Heating and AC Maintenance Services

You know that regular maintenance improves your car’s mileage and performance, but you may not know that regular maintenance can also improve the longevity and performance of your heating and air-conditioning units.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, regular maintenance on your heating and AC systems gives you these great advantages:

  • Increases the lifespan of your units by 5-7 years
  • Decreases service calls by 25 – 35%
  • Cuts your utility bills by helping your system work more efficiently
  • Saves you additional money by fixing small problems before they turn into big ones
  • Keeps dust and allergens down in the home

21-Point Annual Maintenance

This 21-Point Annual maintenance is the perfect way to check up on your HVAC system:

  • Chemically clean and thoroughly wash your air conditioner’s condenser coil(s).
  • Wash or Replace up to 1′′ air filter.
  • Check its condensing unit for level and proper motor and bearing wear (if accessible.)
  • Lubricate its motor and fan bearings if applicable.
  • Clean and inspect its evaporator coil if readily accessible.
  • Clean, level and check its thermostat operation.
  • Adjust and clean its blower motor and fan assembly.
  • Clean and inspect its condensate drain lines and fittings.
  • Inspect, tighten and test all electrical connections including the electrical disconnect switch.
  • Inspect, tighten and test its low voltage cooling wiring.
  • Test the system starting and running capacitors.
  • Test all controls, switches, relays, transformers, contractors, motors and fans.
  • Measure starting and running amperes, line voltage, and control voltage
  • Test the system’s starting capabilities.
  • Check the system for proper air flow (supply and return differential).
  • Inspect and test all of its safety controls.
  • Check its refrigerant pressures and temperatures.
  • Test and record its super-heat and sub-cooling.
  • Monitor the fan motor and compressor operating temperatures.
  • Test and record the AC system for proper production and capacity.
  • Complete and present to you a full written report and make any necessary recommendations.

HVAC Preventive maintenance guide with condensate clean out instructions

Gainesville and Alachua County Real Estate Development Update 2018

Recently, CHW Professional Consultants provided the members of Gainesville-Alachua County Association of Realtors with a presentation overview of the development activity in Gainesville and Alachua County areas.

Gainesville/Alachua County Development Overview.

Have you been wondering when all this construction in Gainesville is going to come to an end? Well according to CHW Consultants that won’t be anytime soon.

Gerry Dedenbach, Vice President of CHW, a professional Consulting firm gave a very informative presentation at the Board of Realtors, November General Membership Meeting.

Dig into this report to see the number of permits to date for the City of Gainesville, University of Florida and Alachua County.

291 Permits pulled between July 2016 and July 2018 for Major Commercial Development Projects.

This map shows the concentration of where the development is happening color coded by the year the permit was pulled

This slide is showing the total amount of permits for all construction since 2013. Notice that the 2018 permits is as only through July 2018. Only half way through the year 2018. This is showing we are on track to eclipse previous years in almost all areas.

The value of permits for Major projects shown in dollar value by the Millions. Keep in mind this is only halfway through the current year. WOW! 2018 is on track to be a record breaking year.

It’s probably not surprising to see Health Care and Education making the list but what is note-able is the retail and office comeback.

 

Single family residential construction has already surpassed the previous three years.

Notice the attached  Single Family homes and Multi family homes in the last few years. This is a direct result of the comprehensive plan to require mixed use projects. The “Live Work Play” concept that we love so much like Town of Tioga and Haile Plantation.

The value of Residential construction in Alachua County is on track to surpass the last 10 years.

 

Gainesville and Alachua County has become a very popular place to live and retire because of the many Cultural and Educational opportunities, Ease of access to Top Health Care, Beauty of the many Springs and Parks, Only an hour from either coast and the low cost of living.  This trend will continue.

Gainesville and Alachua County Real Estate Update 2018

Brokers Corner November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Geez time flies. It feels like yesterday was August and 90° now it’s Thanksgiving and a beautiful 60°. Florida only knows hot and cold. We literally went from 90 to 30 in one week and practically overnight. You got to love it! Where else is a bathing suit under your jeans, sweater and boots appropriate church/volleyball day attire.

A group of us have been playing volleyball on Sunday’s for the past 20 years at a park in Melrose Florida no matter how cold or hot it gets. I happened to have been videoing for a unrelated project last Sunday. Check it out!

With the holidays right around the corner the real estate market is doing its typical slow down. There is still some activity but for the most part people don’t like moving around the holidays. The holidays can be tough enough without adding a major move to your list of to do’s.

Our office is focusing internally on coordinating and completing periodic inspections, seasonal HVAC routine services, lease renewals and rent increase evaluations and end year accounting.

It takes a lot of coordination and processing of emails, letters, reports, work orders to handle all these things so this slower rental activity is a blessing for us, administratively speaking.

I attended my last National Association of Realtors conference for the year as the 2018 MLS President, this month in Boston. It’s been a great year with a tremendous amount learned about all the Top issues for Realtors like Protection of Real Estate Data, Real Estate Tech Companies, off Market listings, Teams, Disruptors and innovative new business models.

