Fall Home Tips

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Use these fall maintenance projects to keep your house in top condition through the winter.


  • Turn off exterior faucets and remove hoses from spigots and drain.
  • Schedule your sprinkler system winterization (keep the receipt).
  • Drain the fuel from gas-operated lawn equipment.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Replace screens with storm windows and doors.
  • Ready snow removal equipment and stock up on salt.
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
  • Rake leaves.


  • Check seal around windows and doors to prevent heat loss, install weather stripping where needed.
  • Have heating system professionally inspected.
  • Change HVAC filters.
  • Ready the fireplace.
  • Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Enjoy the changing leaves!



Judy Dempcy Homes receive RASI Awards 2015

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Every year, the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois, RASI, celebrates the year end successes of the local area real estate agents.  (Learn more about RASI here)

This year, Rob Cole – Dempcy earned the Ruby award, which recognizes the highest level of home sales!

Rob was one of two real estate brokers with RASI to receive this award for 2015.  The Ruby Award celebrates real estate agents with home sales totaling $25million+ or more than 80 homes sold. This is his 3rd year in a row to receive this outstanding sales performance award.

We are proud of Rob and his support team for their incredible successes and commitment to helping so many clients. Congratulations to the entire Judy Dempcy Homes team!

To all our clients, we appreciate your trust in Judy Dempcy Homes. Please contact Rob for any future real estate questions. Here’s to a great 2016!


Rob Interviews with Belleville News Democrat

Rob was invited to sit down with the local Belleville News Democrat in February to talk about the legacy he continues to uphold in real estate in remembrance of his remarkable late Mother, Judy Dempcy. Read the story here.

“The Belleville News-Democrat (BND) contacted meJudy Rob last week and reminded me it will be five years this August since my mother passed away unexpectedly. It still amazes me how
her name is held in such high regard in our
community. She built such a wonderful foundation for Judy Dempcy Homes and I am honored to be the one to continue her legacy. Thank you BND for reaching out to me to sit down and talk about our family business. Love you Mom! ”  Rob Cole – Dempcy



Spring Home Tips

Spring is here. Time for new beginnings and warmer weather. Usher in the season with a bit of spring cleaning, fresh flowers and outdoor projects.

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Inspect your home’s exterior. Look for any damage or issues caused by winter weather and repair as necessary.

Prep for spring blooms. Time to prune perennial plants and shrubs to prepare for new growth. Spring flowers such as daffodils are plentiful and inexpensive this month, so keep an eye out for bargains.

Clean up patio furniture. Be sure to give everything a good scrubbing before you start using it for the season. Launder washable outdoor cushion covers, and replace worn-out pieces if needed.

Tune up lawn and garden tools. Sharp tools get the job done. Take your lawn mower and clippers in for a sharpening and tune-up before you begin work in your garden.

Feel the breeze. Remove storm windows and store until next winter. Check your screens for holes and make sure screens are secure and make any necessary repairs.


Simplify.  Simplify your life by paring back on the excess — in the kitchen, closets, paperwork piles, etc. Time to let go of things you no longer love or use often.

Tidy up the entryway. Time to wash and put away winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves and make room for the umbrellas and rain

Deep clean. Give your home a fresh start by cleaning some of the areas we often skip: wiping down cabinets and woodwork, small appliances, spot clean the walls, scrubbing floors and baseboards, and the many other often overlooked nooks and crannies in your home.    

Home maintenance necessities. Replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the filter in your furnace monthly.