Author: April Strickland

Hidden Gems of Adventures in Gainesville

Posted on July 18, 2018 by .

New to Gainesville and not sure what to do on the weekends? Are you looking for something in Gainesville, Florida that’s out of the ordinary? Do you like to explore, hike, horseback ride, or see exotic wildlife? Look no further! We’ve got some great destinations that you have to stop at if you like traveling […]

Does Staging Your Home Really Help?

Posted on June 27, 2018 by .

If you’ve thought about selling your home or you’re somewhere in the process, odds are you’ve heard something about staging your home. The internet is flooded with information on the do’s and don’ts of home staging and why you need to have that throw pillow perfectly placed on your couch. While there are some people […]

Why Smart Landscaping Is the Secret Weapon to Protect Your Home

Posted on April 25, 2018 by .

Tom Snogles is the owner of Sun Power Lawn Care, a quiet electric lawn care business in Gainesville, FL.   Good landscaping isn’t just about making your neighbors envious. Healthy, properly maintained grass and plants can actually protect the investment you’ve made in your home. So often, the Sun Power Lawn Care team finds landscaping […]

Lender Q & A

Posted on January 3, 2018 by .

  The lending process to buy a home for many can be confusing at best and convoluted and frustrating at worst. There are a lot of misconceptions about debt and the lending process.  We asked a local Lender, Brian Goldman with Leap Mortgage, to peel back the layers on some of the most common questions […]

How to Prepare to Buy A Home

Posted on November 27, 2017 by .

It’s almost Spring, and that means house buying season is about to arrive! Buying a house is a big undertaking. Below are a few tips to help you find your dream home. Check Your Credit Mortgage lenders are going to take a look at your credit score to help them determine the rates they’ll offer […]

Helpful Contact Information for Hurricane Irma

Posted on September 9, 2017 by .

Restoration Company: Maven Restoration (they have handled many restoration projects for Golden Rule and are amazing, contact them before your insurance company) They have plywood, lumber, tarps, dry out equipment etc standing by. Tree Company: Shade Shifters Tree Service Rumor Hotline: 311 Power Outage Numbers:    Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485 (same for fallen power lines)    GRU: 352-334-2871    Clay Electric: 1-888-434-9844 (same for damaged lines)    Alachua Electric: 386-418-6110    Florida Power: 1-800-468-8243 Hurricane Tracking Site: Spaghetti Models […]

Landlords and the Dreaded Deposits

Posted on August 23, 2017 by .

Many renters have nightmares about getting their security deposit back. If you’ve heard stories about friends or family that did all they could and they still lost their deposit, it might make you wonder if your landlord is some sort of scam artist looking to suck your wallets dry. It’s an unpleasant thing to have […]

Day of Reckoning: Home Inspection Day

Posted on July 31, 2017 by .

You’re finally ready. You’ve found the home of your dreams, made the offer, and are eager to close the deal with the seller. But don’t go rushing in yet—put on the brakes! You still need to have an inspection of the home first. Why You Need a Home Inspection Some buyers just assume that the […]