Evansville IN Real Estate Blog

Tucker Talks Homes - September 20-21, 2014

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 Fall!

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Curb Appeal...First Impressions are Key!

They say you can only make one "first impression" and people usually form their first impression within 30 seconds. What potential buyers see when they drive up to your house will make a lasting impression.

What you can do to spruce up your curb appeal with minimal cost:

  • Replace the house numbers next to the door with much larger black numbers to add drama.
  • Relocate your trash bin to the back, sweep all the leaves in the yard and on the driveway, and trim trees.
  • Paint steps, railing and/or door.
  • Install a brass kick door to give the entry a more elegant look.
  • For color, place a large clay pot, planted with a small green fir and flowers, on each side of the front door.
  • Plant bushes under the front windows, but keep their height well below the bottom ledge. For a more finished look, add ground cover, such as red cedar bark under the bushes.
  • Drastically trim back large bushes so that they are not covering the front windows. On the sides of the house, bushes should be no higher than the start of the roof.
  • Add window boxes under the two front windows. They should extend the full length of the windows but not reach under the shutters. In season, fill the boxes with ivy, green plants, and red flowers.
  • Cut down the barren tree in the front yard and replace it with grass. Fertilize the entire yard to make the grass greener, and trim all lawn edges.
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Kathy and Kevin Complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Kathy and Kevin completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning at Sales Meeting! They would like to challenge George Postletheweight and Kim Seibert at the SIAR Board Office! 

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Tucker Talks Homes - September 6-7, 2014

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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How to prepare your home for a showing in 10 minutes!

YIKES! You have only 10 minutes before a showing!

How to prepare your home in 10 minutes or less.

  • Put the dishes in the dishwasher (or quickly wash them)
  • Make the beds
  • Wipe the counters
  • Empty the garbage
  • Hide dirty clothes in the washer
  • Take a deep breath
  • Run a quick vacuum
  • “Windex” bathroom mirrors
  • Put toilet seats down
  • Turn on the lights
  • Leave the house before the showing
  • Smile!
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What Not To Do as a New Homeowner

If you’re new to homeownership, you’ll definitely want to avoid these boneheaded but easy-to-prevent mistakes that could cost you big time.

We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. We’ve gathered up a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and give you some insight on why each is critically important to avoid.

1. Not Knowing Where the Main Water Shutoff Valve Is

Water from a burst or broken plumbing pipe can spew dozens of gallons into your home’s interior in a matter of minutes, soaking everything in sight — including drywall, flooring, and valuables. In fact, water damage is one of the most common of all household insurance claims.

Quick-twitch reaction is needed to stave off a major bummer. Before disaster hits, find your water shutoff valve, which will be located where a water main enters your house. Make sure everyone knows where it’s located and how to close the valve. A little penetrating oil on the valve stem makes sure it’ll work when you need it to.

2. Not Calling 811 Before Digging a Hole

Ah, spring! You’re so ready to dig into your new yard and plant bushes and build that fence. But don’t — not until you’ve dialed 811, the national dig-safely hotline. The hotline will contact all your local utilities who will then come to your property — often within a day — to mark the location of underground pipes, cables, and wires.

This free service keeps you safe and helps avoid costly repairs. In many states, calling 811 is the law, so you’ll also avoid fines....

Tucker Talks Homes - August 30-31, 2014

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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F.C. Tucker Emge Market Watch August 2014

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