Home Care Tips to Start on Today

While we no longer depend on a fireplace for heat and therefore don’t need to do a post-winter deep clean for soot and dust, the idea of spring cleaning is still alive and well. While not needed for fireplace grime, a good spring cleaning and maintenance session are not only good for the soul but one of the smartest thing to do for the longevity of your home.
 
By spending a little time and effort now, you’ll save huge expenses and potential disasters down the road. A little bonus? You get the best version of your home to enjoy over the summer.
 
Below is a list of recommended yearly spring maintenance:

Inside the Home

 Dryers 
While cleaning out the lint filter becomes an easy habit for most, what about that pesky lint that escapes the filter? Over time lint can build up in the dryer vent, causing slower drying times and potential fire if not taken care of. Saving energy plus a potential fire? Worth it.
 


Lightbulbs
Checking your home’s light bulbs is a small, but often overlooked task. Check each light bulb to ensure the lightbulb is the correct wattage for the fixture, replaces burned out bulbs, and think about converting to LED for reduced energy and heat.

Smoke Detectors 
Ideally, smoke detectors should be checked monthly, but take the time during your spring cleaning and maintenance to check and/or replace the batteries and smoke detectors themselves. Remember that there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor with an additional one in each bedroom and hallway.  A quick check is all it takes for serious prevention.

Screen doors and windows
Opening windows and letting the fresh air in is such an amazing warmer weather perk … but not when critters are able to find their way in. Clean and patch (screen repair kits can be bought at hardware stores) each window and door screen, so that you can take advantage of those slightly cooler breezy nights!
 


AC Tuneup 
Most people only think to call someone out to look at their AC unit when it’s broken, but if you’re calling when it’s broken, it’s too late. Small, routine tune-ups before AC season can not only save energy and money now but huge expenses (and the unpleasantness of no AC) down the line.
 


Check window and door seals 
Winter weather can cause caulk to harden and crack. Keep the cool air in, and tiny critters out by filling in any cracks or gaps along window and door seals.

 
Outside
 

Reseal Exterior Woodwork 
Wooden decks, patios, and porch swings will last much longer if sealed every year or two. Plus, why not have that back deck looking its best during the months you’re actually using it?
 


Gutters 
The point of gutters is to get water off and away from your house as soon as possible. When leaves and other debris over the past year have built up, gutters don’t work properly. When the water is prevented from going out the downspout it collects around the house and causes wood to rot. Not worth going down that route. Clear those gutters!
 


Roof inspection  
Use a zoomed in picture, binoculars or (carefully), a ladder to inspect your roof for any shingles out of place, water pooling, or just plain damage. A small repair now will be worth the time and money.

Trees 
Check for dead or rotting trees, and remove. (It’s usually worth hiring a service for your safety.) Dead trees may look steady now, but they won’t act that way when those powerful summer storms blow through.
 


Check for Cracks 
Check for cracks in your driveway, and any other paved paths around your house. Asphalt can be patched and concrete (depending on the size of the space) can also be repaired. Safe, even, walking surfaces and prevention of longer, deeper cracks is important.
 


Exterior Paint 
Your house’s exterior paint job may feel like it’s all for looks, but just as important – it’s your house’s protective barrier to the elements. Be sure to re-paint any cracked or peeling paint you notice.
 


Prevent Mosquitoes
No one wants summer fun ruined by mosquitoes! As they are much easier to prevent than to get rid of, be sure to check for and eliminate any standing water on your property.

May | Local’s Supporting Locals

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat to see what LOLO gifts are coming this month! Juice to baked goods to candles, we are celebrating so many amazing local businesses across Middle Tennessee throughout May!

 

LOLO, Locals Supporting Locals, is an amazing program for your Parks realtor to give to you! Each month, a completely free, new gift comes to your cell phone for you to enjoy. The gifts are selected by county and are only for local businesses, no nationwide chains!

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Listing of the Week

Enjoy private woodland views with all the serenity that comes with that but, live in a prime location in Nashville? This custom home is a truly unique find! Just minutes to Radnor Lake, you can enjoy plenty of outdoor space while still having a short commute to downtown! You’ll also love the open kitchen and den. The master has also been renovated and has 2 walk-in closets and a huge bathroom. The backyard has 2 decks, 2 screened porches, and 2 open porches for all kinds of entertaining options.


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How’s the Nashville Market?

How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one that you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision-making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Maury, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.

 

Davidson County Real Estate Market

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5 Questions to Ask at an Open House

 

 

Visiting an open house should be more than just a casual walk-through of the home – it’s a great time to talk with the listing agent and ask questions. Here’s a list to get you started.

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Places to Hear Music For Free (Or For Cheap!) in Middle Tennessee

There’s always a show happening in Music City. Any time of the day or night, you can stroll through downtown and enjoy our live music scene. What further sets Nashville apart as a true jewel when compared to other music scenes throughout the country is the dedication our local artists show toward making live music available FOR FREE to locals and guests all year long.

Here are a few of our favorite places where you can hear music for free or cheap here in Middle Tennessee. We hope to see you out at the parks and on the dance floors!


