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Hiring a Contractor? - by Marla Mink-Johnson

Hiring a contractor can be intimidating to say the least. There is so much that could go wrong. Here are a few tips and a couple horror stories. I'll have more tips next week.

PLEASE make sure ANY contractor you hire has the right insurance coverage. They need insurance to cover if they damage your property including mold remediation coverage, if they fail to do their job correctly, and workmen's comp to cover if they or one of their employees is injured on the job. What can happen if they don't have this coverage?

One was putting a roof on a rental home and they opened the back of the house up with a huge storm coming in that night. They tarped it. Badly. The tarp came off and water poured into the home bringing ceilings down. The contractor failed to call the property manager and report the damage the following m... Continue Reading

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The Heart of Decatur - by Marla Mink-Johnson

If you don't know by now, I own rental properties. I work with a lot of Section 8 tenants. They are MY Girls. My girls are making their lives better. I support that and celebrate it with them. I have one who has earned her RN and is going for her BSN. She started on Section 8 and is now off the program, paying full rent, and working towards buying the house she is in. I'm one proud landlady!!! My Girls work hard.  

I have a new girl coming in to a rental. She moved back from Georgia and transferred her voucher here. For 4 months she and her child have been sleeping from couch to couch wherever anyone would put them up and in her car. Nobody would accept her voucher because she didn't work and had no home to inspect prior to accepting her. It makes a big difference in the amount of rent a landlord gets if the girl has income and most of us want to see how someone lives BEFORE we let them move in. If the girl doesn't have income you get a low rent offer. I had already turned one down because the rent offer for the house I had available was too low. But, Jody at DecaturHousing went to bat for this girl and I took her. 
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Move In/Move Out, Real Estate & Rental Cleaning - by Jeffrey Lambert

Now's the perfect time to get your home thoroughly cleaned. Sellers and landlords generally leave homes "broom clean" for new tenants/owners—and "broom clean" is far from spotless. Whether you hire a cleaning company or do the cleaning yourself, you'll feel much better having the inside of the cupboards clean already when you're unpacking your dishes.

We provide Move in/Move out prep cleaning, rentals, and real estate cleaning for houses and apartments. We follow the checklist below when we are cleaning the home that you are moving out of or moving into. Contact us at (217)330-8261 to schedule a free estimate. 

House Cleaning Tasks for all rooms including kitchen and bathrooms:
1. Furniture dusted (if applicable) 
2. Clean glass surfaces and mirrors 
3. Wipe down baseboards and trim 
4. Clean ceiling fans 
5. Clean closet shelves and drawers 
6. Wipe down doors and doorknobs 
7. Clean light fixtures 
8. Clean light switch plates 
9. Clean vent trap doors 
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For Sale: 2943 1800 East Road, Mt. Auburn


Great Country home in rural Mt Auburn,Taylorville Sch) completely remodeled in 2012 when addition was completed. Down stairs features two master bedrooms both with beautiful, updated full baths. Large walk-in closet in master. Jacuzzi tub in master bath.Laundry on main. Kitchen & bedroom sliding doors lead to huge wooden deck( 37.6x13.5. Newer roof,furnace,wiring, windows, floors & more. Too much to list.Two 40x60 out buildilngs, one has garage in front, barn in back. School bus pks up childrn

  • Price: $235,000
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Partial Baths: 0
  • Square Footage: 2368
  • MLS #: 156512
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