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Tips For Buying Ponte Vedra, FL Real Estate

Few things in life are quite as exciting as shopping for real estate. Touring homes and imagining what life would be like in each one opens up a whole world of possibilities for your future. Although it is easy to let your emotions guide you through the home buying process, it is important to put careful thought into your final decision. After all, you will most likely be living in your new home for a long time to come. You need to make sure that it is not only well-suited to your needs now but that it can also grow with your family in the future. The following tips for buying Ponte Vedra, FL real estate will help you find the home of your dreams.

Video above courtesy of Michael Sero (Ponte Vedra Real Estate Specialist)

1. Make a wish list. Before you start looking for a home, make a list of all of the amenities that you need. This includes basics such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want, as well as more frivolous features such as a large deck or an island kitchen. Rank these features based on how important they are to you, starting with the most important items first. You can give this list to your real estate agent to improve the chances of them finding a home that meets your needs.

The Woodlands in Ponte Vedra 2 story house

2. Know how much you can afford to spend before you start shopping. Sit down with a banker and crunch the numbers. Remember, just because you can get approved for a certain dollar amount doesn’t mean that you should necessarily spend that much. Be realistic when thinking about how much you can comfortably afford to pay. Also, don’t forget to take into account additional monthly expenses such as homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, utilities, and homeowner’s association fees.

3. Think about location first. Practically everything about a house can be changed apart from its location. It is always possible to remodel or add on to a home. Moving a home, however, is a far more complicated process. Because of that, you should make location your number one priority. Pay attention to factors such as what type of amenities a particular neighborhood has, what the schools are like, whether or not there are nearby grocery stores, how far you have to commute for work, whether it is safe for walking or anything else that may be important to you. Additionally, check property values in the area to see if they have been rising or falling over the past few years. Although there is no way to predict what they will do in the future, this can be a good indication of whether a neighborhood is growing or declining.

The Plantation Entrance in Ponte Vedra Mickler Road (3)

Images credit: Ponte Vedra Real Estate

4. Look beyond the surface. Don’t get so caught up in surface details such as wallpaper or carpeting that you overlook an otherwise perfect home. Try to see past the surface to imagine a home’s potential. You can often discover some incredible diamonds in the rough if you are willing to use your imagination.

These tips for buying Ponte Verda, FL real estate should help you find the perfect home for your needs, both now and in the future.

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How Do You Measure Success?

When you think about success, what exactly comes to your mind? Do you see lots of money? Do you see fancy cars and big houses? It is true that monetary success allows you to be able to acquire some of these materialistic things, but there’s a lot more to success than simply wealth.

Allen WeinsteinAllen Weinstein is an 80 year old self-made man who battled many challenges in life. He is the author of ‘Memoirs of a Learning Disabled Dyslexic Multi-Millionaire’ and as you can read in his book’s title, he is dyslexic. If you are not familiar with dyslexia, it is a reading disorder and it affects people in various degrees. Allen grew up going to school in the 50s when learning disorders were completely oblivious to the world. Terms such as “stupid” and “least likely to succeed” were things that Allen heard very often as a kid in school. He actually was not able to read until he was 13 years old. Pretty incredible when you think that someone who was voted the least likely to succeed in his high school class became the most successful of them all!

In the video below, Allen Weinstein points out something very important. As I stated in the opening paragraph of this post, “there’s a lot more to success than simply wealth.” Take two minutes of your time to watch Allen’s video and I guarantee that you will see success from a completely different view.

Some of my personal favorite quotes from Allen Weinstein:

“The similarity between success and failure is one’s state of mind.”

“Appreciate what you have rather than agonize over what you do not have.”

For more information about Allen Weinstein, visit his website and follow him on Facebook.

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How to Choose the Right Company To Rid Your Property of Pests

If you are a homeowner, you will definitely have to deal with pests at one point in time.  Ants, rodents, roaches, termites, you name it—all of these vermin can damage and lower the value of your home, if left undetected.  This is why you should immediately consult a pest control company to get rid of pests at the first sign of them.  Perhaps you see ant tracks and curtains and clothes with tiny holes, or the funny smell that rodents, stink bugs, and roaches leave, you might even hear termites and rodents within your wall crevices especially at night.  So how do you choose the right company for the job?

ASAP Pest Control exterior spraying of Palm Coast home

Pest Problems

The location of your property will somehow give you a clue to the type of pests that are commonly seen in your neighborhood.  For example, bed bugs are more prevalent in crowded cities, whereas rogue wasps and mice are more common in the country.  Whatever type of pests you have, do not attempt to deal with them on your own, for safety and efficiency.  Bigger pest control companies can give you highly-effective solutions at an affordable cost, so no need to worry about spending tons to get rid of pests.  That’s just one of the benefits of hiring someone to get rid of pests.  Professionals readily have the materials to terminate them and the technical know-how to do so, no need for unnecessary trial-and-error.

Photos and videos in this post provided by ASAP Pest Control based out of Central Florida.

Choosing the Pest Control Provider

You may conduct an online search for pest control companies in your area.  There are sites that provide reviews for specific companies, such as Yelp where past clients can approve of or advice against a company’s services.  Reviews should also be taken with a grain of salt.  If you know that a local pest control company has an ill reputation, contrary to stellar reviews found on Google, then stay away from that company.  If you are convinced that online reviews are real and many people recommend a particular company near your area, then by all means call and inquire about their services and rates.

