Some of you are ecstatic to see the first snowflakes flying and some are dreading the bitter cold days and nights for months on end, but whether you are a winter fan or a winter foe, it’s time to face the inevitable and get things ready for the winter.
To help you out, here is a quick list of the things you should consider and a few helpful insider tips for each:
Yesterday was national coffee day, and I’m assuming there was a LOT of coffee made and consumed, leaving a LOT of coffee grounds behind today. But don’t fear, although not quite as satisfying as a hot cup of joe, these grounds can be used in all sorts of fun and creative ways!
You don’t drink coffee, but still want to get in on all this fun and excitement you say? No worries, most coffee shops, including Starbucks have a used coffee grounds collection bin for the taking, or just ask and they are usually happy to give you some!
I think we could all use a reminder on being prepared, especially after a tornado hit our little town in Utah yesterday which is unheard of! If someone told me on Monday that there would be a tornado on Thursday, I’d tell them that’s absurd! States like Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas are prepared for tornadoes, because it happens, frequently, but it just doesn’t happen here, so we thought. (more…)
I’m not going to lie, I have never changed a furnace filter. I have never even thought about changing my furnace filter. It’s one of those things that in our household, I have always had someone else that has done it and honestly, I had no idea how often or even how to do it.
In property management, we have many multi-complex properties that the tenants don’t have access to the filters so we arrange to have it done based on the owner’s request and recommended maintenance schedule. There are also other properties that the tenants do have access and the owners provide the service as well. Fall is one of our scheduled times to change filters, and I got to thinking, hmmm, if I didn’t have someone else do it, would I know what to do?
September is Mold Awareness Month and everyone, at some time or another, is exposed to mold because there are over 100,000 different types! If you haven’t heard of “Black Mold” then you probably live in a hole (and are most likely living with mold there too!). In recent years, the media has inundated us with frightening, emotional messages about the dangers of mold, types of mold, remediation of mold, etc. And while I do have some understanding of mold because it is a concern in the Real Estate Industry, it seems that the messages are more mixed than they are clear. So I dug into some more credible sources to see if I could get some answers and found some interesting facts, and helpful tips that I thought I’d share in honor of Mold Awareness Month:
BEST CHEAP DATES EVER!
If you are in high school just starting the dating scene, in college trying to find the love of your life, newlyweds, or long-timers, a cheap date can be a GREAT date! When my husband and I were first dating, we were high-school sweethearts and neither of us had much money, so we made the best we could of what we had. I thought in honor of the long weekend coming up, I’d share some of our fun, cheap dates and a few others that I found. If you have some fun, cheap dates, please share, I’m always looking for something new:
If you are new to renting or perhaps even a veteran renter and have rented for years, chances are some of the policies or requirements make you go “hmmmmm”. There are so many factors that go into renting policies between the investor/owner, Management Company, the tenant, the time of year, the location, type of property, local regulations, etc. so I thought that it may be nice to give some “behind the scenes” answers to some commonly asked questions.
I liken good property photography to curb appeal of a property. If the prospect drives by and it looks terrible, they aren’t going to call or make an offer. If the advertising photos on the internet are dark, out of focus, flipped sideways, or show it in an undesirable condition, the prospect isn’t going to call, make an offer or even drive by!
I have outlined below a few quick rules and tricks that I’ve learned when doing property photography to make the property have great “electronic curb appeal”, attract better prospects, increase interest and over rent or sell the property faster.
When I was a kid and was overwhelmed, my mom would say, how would you eat an elephant, would you swallow it whole? I mean that sounds awful, eating and elephant and all, but as a kid, it is a great visual! No, you would have to take it one bite at a time. Sometimes as adults, we forget that categorizing and breaking down big tasks into smaller bite sized chunks is the best way to function and get things done without having the elephant sit on you and crush you! So, in honor of National Son’s and Daughter’s day today and the inevitable back to school looming around the corner, let’s help our littles (and bigs) break down back to school so it isn’t an elephant, but a nice manageable, tasty snack!
Today I had a packed day, from 7am – 6pm. I was rushing from an appointment on one end of the valley to the other (a 1.5 hour commute with no time to spare) and got stuck right in the middle of the Tour de Utah at the peak of a mountain climb. At first I was so frustrated that how on earth, in this entire state could I get stuck the 30 minutes that this race passed through, the top of the mountain. But then, when the cop waived me off the road and I had no choice but to sit there and watch, I was inspired and grounded. I learned a few lessons today…