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Finding the Right Design Features for Your New Home

Categories: Design Center | Posted: April 30, 2018

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Choosing the floor plan for your new home is a major decision—almost as big as deciding to actually build a new home, instead of buying an existing one. Once you’ve made your pick, the fun begins. At Goodall Homes, you sit down with one of the professionals in our Design Center Showroom to look through all the choices—interior and exterior—that will make your home truly unique. Finding the right design features for your new home can be challenging, but with the right help you can put it all together to achieve the look you envision.

When homebuyers walk into our Design Center, they react with awe. There’s so much to look at in our 2,100 square-foot showroom! We’ve been refining our selections for years, keeping up with trends and buyer preferences, while also making sure to offer a wide variety. And this expansive space is filled with choices for every space in your home.

You’ll start with the exterior if you’re building a single-family home (as opposed to the cottages, villas, and townhomes that Goodall Homes builds throughout the Knoxville and Nashville areas). We’ll guide you through your choices, like stone, vinyl, brick, and other options that will present well on the design you’ve chosen. You’ll review shutters and trim as well as the many choices for your front door and the hardware—and discuss color. The architectural style of your new home will provide direction for the right exterior design features. Certain colors and details fit better for a Craftsman style home, for example, than a Tudor or Colonial design. Finally, you’ll choose the exterior package that best fits the elevations specific to your home style.

Next, we’re moving inside. Look at the flooring choices and think about color and durability. Goodall Homes’ Design Center offers a broad selection of ceramic tile—great for the kitchen, and bathroom, mudroom. For the bedroom, carpeting is still a nice way to greet your feet when you get out of bed each morning. But the decision is yours. Our job is to offer the choices and our design experience.

One of the toughest decisions for our homebuyers is the kitchen countertop. Granite is still a durable, attractive choice, but quartz countertops have quickly caught up with this natural stone. Quartz is engineered from mostly ground quartz (93-95%) with the remainder being a resin to bind it together. Quartz isn’t as porous as granite countertops, so it doesn’t need to be re-sealed every year.

As we go from the biggest details to the smallest, every choice still makes an impact on your home. The style and color of the kitchen faucet, the bathroom shower head, cabinetry hardware and door style, fireplace mantle, and light fixtures in each room are like brushstrokes in the big picture of your new home. A decision like choosing oil-rubbed bronze over brushed nickel will affect everything from lighting and plumbing fixtures to the hinges on your doors and cabinets, so, yes, it’s important to make the right selection!

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? Take advantage of the preview appointment we offer before your selections appointment. This gives you a chance to think through your design choices before making your final decisions.  Talk to us at Goodall Homes to learn more about making the best selection for your new home.

Renting v. Buying in Gallatin: Why You Should Invest in a New Home

Categories: Gallatin | Posted: March 28, 2018

For a friendly, thriving community near Nashville, you can’t do better than Gallatin. For many reasons, it’s a wonderful place to live. But what’s the better choice for living here: rent vs. buy in Gallatin? Renting might seem like an easier choice, but before you start checking out a temporary solution, here’s why you should invest your money in a new home here.

#1. It’s a Friendly City

This small but vibrant city outside the Music City was chosen by Reader’s Digest as its “Nicest Place in America” for 2017. Helping others is a never-ending mission in this diverse community that lives by the slogan, “True Grit. Amazing Grace.” The city’s leaders work closely with residents, who gather together when they see a need. This positive environment is one of the reasons Goodall Homes chose it for the location of our new homes community, Patterson Farms. We envisioned neighbors who became friends, and Gallatin’s reputation underscored that view.

 

#2. Gallatin is a “Power Suburb”

The city was rated one of the top 12 “Power Suburbs” in the country. The choices were ranked according to a variety of statistics, including low unemployment rate, per capita income, and the percentage of household incomes over $75,000. Gallatin scored well in all categories, but the city’s 19.9% per-capita income growth is outstanding. The unemployment rate dropped 22.2%, to 4.2%, well below the national average. From an economic viewpoint, buying a home in Gallatin is a smart investment as real estate in this desirable suburb will continue to appreciate in value.

 

#3. Education is Top-Notch

Gallatin’s schools are equally exceptional. Parents rank the schools as four- and five-star. GreatSchools awarded Sumner County Middle College High School a perfect “10”, followed by a “9” for Union Elementary School.

