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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Ways to Keep the Roof of Your Home Well Maintained  Most homeowners are not aware of how important it is to regularly care for their roof. While roofs are built to last, the truth is they can only last for quite a while. A roof requires just as much maintenance and care as the rest of your home in Grasslands Lakeland Florida. Taking care of your roof will help you avoid major home damage. Read on for some tips on maintaining the roof of your home.1. Inspect your roofConducting annual inspection roof is a proven way to increase its lifespan. For those who live in places with harsh winters, the best time to inspect the roof is when winter is over. On the other hands, for people who live in hot climate, schedule the inspection at the end of a summer. You should also check your roof after...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Best Coffee Shops to Visit in Lakeland 55+ Communities Lakeland 55+ communities real estate brokers love coffee shops- whether it’s for a business meeting or to unwind after a long day of work. Lakeland has a lot of interesting choices when it comes to coffee. Coffee shops are becoming more popular and Lakeland is definitely where you can find a lot of great tasting coffee.Dunkin’ DonutsThis is where you go to get good bagels. Dunkin’ Donuts is a known name in the industry. The one in Lakeland has a very accessible location. Aside from bagels, locals often get croissants here. Many would also say that Dunkin’ Donuts is their go-to place for iced coffee. Of course you can never go wrong with their signature donuts. This is a place that has proven its service and quality for years and has...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Easy Home Staging Ideas for Your Grasslands Lakeland FL Home Are you preparing to sell your home home in Grassland Golf Community? If you want your property to look like it is worth every penny of the sum you are asking, then you must put your home’s best foot forward. Increase your home's appeal with these easy-to-accomplish home staging ideas.1. Clear away all clutterClutter on the shelves, countertops, closets, and in other areas of your home affect the way buyers see your property. Ridding your home of clutter is one simple way to help buyers focus on the more important aspects of your home. You may consider putting all the extra stuff in boxes and neatly stacking them in the corner of the garage. You may also ask a friend to hang onto your items for free.  2. Make your front entr...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Complete Your Lakeland 55+ Communities Real Estate Experience at These Places Lakeland 55+ communities real estate is surrounded by places where you can enjoy a number of activities. You can watch sports, enjoy nature or learn about art and history. There is a variety of activities and places to enjoy here that’s why life in Lakeland is lively and exciting.Polk Museum of ArtThis museum was built in 1966. It was named Imperial Youth Museum until 1969 when the museum was named Polk Museum of Art due to much of the museum’s focus being on art, history and science. This museum amazingly holds a permanent collection of more than 2,500 works. The collection includes works of students, Asian art, African art, American art and European art. One part of the collection also focuses on Pre-Columbi...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Tips to Avoid Fire in Your Grasslands Lakeland Florida Home One of the threats to homeowners is house fire. In the United States alone, between 350,000 and 400,000 house fires occur each year. However, unlike natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods, house fires are often preventable. Read on for some safety tips so you and your family can avoid the occurrence of a fire emergency in your home.1. Give heaters spaceNext to stove-top cooking, heating is the second most common cause of home fires. Portable electric space heaters can cause fire if the sheets or window curtains accidentally come in contact with the unit and ignite. To prevent this from happening, ensure that heaters are far enough away from other objects.  Give your space heaters at least 3 feet of clear space all aro...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Exciting Summer Events Around Lakeland 55+ Real Estate Communities Summer is supposed to be a sunny and lively season especially for Lakeland 55+ real estate communities. Do not let this year’s summer pass by without experiencing the excitement this season brings. These fun-filled events and activities are bound to make this season extra special for you.Movies at the LibraryFamilies love watching movies. Communities do too. Movie showing is one of the best way to enjoy time with the family. Friends love to hangout together and pass time with fun movies. It’s also a more exciting experience to be able to watch a movie outdoors with the help of a projector and loud reliable speakers. Be sure to drop by the Jackson library around 2pm on August 8. Bring the family or your friends.  Supporti...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4 Things To Consider When Buying Homes in Grasslands Lakeland FL For many people, purchasing a home represents the biggest investment they will ever make. While buying your own home in Grasslands Lakeland Florida is a great achievement, it should always be done with wisdom, careful planning, and comparison shopping. Here are 4 things to consider before you rush to buy:1. The hassle of homeownershipWhile it is true that owning a home is a dream come true, you must ask yourself if you are ready to take on the responsibilities and hassles of homeownership. What will you do if the boiler breaks down, the roof starts leaking, and the new neighbors party every night? There are also repair bills to consider. Make sure you are prepared for all that homeownership has to offer. 