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Friday, March 15, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

Why You Need a Lease Agreement

Whether you are renting as the tenant or the owner, a lease agreement is imperative to protect both parties. It's not as simple to merely have an agreement that states what is owed and when. We'll look at why you need a lease agreement and how to make it easier to come to terms both parties agree with.

Clear Definitions

When you have a lease agreement, put everything you can think of into it so that you have a clear definition as to who is responsible for what. Even if this is a lease between friends or two people that know each other, it's important to have this in writing. 

Consider things such as the following:

How Much is Rent
When is Rent Due
What's the Late Fee 
Where are payments sent
What is the Pet Policy
What is considered Emergency Repairs
Who's responsible for lawn maintenance

This is just a few things to consider. Items will vary depending on the home, the location of the owner, and other special circumstances.  ...

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Friday, March 8, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

What's Brewing in Clermont

Have you noticed that Clermont is hopping? Or should I just say hops? With three new breweries that have opened or will open within six months of each other, let's take a look at the various breweries and pubs in Clermont.

Suncreek Brewery

Suncreek Brewery opened last fall along Minneola Avenue in downtown Clermont. The brewery features a mix of in house and Florida brews, with taps that change weekly, if not daily. The location itself is connected to Michael Ali's Coal Fired Pizza and Savoree, so you can order food and drinks and sit anywhere you'd like. A wide outdoor covered area provides more seating with some cornhole games outside. The brewery is close to the bike trail and popular with cyclists and runners.

Clermont Brewing Company

Coming soon, the Clermont Brewing Company is opening this spring along DeSoto Street, about 2 blocks from  Suncreek. The location will offer live music, beer and wine, and a backyard patio with open air seating. They'll also ser ...

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Friday, March 1, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Unpack and Decorate Your New Home

Now that you're in your new home, where do you begin? A new home is like a blank canvas, a way to start fresh and anew. However, you don't want to be living out of boxes for weeks. Use these tips to get unpacked and decorate your new home in no time.

Hire a Sitter
If you've got kids or pets, hire a sitter for a day or two while you get everything sorted out. It will be easier to get unpacked when you don't have distractions. 

Unwanted Items
If you didn't get rid of the clutter before, now is the time to do it. If something doesn't work in your new home, it likely never will. Set up a pickup date for donation items.

Make Major Improvements 
If you plan to re-do the floors, do it before you move anything in. Why spend time moving furniture? The same can be said for painting, or major kitchen and bath renovations. 

Sketch it Out
You know what the home looks like before you move in. If you can get a copy of the floor plan, make several copies ...

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Friday, February 22, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Pack for Moving Day

A few weeks ago we talked about decluttering before you decide to sell and move out of your house. Now that you've sold your home, it's time to pack for moving day. Use these tips to make an efficient and smooth transition from one house to the next. 

Pack an Overnight Bag

Yes, you read that right. Pack first as if you're traveling. You want the things you'd need while going from one place to the next to be easily accessible. In fact, consider staying in a hotel for a night or two while you unpack at your new home so that you don't feel as if you're living amongst the chaos. Especially if you have young children, it may be fun for them to spend the night at a hotel with a pool to make the move easier.

Take Photos of the Electronic Set up

If you're not having a professional un-set and reset up your entertainment system, you need to remember where everything goes. Take a photo of the back and the cables to make the set up easier and stress-free.

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Friday, February 15, 2019   /   by Harvey Rosenberg

How to Avoid Emergency Repairs

Whether you're in a new home, or your renting and don't want to submit an emergency request, there are things you can do to avoid emergency repairs.


One of the most expensive, yet preventable emergencies is plumbing. A few things you can do to avoid unnecessary clogs. 

Don't flush it down the drain. Keep an eye on both food and items that go in the toilet and consider that just because it can go, doesn't mean it should. 

Practice preventive maintenance. Garbage disposals, water heaters, and toilets need preventative maintenance. Learn what your model needs and check it at least once a year.

Fix drips and leaks immediately. They only get worse and can increase your water bill.

Air Conditioning

If you can, invest in a programmable thermostat and turn your A/C up during the day when you're not home. This gives your unit a rest and won't work as hard during the high heat hours. Don't worry, turning it up to 80 is enough to give it a bre ...

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