General Home Maintenance Tips

March 24, 2022

The Market Value of Home Improvements

During my years in real estate, I've seen cases where homeowners made home improvements assuming they’d recoup their investment when they sold, only to find that the improvements didn’t increase their home's market value, and possibly even decreased it.


How could this be? Well, there are many ...

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Feb. 24, 2022

After the Closing, Now What?

You've closed on the house, using up a lot of your savings in the process, so what do you do next? Try these tips to build your money back up.

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1.  Put that credit card away! Make a list of what you want to buy for the house, then ...

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Feb. 15, 2022

Painting Tip

Painting is an easy way to get a new look. Sometimes it is difficult to visualize what an entire wall or room will look like based on a small chip from a store. After purchasing gallons of paint, doing all the prep work, and painting the entire wall or room ...

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May 13, 2021

4 Drainage Related Issues

Y’all, we have to talk! Baton Rouge, Louisiana gets 63 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. With all that rain comes the issue of DRAINAGE!


Most homeowners and, unfortunately, many builders do not fully understand proper drainage. The key ...

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May 6, 2021

Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

Spring is finally here - as evidenced by the storms we’ve had recently! If you are thinking about selling your home, this is the perfect time to prepare the outside of your house. This is an area a lot of sellers skimp on but if you don't have the ...

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April 29, 2021

Why Have A Professional Handle Your Home Inspection?

A lot of our clients have friends or family who have been home owners for quite some time or are in the repair industry for things in the house.  These are the people they want to help inspect their new home purchase - not only because they respect their opinion but ...

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March 24, 2021

How to save a few dollars!

Want to save $100? Here's a quick tip! 


I have run into this several times lately - the AC or Heat in a listing of mine quits working. The homeowner gets an HVAC specialist to come out, only to find it was just the thermostat needs a new battery ...

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Jan. 29, 2020

Problem Areas in Your Home

Kevin Dinkel with Advantage Services discusses with Pat Wattam at RE/MAX First some of the problems he sees during home inspections these days.  Click here to see the video.

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If you ever have questions about preparing your home for sale or about home ...

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April 24, 2019

It's That Time of the Year AGAIN!

This is the time of the year when spring flowers start blooming and the dull days of winter are behind us.  Many people associate spring with a time for cleaning and sprucing up the house.  I thought I would share a few tips with you on things you ...

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May 23, 2018

Things to Check When Your HVAC is Serviced

This is the time of year, before it gets TOO hot, to have your AC cleaned and serviced.  Depending on the age of your system, you may also want to consider putting a home warranty on your home so you have coverage in the event your AC goes out ...

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