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Organizing Your Home

Categories: Helpful Hints | Posted: February 22, 2017

Being organized is something that every new homeowner fears they will struggle with to some degree. Here are some tips to help organize your everyday living spaces.

— We all know that linen closets aren’t the easiest thing to keep organized. You perfectly fold and place items where you desire, but with the slightest movement it becomes a mess again. Using bins, baskets, and small pull out drawers that can be stacked and labeled will give everything a home and keep it in place. No more worrying about the whole stack falling out in to the floor.

            — When labeling storage bins, group them by category. Categorize bedding by sizes, twin, king, queen, etc. When putting away matching sets, you can fold the sheets and extra pillow cases up and place them inside one of the matching cases. Try to refrain from saving every set you have, go through and see if there are stains, holes, or maybe it just doesn’t match your décor now. If so, get rid of them. Keep only what you need, and maybe one extra set.

— We all know that for the most part, the underneath of just about everyone’s kitchen sink a disaster. There are all sorts of cleaning products, half of which you probably don’t know what they are used for, and several different scrubbing brushes, some that probably should have been thrown away a long time ago. Go through and determine what products you really do use and need, dispose of the ones you don’t as well as scrub brushes and pads. Use small/medium sized baskets for those products without a sprayer, and the brushes and pads. Now for those that do have a sprayer, you can place a tension rod below your sink for those products to hang. This will clear up space and allow you to see everything that you have below your sink.

— Paper and mail are two things that we’re all constantly misplacing. If they are left laying around on the counter, they get lost in a pile of other things or even thrown away. What you can do it take an old window shutter, paint it whatever color you’d like, and place somewhere on the wall that’s easy to reach, but not easy enough for a toddler to have a field day with. Place your mail, invitations, to do list, etc. into the slots and viola! You now have your very own mail station!

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— Knives are that one thing that we all worry about.  You can’t just leave them laying around in a drawer, and there isn’t always space for a nice knife holders. Magnets are the perfect solution to this problem. Secure them above your counter, out of reach of children, and make sure they are sturdy enough so that nothing falls.

We hope that these few household organizing tips will help you feel a little more organized at home. What are some organizing tips you use around your home?

Community Spotlight: Belle Rive

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: February 9, 2017

Are you looking to buy your first home or upgrade to a home that better suites your needs? Look no further than Belle Rive in Murfreesboro, TN. These 2,542 to 2,943 square feet homes allow for all the room you and your family need plus some!

The homes feature brick, raised panel steel garage door with glass and coach lights, sodded front yard, ornamental mailbox and more. That is just the exterior. Wait until you see the interior. On the inside of these homes you will find recessed lighting in the kitchen and breakfast area, staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents, stainless steel sink with sprayer, hardwood entry, textured ceilings, ceiling fans and more.

Murfreesboro has so much to offer from shopping at The Avenue, going to games at Middle Tennessee State University, golfing at one of the many golf courses, enjoying Stones River National Battlefield, and so much more. You are even just a short drive from Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN!

Come see what Belle Rive has to offer you. We promise you will not be disappointed! Come see us at our Model Home or visit www.olesouth.com/belle-rive to learn more! Please call Agent J.J. Brazelton, 615-896-8188, for directions to the specific homes and home sites we have available. This location is serviced from our nearby model home location in The Enclave at Berkshire.

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Driving Directions

I-24, Exit Salem Highway/Hwy 99. West on Hwy 99 3 miles to left into Belle Rive neighborhood.

Time to Invest: Upgrading Your Home for Resale

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 19, 2017

Selling a home is a hurdle many face before buying a new one. Very often homeowners overlook one important thing when putting their existing home on the market — UPGRADES. Upgrading a home before selling, whether major or minor upgrades, can really pay off for the seller.  Below are 10 upgrades that are considered an investment when it comes time to sell:

Bathroom remodel. It could be as easy as upgrading the fixtures or even just a new coat of paint. Some may want to do a little more by replacing the floors or vanity. Just like that you could have a like-new bathroom.

Update your floors. New carpet or hardwood flooring can greatly increase the resale value of your home depending on current trends. Think about what type of floors you are looking for in your next home because buyers looking at your home might be looking for the same thing. You may be surprised what new floors can do to update your home.

Landscaping. The very first thing buyers are going to notice is the outside of your home when they pull up. That first impression will last a life time. Be sure to keep your grass mowed. Planting some new flowers or bushes out front will add a nice little touch as well. 

