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Things To Do In Memphis: International Goat Days Family Festival

by Melissa Thompson


The annual Goat Days Festival is a Millington tradition and takes place Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th this year! Bigger and better than ever, Goat Days kicks off with The World’s Greatest Goat Parade at 5:30 PM on Friday followed by Opening Ceremonies for the 30th Annual Event. Festival gates will be open from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Friday and 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM on Saturday.

An Antique Tractor Show and Parade, the ever- popular Dixie Irons Tractor Pull, equestrian events, Hot Air Balloon Rides, El Toro Taco and Hot Rod Barn Show and Shine Car Show and swap meet benefiting the Millington Crisis Center, KCBS Championship BBQ Contest, Arts and Crafts benefiting the Millington Arts Council, games and rides, fishing rodeo, horseshoe and corn hole tournaments, battle of the bands, incredible food and goats, goats and MORE GOATS!

Benefiting many charitable organizations, Goat Days is presented by the City of Millington in memory of the event founder, W.S. “Babe” Howard, sponsored by Republic Services, Carey’s Body Shop, Ritter Communications, Homer Skelton Ford and Homer Skelton Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

$5 per car load, festival admission FREE

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Selling When There Are Pets in the Home

by Melissa Thompson


When selling your house, having pets presents some challenges.  Your fur babies are a beloved part of your family.  But it’s important to realize that not everyone feels comfortable around animals. So, it is vital that you consider the impact a pet may have on the bottom line when selling your home.

Some potential buyers may be perfectly fine with pets in the home, but for others, it might be a deal breaker. They might not ever walk through your front door if they know there are animals inside. Pets make some people very nervous, and others may have a fear of animals.  In addition, keep in mind that your pets are not their pets.  Even if they are pet owners and animal lovers, they don’t know your pets or what you allow them to do.

The best solution for home-sellers with pets is to relocate them while your house is on the market.  It may be upsetting for you to do this, but it is the best option.  At the very least, you should do your best to remove your pets from the house during open houses and when your home is being shown.  That means having a plan for those last-minute home showings. How to Prep Your House for a Last-Minute Home Showing

It’s also a good idea to remove all signs of your pet from the home when it is being shown. You want your home to look and feel as appealing as possible to homebuyers.  Cat litter boxes should be clean and kept out of sight.  If your carpets have pet stains, hire professionals to get rid of them. Replace them if necessary.  And be hyper aware of pet odors. Because you live with them, you likely don’t smell them. Have a neighbor come in and do a sniff test…and tell them to be honest if they smell pet odors.  If eau de doggy (or kitty) is present, try enzyme cleaners such as Simple Solution or Nature’s Miracle to get rid of it.  Put away food and water bowls when not in use and hide pet paraphernalia such as toys, kitty condos, leashes, animal beds etc.  Most importantly, vacuum religiously.  Every day. Sometimes twice a day. How to Get Rid of Pet Smells Fast

Remember that whatever steps you take to “de-pet” your home are temporary.  The sooner your house sells, the sooner you will be reunited with your precious pets and life with them will go back to normal.

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 today at 901-729-9526!

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12116 MACON RD, Collierville, TN

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$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 5 Baths (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |

 

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10060300 to view more pictures of this property. Stunning Southern Estate Situated on 2 Lushly Landscaped Acres w/Stocked Pond You Have to See to Believe! Granite Galore, Updated Baths, New Flooring, Copper Sinks & Faucets, New Roof, 3Fireplaces, Custom Bronze Drs Front & Back, Pavers in Solarium & Outdoor Oasis w/FP & Grill, Generator, Wrought Iron Fencing Around Entire Backyard, Faux Finished Trim, Irrigation Sys, Custom Closets, Playroom w/2Rms & Wet Bar, Chef's Kitchen w/Stainless Steel Appl, 3Car Garage, Smooth Ceilings, Custom Lighting!

 

 

Things To Do In Memphis: Delta Fair and Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson


The Delta Fair is a classic. It's a week, August 30th – September 8th, of midway games, rides, livestock and homemaking competitions, exhibits, and more.

The Delta Fair & Music Festival brings the communities of Memphis together to celebrate the area’s rich art, music and culture. In addition to the lineup of homegrown musicians performing across a diverse range of genres, the festival offers a wide variety of entertaining attractions like a motorcycle stunt show, live chainsaw sculpting, a Mexican rodeo, a mini tractor pull, laser tag, magic shows, a demolition derby and more. The 4-H and FFA Children’s Barnyard features kid-friendly exhibits and an opportunity to feed live farm animals, and one of the festival’s highlights is the Banana Derby, where Capuchin monkeys are the jockeys in an adorable dog race.

Did you know that the Delta Fair & Music Festival has more LIVE music than any other event in Memphis?  Over 150 acts on 3 stages!  They strive to balance the lineup to showcase national acts as well as our very own home grown world class artists who have their roots growing deep into the Delta soil. 

What would a visit to the fair be without filling up on the good old-fashioned fair food! You’ll find everything from Pronto Pups to Funnel Cakes and everything in between! Whatever you decide, we can all agree that state fair foods are the best!

