Money Saving Tips and More....

June 10th, 2019 1:24 AM
Florida residents, did you know? Hurricane season began June 1st and lasts for six months until November 30th. The peak of the season is August through October, but you should be prepared by now for the possibility of a storm landing in our area at any time during the season. With hurricanes, we normally get some time to prepare thanks to the storm tracking systems in place. However, as any Florida resident who has experienced these storms knows, waiting until the last minute to prepare can cause headaches!

So before the storms start brewing out there, do a few things now so that you do not have to deal with long lines and shortage of supplies! Here's just a few tips:

  • Clean and save some empty plastic jugs to fill with water.
  • Write down emergency numbers and any contacts you will need on paper in case we lose internet/cell phone/electricity.
  • Inventory your possessions - take pictures and make a file.
  • Make sure your insurance policies are up to date.
  • Make a hurricane preparedness kit.
  • Make a plan in case you have to evacuate (and don't forget your pet's plan).
Check out this link for lots of great information from Broward County Emergency Preparedness http://www.broward.org/hurricane/

Let's hope for a quiet storm season, but prepared and stay safe!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on June 10th, 2019 1:24 AMLeave a Comment

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March 26th, 2019 2:53 AM

Spring is here and South Florida is heating up! If you are new to Florida you might be in for a shock when you get your electric bill in the next few months. For those of you who are used to our very brief cool days, you know that it is important to keep on top of energy consumption. Here are a few things you can do to save money this time of year:

  1. Cool your home at 78 degrees with the thermostat fan on AUTO. For extra savings, set your thermostat to 82 degrees when you are away from home.
  2. Replace or clean your A/C filter on a regular schedule, such as the first of every month to reduce cooling costs. Make sure your a/c line is clean and is not clogged, and hire a professional to conduct an annual maintenance if you are not handy in this area.
  3. Turn off your ceiling fans when you leave the room.  Each fan running all the time is costing you extra every month. And turn off your lights!
  4. Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees as recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy. This should save a few dollars every month as well.
  5. Limit the time your pool pump is running to six hours per day through the hot summer months.
These tips should help control your energy consumption costs - take care!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on March 26th, 2019 2:53 AMLeave a Comment

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Your appraiser is likely to be influenced by any signs – big or small – that a property has not been well maintained. Be sure to make a good first impression with the following tips:

Take the time before the appraisal is scheduled to complete basic repairs such as making paint touch-ups, fixing that running toilet, repairing any obvious cosmetic defects, and cleaning up the clutter. And while you're at it, make sure the exterior of your home is free of clutter, and spruce up the entry for great curb appeal. This will show that you’ve put time and effort into maintaining your home, and is a good indicator of its overall condition. It’s almost always well worth spending a few hundred dollars up front to take care of easily fixable problems.

Contact me any time to discuss the next appraisal of your home no matter what the reason, even if you're just curious as to the current market value!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on January 23rd, 2019 2:40 AMLeave a Comment

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December 18th, 2018 4:37 AM
Did you know? Asphalt shingles naturally lose some granules over time which is not an automatic sign that it's time to replace your roof. However, before trouble starts, have a roof inspection done to determine the remaining age of your roof. If you need repairs, get it done now before the next storm season starts. Replace missing shingles and worn seals around vents and skylights. And if it's time to replace your roof now, contact your insurance carrier before you hire your roofer to discuss insurance premium discounts which are often given for certain materials and features. IMPORTANT: Always get multiple roof cost quotes, and only hire a reputable company with verified credentials.

And if you are wondering what the current market value of your home is, contact me today to discuss an appraisal of your home. Take advantage of my December Discount! Fifty dollars off the cost of your appraisal if you schedule it now for January, 2019.

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on December 18th, 2018 4:37 AMLeave a Comment

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November 20th, 2018 2:48 AM
Broward County property taxes for 2018 are due by March 31st, 2019. Did your taxes increase over the prior year? As per Broward County officials, the most common reasons are:

  • Loss of homestead exemption or other change in exemption status
  • Increase in assessed property value due to increase in market value
  • Increase in index tied to the Save Our Homes cap, 2.1% this year
  • Increase in millage rate by one or more taxing authorities
If you have any questions about your property taxes contact the Broward County Call Center at (954) 831-4000.

And if you are in need of an appraisal of your home by a qualified, private appraiser, contact Jennifer's Appraisals, Inc. now!

Posted by Jennifer Carpenter on November 20th, 2018 2:48 AMLeave a Comment

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