Back to School – Yay or Nay?
In the words of The Jackson 5: ABC, easy as 1-2-3…It’s that time of year again. Some parents are relieved, some are lamenting how quickly the precious years go by. Some children are excited, some scared to death, and most are wishing the summer didn’t go by so quickly. For me, I must admit, I dread the increased morning traffic during the school year.
In the world of real estate, markets tend to slow a bit once school is back in session. Families with children typically don’t like to make a move during the school year. For those families without school aged children, it can be a great opportunity to sell because there may be a lower inventory. Buying can be a bit easier as well, since there are typically less buyers competing for the same houses. You may still be on the fence about selling or buying. I suggest speaking to a local Realtor. They can advise you on your local market and run a comparative market analysis on your current home if you are considering selling. In some markets such as mine, Nashville, you will barely feel the effects of a turn in the market. We are experiencing high volumes of people moving into our area – 80+ per day! Similar markets are somewhat insulated, in that there really isn’t a bad time to buy or sell.
If you are one of those people that have enjoyed some frolicking over the last few months and now have some extra time on your hands, this is a great time to do a few things around your home that you may have put off over the summer. Here are the ABC’s:
A – Arrange. Move things around. Sometimes we just get bored with things. If we rearrange furniture or repurpose a room, it may make us love our home all over again and keep us from feeling like we need to do the unthinkable – move!
B – Box up. Use plastic bins to box up seasonal items and store away to keep things neat and decluttered. You may also make a trip to your local Goodwill or similar charity store – if you’re like me, you won’t even miss it.
C – Clean. I don’t think this one needs much explanation. Now is a great time to find that Cheeto hidden in the sofa cushion and remove the fingerprints from the backdoor that you keep walking past.
If you feel a bit more ambitious – it’s easy as 1,2,3:
1 – Get outside. The weather is beautiful. Go pull some weeds, cut unruly limbs on trees, plant some mums for fall, sweep the front porch or walkway, remove any cobwebs around the front door.
2 – Paint that room. Mauve was in style…WAS. Try neutral browns or grays or even some blues. They will freshen up a space and make a room look completely different. And if you have any outdated wallpaper, now is the time.
3 – Change out cabinet hardware. A little thing can make a big difference. Start small with a bathroom. Once you see how great that looks, tackle the kitchen. Just like a smile can make a person look years younger (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it), cabinet hardware can make a bathroom or kitchen look years newer.
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.