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Get a POD for Your Move to St. Clair

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

You've just closed on the sale of your home, but your new house in St. Clair isn't quite ready for you to move into yet. What to do? You might consider getting a POD or two!      

A POD is a movable storage unit that will be brought to your front door by truck, where it will be unloaded onto your driveway or any nearby area where you and your friends and family can load it with all your household items -- furniture, boxes of "stuff", lawn equipment, bikes, etc. Friends and family don't care to participate? No problem, the POD company will help you find local movers to load your POD for you.

Once the POD is loaded -- and you can take your time -- you lock it with your own lock and keep the key. Movers will never enter your POD! What they will do is come to your home when you let them know that it's all packed and ready to go and pick up your POD – carefully -- and haul it either to your new home, or if that isn't quite ready for you yet, they can store it in their warehouse.

Then, when your new home is ready, the POD will be moved to your location where it can be unloaded by your family, friends or local professional movers. POD companies not only offer the ability to move yourself, with almost no work, and store your belongings until you're ready to put them into your new home, but they can also store your belongings while you're remodeling your home or if disaster should strike your home and you need a place to put your possessions until the damage is repaired.

Most companies offer three sizes of PODS to fit different-sized loads. To keep your property from moving around inside the POD, grommets in the walls allow you to secure everything with bungee cords. The PODs are weather and water resistant to keep things dry, and to make it easier to load and unload, the POD is only a small step above the ground. 

So when you're ready to move to St. Clair, call the POD people to bring you a POD to load. Still need to find a new home? Give me, Scott Hickinbotham, a call at 636-629-3419 or contact me online today! We're ready to help you buy or sell in the St. Clair area.

Selling Your St. Clair Home for the Best Price in the Shortest Time

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

Want to sell your St. Clair home for the best price possible and in a timely manner? Of course you do, or you wouldn't have listed it in the first place.

Here are 10 great tips for today's home sellers:    

1. Hire a Realtor® - Especially in today's market, you need someone who can help you set the best price for your home. You also need someone who will be able to bring in potential buyers, handle contracts, and market to a large audience. A Realtor® can do all these things for you.

2. Tell it Like it Is - Don't try to hide the facts. If your home needs a lot more work than you're willing or able to give it and you'd rather sell, let your agent know. If there's a pest problem, again you have to disclose such things or you could find yourself in trouble when a buyer finds out he's been duped.

3. Price Your Home Realistically - Of course you want to sell for the best price possible, but it doesn't help to price the home too high and have it languish on the market for months. To sell, you'll eventually have to reduce the price anyway, but by then, the rush of lookers that show up when a house is first listed will have died down, so it's better to price right from the start and cash in on that early higher traffic.

4. Put Your Emotions Away - Don't attach a large emotional value to the home you're selling. Yes, you've spent a lot of time getting it to where it is today, but potential buyers aren't really interested in your emotional attachment, so don't try to add it to the price.

5. Stay Involved in the Sale - Even though you've hired a Realtor® to sell your home, that doesn't mean you shouldn't speak with him or her on a regular basis. You need to understand where you and your home stand at all times during the sales process.

6. Stage Your Home - Take the time to clean, declutter, paint, and fix up your home so buyers can see the potential in your home. Arrange furniture to create great living spaces, add splashes of color to neutral rooms, and create some instant curb appeal with blooming plants.

7. Get Out of the Way - Whether your agent is showing the home to a couple or throwing an open house, leave the area so the agent can do his or her work. Hovering when your home is being shown makes buyers feel like they're intruding and can't look at the home thoroughly.

8. Where Will You Go - Sometimes you can sell your house and have ample time to move, but if it should happen that a great sale depends on your being able to vacate the premises in a hurry, be sure you have planned where you will go when the house sells. If you have to find a new home, get an idea of the neighborhood where you'll eventually want to buy. Consider renting or living with relatives for a short time after the sale if this is what it takes to close the deal.

9. Be Flexible - Decide on your bottom line selling price, but be willing to negotiate. Oftentimes there are other ways besides just lowering the price to make a sale happen. Your Realtor® should be able to help with such negotiations.

10. Keep a Positive Attitude - Listen to all the feedback you can get, whether from your agent or prospective buyers, to help you fix any problems that may be keeping your house from selling. Don't get discouraged--your house will eventually sell and you can move on to your new life.

