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Jul
16
2019

What Is a Home Watch Service?

home watch serviceNowadays, it's essential to be involved in your home security. It's especially important when you're not always at your home and can't be there to do routine checkups. In Florida, this is something that is a real issue for many residents considering the high "snowbird" population that comes during winter. Snowbirds, for those that don't know, are those that live up north during the summer and early fall months and live in Florida (or other warmer states) during late fall through early spring. Those are long periods to be away from your home, especially in another state. That's why a home watch service is almost a necessity for these residents. But what is a home watch service, and what do they provide?

Home watch services can be known by several different names and titles such as house check, property watch, home concierge, the list goes on, but it all means the same thing. It means there are scheduled inspections of a home that is deemed to be vacant while the owner is elsewhere. It's not just a check to see if there are unwanted guests or squatters; it goes beyond that. Home watch services make sure everything is in working order that otherwise gets overlooked. This means plumbing is used and checked to make sure there are no issues or backups. The lights and power are checked to make sure nothing is shorted out or that something got left plugged in or turned on (imagine leaving your stove on and you're 1000 miles away). 

The best part of the home watch services is that the owner is in the know the entire time. If there is a problem, the homeowner is notified immediately, and from there, it's determined what action(s) to take. Plus, with the added presence in the home, it wards off any aspiring intruders who may see your vacant home as an easy mark. 

Be vigilant of who you hire when it comes to a home watch service. Look for reviews and any word of mouth to back up the legitness of the company you're looking to hire. No reviews and no trace back to them is not a good sign unless you know the workers personally. And even then that is taking a considerable risk. It is vital that the company you hire be NHWA Accredited or you could be dealing with some risky business.

Have peace of mind when you're not at home for an extended period, hire a home watch service to keep your home safe and in perfect condition. Don't risk it, secure your home away from home today!

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Jun
06
2019

Hiring a Commercial Janitorial Service for Your Business

For those that own a business, there are a lot of different factors to worry about. Mostly you want to make sure that your customers are satisfied with the highest and you've done all you can to make sure their experience with your company is a great one. So if you have an office building, is it not equally important to make a good impression when people visit your office? First impressions can say a lot about a business, and the cleanliness of an office can let a potential customer know if they want to continue to do business with you or not. Here we will give off a few great reasons why it's incredibly important to hire a commercial janitorial service to keep your office space looking brand new.

  • lake county commercial cleanersFirst impressions are key! Like stated before, a potential customer is going to judge your company based off first impressions usually and if the office they're visiting is dirty and cluttered, then chances are they're not going to be so keen to use your business. And as a business owner, cleaning your entire office building might slip by you if you have several other more important things to do throughout the day. Hiring a commercial janitorial service to come in after hours and clean up space will give you that instant relief of knowing you're coming into a clean and tidy office the next morning. 
  • Have a couple of people coughing in the office? Not everyone stays home when they're sick because bills still have to be paid, and sometimes sick days aren't an option. With a janitorial service for your office, this could stop the spreading of that sickness to other employees throughout the building. These services would keep main areas of the office disinfected and even replace some hands-on devices with no-touch items (trash bins, soap dispensers, hand dryers, etc.) so the spread of germs is at a bare minimum. 
  • Who else will get in the nooks and crannies of your office space? Hiring a janitorial service crew will make sure that the most ignored spots (like air vents and behind big items/machines) get attention too. Checking filters in air conditioners or air purifiers isn't something that is done as frequently as it should be, but with the help of janitorial professionals, it will be done as much as necessary to ensure the work environment is comfortable and free of harmful allergens.
  • A clean office is a happy office! Going back to first impressions, the way someone feels about an office or building, in general, can change over time if the presence deteriorates.  Meaning if you start to slack on the cleaning, morale in the office could drop as well. Coming into a clean room or clean office can instantly change someone's mood. Imagine coming home from a long day to walk into a dirty home; it sucks the joy out of you. The same goes for a work environment, working in cluttered and messy areas can drain you of any motivation or desire to be in the office. 
  • There are tons of things a commercial janitorial cleaning service can do for you! It's not just limited to cleaning bathrooms and wiping down bookshelves and blinds. Services can range from steam cleaning of carpets and rugs to restoration of tile and grout to even pressure washing and upholstery cleaning. There's something for every office needs.

If you own a business and can't find time to clean along with all the other hard work that needs to get done, it's time to check out a commercial janitorial service. It will save you money and time in the long run and keep your workspace neat, tidy, and ready to take on whatever business you bring in that day!

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May
06
2019

How Big is The Villages® Community.

If you live in Florida or have ever visited Central Florida, you've more than likely heard of the giant retirement community named "The Villages". How big is The Villages, Florida?  It's a picturesque town, complete with almost any type of shop and culinary craving you might be looking for. Most people are used to a retirement community being a small subdivision or a gated community, but not The Villages® Community. They're a bit larger and have a bit more of a unique spin on what a retirement community should look like.

The Villages® Community takes up a 32 square miles. Now I know that doesn't sound like much, but this community stretches out over THREE counties! That's right; The Villages® Community has made its home in Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties. So that means it's smack dab in the middle of Florida! If you were driving those 32 miles through this community, it would take you longer than you'd think it would take to travel 32 miles. That's really because of all there is to see and do, there's so much beauty in The Villages® Community to take in!

