Fall cleaning tips.

Even in Florida – fall is a good time to clean your home.

*Washing all your windows, they say it’s best to wait for a cloudy day so you can see the streaks. Use  store-bought glass cleaner or make your own. Some of the concoctions I’ve heard of over the years are – mix water with a squirt of dish washing liquid or One part vinegar and two parts water. Also use a newspaper instead of the rag (streaks). You probably want to use gloves though, so the ink doesn’t get on your hands

*Window blinds can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth you can also try using your vacuum if you have a brush attachment.

*Window treatments are another story. Some can be vacuumed only, some can be washed but most of them probably need a professional cleaner- hopefully you can still read the direction label!

*Wash walls down some or vacuum in the corners and baseboards for cobwebs or maybe you need a new paint job..

*It’s time to dust your ceiling mounted light fixtures and fans thoroughly

*Wipe down your kitchen cabinets, replace any ripped drawer liners that are ripped, it’s also time to go through all your contents and decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Reorganize the items that you’re keeping.

*Move your refrigerator out and gently vacuum  the coils behind or underneath.

* Do the same with your closet. Donate clothes that you haven’t worn for over two years. Time to dust off the boots and bring out all the clothes for the cooler season.

*We’re coming up on when the time change so now’s a good time to make sure your smoke detectors have new batteries

*Your furnace filter should be changed regularly  but if you haven’t replaced your filter in the past three months – You need to replace it now.

*If you have a fireplace it’s a good time to have it professionally inspected, and to line up your wood for the winter

*Inspect the weather-stripping on the doors and windows and repair as needed

*It’s a good time to check and clean your gutters and downspouts if you have any. Also since the weather is cooling down your yard and your bushes should be in top shape

*Drain any and all garden hoses and store, the office  will shut off the sprinkler system

*Your patio furniture should get a good cleaning at least once a year.  Living in Florida we don’t have to store unless you want to

*Hope this little list helps get your fall cleaning done – you will feel so much better…

 

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Need a Property Manager in Pensacola-Gulf Breeze

Barrons Property Managers “now offering a guaranteed rent collection program.”  We deliver unmatched property management services along with a competitive fee structure!

Full time licensed, leasing agents, maintenance coordinator, and site inspectors – helping your investment to reach its height of physical & fiscal performance.

Call (850)934-2588 or visit us online at www.BarronsPropertyManagers.com

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Donate to the National Flight Academy

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One of the many things Pensacola has to offer our community is the National Flight Academy. Barrons Property Managers Supports This Mission. Big and small companies alike “donate” to offer children of all ages’ scholarship money.

About the National Flight Academy

It’s main goal is to inspire 7th through 12th graders to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in an aviation themed venture aboard a massive virtual aircraft carrier.

The scholarships each year are awarded to hundreds of students across the United States.

Participants live for six days in a multistory facility, (taking on the sensory perception like none other in the world, from the constant rumble of the ships engines to the sounds of flight operations on the flight deck) they experience theme park style thrills surrounded by advanced technology flight simulators and virtual reality games that ignite imagination and encourage learning. They eat on the mess deck, sleep in staterooms, and plan missions with their squadrons using flight simulators.

Our grand daughter who is in 8th grade went for a week in July.  “The flight academy was a great experience for me, I made many friends, the staff was very friendly and I would go back in a heartbeat”

Guess that sums it up – Learning Made FUN!

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Pensacola Beach

Colors were stunning today

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Happy Labor Day!

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Pensacola’s Studer Institute

Wanted to say a few words about the Studer Institute “Leadership in the Workplace” seminar we attended on August 21, 2014. Our own Quint Studer is a nationally recognized speaker, health care consultant, and entrepreneur. This seminar instructed you how to become a better manager and a better employee. The goal is to create a better place for people to work, and  to put people in a position to succeed. Quint provides you with the skills and techniques to create a great workforce culture and  to provide superior customer service. Barrons Property Managers would recommend this seminar to anyone who is looking for better employee engagement and customer satisfaction. Our company would like to thank the Studer Institute for their service to Pensacola.