A Realtor® is the best person you can have to help you sell your St. Clair home quickly and for the best price. Contact me, Scott Hickinbotham, online today or give me a call at 636-629-3419.  We're ready, willing, and able to help you sell your home or buy a new one in the St. Clair area.

Local Businesses Participate in Book Give-away at St. Clair Elementary

by Hickinbotham Real Estate Team

During the month of March 2012, several local businesses, including Hickinbotham Real Estate, participated in a book give-away at the St. Clair Elementary School.  This is an annual program wherein students are given a book which they get to keep.


This year's book was Eight Keys to a Better Me, by Dr. William J. Briggs, former President of Limestone College.  Dr. Briggs has spent over 30 years of his life in education and child development.

The colorfully illustrated book is meant to enhance a childs personal development by helping them learn appropriate responses to situations they may find themselves in at any time.

According to the publisher, Family Traditions of Gastonia, NC, the purpose of Eight Keys to a Better Me is as follows:

"Today, more than ever before, the young people of our nation are under attack from highly destructive forces which can disrupt, if not ruin, their lives.  As teachers and parents, you are aware of the devastating effect that drugs, child pornography and juvenile crime can have in creating a sense of diminished self-worth and low self-esteem.”

“It has been said, 'It is better to build children than to repair adults.'  Therefore, we know you welcome the action of concerned business and professional people who are acting to curb these excesses.  This gift book is their way of saying, 'We care and we want to help.' “

Eight Keys to a Better Me lists and illustrates eight key traits which could influence children in their character development that will lead to a better self-image, better relationships with others, and a better life.

Family Traditions publishes specialty books that are designed and edited for young children.  As part of their marketing program, they find local businesses and professional people such as Hickinbotham Real Estate, who want to encourage our young people and help them become better adults by supporting this free book give-away.

The eight key traits are Honesty, Respect, Patriotism, Kindness, Courage, Responsibility, Feelings and Self-Worth.  As you can see, they are traits that all young people need to develop to help them live happily in today’s world.

Hickinbotham Real Estate loves to help the children and families of the St. Clair area, not only by doing such things as participating in donating these books, but by helping families find the perfect home.  Contact me, Scott Hickinbotham, today, online or by phone at 636-629-3419.  We love to help our neighbors!


I am so proud to announce the recent establishment of The Gladine and Clarence Laubinger, Sr. Memorial Scholarship by my mother, Letha Hickinbotham, Emeritus Director of the ECC Foundation.

The $500 endowed scholarship was established through the East Central College Foundation to honor Letha's parents and my grandparents, Gladine (Helling) and Clarence Laubinger, Sr. It can be applied to tuition, fees or books, and will be awarded to a full-time ECC student who was active in FFA during their high school years.

"I am pleased to be able to help deserving students achieve a college education while honoring my parents' lifelong commitment to agriculture," stated Mrs. Hickinbotham. "This is an investment in capable students who will go on to build successful careers--whatever their major might be."

My grandparents were both born in 1914, and my grandmother Gladine passed away in 1998. My grandfather still lives on the Birch Creek Century Farm, where they raised 10 children. Over the years, the family was involved in raising hogs, cattle and 2,000 chickens, which supplied eggs to St. Louis' Steak 'n Shake restaurants.

Gladine and Clarence retired from farming in 1974 and traveled in their camper to every state in the Union and every Canadian province, and took the camper on numerous trips to Branson. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a tour of Europe and a trip to Hawaii.

All 10 of the Laubinger children still live in Missouri, and now our family also includes 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Letha established another scholarship in 1994 in memory of her son, Floyd. It is open to engineering majors, with a preference given to St. Clair High School Graduates. She has been involved with the ECC Foundation since 1981, and served as its President from 1994-95. She is also the founder of Hickinbotham Real Estate, which is still going strong in the St. Clair area.

Says her father, Clarence, "I'm very proud of my daughter. I'm pleased that she would do something like this."

I, too, am proud of my mother, Letha, and my grandparents, Gladine and Clarence. It's been a joy to live in the St. Clair area, and I love helping others find the perfect home so they too can make a happy life in our town. Call me, Scott Hickinbotham, today, at 636-629-3419 or contact me online to help you with your real estate needs.

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