Evansville IN Real Estate Blog

Tucker Talks Homes - March 21-22, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14. 

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Happy First Day of Spring From F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS

We are so excited the first day of spring is here! Enjoy! 

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Early Spring Lawn Care Tips to Revive Your Frozen Turf

Has the polar vortex wrecked your lawn? These tips for early spring lawn care will green up your lawn in no time.

A polar vortex has pounded lawns this winter with ridiculous sub-zero temperatures and record snowfalls. So don’t be surprised if parts of your lawn — especially in low-lying areas — are dead on arrival in spring.

“Snow acts like a cover, but ice is bad for turf,” says Chris Lemcke, technical director of Weed Man USA lawn care. “Ice freezes plant cells and crushes blades and leads to death.”

Freeze-thaw-freeze conditions are even worse for turf roots, which can become brittle and die.  Road salt also is bad for lawns. The turf near streets and along driveways and paths may need resuscitation or replacement when spring grass should be greening up.

Dead or Sleeping?

When snow and ice melt, your late-winter turf starts awakening from hibernation and changes from brown grass to green; if your lawn died, it won’t change color.

The best way to see if your lawn is dead or sleeping is to tug the brown areas. If the turf comes up easily, the roots have failed and the grass is dead. If there’s resistance, then there’s hope.

How to Bring Lawns Back

When is the right time to bury your dead lawn — grass, roots, clinging soil — in a compost pile and start growing new grass?

  • After the last chance of frost
  • When night temperatures...

Tucker Talks Homes March 14-15, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14. 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day From F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS

Wishing all of our followers a happy and lucky St. Patrick's Day!

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Looking for a New Career?

Looking for a new career? Real Estate classes are starting soon! If you want to start the new year off with a new career, give John Briscoe a call today at 812.479.0801. Classes begin on Monday, January 5th or visit http://fctuckeremge.com/careers/ for more information. 

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Please Welcome Kip Pace to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team!

Please Welcome Kip Pace to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team! 

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Tucker Talks Homes - March 7-8, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14. 

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6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.

When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.

I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know

Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I could have gotten. And thanks to their expertise and a little Googling, here’s what I learned about what to do before moving in.

1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor.

Change-the-locks

2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. I didn’t have any leaks to fix, but when checking my kitchen sink, I did discover the sink sprayer was broken. I replaced it for under $20.

Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your ...

Tucker Talks Homes - February 28 - March 1, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14. 

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Search Smarter at the New FCTuckerEmge.com

Search Smarter at the New FCTuckerEmge.com! 

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Tucker Talks Homes - February 21-22, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14. 

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Tucker Talks Homes - February 14-15, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14.

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Happy Valentine's Day From F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS

Wishing all of our clients, agents, staff and friends of Tucker a fabulous Valentine's Day! 

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Tucker Talks Homes - February 7-8, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14.

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Please Welcome Stephen Slow to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team!

Please Welcome Stephen Slow to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team! 

FC Tucker Emge Realtors Welcomes Stephen Slow

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Tucker Talks Homes - January 31, 2015 - February 1, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14.

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Please Welcome Gretchen Ballard to the Tucker Team!

Please Welcome Gretchen Ballard to the Tucker Team! 

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Tips to Make Your Roof Last as Long as Possible

Whether your roof is brand-new or years old, here’s what you need to do to keep it in the best possible shape for the longest possible time.

A new roof is an expensive proposition — $18,800 on average for composition shingles, according to Remodeling magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report, and as much as $36,000 for high-end materials. Once you’ve made that kind of investment, you’ll want to protect it.

And even if your roof is years old, maintaining it in good shape will prolong its life and keep you from having to replace it prematurely. Here’s what you need to do to get the most from your roof.

Clean the Gutters

Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters. 

Fixing that kind of damage could run into the thousands of dollars, but you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire a pro for $50-$250, depending on house size. 

Remove Leaves 

If you have a simple peaked roof surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or if towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in roof valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow.

If...

Tucker Talks Homes - January 24-25, 2015

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14.

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