Morristown, TN Real Estate News

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
  Should You Tint Your Home's Windows?   Window tinting, or filming, can be a budget-friendly way to take your home’s windows to a higher level of energy efficiency, especially if it is not in the budget to upgrade all the windows in your home. Learn more about this alternative to new window installation:   Window film comes in three types: decorative, privacy, and solar.   Decorative films are just that--for aesthetics. They are not necessarily energy efficient. Film in the privacy/security category is made of a thicker material than decorative, and its purpose is to keep prying eyes out of your home, as well as help keep glass together in case of breakage.   Solar film is made in different ways, but the sole reason homeowners have it installed is to reflect or absorb UV rays. Some mor...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
  How to Take the Mess Out of Clean Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans create cooling breezes that can make a stuffy room feel pleasantly comfortable. But as they rotate through the air, the blades can collect a ton of dust, dirt, pollen, and other small particles. Depending on where it's located, your fan might also gather greasy or sticky buildup over time, which can cause dust to cling even more. Not only does a dirty ceiling fan run less efficiently than a clean one, but it can even scatter clumps of particles throughout the room. To keep your home's air cool and free of dust, it's important to know how to clean a ceiling fan effectively. The trick is to remove the dust and grime without making it rain down on your floors and furniture. Learn how to clean ceiling fans without making a mess u...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Installing Heated Floors in Your BathroomThere is nothing worse than a cold tile floor under your feet, especially in the winter. Many homeowners today are fighting back by installing radiant heating under the floors of their bathrooms. Have you considered this option for your home? Here are a few things to consider if you want a heated floor:Choose your productThere are several types of radiant floor heaters available, so be sure to talk to your local hardware store or a supplier to learn more. Most are simple metal grids that will be placed below the flooring you choose.Electrical helpYou may be able to hook up your radiant floor heater yourself, but it is always best to consult an expert when doing work with electricity. Your electrician can get everything installed safely and make ...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 DECORATIONS INSPIRED BY NATURE FOR YOUR HOME IN 2021You can bring a natural look to your home in a stylish modern chic way. Decorating your home with nature’s theme is timeless and satisfying. It may come in many forms. The most common thing is putting a live plant inside and outside of your home. Put this plant in stylish-painted wood. You can add prints on your walls too.You can have plenty of ideas if you are thinking of home decorations. Choose to have a light-colored wooden frame and natural fabrics in your bedrooms. Keep the color scheme simple so you can go on with crazy designs with green prints and textures. You can also add embroidery to your pillows. A wooden floor also is perfect if you put a faux fur rug together with your cozy bedding. Combine various types of woods A mod...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 What is an Electrostatic Filter?Air filters serve a wide range of purposes in your home. They remove dust and dander from the air, eliminate other allergens, keep some odors under control, and even reduce the wear and tear that your HVAC system experiences throughout the year. Depending on the filters you use, you may even be able to remove some viruses and bacteria from the air to keep the people in your house healthier. With all of the benefits that good air filters provide, the only real downside is that you have to replace them every few months to keep your home’s filtration system filtering at its best.There are a few other options available when it comes to filter types, however. One air filter that’s increasingly popular with homeowners is the electrostatic filter, which not onl...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Why the Fall Is the Best Time for PlantingSpring is often thought of as the best time for planting, but do you know that plating in fall offers some significant advantages for your garden? In fact, marketing ploys aside, fall is the best time for planting and starting a garden!Below are some reasons why fall is the best time for planting perennials, trees, and shrubs in your garden: The Weather is Perfect for Planting The cooler weather in fall is easier for the plants and gardeners alike. The ground isn’t semi frozen and not too dry and the weather isn’t too warm or cold. The plants won’t get too stressed because they won’t be subjected to extremes in weather and hence can recover faster after planting. You Won’t Have to Plant Right After Buying Plants There is no need to plant right ...