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Recently, I got a question from a homeowner about water intruding into his basement. Today, I brought in an expert, Jerin Zander from Zander Solutions, to talk about how to address water damage. Zander Solutions is a waterproofing contractor that serves all of Dane County, as well as surrounding counties. His company also installs radon mitigation systems, which we will talk about in a future video.

If water is coming in the basement, the first thing you need to do is figure out where the water is coming from. Water can actually enter your basement in many different ways. Water can come through the walls via a crack, honeycombed concrete, or an unsealed tie in the concrete. Water can also come over the top of the wall, or there could be a grading or landscaping issue that drives water into the basement. Water could also come underneath the floor due to hydrostatic pressure.

Different scenarios require different fixes. The best way to figure out what’s going on is to do a water test. Jerin and his company can run water outside of the basement in order to find the problem.

First you have to figure out where the water is coming from.


If water is coming in through a crack in the wall, that can be fixed with an epoxy injection. This is the least expensive fix and usually runs from $400 to $600. If Jerin and his company need to put in a new drain tile system, that can be an expensive fix depending on the area. Cutting into the drain tile system can be a lot of work.

To see a complete repair you can WATCH THIS 2-MINUTE VIDEO to see a time-lapse of exactly what’s involved.

Since cutting into the drain tile is the most expensive fix, it is also the last resort. Jerin will work to rule everything else out first before replacing the drain tile system.

If you have any questions for Jerin, you can call him at 608.821.4370 or email him at jzander@zandersolutions.com. You can also visit www.ZanderSolutions.com for more information.

If you have any other questions about home repairs or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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In order to sell your home for top dollar this spring, you’ve got to make sure it’s staged properly. We’re here with Gina Newell of Premiere Home Stagers to answer some common home staging questions from our sellers.

Gina has been staging both vacant and occupied homes since 2008 and from her experience, staging makes a big difference in the sale of your home, no matter what kind of market you are in. Even in a hot market like the one in Dane County, just because your home sells fast doesn’t mean it will sell as fast or for as much money as it could.

Statistics show that a staged home sells 50% faster and for 10% more money than an unstaged home. Whatever you spend on professional staging services is well worth the cost. We take care of the consultation cost when you partner with us. See our marketing plan here for details.

Here’s how the staging process works. First, Gina and her team start with a consultation and based on her report, you can decide what to move and how to position things to appeal to buyers.

Removing your personal items is key.


For vacant stagings, Gina recommends staging at least the main floor. For occupied homes, they tend to remove most personal items to make the home appealing to anyone who walks through the door.

You need to make your house appeal to anyone in any demographic. You can’t see those minor imperfections that the next person will because you’ve lived in the home for so long you simply don’t notice them. Removing your personal items is key to helping a prospective buyer envision themselves living in your home.

Thanks to Gina for sharing with us. Staging your house for sale is very important to help you sell faster and for more money. If you have questions for Gina, give her a call at (608) 345-9396 or visit her website here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!


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