2. Determine what ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Preservation of History around Lakeland 55+ Communities Real Estate Did you know how fascinating the history surrounding Lakeland 55+ communities real estate is? Just by looking at the architecture of historic structures mostly constructed in the 1920s within the city, you’ll immediately notice how unique and spectacular Lakeland’s history and culture is. Though many have changed over the years, preservation has found its way into the city in keeping Lakeland’s history alive and thriving.History has its way of guiding communities towards the future. This is one of the factors that led to the foundation of the Historic Lakeland, Inc. in 1979. Through the leadership of this non-profit organization, structures such as the Frances Langford Promenade was rescued and restored to its original ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Selling Grasslands Lakeland Home The home selling market is competitive and while you may be anxious to get your home in Grasslands Lakeland Florida sold, there are preparations that you have to do first. There are also things that you should avoid if you want your home to stay on the market in the shortest time possible. Avoiding these pitfalls will put you in a stronger position as a seller. Read on for common errors to avoid when selling your home. 1. Refusing to remove your clutterOne of the simplest ways to prepare your Lakeland FL Grasslands home for sale is to declutter and create a sense of spaciousness. Clutter is a known deal-breaker. Make sure that the entire home, from the kitchen countertops to the shelves in the den are all sparkling clean. ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
8 Summer Plants for Your Home Garden in Lakeland 55+ Community Have you always dreamed of sipping your coffee on your patio or front porch and just breathing in and taking in all the beautiful colors in your garden? How about you start living that dream by growing these 8 summer plants in your Lakeland 55+ community home garden?AsterThese perennials are tough on the inside and beautiful on the outside. When cared for properly, they bloom way until the fall season. They bloom in pink, lavender, or white colored flowers. CoreopsisFrom the sunflower family, this plant blooms a fluffy, golden yellow flower that can instantly brighten your space. Also called a “Sunray,” this perennial has long stems and does not need much water to live. Bluebeard ShrubFrom the name itself, this shrub is an e...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top Swimming Spots Around Grasslands Lakeland Florida Swimming is an activity you can enjoy all year long when you live in Grasslands Lakeland Florida. It’s a great exercise, a fun activity to spend with the family, and the best way to cool off on a hot summer day. Lakeland has many great swimming spots. You’ll have fun trying out these places while getting fit and having fun.The Aquatics: Gandy PoolOne of the most visited public pools around Grasslands communities in Lakeland FL is the Aquatics. Located along Imperial Blvd, the Aquatics features the Gandy Pool. This pool has 10 lanes. It is 25 yards long and has a one-meter diving board. Worried about how deep the water can get? You’ll feel more comfortable here with its depth of 3 to 4 feet.. In addition, this one’s heated so you won’...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Tips to Being a Good Neighbor in Your Grasslands Lakeland FL Home Whether you have just bought a new house or have been living in your neighborhood for a while, having a good sense of basic neighborly etiquette is essential to create a harmonious and respectful environment in your community. As such, here are a few reminders on how to be a good neighbor in your Grasslands Lakeland FL house:Smile and say hello. A little gesture that requires minimal effort such as a smile goes a long way in keeping the atmosphere of your neighborhood a lot friendlier. Wave hello whenever you bump into them during your morning jog or while hanging out at the park.  Share food. Always practice the age-old tradition of greeting new neighbors with a welcome food basket. Food is always a welcome treat for n...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Things that Make the Neighborhood in Lakeland 55+ Community Great Different people have different needs when it comes to their neighborhood. If you’re a young professional, you’re most likely looking into living at a hip neighborhood that’s close to your place of work. For small families, an expansive suburban neighborhood would work for them. As for active seniors, an equally active neighborhood such as that in the Lakeland 55+ community homes is your best bet.Apart from a match in a homeowner’s lifestyle, for a neighborhood to be considered great, these are 5 other things to look for: WalkabilityThe ability to go to the nearest stores or markets, restaurants, schools, and other amenities by walking is an important factor in determining how great a neighborhood is. Having these nearb...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