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Light Bulbs Can Reduce Your Energy BillLight Bulbs Can Reduce Your Energy Bill. Light bulbs can help to reduce your energy bill and don't cost as much as other products. Consider that light bulbs are readily available and prices have reduced significantly since they were first introduced.Lighting a room has often taken a backseat when consumers consider energy efficient ideas. After all, how often do you change a light bulb? And incandescent bulbs use more energy than CFL's and LEDs, which bridges the gap between cost and energy efficiency.LED bulbs can last up to 10 years and cost less to produce more light versus regular incandescent and CFL bulbs. According to a blog by the Salt River Project (SRP) in 2019, LED lightbulbs cost 75% less to operate and have MANY benefits. An interesti...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Be Good Enough! Watch our Facebook Live Show every Wednesday at 12p.m. est. Elite Realty Group 423-307-8566 Licensed in TN Equal Housing Opportunity The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forge and surrounding communities.We specialize in working with Home Sellers in getting their homes listed and sold. We utilize the latest and most up to date marketing materials in assuring the job gets done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Our homes are listed on over 32 different Real Estate web sites including realtor.com, yahoo.com, trulia.com and...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
  Re-Upholstery vs. Buying New Something people forget when updating the look of a home is buying new furniture is not the only option. Think about reupholstery. If the fabric pattern is a bit outdated or well-loved and well-used for many years, it may look a bit worse for wear. Buying new may seem more cost-effective than reupholstering because having every furniture piece reupholstered can be expensive. Most furniture on the market today is mass-produced. The construction and materials leave something to be desired regarding the quality. You can spend less on a piece of furniture from a mass-produced, large furniture store. In a few years, it will begin to fall apart and wither. You will need to replace it. Reupholstering sturdy, older furniture can save money in the long run. After r...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
  4 Smart Money Habits That Will Help You Save up a Down Payment Faster Are you ready for home ownership? The prospect of owning your own house or apartment is an exciting one, but with any financial transaction this large there are some things to consider. The first is your down payment – that is, the initial payment you’ll put against the cost of the house to reduce the amount that you’re borrowing in a mortgage. Let’s have a look at four habits that will help you to get your down payment saved up faster. Build (And Stick To!) A Reasonable Budget The first and most obvious tip is to stick to a reasonable budget. Determine how much you have coming in and going out of your bank accounts and credit cards each month. Group everything into areas like ‘food,’ ‘utilities,’ ‘dining out,’ ‘ent...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Fast Growing Tree Varieties for Mature Trees in Less TimeAs a homeowner, you will likely want to plant some trees in your lawn for visual interest, especially if you have a new home and have just established the grass of choice. Trees add a sense of height to any lot and beautify your landscape. You can choose from some varieties of fast-growing trees that will not only mature quickly so you can have tall and beautiful trees with interest quickly.Tulip TreesThis fantastic, fast-growing tree has visual interest from spring to fall. It proliferates in almost all climates and adapts to soil types while being disease and pest-resistant. In summer, the bright green leaves stand out. They stand upright, like a tulip flower on the branches, and then the blooms develop into a bright and cheerf...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Make Someone Smile Today! Watch our Facebook Live Show every Wednesday at 12p.m. est. Elite Realty Group 423-307-8566 Licensed in TN Equal Housing Opportunity The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forge and surrounding communities.We specialize in working with Home Sellers in getting their homes listed and sold. We utilize the latest and most up to date marketing materials in assuring the job gets done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Our homes are listed on over 32 different Real Estate web sites including realtor.com, yahoo.com, trul...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Signs You Need to Redo Your DrivewayYour driveway provides you with a convenient place to park your cars. However, if yours is outdated, it could become a safety concern if not properly repaired. It can also decrease your home’s curb appeal, making it harder to sell your house. Here are some common signs it’s time to repave your driveway. 1. Cracks These commonly occur in concrete and asphalt driveways over time. Age, along with natural elements, causes these fissures to form. During the winter, water that seeped into the cracks freezes and expands, which causes the gaps to widen. Other substances, such as oil, gas and salt, can also leak into the openings and make them worse. Additional factors, such as tree roots and heavy vehicles, can create pressure on your driveway. That’s why it...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 4 Professional Tips to Keeping Your Plumbing Drains ClearDrains are the most common spot for plumbing problems, but that doesn't mean your system is doomed. Instead, a thorough action plan will keep your drains free and clear of trouble spots.Here are some signs of trouble; if you can hear your drain gurgling, the chances are good that something is clogging it. Unfortunately, you won't be able to predict the size or source of the problem easily. For example, a loud noise could simply mean the hair has collected in a pipe; it could also signal a tree root growing within inches from your foundation and slowly cracking the main sewer line under pressure.There are, however, likely culprits for drain blockages, such as grease from cooking. If you have a garbage disposal, clean it regularly;...