Finding the Best Value

There are literally hundreds of companies that can promise you all sorts of solutions to your pest problems.  The best thing to do is to look for the one that will guarantee the best value.  This does not necessarily mean going for the cheapest one available.  Go for the one that can clearly guarantee great results at a price that is within your budget.  Don’t hesitate to drop by their office and negotiate in person and always ask for a written quote.  Some may provide you with an estimate after they inspect your property.  Look for a professional company that has a solid reputation for being reliable—one that is highly recommended by people you know, if possible.

When you have identified the company that you wish to do business with, set up an appointment and discuss your pest issues, budget, duration, and terms of the service.  It is best if these conditions were put into writing just to remind you of what to expect if the problem was resolved or not.  Ask about their guarantee, just to make sure that the pest problem will be resolved properly.  A great company is one that will immediately lay out the terms, set a date for inspection, and provide you with different choices and ways to eliminate the pests.

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What to Look For in a Custom Pool & Spa Contractor

Do you dream of building a custom pool in your property? The long wait is over.  Why not get in touch with a local custom pool builder today and start planning and constructing what that you have been dreaming of for long?  A reputable company can help you achieve your plans for a swimming pool for you and your family to enjoy.

Custom swimming pool in Palm Coast home with waterfalls

Consider the following if you are serious about building your custom pool.  Since pool construction is a major investment, doing your research will definitely help you choose the right company.  A competent company must be enlisted to ensure that the construction will be accomplished exactly how you envisioned them.  Moreover, any setback on construction will cost you a good deal of money and this is why you need to deal with the right company for your custom pool construction.

New custom pool and spa by Agua Construction in Palm Coast

* Agua Construction & Agua Pools was the swimming pool contractor that designed and built the pools seen in above pictures.

You’ll want to look for a company that can guarantee you a well-built pool.  First, seek advice from people you know who recently had their pools built.  They can recommend their pool-builder and you can personally inspect the finished work, so you can decide better if you will hire them or not.  They may also know companies that you should stay away from, heed their advice if you trust and find them reasonable.

List down the contractors and suppliers that your friends with pools might recommend and don’t forget to each check them out when you have the time.  Build list of other contractors that you have also researched about, because having more choices helps you weigh the pros and cons of all pool builders.

Provide a criteria for selecting your pool building company such as price to fit your budget, reputation, and proximity to your location.  These can help you narrow down the list and decide on the company that can provide you with the best value.

Aside from people you know, the internet is a great source for people who are looking to build custom pools in their properties.  You can find honest reviews from real customers and also lists of pool builders near your area that you may not have known prior to your search.  Remember, one or two negative reviews does not reflect the competence of a given company.  Personally visit each of their offices, before you decide to write them off your list.  Stay away from companies that obviously appear to have bad service.

Look for a company that has already been operating for quite a while.  They may have slightly higher prices than younger companies, but nothing beats experience when it comes to building a good swimming pool.  The fact that they have been in business for some time means that they have happy clients who recommend them to others and there are people who are willing to try out their services.

Typically, contractors will come visit your place for an inspection before they can give you a quote.  Do not be intimidated by this practice because it means that the company is willing to provide a more realistic estimate of the cost of construction.  The longer it takes for them to inspect your property, the better.

The process of finding the right company to build your custom pool can be quite tedious, but don’t worry.  All your hard work and research will eventually pay off.  Just focus with the end in sight—a well-built pool that you can be proud of, so what are you waiting for?  Start scouting for custom pool builders now!

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How To Improve Your Home’s Exterior

Looks matter when it comes to your home. A great looking home is something that makes you feel good and proud when you come back home from work or whenever you have family or friends visiting and they compliment you on it.

So to make sure your house looks as good as possible, you should invest some time and a little bit of money into your home’s exterior. And in this article we will give you a couple of ideas, just how exactly you can improve your home’s exterior and garden to get the most out of your house.

If you don’t have the time or know-how, you can also hire a professional contractor (such as to handle all your home improvement needs.

For starters it is always astonishing to see what a fresh layer of paint and color can do to utterly transform a place. But even if you do not want to go for a complete makeover, just by painting your front door, window frames and garage doors, your place will look much better. If you want to do a full makeover, you can also paint all exterior walls to make an even better impression. Do some testing on a small spot first, to make sure you made the right color choices before finishing the entire project, and then you are good to go!

exterior house painting

Think over and if necessary overhaul the layout of your entry way. Add bushes, and flowers to your front yard and make sure there is something nice to look at year round. Always take care of your lawn, bushes and flower beds in your garden and invest the time necessary to keep everything in neat condition. Water everything as needed and protect everything from heat and cold.

Plan ahead and choose accordingly when picking out the plants and flowers.There are also ways to keeping a garden green with low maintenance plants, if you do not want to spend much time on maintenance.

Think about adding some seasonal decorations to your house’s exterior and garden. It can add atmosphere to the overall look and makes a house seem more warm and inviting to visitors.

You can also add designs to your windows with window shutters or add some molding to your windows. And even just keeping everything clean, using water pressure to deep-clean your gutters and the driveway can make a huge difference.

You will see that once you get started, there are many things you can do to improve your home’s exterior. Why not give the New Year 2016 a visible fresh start?

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Important Things To Know About Online Bidding For Real Estate

Are you in the market to buy a new home? There are several traditional methods such as going through a realtor or even searching for properties that are being sold by owner. However, there is another method that has become more popular, but not everyone is very familiar with how to do it correctly, and that is purchasing a home via an online auction.

Before you go this route, if you are not familiar with online auctions, please take your time to do a little research and make sure this is a good option for you. Sometimes what might seem like an awesome deal a first glance, turns out to be a nightmare and potentially cost you additional and unexpected expenses.

Here’s a quick video with a few pointers of things to know about online real estate auctions…


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