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Feb
13
2018

Golf Cart Breakdown

golf cart troubleWhenever someone hears the word retirement, the first few things that come to mind are relaxation, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Where can a retiree go to enjoy their new found free years once work is done and it’s time for play? Fortunately, there’s a community in Central Florida built for just that. It’s a town called The Villages, and it is a retirement kingdom. An entire town dedicated to enjoying life in the silver years and taking it easy. It’s quite a large town, so there’s a lot of areas to cover, but what about just going to a friend’s down the block? Or making that quick trip to Publix to pick up a few essentials?  Thankfully The Villages is 100% golf cart friendly (which works perfectly for those retirees who came to Florida to golf in the sunshine). It’s very easy to get around town to any  amenities in a golf cart. Though unfortunately golf carts sometimes malfunction just like a regular vehicle and will sometimes leave you stuck between your home and destination. What can you do? Who can you call?

Most golf cart trouble is battery related in some way. Either it doesn’t have enough of a charge, or something has gotten loose with the connection of the battery and won’t fire up the cart. If you  can’t call an S.O. or family member to  give you a jump, there are still options to get help. AAA offers assistance with broken down golf carts in select parts of The Villages and may also offer them in other retirement based areas as well. It is seen as the main method of transportation and the company understands the frustration of a broken down vehicle, be it car or golf cart.

Another option is to call a locally based golf cart company to assist in towing or charging of the golf cart. This can be either the dealership where the cart was sold or even an independent company such as White Pelican Home Services. Companies like White Pelican go above and beyond with assisting in a broken down golf cart. Ensuring each customer is a number one priority and making sure you and your golf cart get from point A to point B and back with no worries.

Jan
09
2018

Stay Warm on Golf Cart

Nicole Stevens

Florida, the state everyone wants to retire to, is no stranger to cold weather. Though Florida is mostly a stranger to snow, cold winds don’t spare us here down south! But when your daily driver through town is a golf cart, how can you stay warm? Here you will find a few helpful tips for making sure your ride on the cart in the middle of winter remains warm and comfortable.

  • Dress in layers! That cold wind will feel even colder once the motor starts running, so make sure to invest in some cold weather headbands that cover your ears or something similar. Gloves are important as well. Break out that puffy jacket you never wear and get use out of it.
  • Store some extra blankets on the seats. This will provide a comfier ride as well as hold onto any heat left from sitting on it or being near a heat source, rather than the plastic/vinyl seating that stays cold.
  • Plastic panels will break down the wind. Those plastic covers for the sides of the golf cart aren’t always the most stylish but are effective in keeping the chilly wind at bay. It will still let cold air in, but not as much if the cart was wide open.
  • Invest in a golf cart heater. These handy gadgets pack a toasty punch, are portable, and fit right in your drink holder in the cart.  These typically run on propane and last for some time.

All in all, the best and least expensive way to stay warm on a golf cart during winter is to wear the right clothes. A few extra layers never hurt, and let’s all be thankful that winter only lasts a couple of weeks in Florida!

Dec
05
2017

Rental Home Housekeeping Service

wphs housekeeping the villagesIf you have ever owned a rental property or known someone who has, you know it’s not always a piece of cake. One of the main responsibilities for a rental home is maintaining the upkeep of said rental. Having to take care of your  household is one thing, but having to go clean up another after cleaning your own is exhausting! Here you will see all the advantages to having a top-notch housekeeping service keeping your rental home pristine.  

Imagine just getting home from work, making sure the kids and/or pets are taken care of, dinner is ready to cook, and then realizing your rental home across town is going to be looked at tomorrow, and you haven’t made it there to clean up yet! A potential disaster can be avoided with your local housekeeping service. Not only does it ensure you’ll have a neat and tidy home to show, but it also gives you a peace of mind. Those who work in housekeeping keep a strict schedule, so you’ll always know when the rental will be clean and ready to show potential renters!

It can be a lot of work juggling properties you are not currently living in, so keeping an eye on every little detail can become maddening. An extra set of eyes eases the stress and helps keep you informed on the status of your rental home. Homes tend to deteriorate when they’re not paid proper attention, so between times of being occupied, the housekeeper will ensure the home is visited during it’s already planned out cleaning schedule and keep the home seemingly active.

