From Dennis and Jane Guertin | Guertin Family Realty | (952) 442-1300 |
The holiday season is almost here!  Read on for a helpful list of ways to make sure guests feel completely comfortable at your home, along with a few quick winter weather preparation tips.
Dennis and Jane Guertin
(952) 442-1300 Direct

 How to Make Guests Feel Like They're at Home

Use these tips to leave your guests thinking of you as the "rock star" of hosts:

1. Get breakfast items ready the night before.


Waking up the day after a long trip to find that coffee, tea, and breakfast fixings are ready and waiting in the kitchen is a great feeling.

2. Write the Wi-Fi password on two cards.

Put one in the main living area and one where they'll be sleeping. (This also eliminates the late-night "I'm so sorry, but what's the Wi-Fi password?" request. :)

3. Leave snacks and water in their room.

This way guests won't have to find their way to the kitchen and hunt around for food if they get hungry during the night.

4. Provide ear plugs, or a fan for background noise.

A pack of disposable earplugs can turn what would have been a restless night into hours of deep sleep. "White noise generator" smartphone apps are also helpful. Relaxio has a good one for Android users.

5. Give them extra pillows.


Some people need a lot of pillows to sleep comfortably, but might be hesitant to sound like a "pillow hog" and ask for extras.

6. Stock the bathroom generously.

Make sure towels and extra toilet paper are easy to find. If you have travel-size toiletries, put those in a basket in their room in case they forgot their own.

7. Create a place for their luggage.

Luggage racks start at around $25 on Amazon, but a simple stool or ottoman can do the trick just as well.

 3 Winter Weather Preparation Tips

1. Clean gutters and downspouts.


Downspouts should direct water away from the home because too much water near the perimeter of the home can saturate the soil. This may allow water into the crawl space or basement and could also put extreme pressure on foundation walls.

2. Get pet-friendly ice melter.

Did you know that pets sometimes end up with burned paws because salt-based ice melters get stuck between their paw pads?   Safe Paws is a non-salt-based ice melter that gets mostly good reviews. (Some users say it degraded their concrete walkways, but others have had no issues.)

3. Keep flashlights and headlamps on hand for power outages.

These battery-powered light bulbs on Amazon are another good option (especially for soft interior lighting). They're fun for camping too.

What the lawyers make us say: The information here is not presented as expert legal or financial advice. Please use your best judgment and consult professionals when necessary.
Recent Market Highlights

- U.S. home prices rose 5.8 percent year-to-year in August, according to a recent S&P/Case-Shiller report.  They rose 5.6 percent year-to-year in September,  according to CoreLogic, a data and analytics company.

- The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is in the high 4-percent range.

The September Pending Home Sales Index decreased 1.0 percent year-to-year, according to the National Association of Realtors®.
Contact Us for Market Information
Are you curious about your home's current market value, or do you have a question about home buying? Just reply to this email, or call us at 952-442-1300.
View Our Featured Home Listings
Links that Make Life Easier

Sometimes real estate-related, sometimes not... these are assorted links that come in handy:

30 Thanksgiving Kids' Crafts
Easy and inventive holiday-themed craft projects for kids.

Compound Interest Calculator
A very easy-to-use calculator for evaluating simple investment scenarios. (Also good for introducing a teenager to the wisdom of investing early.)

10 Delicious Breakfast Casseroles
Once on the page, click "View all 10 slides" to see pictures of each dish. (They look great. :)

The Lighter Side


This dog shows us the kind of enthusiasm we should all start the day with. :)

Click here or on the image above to watch the video on Dog Named Stella's Instagram page. (You don't need an Instagram account to view the video.)

Your Resource for Real Estate
Are you thinking of buying or selling a home in the next year, or could you use some remodeling advice? Even if you just need the name of a good service provider, please remember that we're always here to help you. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, your friends and associates with our expertise and recommendations.

Please give us a call today at (952) 442-1300 if we can be of assistance!
Have a great day,

Dennis and Jane Guertin
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®, SFR, CBR, e-PRO, GRI, BA
Guertin Family Realty

View this email in your browser
You are receiving this email because of your relationship with Dennis and Jane Guertin. Please reconfirm your interest in receiving our newsletter. If you do not wish to receive any more emails, you can unsubscribe here.
If you are currently working with another agent this is not an attempt to solicit that business.
©Copyright 2018 Tools For Real Estate

Guertin Family Realty | 71 Point Drive | Waconia | MN | 55387