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Avoiding Clutter in Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 2, 2017

A new home means a new opportunity to start fresh. Avoid clutter from day 1, and keep your home feeling brand new. Today we are exploring 3 tips and tricks to avoid clutter in your new Middle Tennessee home.

1. Keep it Clean
Take the time to purge! Moving into a new home offers the prime opportunity to start fresh. Ask yourself “when is the last time I used ‘x’ item?” If you can’t remember, take it as a sign to part ways. Make a habit of donating on a regular basis, and limit yourself to the number of “holiday shopping trips” you take.

2. Create a Space for Everything
Organization is the key to a clutter free home. Take the extra time to find a space for each item. Label, color coordinate, and store like items together. Start with one room at a time, and find a system that works for you. In need of a few ideas? We have you covered:

• Living Room: Keep flat surfaces clutter free, organize your abundance of electronic cords, and take advantage of the extra space behind your sofa!

• Kitchen: Organize your kitchen by like items. Arrange your cabinets by category – utensils, coffee/tea, food prep, etc. Create a cohesive look by using clear containers, such as glass jars for all of your pantry items.

• Bathrooms: Use storage bins to separate toiletries, towels, and medicine. Organize makeup in an acrylic storage container. If you are tight on space, utilize the additional space above your toilet for a storage cabinet.

• Bedrooms: Purchase draw dividers and closet organization items. Create a place for each item in your bedroom, and be sure to tidy up each morning or evening.

3. Go Green
Going green is a great way to live eco-friendly, and reduce the clutter in your home. Switch to a paper-free home – think paperless bills, Google Calendar, and Todoist. Scan in all of your paper documents, and store on an external drive. Software such as Evernote, which allows you to capture, organize, and share your documents. Be sure to store essential paper documents in a labeled file cabinet or storage containers in an easy to find location.

Keeping your home clutter free is as easy as 1-2-3. Spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying your new, clutter free home.

How to Stay Cool in this Tennessee Heat

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2017

Tennessee heating up? Here’s how to stay cool

When the temperature starts creeping up to 100 and the humidity makes your clothes stick to you, you know it’s summer in Tennessee. We’ve got some ideas for how you can keep cool this summer.  Tip #1: Make sure your AC works! But seriously, grab your friends and family and complete the checklist below before summer ends!

Trying to keep the kids cool and occupied but don’t want to spend a million dollars? Head to the store for a big tarp (or two) and some soap and you’ve got yourself a homemade slip n’ slide! You’re sure to be the hit of the neighborhood once all the kids (and adults!) start clamoring for a turn to slide and cool down.

Nerd out at the Adventure Science Center. Check out the new exhibits and relax in the cool under the stars in the planetarium.

Invite friends or families over for a Movie Day or Game Night! There’s bound to be some days that are just way too hot to spend time outside, so why not gather people together for some movie-binging or good ol’ friendly competition.

Make your own ICE COLD popsicles. Enough said.

Spend a fun day or weekend at a water park! Check out Wave Country or Nashville Shores Water Park.

Try this hilarious game with friends or family members. The Frozen T-Shirt Contest! Before the contest, prepare a T-shirt for each participant by soaking it with water, wringing it out, and folding it. Placing waxed paper between each one, stack the folded shirts on a baking sheet and freeze them. When they’re stiff, hand them out to the players. The first person to get into their frozen tee wins.

No Shade, no problem. Create a canopy in your backyard to keep you cool!

Many of us aren’t real people in the morning unless we’ve our our coffee. Cool down your morning joe with these iced coffee cubes.

Whether you choose any combination of indoor or outdoors ideas, these ideas are sure to help you stay cool this summer (and of course, don’t forget to drink water and wear sunscreen!)


Happy Summer from Ole South!

Community Spotlight: Woodland Trace

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2017

Our Woodland Trace neighborhood, located at 1998 Red Jacket Trace in Spring Hill Tennessee, offers beautiful Townhomes and Villas ranging from 1,464 sq ft to 1,631 sq, ft. Inside these homes you will find spacious living rooms, 2-3 bedrooms and kitchens with a light airy feeling to brighten every room. The neighborhood is convenient to Marvin Wright Elementary, Spring Hill Middle and Spring Hill High School. Also residing in the area is Cool Springs Galleria for all of your shopping needs, the gorgeous Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and Kings Creek Golf Club. This neighborhood is sure to please, rather you are a business professional, budding family or looking to sit back and relax and hit some golf balls. Woodland Trace is just right for you.

