Tips for Getting Your Home Ready! (Selling Your Home)-Teri Radcliff, Realtor®

Tips for Getting Your Home Ready (Selling Your Home)

How to Prepare for Listing…

So you’re thinking about selling your home and making the big move, but you’re feeling overwhelmed by the task at hand? Here are a few helpful tips that might make your life less stressful:

When a home buyer walks into your home, they usually can tell whether they like it within the first 30 seconds. Your first impression is the most memorable feature of your home. That’s why creating a clean living space is #1 on this list. Instead of putting all of your money into renovations (not to say that’s not important), simply clean! Most people these days can see past the outdated appliance package if you’re living in a clean environment. It essentially tells the homebuyer that this home has been “kept up” in the time frame that you’ve lived there.



The second focus of cleaning is decluttering. Now’s the time to start three pilesGive, Sell, or Toss. At some point, you may have been advised to take down all of your personal pictures so that the buyer doesn’t see who you are while walking through your home, but it’s nice to see a few pictures throughout the home. It creates warmth and is more inviting to know that these homeowners have loved the home. Don’t overdo it by any means, but a modest amount is sufficient enough to create that ambiance. However, you should box up knick-knacks that can clutter surfaces and distract buyers from your beautiful home.

Fix It!

It’s understandable that you’d want to avoid making repairs, but it will save you time and money in the long run. If you don’t address the issue now, you can guarantee that it will come up during the “home inspection” period or even when a buyer is placing an offer to purchase your home. Minor headaches like leaky faucets and finicky toilets can become major headaches and don’t count as significant repairs. Major repairs typically are either fixed by the homeowner up front or negotiated off of the purchase price if the seller is not willing to put any more money towards fixing them prior to selling. Whatever you decide to repair or not to repair, you must DISCLOSE this to the potential buyer on a special sheet called the “property condition disclosure”. This informs the buyer of any adverse facts about your home and covers you for the sake of liability should something arise after the new homeowner takes occupancy.

Also, be open to repainting. Let’s face it, you like a sunshiny room in your kitchen or bathroom. Unfortunately, that bright yellow doesn’t always work out for a potential buyer. You’re probably gonna want to invest in some paint and tone that bad boy down with a more “in” color. Open up a magazine, or just turn on HGTV and you’ll find out what colors are “in”. Also, use a professional painter, unless you’ve got the gift of painting. It can be considered an art form.

Stage It!

Now that we’ve fixed all your minor repairs, painted, cleaned and de-cluttered, you’re ready for staging! Staging is an exaggeration of the de-cluttering process. Basically, it’s the guts and glory of moving your furniture around to get a better “flow” of the room. Now some people just have a knack for design and room flow. Others need a little boost. Nothing wrong with that! So, stagers can be hired to come in and reset your home to get the HGTV feel for professional photographers to come in and photo shoot your home.  

CHECK OUT THIS STAGED HOME: 1205A Chester Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Sell It!

Finding the right agent to sell your home: You want to look for someone that you can communicate with and who “gets” you. Someone who has your back at all times. Someone who listens to you. Someone that is responsive, a hard – worker who will answer calls/texts/emails, follow up with other agents, and homebuyers who are interested. Someone who knows the market and understands the process of home selling. These are key ingredients to a successful real estate transaction. These are the behind the scenes components that make a very good real estate agent. When choosing a real estate agent, make sure that they are a Realtor® because they uphold a certain code of conduct. So find a Realtor®! 

Contact me for more information about selling your home. I’m here to help!

Teri Radcliff, Realtor | Dream Home News | October 2017

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Twisted Thai: Family and Food Trucks!

Twisted Thai: Family and Food Trucks!

The greater Nashville food scene just got a little bit more flavorful with the entrance of a brand new food truck that is sure to make locals’ mouths water. Twisted Thai is a true fusion dining experience, putting the beloved flavors of Thai food into unique new twists on classic dishes. Twisted Thai Teri Radcliff, RealtorThe establishment’s specialty, Kao Mun Gai, a flavorful chicken and rice dish, is alongside culinary creations such as chicken curry tacos, which are flour tortillas stuffed with Panang-curry-slathered chicken, and twisted chicken sliders, which boast marinated grilled chicken covered in peanut sauce. Diners can also dive into a delectable chicken panang curry and wash down their twisted thai with a thai iced coffee or thai iced tea.

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Chansuthus runs the business with his children, and it is this family component that brings so much joy to the business and flavor to the food. This Thai-American family is bringing their most beloved dishes to share with Nashville, and these recipes have been perfected for decades. When asked what he loves most about his business, Chansuthus echoes back to family and friends, saying, “working with my kids and seeing smiling customers as they enjoy our food!”

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Fusion Thai with a Twist! Let our family serve you our Twist on Thai that will have you coming back for more!

