Murfreesboro, TN Real Estate News

By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Install Modular Carpet If you are sick and tired of spilling things on your carpet, and wish you could just remove a portion of the carpet to replace, then you are in luck because modular carpet is perfect for the because they come in squares so you can replace sections of the carpet instead of the whole thing. This article will show you exactly how to install modular carpet. 1. Measure the room, and determine how many tiles you need 2. Clean floor thoroughly to prep for laying tiles 3. Lay out tiles and trim tiles to length if needed 4. Snap a chalk line if needed when laying out a pattern 5. Use adhesive sticker like strips for corners of tiles 6. Lay down tiles on top of adhesive stickers 7. Vaccum new carpet to smooth out seams    I hope you fou...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate - How to Build a Pathway Lamppost If you are looking for a way to spruce up the end of your driveway, then you might consider building a pathway lamppost. It is really simple to build and only requires a few simple materials to make. Simply follow the directions below and you will have a beautiful new lamppost standing at the end of your driveway in no time.         1. Cut 2 x 4 to lengths for center post and 2 side pieces 2. Cut a sharp angle on end of center post 3. Cut a slot in the center post for the wire 4. Remove wood from channel with a chisel 5. Set the cable in the groove 6. Cut twi 1 x 6 boards to length and cut 45 degree angle in end 7. Trim arms at 45 degrees and cut the four 1 x 6 boards to length 8. Layout the pieces and mark where they will go. 9...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Lay Stone Tile Floors If you are thinking of putting stone tile in your house, there are a few steps that you need to follow to ensure that it is done properly so it lasts and looks good for a lifetime. Start with the steps below to get the floor prepped and ready to start laying the stone tile. 1. Make sure the floor is solid enough to lay tile without it warping. 2.Install another layer of sheathing if needed. 3. Lay down the membrane and cut to size 4. Spread the thinset onto the membrane 5. Roll out the membrane on top of the thinset. 6. Press membrane to properly adhere to floor 7. Spread thinset ontop of membrane 8. Lay tiles ontop of membrane and thinset 9. Grout the joints of the tiles 10. The next day wash away the excess thinset with muria...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- 9 Uses For Sawdust If you have been doing alot of projects around the house that produced a bunch of sawdust that you have laying around and don't know what to do with, you will find this article very informative because there are lots of different uses for sawdust.   1. Use on snow path to get traction so you don't get stuck 2. Soak up oil almost any kind of spill 3. Makes excellent plant food 4. Use to start a fire 5. Mix with putty and use as a wood filler 6. Cover a muddy path or walkway 7. If it is walnut sawdust, use it to kill weeds 8. Mix with cement to lighten up 9. Clean a floor by moistening the sawdust and sweep floor.   I hope you found this post about 9 uses for sawdust useful! If your selling your home in Murfreesboro Tennessee, or looking t...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Install a Half-Round Gutter If you are getting tired of your old worn out aluminum gutters, and are ready for something more appealing that really catches your eye, and makes you say wow, those are some really nice looking gutters, you should consider installing half round gutters.    1. Set the pitch by picking the highest end that the water will initially run into, then setting the other end 1/2" below 2. Screw u shaped copper brackets to the rafter tails 3. Measure from the end of the roof, and determine where the downspout will go, then cut a hole in the  gutter for the downspout. 4. Hang the gutter on the brackets and attach with screws, spring hooks, or pop rivets 5. Solder the seams of the gutters to avoid leaks 6. Install downspouts and atta...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Install Crown Molding If you are looking to install crown molding in your home, then you will find this blog post very informative, and it will help you get it up and looking good in no time and you will love the new look of your home.   1. Figure out which type of crown molding you will use. 2. Cut the corners of the molding with a coping saw or miter saw 3. Measure and mark the wall where the molding will go 4. Cut the first measured piece at a 90 degree angle 5. Cut the next piece at a 45 degree and to fit the corner 6. Cope the joint with a coping saw 7. Check the fit of the joint 8. Attach the molding to the wall & caulk corners 9. Cut corners to match exactly 10. Option B is to skip cutting the corners & use corner blocks  I hope you found thi...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Refinish Hardwood Floors If your hardwood floors are starting to look like they are in need of repair, it might just be worth your time to refinish them yourself instead of paying high prices to have someone else do them. The steps below will walk you through the entire process quickly and easily.   1. Clean the floor thorougly 2. Use 180 grit sandpaper to prep the perimeter of  the room. 3. Scuff sand the floor with a buffer and a maroon buffing pad. 4. Vaccum and sweep the floor, then wipe with a microfiber cloth 5.Trim out the edges of the room with a paint  brush and some floor finish 6. Pour a 1 inch wide strip of floor finish in line  with the wood grain, and roll out with a paint  roller on a long handle 7. Wait 3 hours, then recoat the floor...
