Tuesday, December 12, 2017

To D.I.Y or Not?

What to D.I.Y

The holiday season can be a hectic time with lots of spending, and when it comes to your house doing projects yourself can save you money. Doing projects yourself also give you pride because you did it with your own two hands. But there are some projects that you just have to call the pros for. Here are three common projects that Neighborly, a community of home experts, drew the line for:

Safe to DIY
Call a Pro
Patching drywall: Homeowners can easily cover small, nail holes in their walls. Make sure the wall is clean, then spackle the hole and sand it down.
Too much spackle or hole too big: If a hole has been spackled before or is bigger than a nail hole, it is best to call in an expert.
Cleaning an AC unit: Cleaning is essential for healthy and efficient air conditioning systems. Check the filters and change them when necessary. This will ensure the air is clean in your home and your unit is working well.
Repairing or replacing any HVAC unit: HVAC units are technical and require specialized tools. They also use a large amount of voltage, therefore call the experts on this one.
Repairing plumbing hardware: Items like seals, chains or clogs can become faulty, these are easily replaced or fixed. Also, if the toilet feels wobbly or seat comes loose, DIY kits for these are available with the parts and tools needed to repair them.
Remodeling renovations with plumbing alterations: Here permits are often needed to move or expand plumbing. A professional is familiar with these local permits and codes. A plumber is best to ensure the connections are done properly and correct.

If you have DIY aspirations for a home, check out our website www,MarkCardTeam.com to find your new home! Or call (386)-566-8091. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keeping a Safe Home during the Holidays

Holiday Safety Tips


The holiday season can be a business time filled with many people and tasks, but don't neglect your home's safety. From decorations to holiday travel, here are some ways to keep your home safe for the holidays.
  • Use caution with holiday decorations. Try to choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials.
  • Keep children and pets away from electrical cords, decorations, and outlets.
  • Check the wiring of your decorations. Insuring there is no fraying and the insulation is good.
  • Leave your lights on a timer at night. Especially if you are out of town. This makes the image that you are still at home and can prevent burglary. 
  • Make sure to keep any possible combustible or flammable decorations away from your Christmas tree.
  • Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food, and that are sharp or small. These may tempt a young child to put them in his mouth.
  • Test smoke alarm at the beginning of the holiday season to make sure if anything were to happen everyone in your home would know.
  • Don't leave a kitchen unattended while entertaining. When cooking, make sure to keep an eye on the food. 
  • When lightening a fire place, be sure to clean the surrounding area. Keep flammable materials away from the fire, burning these could cause a flash fire.
  • Keep poinsettias well out of reach from kids and animals. These can be very poisonous for both humans and pets. 
  • Keep up with your home alarm system during the holidays, especially when traveling. This time of year is prime for many burglaries to occur while people are away from their homes. 
  • Do not put the boxes of big-ticket items in front of your house. This shows a burglar everything that is available in your home. 
  • When leaving your home, ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch for you. And never advertise your vacation plans to strangers.
The Mark Card Team hopes you have a safe holidays. If you are looking to make a move this time of year, you can contact us at www.markcardteam.com or (386)566-8091. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

White is the  is a perfect color to add into your home to create a fresh, clean look. Also as winter approaches white goes with the upcoming season. However, white decor isn’t the easiest to keep clean, especially with kids and pets. So rather than opting for a big, white couch, HGTV suggests incorporating the winter neutral with one of these elements instead:



Lighting accents
White diffused light fixtures or a sculptural statement lighting piece can be the perfect pop of white in any room, and will create a cozy glow in darker spaces.

Painted brick
Rather than all-white walls, painting a brick fireplace or accent brick wall can make a space seem larger and brighter. Plus, they will allow for other color pairings throughout the room.

Texture and patterns
Add touches of white with a faux-fur throw or rug in the living room, or layer different patterns, such as a duvet and pillows in the bedroom. These items will add depth to a space, and they can be easily removed or washed if anything is ever spilled on them.

Drapes
White linen drapes are not only great accent pieces, they help diffuse outside light and are easy to clean.