Features of the homes interior include hardwood entry, no-wax vinyl flooring, textured ceilings, vaulted or trey ceilings depending on the floor plan, brushed nickel lighting and hardware packages and so much more. Bathrooms feature beautiful custom cabinetry, cultured marbled vanities and chrome fixtures. Kitchens include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents which offer a lot of storage, laminate countertops, stainless steel sink with sprayer, garbage disposal, appliance package available that includes electric range, dishwasher, refrigerator with icemaker, and built in microwave and more. On the exteriors of the home you will see seamless gutters and downspouts, 6-panel fiberglass front door, brushed nickel door hardware, ornamental mailbox and maintenance free landscape package with sodded front yard. A perfect place to call home with little maintenance.

If you are looking for a low maintenance town home that offers everything, and is within walking distance to the neighborhood elementary school, is in close proximity to major highways, and an abundance of local dining and shopping then you should stop by and learn more about Woodland Trace. Visit our Meadowbrook model home for more information or check out

Driving Directions: If you are coming in from Nashville take Interstate 65 South to Exit 53, Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West.  Exit Port Royal Road and turn left/south on Port Royal.  Turn left at Marvin Wright Elementary School and you will see Woodland Trace on the left.  

Gardening Season is Here!

Categories: Gardening Tips, Helpful Hints | Posted: April 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start thinking about gardening. Whether you are wanting a backyard garden or a container garden, there is something for everyone.

In Middle Tennessee, the last frost is usually in the middle of April. Once the last frost has happened you are probably safe to start planting. However, if you are thinking about starting your indoor garden, now is a great time to do so. Some vegetables require a longer germination period than others so make sure you read the seed packet carefully.

There are several plants that love to be sowed indoors then transplanted. Some of these include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. There are several ways you can do this, such as purchasing germination terrariums at your local plant supply store. However, it can be as easy as using a plastic cup, potting soil, seeds, and water. Simply fill cup with soil, dig a small hole at the depth according to the seed packet, add the seed, cover, water regularly and make sure they get plenty of sun. Once the plant has begun to grow and has done so for the allotted time in your home then it is time to transfer to your garden.

Some plants such as cherry tomatoes and peppers like to be grown in containers. This is great for people who don’t have a yard or simply only want to grow a few things. Just make sure the container has proper drainage, enough soil to germinate the plant, plenty of water and a little love and care. Many plants do best without being transplanted including, corn, beans, turnips, carrots and most root type vegetables.

A newer trend that has been popping up is to plant vegetables around your house to use as food as well as decorative landscaping. It is very practical and fun to do with the entire family. Plus the satisfaction of growing your own food is an added bonus.

Whatever you decide to plant this season, happy planting!

Painting for Spring – Inside and Out

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 4, 2017

Spring is in the air! Don’t you love the nice clean, crisp air hitting your face and your skin soaking up some sun! It feels refreshing doesn’t it? Should’t your home reflect that as well? Grab your paint and your brush and get ready for some fun!

Many people like to change the interior of their home based on the seasons and what is trending at the time. Right now, bright, airy colors are in such as pale blues, pinks and hint of vibrant yellows. If you don’t want to step out of your box and do some crazy color you could stick to a light beige or even white. When choosing something a little more subtle, you can accent with bright colors throughout the room.

Before starting your project, decide how much of a change you want to embark in. Do you want to change the color of every wall in the room or maybe just paint an accent wall? Or how drastic of a change do you want on the outside of your home? To help make that decision, head over to your local home improvement store and pick out different colors that you might want to use. You could even purchase a few sample cans so that you can actually see the paint on the walls. This will also allow you to see what it will look like with your furniture if painting the interior of your home. TIP: Be sure to look at the paint at all different times of day. You may like what it looks like in the morning but not at night or vice versus.

While at the store don’t forget the basics! Paint rollers, plastic sheeting, painters tape, edgers and freehand brushes. It is also good to have some spackle on hand in case you need to fill some nail holes. TIP: Keep in mind that there are many types of paint finishes: gloss, flat, egg shell, etc. Make sure you are picking the right sheen for the right room.

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home things can be a bit more difficult. First and foremost, if you have an HOA, make sure your paint color of choice is an approved color. Before painting be sure to pressure wash your house, repair any damage that has happened, if you wish, and remove any loose paint. Next, you will need to caulk all around the trim to ensure that all openings are sealed. Once you have prepped the exterior of your home, it is time to paint! Grab your paint sprayer and have fun! TIP: Just like the inside of your home, place plastics sheets over anything that you do not want paint to get on including doors, windows, light fixtures, plants, etc.

We hope that these tips have given you the confidence to update your home this Spring! Have some fun with! Invite some friends and family over for a little paint party and have a cookout afterwards.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 7, 2017

Spring is right around the corner. Time to open your windows, let the wonderful spring air in and the musty winter air out. Nice weather makes us feel energized and renewed. Spring is also a good time to give your house a cleaning overhaul. We have put together some cleaning tips to help your home feel new again.

