Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Low inventory haunts Pensacola Rental Market

Lower than normal inventory haunts Pensacola
It's harder than usual to secure a nice rental home in Escambia & Santa Rosa County.

We always have an influx in availability when it comes to Rental Homes in the Pensacola, FL area during the summer months.  Homes rent for more money, have lower vacancy rates, and experience lower days on the market during summer months due mainly to supply and demand.

There are two main reasons for this in the Pensacola, FL real estate market:
  • Peak Military PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders come in during this time
  • Schools & Universities are out are on summer break so many families find this an easy time to make a move
Schools let out next week for Escambia and Santa Rosa County.  As we enter summer and peak PCS season, we are feeling the effects of the rental housing shortage.  Combine these factors with the recent Pensacola Floods, and it's easy to see why it is so difficult to find a nice, clean rental available for move in immediately. 

There are only 290 rental homes available in Escambia County as of today's date per Pensacola MLS (Multiple listing service).  This number includes 1-5 bedrooms in condos, townhomes, and single family homes throughout the county.  As you can see, some zip codes have fewer than 5 rentals available!
Homes in Pensacola, FL Property Management
Breaking down these numbers further, we see that there are few options for nice homes- especially if you have a "dream home" in mind.  Now might be a good time to consider purchasing as there are 10 times as many homes for sale in Pensacola as there are homes for rent.

What can you do to have a competitive advantage?
Follow these tips and you should have a competitive advantage!  Of course, call us at Realty Masters (850) 473 3983 if you are looking to rent in Pensacola or are in need of a Pensacola property manager. 

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL  ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes! 
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to refresh home decor and be a budget-savvy trendsetter

Many people use just one word to describe lavish, luxurious homes filled with the latest interior design trends: unattainable.

These dream homes that appear on television programs and grace the pages of magazines are seen as projects that can only be executed by affluent homeowners who chase trends and change decor with every season. But, according to television design star Lisa LaPorta, with a practical approach, it's easy to stay at the forefront of hot home design trends on any budget.

"Designer homes should be sources of inspiration and motivation," LaPorta says. "When you're researching home renovation and style, you should absolutely look to the most stylish and opulent examples. Then, once you know what you want, execute those ideas on a budget that works for you." According to LaPorta, the best way to keep your home up to date with current trends is to change elements that have high impact, and are cost-effective.

"It might seem obvious, but painting can truly transform a home from being 20 years outdated, to one on the cusp of modern decor," she says. "Keep abreast of the design trends, but don't forget to include your own personality."

LaPorta advises homeowners to be introspective and look to their own personal sense of style to identify paint colors. Your wardrobe says a lot about you and can help guide color selection for your home, she states. Be confident in your choices and run with them. But, she cautions people to never choose a final color while at the paint or hardware store.

"Too often I see people choose colors on the spot at a paint store, only to go home and realize it looks completely different on the wall," LaPorta says. "There's a reason you're allowed to take color chips home with you. You need to test them!"

She goes on to say that many people think color selection is the most important part of painting. Once they know what colors they want to use, it's as simple as grabbing a paint brush and covering the wall, right? Wrong. In reality, choosing an inferior brush can have an enormous negative impact on the final result. LaPorta recommends using high-quality painting tools such as Purdy brushes and rollers for a flawless finish.

The appearance of a finished painting project is very much dependent on the quality of the applicators used. "When you're painting, the brush really does matter. A Purdy brush holds more paint, provides smooth, even coverage and vastly reduces brush marks on the wall."

Once you have the perfect, trendy colors on the walls, it's time to accessorize. LaPorta notes that many people have a tendency to overpopulate their rooms with too much furniture. Not only does this clutter the space, but it's quite costly, as well. Instead, she recommends putting larger furniture pieces in a rotation to cut down on clutter.

