Greater Columbia, Chapin, Irmo, Lexington and Lake Murray.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HouseLogic: New Website for Your Home

HouseLogic: Information and Tools to Protect, Maintain and Increase the Value of Your Home

I have a new relationship through the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that allows me to bring new content to my blog and website. This content is from the NEW website. Periodically, I will post new content to my blog. The material offers information related to appliances, home maintenance, kitchens, remodeling projects, mortgage and much more. You can visit the website and sign up for a free HouseLogic account with access to your own electronic binder.

Serviceman tuning up furnace in home

Essential Heating System Maintenance

Getting your home’s heating system professionally serviced every year will keep it running smoothly and help keep heating costs under control. Read

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Save Money With an Insulation Upgrade

Beefing up inadequate insulation is one of the quickest energy-payback projects you can do, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills and increased comfort. Read

Exterior of house showing chimney

Chimney Maintenance for Warmth and Safety

Chimney maintenance and a fireplace inspection can make the difference between warm safety and drafty danger. Read

Power washing a home's exterior is tricky

Cleaning and Caring for Siding

The annual cleaning and repair of your home’s siding will pay off in a long life and increased value. Read

Man conducting his own home energy audit

Conduct Your Own Energy Audit

A do-it-yourself energy audit can teach you how to be more energy efficient and make you a more-educated consumer should you decide to hire an expert. Read

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Dropbox - An Incredible FREE tool for your PC!

I use DROPBOX - it's FREE and you should use it too!
I learned about DropBox in January at my CyberStars conference.  I promised earlier to share some incredible FREE tools that you can use too.  You should sign up for this free tool today before you forget.


Click on the link above to learn more... but, long story made short: 
Sign up for DropBox for free and get 2 GB of online free storage (the link above gets you an additional 250 MB for free).  Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.  Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you've installed Dropbox on (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!) Because a copy of your files are stored on Dropbox's secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website.  It's cool.  I can access my files from my iPhone too!

Sign up for FREE before it's too late... I lost my hard drive on one of my PCs in early January and it was not backed up.  This is a great way to back up your critical files on your PC to a secure site, to any other PC you may own and to available smartphones.

DROPBOX Tour and FREE Signup

Mel Coker
Columbia Realtor

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Stump Grinding: Irmo, Chapin, Prosperity, Lake Murray (SC)

Stump Grinding: Irmo, Chapin, Prosperity, Dutch Fork area

Need a stump removed by grinding?  I recommend that you call Mike Kilpatrick at Stump Busters of the Midlands LLC.  Mike can help you make your yard or property more beautiful by getting rid of your unsightly stump.  He offers free estimates.

Conact Mike at (803) 345-2777.

We have used Mike several times to removed stumps on our property at Lake Murray and have always been very satisfied with his service.   Call Mike to have your stumps removed.

The Problem: Unsightly/In the Way Stump

The Solution: Stump Busters of the Midlands LLC
Call Mike Kilpatrick at (803) 345-2777

Friday, February 19, 2010

Dutch Fork Animal Hospital Open House

Our pet's veterinary medical facility is holding an open house this Saturday, February 20th.  Our vet of many years, Dr. Claude Schumpert, is one of the owners of Dutch Fork Animal Hospital.

Dutch Fork Animal Hospital Open House:
Saturday, February 20th, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
1780 Dutch Fork Road (U.S. Highway 76)
Irmo, SC
(between Ballentine and White Rock)

You will be able to tour the clinic, meet the doctors and staff, including a new doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Niciu. Have you and your pet's picture taken by a professional photographer. There will be free food, give-aways, raffles, local pet related businesses, and heart health information. Also, a fly-ball group will be here performing tricks. Don't miss having your pet's portrait painted by a local artist and one of our technicians kissing a pig for charity! Come hungry...there will be free hot dogs from Hot Dog Heaven too!

Originally from East Setauket, NY, Dr. Niciu earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2000. She is from Loganville, GA where she has been practicing at a small animal clinic for the past 9.5 years.

If your pet resides in the Irmo, Chapin, Dutch Fork or other areas of Columbia, be sure to stop in to see the really nice folks at Dutch Fork Animal Hospital this Saturday!

Dutch Fork Animal Hospital Website
(visit the website for links to a great quarterly newsletter)

Mel Coker

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Selling a Home in Columbia, SC

Selling your home in Greater Columbia, SC? (including Irmo, Chapin, Lake Murray, Lexington, Northeast Columbia)
Contact Mel Coker - Columbia's Internet Technology Leader
Click for my Marketing Strategy Brochure
Call (803) 388-8011

Mel Coker
RE/MAX Metro Associates
Realtor, CRS, ABR, GRI, CyberStars

Columbia SC Jobs & Employment

Columbia SC Jobs & Employment
I have a webpage with the best links to Columbia area employment opportunities
Employment Opportunites in Columbia, SC
This page lists some of the largest Columbia area employers along with links for the SC Employment Security Commission, THE STATE Newspaper classifieds, South Carolina State Government Jobs, South Carolina Job Link, Columbia hospitals employment links and more.

A really cool new resource for information on Columbia area job opportunties is the WIS-TV Virtual Job Fair.  The virtual job fair allows you to browse local employers, and their jobs, at your own pace. Learn more about each company through video, chat with a recruiter online, learn more about what a company offers, and more, all from your computer.
Click for Jobs: WISTV Virtual Job Fair for Columbia SC Jobs

When you're ready to buy a home in Columbia, be sure to contact:  
Mel Coker
Columbia, Irmo, Chapin, Lake Murray, Lexington, Fort Jackson, Northeast Columbia
RE/MAX Metro Associates
(803) 388-8011
Columbia SC Real Estate