A fresh coat of paint. Sure, that eggplant color may have worked for you but not necessarily the person who is buying your home. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color can have a dramatic effect and change a person’s perception on buying your home.

Patio/Porch remodels or additions. Sellers may not realize this, but this could be the selling point of your home. We know it can get a little costly, but if you are willing to take that chance, then it could benefit you in the end. Not only does curb appeal matter, but the look of your backyard matters too. Usability of the backyard will make a big difference. If a person walks out onto a beautiful deck that they can see themselves grilling, enjoying family and a general warmth then they are more apt to pay more than just a bare backyard.

Basement remodel. You bought or built your home with a basement with a lot of square footage but somewhere along the way, you couldn’t find the time to finish the basement. Do it before you put it on the market. Buyers often only see a basement as an asset if there is usability and not just for storage. Growing trends in basements include rec rooms, play rooms, in law suites and more.

Replace your windows. When you originally bought your home you were enthralled by the vintage colors and character but now that you are selling, consider your windows. Many potential buyers see updated windows as a major buying point and could pay off for you.

Stage your home. Ok, this one can be a touchy subject. We understand you don’t want to take down your family photos or your college football memorabilia but potential buyers want to see themselves in the home you are selling, not you. Make your home as neutral as possible without so many personal touches and you just may see a positive impact in the end.

Heat and Air System upgrades. If you know that your unit needs to be replaced, consider replacing it before you sell your home. You might be thinking “Are you crazy? That is expensive,” but buyers are looking for move-in ready homes and don’t want to have to worry about aging systems. This could be a major plus in the end!

Remove popcorn ceilings. Potential buyers don’t want to see the aged trend of popcorn ceilings treatments. It could actually be the only reason why someone walked away from your home rather than putting in a offer. If you have the extra time and money, then this investment could have buyers putting in offers as soon as they walk in.

There are all kinds of tips and tricks out there that you can do to upgrade your home before selling, but these are just a few that we think will benefit you in the end. If you are unsure on what to do to get more out of your home, don’t hesitate to ask you real estate agent! They know exactly what people are looking for in today’s market! 

Start A Maintenance Plan!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 6, 2017

Starting a maintenance plan is something that sounds stressful, especially if you are a new home owner. However, it is important to do to keep your home up to par. If you don’t start a maintenance plan then you could encounter some costly repairs and damages down the road. Here are a few things to consider when putting together your plan:

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  • Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). This is a simple and quick maintenance check, assuming you have one (which you should). Be sure there is easy access to it, make sure nothing is blocking the extinguisher like a garbage can, etc. Check to see if the gauge shows adequate pressure, and make sure there are no signs of wear and tear.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal. There are plenty of ways to do this, but the easiest way is vinegar ice cubes. Using an empty ice tray, pour vinegar into it and allow to freeze over-night. Dump the ice cubes in the sink and run them through the disposal. Not only does this freshen it, the ice also sharpens the blades.
  • Inspect and possibly change out HVAC filters. Experts will always tell you to change filters monthly, but that is not always needed. A smaller family with no pets or allergies would likely be okay for 2-3 months before changing the filter. If the filter is clean, put it back and check it again the following month. If it appears dirty, replace the filter, and continue to check monthly.

Quarterly

  • Check water softener, add salt water if needed. Check every few months, although it shouldn’t run out too fast, a quarterly check is advisable.
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. This applies to sinks/ water sources you don’t use often, such as a guest bathroom. This is to avoid grime or any other kind of build-up. Regularly running water through the plumbing will prevent the build-ups from happening.
  • Test smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. A simple task that only takes a few seconds, your detectors should have a “test” button on them. If the alarm sounds, you are good to go. If not, then immediately replace the batteries and test it again. If it still doesn’t work, there could possibly be some corrosion on the battery terminal, therefore it won’t detect the new batteries. Clean and try again. If it still doesn’t work, it is likely that you need a new detector.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature. Federal law requires all garage doors to have this feature. Test every month by placing something like a 2×4 where the door would close. It should reverse upon detection of the object or when it touches the object. Test your photo-electric sensors if you have them. Place something in front of them when you close the door. If the door doesn’t retract up immediately then contact the manufacturer or the person who installed it.

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  • Give your home a deep clean. Every six months, choose a day where you or you and your family give your house a proper deep clean. Windows, appliances etc.  Dust every nook and cranny, even the basement, attic, etc. Not allowing dirt, grime, and dust build up will keep your house in tip-top shape.
  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve. This will help to prevent mineral and corrosion build up, which also safeguards against leaks. This will also allow your heater to run more efficiently.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. You want to keep your refrigerator running efficiently, especially since it uses up to 15 percent of your home’s total energy. The coils will eventually get dirty over time, requiring your refrigerator to use more energy. By doing this, you can save up to $100 per year.