There’s lots of mergers, consolidations and Various Models of sharing Data and Services amongst MLS’s. Each year we get closer to a Regional and one day perhaps National, MLS.

There’s a lot of “fear of the unknown” and feelings of Needing to “Protect and Preserve our unique Market” There are so many factors at play that it’s difficult to know the right answers. I can tell you this has created some very lively meetings that on some occasions was very much like herding cats to a bath but in the end a much necessary process of fully vetting issues and coming to solid next moves.

What I have come to understand is that just like life, there’s often not really any solid right or wrong path but just the doing of the next best thing.

I’ll continue to keep up with the issues as I am still a Director on both the Gainesville MLS and The Gainesville Association of Realtors Boards. I like having a hand in helping shape and guide the future of our Real Estate Profession.

I’m also looking forward to using some of the new services that we managed to get approved and contracts signed on like Realtors Property Resource (RPR a data manipulation tool with great Market Analysis and geo enabled), Showing time (an appointment scheduler), Home Snap (a cool app that our MLS streams into that will make working on the go so much easier and the Broker Public Portal (A platform owned by Realtors to Rival the likes of Zillow and Realtor.com that will display the listing agent next to their listing instead of selling your leads back to you- you will get them direct).

I am proud of my year of service but am looking forward to taking more of the back seat- driver roll this next year.

It was such an awesome time of year to be in Boston to see all the changing colors of fall and drink in the Rich History of this town. If you ever get a chance to see Boston the Trolley should be the first thing on your list.

You’ll get a good briefing of the history and layout of the town and can take all day hoping on and off visiting the sites.  Enjoy some pics at this link

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you get to spend time with your favorite people and eats lots of yummy food.

October Brokers Corner

Ahhhh it’s Autumn!

You’ve finally landed. It’s been a long hot summer. In fact it’s been record breaking. This year has been the hottest summer in 98 years. You will find a link somewhere in our social media about that.
With the end of the long hot summer and the calmness of Autumn you’ll find almost every Realtor you run into, literally breathing a sigh of relief and exclaiming their joy of having gotten through Summer. It is certainly no different for us at SI.
Technology that automates leasing your home fasterWe are thrilled to have gotten back to a normal pace of business. Although The normal pace is busy I’d liken it to coming from a high boil down to a low simmer. Still very hot!!!
You can apply that to the market in general too.
While things have slowed from a frantic pace it is still a very steady simmer. Most economists predict this to continue for the next couple of years.
However remember, there is always that turning point when your moving into a slow (normal) decline. Industries need to be aware of these changes so they can tweak adjustment factors along the way.
This is the time of year for our office for planning, organizing and automating. Clients and customers want instant answers and technical data to back it upSome days it feels there’s not enough time to answer emails and phone calls. This is one of the reasons there are more calling centers and virtual assistant’s and even AI (Artificial intelligence).
I bet all of us have been able to get on a website chat box with an AI and get immediate answers.I am currently working with a company now to adopt AI and integrated into our arsenal of customer service. I expect some bumps and bruises along the way but ultimately AI has made major advancements.

AI makes for great customer service

Now that computers can teach themselves they are learning at lightning speeds.(see my June newsletter links for the breakthrough article ). I’ll let you know how this new technology integration works for us.
Thus is also the time for tweaking any of your websites and marketing materials. We’re doing a lot of vlogging (which is our video blogging) a fancy way for saying “doing videos”.
We’re also doing a lot of flipping for investors.
Fixing houses and condos up and selling them. And yes we have some before after videos that we will be “vlogging” on. Lol 😂
This time of year also brings a lot of new property’s in management. Often homeowners that did not have success selling their property for the amount they wanted, turn to renting. It is a perfect way to hibernating the property.
Preserving it for when the value increases where they need it to for selling. If you have your property listed for sale and it has not sold yet you might want considering renting
It or doing some improvements now that the vendors are not crazy busy. We can help you with both of those options.
On the homefront at the river it could not be more beautiful. The exterior renovations went very well this past year. And now the inside….It will be a complete renovation. I’ll keep you posted but it is going to be absolutely beautiful inside and out soon.

We did take a quick weekend to Bimini and swam with sharks and stingrays at Honeymoon Harbor. Check out this video of Bimini.

You’ll also see how big my puppy “Pepper” has gotten in his tug of war video with “Pickles” and how little he was just 2 months. Crazy how fast they grow.

Enjoy your Autumm or Fall. And if you’re not sure what the difference is you can check this link out because I sure did.
Let us know if we can help you even if it’s just for advice;)

Here comes the rain again!

I just love that song by the Eurythmics. Are you ready for this rain to stop? Me too. We could use a nice beach day. Maybe this weekend!!

With all this wet weather happening, we’d like to ask you to take a few minutes and look up. Do you see any new marks on the ceiling? If so, and you’re our tenant, please give us a Service Request, so that we can take care of any leaks. If you’re a property owner, we know a few good people in the area that can get you on the road to a dry home, please give us a call.

Whittles Roofing has a great Blog site, with helpful and informative articles about roofing. Check out In their article Leaky Roof? The What’s, Why’s, and Where’s to learn more.