Archive for the ‘Big & Small – Take Care of It All’ Category

Get a Signed Permit before the Contractor Quits

Wednesday, 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.

5 Best to Be Not Found!

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

When preparing for your next showing or open house, I would recommend making sure you have the these things where only you can find them!

  1. Medications
  2. Electronics – as much as possible
  3. Bills and Personal/Financial information
  4. Valuables – Money, Jewelry, etc.
  5. Any type of weapon

I have a conversation with every seller about how best to handle these very personal items.

Look At Your Liners

Friday, January 15th, 2016

It only costs about $3 to fix this problem.
However, it’s hard for a buyer to recover from once they see it.

5 Things That Cost Less Than $5

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

And can improve the look or condition of your home…

1. Shower liner – It is very common for mold to collect over time on your shower liner.

2. Air filter Replace or clean once a month and your AC will be running well for doing so.

3. Caulk This product does wonders for so many areas.

4. Light Bulbs Have working light bulbs in your electrical fixtures and then turn them on for a showing.

5. Mulch This another great purchase…Mulch does wonders for improving the look of flower beds, children’s play areas and bushes.

One Alarm Not to Disarm!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Your smoke alarms!

Don’t ignore that annoying beeping of a dying battery. Don’t take the battery out. And don’t disassemble the alarm altogether. Whether it is replacing the battery, fixing the alarm or getting a new one, just do what it takes to get it working again. It’s usually an easy fix!

Now that the safety portion of this blog is done, here’s my thoughts on the showing portion……

A beeping alarm is distracting when your home is being shown. If your home is vacant make sure you check in on it periodically. Second, non-working smoke alarms will come up in an inspection report. And lastly, taking them down altogether will make people wonder what that cover plate is supposed to be (e.g. – see picture below).


Do it right and you’ll be showing well and sleeping tight!

Change it Out

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Even though people take their shower curtain and accessories when they move, prospective buyers still don’t want to see rust, dirt or tears. Time to get a new set if yours is looking similar to the ones in this picture. Keep it inexpensive and go with a plain curtain with plastic rings.

Need to Paint?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


When you see chipped, peeling or worn paint the answer is  – yes you do!

Caulk It!

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Whether it’s your baseboards, crown molding or whatever else that has cracked, separated or in need of sealing, caulk can probably do the trick.

At less than $5 a tube, starting caulking! It will give a more finished look to whatever area you are addressing.

Here’s a great example –





PS  Just make sure to match the color and product type.

There is Only One Place It Should Go

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

To replace a roll of toilet paper with another one takes about a minute, at most.
However, it’s always amazes me to see how many different
places people put it other than where it should be.

 nothing countertop toilet
None! On the Countertop On the toilet

 floor ontop
On the Floor On Top

Toilet paper should be put properly on the holder
(which should be completely assembled).
It’s the same time difference, but location matters on this one.
Under or over is your option.