"Design is cyclical," LaPorta points out. "Eventually, the couch you bought in the '70s will be popular again. But, that doesn't mean it should be on display until that happens. Focus on a few pieces of large furniture and then chase the trends by purchasing smaller, less costly items such as throw pillows, rugs or inexpensive art and paintings. Then, as trends change and evolve, rotate the larger pieces into your decor. You'll save money, but still feel like your home is on-trend.

A fresh coat of paint and some new accessories can create dramatic change, but LaPorta also points out that simply changing the layout of a room can also make a big difference.

"Homeowners sometimes forget that rearranging furniture can completely change the appeal and feel of a space," she says. "Step outside of the boundaries of your normal decorating style and see how you feel. Instead of having the television as the focal point of a living room, make the coffee table or fireplace the center. The best part is, it's free. And if you don't like how it looks, you can always change it back."

These few simple design tips can help transform your home into a chic, trendy space that's the envy of the neighborhood, all at a price tag you can afford.

Courtesy of BPT

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Top 10 Pool Care & Maintenance Tips

Top 10 Pool Care & Maintenance Tips
Proper routine pool maintenance is essential for the health of your pool!

Top 10 Tips for Maintaining your FL Pool
Sources say, if you don’t maintain your pool properly, you could cut the lifespan of your in-ground pool in half!

In addition to prolonging the life of your pool, proper maintenance and cleaning is necessary to keep your pool a safe place to for your family to swim. A neglected pool can easily cause algae, mold, bacteria, and even E. coli growth!

Pool guys charge you about about 2 times more than it actually costs in chemicals to clean your pool to compensate for labor.  An average pool-cleaning job will run $100-$175 per month depending on season.

You can easily learn to clean your pool and balance your chemicals in 20 minutes or less with the right skills and information.  (Side note, for rental properties, we always suggest having a professional pool company service your pool.  Even with the right instructions and chemicals, tenants are not as likely to properly maintain your pool.)

Seasonal Changes Affecting your Pool 
Of course, as the weather changes and usage increases during the spring and summer months, your pool needs more care in spring and summer than it does in fall and winter.

Pool companies in Northwest Florida typically recommend having your pool serviced every week or biweekly in spring and summer and bi-weekly in late fall and winter. If you are maintaining your own pool, you may want to check your pool chemistry as often as 2 to 3 times per week in summer and once per week in winter to ensure proper pH.

  • 1.  As you are monitoring your pool, take note:

      • Are your returns very weak?
      • Is the in-floor cleaning system working properly?
      • Is the water clarity starting to look bad?
    If any of these conditions exist, it is likely time to clean the filters. Most pools should only need this done a couple of times a year. There are exceptions though based on pool usage, and you should always clean your pool filter after heavy storms. 

  • 2.  Properly cleaning your pool filter requires chemicals. Soak your dirty filter in a 10% solution of muriatic acid or a solution of TSP (trisodium phosphate). Use a rubber trash can. Wear gloves and eye protection. Always add acid to water, NOT water to acid. Rinse until clean and let them dry. It pays to have two pool filters so you don't have to worry about rushing through the cleaning process.

  • Other Routine Cleaning Items 

  • 3.  Clean out skimmer basket(s) weekly, or as needed if conditions exist.
  • 4.  Wipe/clean tile line weekly. This will reduce build-up inside the pool.
  • 5.  Vacuuming the pool is a major component of cleaning your outdoor swimming pool. Vacuuming absorbs dirt, algae, and other yard debris. Your pool may need to be vacuumed daily or weekly depending on your pools exposure to debris and proximity to trees.

  • Maintaining your Pool's pH
    A pool with a chemical imbalance can cause health problems, so make sure you understand your pool's pH before swimming in it.  You can purchase a pH kit that will easily allow you to test and adjust your pool's pH at your local pool store. 

