Old Man Winter

American Red Cross gives us some great advice for winter storm preparedness:

Winter Storms

Provided by the  Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety...

Winter weather can cause a number of problems ranging from water leaks to burst pipes and roof collapses. All homes and businesses potentially can be at risk from damage during prolonged periods of freezing temperatures or in the case of heavy snow accumulations. Falling temperatures also mean increased fire dangers linked to the use of heating devices. Rising fuel costs and environmental concerns have resulted in a rise in the use of alternative heating devices, which can pose increased property risks if not properly installed and maintained.  Click here to read more

Property maintenance and repair is a key service we provide. Our maintenance staff together with our team of vendors is dedicated to providing fast, reliable repairs. Our properties are surveyed annually in order to address each building’s long term maintenance needs.

  • Janitorial Services
  • Landscaping Services
  • Snow Removal
  • Winterization/De-winterization

 

Construction Services we also provide:

Structural

- Inspections

- Structural Repairs

- Decking

- Concrete/Masonry

-HVAC

- Flooring 

 

 

Interior

- Drywall

- Mold Removal

- Kitchen/Bathroom Renovation

- Plumbing

- Tile, Marble, Granite, Ceramic

 

Exterior

- Tile

- Roofing

- Fencing

- Irrigation - Sprinkler Systems

 

 

 

First-Time Landlord: Your Guide to Renting out a Single-Family Home (USA Today/Nolo Series)

Whether or not you call yourself a "landlord", when you rent out a house you'll want to do it right! 

The "Landlording 101" course for new rental property owners who are first-time landlords by way of an inheritance, divorce, investment, purchase for a family member, or a move to a new house. 90% of small properties are owned by individual landlords, and millions in this group are balancing their landlord responsibilities with their daytime careers. 

First - Time Landlord provides concise information for those with little business savvy and less time and patience to become big-time real estate investors, but who wish to make money on their new property while renting it out lawfully and right! It covers: 

How to determine whether or not the property will turn a profit
Landlord business basics
Finding good tenants
Preparing and signing a lease
Handling Repairs
Complying with applicable rental laws
Dealing with problem tenants
Preparing for sale of property

Containing tips, true stories, and shared first-time experiences, First - Time Landlord is an indispensable book for the new landlords of today's dominant rental housing market.

As you grow your portfolio... be sure to give us a call!

When you're leaving your house for an extended period or closing up a summer vacation home, it's important to winterize your property properly to prevent it from deteriorating while you're away.  Whether you're leaving short term or long term, the following suggestions will help you to plan and execute a winterization:

Turn off the utilities at the exterior. Make sure that the water supply is turned off completely at the main supply point. If the furnace should fail on a very cold day, water in a pipe could freeze and burst the pipe. Alternatively, you may leave the furnace off if you follow this guideline.

Open all faucets and drain all waterlines. If you live in an area where freezing pipes can be a problem, drain the toilets, the water heater (turn off the gas or electric supply first) and the expansion tank.
  • Get an air compressor to blow the lines of excess water. Eliminate or dilute the water in drain traps by pouring an "RV" type antifreeze solution into them, as directed by the instructions.
  • We highly recommend that if a house is to be vacant for a long period, you may prevent water in a toilet’s trap from evaporating (and thereby permitting sewer gases AND BUGS to enter the home) by raising the toilet’s lid and seat and covering the bowl with saran wrap.
  • If you have an indoor or outdoor pool, drain the water.
  • Turn off and drain fountains and other sources of standing water.
  • Drain water from dishwashers and pour RV antifreeze. with refrigerators (with a water dispenser or an ice maker) and washing machines, following the manufacturer’s directions. Disconnect the water line and remove the water filter from inside the refrigerator.
  • If you have a a washing machine, pour RV antifreeze in the drum, run the drain cycle until it starts to come out and disconnect the washer from power and faucets.  Remove the hoses and place inside the drum.
  • Close all the sink and tub drains.  If possible, seal with plastic wrap or a zip-lock filled with anti-freeze.
  • Remove and empty any "whole house" or "in line" type filter canister.

Turn down the thermostat. Set your thermostat to a level adequate to keep the inside temperature above freezing and to keep things dry. If the home is located in a warm, damp climate, you should have a humidity indicator installed and set to maintain a reasonably dry interior.

Unplug all appliances. If you leave the electric power on, unplug electric appliances, including microwave ovens and TVs, to avoid the risk of fire in the event of a faulty switch or a rodent gnawing the wires.

Don't forget the gas. For long absences, some experts recommend shutting off gas hot water heaters completely.