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Preparing your home for a hard freeze

Hard Freeze Coming New Years Day 

Temperatures will reach below freezing by New Years Day and may continue to remain below freezing through Friday of next week. Take precautions this weekend and keep your pipes protected for the coming week.

If you do not make precautions now, you will be without water and will be responsible for damages to the property caused by failure to protect your pipes. You must take these precautions to make sure your plumbing, sprinkler, and pool pipes do not freeze leaving you without water on New Years Day or throughout the coming week.

Here's Patty and Carlin with some advice on how to prepare your home for the freeze:  

 

You must take the following precautions to ensure your pipes are protected:

1.  Walk around your home and survey for any outdoor pipes. Any exposed pipes like sprinkler or pool pump pipes should also be covered to insulate it from the freezing temperatures. Simply cover them with towels, blankets, or insulation tape.

2. Leave an outdoor faucet dripping or better yet, wrap your outdoor faucets and/ or cover with insulation boots. The best bet is to wrap all of your outdoor faucets. Hop on YouTube for some solid ideas on how to install your insulation boot cover or to wrap your faucets with common household items.

Also, remember to remove any sprinkler hoses from your spigot. 

3. Leave an indoor faucet dripping slightly to keep water flowing through the pipes.This relieves the excess pressure that can build up inside pipes during freezing weather. 

4.  Locate your water shut off valve in case a pipe does burst as water will need to be turned off at the main connection (usually at the meter in your yard close to the road). This is essential to know and easier to locate in a non-emergency situation.

5. Make sure your heater is on  and set to at least 65 degrees. 

6.  If you have a sprinkler system or a pool, your sprinkler pipes and pool pump pipes must also be covered. If you have insulation tubing, that is best, but if not, cover your pipes completely with towels, blankets, newspaper, or insulation tape. 

Nicole St. Aubin
Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503

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12-30-2017
Nicole St. Aubin
Preparing for Freeze
01-12-2018
Fire Prevention Tips from Complete DKI in Pensacola, Florida

As Realtors, we take safety and security at your home very seriously. That's why we reached out to Ashlee Carpenter, Vice President of Complete DKI, one of the leading property restoration companies in town, to bring you these Fire Prevention Tips. Watch Ashlee as she gives us several fire prevention tips to consider.

Ashlee warns us that statistics show 1 in 5 people will experience a house fire in their lifetime.  Her quick tips today include:

1. Set a loud timer on your cell phone while you are cooking. Do not rely on your stove timer.

2. Check your holiday lights every year before using them. Make sure to read the safety instructions.

3. Keep atleast a 3 foot buffer around any space heaters you may be using. Do not let space heaters run while you are not home!

4. Have a fire safety plan and emergency plan for your family in the event you have a fire.

5. Inspect your smoke detectors every month! Make sure they are not expired (as they expire after 10 years) and that the batteries are working properly. We recommend upgrading to a 10 year tamper proof detector for maximum protection. 

Complete DKI For more information on Complete DKI, visit their website at http://www.CompleteDKI for more prevention tips and to learn about their restoration services. 

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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02-09-2017
Nicole St. Aubin
Safety Tips
03-29-2017
Furniture and Household Item Donation in Pensacola

Are you moving, doing some serious holiday cleaning, or just need to get rid of some items?

There is an alternative if you're not into online marketplaces or don't think you have enough stuff for a good garage sale. How about donating your items to a local Pensacola area charity!

There are four main organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties that support item donations and offer free pick up for these items! Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Salvation Army, and the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries offers local drop off and pick up from several bargain centers in the Pensacola area including one in Pace, Milton, and Gulf Breeze. Goodwill has 6 locations in the Pensacola area including 15 E Brent Lane, 5998 Mobile Hwy, 600 E Cervantes St., 4081 Olive Rd., 2 E Nine Mile Rd., and 2155 W Nine Mile Rd. Find the closest one to your home. They also just opened a new megastore at 1751 E. Olive Rd. in Pensacola, FL 32514. 

ListItemWhat they accept: Household items, furniture, clothing, blankets, and much more!

ListItemWhat they don't accept: Items in non working condition with missing parts, items that are stained and torn, and items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet safety standards. 

ListItemWhat they do: Help people in our community build skills and find employment. 

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's Habitat for Humanity Resale Store location for drop off is 5810 North Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32503.

How to schedule a Pick up for Habitat for Humanity Restore: Call them at 850-476-0001 or schedule pick up online. 

ListItemWhat they accept: Appliances no older than ten years, building materials of all kind, lighting, cabinetry, windows,  hardware, furniture (no mattresses or stained,tears or pet damage), toys, musical instruments, filing cabinets, area rugs, cars, books, and other household items.