    • 6.  Don’t allow the pH level to get above 8.0
      •  At 8.5, chlorine is only about 10% active. At 7.0, chlorine is about 73% active. If you maintain pH around 7.5, the chlorine will be 50-60% active.
      • Check the chlorinator at least once per week for proper adjustment. Ensure water can properly flow through the chlorinator.  Make sure chlorine tablets are in the Deck-Chlor or Inline Unit, and adjust as necessary to maintain adequate chlorine levels.
    • 7.  Keep the alkalinity between 80-140 PPM. Low or high alkalinity can affect water balance and ultimately a sanitizer’s ability to perform.
    • 8.  Check the total dissolved solids level every 6 months and calcium hardness once a month.
    • 9.  Make sure your pool pump is operating properly. A good rule of thumb is to run your pool pump about 1 hour for every 10ยบ of temperature. Proper circulation is imperative to pool health.
    10.  Other Considerations
    • Keep vegetation, animals, chemicals (like fertilizers and ironite) away from and out of the pool. Nitrates from bird droppings and waste from animals and people are food for algae. 
    • Always keep your pool chemicals stored out of direct sunlight. Keep them in a cool dry place. Do NOT store acid and chlorine right next to each other.
    • The more sun exposure your pool has, the more chemicals it will need.  Chlorine, which keeps your pool from turning green, dissipates in direct sunlight. Slow-dissolving chlorine tablets are a good option or adding cyanuric acid, which helps diffuse the sun’s UV rays and makes the chlorine last longer.
    • If you start seeing any cracks around the perimeter of your pool between your deck and your tile, caulk it with a small bead of clear silicon. Do not allow the water to migrate from inside the pool in and under the deck through cracks at this joint. Call a pool company for a consultation if you see this happening. 
    Proper maintenance is necessary for enjoyment of your pool! 
    If you follow these easy tips for cleaning your outdoor swimming pool, you will successfully increase the life span of your pool as well as your enjoyment of your pool.

    A little easy, inexpensive maintenance can avoid large repair or replacement bills. The products mentioned above can be purchased at your local pool store.

    If you have more questions about maintaining your pool or need a Pensacola Pool Company, we recommend our friends at:
    • Chad Parker Pools~ 850-478-0777~
    Happy Swimming!
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    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    Three home improvement tips to help you breathe easier

    (BPT) - One in five Americans suffer from allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). As the allergy season begins, experts warn that it may be one of the worst in recent years, with people experiencing an unusually strong reaction due to increased tree pollen.

    But little attention is paid to the impact of indoor air on allergies, asthma and general health. We spend an average of approximately 90 percent or more of our time indoors, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA reports that "indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times higher, and occasionally more than 100 times higher, than outdoor levels."

    How does this impact your next home improvement project? A survey by Angie's List revealed Americans spend more than $300 billion annually on remodeling projects. Yet these endeavors typically focus solely on a home's aesthetics while ignoring one important consideration: Is your home healthy?

    Start at the bottom

    We all want beautiful floors in our homes. Many people, however, don't realize that some new flooring can threaten your indoor air quality. When flooring is installed, you may notice an odor for a few days or even weeks. The odor might mean noxious gases are emitting from the materials used during installation. And these emissions, particularly those resulting from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), could potentially have serious, long-term effects on your health - as well as an immediate impact on the health of family members with asthma or allergies.

    The good news is gorgeous flooring options are now available that are certified "asthma and allergy friendly" by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Tarkett Flooring committed resources toward developing flooring solutions which help people breathe easier. The company's FiberFloor is the industry's only residential flooring currently certified by the AAFA. To earn this certification, the flooring underwent rigorous testing by the AAFA and successfully met the following criteria:

    * Installation of the flooring does not result in elevated levels of chemicals.

    * The flooring has a low capacity for retaining allergens.

    * The recommended cleaning of the flooring will not result in exposure to airborne allergens.

    Additionally, other flooring options offered by Tarkett, such as its luxury vinyl tiles and planks and laminates, are FloorScore-certified by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) together with Scientific Certification Systems for better indoor air quality.

