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August Helpful Hints for Homeowners

Real Estate Agent with Chartwell Realty, LLC Missouri & Kansas

Each month the Sandi Reed Real Estate Group will provide you with a list to keep you on track with those essential home repairs. We want to remind you that maintaining your home does not have to be overwhelming, but it does require some consistent attention.

This month – well, it’s just plain hot! It’s hard to get too excited about doing anything outside unless it involves a pool. Plus everyone is trying to fit in those end of summer vacations, and get the kiddos back to school or off to college.  Do the tasks anyway. You will be glad you did!

#1     Clean the Carpets

Did you know that your carpet is your home’s largest filter? Allergens, pet dander and other irritants get carried in and trapped in your carpet. Some home carpet cleaners do more harm than good – depending upon the cleaning solvent. Use a professional carpet cleaner at least once a year to get all that stuff out of your carpet AND rugs!

#2     Check for Water Leaks Inside and Out

if your faucet dripped once every second every day, all day, it would only take four and a half hours to waste one gallon. Every day you would waste 5 gallons of water which means higher water bills! Address those drips now to save $$ later!

Run all faucets (especially those that don’t get used often) and check for tiny leaks around faucets and drains. Those tiny problems now will cause big problems later.

#3     Check for Electrical Safety

Test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. You should have GFCI outlets by water sources (think kitchens, baths, outside and garages). If your home is older and the wiring is not grounded, you can now install GFCI protection outlets specific for that situation. Consult an electrician to make sure it is done right!

#4     Continue 5-Step Lawn Care Program

Fall is the best time to promote root system growth throughout the lawn, helping the grass grow thicker and. While experts say this can be done August – October, our Kansas City August’s might be too hot to start this process. Check with your local expert to find the ideal time to start that process.

We hope these tips keep you on track. If you have any other questions regarding real estate in Lee’s Summit or anywhere in the greater Kansas City area, give Sandi a call at 816-877-8732, or visit  www.SandiReed.com. Licensed in both Missouri and Kansas.


Sandi Reed

Office 816.877.8732



Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great hints, everyone would be wise to go through the checklist for their own home!

Aug 04, 2019 11:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


These are great ideas for homeowners to implement.  Wishing you a wonderful month of August.  A

Aug 04, 2019 12:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Sandi.... I send out a similar monthly reminder to my data base each month through my CRM. And what do you know.... carpet cleaners arrive at my house on Wednesday morning!

PS I never heard of Lee's Summit until a client of mine moved there last summer. But then he was relocated again and is back in the Carolinas... outside of Charleston.

Aug 04, 2019 02:32 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great tips! Of course, home ownership requires ongoing maintenance for the best outcome. Deferral is not a good idea. It only makes the inevitable problem bigger and more costly.

Aug 04, 2019 03:06 PM