Hiring a licensed and insured housekeeper also guarantees you’re hiring a professional and not just someone who puts an ad on an online forum. They will be the ones who know how to get those awkward stains out of carpets or relieve a room of its musky odor and keep it going. This brings it back to the peace of mind given to a rental home owner, knowing that their investment is safely in the hands of professionals and not amateurs with some Windex.

A housekeeper is a sound investment if you plan to rent out these homes frequently and/or in abundance. It will never be a forgotten thought to make sure they’re clean and ready for a new group of renters to enjoy and ensures it will be immaculate and every time. 

Oct
31
2017

Has this year's hurricane season hurt home sales in Florida?

hurricane irma the villagesAccording to real estate experts, the housing market is indeed bound to be slightly busier following Hurricane Irma than it was befortoe the storm hitting land. Experts state that the reason behind this change is that volatility creates momentum in the marketplace both good and bad. They predict the market taking a hit from 25 to 50 percent down pending closings because everyone took a two-week vacation. 

Because people are eager to get back to their normal lives following the storms passing, the market is expected to see buyers and sellers alike expedite their situation by either getting off the fence or seizing opportunities.

Floridians know the risk of hurricanes and Irma was a stark reminder. The Florida lifestyle of beaches and boatings are what gives the area its appeal and buyers are willing to take that risk. Typically, following a hurricane buyers will pay closer attention to safe hurricane features in a home like a hurricane proof windows and whole-home generators.

Sep
28
2017

Snowbird Season

 snowbirds the villagesSouthern states may not experience a traditional winter season, but they sure do know when it’s starting to get colder. A migration of older citizens, much like birds flying south for the winter, comes to the warmer climates in a season dubbed “snowbird season." When exactly does this season start? Where do these “snowbirds” go? When does it end? The following will answers all your queries about the ever-popular snowbird season in the south.

Snowbird season  begins when the weather starts to really cool down in the northern states, so  the beginning/middle of October is most popular. Some get a head start and will begin their travels in mid/late September. A lot of the snowbirds consist of Canadians, all looking to escape a harsh winter and find more suitable conditions for living, even just momentarily.

One of the most popular destinations for snowbirds is Florida, home to countless rental properties that are only rented six months out of the year. Most snowbirds either rent or own two separate homes, their residence up north, and their migration residence down south. The vast majority of snowbirds are all retired which allows them the freedom and financial stability to travel as such. If home renting isn’t an option, a lot of snowbirds opt for the mobile option of RVing. Those empty RV lots in the summer look drastically different come to the end of autumn.

So now that we know when they come and where they do when do they leave? The migration of the snowbirds is much like the migration of actual birds, traveling down when the cold comes and going back up north when the cold leaves. The time frame is usually April/May when the snow starts to completely disappear up north. Some do return up north for the holidays, still wanting to enjoy a white Christmas with the perk of knowing they can return to a much warmer place for a few months once the festivities are over.

Snowbirds are an essential part of the southern charm anymore it seems. They help the economy all while enjoying themselves in the process. It’s a win-win for both communities, especially when it comes to not having to shovel any snow!  

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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.

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Golf Cart Breakdown

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Whenever someone hears the word retirement, the first few things that come to mind are relaxation, satisfaction, and enjoyment. Where can a retiree go to enjoy their new found free years once work is done and it’s time for play? Fortunately, there’s a community in Central Florida built for just that. It’s a town called The Villages, and it is a retirement kingdom. An entire town dedicated to enjoying life in the silver years and taking it easy. It’s quite a large town, so there’s a lot of areas to cover, but what about just going to a friend’s down the block? Or making that quick trip to Publix to pick up a few essentials?  Thankfully The Villages is 100% golf cart friendly (which works perfectly for those retirees who came to Florida to golf in the sunshine). It’s very easy to get around town to any  amenities in a golf cart. Though unfortunately golf carts sometimes malfunction just like a regular vehicle and will sometimes leave you stuck between your home and destination. What can you do? Who can you call?

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Stay Warm on Golf Cart

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nicole Stevens

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