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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.


Plumbing

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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Friday, February 8, 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

Once you have interest ...

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