September Updates from The Scott Frederick Team

 

 

From the Desk of Scott Frederick…

With the recent rains and east coast hurricane It had me thinking about water management. Water is the number one killer of homes. Simple routine maintenance can go a long way in preventing moisture related damages. These recommendations may seem simple or obvious but the amount of times we identify water control defects in building inspections is alarming.

Gutters/Downspouts – Evaluate and clean regularly, ensure proper slope towards downspouts and extend away from the foundation. Landscape – Do not build-up landscape above the foundation, this invites termites and allows for easy moisture entry into the home. Sump Pits/Pumps – If one is present get familiar with it and the performance during heavy rains. Monitor during rains and ensure operation. Elevated landscape and poorly managed gutters and downspouts will lead to excess volume in the sump pit. By getting a handle on these items, water damage can be limited during these unusual rains we sometimes have.

 

Your Fall Maintenance Checklist

While it’s still warm outside, now is the perfect time to get ready for the fall maintenance that comes with owning a home. This short list will help new homeowners who might not be ready for all that comes with the upkeep of a home in the crazy St. Louis weather. My #1 on the ‘honey do list’ – the fireplace.
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Realtor Insights – 9 Marketing Mistakes

Mistakes are inevitable when growing your business. But this article from Realty Times website, points out 9 easily avoidable mistakes, like targeting your emails, being very descriptive with your listings, canvasing neighborhoods and more. I recommend printing this list and referencing it often.
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Inspection Insights – Is Your House Sick

Sick House Syndrome occurs when a house can’t “breathe” and rid itself of indoor pollutants, resulting in poor indoor air quality – a “sick house”. Inadequate ventilation allows these pollutants to build up, causing potential health risks to the homes occupants. Don’t worry, Sick House Syndrome can be cured.
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Inspection Insights – Is Your House Sick

Sick House Syndrome occurs when a house can’t “breathe” and rid itself of indoor pollutants, resulting in poor indoor air quality – a “sick house”. Inadequate ventilation allows these pollutants to build up, causing potential health risks to the homes occupants. Don’t worry, Sick House Syndrome can be cured.
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