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101 Things To Do In Memphis #52: MLK Days of Service

by Melissa Thompson


During MLK Day weekend, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy by volunteering for various service projects across the Mid-South.

Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis are partnering with several nonprofit and community organizations to host MLK Days of Service January 18 – 21. For those four days, there will be a range of service projects running simultaneously in all ten Mid-South counties. There are plenty of options both indoors or outdoors, and volunteers can participate in everything from beautification and cleanups to reading to children, letter writing, organizing donations for food drives and other fundraising event support, and more.

Each day has a theme:

FRIDAY, JAN. 18 – YOUTH & EDUCATION

Read to a classroom, host a field day, work in an afterschool program, or contact Volunteer Memphis about a customized experience.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 – FAMILY & FRIENDS

Special projects will be available for volunteers of all ages.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20 – SERVICE SUNDAY

Work with your church or local community centers to serve the needs of others on Sunday. Volunteer Memphis is working with faith-based institutions to create volunteer opportunities during the afternoon following worship services.

MONDAY, JAN. 21 – COMMUNITY CLEAN UP 

Volunteer Memphis is partnering with Clean Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful to host a citywide cleanup project.

Make plans to volunteer with your friends, family, or coworkers. Take a look at the projects and sign up for specific opportunities on the Volunteer United partner page. There will be a kickoff party on Thursday, January 17th at 5:00 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library.

MLK Days of Service Donation Drive

The City of Memphis and its AmeriCorps VISTA program are hosting a donation drive to support local homeless shelters and schools. Donate at one of the collection boxes placed around the city, or drop off donations during the Donation Drop Off event on January 18th at the Gaston Community Center. See the flyer below for items needed.

Drop Off Locations:

Urban Strategies, Memphis HOPE, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, City Hall, City of Memphis Office of Youth Services, Memphis & Shelby Police Activities League, Memphis Athletic Ministries, City of Memphis Division of Parks & BLDG Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Memphis Housing & Community Development, City of Memphis (Union Ave. Extended), City of Memphis Internal Services, Benjamin Hooks Central Library, City of Memphis Fire Headquarters, Frayser Library, Memphis Police Department – Tillman.

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Beautiful 4BR Home in Riverwood Farms! 1561 Cedar Farms Cove

by Melissa Thompson

1561 CEDAR FARMS CV, Cordova, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths(2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10043609 to view more pictures of this property. AMAZING Move-In Ready, 2-Story Home Situated in a Nice Quiet Cove in the Riverwood Farms Subdivision Featuring 4BRs+Large Bonus Rm, Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters, Skylight, Huge Attic, Lots of Natural Light, 2Staircases, Crown Molding, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace Framed by Bookshelves, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Island & Full Complement of Appl, Formal Dining Rm, Romantic Master Suite w/Luxury Bath, 2Car Garage, Fabulous Fenced Backyard Oasis w/Bridge, Fire Pit Area & Deck!

 

Home Inspection Checklist for Home Sellers

by Melissa Thompson


It’s very exciting when you accept an offer on your home and you are ready to sell. But that excitement can go away quickly if the buyer’s home inspection doesn’t go well.  Smart homebuyers will never make a purchase without having a property professionally inspected first, so you can pretty much count on that happening.  So, it’s important for you, as the seller, to be prepared for the home inspection.  By identifying potential problems beforehand, you can make the repairs needed to avoid unpleasant surprises during the inspection. Cheap Home Repairs That Can Save You Thousands

Use this checklist to help you prepare for the home inspection:

  1. Make sure that all lights are working and all switches are covered. The same goes for electrical outlets.  A general home inspection will include a visual review of the electrical system.  If the inspector finds that a light isn’t working, there is a likelihood he will recommend that a licensed contractor to check it out.
  2. Take care of routine maintenance.  Put new batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and be sure they are working properly. Also, put fresh air filters on your air conditioning units and furnaces.  If buyers see that small things aren’t being maintained, they will be worried that big things aren’t either. 
  3. Clean out areas around appliances so they can easily be inspected.  It will be difficult for the inspector if your laundry room is full of clothes or the dishwasher is full of dirty dishes.  If you have a gas fireplace, be sure the pilot light is lit so that the inspector can turn it on.  If the inspector is not able to do that, he may suggest to the buyer that you show them the fireplace works before the sale is complete.  That just adds one more thing for you to worry about.
  4. Check out the exterior of your home.  View your house the way you would if you were buying it again. Is there peeling paint or hanging gutters?  If so, you can fix these problems prior to inspection so that they are not issues for the buyers.
  5. Test windows and doors.  Inspectors are going to be looking for windows and doors that open and close easily.  If you have windows that are sticking, you can fix this with very little money. Simply purchase a silicone spray from a home improvement store.  Clean out the tracks of sliding doors and lubricate them as well, if needed.
  6. Paint over old water stains.  Even after you have fixed a leaking pipe or roof, water stains can be left behind.  And even after the inspector has assured them that there any current moisture issues, old stains will scare buyers off just as much as new stains will. 
  7. Look for mold.  Mold will scare a buyer away fast!  So be sure to check basements, attics, bathrooms and garages for any signs of mold.  If you find any, deal with it before the inspection…and before you lose your buyers.
  8. Declutter before inspection.  The inspector isn’t going to care how messy your house it or how it’s staged, but he will appreciate being able to easily access everything he needs to inspect.
  9. Don’t try to hide issues.  Honesty matters. If you find something prior to inspection that is going to need to be fixed, notify the prospective buyer.  You don’t want the buyer to think you are trying to hide something.  If you don’t have the money on hand to make necessary repairs, you may be able to negotiate by offering a credit at closing so the new owners can do the repairs themselves.

Find Out What Home Inspectors Look For

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Beautiful 4BR Home in Riverwood Farms! 1561 Cedar Farms Cove

by Melissa Thompson

1561 Cedar Farms Cv, Cordova, TN

OPEN HOUSE January 13, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths(2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

AMAZING Move-In Ready, 2-Story Home Situated in a Nice Quiet Cove in the Riverwood Farms Subdivision Featuring 4BRs+Large Bonus Rm, Gleaming Hardwood Flrs, Plantation Shutters, Skylight, Huge Attic, Lots of Natural Light, 2Staircases, Crown Molding, Spacious Great Rm w/Cozy Fireplace Framed by Bookshelves, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Island & Full Complement of Appl, Formal Dining Rm, Romantic Master Suite w/Luxury Bath, 2Car Garage, Fabulous Fenced Backyard Oasis w/Bridge, Fire Pit Area & Deck!

 


Amazing Move-In Ready 3BR Memphis TN Home! 4592 Dunn Road

by Melissa Thompson

4592 DUNN RD, Memphis, TN

OPEN HOUSE January 13, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 Baths(1 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10043506 to view more pictures of this property. Home Is Where The Heart Is! This AMAZING All on One Level, Move-In Ready, 3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath, Brick Home Features Fresh Neutral Paint Throughout, Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Spacious Great Room with Decorative Fireplace, Inviting Living Room, Wonderful Kitchen Equipped with New Counter-tops, Pantry & Full Complement of Appliances, Lovely Dining Room with Dazzling Chandelier & Built-In China/Storage Cabinets, Delightful Fenced Backyard with a Storage Shed & Patio, Perfect for Cookouts & Parties!

 


101 Things To Do In Memphis #51: Orpheum Announces Year-Round Movie Series

by Melissa Thompson


The Orpheum announced the launch of a new year-round series, Movies at the Orpheum, presented by Orion Federal Credit Union. The first three films have been revealed and more titles will be announced throughout the year.

The change comes as the Orpheum’s summer calendar grows increasingly booked with Broadway, concerts, and other special events.

General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Packages of 10 tickets will be available through the Orpheum box office for $65 and may be used for a single movie or spread throughout the series.

Movie lineup so far:

  • Friday, January 11 7 pm – Singin’ in the Rain (Rated G)
  • Friday, March 15 7 pm – Space Jam (PG)
  • Friday, April 26 7 pm –  Walk the Line (PG-13)

The Orpheum will be celebrating Memphis’ bicentennial with the screening of Walk the Line which features the historic Orpheum Theatre along with other local landmarks. Dates and films will be added throughout the year. Please visit orpheum-memphis.com/movie for the most up to date information.

Get more info and buy tickets here.

Follow the Orpheum on their Facebook page for updates.

