For Sale for the Holidays?

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Holiday Staging Tips

You may be trying to sell your home during the holiday season but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the holiday decorations completely, just don’t overdo it.  Instead stick to few decorative touches such as  a pine cone centerpiece or an evergreen wreath.  Avoid religious themed decor as it may turn off potential buyers.

Avoid using decorations that might clash with your current color theme.  For example if the decor in the living room is blue, silver and white, choose accessories that complement that color scheme, such as blue glass ornaments and silver or white candles.

Use accessories to draw attention to the home’s best features.  Hang  a few tasteful ornaments from the mantel to showcase an elegant fireplace or hang evergreen garland around the bay window.

Keep inflatable characters in storage while your home is on the market.  Instead, use simple string lighting to showcase a fir tree in your front yard.

Make your home extra inviting by lighting a fire in the fireplace or by turning up the heat a few degrees on chilly days.  Offer tasty treats like hot apple cider and fresh baked cookies to create a welcoming environment.  With a little creativity and common sense you can enjoy the holidays while trying to sell your home.

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Curious About the Market??

housingHomes in Clarksville TN   October 2014
There are currently 1923 active homes for sale in Clarksville TN.

The average listing price for Real Estate in Clarksville TN during the month of October is $184,415. The median list price in October for single family residential and condo/town home properties in Clarksville TN is $169,000.

The typical home for sale during the month of October in Clarksville TN is a 3.30 bedroom, 2.11 bath home built in 2005.

To break down pricing further we can look at price by bedrooms in Clarksville TN. During the month of October a 3 bedroom homes average for sale price is $156,963 while a 4 bedroom homes average for sale price is $245,208. The 5 bedroom homes are listing for an average of $282,015.

All market data and statistics are pulled directly from the local MLS data as of October 2014. For more comprehensive Homes data you can go to our website at http://www.buyahomeclarksville.com.

Clarksville TN Market Statistics Summary
Total Homes for Sale – 1923
Average List Price – $184,415
Median List Price – $169,000

Typical Clarksville TN Home
3.30 Bedrooms
2.11 Baths
Median year Built in 2005

Average Price per Bedroom
3 Bedrooms – $156,963
4 Bedrooms – $245,208
5 Bedrooms – $282,015

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Leaves are Falling!

fall_leaves-13957Leaves are falling and though they may be beautiful now with their vibrant colors, they won’t look so great piled up in the yard.   Experts say you should remove the leaves at least twice during the fall to be sure they are not hurting your lawn.  Make no mistake, it is work!  There is no way getting around it but making it a family activity can serve to lessen the load as well as provide quality time together.  Below are four essential tools to get the job done before winter sets in.

  • Rigid leaf rake. This plastic, fan-shaped rake is your go-to rake for collecting leaves. Pick one with a cushion handle and a 30- to 36-inch fan. Avoid the super-wide fans that can spread to 48 inches; they’re too big to rake between shrubs and in flower beds. Cost: $10-$20 (30-inch fan).
  • Leaf tarp. Instead of scooping leaves into a million plastic bags, rake or blow them into a big pile on top of a polypropylene leaf tarp. Then drag the tarp to the curb and dump. Cost: $22 for 12.5-by-10-ft. tarp.
  • Leaf blower. Select a two-cycle, gasoline-powered blower to collect leaves in tarps or blow them directly to the curb. If you have a large yard, buy a backpack model, which is more expensive but more comfortable than handheld blowers. Cost: 2-cycle handheld blower: $180; 2-cycle backpack blower: $300.
  • Yard vacuum. This tool vacuums, shreds, chips, and bags leaves and other yard debris. Once leaves are ground up, they’ll decompose quickly in your compost pile. Cost: $400-$650.
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Fall = Fun!

pumpkinMy last several posts have been about fall maintenance and check lists but we must not forget that fall = fun!

This time of year there are countless outdoor activities for families to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all the season has to offer.  To help plan your fall fun below I have listed local pumpkin patches as well as local events and festivals happening in the month of October.  Take time to get out, enjoy family time, enjoy the weather, support local farms and experience fall!