Within those 32 miles is more than just homes for our retirees, it also includes 50+ golf courses, three town squares (which are always lively and have an event or street party happening weekly), and well over 2000 clubs and activities for any of the 125,000 Villages residents! It even has its own hospital and is home to some of the best doctors and nurses around.

The Villages® Community is a perfect example that life doesn't end at 55+! This community even offers tours to determine if this is the lifestyle for you (aptly named The Villages Lifestyle Tour). Thirty-two miles might not seem like enough, but you'd be amazed at all the things you can do and discover here in The Villages® Community, Florida.

White Pelican Home Service can help you find a vacation rental and even help you find that perfect dream home! Click here to find out more. 

Apr
01
2019

Spring Weather & Temperatures in The Villages® Community.

The temperatures here in Central Florida are already heating up as we head into the Spring Season.Spring Weather and Temperatures in The Villages Florida For many snowbirds, this is the time to start packing up and heading for their Summer homes. Don't get out the sunblock just yet; Spring can be the most beautiful time of year in Florida with very comfortable temperatures.

Springtime in The Villages® Community boasts mild temperatures in the 70s and low 80s, with it creeping up to the 90s in early May. The rainy season doesn't come until the end of Spring or early Summer. This is the best time to go to the beach, theme parks, play golf, or hang out at the pool. You can still enjoy the pleasant weather without getting too hot or worrying about afternoon thunderstorms.

Wardrobes are a little different for folks who live in the Sunshine State. Flip flops and shorts are a must any time of the year, as well as keeping a light jacket on hand. It's also a good idea to keep an umbrella handy in case of a surprise afternoon shower.

Central Florida is a fantastic place to enjoy warm weather and a little sunshine. While our neighbors in the northern states are still trying to thaw out from the snow, we are enjoying stunning warm weather here in The Village® Community.

The Spring is the perfect time to check out all of what Central Florida has to offer. Click here to find the perfect vacation rental! 

Feb
08
2019

I inherited a home, now what?

Losing a loved one is never an easy process, and that's especially true when it comes to the estate after the passing. I inherited a home, now what? Hopefully, it can be done in an easy enough way, and everything is sorted accordingly. In some cases, someone may find themselves with a few new heirlooms or even the family home. In the case of inheriting a home from a deceased relative, there are only so many things one can do with this newly acclaimed property; sell it, rent it, or move into it.

Here you will find the best advice for each option.

Selling your inherited home may be a bit emotional, but this could be your best option to get the most out of the home and no longer have it in your possession. When selling the home, you are also responsible for any remaining balance on any possible mortgages. You also will avoid capital gain taxes when you sell, which can save a considerable amount.

Renting holds about the same responsibilities, but stretched out over the amount of time you decide to rent the space. With this comes the pressure of keeping up with any repairs the home may need without the benefits of living in the space being worked on. This option is best for short-term and if the home is in good standing as is. Otherwise, it would be wiser to move on to the final option.

Finally, moving into the inherited home is the last and most sensible option. Although it is a "free" home, you may be taking on payments either for the home itself or a mortgage. Utility fees would be taken over as well. But if this new living situation is a step above your current one, this could be a blessing in disguise.

In the unfortunate event of a loved one's untimely departure, it is best to keep yourself prepared and knowledgeable about what's to come. An inherited home has the potential to be a money maker or home sweet home, you decide.

White Pelican Reality can help you decide what to do with your new home whatever you may choose. Contact our office today. 

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White Pelican Realty helps you take care of your home, whether you are there or not.

We specialize in selling homes, villas and condos, as well as leasing them for vacations or seasonal residents. We also offer home maintenance services like exterior and interior painting, housekeeping and roof cleaning.

We also provide home watch services for seasonal residents to ensure that your home stays safe and secure even when you are thousands of miles away.

We also offer golf cart rescue, repair and transportation services.

Let us know how we can help you, and we will gladly provide details in writing of how we intend to help.

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What Is a Home Watch Service?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Nowadays, it's essential to be involved in your home security. It's especially important when you're not always at your home and can't be there to do routine checkups. In Florida, this is something that is a real issue for many residents considering the high "snowbird" population that comes during winter. Snowbirds, for those that don't know, are those that live up north during the summer and early fall months and live in Florida (or other warmer states) during late fall through early spring. Those are long periods to be away from your home, especially in another state. That's why a home watch service is almost a necessity for these residents. But what is a home watch service, and what do they provide?

Read more...

Hiring a Commercial Janitorial Service for Your Business

Thursday, June 6, 2019

For those that own a business, there are a lot of different factors to worry about. Mostly you want to make sure that your customers are satisfied with the highest and you've done all you can to make sure their experience with your company is a great one. So if you have an office building, is it not equally important to make a good impression when people visit your office? First impressions can say a lot about a business, and the cleanliness of an office can let a potential customer know if they want to continue to do business with you or not. Here we will give off a few great reasons why it's incredibly important to hire a commercial janitorial service to keep your office space looking brand new.

Read more...

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