Archive for the ‘Need to Know’ 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.

A GREAT Measure!

Monday, 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…

Homestead Exemption – What is It? Do You Qualify?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The State of Florida offers homestead exemption, which is a wonderful tax savings program on your property, if certain qualifications are met. For more details and to see if you qualify for this exemption and any others, contact your Florida county property appraiser.

Below are Central Florida’s County Property Appraisers’ websites to help get you started.

If you don’t live in Florida, make sure you contact your county or municipality governing office for your property to see if your state offers homestead or any other exemptions. And if so, see if you can qualify for any of them.