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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Please Welcome Susan Bearry to the BHHS WingHaven/Lake St Louis Office

Bearry E_CARD_Please join me in giving Susan Bearry a warm welcome to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties WingHaven/Lake St Louis Branch. Susan 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 Susan has decided to join our BHHS WingHaven Team and know she will be a great addition to our BHHS Select Properties Family.     Give her a call today or check out her website-YourStCharlesCountyHome.com

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Boone Bridge Demolition Scheduled for Tomorrow Morning…

Starting at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, crews will close all lanes on eastbound and westbound I-64 between Boone’s Crossing in St. Louis County and Route K in St. Charles County.  Additional closures include:

  • 9 a.m. – the ramps from Chesterfield Airport Road and North Outer Road to westbound I-64 will close.
  • 9:45 a.m. – the ramps from Route 94 and Research Park to eastbound I-64 and the ramp from Boone’s Crossing to westbound I-64 will close.

Daniel Boone Bridge

The interstate will be closed for approximately an hour.  All lanes will reopen after debris from the demolition has been removed from I-64.  This will be the first of two blasts to take down the old bridge.  The second demolition will be held at a later date.

There is limited public viewing for the blast, but those interested in watching can park at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex located at 17925 North Outer 40 Road.  Parking is at the west end, between the A Fields parking lot.  Spectators will then have to walk down the Monarch Levee Trail for about a mile to the posted viewing area.

Drone operators are advised that there will be no flying allowed due to the proximity to Spirit of St. Louis Airport.Construction on the $111 million Boone Bridge project began in January 2013.  The new eastbound bridge opened to traffic in June.  The 1980s bridge was then rehabbed and opened to westbound traffic in November.

Information for this blog provided by MoDot. For more information on the I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge project, go to www.modot.org/boonebridge.

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Welcome Zahara Kilper to the BHHS WingHaven/Lake St Louis Office

KILPER E_CARD_Please join me in giving Zahara Kilper a warm welcome to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties WingHaven/Lake St Louis Office. Zahara recently obtained her license and comes from a strong real estate family background in residential and commercial real estate. She is dedicated to learning the business while delivering outstanding service and results for her customers and clients.

We couldn’t be more excited Zahara has decided to join our BHHS WingHaven Team and know she will be a great addition to our BHHS Select Properties Family. Give Zahara a call today or check out her website- www.zkilper-properties.com

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Please Welcome Back Nicci Fears to BHHS Select Properties WingHaven

FEARS E_CARD_Please join me in giving Nicci Fears a warm welcome to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties WingHaven/Lake St Louis Office. Nicci is a seasoned real estate broker who recently reactivated her license and is ready to take the leap back into the world of real estate while continuing to run her other successful local area businesses.

While eager, focused and determined to getting her real estate business back up and running, Nicci is committed to taking the fear out of real estate with her Fear Free Real Estate approach for her customers and clients.

Check out her website and visit her online at- www.FearFreeRealEstate.com

We couldn’t be more excited Nicci has decided to rejoin us BHHS WingHaven and know she will be a great addition once again to our BHHS Select Properties Family.

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

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