Winter Car Survival Kit


                        With advanced warning systems and increased population no one ever expects to get caught in a winter storm situation that traps them on our highways, but it happens.  Preparedness gives you the best chance of survival until help arrives.  Keeping a survival kit in the car during the winter months is just one way to ensure the best possible outcome should the unthinkable happen.

Winter in the Rockies

Winter in the Rockies


                        The Colorado Division of Emergency Management has set basic guidelines to handle blizzard conditions that trap you in a car including carrying the following in a water tight container in the trunk.

  • high-calorie, non-perishable food
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • first aid kit
  • knife
  • extra clothing to keep dry
  • a tin can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water
  • sack of sand (or cat litter)
  • collapsible shovel
  • windshield scraper and brush
  • tool kit
  • tow rope
  • booster cables
  • water container
  • sterno
  • pencil/paper/cards
  • duct tape
  • Bright red cloth for signal banner

                        Some other items that might be helpful are light sticks and heat packets for inside gloves and socks.  Keep a cell phone charger in the car as well. 

                         If you are caught in a blizzard here are some suggestions by the Emergency Management team:

  • Pull off the road, set hazard lights to flashing, and hang a distress flag (red bandana or shop towel) from the radio antenna or window. Remain in your vehicle; rescuers are most likely to find you there.
  • Conserve fuel, but run the engine and heater about ten minutes each hour to keep warm, cracking a downwind window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Exercise to maintain body heat but don’t over-exert. Huddle with other passengers and use your coat for a blanket.
  • In extreme cold use road maps, seat covers, floor mats, newspapers or extra clothing for covering–anything to provide additional insulation and warmth.
  • Turn on the inside dome light so rescue teams can see you at night, but be careful not to run the battery down. In remote areas, spread a large cloth over the snow to attract the attention of rescue planes.
  • Do not set out on foot unless you see a building close by where you know you can take shelter.
  • Once the blizzard is over, you may need to leave the car and proceed on foot. Follow the road if possible. If you need to walk across open country, use distant points as landmarks to help maintain your sense of direction.


According to the Minnesota Department of safety one of the most important things to keep in mind is:

     Keep Fresh Air in Your Vehicle

     It’s much better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Wet or wind-driven snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your vehicle. Don’t run the engine unless you are sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keep snow off the radiator to prevent the engine from overheating.


Thought for the day!

           So grab your coffee and take a moment to ponder these thoughts:

  • Can atheists get insurance for Acts of God?
  • Could someone ever get addicted to counseling and how would you treat them?
  • Did Adam and Eve have navels?
  • What’s the speed of dark?
  • Why do psychics have to ask your name?
  • Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic

            Thanks to John Belanger and Steven Wright for making us all go Hmmmm for the week.

                    Now that we are headed into the winter months it is more important than ever to correctly price your home to position it strategically amongst the competition.  There are 3 things that give you the edge: location, condition, and price.  Let’s take a look at price.  According to statistics provided by Jay Gupta, PPAR chairman, 26% of the homes sold were on the market less than 30 days.  Only 12% of the active listings sold in September and with 26% of those selling in less than 30 days, the other 74% of homes that sold had been on the market from 30 to over 120 days.  Another interesting fact is that the sale to listing price ratio is at 96.5%- low ball offers are not winning the day.

Getting it Right= Success!

Getting it Right= Success!


                        So the important lesson to take from the data is that you want to have your Realtor do a current market analysis on your home taking into consideration the most recent sold statistics, the current condition of your home, and the active competition.  The numbers will tell what the market is going to support for your home and from that you can choose if this is the right time to sell and what the best price should be to position you correctly.  Now is not the time to “test the market” and that mentality usually leads to frustration, lower offers in the long run, and more upheaval during the marketing stages.  Selling your home doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process if the home is priced correctly from the onset.  Check in next time for a discussion on condition.


Tenacity Driven-Turn Key Results

Tenacity Driven-Turn Key Results


Welcome to my  blog on the Pikes Peak region.  Colorado Springs is a community at the base of Pikes Peak home to several military bases including the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson.  The community is also the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts and is conveniently located to some of the best ski resorts in the world.  Here you will find interesting news on the community as well as the current real estate market.

Winter Safety tips for homeowners

    It’s that time of year again when we need to assess how ready we are to turn on the furnace, cozy up to the fireplace, and break out the electric blankets.  Here are a few safety tips listed by Colorado Springs Utilities http://www.csu.org/residential/greenback/energy/tips/item2846.html

              Some of the highlights include:

√ Install a carbon monoxide alarm near heating appliances and on every floor of your home.
√ Never operate a vehicle, lawn mower, snow blower or other fuel-burning equipment in an attached garage, even with the door open.
√ Do not use your gas range or oven for heat. Never burn charcoal indoors.
√ Make sure your clothes dryer is properly vented and free of lint.
√ If you use a fireplace, crack a window one to two inches to allow fresh air into the room.

          One area that usually gets neglected especially in winter when we are washing heavy blankets, is the dryer vent system.  Blockages in the vent system by a buildup of lint can overheat the dryer and lead to fires such as the one below

Dryer fire caused by lint clogging vent system


          Be sure to contact your local utilities department for more winter prep tips.

Why would anyone be a Realtor in today’s market?  That’s a question I get asked numerous times each week.  Each person is ready to hear the doom and gloom and woes of being a Realtor.  I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else.  Why?  Because I thrive on viewing, staging, marketing, and selling homes as well as helping people to purchase them. 

OK so this is going to be another blog that discusses certain aspects of the Real Estate world but the attempt will be to inject some of my personality as well as educate and interact with all of you.  This is a place to come with a good cup of coffee and a few free minutes to feel welcome and possibly find some little tidbit of info about Colorado Springs and the housing market that you might not know.

Monday morning coffee

Here is the ever popular Monday morning posting: You know you are really bored when…..

You know you are really bored when…………you watch the forward progression of a vehicle up I 25 on the traffic cams!  For your viewing pleasure visit http://www.kktv.com/trafficcams  

For those that need a little more excitement try watching the state cams during a snow storm.

Any ideas?  Feel free to email your ideas to las@tsayer.com.  Check in next Monday for the next addition to the weird and wacky: You know you are really bored when……….