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Gulf Breeze Property Management

Highly recommended Property Management Co

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Difficult Decisions

One of the more difficult decisions adult children have is what to do with the house their parents are no longer living in. Maybe your parents have gone into assisted living facility or perhaps they have passed on and you’re not sure whether you should rent or sell their house. Our first recommendation is always to talk to your CPA. There are definite tax implications involved in anything you do with the property.

Deciding to rent their house can be a good option, especially if your parents are still living and being cared for at an assisted living facility.  The extra income you get from renting out your parents home will help you offset what they might be paying for with their long-term-care. When the property is rented out for a few years it means you can decide what to do with it later on down the road.

At Barrons Property Managers we think renting the house out instead of selling it right is always an option. It allows you to buy time and you always can sell a house at a later time. This helps if you want to sell the house eventually; perhaps a few years down the road when emotions have calmed down.  You have a tenant taking care of the home, paying you rent, then you can take the time to make any upgrades or take care of maintenance items that might help you sell it for more money once the time comes. Trying to decide what to do with a parent’s house can be confusing and emotional.  If you have any questions about the pros and cons of renting or selling it right away please contact us at 850-934-2588 and we would be more than happy to give you additional information

 

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Paying Rent Online!

Postage rates are going up for everyone. Save time and trouble each year by paying your rent online or arranging for automatic bank drafts.

When you pay on-line, you can use VISA or MasterCard for your monthly payment. You save postage fee’s, and your precious time.  You also save the hassle and cost for late fees.

Any way you look at it, pay online or automatically to make your life easier!

 

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Property Management

Renting out a property has the potential to be a lucrative endeavor, but there are many to-dos to cross off your list before you start taking in tenants.

With rental vacancies low and rates climbing, renting a property might seem like a lucrative opportunity in today’s market. But before you get into the rental game, you need to have a rental game plan.

Below, our licensed property manager’s share tips on getting started with your rental.

It’s a Time Commitment

“Depending on how many units someone wants to manage, it’s definitely a big time investment.”   People often underestimate the amount of time it takes to be a landlord.

Even when it comes to evicting a tenant, local, state or city regulations may permit a tenant to stay even when rent money is owed, says Tom Barron – who has dealt with difficult evictions more than once.

Whether or not you use a property management service, screening and finding new tenants, dealing with leases, managing repairs and collecting rent all take YOUR time.

Have a Financial Plan in Place

“You have to analyze this like any investment.”  The key is knowing and understanding how to analyze real estate, which a licensed agent or financial adviser can help, Barrons says.

Identify your long-term goals with the property and your expectations for appreciation, revenue and expenses.

Barrons advises putting aside 20 percent of annual rental income as a “rainy day fund” in the case that you are faced with a costly repair to your property.

When Finding Tenants, Do Your Homework

Run credit checks on all applicants and check their references of past landlords.

“Most individual owners don’t have the ability to run credit; they don’t know how to call and talk to a landlord.  A number of online credit-check services are available; most require a one-time or subscription fee.

Finding new tenants can be a time-consuming process and is an important consideration to take before renting your property.

Research Your Local Market

If it’s a neighborhood heavy in rentals, go on several rental sites – we also have access to the (MLS) multiple listing services and see the rental price of comparable units. On the other hand, if your property is in an area with a lot of homeownership, talk to a real estate agent about what people are looking for in the market and what’s important to them.

“Getting that first-hand knowledge will definitely be helpful as a person looks to either buy a rental unit or convert something they own to a rental unit.”

Get Legal Advice

If you’re a first-time landlord who has no prior knowledge of legal contracts and leases, sit down with a real estate attorney.  Make sure to have him or her recommend a contract that can be enforced, in the case that there is a tenant violation.

Use a Property Management Service

The easiest way to combat making fatal first-time errors is to hire a property-management service. From maintenance and repairs to credit checks, a good property manager can lessen the burden of landlord duties.

These services don’t come free. An average fee for property management is 10 percent of the annual rental income.   HOWEVER, Barrons motto is  - If you think hiring a Professional is expense, wait till you hire an amateur.

If you are interviewing property managers, please include us at: www.BarronsPropertyManagers.com or call (850) 934-2588

 

 

 

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