We hope these tips and trick help you get your house in tip top shape this year!

Make Enclave at Berkshire Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 1, 2017

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, The Enclave at Berkshire is among the few with a traditional neighborhood feel. It is perfect for anyone who is looking for a place with a beautiful view, as well as the convenience of not being too far from the excitement and important things in life. It is near shopping, a fitness center, hospitals, and plenty of entertainment and recreation. Traveling on I-24 to 840-West, take exit 50 South onto Veterans Parkway. After traveling one mile, take a left onto Blackman Rd. and a ½ a mile to your left take a left on Pendleton Blvd Dr. directly into the neighborhood on your right hand side. As you enter the round-about you will notice how secluded it feels from the busy city life, yet safe, allowing yourself to relax. Enclave at Berkshire is complete with creeks and woodlands surrounding it, and plenty of open spaces of grass and a playground for the children and family fun. Rutherford County Schools is a great school district that is just around the corner from here, nearly in your backyard!

The exterior of the homes are brick/stone, with coordinating color schemes, and maintenance-free vinyl siding. Partial glass is used on the front door, along with brushed nickel door hardware. The two door raised panel steel garage door with glass and coach lights comes with garage door openers. The concrete driveway and sidewalk helps you traverse safely to your home on those rainy days, leading right up to the porch and a concrete patio to enjoy those nice cool evenings with a BBQ.

Ranging from three to four bedrooms, and two and a half to four bathrooms, the square footage of these homes are anywhere from 1,824-2,618 square feet. Entering the home, you will find that there are hardwood floors throughout the foyer, kitchen, breakfast and dining area. The cabinets in the kitchen are staggered height birch, with crown accents, and granite counter tops to accent them. The carpeting used within the rest of the home is stain resistant, along with a high density carpet pad beneath it. Smooth vaulted, trey, or wainscoted ceilings are used throughout the homes. Brushed nickel is used for both the lighting package, and hardware. Homes include smooth-top electric range, side by side refrigerator with an ice maker, dishwasher, and a built-in microwave. The glamorous owner’s bath, includes separate shower, raised vanity, and a soaking tub. Elongated toilets throughout, Kent birch cabinetry, cultured marble vanities, chrome fixtures, decorative towel bars and paper holders, and linen storage make these homes complete.

It is a great place for a family, or anyone who is looking forward to starting one. There is a great school district nearby, with lots of space for energy to be released outside or inside. With the peacefulness of the woods and creeks nearby, as well as the safety of the streetlights and neighborhood watch, but also, not too far from the excitement of the city life. Make the Enclave at Berkshire home.

Visit: http://www.olesouth.com/enclave-at-berkshire for more information.

D.I.Y Holiday Décor

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 24, 2016

Every now and then people like to give their home a bright and cozy holiday feel. Here are a few do it yourself ideas that are fairly cheap, easy, and B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

  • Center pieces are a great way to throw in some holiday décor. But instead of the usual candle holder, why not try a wine glass? You can go to any of your local stores, if you are like me and prefer things cheap, dollar stores are the way to go! You will need a larger wine glass, Christmas tree ornaments, and a smaller candle. When buying the bulbs, buy different sized bulbs; small, medium and large bulbs will do the trick. Place the bulbs beneath the wine glass however you’d like, and place the candle on the base of bottom the wine glass (should be upside down.) Light the candle and tada! The perfect do it yourself center piece! (via Pinterest)
  • Make your home smell like cozy holidays with your own homemade holiday potpourri. (via Pinterest)

For ingredients you will need:

  • 1 1/2cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tangerines, halved
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell.
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small branch fresh pine
  • 1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • water

Begin by placing all the ingredients into a medium size sauce pan, and then add ¾ cup water. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and add water as is needed. You can allow it to simmer for about 4 hour or more, let it cool overnight, and reuse the next few days. Be sure to add water to avoid burning!

