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BACK TO SCHOOL!

 

School is back in session. Organization in your home is needed with everyone's busy schedule. Make a space in your home to be a functional homework station. Find that unique unused place in the house away from distractions, good lighting, and an organized area. Kids will definitely appreciate an area for them and be more excited about doing their daily homework and studies. Creating a kid-friendly work space will build your child's confidence and will in return help them to further appreciate their home. So take advantage of those unique unused spaces in your home.

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Highlight features in your home....

 

 

First impressions are the most critical. Set your property apart from others. Highlighting features to sell or lease a home, can raise the chances to get the perfect prospect for that specific property. Descriptive titles can draw a specific clientele to buy or lease. For example: Backyard Oasis, Dream Kitchen, Unusual Architecture, or Luxury Spa Bathroom. Make the home seem like a sanctuary. Marketing your property can be the most powerful tool. The more pictures and information you put out there, the larger your potential prospect list becomes. Constistant marketing and communication of highlighting your homes, your vacancy rate will drop drastically. 

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Easiest Way to Clean a Dishwasher

 

 

Over time grease, soap scum and food debris build up in the bottom of the dishwasher. Try once a month to run this easy cleaning process in your dishwasher. 

Dishwasher should be empty. Remove the bottom dish rack. Make sure the drain is clear of any food in or near the drain. Place a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher. Sprinkle a cup of baking soda in the bottom rack. Run a short, hot water cycle. After the cyle has ran, it should smell clean and look stain free. 

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SCREENING FOR A GOOD TENANT

 

How to attract good tenants?

 

A few helpful hints on finding the perfect tenant. 

Access to Transport and Basics - How easy is it to get to the main highway, park, or public transportation? Are the basic services within easy reach? Basic necessities like grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping are very important because it affects important factors such as lifestyle and commute to work.

Screening Process - Pull credit reports, verify employment and income,  and check rental references.

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Rental Property Inspections

 

Routine inspections can help prevent big problems down the road. Rental property inspection helps to maintain the condition of the property. There are several types of inspections that are done when renting a home. 

Move-in inspection - The tenants use a move-in checklist to document any issues with the property. 

Move-out inspection - This inspection helps the property management compnay to determine the condition of the property when the tenant moves out.

Routine inspection - These inspections are generally conducted every 6 months to ensure that the property is in top condition. 

 

The reason to perform any type of inspection throughout the time the rental is occupied, is to protect the owner and tenant. Make sure...

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PORCELAIN CARE GAME CHANGERS

 

In your home you may already have some household items to help with those difficult stains on your porcelain in the bathroom. Some of these items are simple to apply and clean with. Try any of these items.

 

Vinegar- White vinegar is a safe replacement for bowl washing. Its a natural deodorizer and disinfectant.

Lemon Juice- Lemon juice is rich in acids. It mainly helps to eliminate grime and stains.

Baking Soda- Baking soda is a safe chemical. It can soften hard water and eliminate stains from oil, grease, and alcohol.

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Outdoor Grilling

 

 

It's that time of the year! Weathers gets warmer, and more people use outdoor grills. Just a few safety tips to keep for grilling.

Make sure place your grill is set up on a flat surface, so that it can't be tipped over. 

Keep your grill clean. Remove grease into a tray. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow coals to completely cool off before disposing of them.

Wear the right clothing. Make sure your shirt and/or apron strings don't dangle over the grill.

Be ready to put a fire. Keep baking soda on hand to control grease. Have a fire extinguisher...

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STAY HYDRATED

 

Make sure you drink enough water. Some people don't like water, so they add limes, lemons, berries, or other fresh fruit. Set yourself a schedule to drink so much water a day. Why drinking water is a positive: good for brain activitiy, skin, hair, and keeps your body full of energy. Our bodies are 60% water by weight, and proper hydration is absolutely essential for overall health. With increased temperatures and outdoor activities comes incresed water loss, through sweating and evaporation as your body works to stay cool. Water is truly the best choice.

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SIMPLE WAYS TO MAINTAIN YOUR POOL

 

Tips on maintaining your pool.

*net any debris off the surface of the pool water

*brush the entire surface to the pool (including the tile areas)

*manually brush any dirt and debris that has not come off the cleaning system

*clean skimmer and pump baskets

*check filter pressure, that should determine if you need to backwash or if more cleaning is necessary

*test levels of chlorine, pH and alkalinity .

 

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Life in Palm Coast, Florida

 

Living in Palm Coast, Fl. 

Live a vibrant lifestyle in Palm Coast, Florida. Natural enviroment go hand-in-hand, with 13 + beautiful parks, 125 + miles of connecting trails and paths for walking/biking, abundant fishing and boating, year round running series, and world class tennis and golf. Palm Coast is ideally situated along the Atlantic between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, each one half an hour away. Orlando is less than 150 miles away. 