 

#4. Quality of Life is Attracting More Residents

People from around the country are eyeing this growing city. The population rose 6.3%, to 31,640, over a three-year period. The city’s active schedule of events and broad range of amenities contribute to the desirable quality of life in Gallatin.

 

#5. A New Home in a Great Location is the Best Investment

Buying a home presents an investment opportunity, while monthly rent is purely an expense. Mortgage rates are still low right now and there are many loan programs designed to help people secure a mortgage. You might discover that the monthly mortgage payment is lower than your rent, while also providing distinct tax benefits.

Choosing to buy a new home versus a resale is another smart choice. Although the selling price might be lower on the resale, you need to calculate the maintenance and repair costs of an older home. Replacing the roof could cost $15,000 or more. A new air conditioning system will run more than $5,000. Renovations and even cosmetic changes add to the cost of ownership. Meanwhile, a new home is 100% move-in ready, with no additional expenses required to get the home of your dreams.

Today’s new homes are constructed with energy-efficiency in mind. The structure, materials, systems, and appliances are designed to conserve energy, which means cost savings to you. This feature alone contributes to the resale value of your home.

Patterson Farms presents the opportunity to buy an affordable new home in Gallatin. Priced from $248,000 to $295,000, Patterson Farms’ homes range from 1,638 to 2,647 square feet, and feature the stylish design, superior craftsmanship, and energy efficiency that contribute to lasting real estate value.

This Goodall Homes’ community is close to Gallatin’s historic downtown, where you can explore the shopping, dining, events, attractions, and amenities that make living here such a unique experience. Take a look at the floor plans for Patterson Farms, and then contact us to help you find the perfect home in the Nicest Place in America!

Getting ready for Easter in Nashville and Knoxville

Categories: Neighborhood | Posted: March 23, 2018

 

Easter takes place on April Fool’s Day this year. That means you can make all sorts of promises to your family and then shout, “April Fools!”

But if you’re a good bunny, you’re probably searching for family-friendly Easter activities. As you’re getting ready for Easter in Nashville and Knoxville, here are ideas for things to do.

 

Easter Egg Hunts

Hop over to the Nashville Zoo for its annual Extravaganzoo on Saturday, March 31. The zoo is planning 10 egg hunts, a hunt for golden eggs, animal shows, bounce houses, face painting, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! You can also have breakfast with the Easter Bunny, with four seatings beginning at 8 a.m.

The Patterson Park Indoor Pool in Murfreesboro welcomes kids between the ages of 2 and 9 to join in the Underwater Egg Hunt, a free event on March 24, from 1:30 to 3:30.

In the Knoxville area, the hunt will also be a real splash at the Davis YMCA’s Easter Egg Dive, on Saturday, March 24. Three age groups—from 6 months to 12 years old—will each get 20 minutes to hunt for eggs, starting at 11 a.m. The following day, take another dip in the egg-filled pool at the West Side YMCA’s Easter Egg Dive, starting at 2:30 p.m. on March 25.

The 4th Annual Light the Night Easter Egg Hunt presents glow-in-the-dark eggs for a nighttime Easter egg hunt, along with face painting, games, and inflatables at the RIO Revolution Church in Maryville.

Search for more Easter egg hunts in Nashville and Knoxville.

 

Easter Craft Activities

Make an Easter bunny from a tin can on March 30 during Mommy & Me Easter Craft at Smart Toys and Books in Knoxville.

Spend a day at the 7th Annual Spring Easter Festival at the RiverView Family Farm in Knoxville, taking place Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31.

Create eggs-traordinary Easter eggs at William Sonoma in the Green Hills Mall in Nashville. Children from age 5 to 13 are welcome to join the Easter Egg Decorating class.

Bring your special doll to the American Girl Painting and Tea Party at the Cool Springs Galleria store in Franklin on March 25, from 3:30 to 6. Girls aged 7 and up will enjoy fruit, treats, and pink lemonade, followed by creating an Easter-themed painting.

 

Pet-Friendly Ideas

Take your pooch to the Rivergate Mall for Pet Photo Night on March 27 for a session with the Easter bunny.

The GoodDOG Festivai & Doggy Easter Egg Hunt welcomes your four-legged family member at Fenway Dog Park, in Moss Wright Park in Goodlettsville, on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon.