    Tarkett's "iSelect" program simplifies flooring options and introduces customers to an interactive, multi-faceted shopping experience.- The system begins with six inspirational color families: Champagne Celebrations, Hushed Conversations, Earthy Connections, Evening Receptions, Fireside Chats, and Warm Gatherings - each offering its own feel and color space to help you find the perfect floor to meet your design, durability and health needs while also coordinating with your existing furnishings and adjoining floors.

    Spring for PVC-free accessories

    Did you know that your shower curtain can be one of the greatest sources of noxious gas in your home? Many homeowners purchase PVC shower curtains and liners because of their functionality and ease of cleaning. However, according to "Practically Green," a website for people interested in green living, a recent study "found that 108 different volatile organic compounds, including those known to cause developmental, liver, nervous system, respiratory and reproductive damage, were released into indoor air by PVC shower curtains." Replacing current shower curtains and liners with PVC-free products are quick and inexpensive fixes that will make your bathrooms healthier for the whole family.

    Manage mold and mildew

    If you're noticing moisture or mold building up on your windows, have your home checked by an energy rater or a building analyst. To prevent moisture from getting in your windows, select windows made with double pane, insulated glass to create an insulating barrier and keep moisture, mildew or mold from developing. For added energy savings, you can opt for a Low Emissivity or "Lo-E" coating to keep heat from radiating beyond the side of the window where it originated. You'll save on your heating and air conditioning bills while also minding your health.

    Home improvements should be a proud reminder that your home is your castle and you treat it well. This year, consider investing in simple projects that can also improve the health of the castle's residents.

    Courtesy of BPT

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    Gulf Breeze, FL Community Video Tour

    Gulf Breeze, FL Neighborhood Video Tour
    Take an in-depth neighborhood tour of one of our favorite Pensacola area communities.

    We are happy to present to you this awesome video tour of the Gulf Breeze, Florida community.  This waterfront community is located just East of Pensacola, FL and West of Destin, FL.  Located halfway between two major bases (NAS Pensacola & Hurlburt Field), the community is known for waterfront living and great school districts.

    Interested in more Gulf Breeze, FL area and neighborhood information? Read a few of our other Gulf Breeze articles here:
    If you want to make Gulf Breeze your home, contact our Gulf Breeze Real Estate Expert Pam Keen Brantley (850) 232-2200 or email her your dream home items at

    If you are interested in renting a home in the Gulf Breeze area, email for a list of available homes.

    Pam Keen Brantley, Broker
    Realty Masters of FL  ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes! 
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    The buzz on battling flying, stinging summer bugs

    The%20buzz%20on%20battling%20flying%2C%20stinging%20summer%20bugs Summer picnic season is upon us, and that means it is time to grab the sunglasses, cooler and sunscreen, and head outdoors. But people are not the only ones who want to enjoy the warm weather. Flying, stinging insects like bees and wasps are abuzz, and make their presence known when collecting pollen and nectar as the weather warms.

    "In the proper environment, bees, wasps and yellow jackets can be very beneficial," says Ron Harrison, entomologist and Orkin technical services director. "In addition to pollinating flowers and plants, they eat grubs, flies and other harmful pests. It is when they are aggravated or feel threatened that they can be a bigger problem."

    There are more than 20,000 known bee species around the world. Their stings can be painful and may cause allergic reactions. About 2 million Americans are allergic to insect stings, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and many of them are at risk of life-threatening reactions.

    Carpenter bees are fairly large and are often mistaken for bumble bees. They can cause significant damage to decks, siding, landscape timbers and even lawn furniture, but males - even though they are aggressive - do not have stingers, and the females rarely sting. Females bore holes in wood to deposit their eggs.
    Yellow jackets can sting multiple times and aggressively protect their colonies, but otherwise, are not quick to sting. They commonly nest on or near the ground under porches or steps, in sidewalk cracks, around railroad ties, or at the base of trees. Yellow jackets are also scavengers, so they can be found near garbage cans and picnics.

    Paper wasps look similar to yellow jackets in that they are narrow and dark brown with black wings and yellow markings. Paper wasp nests are made from small wood or plant fibers combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper. Their nests - frequently found in sheltered areas like tree branches and eaves of houses - include numerous compartments where they lay their eggs and rear their young.

