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Design & Decor in Tennessee : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Mar 9, 2014
Tammy Hayes answered:
I have been contemplating this same question. I have a brick fireplace in my home that goes all the way to the ceiling. We have lived in the home for 5 years and have never used it once. I want to remove it to open the wall up to my kitchen. The home is only 8 years old, so the brick fireplace is not old. It is a reddish brick, but looks more country and I want a modern feel. Best of you to you in whatever you decide to do.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
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Wed Feb 26, 2014
Heather Lamp answered:
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Tara Davoli answered:
unless you live in Florida (which is one of the few places I have seen do this with every house) Ceramic tile through out is not standard and probably wont fair well on re-sale. Look at similar condo's currently for sale or model homes in your area. What is the look that buyers are wanting. You can also go to the flooring store and as most they will have a "most frequently" bought flooring. My guess is a neutral tile in the kitchen with a med color hardwood in the living areas. Like another agent suggested bamboo is a great solution as well- especially with green features becoming a buyer "hot button". Good Luck! ... more
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Fri May 17, 2013
Jannis Vann answered:
Contact RESA, Real Estate Staging Association. It's a great way to join with other stagers, some experienced, some just getting started. It's a great way to network and learn what's needed to transition into the field. Try this link as an intro to the organization. ... more
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Sat Dec 8, 2012
Rick_devey answered:
George St. Pierre. Works at Lowes in Smyrna. Cheap and amazing work!
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Tue Nov 13, 2012
Angela & Barbara Adams answered:
Totally depends on how you have to tie into the roof: hip, truss, scissor jointing.... all different costs. you're quality of finishes will also determine your costs and how much you do yourself or sub out.
I'd say anywhere between $8,500 to $15,000 to do the job. (lower end, doing a lot of the work yourself). Definately check out down at 400 davidson st. They are a surplus builder outlet and have anything from hardwoods, to windows, to trim, siding, to roofing shingles at almost half the price of Home Depot. They carry many of the same brands as well.
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Tue Feb 9, 2010
Tiffany Dorn answered:
Hi Ashley!

Neutral colors are definitely the best way to go when getting your home ready to sell. You want the buyers to see themselves in your house and imagine "their" decor in the house. Hardwoods are always a GREAT investment, especially in place of vinyl flooring. As I'm sure you know, the kitchen, bathrooms and master bedroom are the main points of the house buyers focus on. You want every room to look as spacious as possible. I would stick to neutral colors and add color by simple touches like tasteful, un-themed wall art, vases, neutral area rug, etc., which will help attract all types of buyers. Most importantly-"de-clutter" and organize! Let me know if I can help in any way.

Good Luck!

Tiffany Dorn
Knoxville, TN
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Mon Feb 9, 2009
Jo Shaner answered:
Hi Jack,

When building our house a couple of years ago - we went with the top of the line, 5 burner gas cook top - and man are we glad we did. Not only do we have extra eyes (burners) , we also have different sized burners that make cooking a true pleasure. We do not consider ourselves "chefs", but it is logical cooking and those who really know, know that we did the right thing.

As a Realtor, I am always making my decision on what we be best for resale. You cannot not go wrong with putting the money in the kitchen on staple items.

Jo Shaner
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Wed Jan 21, 2009
Patty Everitt answered:
You have received many a good idea but to keep you from losing your mind, ultilize your builder or his people, my husband and I have been building for over 29 yrs in the Germantown, and Collieville areas , when we do a custom I will work with the Buyers to assist them in their selections, driving them to their tile /granite/carpet and lighting ,place of their choice, but with help and support! That will also keep you on schedule, as the weather will slow you down but also if you dont have your selections ready when the builder needs them it will delay you getting to sleep on your on new bed in your own new home !!
Use a decorator/designer for the general concept rather than piecemeal your new home you'll be surprised how much smoother things will go !
Check out our website Everitt! take care -Patty
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