Located at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120. Call (901) 213-7469 or visit www.deltafest.com for additional information.

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Adjusting to School When You’re the New Kid

by Melissa Thompson


Moving to a new town can be tough on kids.  Leaving behind friends and familiar places is hard enough; add in the anxiety of starting at a new school and it’s a lot for any child to handle. But while change is challenging, it can also be positive.  Here are some tips for helping your children blossom at their new school:

  1. Prepare your children.  Make them part of the process of learning about their new school. Go to orientation together or arrange for a tour.  Older children, especially, will appreciate the opportunity to get the lay of the land and figure out where their classes are before the first day.  Show them where the bathrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and nurse’s office are. If possible, have them introduced to their teachers.  They will feel much more confident when they start if they are not feeling lost.
     
  2. Meet friends before school starts.  Tweens and teens may have the opportunity to try out for and/or join sports teams or band during the summer.  This is a fantastic way for them to meet others with common interests.  For younger children, sign them up for day camps either at the school they will be attending (if offered) or at local rec centers.  If your community has a pool or play area, you will likely meet people there that will be attending the same schools.  Joining a community league sports team is also a great way to meet other kids that you’ll likely see at school as well.
     
  3. Replicate or create first day of school traditions.  If there are things you have always done to celebrate the first day of school, stick with them.  That will give your kids a sense of familiarity and make the change of a new school less dramatic.  If you haven’t established any traditions for back to school, now is a good time to start.  Whether you fix a special breakfast, or take them for a treat at the end of the day, that little extra bit of TLC is sure to make them feel better.  21 Back-to-School Traditions to Try This Year
     
  4. Practice driving to school.  This might sound silly, but the last thing your children need on their first day at a new school is to be late.  If you are driving them to school, choose a weekday to take a test run at the same time you will be driving during the school year.  That way you will have a good idea of what time everyone needs to wake up and be ready to go.  Keep in mind that there will likely be more traffic when school starts, so give yourself a little extra time.  Make sure you know where to drop your children off and pick them up and what the procedures are for the car line.  If you are stressed, your children will be too.  If you know what you are doing, they will feel more confident.  If your children are riding the bus to school, be sure to know where the bus stop is and what time you need to be there.
     
  5. Make sure your children get plenty of sleep.  Anxiety can make it difficult to sleep well.  Sleep deprivation in turn creates more anxiety.  While you can’t force your children to fall asleep, you can create an environment to aid them.  Limit screen time and make sure all electronics are put away before bed time. Set a bed-time routine and stick to it.  With all the changes taking place in their lives, children need the consistency of routine. 6 Tips for Getting Back to a School-Year Bedtime Routine
     
  6. Don’t make it a big deal.  Sometimes the bigger a deal you make something, the more nerve-racking it becomes.  School is everyday business.  Talk openly with your kids about it. Acknowledge that it’s normal to be nervous, but emphasize, that you know they will be ok.  Avoid creating such high expectations that anything less than a perfect experience will feel disappointing to them.

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Open House in Collierville and Piperton! Sunday, August 18!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Continuum Music Festival

by Melissa Thompson


A festival of collaborations among musicians and artists of diverse genres from Memphis and beyond, bringing to life unique performances and workshops in the award-winning Crosstown Concourse. Now in its third year, this festival for the adventurous listener will include performances at Crosstown Theater, The Green Room, East Atrium Stage, and a special collaboration with Opera Memphis.

A free festival kick-off performance featuring Blueshift Ensemble and ICEBERG New Music will be held at Crosstown Brewing Company on Thursday, August 15.

Time: Friday 6pm-10pm / Saturday 10am – 11pm

Tickets: $30/day & $55/weekend pass

For more info and the full schedule of events click here.

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Move-In Ready Bartlett Beauty! 4250 Steffan Woods Cove

by Melissa Thompson

4250 STEFFAN WOODS CV, Bartlett, TN

Just Listed

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

For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit http://www.crye-leike.com/memphis/10059285 to view more pictures of this property. Don't Let This Move-In Ready Bartlett Beauty Getaway! Featuring 4 Bedrooms (3 Down), Gleaming Wood Floors, New Windows, New Carpet, Open Floor Plan, Lovely Dining Room w/Columns & Arched Doorways Opens to the Spacious Great Room w/Cozy Fireplace, Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen w/Full Complement of Appliances, Laundry Room w/Cabinets, 4th Bedroom Upstairs Makes a Great Playroom, Romantic Master Suite w/Luxury Bath, 2 Car Garage, Nice Backyard w/Covered Patio & 12x16 Storage Shed! Bartlett Schools!

