How to Prep Your Home For Vacation

If you’re heading out of town soon, you’re likely packing and preparing. But have you given thought to the home you’re leaving behind?

Webber offers the following tips to prepare the home before leaving for vacation:

Unplug appliances – Appliances continue to use energy even when the device is turned off. It is best to unplug all devices including phone chargers, computers, televisions and coffee pots. This will not only save energy, but it will prevent damage from lightning strikes and power surges.

Adjust air conditioning – The air conditioning system uses a significant amount of energy. Turn the temperature up 10 degrees higher than it is usually set, or have a professional install a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted to turn on and cool the home just before returning from vacation.

Clean garbage disposal – The waste disposal is notorious for developing unpleasant odors while the house is empty. It is wise to flush the garbage disposal out with ½ cup of white vinegar and hot water while the disposal is turned on.

Change the setting on the water heater – There is no need to heat water for an empty home. Adjust the water heater to vacation mode. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode, turn the temperature down. This will save a significant amount of money on the energy bill.

Put lights on a timer – According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August. If a home is dark, it is a sure sign that someone is not home. Put a couple of lamps on a timer inside the home. Set these to go on and off at different intervals. This will give the illusion that someone is home and make the home less vulnerable to burglaries.

Treat stagnant water in toilet – Water left inactive in the toilet can produce a foul odor and a difficult to remove ring that forms around the toilet bowl. To prevent this, place ½ cup of bleach in the toilet bowl just before leaving home.

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2 St Charles Real Estate Offices Raises over $1,800 dollars in 3 hours for Greater St Louis Children Charities

IMG_5130For the past 11 years on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, our agents (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties) volunteer, rain or shine, on one of the coldest days of the season to strap on their aprons and support The Greater St. Louis Area Children’s Charities by selling newspapers in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Old Newsboys Day.

Getting up well before dawn this morning, the St Charles Branch converged on their intersection at Hwy N and Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St Charles & the WingHaven Lake St Louis Branch took their place at the intersection of Bryan Road & WIngHaven Blvd in O’Fallon to start selling papers for nothing more than a simple donation. The donations collected today go to an important cause and support more than 270 LOCAL charity programs for children.

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It was amazing to see the community come together this morning. Thank you to all the generous contributors who slowed down their cars, rolled down their windows and donated as little as a quarter all the way to $20 dollars for a newspaper.

The efforts of these 2 offices helped raise $1863 dollars for Greater St Louis Children’s Charities in a little over 3 hours. This group of men and women never cease to amaze me. Tis the season, Take a bow and Job well done!

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The Boehmer Team finishes #1 on highest-selling real estate teams in St. Louis

Boehmer Team LogoThe Boehmer team, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St Charles County Office, this past week ranked first on the St Louis Business Journals list of highest-selling real estate teams in St Louis.

Linda Boehmer, Kelly Boehmer and Jacob Gould’s combined effort sold 387 units and reached a record $101.74 million in closed sales. A 97.55 percent increase over 2013 closed sales volume. The numbers increased, according to Linda Boehmer, because of the team’s diversity in the market and the general upswing of the housing market.Boehmer GROUP-CUSTOM CROP

“We’re equal partners, but we’re diverse in our thinking and our ages,” Linda Boehmer said of her mother-daughter team. “It gives us a great overview to look at problems and evaluate a solution.”

Kelly Boehmer expects continued sales growth. “The indications are there that the market will continue to improve,” she said. “New construction is increasing. If we continue to give buyers what they’re looking for, it’ll continue.”

The teams hard work and dedication to their customers and clients have put them in the Top half of 1% of Agents in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network and were recognized as the #3 team in the nation at this years National Sales Convention in Las Vegas.

For more information on The Boehmer Team and the services they can provide give them a call, visit them online www.TheBoehmerTeam.com or click on the banner below…

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2014 Readers Choice TOP AGENT Award Winners…

RE_BOEHMER_2014 copyThe Boehmer Team for the 5th year in a row has been awarded the Readers Choice Top Agent Award… This prestigious award is given year after year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals, STLToday.com & Your Next Home Magazine honoring the Top Agents in the St Louis Area voted on by its readers…

To win this once is a great honor… To win it for 5 years in a row is nothing short of incredible and couldn’t be possible without the support of The Boehmer Team’s dedicated clients, friends and family…

It’s safe to say this is an amazing group of people and continues to show that The Boehmer Team offers something special to continue to win this award year after year… Congrats to your 2014 Readers Choice TOP AGENT Award winners, The Boehmer Team

For more information on The Boehmer Team or the services they can provide give them a call, visit them online (www.TheBoehmerTeam.com) or click on the banner below…

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Local Real Estate Office Keeps People Warm while waiting in line for FREE JingleFest Tickets…

We pulled up to our office this morning and there was a line of people in front of it. There were people everywhere. Could we have been so lucky that they were waiting in line to buys houses??? Has my dream FINALLY coming true??? They’re knocking down our doors to get to work with the best real estate office and agents in St Charles County…

