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.



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

5 Smart Tips For Homebuyer’s Considering New Construction


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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Just Moved? 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack

Congratulations on purchasing your new home!  Before you start opening boxes and putting things away, we have some advice for new homebuyers and first time buyers – 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack.

Young couple moving in their home

These 10 items are often overlooked when moving into a new home.  Checking off this short list of to-do’s, however, will give you piece of mind and a sense of security as well as putting you on the proper path to caring your your new home and protecting your investment.

1) CHANGE THE LOCKS: We recommend changing the locks on your new home immediately.  Over the years homeowners may lend out keys and those keys aren’t returned.  It’s just a good, safe practice to rekey the home as soon as possible, ensuring that you and your loved ones are the only ones with access to property.

2) REVIEW YOUR HOME INSPECTION REPORT: This is a very important document, homebuyers pay for it, and sadly rarely ever use it for more than negotiations.  However, once you’ve signed on the dotted line, this report serves as your guide for any needed repairs or maintenance not handled during the transaction.  It will provide any safety concerns as well as needed repairs/preventative home maintenance to protect your investment.  Use it!

3) FIND YOUR CIRCUIT BREAKER: Circuit breakers prevent potential fires and other mayhem by cutting off power when the system senses an overload. Since circuit breakers are considered to be one of the most important safety features in your home, we recommend that new homeowners locate their Circuit Breaker or Fuse Box immediately upon moving in. If you need help locating yours, click here.

4) CHANGE HOME ALARM  & SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES:  If your new home has an alarm, you’ll want to replace the battery upon moving in.  These batteries have an average life span of approximately 3-5 years.

5) CHANGE SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES: Low batteries will cause alarms to sound off systematically until the battery is replaced.Locate all smoke alarms throughout the home.  Remove old batteries and replace with new.  Be sure to test the system once you’ve finished.

6) REPLACE LIGHT BULBS:  We recommend walking through the home and taking inventory of the lighting fixtures and what types of bulbs are required.  Be sure to take note of the label on the light fixtures, which will indicate the proper wattage to be used.  Odds are the sellers only replaced the bulbs that were out when they listed the home.  Replacing all the bulbs upon moving in, isn’t a requirement for sure, just one of those things that saves you multiple trips to the home improvement store when they all go out separately at a later date. (You may even want to take one of each of the old bulbs with you when you purchase new bulbs.)

7) PLAN EMERGENCY EXITS:  In the event of a fire or other emergency, you’ll want to plan out how each member of your family will evacuate the home in case of an emergency.  For more information on emergency exit planning, click here.

8) CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS: It rains here in Middle Tennessee, a lot.  Your gutters play a key role in protecting the siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and flooding in basements. When it rains, gutters direct runoff from a very large surface—a home’s roof—to where it can drain away from the house.  Gutters can get clogged with leaves and other debris. And because they are out of sight, they are often also out of mind for most homeowners until there’s a bigger problem.  For information on cleaning out rain gutters, click here.

9) CAULK EVERYTHING: If you’re not handy or crazy about the world of DIY, you’ll want to find a handyman for this task.  Over time, the caulk around sinks, tubs, etc wears and crumbles.  Taking the time to caulk everything upon moving in will prevent leaks, water damage and one of the scariest words in the english language when it comes to buying or selling a home – MOLD.

10) SHARE YOUR CONTACT INFO: Meet a few of your neighbors.  Introduce yourself and provide your contact information.  In the event of any emergency or suspicious activity, your neighbors can quickly reach you.  We know that this is one of those items some of you will back away from, and that’s okay.  But think of it this way, you’ve just purchased a home in this neighborhood.  You have chosen to live there.  Don’t you want to invest in your community?  Get to know those around you?  Make an effort to set the tone for your relationships with your neighbors.  Sharing contact information will help break the ice.

And that’s our list of the Top 10 Things To Do Before You Unpack.  We hope you find them helpful.  And as always, if you know anyone who is in the market to buy a home, sell a home or invest in real estate, we would appreciate it if you’d send them to The Spackman Group at Keller Williams.  We promise to treat them like the VIPs that they are!

We’ve taken the liberty of adding a few local resources in the Franklin, TN – Brentwood, TN – Cool Springs area that our clients have used and had success with:

Cool Springs Lock & Key 460 Franklin Road Franklin, TN 37069.  (615) 595-5744 http://locksmithfranklintn.com

Batteries Plus 1724 Carothers Parkway Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 371-8151 https://www.batteriesplus.com

Tim Fettroll (615) 838-6582 Handyman

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