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Drip, drip…splash, splash…ugh!

Do you know where the main shut-off valve is for your water?

This is an important piece of information that you may need in case of an emergency. Kentucky American Water actually enclosed in your water bill a WATER SHUT-OFF VALVE tag that you can cut out and hang on the valve to make it easy to find in a hurry. Check the envelope that your bill comes in for a brochure called, “It’s time to prepare your home for winter”. There are helpful tips inside about freezing pipes, drafts around windows and doors, etc. And on the back of the brochure is the tag you can cut out to hang on your shut-off valve. If you are a tenant and don’t know where your shut-off valve is located – let us know!

Speaking of water…who else feels like they need to grow some gills and fins?

GLUB, GLUB! It looks like we are in for several more days of rain and even thunderstorms. Has Mother Nature forgotten that it’s January? And there is not a “Sunny” icon in the forecast at all for the next 2 weeks! Temperatures are predicted to be more seasonal by the end of next week and going into February.

Are you planning to buy a house this year?

If you have been dreaming of owning your own home and plan to take the plunge this year call us! We not only manage rental properties our licensed agents work with buyers and sellers. So whether you are a tenant planning to buy a home or an investor looking for property to purchase – we can help you find what you’re looking for. If you are an owner moving across town or across the country and want to sell your current home – we can help you sell it. And, of course, if you are an owner who is moving and you want to rent your current home we can manage it for you. If buying or selling is in your future CALL US!

It’s HUMP Day! It’s HUMP Day!

Spring-like Weather Forecast

Well, it looks as if we aren’t going to have to worry about freezing pipes for a while! The Weather Channel forecast for the next 10 days predicts lows will stay above freezing. Then the lows will dip into the 20’s for a while. So if you haven’t turned off your faucets since the last bitterly cold spell – you can turn them off now and save yourself some $DOUGH!

Weather Channel

The New Year

We are kicking off the NEW YEAR by churning out 1099’s for our owners and vendors so they can dig in and get those tax returns done. Tax time is SO exciting for all of us, right?!!

We Are Hard at Work

Also, our agents and staff are talking with and meeting owners to discuss our management services and their properties. Just today a property owner called and had been referred to us by a current management client. We are anxious to hear all the details about this new property and tell the owner all about the superior, professional service that we offer our owners!

Brrrr…it’s freezing! Make sure your pipes don’t!

The temperatures have been dropping since yesterday and the snow has been falling in Lexington since early this morning.  Be sure to bundle up if you go outside. Your pipes don’t need a winter coat but they do need you to turn your faucets on and let them drip the next few nights so they don’t freeze!

Temperatures are forecast to fall into the teens and even single digits tonight through Sunday night. Even the “high” temperatures those days won’t get out of the 20’s!

Fayette County Schools are even dismissing an hour early today due to the snow.

Remember…put on your hat and gloves when you go out and be careful out there on the roads! And be sure to monitor the local weather forecast of your choice for updates.

Office Holiday Schedule; Repairs

Office Holiday Schedule

We want to offer holiday greetings to our owners, tenants, vendors, and visitors to our website for a peaceful and Merry Christmas and a happy and refreshing New Year.  Please be aware that in order to allow our staff to spend time with their families during this time the office will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th for Christmas and on Monday, January 2nd for New Year’s.

Repairs

If you are a tenant and have an urgent maintenance issue please call the Repair Line.  We will continue to check messages regarding repairs, however, we will not be checking voice mails left on the main office number.

Although it looks like we will have a wet Christmas, we hope that you enjoy your holidays and please stay safe!

Notice to Our Tenants: Low Temperatures Forecast!

Due to an arctic front the low temperature tonight into Thursday morning is forecast to be as low as 23 degrees. Lows for Thursday night and Friday night are forecast to reach the teens. Next Monday night – December 12th – temperatures are forecast to reach 20 degrees.

PLEASE remember to leave your kitchen and bathroom faucets dripping or running a small stream overnight to prevent your pipes from freezing. Burst pipes cause extensive and costly repairs! They can also be extremely inconvenient for YOU if you have to go without water service. Or if you have to move out of the residence temporarily while repairs are made.