Pumpkin Patches

Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – pumpkin patch, corn maze
1425 Hwy 76 Clarksville, TN 37043. Directions: Located 1/2 mile from I-24 exit 11, on Hwy 76. Click here for a map. Pumpkins for sale, Four Acre Corn Maze, Gourds and Winter Squashes. Open: Everyday 8:30 to 6:30 pm, from September 15th thru October 31st. 2008 Pricing (see their website for current info): Pumpkins: 25 cents/lb. (most pumpkins are between 8 and 20 lb. costing $2 to $5 each) Corn Maze: Six years old and up $4. Five years and younger Free. No Pets Please!

J&J Century Farm – pumpkins, pumpkins for sale in the shop or farm stand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, pumpkin patch- already gathered from the field, Fall festival, corn maze, haunted corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, we also have pie pumpkins, tractor-pulled hay rides, Fresh eggs.

1219 Street Michael Rd, Southside, TN 37171. Phone: 931-249-8295. Alternate Phone: 931-387-2594. Email: jandjcenturyfarm@yahoo.com. Open: Haunted Maze each Saturday night in October, 8pm to 11pm. Pumpkin updates: Click here for updates. Directions: From Clarksville:Highway 48 South past Montgomery County High School to Grays’ Chapel Road on the left. Follow to 4-way stop, turn right onto Old Highway 48. Turn left on Mount Herman Road, right onto Saint Michael. From Dickson: Highway 48 North past Dickson/Montgomery County line. Turn right onto Grays’ Chapel Road, follow to 4-way stop. Turn right onto Old Highway 48. Turn left on Mount Herman Road, right onto Saint Michael. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard

Patterson Place Farm  2480 Patterson Road, Woodlawn, TN 37191. Phone: (931) 553-0639, E-mail: emily@bellsouth.net. Pumpkins – Patterson Place Farm has fall fun for all ages.  Come out and enjoy our hospitality.  We hope to see you there.  Call us for directions.

Festivals and Events

OKTOBERFEST – Experience family fun – Bavarian Style!  October 3rd and 4th at the Clarksville Speedway.  CLICK HERE for more information.

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR – October 18 at the Kleeman Center & Indoor Aquatic Center.  Spooky Spectacular 2-4pm and Haunted Maze and Swim 7-10pm  CLICK HERE for more information.

FRIGHT ON FRANKLIN – Saturday, October 25   3:00 – 7:00 in downtown Clarksville  CLICK HERE for more information.

HAPPY FALL!

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5 Projects to Tackle in the Fall

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The cool fall weather makes me think FOOTBALL!  But it is also a good time to “tackle” some home projects without battling the heat of summer.

 

1.  Insulate the attic  Nobody wants to work in a hot stuffy attic, so wait until fall.  Not only will it be cooler and more comfortable to work, as the weather cools you will feel drafts and be able to determine what areas need attention.

2.  Become Energy Efficient  Caulking around doors, windows and siding is an easy, inexpensive way to keep cold air out and warm air in.  Spike Carlson from Family Handyman magazine shares a trick he uses to test where you need to caulk.  Walk around the interior of your home with a lighted incense stick. “If the smoke starts blowing, that tells the story pretty quickly,” he says.  Carlsen recommends using silicone caulk because it’s flexible, waterproof, and crackproof. You do it on the outside of your home, so make sure you do it before it gets too cold. “If the temperature drops below 40, you shouldn’t caulk,” because the caulk won’t take as well, he warns.

3.  Clean the Gutters  Because moisture is one of the most biggest problems when maintaining a home it is important to keep it at a minimum.  You want water to run down gutters and away from the foundation of the home.  Be sure as soon as the leaves are off of the trees gutters are cleaned and downspouts are correctly positioned to push moisture away.

Another area moisture causes problems is on wooden decks.  Carlson suggests using a dull hand saw to remove debris that gets lodged between slats.  This will prevent mold and allow the wood to “breathe” prolonging the life of your deck.

4.  Plant a Tree Roots on trees are dormant in the fall (and spring) so it is easier on the tree to plant in the fall.  Take note of where to plant to provide a wind break in the winter and shade in the summer.

