Make a List to Assist!

August 7th, 2019

When shopping for a home, it’s important to think about what is an ideal home for you.  Below is a great list of considerations to get you started.

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Fresh Air?

June 29th, 2019

Here’s a brand new AC air filter.

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Here’s one after a month of use.

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Here’s one that has been in for 3 months.

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See a difference?

It is important to change out your AC filters regularly. It’s about a $10-$20/month investment that is definitely worth making.   Better yet, get your AC system serviced and cleaned at least a once a year in addition to monthly filter changes and you’ll be breathing even easier!

10 Tips for a Successful Remodel!

January 30th, 2019

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Helpful Tips for Remodeling Your Home

December 29th, 2018

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They Help You & Others!

April 23rd, 2018

If you are moving or just doing some spring cleaning, here are 3 wonderful organizations that will come to your front door to pick up household goods you no longer want.

Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida
407-841-6855

www.bgccf.org

Habitat for Humanity
407-645-4408

​www.habitatwpm.org
​(This is the site and phone number for Winter Park and Maitland office.  If you go to the site and put in your zip code, it will pull up an office near you.)

The Mustard Seed
407-875-2040

www.mustardseedfla.org

This one has many benefits…
-Easily getting rid of items no longer wanted
-Donating goods to help someone else
-Receiving a tax donation for doing so!

Get a Signed Permit before the Contractor Quits

March 7th, 2018

I can’t underscore the importance of this enough…When you have a contractor doing work on your home which requires a permit, the first step is to make sure they get a permit from your local municipality.  The last step is to make sure the permit has a final sign off by your municipality before your final payment to the contractor. Otherwise, you have an open permit. An open permit means that no one from the local municipality gave their final approval on the contractor’s work.  It can also cause issues for closings as a buyer may not want to purchase a property that they are not sure the work was done completely or properly.

When purchasing a home, check the local municipality’s website for the permit history on a property.  Most municipalities in the Central Florida area have these posted on their websites.  Or better yet, call the building department of your local municipality.  Ideally, you want to see that all the permits have been closed out, meaning they have had a final sign off from the governing entity.

Know Your Numbers!

February 17th, 2018

When your property is on the market, it is in your best interest to know your numbers. By this I mean you should know the dates and ages of various upgrades and/or replacements.  They are important to most buyers and can be used as great marketing features when advertising your home.

Here’s the top ten most inquired about –

  1. The age of your roof
  2. The dates when you replaced major appliances including refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and oven
  3. The number of AC/Heating units you have
  4.  The age of your AC/Heating units
  5. The year you did electrical upgrades
  6. When the last time your house was painted, inside or exterior
  7. The year you did your addition/remodel
  8. The dates of when you resurfaced or replaced parts of your pool or spa
  9. The year your house was replumbed
  10. The dates when your septic tank, well or oil tank was last serviced

Be Tough on Your Stuff!

February 13th, 2018

 

closet_junkWhat starts out as saving the green planter that we got on sale for some new plants typically ends up with it somewhere half-buried on the side of the house or on the shelf in the garage, along with the other “worth keeping” items. It happens to many of us…Our stuff grows…. and grows!  And before we realize it, it becomes the beast that we don’t want to tackle – mostly because it is so big and daunting.  We just don’t know where to begin.

I promise you that your time and effort will definitely be worth the reward. Your property will show significantly better with some organization and decluttering.  When prospective buyers get to see more of your property they get a greater comfort level about its condition and what it has to offer!

Here are some tips to get you on your way:

  1. Pick a day and amount of time you are willing to dedicate toward doing this. It can be 30 minutes or 3 hours.  Every bit moves you in the right direction.
  2. Make it a family event.  For example, everyone can be in charge of their own room.
  3. Hire a helper…A good handyman can be very useful in helping organize and clean out.

Staging Stats

November 27th, 2017

Here is some great information if you are considering staging your home to sell!

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A GREAT Measure!

July 31st, 2017

Home Depot offers a wonderful service  – Measuring and drawing up floor plans of your home.  They are very well done and look like something you would get from a new construction builder. These floor plans are helpful for remodeling or selling your home.  They even  note the dimensions of each room!

Here is the link to learn more… https://www.homedepotmeasures.com