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September
19

When to Get Your HVAC Serviced

HVAC Service

Your HVAC system is one of those appliances it's easy to forget about until it stops working. However, when it stops working, it can be a major problem, and you can be left without heating or cooling at the most inconvenient times. Unfortunately, many people wait until this point before taking action.

The truth about HVAC systems is a little preventative maintenance goes a long way. Our real estate agents always treat HVAC systems like their cars -- even if they're working fine, regular maintenance and annual inspections are still necessary to keep things running. Read on to learn more about the importance of HVAC maintenance, the type of service your system needs, and the best times of year to get the work done.

The Importance of HVAC Service
We depend on our HVAC systems for comfort all year long. When they break, it can be a major inconvenience, and scheduling service during the busiest times of the year can be challenging. Regular maintenance not only helps prevent breakdowns but it also improves the efficiency of your appliances and extends their lifespan.

Regular maintenance is also important for safety. If your heating or cooling goes out during periods of extreme heat or cold, it can pose a safety risk, especially for kids, elderly adults, and pets. Also, when it comes to gas heaters, certain problems can lead to fire hazards of Carbon Monoxide exposure. Ensuring the system is regularly serviced can help lower the risk.

What Type Of Service Does My HVAC System Need?
On an annual basis, your heating and cooling systems should be inspected and tested. Your HVAC technician will run through a checklist to ensure all elements of the systems are working properly. HVAC systems can accumulate a lot of dirt and dust throughout the year, which can negatively impact the performance of the unit. A thorough cleaning should also be done annually, which can help improve the overall efficiency of the appliance and lower your utility bills. 

When Should I Have My HVAC System Serviced?
Inspections, repairs, and cleanings should be done on an annual basis. The best time of year to service your HVAC system is prior to the start of the season you'll need it the most. For example, the owners of these St. Louis homes for sale often have their air conditioning units serviced in early spring, just before the hot Midwest summer sets in. You should also have your furnace serviced every fall before freezing temperatures arrive. Don't forget to also make sure you're changing both systems' air filters every few months on top of the annual service.

It's easy to forget about HVAC maintenance, but skipping it can lead to big problems. Make sure servicing is a part of your regular fall and spring home improvement checklist, and contact us today for more home maintenance tips.

December
20

7 Tips to Help Sell Your Home in 2022

2022 St. Louis

The market is likely to remain strong for sellers in 2022, according to the latest predictions. But to get top dollar for your home, you need to play an active part in getting the property ready for listing and in mapping out a strategy for selling it.

Here are seven tips that can make your house a standout among Saint Louis homes for sale

  1. Engage a real estate agent who knows your neighborhood.
    Most homeowners avoid the hassles involved with selling their homes themselves and engage an experienced real estate agent who is familiar with properties in their neighborhood. A real estate agent will advise you on asking price, marketing, and negotiation strategy. For instance, an agent will research how much homes like yours are going for in your area, so you know how much to ask. An agent will also negotiate an offer, including clauses and contingencies in the purchase agreement; explain paperwork you may not understand; and deal with the home inspection, commissioning repairs, or negotiating credits with the seller.

  2. Declutter the house.
    This is the first step before staging. A potential buyer won't be in love with all your beloved stuff, so pack it up and store it in the garage or basement, so your home presents a neutral aspect. Put away personal effects such as photographs and mementos. You don't have to leave the home bare, but do go minimalist so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their furnishings in your home. 

  3. Get professional help staging your home.
    You can try doing this yourself, or for best results, hire a professional. Stagers help you showcase your home in a strategic manner, sometimes working with your furnishings or bringing in other furnishings that might look better.

  4. Map out a marketing strategy.
    If you have a real estate agent, use the agent's expertise to develop a marketing strategy. You'll need good quality pictures -- better than those you take on your phone -- with good lighting. Pictures should look professional to show off your home to the best advantage. If you have an agent, your home will be listed on the MLS database. 

  5. Plan on how to show your home.
    One disadvantage of selling your home yourself is having to show it to potential buyers. Home shoppers sometimes feel inhibited or intimidated with the owner present -- yet another advantage of having an agent to show the home for you. 

  6. Work on a negotiating strategy with your agent.
    If you get an offer, you need to discuss with your agent how to strategize -- that is, whether to agree to repairs, to lower the price, or stand firm and entertain other offers. 

  7. Get ready for the closing.
    You may need to agree to repairs and fulfill certain contingencies for the closing. Your real estate agent will help you know what to expect and guide you through this process step by step.

Our real estate agents can answer your questions about selling your home in 2022. Contact us today. 

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