  • Don’t like the chemical smell that comes from window and glass cleaner? Try mixing 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% water in a spray bottle. If you have any extra newspaper laying around, use that instead of a rags or paper towels. Using newspaper to clean with vinegar will ensure no streaks and a shine like you have never seen before.
  • One thing you may not notice as you see them every day are your baseboards and cabinets around the house. They accumulate dust and dirt just like anything else. You can wipe those down using dish detergent and water. Just be sure to also use water to remove the soap. After the baseboards dry, run a fabric softener sheet along the surface to help repel dust.
  • Have you taken a hard look at your refrigerator lately? Time to clean out the leftovers that you haven’t touched, throw away or recycle any cans or jars that have expired and wash down the inside. Hot water and soap can get the job done here. Finish it off with a fresh box of baking soda to restore that clean, fresh smell.

  • Don’t forget to clean the blades of your ceiling fans, and when is the last time you cleaned all of your bedding? Make sure you check out the wash care tags on your bedding before throwing them in the washer.
  • Clean your blinds. If you have wooden blinds in your home, be sure to use a gentle wood cleaner. An effective way to clean aluminum blinds, for those who have them in there home, is to take them outside. Lay them down on an old sheet, scrub with soap and water on a slanted surface so any excess water doesn’t pool, then rinse with a garden hose. Then dry them with a towel. It is a lot of work but they look amazing after.
  • If you have cleaned your blinds then you may have noticed that your curtains need cleaning also. They pick up dirt and dust allergens as well. Check out the tag to see if your curtains are machine wash, vacuum and steam or dry clean only.
  • Deep cleaning your rugs and carpets is a great thing to do in the spring. After all they absorb all the musty smells of winter as well. This will ensure all of the other spring-cleaning you did will be worth it because the house will smell amazing.  You may need to rent a commercial shampooer but it is well worth it in the end.

  • Now is a great time to clean your dishwasher inside and out.  You can use machine cleaners if you want but an easy way is to place a cup of distilled white vinegar in a dishwasher safe cup in the upper rack of the dishwasher, then run it through a hot water cycle. This will get rid of grease, grime and odors.
  • Tackle the unorganized linen closet. Take everything out of your closet and ask yourself, do I really need all of this? Perhaps you bought a new sheet set over the year or you have that napkin set you never use. Start to purge, a linen closet is meant to be functional. After everything is out, clean the shelves with a damp cloth and once dry, you could lay acid free tissue paper down on the shelves or wrap your antique linens in them as this will prevent yellowing.
  • Your oven. If you have a self-cleaning feature on your oven, then that is awesome. I do recommend however, to use it on a day when the day is still brisk as the oven will reach over 500 degrees. If your oven doesn’t have that feature however, then use these tips. First, scrape off any loose pieces of burnt on food, avoiding the coils if your oven is electric. Then, sprinkle baking soda with a touch of distilled white vinegar to the bottom of the oven and use a sponge to clean. Do not be alarmed that the baking soda and vinegar will bubble up as it helps aide in the cleaning.

We hope these tips have helped get your spring-cleaning well on its way. Your house will thank you later. Happy Spring Cleaning!


The Reserve At Port Royal 

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 1, 2017

In the heart of Antebellum country in Spring Hill, TN, lies The Reserve at Port Royal. Past the mature trees and lush landscaping, your dream home awaits. From brushed nickel hardware features both outside and inside the home to raised panel steel garage door with glass and coach lights, the homes in The Reserve at Port Royal are sure to please. From the first time home buyer to the growing family, we welcome you home.

Exterior features include maintenance free vinyl siding, seamless gutters and downspouts, partial brick/stone front, brushed nickel door hardware and even an ornamental mailbox. The interiors feature hardwood flooring in the foyer, kitchen and dining room, stain resistant carpet, vaulted or trey ceilings and wainscoting in the dining room and more. The bathrooms in these homes have custom cabinetry, cultured marble vanities, chrome fixtures and even soaking tubs. The kitchens are breathtaking and include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents, granite counter tops, stainless steel sinks, and recessed lighting. Appliance packages include smooth surface electric range, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator with ice makers, and a built in microwave.

Located just minutes from Saturn Parkway, Interstate 65, and Highway 840, The Reserve at Port Royal is just a short drive away from everything Franklin, Cool Springs, and Nashville has to offer including Cool Springs Galleria, Kings Creek Golf Club, Vanderbilt Legends Club, Golf Club of Tennessee, Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and more. Prices start in the $240’s and the square footage ranges from 2,003 – 2,996.

The Reserve at Port Royal also features a large neighborhood pool, cabana, and playground for exclusive use of its residents. Driving Directions are Interstate 65 South to Exit 53 Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West. Take exit 1 Port Royal Rd, and turn right. Turn LEFT on Reserve Blvd.  Turn right on Prince Drive, next left and follow to new section of home sites. There is not a model home at this location at this time. Please call 615-219-5644 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.

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 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.


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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!