Therefore, it is important for you to pay attention to weather forecasts, read your mail and emails from us, and check this blog on a regular basis for these updates.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Classic Real Estate, Inc.
Property Management
3118 Custer Drive
Lexington, KY 40517
859-313-5231
www.classicrealtyandrentals.com
classicrealty@iglou.com

Leaves are FALL-ing! Where is your rake?

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A reminder to tenants in single-family residences…YOU are responsible for removing leaves from the property. So get out there and get your exercise! Rake those leaves! Rake ’em to the curb – but not into the street – if the city is scheduled to vacuum them up! Or gather them up and fill up your Lennie container or paper yard bags! You can find the city’s Leaf Collection Map and schedule at www.lexingtonky.gov/leaves. Thank you for LEAVE-ing your lawn neat and tidy.

Time for a filter change? Garbage disposal reminder!

Perhaps it has been awhile since you moved in.  Have you given your furnace filter a second thought?  Perhaps you just don’t remember what you did with all of those important documents that you signed when you signed your lease.  So just in case you need a reminder…

Please check your HVAC filter to see if it needs to be replaced.  As a rule, and as agreed to in your lease, filters should be changed every two (2) to three (3) months.  This will keep the HVAC system working properly and avoid unnecessary repairs.  This will also help to keep your utility bills down.  That’s money in your pocket!  If you don’t know where the filter is located, please contact us.

Also, you were also provided with a diagram of a garbage disposal showing the basic parts and listing food items that should NOT be allowed to go into the disposal.  Please be sure that you are aware of these items.  They can cause the disposal to become clogged – or worse – to be broken and need repair.  Also, be responsible in preventing utensils and other non-food items from accidentally going into the disposal.

Negligence can be costly for all of us and charges that result from negligence may be charged back to the tenant.  We certainly want to avoid as many service calls and expenses as we can.

It’s that time of year again!

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Yes, of course, it’s the holiday season but it’s also the time of year when the temperature begins to drop below 32 degrees and the pipes in the house are at risk of freezing.

If you have not already done so (as required by your lease) DISCONNECT ANY AND ALL GARDEN HOSES to prevent flooding and damage in the house / apartment. AND if you should re-connect the hose on a warmer day to wash your car, etc. be sure to disconnect it when you are done.

PLEASE, if you are traveling during the holidays, DO NOT turn the heat off before you leave. If you turn it off and temperatures drop while you are gone you increase the risk of having pipes freeze and burst. (Trust us on this…we’ve been there, done that in the past.) The money you might save on your heating bill will not cover the cost of the damage that is caused by burst pipes.

Wet walls and carpet are NO FUN. Extensive damage can mean that you have to vacate the property while repairs are being made and the cost of the damage may be billed back to you if the outside faucet freezes due to your hose being connected or if pipes freeze due to the heat being turned off. Please don’t let it happen to you.

FROZEN PIPES CAN BE COSTLY!

Hey, hey, Classic Real Estate tenants, let’s make sure we don’t have any frozen pipes this winter! By now you have probably noticed that winter has blown into town. We want to be sure that it doesn’t bring with it any unnecessary property damage, costly repair expenses, or the inconvenience to our tenants of being without water service – or worse having to move out of your home!

PLEASE, please, please make sure that your hose is disconnected from the outside faucet (which should have already been done) and that you leave all inside faucets dripping or slightly streaming when temperatures drop below freezing – 32 degrees.  The weather forecast for this weekend includes predicted lows of 21 degrees Saturday night, 0 degrees Sunday night, 5 degrees Monday night, 11 degrees Tuesday night, and 19 degrees Wednesday night. It is crucial that you leave your faucets dripping this weekend – especially overnight. It is also helpful if you leave cabinet doors open underneath sinks so that warm air can get in and circulate around the pipes.

Let’s all be aware of weather forecasts this winter and take these simple precautions…it will prevent BIG headaches and make all of our lives a little easier!
Thank you, thank you!

Office Help Wanted

Classic Real Estate is looking for someone to work in the office to answer phones , data entry and general clerical work. Hours can be part time/full time. M-F 9-12 and 1-5 No weekends or holidays. If interested send resume to
jspencer@iglou.com or classicrealty@iglou.com

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