If you don’t have a dog, why not partner up with Snoopy on the PEANUTS Easter Beagle Express? Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy for a 4-hour ride on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. In addition to the characters and the scenic views, enjoy crafts, an egg hunt, and snacks.

 

For a true family-friendly event, visit one of Goodall Homes’ new homes communities around Nashville and Knoxville. Browse our floor plans and let’s talk about your ideas, so next Easter, you can entertain in your new home!  

Summerlin Model Grand Opening Event

Categories: Events, Goodall News, Neighborhood, New Community, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: March 14, 2018

Goodall Homes invites you to join us at

Summerlin

for the Model Grand Opening

Enjoy lunch on us and tour the New Model Home

Tuesday, March 20th

11:30am-1:30pm

Ribbon Cutting at 11:30

119 Telavera Drive White House, TN 37188

 

Buying and Selling – What You Should Know

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market | Posted: February 27, 2018

Tips to help you get ready to buy a new home

Spring is coming and people who are considering a move are ramping up to prepare. Here are some tips to help you get ready to buy a new home.

1. Make a wish list

Determine the type of home you want, where it should be located, and the features that are a must. How many bedrooms do you need now and in the future? What do you want in your kitchen? Is the lack of closet space a deal-breaker? Create a priority list to help you evaluate priorities.

2. Do your homework

A lot of things have changed with new homes and new home construction. If you haven’t shopped for a while, you might want to learn about the best practices in new home construction for energy efficiency and safety. Find out how to identify signs of quality construction and those to signal you should run away.

3. Get pre-approved

Talk to a reputable lender to obtain mortgage pre-approval before you start shopping for a new home. You’ll learn the qualify amount you can spend on a home and can browse with peace of mind that you can afford that dream home you just fell in love with.

4. Understand your budget

Once you have mortgage pre-approval, you know how much of a home loan you can likely secure. If you’re thinking of buying a resale home, you might want to set aside money for repairs—perhaps a new roof, replacing the HVAC system, updating the kitchen, or painting the interior. Consider the age of the appliances and the cost to replace them. Don’t use up all your financial resources to buy a home and then have nothing to make it move-in ready. If you have concerns, narrow your search to new homes. They have a builder’s warranty to protect the structure, all the systems and appliances are under warranty, and you can often choose details so your new home is move-in ready.

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

Do you need to sell your home so you can purchase a new one? Follow these tips to get your home ready to sell.

1. Purge

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you’ve got stashes of possessions that don’t need to make the trip to the new home. You’ll be paying movers by weight so don’t waste money on items you don’t need. Work one room at a time and sort out the items to keep, donate, and trash. Be ruthless! You should start out in your new home with a clean slate.

2. Simplify the décor

Potential buyers don’t want to see all your personal belongings, including family photos, collectibles, and your children’s artwork. Pack up those pieces to get a head start on your moving.

3. Boost the curb appeal

The first thing your prospective homebuyer sees is the front of your home. Take the time to improve the view. Pressure wash the house (including the roof), apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door, and clean up the landscaping. Place a container garden of colorful plants by the door. If you have an abundance of lawn art, remove it.

4. Make scents of the interior

You might be nose-blind to the odors in your home, especially if you have pets. Have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned when you’re ready to start showing your home. Don’t scent rooms with candles and air fresheners that can add a heavy scent. Use an essential oil diffuser instead.

As you start your search for a new home, please consider Goodall Homes. We’re a local home builder—one of the largest locally-operated builders in the Greater Nashville and Knoxville areas. Our new home communities are located throughout Gallatin, Franklin, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, Knoxville, and Maryville. Take a look at our floor plans and selection of currently available move-in ready homes. Contact us to make the home-buying process a breeze!

Realtor Lunch & Learn – Sumner County March 6th

Categories: Events, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Sumner County | Posted: February 20, 2018

Goodall Homes and Acopia Home Loans invite you to join us for a

Realtor Lunch & Learn- Sumner County

Learn about new Neighborhoods in Sumner County

Tuesday, March 6th

11:30am-12:30pm

The Club at Fairvue Plantation

981 Plantation Blvd Gallatin, TN 37066

Catered Lunch and Door Prizes

RSVP to jpastors@goodallhomes.com

Live like a local in Music City

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder | Posted: February 16, 2018

People come to Nashville for a visit and certain attractions are always on their list of things to do, like the Grand Ole Opry, the Belle Meade Plantation, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Those (and many more like them) are the obvious places to see in Nashville and the surrounding area. But when this Music City becomes your home, here are some ways to live like a local!