5. Clean Out!  Over the summer bikes, beach toys, and lawn equipment  get shoved in the garage and organization flies out the door.  Take advantage of the cooler weather to organize and clean out this cluttered space.  Utilize shelving, hooks and other organization systems to give everything a home.  Also take this opportunity to locate shovels just in case you have an early snow.  You will certainly appreciate that indoor parking space on a cold winter morning!

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Time For the Fall Checklist!

Temperatures have begun to change this week!  Here is a short fall checklist to help you prepare for the cooler temperatures.

 

fallchecklistFor more information go to houselogic.com

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Keep a Roof Over Your Head

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Maintenance is the key.  My last post discussed maintaining your HVAC, which was appropriate considering the HOT weather.  Today I want to share tips on caring for your roof….to keep one over your head!

Tips to Make Your Roof Last as Long as Possible

By: Jeanne Huber

Whether your roof is brand-new or years old, here’s what you need to do to keep it in the best possible shape for the longest possible time.

A new roof is an expensive proposition — $18,800 on average for composition shingles, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report, and as much as $36,000 for high-end materials. Once you’ve made that kind of investment, you’ll want to protect it.

And even if your roof is years old, maintaining it in good shape will prolong its life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to get the most from your roof.

Clean the Gutters

Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters.

Fixing that kind of damage could run into the thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire a pro for $50-$250, depending on house size.

Remove Leaves

If you have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or if towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in roof valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow.

If you have a low-slope roof and a one-story house, you may be able to pull the leaves down with a soft car-washing brush on a telescoping pole. Or you can use a specialty tool like a roof leaf rake, which costs about $20. A leaf blower gets the job done too, especially on dry leaves, but you or a pro needs to go up on the roof to use it.

If leaves are too wet or too deep, you might need to wash them off with a garden hose. Don’t use a pressure washer, which can force water up under the shingles.

Get Rid of Moss

In much of the country, composition roofs often become covered with black algae. Although unsightly, this filmy growth doesn’t hurt the roof. A little chlorine bleach or detergent mixed with water will kill it, but it’s safer for both you and the roof to just leave it alone.

If you live in the Northwest, you’re likely to find moss growing on your roof, particularly on wood or composition shingles. Moss, which looks more three-dimensional than algae, needs to go because it traps water. If you tackle it early enough, you can just sweep it off.

If there’s a lot of buildup, you may need to kill the moss first. The Washington Toxics Coalition recommends using products based on potassium salts of fatty acids rather than more toxic formulas with zinc sulfate. Even so, apply the soap only where moss is growing, and try to keep the wash water from getting into storm drains.

Once the roof is clean and free of moss, consider investing in zinc strips to keep it from coming back. For about $300, a roofer will install strips near the top of the roof. When it rains, the runoff from the strips inhibits the growth of moss. It’s effective and more environmentally friendly than treating the entire roof with pesticide, as long as you don’t live near a stream or a lake where the runoff can harm aquatic life.

Trim Overhanging Branches

A little prevention in the form of tree-trimming goes a long way toward keeping leaves and moss off your roof and keeping your roof damage-free. Abrasion from limbs and leaves that touch your roof can eventually damage shingles, especially in high winds.

Overhanging branches also give squirrels and other rodents access to your roof. They can gnaw on your roof and siding. Branches need to be 10 feet away from your roof to keep these pests at bay. If that’s not possible, wrap the tree trunk with a sheet-metal bank to prevent them from climbing the tree.

Trimming branches that hang over the roof is a job for a pro, though, or you might cause more damage than you prevent.

Prevent Ice Dams

If you’re plagued by ice buildup on the roof, removing some or all of the snow between storms might forestall leaks into your house. Don’t try to pry off ice that’s already formed, since that could damage the roof. Use a roof rake to dislodge snow within three or four feet of the gutters. Get a telescoping pole and work from the ground, if possible. If you must be on a ladder, work at an angle so the falling snow doesn’t push you over.

Inadequate insulation and air leaks into your attic greatly increase the risk of ice dams, so once the storms pass, address those problems, too.

