Friday, 21 August 2020
You are ready to go, but is your home?

As the summer progresses, homeowners continue to spend a lot of quality time around the house as their regular activities return, but at a slow pace.  Many have spent the last few months decluttering and completing long overdue projects to make their current spaces more organized and family-friendly to better host a new variety of daily activities that include virtual learning, working and a whole lot more cooking!  Some have also decided their current space no longer serves them and would like to sell but aren’t quite sure where to start. 

Even though there are a lot of questions right now regarding the market, one thing hasn’t changed and that is the fact that you want your home to be as attractive as possible to buyers when it is listed.  If you are ready to sell, start by walking around your home, both inside and out and make a list of items that need attention.  Quirky little things that you have “lived with” for years like that door knob you have to jiggle may not be all that endearing to a new buyer!  Begin by looking at your own skill level and budget to decide what items you can tackle on your own.  Small items like spackling nail holes and painting walls, repairing a leaky faucet or replacing dated light fixtures should be considered first.

When considering larger items on your list like a kitchen or bathroom renovation, you need to look at your home’s competition first.  If they have updated kitchens and bathrooms, you would need to consider those rooms more carefully in your own home if yours are dated and in need of some upgrades.  However, if your kitchen and theirs is similar, you may not get a high return on your investment by knocking out walls and replacing cabinetry.  Visit open houses in your area or scan through online listings to see what the competition is offering.  Talk to your Realtor® to discuss larger projects before doing anything to see what type of return you can expect on your investment.  Often times, sellers want to spend time and money repairing items that buyers may not care about or want to pay extra for in the sales price of your home.  Most likely you will need to repair broken appliances staying with the home, cracks in walls or ceilings and broken windows.  However, you may have other items on your list that certain buyers would be fine with correcting on their own for a discount on the purchase price.

Getting your property ready to list is probably one of the most important steps in the selling process.  Thinking ahead to make improvements or repairs before photographers, buyers or home inspectors view your home will save you time and some headaches as you prepare to move on to your next home! Call me I can help...

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Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 08/21/2020 6:46 AM by jarod tanksley
Friday, 7 August 2020
Makeover: Pantry edition...

We all know the kitchen pantry can have a tempting voice that beckons you to do bad things. That box of double chocolate chip cookies and bag of chips refuse to live a life of solitude! They demand your attention and your company. Temptation can be difficult to resist, especially if other options are not readily available. That simple slogan of just say no is not realistic. Here’s a better way. It’s a Healthy Pantry Makeover. REBOOT your pantry and kick start your way to better health.

There are lots of strategies for a health pantry makeover, all of which will be part of a series to teach smarter ways to shop and cook and eat. Here are some starting points.

Read the labels, if it sounds like a science experiment, toss it.  Reward yourself but not with food. A movie or a walk with a friend, a lazy soak in the tub.  Leave triggers on the shelf at the grocery store. If you know you can’t resist a certain product then leave it at the store.  Don’t try to do it all at once. That can be overwhelming and expensive. Start small and with a few items at a time.  Rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the food.


1. White rice and pasta

2. Salty, fried snack foods like chips. Anything that has chemicals, and color.

3. Take a look at the ingredient in your condiments.

4. Sugary cereals

5. Canned soups, make your own and freeze.

6. High fructose corn syrup drinks.

7. Yogurts with artificial sweeteners and colors.

8. Anything labeled sugar free, fat free or light.

9. Frozen Entrees. These are loaded with sodium and preservatives.


1. Whole grains like brown rice or quinoa.

2. Nuts. Pumpkin seeds, raw almonds are always a great go to. Freeze berries, grapes or bananas for a sweet treat in the summer!

3. Popcorn made with coconut oil and sea salt.

4. Healthy oils like olive and coconut. Spices like Jalapeño lemon pepper. Herbs always spice up any entree. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try all kinds!!

5. Beans! Dried are best. Black, pinto and lentils.

6. Sparkling water with lemons or limes.

7. Greek Yogurt

8. Seasonal fruits and vegetables. Organic is always best.

9. Hummus, salsa, guacamole, or tamari sauce.

10. Homemade chili or soups. Keep in freezer for quick access.

As you can see it doesn’t have to be a huge task to make a few swaps and you are on your way to a healthier you!!

For more information about my services to include coaching, meal plans and all things gut health, visit my website Or follow me on Instagram @jamestraci1234


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 08/07/2020 7:12 AM by jarod tanksley