Musicians Corner

From 12 – 5 pm in May, June, September, and October, Centennial Park hosts this famous family-friendly concert series. This casual event features food trucks, local artisan vendors, the Musicians Corner Pub, and a whole section called Kidsville just for the younger music fans. Bring your picnic blanket and sunscreen and kick back to enjoy this relaxed community event.

For more details, visit: www.musicianscornernashville.com


 

Symphony Concerts

The Nashville Symphony holds various free community events throughout the year, with a series of free music events taking place in June and early July. A favorite every summer, these events can become full quite quickly, so arrive early to secure prime seating.

For more details, visit: https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/communityconcerts or call 615-687-6500.

 


American Artisan Festival

This year marks the 44th annual art show and music festival! From June 15 – 17, visit the front lawn of Centennial Park to participate in live music and enjoy local cuisine. Wander through 150 of the most talented local artists’ booths, and encourage your children to create their own art with some of the free children’s art activities the American Artist Festival makes available.

For more details visit: americanartisanfestival.com


CMA FEST

Although the world-famous CMA Music Festival will always draw the biggest stars in country music to headline the massive stadium nighttime shows, Nashville locals know there are also four full days of music ABSOLUTELY FREE. See hundreds of artists on seven stages throughout downtown Nashville, and wander into local pubs and cafes for even more hidden musical moments.

CMA Fest is happening from June 7 – 10.

For more details and the full musical lineup, visit: visit cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival.

 

Crockett Park Concerts

On Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park in Brentwood is host to a different musical guest every week from May 27 – June 24. There are no concerts scheduled in July, but there is one final concert on the first Sunday in August.

For more details, visit orbrentwood-tn.org or call 615-371-0060.

 


Chamber Music Series at Symphony

Formerly called OnStage, this free Chamber Music Series is now able to host much larger audiences. Now when you attend, you’ll be seated on the main floor of the beautiful concert hall. If you attended the OnStage events at the Nashville Symphony in prior seasons, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Chamber Music Series is still an intimate experience. Come meet the orchestra musicians and join the Nashville Symphony for an exploration of the rich history and fine artistry behind the music.

These tickets go quickly. First-come, first-served, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

For more details, visit nashvillesymphony.org

 


Vanderbilt ConcertsThe Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University presents dozens of free concerts during the school year. Parking is provided for free in the West Garage located between 24th and 25th Avenues. Also, be sure to explore the University’s other musical offerings, like full opera productions presented by the University Orchestra and the Vanderbilt Opera Theatre.

For more details, visit blair.vanderbilt.edu or call 615-322-7651.

 


Belmont University ConcertsThe Belmont University School of Music offers a truly remarkable range of free concerts, including symphony tickets and much more.

For more details, visit www.belmont.edu/music or call 615-460-6408.

 



Symphony Free Day of Music
The annual Nashville Symphony’s Free Day of Music is happening October 27. Mark your calendars to be at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for a day of full orchestral music in the concert hall followed by all genres of music represented by more than 20 musical guests on four stages. This lively event will feature food trucks, an instrument petting zoo, and much more.

For more details, visit nashvillesymphony.org

 


Live on the Green

This popular mini-festival music series takes place on Thursdays in August and September. As of this writing, the lineup has not been released, but check the website for the full lineup slated for release on June 21. Bring your beach blankets, personal umbrellas, leashed pets, photo ID for any adult beverage purchases, and head out for an amazing free concert experience.

For more details, visithttps://www.liveonthegreen.com.

 



Bluebird Café’s Early Show

This iconic Nashville venue gets the night started early at 6 or 6:30 p.m., and these early shows are almost always free. Writer nights, Sunday Spotlights, and Open Mic nights are also free, but all other shows have a small $10 food/drink minimum for each patron.

Book online at bluebirdcafe.com. For more details, visit bluebirdcafe.com or call 615-383-1461.

 


Big Band Dances

During the summer, the event shelter at the back of Centennial Park transforms into a rollicking big band dance hall. The orchestra strikes up at 7:30, and you can stay and dance until 10 p.m. These family-friendly dance parties take place June through August and include free dance lessons and a completely different 20-piece band weekly.

For more details, visit nashville.gov/parks or call 615-862-8440.

 


Honky-Tonk HighwayNashville’s famed honky-tonks line both sides of Lower Broadway. Wander down the street day or night and enjoy endless free music. It’s always appreciated if you slip some cash into the ol’ tip jar, but there’s no cover charge. The music really gets going around 10 a.m. and keeps going until the partiers wander home around 3 a.m.

For more details, visit nashvilledowntown.com.

