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Winterizing Your Home

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

The winter months can be beautiful in Tennessee with all the snow and icicles it’s a real winter wonderland. With all this beauty come the cold temperatures and the potential for high energy bills and busted pipes. If you take some time to look over these winterization tips you can prepare your home for the cold weather, while cutting you energy bill. 10 ways to winterize your home — now You’ll get a season’s worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather. By Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate So you’ve pulled your sweaters out of mothballs and found your mittens at the bottom of the coat closet. But what about your house — is it prepared for the cold months ahead? You’ll be a lot less comfortable in the coming months if you haven’t girded Home Sweet Home for Old Man Winter. With the help of several experts, we’ve boiled down your autumn to-do list to 10 easy tips: 1. Clean those gutters   Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home’s gutters — by hand, by scraper or spatula, and finally by a good hose rinse — so that winter’s rain and melting snow can drain. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house, the Insurance Information Institute says. As you’re hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage. “The rule of thumb is that water should be at least 10 feet away from the house,” says Michael Broili, the director of the Well Home Program for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, a nationally recognized neighborhood group in Seattle. 2. Block those leaks One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out, experts say. The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group. Professional Services Top of Form Find local plumbers, electricians, contractors and more. Bottom of Form First, find the leaks: On a breezy day, walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window...

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A Christmas in Nashville, TN

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

One of the best times of the year to visit Nashville, TN is Christmas time. With colorful light displays all over the city and surrounding areas, Christmas concerts and rides down Cumberland River on the General Jackson, it’s hard to find a reason not to come to Nashville this time of year. Still, the most diverse and easily the most popular attraction during this holiday season would have to be An Opryland Christmas, presented to you by Gaylord Opryland. Go World Travel just wrote an article on all of the amazing things that Opryland has to offer you and your family. Merry Christmas. An Opryland Christmas: Nashville, Tennessee Amy Cates Lyle 0 comments This is not your grandmother’s Christmas gathering.Yep, there’s a buffet line or two, just like the relatives serve up every year, but you can also expect quality live entertainment, ice slides, carriage rides and strolls through lighted tropical gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. As hub of the country music world, the city has become a year-round destination, but Christmas is something special in the state capital, thanks in large part to Gaylord Opryland Resort, where Christmas is a month-long event. The largest non-gaming hotel in the United States, the resort is an entertainment centerpiece of Nashville with holiday preparations beginning July 4 as horticulturists start hanging white lights throughout the property. The Annual Lighting Ceremony is held in mid-November, but visitors can still enjoy the twinkling decorations through early January. But that’s just the scenery. Gaylord Opryland has done its homework and created and developed a wide assortment of Christmas-themed events. It’s wrapped them up in a tidy little package called “A Country Christmas,” a 21-year-old celebration that attracts more than one million visitors each year. That’s a lot of houseguests. If Grandma or Aunt Edna start to complain about the time they spend in the kitchen, share this tidbit with them: At Gaylord Opryland, among the culinary team’s responsibilities is the preparing of 18,000 pounds (6,718 kg) of turkey, 10,500 pounds (3,920 kg) of sweet potatoes and 800 gallons (30,28 l) of gravy throughout the holiday season.   Staff horticulturists have learned to prepare early for Christmas. They begin hanging and installing light displays in July. Food isn’t the only thing on the menu. “A Country Christmas” allows guests to choose from music, entertainment, food and shopping options to suit your family’s taste. After you have...

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Are You Ready to Own Your Own Home?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

Are you buying a new home in the Nashville area? I can help. Purchasing a home is a stressful event for most people. However, with a bit of planning ahead of time, it isn’t very difficult. I like to give buyers an overview of the entire deal so they know exactly what to expect. Here are my nine steps to buying a home. Step 1 – Prepare to buy a home Before you begin searching for a home, there are plenty of things you should consider. When you begin your search, you’ll probably want to assemble a check list of items you need, get a feeling for what school districts you’d like to live in, and begin working on your budget. Keeping your mortgage payment less than or close to 1/3 of your net monthly income is a good rule to adhere to. Step 2 – Talk to a real estate agent in Nashville This is where I come in. I’ll plan a time to get together so we can talk about why you want to buy a home and get an idea of your future plans. We’ll discuss neighborhoods, schools in the Nashville area, the mortgage industry, and any additional economic factors that could affect your purchase today or in the future. I’ll also assist you with getting started on your loan. There are some great mortgage professionals in Nashville, and I partner with a lot of them, so you’re in great hands. They’ll help you figure out which type of loan is best for you, as well as help you get approved. Step 3 – Begin your home search After our first meeting, I’ll start searching for available houses on the market that meet your needs. I’ll get a sneak peek of most of the homes and reject the bad ones, and then we’ll set up appointments to view the homes when it’s most convenient for you. As we tour the houses, I’ll show you the good features and negative ones. And I’ll ask you to point out what things you like and don’t like. Most often, buyers revise their list of must-haves as we view homes and some items become far more important than others. If that’s the case, I’ll look through the listings again and trim it down to the house you’ve been wishing for. Step 4 – Get a feel for the market My understanding...

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