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What to Know About Refurbishing or Replacing Your Kitchen CabinetsA cabinet upgrade can be costly, but nothing quite revitalizes a kitchen like changing the cabinets. For Hermitage homeowners with older cabinets in need of a change, learn more about whether refurbishing or replacing kitchen cabinets is the best choice depending on the situation. Here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of both:

Pros & Cons of Refurbishing Your Cabinets

Refurbishing kitchen cabinets can take many forms, which makes this a great option for homeowners who want to change up their kitchen space without investing in new cabinets. Cabinets can be stained, re-painted, given different hardware, can have new doors installed without a total replacement, and more. These projects are often more involved on the part of the

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Home Improvements That Don't Improve Your Home's ValueOne of the things Gulch homeowners worry about when making home improvements is how much their improvement will increase their home's value. Some home improvements increase value more than others. If you're a homeowner who would like to boost your home's value, and you're looking for the right home improvement, these tips can help.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Can Some Home Improvements Lower Your Home's Value?

Yes, some home improvements can lower a home's value. If the home improvement makes the home less desirable to buyers, either by taking away a feature that the home buyer would want, or by installing something the buyer would

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When Am I Ready for a Home Addition?A home addition can be a fun project to take on for Gulch homeowners who need the extra space (and a change of pace). The promise of an extra bathroom, bedroom, or story can feel like a literal dream come true. But before taking on the work, there are a few things to consider before calling a contractor or taking a sledgehammer to the nearest wall.

Look Around the Home

Space in a home has a tendency to be underutilized, either because it is inconvenient or largely forgotten. Is there an old utility closet that would make the perfect third bathroom? Can the garage be converted into a playroom? Can the attic be insulated and then turned into a guest bedroom? Can extra space in the hallway or under the stairs be turned into a small home office?

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What You Need to Know Before Installing a DeckA new deck can bring immeasurable joy to residents during any season, but the complex installation process can make it difficult to get started. Here are a few tips for a smarter approach, so Green Hills homeowners can get to it.

Research the Zoning

The zoning restrictions of any given neighborhood may have a lot to say about the steps of a deck installation. Some areas may give their residents free rein, but others may require all work to be approved by city officials. Homeowners may also be required to hire approved professionals to put in their deck, and schedule regular inspections as the deck is being completed.

These rules are made to protect both private property and city infrastructure. If homeowners accidentally damage a pipe when

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5 Questions to Ask About Jumbo LoansMany home buyers pursue conventional financing as a way to get a mortgage. In some cases, East Nashville home buyers need to apply for a different kind of loan. Jumbo loans are intended to offer financing to home buyers in areas with a higher cost of living, or who need a loan for a more expensive home. Jumbo loans can be quite similar to conventional mortgages, but there are a few differences. Borrowers should understand these distinctions before they apply.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. What Is a Conventional Loan?

In order to know what a jumbo loan is, home buyers should have a basic understanding of conventional

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Find Architectural Appeal in Classic, Older Starter HomesModern families prefer open floor plans, large windows and bright interiors, great kitchens with eat-in space, and a private back yard. But, without the need to renovate, what home styles offer these features?

Statistics show modern Crieve Hall home buyers often anticipate spending money to update or remodel, but is it always necessary? Some home styles boast plenty of appeal just as they are. Although it might take some effort to find one, the search can be rewarding and cost-effective.

Mid-Century Modern

The mid-century aesthetic features unrestricted interior view lines, often integrating living, dining and kitchen space with soaring ceilings and few walls, or perhaps half-walls to delineate room function. Characterized by large expanses of

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Everything You Need to Know About Building Real Estate TechnologyReal estate building technology has made leaps and bounds in the last few decades. The invention of tablets, smart software and even new construction tools has improved efficiency for contractors who build homes. Residential structures are constructed faster and easier than ever, and they're made to be more efficient for homeowners. If you're thinking about building a home sometime in the next few months, here's what you need to know about new real estate building technology.

Communication Software for Contractors

One of the reasons the home building process has improved in the last few years is because of communication software available to contractors. Home builders now have access to powerful communication tools, which enable them to track

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5 Insulation Types Homeowners Should KnowWhile it may not seem like the most important aspect of an Old Hickory home at first glance, insulation does a lot to ensure homes stay warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Most homeowners are familiar with the fluffy pink fiberglass insulation that’s commonly used in homes, but there are actually many more different types of insulation available. Here are some of the different types of insulation homeowners can use in their homes.

Cellulose Insulation

Especially effective in cold weather, cellulose is a great option for homeowners who want a green option for their insulation instead of the normal fiberglass. Cellulose insulation is made from 85% recycled paper, so it’s environmentally friendly. Homeowners may be concerned about the

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Buying a Home With a Septic Tank? Read This FirstSeptic tanks are very different from sewer systems. They function differently and are maintained differently. Old Hickory home buyers who have never had a septic tank before should be aware of the differences before they purchase a house with a septic tank. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Understand How Your Septic Tank Functions

A septic tank is a giant underground tank that can hold hundreds or thousands of gallons of waste water at any given time. Any time someone in the home flushes a toilet, runs the dishwasher or does the laundry, that waste water enters the septic tank. All waste water from the home

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Should I Get a Preapproval or a Prequalification Letter?Unless a Nolensville homebuyer is prepared to put down the total cost of the home in cash, they'll need to visit a lender to see how much they can borrow. While traditional banks may be the more well-known lenders, buyers can apply for credit at any number of institutions (e.g., credit unions, online banks, brokerage firms, etc.). See how the lending process works, and how preapproval and prequalification letters can help or hurt the search.

There are distinct differences between the two types of letters a buyer can receive from a lender. A home seller may not know the difference prior to putting their home on their market, but their real estate agent will almost certainly give them an education on the process.

For informational purposes only.

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