

We just found a new website that could talk you into or out of purchasing that next home or putting pen to paper on that new expensive lease. It has nothing to do with crime rates, locations of schools or ratings, walkability or the like.  This new website plain and simply allows you to HEAR a home before you COMMIT to it, saving you huge frustrations, wasted precious time, serious cash and of course your sanity.

Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin.

So, we are super excited to share this new resource with you.  It’s called HowLoud.com. Haven’t heard of it? It’s the latest development in sound mapping and will have a powerful impact on the Real Estate Industry.  screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-11-53-50-am

How does the website work?  Well, the website creators have combined applied mathematics with data from sound maps of areas across the county to provide what they’ve termed as a Soundscore.  How does this data help you?  Well, it will help you weed out noisy housing options that would “surprise” you after it’s too late.  You’re welcome!

Imagine for a moment you just closed on the home of your dreams. You’re feeling confident, knowing you did your due diligence to research all you could about the new property.  You even took your Realtor’s advice and drove by during different times of the day/week to make sure that all is well.  Then, the first night in your new pride and joy you’re startled and awake to a TRAIN HORN blowing at 5 am and you’re MILES from any tracks.

Simply visit the website, enter the address of your potential new home (or your existing home because we all want to know our current home’s rating), and Howloud calculates a score ranging from 50 (Very Loud) to 100 (Very Quiet).

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We were curious.  So we tested the site out with the address of our office to see what the SoundScore HowLoud might assign to it.  And here’s our results…. the office scored a 70.  Traffic is busy, Airports Calm, Local Sources are active.  Seems accurate for this area of Franklin, TN.

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Since the maps can only extract data from areas with higher populations, you most likely won’t have a score if you live in a more rural area, like Eagleville, TN. In the more largely populated areas of Nashville, however, you’re not only going to receive a score, you’re going to see variations of score even within the same neighborhood. Why variations?

Within the bigger cities, like Nashville, there is incredibly fine detail.  So the score for a property in Belmont will have a different score than a property just over a block or two in Hillsboro Village.  The small differences around and near a property will cause the score to increase or decrease based on the noise created by the area: airline noise, trains, cars and traffic, bars, restaurants, shopping, etc.

Sharing new technology and websites that help our clients get and stay in the know is part of our passion at The Spackman Group here at Keller Williams Realty Franklin. We hope you can use this new tool to help you make an informed decision on your next home.

Here’s how to take advantage of this new tool:

  • If you’re in the market for a new home, whether you are renting or buying, you’ll want to check out HowLoud.com and find out the soundscore for that property.
  • If you’re thinking of selling your current home, you may also want to visit the site to see just how your home stacks up to the 50-100 sound score ratings.  We’d love to hear how YOUR property scored.

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This Month In Real Estate: SEPTEMBER 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 This Month In Real Estate:

It’s that time again!  Time for This Month In Real Estate.  Numbers don’t lie. And we’ve got the newest numbers that represent the CURRENT Real Estate Market for September 2016.

You can view THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE for September 2016 below:

This video breaks down the NATIONAL Real Estate market.  And, of course, real estate markets vary from state to state, town to town and even sub-division to sub-division.  The information for the Greater Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, will be slightly different.  Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, Smyrna, Nolensville, Nashville, Antioch, Columbia, Murfreeboro, Arrington will all have data that is unique to that city.

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all.  But if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

We can also provide you with an estimate of your homes value.  You can quickly and easily get that estimate by CLICKING HERE .

For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  To Browse Homes For Sale Click Here. You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.The first step in making the move towards home ownership is speaking with a lender.  We can help provide you with a list of lenders in the area that our clients have used and had success with in the past. Contact us for that info.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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This Month In Real Estate: AUGUST 2016

As realtors, one of the most commonly asked questions we are asked on a daily basis is “How is the market?”  Knowing the local market is the key to helping our clients get the BEST possible price for the sale of their home (Listing).  Knowing the local market also helps us advise our buyers when preparing their offer to avoid overpaying for a property they may just have fallen in love with.

To help answer this question,  we wanted to share this video.  Each month Keller Williams complies data on the national market and encapsulates the information into a short video packed full of statistics and info.

You can view THIS MONTH IN REAL ESTATE for AUGUST 2016 below:

This video breaks down the NATIONAL Real Estate market.  And, of course, real estate markets vary from state to state, town to town and even sub-division to sub-division.  The information for the Greater Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, will be slightly different.  Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, College Grove, Smyrna, Nolensville, Nashville, Antioch, Columbia, Murfreeboro, Arrington will all have data that is unique to that city.

If you wanted market details on a MACRO level, this has it all.  But if you are wanting more specific, local or MICRO Real Estate market statistics, we would be more than happy to provide you with detailed information and statistical data on your city as well as your neighborhood and/or sub-division.

We can provide you with information on what the average Days On the Market or DOM is for your area, what the average sales price is,  what percentage of asking price sellers are receiving otherwise known as the sales to list price ratio,  the average cost per square foot and more.

It’s been said that Knowledge is Power.  And when you are in the business of buying or selling a home, knowing the market is KEY.  If you need more information or want to enlist the help of a Realtor to help decode all of this data, The Spackman Group at Keller Williams Realty Franklin, is a full service real estate group assisting both Sellers and Buyers.

If you’d like to get an automated estimate of your homes value, you can get that here: http://www.thespackmangroup.com/cma/property-valuation/ .  For a more detailed and accurate snapshot of what you home could sell for, contact us today for an appointment – (615) 840-2692 Kate Spackman or (615) 939-1252 Greg Spackman.

