A Little Curb Appeal
Keeping Up with your home
So I’m going to digress from the movie track for one post and talk about a recent experience I had getting a house ready to sell.
Without going into all the gory details, I’ll just say that I had a house dumped into my lap that needed a bunch of work done to get it livable again and rentable.
I didn’t really know where to start, so I cast out the information net and googled property maintenance Orlando, Oviedo, Clermont, New Smyrna, Deltona, Daytona, Deland, Sanford, Longwood, Lake Mary, Winter Park, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Windermere, Apopka, Minneola, and Groveland. I figured I might as well look everywhere to get just the right property maintenance service and lawn and shrubbery maintenance company.
I specifically searched for companies that do trash outs as well as do glass and residential window repair, plumbing and septic pump outs, electrical repair, and painting and drywall repair. Also
I knew I needed a pool service and an outfit that had a rekey service and did pressure washing.
I knew I wanted a company near me that was like a handyman service on steroids. I didn’t want to hire someone for a day or at an hourly rate. Nope. I wanted someone with total-job rates—where they would answer my questions and then just come in and do all the work at one set price.
I knew I could probably find a foreclosure cleaning business that would come in, give me an estimate, and deal with my house like they do for typical foreclosures and foreclosed homes.
So I did all this looking and I stumbled on a company called Curb Appeal Fixers. I called up Allison and told her exactly what I had going on. I told her there was a pool in the back that was green and full of frogs and had god-knew-what at the bottom of it; that had a screen enclosure that was torn and needed repair; that had pool decking that was grimy and had weeds growing up through the cracks.
I told her that some of the windows in the house were cracked and needed to be replaced; that there was actual trash in the house that needed to be hauled away; that it looked like there were some wiring issues; that some of the light fixtures and fans were missing and needed to be replaced; that the carpets needed ripping out and either replaced with new carpeting or with tile; that the whole thing needed repainting inside and out; that the lawn needed mowing and the shrubs needed trimming.
Also it looked to me like the roof needed either repair or complete replacement.
Also there was a chicken coop in the back yard that needed some TLC. I suggested a chicken coop company that could probably come in and do the needed repairs. It looked like the chicken wire probably needed replacing as well as other parts of the henhouse.
So we talked for quite a while. She came out and looked at everything and gave me one figure to have it all done. As you might expect, it was a substantial figure that surprised even me.
But she obviously knew everything she was talking about, and I knew the house would come back to life under her company’s care.
I was right, and it did. It turned out so well that I sold the house I was living in and moved into the fixed-up one!