Linda Grissette | St. Charles Real Estate, St. Peters Real Estate, O’Fallon Real Estate

“I’ll Have No Problems with Home Insurance”

You may think that, but the Residential Sales Contract states that you should get your homeowners insurance early for a reason.  

The problem may not be with you, but with the house….and that problem could make you have to hunt for a company that will cover it….or you may even want to get out of the contact.  

Yes, it can be that serious!

Learn more about insurance by getting my FREE Information Sheet "Insurance" by clicking on this link......filling in the form....submitting the form.....and watching for the email. 

Wondering About Homes That Are On The Market NOW?

It is easy to find out exactly what is on the market right now.  

No, it is not all the websites you thing about…those who just pay for a feed from our Regional MLS.  

The best way is the websites that get the MLS feed before those sites do. They are the IDX websites of MLS members (companies and agents).

I try to make it easy for potential buyers to get my MLS search. 

Go to this link....fill in the form....submit for an email with the link to my MLS search.

I'd love for you to fill out the full form, but understand that some people don't want to do that.  But you have to enter your email address in order to get the email with the link.

While the dishwasher is a fantastic invention and present in just about every home across the US, there’s certain guidelines that should be followed in order to protect your machine and to protect your stuff. Certain things in your kitchen should definitely keep to the sink to be washed. As a reminder, below is a list of things that should never be placed in the dishwasher and taken special care of. 


Wood items should never be placed in the dishwasher. The detergent in the machine can scratch the wood, causing major damage to any of the pieces including spoons, bowls and other wooden utensils. The heat from the dryer in the dishwasher can also cause the wood to crack, which is a safety hazard to you and your family. 

Instead of throwing your wooden kitchen materials into the machine, mix equal parts of vinegar and warm water to wipe down the bowls, plates, cutting boards and utensils. Then rinse and dry off well.

Cast Iron

Cast iron should never go into the dishwasher. First, you spent so much time seasoning your pans and do not want to undo all the great flavor that has been created. You should never use soap on a cast iron pan. To properly clean one of these pans, simply use a little baking soda. Don’t forget to rinse, dry and season again with salt! 

Aluminum Cookware

You should use caution if you put aluminum cookware of any kind in the dishwasher. Technically, some of these pans are in fact “dishwasher safe,” however, the machine can wreak havoc on your pans. The machine can remove some of the shine of your pans and cause them to appear dull.         

Copper, Silver And Other Precious Metals

Many people have specialty silverware and serving pieces for special occasions. You may even have copper cookware. You can’t put any of these in the dishwasher, we’re sorry to say! After your next dinner party, you’ll have to spend some time at the sink washing your best utensils. The dishwasher can cause metals to dull. More seriously, it can hurt the finish of these pans and utensils, possibly causing contamination to your food while it’s cooking or being served. Silver especially will tarnish in the dishwasher, causing you the need for a more complicated cleaning process.            

Nonstick Cookware

You should think twice before you put nonstick cookware in your dishwasher. Some are dishwasher safe, and some are not. Even if these pans are denoted as dishwasher safe, you should be careful. Always check for damage to the pans if you place them in the dishwasher. Nonstick cookware can peel, getting particles in your food, which is unsafe.      

There are other items that you should think twice about before you put them into the dishwasher: 

  • Plastics
  • Kitchen knives
  • Fine China
  • Painted plates
  • Crystal
  • Other specialty items like vases

Enjoy your dishwasher for convenience, but remember to use it wisely! 

Learn the Mistakes Some Sellers Make

Many sellers make mistakes when listing their homes for sale, and it usually involves who they select to list their home.   Not one of us in the real estate industry are totally perfect, but some are better than others.  But the reality is that each seller should learn how to select an agent who is best for them.

I’ve written a FREE Information Sheet “Mistakes Some Sellers Make” to help potential sellers make an educated decision when it comes to selecting a company and agent to sell their home,which is usually their largest single financial asset, so they won’t make the mistake that some sellers made. 

Get this Information Sheet!  Click on this link....fill in the form....submit for an email. 

Learn About the Home Buying Process

Thinking about buying a home? Confused about where to start? 

Now there is help.  

Get my FREE e-Booklet, “Your Guide to Buying Your Dream Home”.  It is based on my many years of experience(over 30).  I recently updated it to reflect the current market and to explain a major change that effected the entire real estate industry.

If you are ready to start learning, click this link....fill in form....submit for email.