If you’d like to purchase a home, you can browse current local listings here:  http://www.thespackmangroup.com/buying/.  You can view properties and even mark favorites.  The site is updated every 10-15 minutes so the data is reliable and accurate.

As always, we are happy to help answer any real estate related questions you may have.  We hope you enjoy the video of This Month In Real Estate August 2016 and find it valuable. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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Houses For Sale In College Grove – Virtual Tour 6423 Drumright Rd

NEW TO THE MARKET:

Take a virtual tour of our newest listing in College Grove – 6423 Drumright Rd. College Grove, TN 37046. This beautiful 1,920sf 3 bd 2 ba plus office home sits majestically on over 5 acres.

Spend time enjoying the sunroom, grilling out on the deck or relaxing beside the gorgeous salt water pool.  Single level living at it’s finest and inside Williamson County lines.  The home is zoned for College Grove Elementary, Fred J. Page Middle and Fred J. Page High Schools.

For those out of state homebuyers conducting their greater Nashville home search online, College Grove is an unincorporated, mostly rural community in Williamson County.  It’s located immediately south of Franklin and just east of Murfreesboro.

If you’d like more information visit the property page on our website here

If you’d like to schedule a showing, or have additional questions, please contact Greg Spackman at (615) 939-1252 or gregspackman@kw.com.

Like the home?  But it’s not exactly what you were looking for?  SEARCH NEW HOMES HERE or contact Kate Spackman, our Buyer’s Specialist, at (615) 840-2692 or katespackman@kw.com. The Spackman Group BUY SELL INVEST Middle TN

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5 Smart Tips For Homebuyer’s Considering New Construction

Know BEFORE You GO!

If you are looking into purchasing a newly constructed home in Williamson County in 2016, let The Spackman Group at Keller Williams / Franklin lead you to the RIGHT house at the RIGHT price.

There are new neighborhoods popping up all over in the cities of Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Nolensville, College Grove, Arrington, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station area – not JUST in Williamson County.  Rutherford County / Murfreesboro is booming with new construction, also, as well as many of the sounding counties.

If you are in the market to purchase a new home now or in the future, no matter the geographic locations, we’ve compiled five tips as well as a potential pitfall to avoid.

Couple dreaming new house

POTENTIAL PITFALL / Buyers Beware: Many New Construction homebuyers, especially first time homebuyers, elect to use the builder’s agent to handle their purchase. Purchasing a home is one of , if not THE, largest transactions you’ll ever conduct during your lifetime. Builders have on-site agents.  They are charming, well dressed, friendly, welcoming and very helpful.  You’ll like them instantly (typically) and that’s why the are the Builder’s Agent.  The builder wants you to feel comfortable making a new home purchase in their development.

TIP #1: DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE – GET A REALTOR NOW! Great Realtors work hard for their clients.  Of course, as in any industry there will be a few “bad apples.”  So, interview a few candidates and go with your instincts. When purchasing a newly constructed home, you need someone in YOUR corner that is looking out for YOUR best interests, NOT the builder’s. No matter how wonderful the builder is (and we have some FANTASTIC builders in the Greater Nashville/Franklin area) their agent can’t represent their best interests while representing yours.

TIP #2: DON’T GO IT ALONE, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU CAN. Unless you deal daily with real estate transactions, you are bound to be stumped somewhere along the way.  Don’t take the chance of making an uninformed decision which could, and most likely will, result in serious financial losses. Realtor fees are paid by the seller , or in this case the builder, NOT the homebuyer.  Utilize the experience and knowledge of a realtor. Not using a realtor doesn’t mean the builder will extend that savings to you.  And even if they were prepared to do that for some reason, they do this for a living and you’ll end up spending more on upgrades and negotiations in the long run.  Don’t overpay.  Use a realtor.

TIP #3: SHOW UP PREPARED  – your realtor should provide you with cards to hand out to open house agents or builder’s agents.  These cards lets the other agents know you are already working with a realtor. Why is this important to you?  It lets the other agent know that you are 1) currently being represented and 2) prevents them from nagging you – they can call your agent with questions and/or concerns.

TIP # 4:  DON’T WAIVE THE RIGHT TO YOUR OWN HOME INSPECTION – just because the home you are interested in purchasing is NEW, doesn’t mean there aren’t issues that could come up down the road.  Builder’s typically do give standard warranties on their homes.  However, some items may not become an issue until AFTER the builder’s warranty expires.

TIP #5: ASK UPFRONT FOR A COPY OF THE BUILDER’S WARRANTY. Memorize (well, maybe not memorize) and be aware of what the builder’s warranty covers and anything you may do, unknowingly, to void it. Knowledge is power.

Do you know what’s available to you as a new construction home buyer in Middle TN?   We’ve got the 6 GREAT NEW NEIGHBORHOODS in Williamson Co. you’ll want to know about before you begin your search. Contact us for more info. Or visit our website to begin your search. http://www.thespackmangroup.com/search/advanced_search/

Purchasing a home, whether new construction or a previously owned home, can be a very positive experience.  Don’t let misconceptions cost you big dollars.  Hire a realtor you feel comfortable with and look to them to guide you through the homebuying process.

Contact Kate Spackman our Buyer’s Specialist today for more information (615) 840-2692 or katespackman@kw.com or visit our website to begin your home search today. SEARCH NEW HOMES HERE

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