3 Main Reasons Why Empty Lakeland FL Homes for Sale Don’t Sell Easily Office relocation, divorce, bankruptcy - these are just a few of the reasons behind an empty home. Because most of the common reasons stem from a negative place, this makes it hard for sellers and real estate agents to create a welcoming ambience to potential Lakeland FL home for sale buyers. Don’t believe it? Here are the three main reasons why empty homes don’t sell easily: Buyers don’t see the potential of the place.They don’t have a point of reference when they visit the house. Without any existing furniture or decoration, buyers are not able to connect with the space. How can they easily tell if the living room area can accommodate their sofas, center tables, and home entertainment pieces? How can they easily pic...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Safety Tips for Seniors in Lakeland 55+ Community Homes Home safety is a major concern for every real estate broker when helping seniors find Lakeland 55+ community homes. While many seniors live very active and robust lives, they still need extra care inside their homes. Apart from finding a comfortable, spacious home in an expansive and friendly community, it’s equally important that they live in a safe home where they won’t accidentally injure themselves.There are some specific home arrangements that are friendly to seniors and here is a list of home safety tips to guide you: 1. Look for a house for sale in Lakeland 55+ that have automated lighting controls installed. This will help seniors minimize their steps and movement when entering different rooms inside the house. This will al...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
6 Outdoor Upgrades for Your Grasslands Lakeland FL Home for Sale Whenever putting your Lakeland FL Grasslands home up for sale, one of the first things potential buyers see is the exterior of your house. Your outdoor space is the big welcome mat for potential buyers. Check out these 6 low-maintenance and affordable upgrades that will help add value to your home:1. Repaint or replace your front doorway. Studies have revealed that a new door comes with 100 percent return of investment so it’s really a home improvement project you wouldn’t want to miss.2. Tidy up or decorate your porch.  An empty porch in your house in Grasslands Lakeland FL appears cold and uninviting. Improve it by adding colorful furniture that complements the overall look of your home.3. Replace your windows with energ...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
4th of July Decorating Ideas for Your Lakeland 55+ Community Home The mid-summer holiday is fast approaching and it’s almost time to gather up all the red, white, and blue decoration all over your Lakeland 55+ community home and get the festivities started.Fourth of July WreathWho said wreaths are specific to Christmases and Thanksgivings? Dress up a plain rustic wreath using a few flags or with red, blue, and white ribbons. Flag ToothpicksWhether you’re serving finger food or going all-out with the home-cooked meals, a little flag toothpick goes a long way in adding color to the table. Table RunnerYou can also use a plain blue and red tablecloth and add white stars to act as a table runner. Use the accordion folding paper technique to create a string of stars! Fourth of July Paper Lant...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Clutter Cutter: Easy Tips for a Cleaner Grasslands Lakeland FL Home Sort, clean, and organize. Sounds simple. In reality, cutting clutter from your Grasslands Lakeland FL home is easier said than done. There’s no need to worry. Here are a few simple tips to help you out - Tackle an area or room one at a time.One of the biggest mistakes homeowners do is starting the decluttering all at the same time. While they’ve just taken out the unused items in the closet, they have also moved a couple of outdated things in the living room, and then put to trash all expired goods in the kitchen. They’ve gone back and forth the entire house so many times that by the end of 2 hours, all the clutter are basically laid out in the open, with no place to go. So the next time you decide to clean house, make...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
5 Easy Ways to Cool Your Home in Lakeland 55+ Community This Summer Spring cleaning season has come and gone. We’re now approaching the hot summer heat and sometimes, even an air conditioner is not enough. Be ready for the coming hot summer months. Keep your home in Lakeland 55+ community cool this summer with a few simple tips.1. Keep the drapes closed. Research has shown that up to 30% of heat in your home comes from your windows. So pull the curtains down and lower the indoor temperature of up to 20 degrees.  2. Set your ceiling fans to counter-clockwise. Ask any Lakeland 55+ communities real estate broker and they’ll tell you the same thing: seasonal adjustment of your ceiling fans are important. This counter-clockwise rotation helps in moving a chilly wind breeze across the room of...
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By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Top Area Attractions in Grasslands Lakeland FL Living in Grasslands Lakeland Florida is much more exciting with the different attractions within and outside the neighborhood. Florida boasts of a lot of places for the amusement of their citizens and tourists. If you are looking to move into a Lakeland FL Grasslands home for sale, you also might want to visit these top attractions:Grasslands Golf & Country ClubThe Grasslands Golf & Country Club is an upscale and family-friendly club that was established in 1990. It has an 18-hole golf course which was restored in 2008. Along with this, the Grasslands swim and tennis club features swimming pools, tennis courts, and a cafe restaurant. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean BeachesBeaches are nearby the Grasslands communities in Lakeland FL. A tr...
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