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By Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
(Benchmark Realty LLc)
Murfreesboro Homes Sales Increase 26% in September 2013 compared to September of 2012 with 234 closings. The average price of Murfreesboro homes increased 5% to $193,695. Murfreesboro homes are now in a sellers market with the absorption rate down to 5 months. 234 Murfreesboro homes in September compared to 185 last year the average days on market is down to 62 days the absorption rate for Murfreesboro homes based on September sales and the current inventory is 5 months 284 Murfreesboro homes are currently pending sale 1073 homes are currently listed for sale the average price of homes sold was $193,695 compared to $183,938 last year   Search for Murfreesboro homes for sale here For the most-up-to-date information on Murfreesboro homes values, then we urge you to contact us. We can assi...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Repair A Disc Faucet If you are starting to experience leaks and problems with your disk faucet, then it might be time to take it apart and repair it. Most of the time it is a good idea to just go ahead and replace the internal components to get it back in working order. Simply follow the steps below to get your faucet working again.   1. Turn off water and shutoff valve. 2. Remove the handle and then the cylinder. 3. Check for debris, damage, or wear. 4. If the seals are worn replace them. 5. Reassemble and turn handle on, then slowly turn shutoff valve on. 6. If the faucet still leaks, then you need shutoff water and replace the cylinder. 7. Reassemble the faucet and test again.   I hope you found this post about How to Repair A Disc Faucet useful...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Paint a Garage Floor If you are tired of looking at your ugly garage floor with the paint chipping up, and cracks and chips showing, it is probably time to give it a nice paint job to make it look better, and easier to clean. Follow the directions below and you will have a nice beautiful looking garage floor in no time.   1. Make sure that the area is well ventilated 2. Clean the garage floor with a scrub brush, water and bleach and a pressure washer 3. Repair the cracks with concrete/mortar repair compound 4. Use concrete etching compound to prep the surface so the paint sticks 5. Apply primer with a paint roller 6. Apply paint in 2-3 coats, and wait 24 hours between each coat 7. Enjoy your new painted garage floor   I hope you found this post abou...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Install Sprinklers If your lawn is lacking water to help your grass grow beautiful and uniform, then you might consider installing sprinklers. It can be quite a job, but very rewarding whe you see that beautiful green grass growing, especially if you are trying to compete with the Joneses. Simply follow the step by step directions below and you will be seeing beautiful hydrated green grass in no time.    1. Call the utility office, and have them mark all the locations of the cables 2. Calculate the size of the yard, and make a diagram of where the sprinkers go. 3. Install the anti-siphon valve on the main water lines 4. Dig a trench 6"-8" deep with a v shape 5. Assemble the sprinkler system according to manufacturer specs 6. Run the pipes in the pre...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Make A Glass Shower Mosaic Are you looking for a way to spruce up the look of your shower without breaking the budget? Making a glass mosaic is the perfect way to do it , and you can have this finished on the weekend without spending a lot of money on it. Follow the directions below to learn how to make a glass shower mosaic, and you will be finished in no time.   1. Mix the thinset 2. Apply the thinset to the wall with a 3/16" trowel 3. Apply the tile sheet and tap in place with a wooden block 4. Check for missing tiles 5. Apply thinset to back of tiles to replace missing ones   I hope you found this post about How To Create Wall Texture useful! If your selling your home in Middle Tennessee, or looking to buy a home please contact Todd Taylor- REAL...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Create Wall Texture If you are tired of seeing every little imperfection in your walls, and you are trying to figure out a way to make it less noticable, the textured walls are the way to go, and you will no longer have to worry as much about imperfections. Simply follow the steps below to learn how to create wall texture.   1. Turn off the power, and remove all the faceplates from switches & plugs 2. Mask around windows with painters tape 3. Remove baseplates with a crow bar 4. Put plastic over the windows to protect from splatter. 5. Apply primer to the walls with a roller and a brush 6. Mix spray on texture with a hand mixer 7. Load into a sprayer, and apply with back and forth motion 8. Let texture dry for about an hour 9. With a soft touch knoc...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- Add A Sun Tunnel To A Bathroom If you have a bathroom without windows, but you want natural light coming from outside, a good option is to add a sun tunnel in the ceiling of your bathroom to let the suns light in to brighten the room. Follow the steps below to install your very own sun tunnel easily.   1. Trace the sun tunnel onto the ceiling of the bathroom, and cut out the circle. 2. Remove the insulation from the hole. 3. Trace the sun tunnel onto the roof, and cut out the circle. 