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Sam Hatfield Realty August 2009 Newsletter

 

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Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
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NEWSLETTER OF

SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

4470 Mansford Road
Winchester, TN 37398

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REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. LAKE VACATION RENTALS

August 2009


Featured Home

LAKE LIVING AT  ITS FINEST!
 

MLS#1099122

215 Trotters Circle

$624,900

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Beautiful lake home, easy walk to the dock, fantastic views from the decks and gazebo.

 

TIMS FORD LAKE PROPERTIES INFORMATION

TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE - TO DATE: 83
TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED DURING JULY: 9

TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - TO DATE: 148
TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED DURING JULY: 4

JULY SALES ACTIVITY:

LAKE HOMES SOLD: 4
LAKE LOTS SOLD: 0


 

July New Listings


MLS #1099122  215 Trotters Circle   $624,900
Beautiful lake home, easy walk to the dock, fantastic views from the decks and gazebo.


 


MLS #1099252  389 Wildwood  Trace   $188,900
Very nice log home in Heatherwood Subdivision. 3 bedrooms 2 baths, fenced in back yard. 2 car detached garage. Minutes from Bear Trace Golf Course, Tims Ford Marina and Tims Ford State Park.


 


MLS #1101052  0 Wright Place   $16,200
Great building lot, Tims Ford Lake only a couple of hundred yards away. 1500 sq ft minimum.


 

HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR LATE SUMMER

This time of year offers a great window of opportunity to do some basic home maintenance. Two important areas of focus – cosmetic touch-ups and a top-to-bottom inspection of the home – will do wonders to ensure that your home is in great shape heading into winter.

Check the House from Top to Bottom Shrubbery, flowerbeds, or other forms of landscaping near the foundation of a house are attractive, but when they get too close for comfort it can cause serious problems that are expensive to fix. To maintain a healthy buffer zone between organic growth and your home’s foundation, keep some distance between your landscape and your house. Ideally it should be possible to see about 18 inches of open space between the foundation and the bushes. Also make sure that the soil slopes so that water drains away – not toward – the home. Look for symptoms of rotten wood, deteriorating brickwork, or termite tracks (they look like veins made of thin paths of mud) along the foundation. If you find them, have them checked more thoroughly by a qualified contractor. If there is space around the outside walls of your home and drainage is in the right direction, the foundation will stay uncluttered and dry and won’t be a suitable home for unwanted pests. Next, be sure that the gutters are clear. At the end of summer they may be clogged with dirt, old leaves, or sprouting plants. Sprouts occur when, for example, trees drop acorns into the gutters and then they get lots of rain and sunshine over the summer. Finally, give the roof a close visual inspection. Look for curling or missing shingles and note their location. Minor issues can be patched, but if roof maintenance is neglected it can lead to major problems.

Paint and Caulk Touch-Ups Caulk and paint are two of the best labor and money saving solutions of all when it comes to high-impact home maintenance. Check window frames for signs of peeling or missing caulk, and patch those gaps where air conditioning in warm months – or heat in colder months – escapes and contributes to an expensive loss of energy efficiency. Caulk is cheap so don’t be afraid to use it liberally. Then apply a fresh coat of paint as needed. Use semi-gloss for door and window frames, because glossier paints are easier to clean when surfaces get smudged.

Water Heater Settings If you plan to go away for Labor Day weekend or other end of summer vacationing, set the water heater to its vacation setting. Otherwise each time the water in the tank cools, the unit will reheat it unnecessarily, wasting energy and money. The vacation setting is usually a dial or knob located on the base of the water tank and it has two or three different settings or modes. Another alternative is to replace conventional water heaters with “heat on demand” units. These only operate when hot waters taps are turned on, so they save money and energy all year ‘round.

Doing maintenance on a seasonal basis not only helps keep homes in good shape and yards looking nice, but it makes it much easier to get the chores done because they tend to take less time when done regularly. Don’t procrastinate, because doing these simple things will let you reap the satisfying rewards of home upkeep and pride of ownership.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FOR PARENTS: COMMUNICATION

With the end of summer comes the start of a new school year. Ahhh, a sigh of relief because everyone can get back into a routine. As students go back to school, we should consider ways to help them have a successful year. Parents want their children to do well at school both academically and socially, and a key factor in success at school is communication. Parents and school officials, whether it is the school nurse, the principal, or the classroom instructor, need to be able to communicate effectively with one another.

Why communication with school officials is so important

As parents it is our responsibility to know what's going on in our child's life. The average school day is 7-8 hours long, so a third of a child's life during the school year is spent away from family. From the child's perspective, you as a parent are showing your child you care about them when you take an interest in what is going on at school. Now the typical reply when I ask my son what he did at school today is, "Nothing," or "I don't remember." But the important point is that I am letting my son know I am interested and I am trying to keep track of what he is doing. Ultimately, I am letting him know that I care about him.

From the parent's perspective, you might not get a lot of answers from your children about what goes on at school, but you need to definitely take the initiative to find out basic information. Why? So you can encourage your child, monitor their progress, and ensure they are learning. If your child doesn't communicate information to you, the school (usually through the classroom teacher) will.

Steps to communicating with school

• Establish contact: Typically, the school establishes contact with parents before the school year begins with mailings and forms to be filled out. Many schools also schedule Open Houses where children and parents are encouraged to come and visit the classroom. Take advantage of this opportunity and visit the classroom, even if your schedule is extremely busy. You as the parent should meet the teacher face-to-face in a positive atmosphere at the beginning of the school year, so you understand how the teacher runs the classroom and what expectations the teacher has for students. Review these expectations at home with your child.

If there is not an "Open House" activity scheduled at your child's school, make an appointment with the teacher to find out how the teacher organizes the classroom and what the expectations are for students.

Often teachers send home information at the beginning of the year, so you might be provided with a written copy of a classroom overview. Read through the information, and if your child is in elementary school, go over the information with them. Often this reviewing of information with the child (and reminding the child every so often about classroom procedures) prevents problems from developing. Clear communication at the start can alleviate issues in the future.

Stay tuned in: Often teachers send home information with students about what is going on in the classroom. Some teachers send home written information, while others may communicate through a webpage. Know what your child is learning about, and try to reinforce those topics at home through discussion, or reading, or some activity. This illustrates to children that the information they are learning in school is useful, relevant and important.

• Follow-up: In order to monitor your child's progress, follow-up with continued communication. This could be as easy as signing the homework to show that your child has shared information with you or more structured as in a scheduled conference time with a teacher. When you need to communicate with the teacher, remember the teacher is teaching during school hours so a phone call in the middle of the day may not be the most appropriate way. At Open house or conference time, ask the instructor what method of communication works best -- email, written communication through the student or a phone call. Be considerate and appreciate the fact a teacher has a whole classroom of students with individual needs, and the teacher has limited time. The method of communication is also dependent on the urgency of the situation. There are times when a teacher needs to be made aware of some information immediately, but keep in mind a teacher does not have a lot of extra time to spend talking on the phone or answering email. When communicating with the instructor or school personnel, get to the point quickly because school personnel should spend most of their time with students.

To provide an effective educational experience for your child, develop good communication with the people who work with your child at school. They are there to help you and your child, and you in turn, should help them by communicating appropriately in a timely effective manner. Be respectful, always!

Your child is important, so make time to communicate with school personnel.

 


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THE LAKE LEVEL FOR TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS OF August 1, 2009:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 887.1

 

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