ListItemWhat they don't accept: Anything that doesn't work, needs a replacement part, is torn, has pet damage, or is soiled, and the following: Appliances more than 10 years old, dishwashers manufactured, microwaves over 5 years old, Automobile parts/ accessories, Baby items, Clothing/linens/bedding/drapes/bed pillows
Computers, printers, desks, Electronics, Fireplaces, Exercise equipment, Hazardous chemicals, Hospital Beds, Metal or plastic window blinds, Mirrored Doors or glass, 
Pianos, Upholstered items with rips, stains, tears, and/or pet odors, Used Paint, Waterbeds, Water Heaters manufactured before Jan. 2014

ListItemWhat they do: Sell items to fund homeownership for hundreds in our local community! 

Salvation Army

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's Salvation Army location is 3780 N. Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32514.  Call them at (850) 432-1943. 

ListItemWhat they accept: Used matteresses with frame only. Clothes, vehicles, household items, appliances and furniture.

ListItemWhat they don't accept: Tube tvs or anything stained, ripped or damaged in any way. 

ListItemWhat they do: Items are sold at Salvation Army Family Stores and help fund rehabilitation services. 

Waterfront Rescue Mission

Local pick up and drop off for Pensacola items offered! Pensacola's has several area Waterfront Rescue Mission Bargain Stores including one in Cantonment, Milton, and West Pensacola. The Pensacola Waterfront Rescue Mission recycling and donation center location is 388 West Herman St., Pensacola, FL 32505.  Call them at (850) 607-8340 or schedule pick up online at http://www.pickupmydonation.com  

ListItemWhat they accept: household items in good condition including clothing, furniture (no mattresses), appliances, lighting, lawn equipment, musical instruments, home decor, electronics (no tube TV’s of computer monitors), tools, toys, books, recyclable materials, and much more. 

ListItemWhat they don't accept: Mattresses, water beds, tube tv's, non-working tv's or computers/monitors, expired foods, hot tubs, and furniture that is not safe or too heavy for their crew.

ListItemWhat they do: Provide resources and meals for  homeless men, women, and children in the Pensacola area. 

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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12-05-2016
Nicole St. Aubin
Item Donations
01-01-2018
5 Easy Appliance Care Tips

Our friends at Nelson's Appliance helped us with some quick appliance maintenance tips to keep your appliances running efficiently to kick off our new web series "One Minute Maintenance Tips."  Take a minute and learn how to keep your appliances running smoother for longer. 

The appliance maintenance tips are:

1. Use jet dry in your dishwasher. 

2. Always wash your dishes. 

3. Run your dishwasher twice a month. 

4. Clean refigerator coils. 

5. Use garbage disposal twice weekly. 

If you have any appliance issues in the Pensacola area, contact Nelson's Appliance at (850) 572-5102 or visit them online at www.nelsonsappliancerepair.com 

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate

Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
#1 in Pensacola Rental Houses & Apartments
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11-01-2016
Realty Masters of FL
Maintenance Tips
01-01-2018
5 Tips to Prevent Bed Bug Infestation
5 TIPS TO PREVENT BED BUG INFESTATION
 
Five tips to help you prevent a bedbug infestation in your home:
 
1) Don't buy used furniture!  
 
Bedbugs don't build nests like typical pests; they prefer to live in furniture. While mattresses are the preferred hiding spot for bedbugs, they can hide and live in couches, chairs, rugs, luggage, purses, clothing, inside books and even picture frames! 
 
Because of this, you must be careful when purchasing used furniture as a few bugs can lead to an infestation. Fully inspect all crevices of any furniture before purchasing anything used. 
 
Bedbugs are hard to kill and expensive to treat. We've seen bedbug treatments cost anywhere from $350- $1,000. Plus, treatment will include throwing away any affected items. Why take the risk? 
 
2) Be cautious while traveling. 
 
Google pictures of bedbugs and bedbug infestations. It grosses me out so I can't post them here.  Be aware and take precautions!  Here's some good information from the EPA on bedbugs: http://www.epa.gov/bedbugs 
 
Check prior to your departure to see if your hotel appears on any of these bedbug registry websites: http://www.bedbugreports.com/  and http://registry.bedbugs.net/ 
 
Whenever traveling, ensure you check all beds in your hotel room prior to unpacking any luggage. Pull off the sheets and check on the undersides of the mattresses as well as in all four corners. Look for any live bugs, bloodstains, and fecal matter or residue. 
 
It's also best practice not to put your purse or luggage on any carpeting when you are traveling.  Many people pick up bedbugs at a hotel without ever knowing it because they don't take precautionary measures.  
 
3)  Use mattress covers for all beds in the household.
 
A mattress cover is totally worth the costs, especially if you just googled bedbug infestations.  A mattress cover can protect your mattress from bugs trying to make it home.  Experts suggest purchasing a white or light colored mattress protector so it's easier to spot any critters. 
 
4) Routinely check your bedroom for bedbugs.
 
Be sure to check your entire bedroom and any furniture surrounding the bed, including the edge of carpeting, in nightstands, lamps, and in your clock radio.  They like to be close to possible hosts. Bedbugs feed during the night and often go unnoticed for long periods of time.  Because they are nocturnal and feed while you are sleeping, bedbugs most commonly live in mattresses.  
 