    Be sure to contact a pest professional like Orkin before attempting to address a bee infestation or hive. Harrison offers the following tips to help avoid flying and stinging pests:

    * Use a weed trimmer to thin vegetation near your home, as thick vegetation provides a place for both bees and wasps to nest.

    * Don't leave food or drink containers uncovered for long periods of time. Pests are attracted to human food sources and stinging pests can often enter cans unseen, so it is best to pour your drink into a glass.

    * Fit screens and tighten seals properly on doors and windows to prevent pests from entering into your home.

    * For those at risk of an allergic reaction, apply an EPA-registered insect repellent on clothing and exposed skin to deter bites and stings.

    Courtesy of BPT

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    Sewer Overflows cause of flooding in some areas

    ECUA Sewer Overflows in Pensacola~
    Pensacola area recovering from flash flooding and sewer overflows.

    It's been 10 days since our area was devastated by 22-27 inches of rain which caused flash flooding in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties.

    I found this awesome article from Progress + Promise and map indicating the sewers that overflowed and caused several roads to flood during our April 29-30th storms here in Pensacola. Check it out:  This article includes an easy to view map format of all the places sewer issues were compromised.

    This article explains why several homes and apartments flooded, even though they lie outside of the flood zones.

    Below is the press release from ECUA showing a complete list of the sewer overflows.

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014  04:17 pm CDT

    Several sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) occurred recently as a result of the surcharge of stormwater (from storm drains, retention ponds, curb inlets and overloaded surface drainage) that entered the ECUA sewer collection system.   
    Per State protocol, all overflow areas were cleaned and disinfected with a biocide agent that abated any contamination concerns.  The Escambia County Health Department, the State Warning Point, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection were notified immediately in each case.   Where applicable, the Escambia County Health Department issued a Health Alert for any affected waterway.  
    The overflows were at the following locations:
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 73rd Ave. & Clydesdale Drive, surcharge of stormwater; 1800 gals.   
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 1911 E. La Rua St., surcharge of stormwater; 2,000 gallons.  
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 322 E. Sunset Ave., surcharge of stormwater, 12,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 690 S. Old Corry Rd., surcharge of stormwater; 42,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 210 Cevallos Street (Lift Station #2), overload of stormwater, 2,000 gallons. 
    • 4/30/14 At 7408 Chimney Pines. (Lift Station #285), sewer force main overloaded by stormwater; damaged electrical panel, 500 gallons.
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 2980 S. Blue Angel Pkwy. (Lift Station. #379), overload of stormwater; (2,500 gallons were recovered by vacuum truck and taken to the Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility for treatment.)
      4/30/14 At 5098 Pine Hollow Drive (Lift Station. #194), overload of stormwater; 1,000 gallons.
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 6103 East Shore Drive (Lift Station. #36), overload of stormwater into LS; 500 gallons.             
    • 4/30/14 At 731 Frances Drive (Lift Station. #150), overload of stormwater into LS; 10,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 198 Patton Drive (Lift Station. #120), overload of stormwater from Jones Swamp into LS; 2,500 gallons.             
    • 4/30/14 At 7415 Sandy Creek Drive (Lift Station. #111), overload of stormwater from Jones Swamp into LS; 2,700 gallons
    • 4/30/14 A manhole at 5086 Mobile Hwy. (Lift Station. #107), overload of stormwater from creek into LS; 5,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 7505 Hwy. 98 (Lift Station. #109), overload of stormwater from Jones Swamp into LS; 2,500 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 9952 Bristol Park Road (Lift Station. #99), overload of stormwater from 11-Mile Creek into LS; 4,000 gallons 
    • 4/30/14 At 119 Sheppard Street (Lift Station. #140), overload of stormwater from 11-Mile Creek into LS; 45,000 gallons.             
    • 4/30/14 At 360 Well Line Road (Lift Station. #143), overload of stormwater from 11-Mile Creek into LS; 4,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 2719 Ashbury Lane (Lift Station. #189), overload of stormwater from 11-Mile Creek into LS; 25,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 49 Taylor Road/NASP (Lift Station. #377), overload of stormwater LS; 300,000 gallons
    • 4/30/14 At 16125 Innerarity Point Road (Lift Station. #380), overload of stormwater from private system and community into LS; 50,000 gallons 
    • 5/1/14  A manhole 7850 Heirloom Drive (Lift Station #278), Power failure, 250 gallons.
    • 5/1/14  A manhole at 2239 Detroit Blvd. (Lift Station #50), sewer force main overloaded by stormwater, 500 gallons.
    • 5/2/14  A manhole at 690 S. Old Corry Rd. (Lift Station. #372), overload of stormwater; 2,000 gallons.  
    • 5/2/14  A manhole at 9000 Heritage Oaks Blvd. (Lift Station. #311), Power failure; 1,000 gallons.
    • 5/2/14  A manhole at 701 Zarragossa St. (Lift Station. #295), overload of stormwater, 500 gallons.             
    • 5/2/14  A manhole at 10th Ave. & Gregory St., grease blockage, 30 gals. (20 gals. recovered)              
    • 5/2/14  A manhole at Zarragossa St. & Deviliers St., surcharge of stormwater, 108,000 gals. 
    • 5/3/14 2655 Bayou Blvd., broken sewer main from surcharge of stormwater, 108,000 gals.
    • 5/5/14 751 Brookmeadow Lane, broken sewer force main from surcharge of stormwater, 1,100 gals. (4,800 gallons were recovered by vacuum truck and taken to a treatment plant for disposal.)
    • 5/5/14 4501 E. Johnson Ave., holding pond overflow washed out sewer main, 1,000 gals.      
    For more information on ECUA sewer overflows, contact ECUA or visit their website here:

    Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
    Realty Masters of FL  ~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes! 
    4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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    Saturday, May 10, 2014

    The New Landlord: Affordable Kitchen Makeover

    The New Landlord:  Affordable Kitchen Makeover
    A few hundred dollars transformed this kitchen (and rented this house!)
    Butcher Block Countertops!!

    We've all heard that "kitchens and bathrooms sell (or rent) houses!"  After experiencing longer than normal vacancy time with a cute 3 bedroom duplex in Northeast Pensacola, we learned the feedback from potential renters was that the kitchen was "outdated." 

    The cabinets and countertops were in great shape, so there was no need to replace them. However, the butcher block countertop is definitely a look from the 1980's and turns off potential renters.

    Using the existing cabinets and countertops, we gave this kitchen a much needed makeover. The entire cost of the project was under $500 with a material cost of $250.

    Using the following materials from Home Depot:
    • Expresso Paint
    • Rustoleum Countertop Resurfacing Material
    • New Hinges & Door Pulls in Brushed Nickel
    Our contractors sanded and painted the cabinets with expresso paint. Next, they replaced the hinges and door pulls. Finally, when the cabinets were dry, we want back in and painted two coats of Rustoleum countertop resurfacing material.
    Kitchen remodel ~ Pensacola Property Management
    Kitchen duplex Before Photo!
    Kitchen duplex remodel After photo~ Pensacola Property Management
    Kitchen remodel: After Photo

    Prior to the kitchen remodel, this home sat on the market for over 30 days with no approved applicants.  Within 5 days of the kitchen remodel, we had a renter moving in!

    What do you think about the remodel?  Doesn't it look great?

    This is the eight article of our blog series "The New Landlord: Tips & Tricks for the Profitable Landlord."  Make sure to follow our blog for more advice on how to be an effective landlord!   See our past articles including: 
    Do you have any questions for us? Feel free to ask us your Pensacola Property Management Questions!  Email them to or give our office a call at (850) 473-3983.
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    Thursday, May 8, 2014

    FEMA grants now available!