 

Avoid These Deal-Breakers for Home Buyers

by Melissa Thompson


When trying to sell your house, you want to make the best possible impression on potential buyers.  While some buyers will say that they knew a house was right for them the minute they walked in the door, other buyers will tell you they knew immediately that a house was NOT right for them. Sometimes deal-breakers are personal, but often they apply to many and can damage your chances of a profitable sale (or any sale at all).  Avoid these deal-breakers to get the best deal when you sell:

  1. Pests - It seems obvious that people would be turned off by seeing bugs in a home, right?  But sometimes homeowners get used to having “bug problems” and don’t think about how they might negatively influence buyers.  Seeing one or two bugs, like maybe a fly or random little spider, might not be that big of a deal. But if a roach crawls out while people are looking at your house? Forget it.  They are out of there!  If you have any kind of infestation, you need to nip it in the bud before you start showing your house.  13 Best Pest Control Services in Memphis, TN
     
  2. Pets - Just because you love your pets and consider your home very “pet friendly” does not mean other people feel the same way.  There are a myriad of reasons why having pets can hurt your home sale. Sometimes it’s simply that animals make people nervous.  Taking your pets out of the home during showings can solve that problem.  But other things, such as visible food bowls, kitty litter boxes etc. can turn off people who don’t live with animals.  And any kind of pet odors can do a lot of damage as well.  It is a good idea to make sure your house is free of any pet paraphernalia and pet odors before opening it up to buyers.
     
  3. Small/Outdated Kitchens - Big, open kitchens are one of the most desirable features for homebuyers.  If you have a cramped, closed off kitchen, updating it before you put your home on the market will be well worth it.  Not only will you be able to sell it faster, you will get a better price for it and odds are you will likely recoup the money you spent sprucing it up and then some. Best Home Remodels to Get a Higher Sale Price
     
  4. Cheap Upgrades - Poor quality shows.  While you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a house that you are leaving, you also don’t want to hurt your chances of selling it by making cheap upgrades and repairs that are poorly executed.  Unless someone is looking for a “fixer upper”, they are going to lose interest quickly if they see a lot of shoddy upgrades.
     
  5. The Roof - A roof in bad condition will scare away potential buyers quickly.  The idea of buying a house and immediately having to foot the bill for a new roof is not appealing.  If your roof is old or in need of repair/replacement, take care of it before putting your house on the market.  Otherwise, expect to have to lower your asking price.  A new roof will not only improve resale value, it will also boost the curb appeal of your home, both of which will increase your chances of selling and getting the best price possible!

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 today at 901-729-9526!

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How to Ease Your Hunt for an Accessible Home

by Melissa Thompson


House hunting can be a stressful or exhilarating experience, depending on how it’s handled. If you’re unprepared, however, you may struggle to find what you need, especially if you require an accessible home. Thankfully, you can take steps to make your search much easier.

Before You Begin

The first thing to do during this adventure is to look at your town and see how much the average home costs, and what listing prices look like. By doing so, you are not only better informed about how much you should offer but what price range to expect for your budget. For example, the median listing price for homes in Memphis sits at around $149,900. This figure will vary by neighborhood, but you can use it as a jumping-off point.

Also, if the appraised price of a home does not match the market value, you might have room to argue for a new price that is more in line with average rates. Similarly, look at what you can haggle over with the owner to sweeten your purchase, such as closing costs, home warranty, or any possible updates you would like completed.

Bathroom Features

Unfortunately, many houses aren’t made with accessibility in mind. Given that, you may have to make the alterations you require, so look for properties that allow modification. Sadly, if you have your eye on an older home, you may have to deal with certain obstacles, particularly in bathrooms. For instance, tearing into a wall to add a zero-entry shower, pedestal sink, or even installing grab bars and new flooring could release VOCs and asbestos. So, it’s best to look for homes on the newer side, as well as those with enough space to be changed or expanded.

Kitchen Amenities

Kitchen remodels can run into the thousands of dollars, so it can save you a pretty penny if you can find one that already has some degree of accessibility. According to Kitchen Magic, these features might include lowered cabinets and countertops, as well as open spaces to allow mobility. However, not every modification has to be an expense, or require a remodel, as small changes can make cooking easier and safer. Specifically, if there is space, you could bring in a short table to allow food prep to be done without danger or strain. Similarly, touch can-openers, lap cutting boards, and more can also help you cook in peace.

Hall and Walkway Dimensions

There is nothing worse than not feeling mobile in your own home. To ensure that you can maneuver freely, you’ll want to be certain both the halls and doorways are wide enough to meet your needs. On average, a wheelchair requires 36 inches to safely and easily pass through. Yet, for absolute safety, it's best to look for homes with 48-inch doorways and walking paths to accommodate a wheelchair and another person simultaneously. After all, no one should feel trapped or frustrated when moving through the place that is meant to offer shelter and peace.

Mobility Concerns

With mobility in mind, you’ll want to consider the entryways and stairs of a potential property. While it's possible to find no-step entries, to make coming and going safer, don’t despair if you can’t. In fact, it doesn’t take long or cost too much to have a ramp custom built for your house. Moreover, you needn’t look only at ranch-style properties to find something that you can work with since navigation can be simplified with just a stairlift. With top of the line models costing between $3,000 to $4,500, all you need is a little wiggle room in your budget.

The best way to arm yourself when looking for a home is to know what you need. By understanding your local housing market, knowing the median listing price of homes in your preferred area, and the dimensions you’ll want from a property, you can ease your journey. After all, this should be an exciting time, not something that causes undue stress.

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