Well they weren’t waiting to purchase a home, (sad face) but we met a lot of great people and were able to help spread a little warmth and cheer on this cold and rainy day… We decided to go out and meet the people braving the elements for a chance at FREE Jinglefest tickets and helped keep them warm, by offering our lobby to warm up, bathrooms and all the Hot Chocolate and Coffee they could drink… It was a lot of fun…

What is Jinglefest??? I’m glad you asked… Our neighbor a few doors down T…Mobile was giving away FREE Jinglefest tickets to the first 100 people who walked through their doors.. This is a great concert that is coming to The Family Arena Friday, December 12th from your friends at 92.3 WIL… “get your COUNTRY on!!!”

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For more info on the concert visit- http://www.wil92.com/jinglefest-2014/  or to purchase tickets visit Metrotix or visit the Family Arena Box Office at- http://familyarena.com/event/92-3-wils-jinglefest

For more info on the #1 Locally Owned and Operated Real Estate Company in St Louis come and visit us or just stop in for a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or to warm up on a cold winter day… We LOVE company…

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Please Welcome Tim James to BHHS Select Properties St Charles County Office

james_tim_RICKS ECARDPlease welcome Tim James to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County Office. Tim was recently licensed and is an extremely knowledgeable and hard-working agent dedicated to delivering outstanding service and results to his customers and clients.

We are excited Tim has decided to join the BHHS Select Properties Family and know that he will be an incredible addition to our office and company. Give Tim a call, check out his website or visit him online at- http://timjameshomes.com

The agents just keep coming!!! There really is a HUGE advantage and difference with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties. The BIGGEST name in Real Estate! What are you waiting for? Call today to set up your confidential Interview…

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LOCAL Real Estate Office Raises over $1,000 dollars in 2 hours for Greater St Louis Children Charities

onb5For the past 10 years on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, our St Charles office (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties) volunteers, rain or shine, on one of the coldest days of the season to strap on their aprons and support The Greater St. Louis Area Children’s Charities by selling newspapers in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Old Newsboys Day.

Getting up well before dawn this morning, they converged on their intersection at Hwy N and Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St Charles to start selling papers for nothing more than a simple donation. The donations collected today go to an important cause and support  more than 270 LOCAL charity programs for children.

It was amazing to see the community come together this morning. Thank you to all the generous contributors who slowed down their cars, rolled down their windows and donated as little as a quarter all the way to $20 dollars for a newspaper.

I also want to say “Thank You” to Jacob Gould, John Lorinc, Mark HunsteinSteve Majesky, Kyle Hannegan and Barb Herbert for getting up very early this morning, braving the cold temperatures, dodging traffic and selling those newspapers. Your efforts helped raise over $1,000 dollars for Greater St Louis Children’s Charities in a little over 2 hours. Take a bow! Job well done!

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Please Welcome Amanda Labath to our office…

ECARD_LABATHPlease join me in giving Amanda Labath a warm welcome to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St Charles County Office. Amanda recently obtained her license and is dedicated to learning this business while delivering outstanding service and results for her customers and clients.

We couldn’t be more excited Amanda has decided to join us and know she will be a great addition to our BHHS Select Properties Family.

The agents just keep coming!!! There really is a HUGE advantage and difference withBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties. The BIGGEST name in Real Estate! What are you waiting for? Call today to set up your confidential meeting…

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Please Welcome Chase Duke to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties, St Charles County Office

DUKE_ECARDPlease join me in welcoming back Chase Duke to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County Office.

Chase (the Duke of Real Estate) has been licensed for a few years and we couldn’t be more excited that he’s decided to rejoin us. He’s extremely focused, tech savvy, outgoing and committed to delivering outstanding service and results for his customers and clients.

Give him a call today or check out his website at- www.DukeRe.com

Chase will be an incredible addition to our team, #1 BHHS company in St Louis and fastest growing real estate brand in country…

Help me once again in welcoming Chase Duke to our BHHS Select Properties Family! Here We Grow Again! I’ll say it again, what are you waiting for??? Call today to schedule your confidential appointment!!!

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Please Welcome George Bozzetti to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St Charles County Office

BOZZETTI_ECARD_RICKPlease join me in giving George Bozzetti a warm welcome to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County Office.

George was recently licensed and we couldn’t be more excited that he’s decided to join our team. He’s extremely focused, eager to learn this business and committed to delivering outstanding service and results for his customers and clients.

Give him a call today or check out his website at- http://bozzettihomesforsale.com

George will be an incredible addition to our ever-growing office, #1 BHHS company in St Louis and fastest growing real estate brand in country…

Help me once again in welcoming George Bozzetti to our BHHS Select Properties Family! Here We Grow Again! I’ll say it again, what are you waiting for??? Call today to schedule your confidential appointment!!!

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties Saint Charles County Office 6149 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304 or 636-720-1100