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 How to Know if Your Roof Needs to be Repaired or ReplacedWithout fear of contradiction, you will agree that the roof is a fundamental part of your home- the primary layer of protection from anything that would fall from the sky. If your roof is installed properly, and you take good care of it, you might not have to worry for years. However, despite taking good care of it, it will eventually be damaged. When that time comes, the big decision is deciding whether you need to repair the roof or replace it altogether. Notably, you are most likely to choose repair for an instant fix, but that might not be enough in some cases. Here are some invaluable tips on how you can assess what your roof needs- repair or replacement.Telltale Signs of DamageBefore diving into the assessment tips, it’s im...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
3 Crucial Reasons to Clean the Air Ducts in Your HomeToday's homeowners spend anywhere from fifty to eighty percent of a twenty-four-hour period inside their homes. For most of us, the quality of the air once inside our home is not a topic we spend much time thinking about. Most of us feel a sense of comfort and safety after we are inside those exterior walls of our home. Yet there may be health dangers lurking unaware inside the heating and cooling system of our residence. Most are not aware of just how many colonies of microbes can survive inside the air distribution system for our furnace and air conditioners. Unfortunately, the collection of dust, dirt and debris within the ductwork itself often becomes a breeding ground for potentially harmful organisms and other pathogens.1- Impro...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Flickering light bulbs are a common household electrical problem. Addressing the issue is a simple matter, but the approach you take will depend on the exact reasons for the flickering.5 Reasons Why Light Bulbs FlickerIn general, flickering lights are caused by a simple drop or fluctuation in household voltage that causes the lights to dim momentarily. A variety of common issues can cause your lights to flicker, and understanding the specific causes will tell exactly what to do to solve it.Bulb TypeFluorescent light bulbs are more prone to flickering than LED and other bulb types. Low or high temperatures, aging bulbs or tubes, and normal warm-up cycles can all cause fluorescent bulbs to flicker. Small amounts of flickering aren’t a cause for concern, but if constant flickering or dimm...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Not Just For Cuts AnymoreDid you know that hydrogen peroxide has a TON of uses? Literally, you can use this miracle concoction for a natural pesticide, cleaning, whitening your nails and teeth, removing stains – and oh yes, first aid. I mean let’s just face it – most of us remember hydrogen peroxide as that stinging sensation when you scraped your knee and mom or dad or grandmom had to clean that boo boo.So, I wanted to provide you with a list of all the neat ways you can use hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to pass this along to your family and friends!Ear Cleaner – If you haven’t done this before, trust me when I say it works better than most ear drops. Don’t use Q-Tips or anything similar to try to clean wax out of your ears. You’ll run the risk of an ear infection or worse. Instead, drop...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Cheap Decorations that Looks Expensive for your HomeDecorating a home on a budget can be tricky, but there are many ways to add fun and vitality to the decorations without breaking the bank! There are lots of home decor products that are inexpensive, and one can also make them at home. Everyone under the sun can have a fantastic home with easy-to-make DIYs that can be cheap. Small DIYs are inexpensive and easy to make. The best part being they are budget-friendly and make your home stand out as they are affordable.So, here are some cheap but expensive-looking decorations that can add elegance to your home.Wall PaintIt is not that expensive nowadays. Carefully select colors that will match a wide variety of fabric colors and furniture. Avoid too bright shades.WallpapersIf you can't affo...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 Three Do--Yourself Seasonal Home Improvement ProjectsOwning a home comes with a lot of joy and responsibility. Many homeowners are looking for improvement projects that they can do themselves. There are a few options that rise to the surface. Take a look at some of the fun projects that most homeowners can do at home!Perform Routine Maintenance on the HVAC SystemOne of the top projects that homeowners can perform involves routine HVAC maintenance. In order to make sure the HVAC system is running appropriately, it is important to service it regularly. Even though there are a few tasks that have to be left to those with the right training, there are other tasks that the homeowners can do themselves. This includes wiping off the breaker, cleaning the exterior, and even cleaning the blower...
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