The bite of a bedbug is painless and causes a small red itchy irritation on your skin.  They can often be confused as flea or mosquito bites. Bedbugs are said to feed every 5 to 10 days but can sustain for several months without feeding! 
 
 
5) Act Fast if you suspect a bedbug situation.
 
You can have a casual encounter with a bedbug and walk away unscathed if you act fast. Be aware, do your research, and stay vigilant especially when traveling or visiting others homes.  If you suspect you have encountered bedbugs, notify the appropriate parties.  It's best to isolate any items that may have been exposed. Wash all clothing dry on high heat.  Put shoes, stuffed animals, and purses in dryer on high heat. Throw away items that cannot be dried that may be affected such as luggage.  
 
Contact a pest control person immediately for further advice and examination. Not all pest control companies are experienced in eliminating bedbugs. We recommend locally Florida Pest Control at (850) 432-4103 or Ensec at (850) 474-4000. 


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4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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07-06-2016
Nicole St. Aubin
Bed Bugs
01-01-2018
Moving out of a Realty Masters Rental Property

Moving out of a Realty Masters Rental Property 

We want all of our residents to receive a full security deposit return! We also want our residents to leave the house ready for the next resident.

Watch this video for tips on how you can receive a full security deposit refund in 15 days. Moving is hard- it takes a lot of time and proper planning. We understand how stressful the moving process! 

 Because we typically have residents moving in right after you vacate, it's important to plan your move and ensure you leave plenty of time to clean, have the carpets professionally cleaned, and have the lawn manicured. Florida Landlord Tenant Law and your lease agreement require these items to be done by the resident. If not completed, the law allows the owner to hire workers to complete the work and make a claim against your security deposit if we have proper documentation to support the claim.  

Please consider how you would like to find a home when you are moving in and understand that if you do not leave the home in white glove clean condition, we will have to hire a cleaning service and make a charge against your deposit which can delay the return of your security deposit up to 45 days! Most residents do not clean as thoroughly as thoroughly as they would expect a home to be cleaned upon their move in. Because of this, we suggest hiring a cleaning service upon move out to ensure your deposit is not tied up due to minor cleaning charges.  

Give us a call or email us with any questions you may have about moving out of a Realty Masters rental property in the greater Pensacola, Florida area. We are happy to explain the move out process and answer any questions you may have. 

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06-08-2016
Nicole St. Aubin
Moving out
01-01-2018
5 Tips for Renters in a Competitive Market

5 Tips for Pensacola Renters:  Finding a home in a competitive market

  • Do your research! Look up school districts, view all photos, walk down with street view on google maps, do a sex offender search. Read our blog here for more tips and websites to do research. If there is a real deal breaker, know about it in advance and don't waste everyone's time. Remember, a lot of the homes on the market are occupied so an appointment has to be arranged with a property manager and a current resident! 
  • Don't be so picky. I know, you want a fabulous house for as little as possible, we all do! With low availability, you can't be picky about 
    • Not all homes are brand new or just remodeled. If that's what you require, you will have a harder time finding a place and will have to act fast.
    • Sure, East Hill is a great place to live but with only 5 rentals available in the area and a median price of $1,000 per month, it's nearly impossible to find a 3 bedroom 2 bath affordable rental in the area. Downtown is similar with very few available and the majority being smaller, older homes in outlying areas of Downtown. 
    • Gulf Breeze schools are among the highest rated; that's why there's less than 20 properties for rent in the area with only four rentals in Gulf Breeze Proper and nothing available on Pensacola Beach. The average rental rate in Gulf Breeze is currently $1,700. 
    • As we approach PCS season, we see limited availability especially nearby the back gate of Naval Air Station. Expand your search area.
  • Come prepared!  We see great applicants miss out on homes every day as we are getting multiple applications on the most desirable properties. Be flexible and available for open houses and showings. Be sure you have your deposit ready when you apply. 
    • Have a folder with the following documents ready for when you find the right house! 
      • Driver's license copy for all adults over 18 residing in the property
      • Pay stubs or income verification for at least one month. Have all forms of income available and documented for each adult.
      • Photos of any pets you may have
      • Previous landlord information including phone and email address. Better yet, ask your current landlord for a letter of recommendation stating your rental rate, dates of residency, and contact information.
  • Be weary of scams.  Unfortunately, people like to take advantage of others when inventory is low. Never send your personal information via email or send money overseas without verifying. Craigslist scams are common and scammers are smart about their scams. They even create email addresses to mirror the actual owners name. This happens all the time so please be careful when leasing from owner, especially from out of state. 
  • Consider Purchasing.  In 2011,the average rental rate was $960 per month. The average Pensacola rental is now over $120 more expensive per month representing a 13% increase in rents over the last four years. Interest rates are low. Talk to us about your options to own your own home! Unsure about whether you have the funds required to purchase? Look into first time home buyer bond and grant programs. If you want more information, contact our office or email me here.
03-01-2016
Nicole St. Aubin
rental market
01-01-2018

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