Thursday, 30 April 2015
Get to Know These Seven Things in Your New Home

You've already accomplished the big hurdles of moving out of your old place and into your new home, so give yourself a pat on the back! Now it's time to get familiar with the ins and outs of your new place so you can start making new memories. Here are seven things you should become familiar with quickly.

1. Circuit breaker. Don't wait until there's a problem to know where this is located. Find it and check out the switches to make sure each one is labeled correctly.

2. Water main. Again, don't wait until there is a problem to know where this is. Study it and make sure you know how to turn it off and on.

3. Locks. If you're not buying new, you have no idea who has access to keys that fit your locks, so change these out quickly and make copies of your new keys.

4. Alarms. Perform a test on each smoke alarm, and change out the batteries if needed. If applicable, become familiar with your burglar alarm. The servicing company should be able to help you and you can probably find a user manual online if one was not left in the home.

5. Utilities. Contact each one to make sure you are familiar with their pay schedules and to make sure they have all of your correct information. Most utility companies will allow you to set up services online and you can ask for a specific date for making your payments each month.

6. HOA. If you have moved into a neighborhood with an HOA, make sure you have a list of their bylaws and take time to become familiar with them before you make any changes to your home. If you're new to the concept of an HOA, read my two-part series about them here and here.

7. Neighbors. The people who live around you can be an excellent resource for information about your home, neighborhood, and the surrounding area. They can also direct you to the best restaurants, grocery stores, and other retail in the area.

If a Welcome Wagon services your new neighborhood, take advantage of the coupons and other great information included so you can find the services you need. Did you know that the original Welcome Wagon was founded by a Tennessean in 1928? Tennessee has always been a welcoming place, and Nashville was just named the #1 friendliest city in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine




Posted on 04/30/2015 11:31 PM by Jarod
Friday, 17 April 2015
Brentwood Rotary Club Serves Up Pancakes for Charity

Looking for a great start to your Saturday? Bring your friends and family out to indulge on some delicious pancakes while you support a very worthy cause, and I'm sure everyone will be thanking you!

This annual event sponsored by The Rotary Club of Brentwood dates back to 1979, and each year the funds raised go toward providing scholarships to local students and other worthy community projects.

When: Saturday, April 18th from 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Brentwood Middle School, 5324 Murray Lane, Brentwood, Tenn.

The Rotary Club is a great way to give back to your local community. According to their website, the mission of the Rotary Club of Brentwood is "to promote Fellowship, Humanitarian Service, Vocational Understanding, World Peace and Goodwill by selecting and developing a community of business and professional leaders of high ethical standards."

If you'd like to learn more about The Rotary Club of Brentwood, visit our website here!





Posted on 04/17/2015 3:36 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 9 April 2015
How to Prepare for Moving Day

It's true that moving from one home to another can be a stressful event, but there are ways to reduce that stress with a little planning.

The best thing you can do is to start your planning several weeks in advance if possible with these tips:

- If you're renting your own truck or hiring movers, you'll need to call several weeks in advance to make sure you have what you need on moving day. Most people move on weekends, usually the first or last weekend of the month, so make sure you're on the books.

- Start asking around weeks in advance for boxes, newspapers, and friends who are willing to help so you don't have to scramble at the last minute. Also go ahead and buy supplies such as packing tape, markers, labels, and bubble wrap so you can start packing up the things you can live without for a few weeks.

- Speaking of things you can live without for a few weeks, if your budget allows, rent a storage unit or pod to get as much stuff out of the way before your home goes on the market. Your home will look so great for showings, and it will probably sell more quickly, if there is less furniture and clutter.

- As you start to pack less-used items, start making piles for trash, donations, and to sell. There are so many good reasons to de-clutter before your move. You do not want to pay someone to move stuff you don't want anymore and you will not want to deal with it once you get to your new home.

- Consider the move as you do your grocery shopping during the days leading up to a move. Cook up meals from your freezer and start throwing out all expired items from your fridge and pantry. Again, you don't want to move anything unnecessary.


As moving day gets closer, here are some packing and organization tips to make the big day go more smoothly:

- Use clothing, towels, and blankets as your "bubble wrap." You'll save money and kill two birds with one stone by moving out more of your stuff at once.

- Use suitcases, baskets, laundry bins, and plastic kitchen containers as your boxes.

- Move your furniture drawers as-is. You can wrap them with the contents inside with blankets or plastic wrap.

- As you disassemble items, place the screws and other pieces in a plastic bag, and then tape the bag to the item so they are easy to find when you're ready to re-assemble.

- Pack one box with essentials that you will need your first night in the house with things such as paper towels, bath towels, paper plates, tools, and cleaning supplies. Label this box clearly so you can find it easily, or put it in your vehicle.

- Pack one large suitcase or a gym bag for each person with a change of clothes, toiletry items, and medications. Make sure those are packed in your vehicle so they don't end up on the moving truck.

- Label everything clearly on the top and side of each box or container. Include the room the box should land in. If you want to go an extra step, create an inventory list for each box or color code the labels. You will be so glad you did this once you arrive!

Don't let moving stress you out! You have a new home waiting for you, so it will all be worth it!



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Posted on 04/09/2015 11:56 PM by Jarod
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Tour Of Nashville

See for yourself why the beautiful city of Nashville is one of the best and most promising places to live and work in the U.S.

Posted on 04/02/2015 10:23 AM by Jarod Tanksley