Look and Listen

After every big wind or hail storm, or if you’ve heard scurrying on the roof at night, give your roof a quick check to make sure everything’s still intact.

Look for:

    • Curling, loose, or missing shingles
  • Damaged flashing around vents, chimneys, skylights, and other openings

If anything seems amiss, ask a roofer to inspect ASAP. Most problems are fairly easy to fix, but if you put them off and water gets in, the damage and costs escalate.

TIP: You don’t have to climb a ladder to inspect your roof. You can use binoculars.

 

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It’s HOT! Keep the Air Going!

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With these crazy high temperatures you need your air conditioning to be in top condition.  Take a look at this checklist to be sure you stay cool.

Checklist for HVAC Maintenance

By: Douglas Trattner

Here’s an easy, doable preventative maintenance plan to keep your HVAC in top shape.

It’s a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner.

But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this simple maintenance plan:

HVAC checklist

Some things you should do immediately; other tasks only need to be done seasonally or once a year. Here are the steps to a healthy HVAC system:

  • Buy a better filter if you haven’t already. The new high-efficiency pleated filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to grab the tiniest particles — even those that carry bacteria.
  • Replace the filter at least every 90 days. But check it monthly. If it looks dark and clogged, go ahead and change it. If you have pets, you’ll probably need to change every month.
  • Check to make sure there’s at least two feet of clearance around outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps.
  • Weekly during spring, summer, and fall remove debris such as leaves, pollen, and twigs from top and sides of outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps. Don’t allow the lawn mower to discharge grass clippings onto the unit.
  • Monthly, inspect insulation on refrigerant lines leading into house. Replace if missing or damaged.
  • Annually, ensure that outdoor air-conditioning units and heat pumps are on firm and level ground or pads.
  • Annually, pour a cup of bleach mixed with water down the air-conditioner condensate drain to prevent buildup of mold and algae, which can cause a clog.
  • In summer, shut off the water supply to the furnace humidifier. In fall (or when you anticipate turning on the heat), replace the humidifier wick filter, set the humidistat to between 35% and 40% relative humidity, and turn on the water supply.
  • Never close more than 20% of a home’s registers to avoid placing unnecessary strain on the HVAC system.
  • Annually, replace the battery in your home’s carbon monoxide detector.
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Fort Campbell Needs Our Help!

keep-calm-we-need-your-helpMost of you are aware of the recent news of the Department of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assesssment (SPEA) for Army Force Structure Realignment.  Cuts at Fort Campbell will have devastating effects not only on our country but also on our Clarksville Montgomery County community.  Leaders in our community are calling for a stop to major personnel cuts at Fort Campbell and are asking for our help.  There are several ways for your voice to be heard but it MUST be done by AUGUST 25, 2014. 

The easiest way to help is to write letters in support of the base or simply sign a pre-written letter that will be sent to all the essential decision makers with the click of a button.

Pre-written letters are available at cityofclarksville.com or on Montgomery County’s website at mcgtn.org.  You may also drop letters off at the office of Kim McMillan or Carolyn Bowers before Aug. 25

Written comments and inquiries on proposed defense cuts potentially affecting Fort Campbell can be sent to: U.S. Army Environmental Command, ATTN: SPEA Public Comments, 2450 Connell Road (Building 2264), Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7664 or emailed to usarmy.jbsa.aec.nepa@mail.mil.

Inquiries may also be made via phone by calling 210-466-1590 or toll-free 855-846-3940

Time is of the essence!

“We urge you — we just can’t say enough how important it is to do it immediately so we can show everyone how important we know Ft. Campbell is to all of us and to our country,” said Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

 
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“I Am This Community”

cvilleWatching these videos makes me proud to be a part of this great community!  Take a moment to watch the following videos.  You may learn something you didn’t know and at the very least I hope it makes you proud to “Be This Community”!

“Large Community Supporters & Real Estate: I am Clarksville-Montgomery County”

“Sports & Events: I am Clarksville-Montgomery County”

“Live Local: I am Clarksville-Montgomery County”

“Factory/Economic Recruitment: I am Clarksville-Montgomery County”

“Tourist Attractions: I am Clarksville-Montgomery County”

 

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