Take in the architectural eclectica

Local architect Nicky Dryden described the city’s architecture as “place making”. He explained that the design blends a passion for “urban anthropology and cultural salvaging”. It’s all about reinvention. An old service station was converted to a hip retail boutique. You can walk around the city and see lovingly preserved remnants of the Old South, landmarks like the Union Station, and contemporary structures (AT&T Building, Fifth Third Center).

Find the best-kept secrets for fabulous food finds

Southern cooking is a perfect blend of flavor and ingenuity. Your list of “Where to Eat in Nashville” should include locally-owned eateries. Grab a quick bite from one of the hundreds of food trucks throughout the Greater Nashville area, each of them completely redefining your expectation of fast food. Martin’s BBQ Joint and Edley’s Bar-B-Que serve up some of the best barbecue in the city. Arnold’s Country Kitchen is renowned for its fried chicken and banana pudding. Feast on flaky biscuits from scratch and “meat ‘n’ three” lunch choices at the Loveless Café. Take the family to Swett’s for cafeteria-style dining with good home-cooking.

Of course, there’s legendary hot chicken, a local treat so popular it has its own association, the Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition, and the Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival.

Cheer on the Titans

The Tennessee Titans are a big favorite in Greater Nashville. The NFL team continues to play harder, get stronger, and climb toward the top of its division. During football season, join a crowd of fans at any of the local sports bars, or head to the Nissan Stadium in Nashville to get a closer look at the action.

Take part in the festivals

One of the best ways to fit seamlessly into the Greater Nashville landscape is to join the locals in one of their many celebrations. Nashville loves its festivals, and you can take your pick among many: Americana Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival, Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil, Wild West Comedy Festival, Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Tomato Art Festival, NAIA Pow Wow, and Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, to name only a few.

Hang out at the park

Take your kids, your dog, your bike, your lunch, or just yourself to one of the scenic parks around Nashville. Centennial Park is a favorite place to get outdoors on a sunny Tennessee day. The park’s 132 acres include walking trails, a dog park, a band shell, the famous Parthenon, sand volleyball courts, a sunken garden, and the scenic Lake Watauga.

Whether you’re already a local in Music City or thinking of moving to the area, talk to us at Goodall Homes. We’re a local home builder with new home communities throughout Nashville (including Gallatin, Franklin, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, and Hendersonville). Browse our available homes and floor plans, and contact us to become part of the Music City lifestyle.

What’s Happening at Goodall Homes

We’re hosting special events at many of our neighborhoods, and we are now building Patterson Farms, opening soon for sales in Clear Lake Meadows, and a new phase at Carrellton, all in Gallatin. The Grove at Five Oaks in Lebanon has begun a new phase of single-level villas. In Murfreesboro, Goodall Homes will be offering courtyard cottages at Valleybrook.

Fitness Equipment Tutorial- Waters Edge Clubhouse Finess Center

Categories: Events, Franklin, Goodall Homes, Neighborhood, New Community, Waters Edge, Williamson County | Posted: February 7, 2018

Join us for a Fitness Equipment Tutorial

by Cybex Representative Mike Geiser

Tuesday February 27th, 2018

6pm-7pm

Waters Edge Clubhouse Fitness Center


Realtor Sneak Peek of the Residents’ Clubhouse- Waters Edge Franklin, TN

Categories: Events, Franklin, Goodall News, Nashville, New Community, One Level Floorplan, Realtor News, Waters Edge, Williamson County | Posted: February 7, 2018

Join us for a Sneak Peek of our new Waters Edge Residents’ Clubhouse

Tour the Clubhouse Amenities and Enjoy a Light Lunch, Appetizers, and Door Prizes

Goodall Homes @ Waters Edge

Thursday, February 22nd 11am-1pm

4021 Devinney Drive Franklin, TN 37064

 

 

 

Holidays at Hayden Hill

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market, Knoxville, Realtor News | Posted: December 15, 2017

Join us for a fun and exciting event for the whole family.
Take pictures with Santa away from the madness of the mall!
We’ll have food and drinks and great times for all.

Where: 10817 Laurel Glade Lane Hardin Valley, TN 37932

When: December 16 & 17
1:00pm – 4:00pm

For directions visit:
www.GoodallHomes.com/Hayden-Hill
We’ll see you there!

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