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Charming All on One Level 2BR Memphis Home! 3650 Mallory Road

by Melissa Thompson

3650 MALLORY RD, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
2 BEDROOMS | 1 Baths(1 full ) BATHROOMS |

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10043221 to view more pictures of this property. Make this Charming All on One Level, 2 Bedroom Brick Home YOURS! This Home Features a NEW Roof, Gleaming Wood Floors, Security Doors, Durable Tile Floors, Large Yard and More! Enjoy Comfortable Everyday Living in the Spacious, Warm and Inviting Great Room. Sit Around the Table and Enjoy Delicious Meals in the Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen with a Tile Backsplash. Sip on a Refreshing Glass of Sweet Tea on the Covered Porch. The Backyard has a Delightful Deck, Perfect for Cookouts and Parties!

 

Tidy Home - Happy Home

by Melissa Thompson


A new year has arrived and now is a good time to start breaking bad habits that lead to an untidy home.  If you are one of those people who look around your house and wonder how it got to be such a mess, chances are you aren’t even aware of the bad habits that have formed over time and have you feeling overwhelmed with housework.  But there are indeed certain things that people who keep tidy homes don’t do. If you are guilty of doing these things, you can now begin the process of changing your habits and creating the tidy home you crave.

Things people with tidy homes DON’T do:

  • Tidy people don’t overdo it.  People with tidy homes tend to be minimalists. They don’t have a lot of extraneous furnishings and knick knacks.  They also don’t over decorate.  They value the pristine nature of clear surfaces. And let’s face it, the less you have, the less you have to clean.  Imagine how quickly you can dust a room when you only have a few clear surfaces to clean! How to Master the Art of Minimalism
     
  • Tidy people don’t settle down for the night until they have cleaned up.  After a long day, it’s tempting to leave the dinner dishes in the sink, the mail on the counter and bags on the floor so that you can just relax.  But tidy people are “never leave until tomorrow what can be done today” kind of people.  If you clean up before you settle down to watch television, read, or go to bed, it’s like resetting for the next day.  It will be easier for you to relax if you know you will be waking up to a neat and clean home.
     
  • Tidy people don’t let their homes get messy all day and then try to clean it all up at one time.  Staying on top of the mess is key to keeping a tidy home.  If you complete small tasks on a regular basis, you will never get to the point where you have to spend hours cleaning the whole house at once.
     
  • Tidy people never run out of cleaning supplies.  They figure out what products they like and they stock up on them.  And guess what? They keep them tidy and organized.  Two story house? They have cleaning supplies stored both downstairs and upstairs.  They probably even have two vacuum cleaner so that they don’t have to drag one up and down the steps. 
     
  • Tidy people don’t use the floor as a spot to store things.  If you have been to the home of a tidy person you probably noticed there is nothing on the floor…no bags, books, magazines, or baskets with blankets and pillows.  In a tidy home everything has a place and there is a place for everything.
     
  • Tidy people keep a schedule.  They don’t clean randomly “as needed”. They schedule tasks and keep to that schedule as much as possible.  You will find it surprising how easy your house cleaning will be when you break it up into small tasks done on a regular basis. How Often You Should Clean Everything

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Move-In Ready 3BR Home! 434 N. Ericson Road

by Melissa Thompson

434 N Ericson Rd, Cordova, TN

OPEN HOUSE January 06, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 3 Baths(2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

Awesome Move-In Ready 3 Bedroom 2.1 Bath Home! New Carpet and Fresh Neutral Paint Throughout. Iron Security Doors. 2 Car Garage. Spacious, Warm and Inviting Great Room with a Cozy Fireplace, Perfect for Those Cold Winter Nights. Cooking will be a Delight in the Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen Equipped with New Flooring and a Full Complement of Appliances. Romantic Master Suite Downstairs with a Luxury Bath with Whirlpool & Separate Shower. Sit Back and Relax in the Fenced Backyard with a Nice Patio!

 


101 Things To Do In Memphis #50: Society Skatepark and Coffee

by Melissa Thompson


Located at 583 Scott St in Binghampton, Society Memphis' 10,000-sq. ft. indoor skatepark will not only provide locals with a skating venue, but it will also feature a coffee shop and skateboard shop. 

Introductory Pricing
Day Pass: $12

Memberships
$75 per month with a one-year agreement and autopay installments
*10% discount if you pay for first year in full: $675!

Hours
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday – 1pm – 10pm

Monday – Sunday: Skaters, pro scooters, rollerblades, quads
Tuesday & Thursday: BMX welcome all day
Saturdays 10-11am: Learn to skate

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