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...]

How to Feel at Home Living in Knoxville, TN

Even if you've lived in the Knoxville area your whole life, sometimes home can feel less "homey." Or, perhaps you're considering a move to Knoxville or one is already in the works. Regardless, we'll provide some advice on how to feel at home living in Knoxville, TN, no matter your situation.  What Do You Want from Your Home or Community? We'll dive into this in further detail in the following sections. However, in order to select the right area of Knoxville to settle into — or even relocate to … [Read more...]

How Soon Can I Refinance After Buying a Home?

Your house isn’t just a home, but an investment in your future. The work you put into becoming a homeowner — especially if you're a first-time homeowner — isn't over after you buy, though. Sure, you can take some time to enjoy yourself and settle in. However, it's important to keep in mind future plans and the money you need to save to make them a reality. These goals may include renovations, education costs, business ventures, family trips, and retirement. These goals may be harder to reach if … [Read more...]

Decorating with Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020: Classic Blue

Even if you're not one to follow trends, you may welcome some inspiration from color magnate, Pantone. This year's color, classic blue, may accommodate more tastes and decorating styles than recent years, such as living coral or marsala. It's easy to update both your indoor and outdoor spaces in either a bold or a more subtle way with this blue hue. Read on for more inspiration. Using Classic Blue Indoors Bringing natural — though not neutral — colors indoors can add both a sense of calmness … [Read more...]

7 Essential Winter Lawn Care Tips

As temperatures remain lower throughout the day and yards are covered by fallen leaves and the occasional blanket of snow, many Knoxville homeowners may hope for a few months free of lawn care. However, not preparing your lawn properly for the cold can make it harder to revitalize your grass, garden, and other landscaping once spring arrives. If you’re planning to buy or sell a house, an unattractive and barren yard could be discouraging. In order to keep your property grow-ready for the warmer … [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...]

I’ve Bought My First House — Now What?

Holding the keys to your very own — and very first home — is incredibly exciting. No one's journey to homeownership is hardly ever dull. Is it OK to relax for a bit? Sure thing! But whether it's your dream home or just a stepping stone away from the "rent" life, there are probably still a few things on your to-do list. You may be wondering now that you've bought your first house, "What's next?" Well, we're here to help.  Home Maintenance Basics Regardless of whether your home is brand new or … [Read more...]

What to Ask During a Home Inspection in 2019

The hard part is over — you finally found a home you can't stop thinking about and are mentally preparing yourself to sign the papers. It's easy to get swept up in the excitement. However, even if you're proactive and tag along for your home inspection, you may miss a vital opportunity to save yourself time, money, and future hassle by not knowing what to ask. To calm your nerves and boost your confidence, we compiled 10 key sets of questions to ask that'll make you feel like an expert. Here's … [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...]