Money magazine, a publication of Time Inc., selected Palm Coast as being "Best for Water Lovers", as a part of its retirement feature. Also, voted "America's 50 best cities to live in."

Palm Coast features; arts & culture, climate, recreation, dining, shopping, and so much more. 

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Easy tips on painting!

 

Tips on Preperation & Painting like a Pro! 

 

Supplies needed: ladder, wire brushes, paint scrapper, putty knife, wood filler, spackling paste, and roller brush.

Preperation: clean basboards and ceiling corners, apply painters tape, put down drop cloths and paint. Paint doesn't stick very well to dirty walls, so clean them with soap and water and rinse with water once done. Let it dry overnight. Fill any holes with spackle. Sand dry spackle smooth and prime each spot. 

Ready-PAINT! 

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Smoke Alarms

 

 

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is ever a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get you and your family out quick and safe. Change your batteries at lease once a year. If they are Lithium batteries, you may need to test them monthly. Its easy as 1-2-3. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 

Discuss a home escape plan with your family. Walk through your home and look for 2 ways to exit out of every room.

Remember, if the occasion that ever arises, and you have smoke in your home - Respond quickly, get up and go! 

 

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Floods - TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!

 

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flash floods can come with no warning. 

 

Safety tips: 

Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

 

Protection is the best, evacuate if told to do so, move to higher ground, and/or depending on your loaction stay where you are.

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

 

Hurricane season is around the corner. Have an emergency plan with your family and friends before a hurricane. It's always a good idea to have a small emergency supply pack ready at home, work, and even your car. Check evaluation route(s). Set phone alerts. Being prepared, helps any elevated situation become less stressful, expecially when it involves weather related issues.

Some supplies needed: Batteries, battery operated radio, flashlights, water, food, etc. 

 

 

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The best time to water plants...

The very best time to water plants is in the early morning, while it is still cool. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.

 

 

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STRESS FREE PACKING TIPS WHEN MOVING TO A NEW HOME

 

Just a few tips on packing to make life easier. 

 

*Create a spot for your packing list, markers, tape, labels, boxes, etc...

*Make a packing list - Write each room down, with the numbers 1-10 and so on. Then the day of loading the moving truck, everyone will know which room to load up first. 

*Pack early - A little packing each day helps to keep the process moving along and lessons the stress level.

*Color code - Choose a color for each room. Apply the color stickers...

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GOOD & BAD MOLD

 

HOW TO AVOID BAD MOLD...

 

Some causes of mold; Flooding, condensation, water leaks, house plants, and warm air from outdoors.

There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor enviroment; the way to control mold growth is to control moisture.

 

Tips to avoid the bad mold growth:

*Use air conditioning/ceiling fans

*Water indoor plants outdoors

*Keep areas clean and dry

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Why is Pest Control Necessary

 

 

Pest control is necessary because rodents and insects carry diseases, infest your kithcens and bedrooms, and bite you and/or pets. The purpose to remove any pest is protect all members of the family and keep them safe. When it comes to pest control, prevention is everything. Don't wait til you have a problem. It takes regular treatments in order to prevent pests. Pest control professionsals are intimatley familiar with the various species of pests, their life cycles, and living habits. 

 

So remember, prevention strategies can avoid costly property damage.

 

 

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Always read your lease agreement...

 

Why it's important to read your lease.

A lease is the contract between a landlord and a tenant. The lease sets forth the rights and responsibilities of both landlord and the tenant. The lease allows the tenant to occupy and use, for a specific perid of time, land and structures on the land. The lease may set forth other duties and responsibilities of the landlord and tenant. Once the parties sign the lease both are bound by its terms.

Signing a lease is a big deal. There are a lot of things being thrown at the person(s) signing, might be overwhelmed, and usually, the last thing anyone wants to do is read through the long lease. Remember always read through your lease, ask questions, then sign.

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How to Clean Baseboards

 

3 Simple Steps

 

Vaccum - Use a brush attachment on your vaccum to remove any dust and dirt.

Melamine Sponge - Good choice for scrubbing the access dirt of. You may use warm, soapy water, and vinegar for a cleaning solution. Make sure you wring our the sponge each time. Leave the sponge just damp enough to clean. When done cleaing, use a towel to dry.

Preventive - Rub with dryer sheets all over the baseboards, this will prevent static that attracts the dust.

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We provide #1 Service

 

 

 

 

Rental Property Maintenance and Management. We cover all aspects: Lease agreements, rent collections, accounting, inspections, listings, vendors, sales, collections, and so much more. We know what it takes to bring properties to a marketable condition and manage them. We have the knowledge and experience to ensure our clients get the most of their assets. 

