Grady Coppage
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Chattanooga, TN 37421
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It’s No Wonder……

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Sitting at a coffee shop on Main Street thinking what an amazing transformation this part of the city has made.    Staring at the electric bikes that line the sidewalk, the beautiful landscaping and the rustic look of the old buildings that line Main Street.    It really gives the feel of a north western city that forces the thought of getting outside for recreation or even work.   The feel of raw entrepreneurship fills the air. Once a vision a passion and an undying commitment.    Travelers and Chattanooga natives alike could spend an entire day in this part of the city.    Cool shops, health food markets, open air  matkets, festivals, and the Chattanooga Choo right around the corner makes Main Street and magnet for all types.

Moving closer to downtown for more family fun entertainment.   The main attraction being the sea and salt water Tennessee Aquariums.  The pedestrian bridge stands alone with beautiful views of the Tennesee River Valleys and Chattanooga’s Signal and Lookout Mountains.    The mountains offer hiking, biking, and trail running trails, that will keep the biggest outdoor enthusiast happy for days.   Chattanooga’s Rivers and rivers surrounding the Chattanooga area facilitate kayaking canoeing recreational boating and more.   Camping is also a favorite activity for Chattanoogans.

After admiring the views from the walking bridge head over to plan the perfect outdoor adventure at Rock Creek.   Don’t forget to visit Coolige Park and the fun shops on Frazier.    Little ones can splash around in the fountain and ride the carousel.    Can’t get enough head back downtown to the Creative discovery museum for more family entertainment.   Notice all the dining out options and YES even sports bars and night life.   It’s no wonder why Chattanooga has been nominated top city in outdoor magazine and various internet sites.   Only just beginning explain why Chattanooga is the best place to live and to visit.    It’s got so many great aspects and the people make it truely amazing.      With all the entrepreneurial people and beautifully restored outdoors where can it go wrong?

What a little paint can do!


Selling a home can be an overwhelming experience.   One important part of the process is staging to make the home stand out against the rest.

Breaking it down….

First thing to do is minimize the clutter.   Walk into the home if the clutter overwhelms the space the buyers will not be able to place themselves there.   Decide whether to hire a professional organizer to help with the big projects.   If no professional is needed go closet by closet, and room by room, to minimize the junk.   Go through EVERY single item and make a DONATE/TOSS/KEEP pile.   Make sure your dumpster is empty and car is cleaned out.  This will make the job easier when it’s time to TOSS or DONATE.   On shelves put things in order from tallest in the back to shortest, labels facing forward.   Make sure to get rid of enough stuff.   Go through drawers and chests of clothes as well.  Make piles and organize clothes with seasons in mind.   Hang clothes facing one direction putting shirts, pants, skirts, and coats together.   Anything that you are not using get rid of.  Tell children, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, and sisters, that they have ten days to claim their stuff or it’s out of here.HDTS2812_wall-shelves-pillow_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1707

Next take down photos and nic nacs.  Consider storing sentimental items in a storage unit.  One good tip is to go ahead and rent a POD.   It showsbuyersmotivation to move.    Moving will happen if the home shows well and is priced right, so go ahead rent that POD.   Too much furniture can clutter up the space too.  Throw it in the POD along with seasonal clothes and other keep sake item.125 Fair St-36

Toys and kids stuff should be considered in the TOSS/KEEP/DONATE exercise.   Anything that is not being worn or used should be tossed.  Go through the kids items and see what needs to go where.   Buy shelving or toy boxes to organize the mess.  The wooden toys are more attractive to display, plastic toys should be put away.  If staged properly the children’s rooms can help place a family in a home.  *Tip anything chalk board is in….. and a wow for buyers with children.



Keep pets and pets things out of the buyer’s mind.  Consider finding a pet day care facility for when the home is being shown.  Keep pets toys, litter boxes,and food bowls, put away and/or clean.   If possible keep home show ready and move into a family guest home with pets and children.   Most of the time this is not an option for most.  If it is an option make the move.   This will make it easier when selling a home.   Staging is easier when this option is available or move everything leaving the home vacant.Polka_Dog.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.581.436

These jobs are all very time-consuming and hiring a professional organizer, designer, or home stager may be the answer.   Hiring a professional could mean dollar signs and will be well worth it.

Now it’s time to think about repairs.   In organizing you will find repairs that need to be done.  Make a list and take photos of the repairs. Before and after pictures can be a good resource for the potential buyers. Hire a good cost-effective handy man or DIY. The repairs will stick out like a sore thumb once pictures have been removed from the walls and the clutter is cleared out.   Give every room a fresh coat of paint.   This is the least expensive remodel with the most effective results.

Lastly be sure to contact a Real Estate Agent.  They will help with this process and beyond.   They will have the tools that will make this process a success!!

Chattanooga’s Holiday Events

Chattanooga has it going on during the holidays.   Lots of new and old traditions to take part in.

Experience the NEW yet temporary ice skating rink on the Chattanooga Green at Ross’ Landing.   The rink is made to put one and all in the spirit. Designed to feel like Chattanooga’s very own Rockefeller Center.   Santa may appear, and all can enjoy warm drinks and food from local vendors.

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of lights is a favorite for most.  Expect lots of games and holiday crafts.  Santa even pops by on occasion.  Meet Jack Frost and the Ice Queen walking in the forest of lights.  Enjoy festive music and magical trees that move to the beat.  Rock City Garden has endless illuminated holiday scenes that will entertain the young and the old.

Ruby Falls has a brand NEW holiday event.  Take a journey to see the gem that gets everyone in the mood for Christmas.  Along the way see Santa’s elves and Santa himself.    Take a glimpse of the Northern lights and travel through the village of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Santa and his miners need help to find the Joystone on a journey that fills us with cheer.

Chattanooga Ballet’s the Nutcracker is coming soon to the Tivoli.   Watch all the talented dancers. Join Clara’s dream through the Snow Queen’s world and the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.   Danced to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker performed by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and Youth Orchestra.

51st Annual Singing Christmas Tree is at the Tivoli this weekend.   Performed mainly by the Boy’s Choir.  The Boy’s Choir will be accompanied by Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, Youth Orchestra, and Ballet Tennessee.

Camp Jordan in East Ridge is holding Christmas Nights of Lights.  Pack your car full of folks and watch a light show.  This runs from dusk until 10pm nightly including extended hours on the weekends.  The lights are synced to thousands of computer channels played through the car radio.   Fun for everyone!!

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Thanks for reading Happy HO HO HOlidays!

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