Marble
White Carrara marble is a beautiful accent, but it comes with a large price tag. Rather than have the entire kitchen or bathroom outfitted, choose a smaller area, such as a breakfast nook or vanity, to fit the space and your budget.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

1014 Belleflower Drive Port Orange, FL 32127

Property Site: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/ZGFARA/1014-Belleflower-Drive-Port-Orange-FL-1036341
Awesome LAKEFRONT Opportunity!! Super home in Countryside that has been remodeled and ready for new owner. You'll love the BAY WINDOW BREAKFAST NOOK and the large kitchen that has PLENTY OF COUNTER & CABINET SPACE. The home is designed for MAXIMUM USE OF SPACE which helps to make the LARGE ROOMS and create ENERGY EFFICIENCY. The SCREENED PORCH overlooks THE LAKE and the MASTER BEDROOM IS LAKEFRONT ALSO. In the master suite, there is a HUGE WALK-IN CLOSET along with Double vanity and additional storage for linens. COUNTRYSIDE IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED near PUBLIX, A+ SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES yet feels just like you're in the COUNTRYSIDE. Community Pool, RV/BOAT STORAGE, TENNIS, CLUBHOUSE, and BASKETBALL COURTS.
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square feet: 1,965
Price: $209,000

For more information about this property, please contact Mark Card at (386) 566-8092 or markcardteam@aol.com. You can also text 4730396 to 67299.


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MLS ID: 1036341

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The Mark Card Team is sending a very Happy Thanksgiving!



We hope your day is filled with family, food, and happiness!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trouble-Free Move

Making your move simple


Having an efficient, well-managed move will save you time and money, and also create a smoother transition into your new home.Your move should be pleasant for your family, so everyone can enjoy the new home.

Here are 10 proven tips to help make your move a trouble-free experience from start to finish:

  1. Set a budget and stick to it.
  2. Hire reliable movers and be clear about your expectations. Also understand their company policies.
  3. Take care of the details, such as: shut off or transfer utilities, contact your bank, contact credit card issuers and any other company that regularly sends you mail. Be sure to change your address with the post office.
  4. Make a packing list. Go room to room and make an inventory list. Organize first by room, then by type of item (furniture,linens, fragile items, etc.). Once you have a full list, use highlighters to color code all items into three categories: keep, sell or give. 
  5. Get rid of everything you don't want or need!
  6. Start first by boxing things you use less often, such as off season clothes, extra linens, or tchotchkes. Clearly label each box with its contents the the room it will go to in the new place.
  7. Plan to transport the valuables yourself.
  8. Prep your new home. If possible, go to your new home before moving day to clean and make sure the utilities have been turned on.
  9. Show the movers which items you want loaded last, and therefore unloaded first. Have as many items as possible ready to go- this should be almost everything in your home. 
  10. Donate canned goods and food items so you don't have to move them.Organizations can help you clear our your pantry while also helping those in need. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thriving in a Seller's Market

Tips to Thrive in a Seller's Market

Right now home inventories are low. This is a seller's market. Buying in this situation can be difficult, and there are often bidding wars for homes. These tips will help you ensure you get the home you want to closing.


  1. Treat your hunt seriously. House hunting must be your priority, not your weekend hobby. Check new listings regularly, be prepared to drop everything to view a home when it hits the market, and be ready to make a quick decision. 
  2. Bring paperwork, not promises. Want to be taken seriously by the seller? When you visit homes, bring a mortgage pre-approval letter and a “proof of funds” form from your bank showing you have enough to cover the down payment. 
  3. Consider waiving what-ifs. Homebuyers often include contingencies when making an offer so they won’t lose their deposit if, for example, the home doesn’t pass inspection. Waiving contingencies could help you close a deal, but this defnitely is not a move for the faint- hearted. To gauge your risks, consult your Realtor and check www.realtor.com/ advice/buy/what-really-happens-when-you-waive-contingencies. 
  4. Don’t play hardball. This isn’t the time to  try to lowball on price. Bid aggressively—while still staying within a monthly budget you can afford. 
  5. Widen your search. You’ll increase your chances of finding a property if you’re willing to consider homes outside your ideal neighborhood and houses that may need some remodeling or renovations. 
In this market The Mark Card Team wants to help you find the best home in your price range. We will work with you and for you to help you thrive. For more information check us out at www.MarkCardTeam.com. Or contact us at (386)566-8091.