Summer Home Maintenance Tips

As June arrives, summer home maintenance becomes crucial to ensure your family's comfort throughout the heat waves. Taking steps that also make your home more energy efficient will only save you in the long run, so you have more to spend on summer activities — like a few of our favorites in Knoxville. Not sure where to begin when it comes to protecting your home during this season? We've broken it down for you below.  Work on Energy Efficiency Much like winter, summer can be a high point for … [Read more...]

Tips for Renovation During Winter

Winter is likely a busy season when considering your social and family life. Maybe you're planning to visit relatives in warmer areas, or maybe you're looking forward to spending time at a ski resort. Or, perhaps you just bought a new home — after all, winter is a great time to buy! That being said, it's understandable if home renovation during winter is one of the last things on your mind. However, planning home renovations during the warmer months, such as the spring and summer, may not have … [Read more...]

How to Decorate Your House for Halloween Without Ruining Its Value

If you're reading this, it's probably safe to assume you love Halloween. Whether you have young kids, no kids, or are just a kid-at-heart yourself, is it possible to ruin the value of your home with a few too many cobwebs and skeletons? Don't be afraid, that won't happen to you. Follow these tricks on how to decorate your house for Halloween — they're a real treat! Properly Prep Your Home How can you properly prepare your home for fall, as well as the busy holiday season? Set aside time in … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

With winter's high energy demands just around the corner, now is an excellent time to make your home more energy-efficient. Practicing smart conservation in your home is always worth the effort and a number of key home improvements – from simply changing lightbulbs to shopping for energy-savvy smart devices – can also trim down your monthly utility bills. Saving energy leaves more money in your pocket each month and can make your home more attractive to future buyers. Change Your … [Read more...]

Home Selling Tips: Home Renovations with the Best ROI

The weather’s just warming up and seasonal allergies have returned with a vengeance, but many soon-to-be home sellers have already rolled up their sleeves to begin spring cleaning. Even with a busy schedule or limited budget, you can add a few simple, worthwhile improvements to your to-do list while getting your property ready for the market. Check out our home selling tips on what home renovations offer the best ROI when you’re getting ready to sell. 1. Improve Curb Appeal When deciding on … [Read more...]

How a Home Equity Line of Credit Works

As we've said in the past, flat rate home equity loans most often offer the safest way to borrow money using the value in your home. The variable rates that come with a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, make it a little riskier overall. However, home owners sometimes need the flexibility that HELOCs offer – the option to borrow a lot or a little, depending on the needs of the moment. If you're considering applying for a HELOC loan, read on to learn more about how they work and how to get … [Read more...]

Home Buying 101: What Is Home Equity?

Buying or selling a home can be one of life’s most stressful undertakings. You end up with a lovely new house at the end, however, the steps leading toward it can be confusing and intimidating. Even simple terms, without the right help or knowledge, will make understanding the process more difficult than necessary.One phrase that comes up constantly in discussions about real estate is “home equity.” But what does that actually mean? And how does it affect you? We’ll help you understand this … [Read more...]