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Sam Hatfield Realty February 2008 Newsletter



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February 2008

Happy  Valentine's Day from Sam Hatfield Realty

      Featured Home

110 Holly Tree

Estill Springs, TN

MLS #933874

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Lakefront home, sells furnished, large deck, gentle slope to water, 32x30 garage with second floor over garage that could be converted into living quarters, stationary pier only.

Sam Hatfield January new activity

Listings - 1 lakefront home - MLS 947013

 2 lakefront lots - MLS 940359, MLS 945291

1 Bluff property -  MLS 939513

1 lot in Bedford County - MLS 946048 

We are stocking our shelves with inventory - can we assist you in a purchase?

The weather may still be cold and dreary, but here’s how to get your garden moving for spring.

Leaf disposal and Tool Care – Continue to clean up and fix up before plants really get growing. Rake leaves, pull obvious weeds, spruce up and sharpen hand tools, and power tools.

·         Remove mulch from perennials and, especially, bulbs once they show signs of new growth.

·         Cut back any perennials still standing as well as ornamental grasses. Be sure to leave any fresh green growth that might be starting at the base.

Planting Bare-Root plants – As long as the soil is well-thawed, plant bare root trees and shrubs as well as bare-root roses.

Planting Trees and Shrubs – In coastal areas, plant container-grown trees, shrubs, perennial herbs, ground covers, and perennial flowers. However, farther inland and at higher elevations, make sure that you don’t plant them any sooner than a month or so before your regions last frost date.

When to plant – Wait to plant warm-season annual flowers and vegetables until after your regions last frost date.

Houseplant  Basics – Houseplant growth this month continues to be slow, so don’t fertilize and keep watering to a minimum.

·         If you didn’t fertilize your lawn last month, do so now either with an organic or a chemical product. (You can also simply rake a ˝ inch of compost over your lawn.) This is also the time to apply a crabgrass preventer, if you choose. Check out products that combine the two, saving application time.

·         If moss or fungal diseases are a problem in your lawn, consider applying moss control or fungal control lawn products, available at your garden center. These can be applied nearly any time during the growing season.

Pruning Roses – If you haven't already, prune deciduous fruit trees and also prune roses. Spray both of them with horticultural oil to  prevent insect problems later.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs – Prune trees and prune shrubs. Be careful with flowering trees and shrubs – you don’t want to trim off developing buds. In fact, as a rule of thumb, prune flowers shrubs and trees within a month after they stop blooming. But do trim late-summer or fall for blooming trees and shrubs.

Start Seeds Indoors – Keep an eye on any seeds started indoors. They need gentle, constant moisture but not too much. Give them as much light as possible. Keep grow lights just an inch or two above the plants.

·         Consider building a cold frame.

Wait to do any painting on outdoor structures until the temperature has hit at least 60 degrees F. Otherwise, the paint wont last as well.






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Use a Home Inspector Before you Buy 

Professionally trained home inspectors assist home buyers in finding out all information and the status of a new home. They can also prepare you if you are selling your home. 

A home inspector will conduct a thorough examination of your home to detect any potential systems or components requiring attention. You will receive a detailed report of the condition of your home so that you can plan for needed repairs and upgrades when it's time to make them. This also works when you are looking to buy a new home. 

Professional and competent home inspectors are fully trained in the proper operation of all commonly found home systems. Their services include:

1.    Septic System Testing

2.    Swimming Pool/Spa

3.    Water Quality Testing

4.    Well Testing

5.    Mold Sampling/Survey

6.    Radon Testing

7.    EIFS/Synthetic Stucco

8.    Asbestos

9.    Pests/Wood Destroying Organisms

10. Carbon Monoxide Testing

11.   Lead Testing

12.  Structural Components: Foundations, floors and walls

13.  Exterior Components: Siding paint, windows, decks, garage doors, etc.

Make sure to have your home inspected before you sell. If you are buying a new home use your own third party inspector to check out your new home.

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