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 Most people these days can see past the outdated appliance package if you’re living in a clean environment.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

Teri Radcliff, Realtor -Dream Home News October 2017teri radcliff, realtor

What is Pre-Parental Counseling? -Ready Nest Counseling

What is Pre-Parental Counseling?

Thinking about starting a family? Pre-parental counseling helps ease the transition for couples as they navigate the stages of pregnancy and postpartum.

Counseling is an effective tool that more and more Americans are seeking, from families to couples to individuals. Here in Middle Tennessee, Emily Pardy of Ready Nest Counseling provides a unique form of counseling that has long been missing in the therapy field- counseling for those seeking to become parents, (pre-parental counseling).

 

 Pardy discovered the absence of this kind of counseling through personal experience. “Several years ago, my husband and I were trying to decide if we were ready to start a family. We sought help from the therapist who had walked us through pre-marital counseling, and when we approached him with the idea for giving us “pre-parental counseling” he was perplexed! He didn’t have any curriculum or resources to offer us, but he was willing to sit down with us and discuss our expectations of parenthood and how we felt it would affect our relationship.”



An Investment in Your Relationship

Through hard work Pardy and her husband feathered their proverbial nest using the tools they picked up from their counseling. “When we finally got pregnant and had our first daughter, it immediately became evident to us what a gift that investment had been in our relationship.”

And with the recognition of the gift that counseling had given them, a light bulb went off for Pardy-others could benefit from this type of work. “As our friends started to become parents as well, we quickly learned we were far from alone in our challenges. I had always valued my experience with therapy as a client; but, when I started to share my story with other parents it truly became a passion of mine to help ease this transition for couples as they navigated the stages of pregnancy and postpartum. After I had my second daughter, I wrote my first book, For All Maternity about my own journey into motherhood. Then, I decided to go back to school and get my Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy to gain the education necessary to turn my passion into a profession..”

 

Focusing on Couples as a Whole

Pardy launched Ready Nest Counseling to work with families in, as she puts it, “in such a tender phase of life.” From conception to pregnancy to postpartum to infertility, Pardy seeks to help families in all stages of growth and while focusing on couples as a whole to ensure that both women and men get what they need from counseling.

“Trying for a baby, childbirth, and infertility are all major milestones that affect almost every aspect of a couple’s life together. While society tends to feminize this experience, Ready Nest Counseling focuses on the entire system that is affected. My goal is to offer couples preventative help as early as possible and provide them with the resources they need to integrate care throughout the entire phase. Ready Nest Counseling is at the forefront of integrating care with a couple’s emotional and relational wellness in mind.”

When You Get Help, You Also Give Help

Babies are more than just a focus in Pardy’s work in the office; she also implements a charitable component to her work to help newborns in need. “Ready Nest Counseling is dedicated to donating a portion of all session fees to the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies. When you get help, you also give help!”

To get your own nest prepared, please visit Rest Nest Counseling’s website and be sure to check out Emily Pardy’s blog.

Smyrna Holiday Market 2016

Smyrna’s Holiday Market 2016

December 10th, 2016 (11:00am to 3:00pm)

1135 Rock Springs Road, Smyrna, TN 37167

Please join me at Christina’s Dance Center to celebrate local small business in Smyrna, TN! The Holiday Market will feature jewelry, health care, clothing, skin care, cosmetics, and handmade home products. Finish your Christmas shopping or find something for your home!

I will have a booth at the entrance to welcome guests! Please join the fun and support our local businesses.

Holiday Market 2016 Smyrna

How to Make Space with a Lego Table

How to Make Space with a Lego Table


Lego Table: Old Armoire Doors, Things from Amazon and BAM!

My kiddos needed a place to  store all of the components from their Lego sets so I bought various materials on Smile.Amazon.com, found a few unused items, hired my husband and created a Lego table from old armoire doors.

Please watch the video to understand the process of making this custom Lego station.

 

Many time kids just don’t understand where they need to put things when they clean up their spaces. This station helps them understand the need for organization and helps parents set expectations. It’s been a Godsend for our family! Finding additional space in our homes is a must. If you need help choosing materials or constructing the project just ask a family member or friend for advice. In many instances, this DIY method will be less expensive than a manufactured product.

Below are the items that I chose for this Lego table:

  • Armoire doors
  • 2 x Lego panels
  • Storage bins
  • Twine
  • Hinges
  • Adhesive caulk
  • Cordless Drill
  • Oscillating Saw
  • Wood and drywall Screws