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Monday, October 30, 2017

The Halloween Nightmare That Only a Plumber Can Save You From
Property Management Blog Carving pumpkins is fun — unless you do this one dumb thing. If you toss the pulp, seeds, and other guts you’re scraping out of pumpkins for Halloween into your garbage disposal, expect some creepy noises, and a plumber bill. Toss them in the trash or the compost pile instead. In a press release, Roto-Rooter warns homeowners abo...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween Pranks
Property Management Blog Halloween cleanup can be the scariest thing about the holiday. Here’s a tip sheet on how to remove eggs, toilet paper, wax, and other messes that go bump in the night. Halloween can be a messy holiday. With pranksters about, you may end up with egg yolks dripping down your siding and toilet paper hanging from your trees. Inside, you ...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How to Improve Your Credit
Property Management Blog Credit scores play a big role in determining whether you’ll qualify for a loan and what your loan terms will be. So, keep your credit score high by doing the following: Check for errors in your credit report. Thanks to an act of Congress, you can download one free credit report each year at annualcreditreport.com ....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How To Add Curb Appeal
Property Management Blog Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details. Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway. Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door. Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with degreaser and a steel brush....

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What to Know About Credit Scores
Property Management Blog Credit scores range between 200 and 850, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage. The following factors affect your score: Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card bills on time? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also affect your history. How much you ow...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How To Hire a Remodeling Contractor
Property Management Blog Shop around for the right company. Get at least three written estimates. Ask for and check references. If possible, look at jobs the contractor recently completed. Check with your local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary licenses and insurance, as ...

Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale
Property Management Blog Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter and earn a little extra cash before you move. But make sure you plan ahead; they can take on a life of their own. Don’t wait until the last minute. Depending on how long you’ve lived in your home and how much stuff you want to sell, planning a garage sale ...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Worksheet: Track Your Budget
Property Management Blog The first step in getting yourself in financial shape to buy a home is to know exactly how much money comes in and how much goes out. Use this worksheet to list your income and expenses below. INCOME EXPENSES Total Take-Home Total Rent/Mortgage Child Child Support/Alimony Pension/Social Health Insurance Disa...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

How To Prepare for House-Hunting
Property Management Blog Know that there’s no “right” time to buy. If you find the perfect home now, don’t risk losing it because you’re trying to guess where the housing market and interest rates are going. Those factors usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price. Don...

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Before Putting Your Home up for Sale
Property Management Blog Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. This can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run. Consider a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open hou...

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