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Friday, February 08, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Clearing Away the Clutter - Before You Move

Have you been watching Marie Kondo's Tidying Up on Netflix? Even if you have a small bit of clutter in your home, cleaning it up before you move can definitely take the joy out of moving. Here are tips you can take away from the popular Netflix show and KonMari Method before you sell your home.


Commit to declutter

Marie Kondo's number one rule is committing to tidying up. If you are moving, do you really want to bring all the extra stuff that you don't use, doesn't fit, is broken, etc. with you? When you commit to having a tidier home, several things happen. You have less to do. Less stuff means less packing, less cleaning. Establishing a mindset that you're committed to this makes it easier to get it all done. But don't go overboard. Tackle one thing at a time, or one hour at a time.


Establish your Values

This one may seem a little out there in terms of decluttering, but there's a method to the madness here as well. When you establish what your values are, it may ...

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Friday, January 25, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

5 Hidden Gems in the South Lake Florida Area

Are you looking for something to do around town but don’t want to shell out a fortune heading to the theme parks? These five hidden gems in the Clermont area are full of adventure or history.

Clermont Citrus Tower

Just like most New Yorkers haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty, it’s likely most Clermont residents haven’t been to the top of the Citrus Tower. We’ve all seen this historical tower, but did you know that you can actually take an elevator to the top floor? Built in 1956, this tower has seen a lot of changes in our areas. Tickets are only $6 to ride to the top. The views are unparalleled and I’m certain on a good day you may get a peek at those theme parks and downtown Orlando. 

President’s Hall of Fame

Right next door to the Citrus Tower is the President’s Hall of Fame. What might seem one of those “days gone by” roadside attractions, the museum is filled to the brim with historical artifacts and ...

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Friday, January 18, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to find the Best Renter for your Rental Property

You've decided a rental property is a good investment. Now, how do you make sure that investment is protected? 

Finding the best renter for your rental property can be challenging if you don't know where to look. Additionally, you have to ensure you're not discriminating. 

The following are four suggestions for finding the best tenant for your investment. 



Know Where to Look
Starting off, you may not know how to find people who are interested in renting.


Putting an ad in the paper or on Craigslist may seem like the fast and easy route, but you could be inundated with spam and unqualified requests. 

Do you have other rental properties? Ask your current renters if they know anyone who may be interested. Incent them by giving a referral bonus. 

Additionally, ask around the home's neighborhood. These neighbors certainly would want to help pick who will be living near them if they can!


Pre-Screen

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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Landscaping for a Florida Winter

Depending on what types of trees you have in your yard, we do have a "Fall" in Florida. Now seems to be the time when some trees shed their leaves. Proper landscaping in a Florida winter can keep your yard healthy and curb appeal higher.
It's colder and more pleasant this time of year, but our trees and grass may need more attention as well. Keeping a healthy landscape requires different tactics than what we use in the Florida heat. Here are some ideas for keeping your building landscape fresh.



Aerating grassy areas and adding fertilizer. Aerating the soil helps to improve water drainage during autumn rains, also helping water and nutrients to reach the plant roots. The strategic addition of fertilizer can also help the grass more easily survive the winter and start growing earlier in the springtime.

It's drier this time of year as well. Water restrictions may be in effect in your area. Water in the early morning or early evening to avoid evaporating during the day ...

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Friday, January 04, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to tell if it Is an Emergency or a Maintenance Request?

Do you know when to call your building or property manager? Can you tell what constitutes an emergency and what can wait?
 
A good guideline to follow is that if the issue will cause immediate further damage, then it's an emergency. If not, it's a maintenance request. 

Here are some examples to help clarify.
 

Example 1


If the renter notices a continual water leak but can't stop the issue, it's considered an emergency. However, if the but the issue has stopped and only water damage repair remains, this would a maintenance request.

Especially during rainy months in Florida, there isn't much your property manager can do until the rain stops. Call or email management, but understand a fix may be delayed until the rain ceases. In that case, use buckets or towels to collect the rain and avoid further damage. 
 
Example 2


It's August and the Air Conditioning unit has failed. And while it's uncomfortable, this is gener ...

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