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    What NOT to do during closing

    By Kathleen Brown | March 29, 2023

    What NOT To Do Before Closing Buying a house can be an exciting but tense time. All the active searching, showing, and deciding turns into a whole lot of waiting, some signing and then more waiting. This is the dreaded, but important, closing stage. Many people can be tempted to exchange all their waiting around... Read More

    3 Outdated Exterior Features and How to Fix Them

    By Kathleen Brown | February 14, 2023

    Your home’s exterior provides the first impression to those passing by, and when selling, that means potential buyers. If the outside of a home looks dated, some buyers may think the interior will need updating too. While some can look past an outdated exterior, others may choose to schedule showings for homes with more curb... Read More

    Home Showing Tips for Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee Home Sellers

    By Kathleen Brown | January 3, 2023

    Potential buyers can view your property for sale in multiple ways, from seeing photos or videos of your home online to virtual and in-person showings. Whether you are looking forward to showing off your house for sale or dreading the multiple house showings that come with listing your home, following these tips will help you... Read More

    Tips for Cleaning Your Fireplace | Highlands Realty Inc

    By Kathleen Brown | December 21, 2022

    As the temperatures drop, many people will be firing up their fireplaces. Whether you have a wood-burning or gas fireplace, it’s important to regularly clean fireplaces to ensure it functions safely and efficiently. How to Clean a Wood-Burning Fireplace The importance of cleaning Regardless of how dry the firewood is you burn, creosote and soot... Read More

    9 Home Upgrades that won’t Break the Bank

    By Kathleen Brown | December 12, 2022

    While a fresh coat of paint is a favorite low-cost home upgrade among homeowners and home improvement professionals, several other upgrades can make a huge impact without breaking the bank. Below are nine small home updates that can make a bigger difference than you think in increasing your home’s value.  Kitchen 1) Update Cabinet Hardware... Read More

    8 Dos and Don’ts of Hanging Outdoor Holiday Lights

    By Kathleen Brown | November 23, 2022

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and for many, that means hanging holiday lights and decorating for the season. If holiday light installation is on your to-do list, follow these dos and don’ts to help ensure the decorating process is just as fun (and safe!) as the finished light display.  Do Use Outdoor... Read More

    7 Home Maintenance Tasks for Bristol, TN Homeowners

    By Kathleen Brown | May 6, 2022

    With warmer weather finally arriving in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, you may be ready to kick back and enjoy the sunshine. Although warm and sunny days are great for relaxing and cookouts, it also brings a list of chores homeowners should tackle after the wear and tear winter can have on homes. While yard... Read More

    Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized in the New Year

    By Kathleen Brown | December 30, 2021

    Start the new year off by getting organized. The key to making functional organization a habit is setting goals and expectations you and your family can follow. Although it doesn’t happen overnight, with a plan in place, you’ll be on your way to a more organized 2022.  Identify the Biggest Problem Areas Understanding and prioritizing... Read More

    Staging Tips for Selling Your Home this Winter | Highlands Realty Inc

    By Kathleen Brown | December 28, 2021

    The holiday festivities and cold weather may have you contemplating holding off on listing your home until after the first of the year, especially if you go by the myth that nobody buys houses during the winter. However, there are still plenty of home shoppers looking to make a move as the colder temperatures set... Read More

    5 Upgrades to Make to Your Home Before Selling

    By Kathleen Brown | October 15, 2021

    As a homeowner, the upgrades you make to your home are an investment that can help increase the sale’s price in the future. However, not all home upgrades make the same impact when it’s time to sell. When deciding how much to invest when upgrading or remodeling your home, it’s best to consider what potential... Read More