4. Install flashing and weatherproofing on top of the roof. 5. Connect ceiling ring to reflective tube. 6. Feed the refective tube assembly through ceiling from inside 7. Tighten mounting brackets 8. Attach solar lense to roof 9. Attach diffuser panel in the ceiling from insid...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How to Install Aluminum Gutters If you don't have gutters installed on your home then you could be risking potential damage to your home and your landscaping. In this edition of Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips, you will learn How To Install Aluminum Gutters.   1. Measure the facia to determine the length of the gutters 2. Apply sealer to the endcap and fasten to gutter with crimping tool 3. Measure and mark line on gutter and cut to length. 4. Apply preformed bend for the other end  5. Apply sealer, & drill holes for pop rivets 6. Rivet preformed bend to the gutter 7. Use a 3 inch hole saw to drill a hole in the trough 8. Apply sealer and downspout and secure with rivets 9. Establish high point & secure the end of gutter opposite the downspout 10. Set the en...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips- How To Build Redwood & Stone Steps Wanna spruce up the front of your house, and give it a new look. The steps are usually the first thing someone sees when they approach your home to go inside, so in this edition of Murfreesboro Real Estate Tips,  I will be showing you how to build redwood & stone steps. It will take a few hours, but will be well worth the effort when you see the end results.   1. Use a square shaped shovel to cut the shape of the steps into the soil with a shovel. Use a piece of redwood as a guide for the width. 2. Test fit the redstone by stacking a layer the same width as the redwood. 3. Mix up some mortar and start laying the redwood making sure to wipe the excess mortar off/   4. Cut lengths of 4 x 4 redwood lumbar for the step frames...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
HOW TO BUILD A PRIVACY FENCE If you life in a neighborhood where you don't want the neoghbors seeing everything that goes on in your yard, you might consider building a privacy fence to keep anyone from being nosy. Also is you have a pool a privacy fence is a must. I am going to show you exactly how to build a privacy fence.   1. Mark out the location for the fence with string and mark the location of the corner post with spray paint. 2. Using post hole diggers cut a 10" hole about 24" deep 3. Add a few inches of gravel for drainage 4. Mix some cement, and insert 4" x 4" x 8" posts an pour in cement 5. Let cement cure for 48 hours 6. Cut and attach the 5/4" deck boards with 2" galvanized wood screws 7. Determine the number of pickets you will need and cut 5/4" deck boards tp 6" lengths ...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
HOW TO BUILD A BRICK FIRE PIT A good edition to your home is a new cozy fire pit the sit around with your friends when you barbecue, and have parties. It can be a big job to complete, but these step by step instructions can make it alot easier for you. Simply follow these direcions on how to build a brick fire pit and you will be finished in no time.   1. Lay a chalk line to mark the location of the firepit & have gas line & drain installed 2. Lay the first layer of bricks all the way around following the chalk line 3. Lay the second course of bricks 4. Stair step bricks on opposing sides 5. Finish the other walls 6. Add cinderblocks to the inside and top with bricks. This will form part of the  support for the bowl shaped floor for the water to drain. 7. Cap with bricks on top 8. Pile ...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
HOW TO CLEAN AN AIR HANDLER If you are sick of that nasty smell that is coming from your air handler, it sounds like it is about time to pull it out and clean it. I am going to show you step by step how to get the air hander out, and how to clean it and reinstall it so you have fresh, clean smelling air again.   1. Shut off the power to the unit 2. Disconnect the wiring 3. Retract the coolant in the refrigerant line to avoid any spills 4. Remove the squirrel cage fan 5. Remove the air handler casing 6. Start cleaning the air handler by vacuuming away the dirt 7. Use an antimicrobial soap & garden hose to clean the fan 8. Put the new air handler back together 9. Cut new duct board to fit snugly around the sides of the air handler 10. Tape seems with aluminum tape and use mastic adhesive ...
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By Todd Taylor
(Keller Williams Realty - Murfreesboro TN)
How To Install A Ceiling Fan Ceiling fans can make a significant difference in efficiency in your home by moving the air in the house better. There are a few things you need to know before moving forward though. First you will need to measure the length of the longest wall in the room to determine what size fan the get.    12 Feet or less= 36 inch fan 12-15 feet = 42 inch fan Over 15 feet- 52 inch fan   Now we will go over how to intall a ceiling fan.    1. Cut off the main power to the room you are working on 2. Remove the old light fixture 3. Before you remove the wire nuts, test the circuit with a circuit tester to make sure that the power was turned off. 4. Go into the ceiling and build a brace to hold the weight of the fan. Attach it to the ceiling joist 5. Pull wires through the e...
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