  • Holiday cookies are what everyone looks forward to this time of year. Instead of using plastic baggies, why not try something more festive, like a holiday cookie can! They are cute and easy to carry! You’ll need an empty Pringles can, cleaned out, scissors, decorative paper (from the scrapbooking section in craft stores), ribbon, and glue. I recommend a hot glue gun if you have one, but any other glue will work just as good. Remove the lid, cut your paper the same length of the can then securely glue the paper onto the Pringles can. Continue to wrap the paper around the can and securely glue again. Once you are done with that, tie or glue a festive ribbon to the can. (via Pinterest)
  • Snowmen are cute and a great way to show off your love for the holidays! Some things you will need for this project are: two balloons (doesn’t matter the color), white yarn, string of black yarn, white Elmer’s glue, tape, scissors, fabric, 2 small black beads or buttons, 2-3 large buttons, two small twigs (roughly the same size), and orange and black construction paper. Blow one balloon up fairly medium, and the other one noticeably larger. Tape them together, on atop of the other like a snow man, and securely tape them. Smear glue all over the balloons and wrap the yarn around them repeatedly After the glue has dried, use something to pop the balloons, remove the balloons from your newly formed string balls. And begin to decorate! (via Pinterest)
  • Little ornaments, and things you can hang on your doors or cabinets are always enjoyable. Like a tea light snowman! You will need a battery operated tea light candle, a sharpie, fabric, string, black paper, and a hot glue gun. You will draw on the eyes and mouth for the snow man, the light will be used as his nose. Loop a piece of string, and glue it to the back, so you can hang it. Cut and cross a small piece of fabric to use as his scarf. Don’t forget a little hat for him. (via Pinterest)

While there are endless ways to decorate for the holiday season, I hope these few tips will help you on your way to a festive holiday season! 

Enclave at Berkshire

Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: November 30, 2016

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Are you looking to start or expand your family? Will that cause you to out grow your current home? The Enclave at Berkshire community in Murfreesboro is just what you need. These 1,824 to 2,542 square foot homes will have all the space you need. With creeks and woods surrounding the community, as well as beautiful streetlights and a cabana; it is safe, private, and peaceful for you to enjoy. The Enclave at Berkshire community offers acres of open grass, a play-ground, sidewalks, and neighborhood pool for the kids and adults alike! Adjacent to this community, is the Blackman Schools complex.

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As you are traveling on I-24, take exit 76 South, onto Medical Center Parkway/ Manson Pike. Exiting, take a left onto Fortress Blvd, and then a right onto Puckett Crossing, which will lead you directly into the community. You will notice as you are entering the boulevard, how well-kept the landscape is as you are following the round-about. The homes typically have one to two car garages, three to four bedrooms, and two and a half to three and a half baths. The full bathrooms in the master room have a large relaxing tub, with a his and hers sink and well as granite table-top counters in the bathrooms and also in the kitchen. Walk-in closets, enormous showers, a plethora of natural light, all new stainless steel appliances, and high ceilings are just some of the wonderful amenities!

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Picture yourself enjoying a fire in front of a beautiful fireplace this holiday season. These homes are inviting, with an open floor plan and have a setting that is warm on the inside and out. Many patios also come with an outdoor fireplace just as beautiful as the indoor fireplace. With winter coming, the back patio is perfect for cool winter evenings surrounded by friends and family, enjoying hot coca and great company with the scenery of the woodlands surrounding you. We hope to see you soon.

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Winterizing Your Home

Categories: Home Maintenance | Posted: November 8, 2016

winterizing-your-homeWhen a cold draft comes through the house it sends a chill down your spine. It usually hits you while you are sitting on the couch snuggled up watching your favorite Christmas movie! These cold drafts are coming from your windows and doors. BUT you can keep those chills away by sealing the deal with these tips!

CAULK — To seal cracks less than ½ inch, use caulk. There are many kinds of caulk, based on application, select grade, interior, exterior, etc. There is even a special kind to get when you are sealing a crack near a stove or fireplace.

SPRAY FOAM — To fill in small holes and large cracks, spray foam will do the trick. Because spray foam can get a little messy, consider using a latex based-foam. Do not use near things that are flammable. Keep in mind that you do not need to use types that expand on windows and doors.

WEATHER STRIPPING — Weather stripping does wonders on the moving components of doors and windows. Check your weather stripping every year to ensure it is still working properly as it typically gets a lot of wear and tear causing it to be replaced more often.

On top of sealing cracks and holes, there are also a few other tips and tricks that you can do to keep those chills away.