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Budget

 

SIMPLE WAYS TO PRIORITIZE YOUR BUDGET

 

Determine Essential Expenses

Start with nonnegotiable or fixed expenses such as mortgage, rent, car payments, and utilities. You can also take out things like groceries and gas in this category. 

 

Keep an Emergency Fund

You never know when your car may need serviced, family emergencies come up, or housing maintanance needs to be done. Put a small portion aside each month.

Before you know it, you'll have a little saved up.

 

Make Goals

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Declutter Your Home

"Declutter your home"

 

Let's get started.

Entryways and Foyers: No matter how big or small the space is, keep it organized and keep it functional. This will make it easier to get out the door and start your day off feeling good.

Kitchen: Families tend to spend alot of time in the kitchen. Eating, cooking, and socializing. Start with the pantry, then the upper cabinets. Move onto the lower cabinets, drawers. Make sure you clean under your kitchen sink. Then look at your counters and what you have on them. Store away items you don't use that often. What you don't use, donate to a local charity.

Living Room: It may be the hardest room to keep neat on a daily basis. Start with bookcases, side...

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Spring Into Action

 

Spring is around the corner. Time to inspect the gutters, sidewalks, shingles, plants, and flower beds. Here are a few helpful tips on maintance for spring.

 

TIPS:

Gutters: Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation. Check for leaks. Improper drainage can lead to water damage to basement, or even the crawl space.

Chimney: Examine the exterior for any damage. Make sure you have it inspected and cleaned.

Faucets: Outside faucets can have freeze damage. Check the garden hose also for any on going leaks, or damage. 

Concrete: When weather permits, power-wash and seal the concrete if there are any new cracks that have developed....

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Importance of maintaining your home air filter

 

1. Clogged/Dirty air filters put extra stress on the unit and casue it to work harder. 

 

2. When the system has to work harder to cool and/or heat, then it uses more energy and drives up the utility cost.

 

3. Having a clean air filter is essential for good indoor air quality, saves money, and is a great way to keep the family safe. 

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Why Should I Rent Through a Property Management Company?

 

Property management companies provide valuable services to property owners, but if you're a renter you could be wondering how a property manager's involvement can benefit you. Professional management companies can be just as valuable to the tenants.

Communication

You should be able to reach your landlord when necessary, but there are occasions when he will be on vacation or won't have his mobile phone switched on. Even if your landlord isn't out of town, he could take the liberty of not answering phone calls on weekends or in the evenings. Property managers, on the other hand, are typically on duty for extended hours and will have a...

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Washington Oaks Garden State Park

http://www.washingtonoaks.org/

One of the most majestic places in Palm Coast to take beautiful family portraits

Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Encompassing two Florida State Parks, Washington Oaks Gardens and Faver-Dykes,the Mission of the Friends of Washington Oaks is to Preserve, Protect, Promote and Interpret the Parks.

WASHINGTONOAKS.ORG

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19 Ave De Lamare

Come take a virtual tour of beautiful 19 Avenue de Lamare in Cambria.

This spectacular OCEANFRONT, four bedroom, three and a half bathroom Cambria condominium is beautifully furnished and decorated with eloquent open floor plan. Cambria offers panoramic ocean views from almost every room, private elevator to residence vestibule, oceanfront pool, spa and cabana with fireplace, outdoor grill area, fitness center with spa, sauna and steam room. Enjoy the grand entrance with security and onsite management, billiards room, climate controlled wine cellar and social room, theater room and golf simulator as well as private beach access. SOCIAL membership is included. Call now to schedule your private showing! Please feel free to contact one of our leasing agents at 386-445-9911 or text us...

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Mothers Day Mason Jars

Totally in love with simple projects that envolve things we all have laying around the house.

If you have children or know someone that does then I am quite sure you have stepped on your share of their little toys.

With a few simple items from around the house you can make these  absolutely adorable mason candy jars.

They make a great Mothers Day or even a Fathers Day gift...

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Caring for Florida lawns

Did you know that their are a variety of grass species in Florida. Relocating from a different state or even a different country you should learn how to care for a Florida lawn. Below is a helpful sight on caring for a variety of different types of grass that grow best in the Florida sun.

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Flagler County Schools

What an amazing honor for our Flagler County Schools, not only were we listed 39th of 50 top places to live in America, now our Flagler County school system in rated  one of the best in the nation. With only 1/3 of the schools on the list receiving medals, our Mantanza High School recieved a silver medal and Flagler Palm Coast high school received a bronze. Keep up the good work students and teachers. Remember, the schools need parent participation as well, join your child's PTA and get involved in what is going on. It takes a village!!!  Way to go Flagler County!!!

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