 


Concerts at the WineriesThere are a handful of beautiful Middle Tennessee wineries that are open to the public for free concerts throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Pack a picnic, bring some low chairs, pick up a delicious bottle of Tennessee wine, and relax to some excellent live music at one of these scenic spots:

  •  Arrington Vineyards, “Music In the Vines”
    These concerts are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April through October.6211 Patton Rd, Arrington Tenn.
    www.arringtonvineyards.com
    615-395-0102
  • Beachaven Winery, “Jazz on the Lawn” These concerts take place on select Saturdays from May through October.
  • “DJ on the Dock,” also at Beachaven, is a happy hour concert series that takes place early evenings on Thursdays in June and July. Beachaven goes all out for this event, so expect dancing, delicious food trucks, and plenty of beach games.1100 Dunlop Lane, Clarksville Tenn.
    www.beachavenwinery.com
    931-645-8867

Listing of the Week

Interested in buying a new build? This perfectly designed and outfitted home might be the one for you! Built by Cadence Construction, it’s sure to offer everything you could ever want! Bright open floor plan, fenced in backyard, deck with fireplace, guest room downstairs, master suite upstairs, AND a bonus room. Plus, Great landscaping on a quiet street in Lipscomb/Green Hills!


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Discover Home | Summer Music Festivals

A note on tickets for these events: although Let Freedom Sing, Live on the Green, and Musician’s corner are free events, the other festivals require tickets or passes, which can sell out almost immediately. Follow the FAQ links for each festival to learn more and plan your festival experiences.

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The Local’s Guide to Thompson’s Station

ABOUT THOMPSON’S STATION

With a population of a little more than 5,100 and its close proximity to Nashville, Thompsons Station is a wonderful place to call home. With a focus on consistent town improvement and a noticeable sense of community, it’s quickly becoming known as the place to be for residents seeking their own piece of Tennessee’s beautiful countryside.

Thompsons Station residents enjoy living in a pastoral setting in one of America’s most vibrant regions with access to an outstanding school system, entertainment, and outdoor activities, not to mention nationally headquartered companies.

A need in nearly every community, parks and greenways have become an essential part of Thompson’s Station. An ever-expanding greenway has made its way through Thompson’s Station Park alongside pavilions, playground equipment, and green space perfect for a game of frisbee or a picnic. For residents with a green thumb, plots can be reserved at the beautiful community garden, and for those with furry friends, the Nutro Dog Park and Sensory Garden is a must see.

Thompson's Station Guide | Parks Realty

Several businesses have popped up in Thompson’s Station, each making an impact on the culture of the town in their own unique way. Homestead Manor, a Georgian style home that served as a temporary hospital during the civil war, now serves many purposes including a farm to table restaurant, event venue, and as the home to the weekly farmer’s market. H Clark Distillery is becoming a popular attraction for both its tours and tasting room where visitors can sample Tennessee rye whiskey or bourbon.

Thompsons Station is home to a number of equine centers and has a fabulous horse culture with horse farms dotted along the countryside. You’ll find all levels of experience here: from beginners in need of riding lessons to expert jumpers looking for a professional arena to hobbyist just looking for beautiful trails to ride among charming settings.

Thompson's Station Guide | Parks Realty
If scenic landscapes, a convenient location, and a sense of community are up your alley, Thompson’s Station should be at the top of your list of towns to consider making your home. It might be Williamson County’s best-kept secret.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Located in Downtown Thompson’s Station, this wonderful restaurant is housed by a former general store. This unique dining option pays homage to the history of the area by serving “sophisticated Southern cuisine.”

Local’s love visiting Circa for Friday date night if you’re looking for a spot to try!


This restaurant is unique in that it is also a farm and a historic land site. Over 50-acres complete the property and every inch is covered in history! The restaurant on the property is called Harvest and is to-die-for! They serve Southern-inspired food and each meal is crafted carefully to include gourmet additions. Plus, all their vegetables are curated from the farm or from local farmers!

They are also known for their craft cocktails which they serve in what they call the “Glass Bar.” Enjoy incredible views of the garden while enjoying their expertly made drinks!


THINGS TO DO

Enjoy wandering the gorgeous greenway all the way through Thompson’s Station! The trails are long and follow some of the most stunning scenery in the area!


Along the greenway, Thompson’s Station has an amazing dog park! A local pet care center, Mars Petcare and Outdoor Encounter, partnered with the city to create 4 acres of space for your furry friends! With separate spaces for large and small animals, there is something for everyone!


H Clark Distillery is an incredible addition to the community. They create “hand-crafted Tennessee Bourbon, Gin, New Whiskey and Black & Tan Whiskey one small batch at a time.” They pay specific attention to the history of the alcohol they are creating and aim to respect that history.

You can tour the distillery 7 days a week! Make sure to reserve your spot here!


SCHOOL SYSTEM

Williamson County has a wonderful school system and Thompson’s Station residents greatly appreciate that! This city has three elementary schools, and a wonderful middle and high school to send their children to!


  • Private Schools

Thompson’s Station is perfectly centered by both Franklin and Brentwood which are the homes to a number of private education options! Spring Hill Christian Academy, Battleground Academy, Brentwood Academy, The Classical Academy, and Franklin Christian Academy are just some of the local options!


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Listing of the Week

We are simply stunned by our listing of the week! This home has been completely remodeled and is located in the wonderful Brentwood Hills. It features expansive views over rolling hills and nearby farmland too! Brand new contemporary finishes throughout with over $200K worth of custom, high-end renovations. Custom countertops and cabinets/shelving make the kitchen a dream! Lastly, enjoy a HUGE master closet, tiled bathrooms, completely finished basement with walk-in shower and gym.


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