  • Applying shades and/or drapes to your windows can help reduce heat loss by 10%. Allow the shades/drapes to be open during the day to allow sunlight in, which will help keep the home warm without having to turn the heat up so high. At night, close them to keep in the warm air, and cold air out.
  • It is time to cover up your air conditioner. Although the weather in the state of Tennessee doesn’t get unbearably cold, it is smart to keep an eye on the weather in case there is a bad snow/ice storm coming. You may not find it necessary to cover up your air conditioner, but it could help prevent damage from happening during an ice storm or blizzard.
  • Change your ceiling fan(s) to spin clockwise. By spinning clockwise and on a low speed, it will force the warm air back down to you.
  • Clean out your gutters. We all know it’s not the most fun job out there, but it will help prevent damages to your roof caused by ice.
  • Lower your thermostat by 5-10 degrees each night. This can help save 10-20 percent of energy. This is where programmable thermostats come in handy! If it feels like there is a little chill, throw on some extra layers, and pull out that afghan your grandma made for you!
  • Check your furnace filters, make sure that they are clean and in contact. If not, replace them. You can find them at any hardware store, as well as many retail stores. This is an important task to do, because access build-up of dust and lent could cause a fire.

We hope that these tips will help keep you warm this winter, as well as save you a little money!

Puckett Station Homes

Categories: Murfreesboro Area Information, Ole South Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | Posted: October 31, 2016

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You wake up in the morning to look out the window to see the sun shining on the freshly dewed grass, hear the sing song of the spotted sandpipers swooping by and take a sip of coffee. If this is something that strikes your interest, and you are looking for a new home in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area, Puckett Station is the perfect place for you! Puckett Station is over 185 acres of new homes surrounded by three parts beautiful creeks and woods. This allows safety, privacy, and peace along with the freedom to enjoy many of the creek side lots and wooded areas.

Other amenities include acres of open green grass, playground, a neighborhood pool, and cabana as well as sidewalks and street lights. Entering the boulevard, you will notice the well-kept landscaping following the round-about. If you are looking to start a family, or even expand, Puckett Station is the perfect place for you. With larger than normal home sites, 2-3 bedrooms, and floor plans starting at 1,600 sq./ft. to nearly 2,600 sq./ft. With the option of 9 different floor plans, it shouldn’t be hard to find one that suites perfectly for you and your family’s accommodations.

The homes are all up-to-date with hard wood floors, stain resistant carpeting, a wood-burning fireplace, walk-in closets, archways, trey ceilings, a back patio with an outdoor fireplace, and a garage-door opener! Of course we can’t forget to mention the ceiling fans, brushed nickel hardware, wainscoting, crown molding, and ventilated closet shelving. These are just few of many things beautiful about these homes. There is no need to worry about the exterior either! These homes are featured with maintenance-free vinyl siding, sodded front yard with a landscaping package, raised panel garage door with glass windows and coach lights, and matching brush nickel to go along with the interior.

This community is adjacent to the well recommended Blackman Schools complex. On I-74 take exit 76 South, onto Medical Center Parkway/ Manson Pike. Take a left onto Fortress Blvd, and then a right onto Puckett Creek Crossing which will lead you into the community. Stop by and see us sometime!

For more info visit: http://www.olesouth.com/puckett-station

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Fall Décor Tips & Tricks  

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 25, 2016

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It’s that time of year! The leaves are changing colors, falling, and the cool air is overwhelming. Here are some helpful tips and tricks on how to decorate your home this fall!

1. Rather than having the fall decorations spread out throughout your home, as the idea can get lost if spread too much, focus on one area. For example, possibly a fire mantel, front entrance, book case, stereo cabinet, etc.

2. Preserve real pumpkins and gourds for your home!

How to:
     Supplies needed: wash tub, bleach, and petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

     a. First, wash the pumpkin or gourd in ten parts water, and one-part bleach. To avoid them from bobbing up, face them stem down.
     b. Allow them to sit for at least ten minutes. Then dry them well.
     c. Use a soft cloth with a small amount of Vaseline to bluff and shine.
     d. After your done, they’re ready to do their magic! Use them as a part of the decor on your front porch or fix up a beautiful centerpiece for your dinner table for Thanksgiving dinner.

3. “Brighten” up the room! Rather than using colors like bright yellow or robins egg blue, use warmer colors such as maroon, burnt orange, and deep purple to bring the feeling of fall inside your home. Use items such as leaves, twigs, pumpkins and cotton to add texture and additional color to the room. The possibilities are endless when decorating your home for fall!

Still life details, cup of tea on retro vintage wooden tray on a coffee table in living room, top view point. Lazy winter weekend with a book on the sofa.

4. Layer the room by adding more throw pillows and extra blankets. This will give your home a cozy feel and promotes a warm feeling.

All of these tips can help you get well on your way to a warm cozy fall feeling home. Share your fall decor ideas with us on our Facebook page!