    FEMA available in Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties
    Press Release Indicates President Declares Disaster for Florida.

    Release date: May 6, 2014
    Release Number:  HQ-14-038

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 28 to May 6, 2014.

    The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

    Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.     

    Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

    Gracia B. Szczech has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.  Szczech said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and more counties and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

    Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online at, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by using a web enabled mobile device at  Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly and those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. These toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

    Read our previous article for more information about the Pensacola area flash floods, 

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    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Easy exterior projects that add lasting beauty to your home

    Easy%20exterior%20projects%20that%20add%20lasting%20beauty%20to%20your%20home Homeowners want to improve their home's exterior while saving time, labor and money. You can enhance your lifestyle by choosing options that extend product performance and add beauty and enjoyment to outdoor living.

    The easy patio fix that's eco-friendly
    Adding pavers to any outdoor area can transform cracked slabs or troubled grass areas into virtually instantaneous living space. But most do-it-yourselfers shy away from working with heavy concrete or brick.

    Andy Vander Woude of AZEK VAST Pavers says you can install a new patio, walkway or driveway with new pavers that install three times faster on a unique grid system over a traditional sub-base. At less than half the weight of concrete, they contain up to 95 percent recycled scrap tires and plastics.

    "There is no need for wet saws or heavy equipment," Vander Woude said. "You can also resurface an old patio, deck or flat roof without the sub-base preparation - just assemble the grid and lay the pavers in like a big puzzle." He added, "It's a way to create instant living space that respects the planet."
    Add curb appeal for lasting first impressions
    Easy%20exterior%20projects%20that%20add%20lasting%20beauty%20to%20your%20home You can increase curb appeal with stylish and functional, quality amenities that dress up an entryway, yard, patio, porch or deck. According to the experts at Walpole Woodworkers, known for outdoor furnishings handcrafted in Maine since 1933, consider classic accents such as lantern and mailbox posts, pergolas, arbors, window boxes, deck planters and birdhouses handcrafted from new advanced materials, with long-lasting benefits and low-maintenance.

    Walpole offers these and many other products handcrafted in modern cellular PVC. This advanced material looks just like natural wood, but won't rot, split, or warp and will maintain its good looks for years, virtually maintenance free. Call 1-800-343-6948 for a free catalog.
    Light up the night
    Easy%20exterior%20projects%20that%20add%20lasting%20beauty%20to%20your%20home With the emergence of inspired outdoor living spaces and new trends in materials, it only makes sense that homeowners search for a way to enjoy their deck parties well into the night.

    Deck rail lighting has become extremely popular, with LEDs the preferred way to create ambient lighting. Michael Gori, Director of Product Management at AZEK Building Products, makers of AZEK Deck, said lighted post caps and light strips concealed under the hand rail are in high demand.

    "The lighted post caps add an elegant touch, while the hand rail lighting casts a downward glow, reducing hot spots and attraction to insects," he said. "The combination of the two light sources adds a dramatic effect for nighttime entertaining." Gori adds, "With warm, ambient lighting, there's no longer a need to head indoors when the sun goes down."
    Know when to paint caulk
    Easy%20exterior%20projects%20that%20add%20lasting%20beauty%20to%20your%20home Did you ever poke your finger at a caulk bead to see if it's dry and ruin your nice work? "Caulk needs to dry for about one to two hours, before it can be painted-whether you're working indoors or out," says Jason Ringling, marketing director at Red Devil, a company with a 140-year old history in the industry. "Painting too soon can cause sagging and cracking and then the entire job has to be re-done." He says that there is a new technology called ColorCure sealant that turns from pink to white when it's ready to paint, so there's no guesswork. And if the job gets interrupted, you know exactly where you left off. "Formulations are getting smarter to help you work more efficiently," he adds.
    When fixing up or adding beautifying elements to your home exterior, be sure to investigate all the options--from new formulations in caulks and sealants to alternatives to traditional materials that offer easy installation and better performance over time.
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