Twisted Thai has plans for opening up a brick and mortar establishment, but, for now, hungry diners hoping for a taste of fusion thai food need to stay up to date with where the truck will be using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. But they need to hurry because on a recent outing the truck sold out of food nearly 2 ½ hours before they have planned to close. Word is out, so taste some Twisted Thai for yourself!

To schedule a private party, please contact Chris by phone (615) 916-9805.

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Twisted Thai is a member of the Nashville Food Truck Association.

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Huffoto: Drone Photography for Realtors

Drone Photography for Realtors

When showing clients their prospective dream homes, the sky has always been the limit…until now! Bryan Huff of Huffoto provides high-quality drone photography and videography to give prospective buyers a bird’s eye view of their potential home and neighborhood. Huff is a professionally trained  FAA licensed drone pilot.

“When my clients request drone photography services, I request Huffoto!” -Teri Radcliff, Realtor

Huff has always had a passion for photography, and his entrepreneurial spirit comes from his family. “Photography is a passion of mine that I have pursued for about ten years now. I was raised in an entrepreneurial family, so I guess it’s in my blood.”

Huff is a man of many talents. He does wedding photography on the ground as well as his work in the sky, rain or shine. “We have shot several events in the rain due to there being no plan B, but we have walked away with great images because of it.”

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And Huff embraces technology in both photography and as a means of connecting with others.  “[We offer] drone photography and videography as well as studio and on location photography with intricate lighting. Our lighting techniques set us apart from the competition. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Busker, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, and you can find us at or in the App store of your choice. Just search Huffoto.”

For Huff, challenges while on a job are what create opportunities for something special. View his work here or download the Huffoto Weddings app.

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Home Improvement Tips for Home Resale

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home for resale, or you just want an updated look for your own enjoyment, there are a few things you must consider before beginning any costly project. Many real-estate brokers agree that just because you put $25,000 worth of improvements into your home doesn’t mean that your house is worth $25,000 more!

Exactly how much of your investment you’ll recoup depends on a number of factors, such as the “big picture” housing market, the value of the homes in your neighborhood, when you plan to sell and the exact nature of the improvement.

Below are some examples of a few improvements that usually pay off – and some that rarely make a difference when it comes time to sell your home.


If you’re planning to sell your home in a year or two, a fresh coat of a neutral-toned paint could make the sale easier. A professional exterior paint job may also recoup close to 75% of its cost.


With just a few basic improvements, your kitchen can practically pay you back with interest:

  • New paint, wallpaper and flooring are always appreciated
  • Sanding, staining or painting worn-looking cabinets
  • Replacing old cabinet hardware is a low-cost improvement that makes a big difference in appearance.

According to Remodeling magazine, the average spent on major kitchen-remodeling is around $39,000; refinishing an outdated one averaged $15,000. The full kitchen remodeling recouped 80% of its cost, the more moderate remodeling was valued at 87%.

Area Conversions 

Generally speaking, increasing the functional space of your home holds its value longer than remodeling just to make a house look better. It’s also much less expensive than adding an addition to your home. Converting attic space into a bedroom, for example, usually costs around $30,000 and returns about 73% of its cost, according to Remodeling magazine. Turning your basement into extra living space costs, on average, $40,000, with a recoup average of about 69% of your costs.

Extra Bathroom 

You usually can’t go wrong by adding an extra bathroom. At an average cost of $14,200, a new full bath can recoup 81% of its total cost!


Adding a deck is a very cost-efficient way to add square footage to your house. Decks cost around $6,000 and generally recoup 75% of their value.

New Windows 

Your utility bill savings may make up for the iffy resale value, however, a good set of standard windows should get you around 68% back.

Swimming Pool 

In a word – don’t! Sure, they sound nice, but pools are very expensive to maintain.

Picture-Perfect Gardens 

Another nicety, but who’s going to spend all that time – and money? If the potential buyer is not horticulturally inclined, chances are your floral handiwork won’t add to the offering price.

Basic Is Better 

It may not sound very exciting, but it’s the basic improvements you make to your home that may have the greatest return on its value: a beautiful new bathroom won’t make up for a leaky roof. So if you’re thinking of selling your house in the next year or so, be sure to address any problems the home may have before you, say, install those sunken gardens you’ve always dreamed of.

-Condensed from Dewayne Baskette’s Lengthy Email Newsletter

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Non- Profit Organizations that shine!

  • Nashville Rescue Mission – Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing hope for today, tomorrow and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting in Middle Tennessee.
  • Hands on Nashville – Hands On Nashville meets community needs through volunteerism.  It all started with one Nashvillian’s desire to find meaningful ways for people to volunteer back in 1991. Read more about our founding here.
  • YMCA of Middle TN – At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Thistle Farms – Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. We are a community of survivors, advocates, employees, interns, volunteers, and friends from all across the world. We are young and old, women and men. We want to change a culture that still allows human beings to be bought and sold. We believe that in the end, love is the strongest force for change in the world.


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