What is your wish for the new year? This small business has an opinion.

What is your wish for the new year? What do you hope 2013 brings you? Do you wish for world peace or something closer to home? I personally hope to keep my small business open without more and more licensing, rules and fees thrown at it. I do hope for happiness and health too for my family and friends, but I need to understand why someone thinks any small businesses can keep their doors open and their employees paid in our economy with more fees and such being tossed at us at just about every turn.  Especially for unnecessary repairs. We are just getting by and all of a sudden someone decides to send out an assessment to fix the sidewalks in our neighborhood. Is this necessary now I ask? I shoveled the snow off them this morning thinking “what is wrong with them, this neighborhood our office is in, is in the older part of town, but do we need this now?” Please City of Reno, do we need to do this now as I can’t be the only person who was surprised with this new bill? I can’t be the only one who is a bit freaked on the cost you are getting ready to charge me for my section, and a part of the entire bill  is a fee for my  portion (plus made me a bit miffed) $378  which is for the design (its only a sidewalk), processing and inspection fees. The sidewalk cost is figured by square footage times cost per sq. ft.  Really??? I get city improvements, but I sit quietly by as the metal sculptures pop up on the road side as they aren’t sending me a bill for that (at least not one I see in my mail).  Can you do without a giant deer, antelope, bird, fish, or tree and use the money for the sidewalk which seems to have some years left on it.  So I write, Dear City of Reno, please do this when the economy is stronger. We all know it is at the bottom, and yes, we all hope that changes, but right now it is what it is. Yours truly, Small Business Owner in Reno, NV.

I will get off my soap box now, and I do wish you all a healthy and happy 2013.

 

Cold nights. Here is a quick easy to make chili receipe

Easy Homemade Chili
Submitted By: Tobi Hargis

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6
“Ground beef is simmered with onion, tomatoes, beans, and seasonings. An easy homemade chili that is ready in 15 minutes.”
Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

1 1/2 cups water
1 pinch chili powder
1 pinch garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the beef and onion and saute until meat is browned and onion is tender. Add the stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, beans and water.
2. Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

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Landlord Info: What's a Home Warranty. Do I need one?

Information found at http://www.ahs.com/homeowners

What is a Home Warranty? – A home warranty is a service contract that covers the repair or replacement of many of the most frequently occurring breakdowns of home system components and appliances.

Is Everything in My Home Covered? – No. Not everything is covered; however, most of the system components and appliances that breakdown frequently are covered.

Just another way to protect your rental investment.

Thoughts for the New Year by one of our readers

“The world may not have ended, but perhaps the Mayans have given us a great excuse to start thinking about new beginnings. more than just a new year’s resolution, it’s a great time to visualize all of the things you’ve maybe put on the back burner the past few years and now make them happen. what kinds of things do you hope 2013 and the future bring to you?”      ~ B. Khorsandi

Ten tips for a Stress-Free holiday season that we found worth reading

Everyone knows that the holiday season can be the most stressful time of year. Use these tips to lessen the stress this holiday season.

No matter how much we may adore the holiday season, it is difficult to get away from the fact that the holidays can be an extremely stressful time. With a bit of pre-planning, you can reduce the stress level of many of the activities that come along with the period between Thanksgiving and the beginning of a new year.

The problem of holiday stress may not exist if we, as adults, could look at the holidays through the eyes we used as children. Everything surrounding this time of year would be delightful and stress wouldn’t even exist! Unfortunately, no one has discovered how to do that yet, so we have to look for ways to lessen the stress on our own. No matter what your lifestyle, there will be ways to reduce the tension levels that come along with the holidays. Hopefully, adopting a few or all of these tips will offer you a much calmer holiday.

1. Remember that not everything has to be perfect! If it is possible within your budget, allow a cleaning person or crew to come in this one time a year and clean the house while you are tending to matters that will need some of your personal attention. It is important to remember that a holiday celebration can still be beautiful and memorable if you don’t end up doing all of the difficult holiday chores by yourself.

2. Just the thought of holiday shopping and the endless checkout lines that come with it is enough to give many people an exceedingly stressed-out feeling. The thing to remember here is that the longer gift shopping is procrastinated, the more crowded the stores will become and the longer the lines will get.  Another way to avoid this is to do your shopping on the internet.

3. Another way to avoid some of the stress of holiday shopping is to keep an eye open for gifts throughout the year; which will help you find sales throughout the year, such as white sales.

4. Reduce the stress of decorating by deciding not to get it all completed in one day. If you would prefer to get it finished all at once, perhaps you could order a couple of pizzas and have a few family members stop by for a decorating party. 

5. Many times stress is caused by the holiday baking that seems to be a necessity in the minds of many families. Instead of spending a few days baking cookies, why not have a neighborhood or friends’ group cookie exchange? 

6. Another idea that will help reduce the stress of baking for the holidays is to ask each member of your family for their favorite kind of Christmas cookie. When it comes time to do the baking, the person choosing the cookie will become the helper for that baking job. This way all of the baking chores will not be falling to just one person.

7. One of the best ways to make the holidays less stressful is to remember to take some pampering time for yourself.

8. Enjoy the season. There is so much more to it than work, baking, and entertaining. Play a CD of carols and sing along. Rent a couple of Christmas classic movies. Read some Christmas stories to your children or take a walk or drive with your spouse or a friend to see the lights and decorations around town.

9. Entertaining can be one of the most stressful events of the holiday season. Discover ways to take some of the pressure off of your shoulders if you need to do some entertaining.

10. Buy your holiday cards as soon as they are available on the store shelves.

Read more at http://www.essortment.com/ten-tips-stress-free-holiday-season-16090.html

 

Apartments, Townhomes, Duplexes, Condominiums, and Houses for rent

Looking for that new home can be time consuming. We at Reno Rental Finders understand that your time is valuable. We are open 7 days a week to meet you at the property so you can view the home. No need to come by our office and get a key, our welcome staff meets you so you are not driving to and from and wasting not only your time, but gas too. All our listings are posted on our website at www.RenoRentalFinders.com, but can also be found on many internet sites also. Feel free to contact us with any questions and we look forward to speaking with you.

Walking In A Winter Wonderland. Shared safety tip from Reno Rental Finders

Walking in icy, snowy weather can be dangerous, but these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help make your trek safer.

Dress in layers and wear boots with nonskid soles. Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you.
Walk on sidewalks if possible. If sidewalks are covered in snow and ice and you must walk in the street, walk against the flow of traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
Don’t wear a hat or scarf that blocks your vision or makes it hard for you to hear traffic.
When traveling with babies or small children, dress them in bright or reflective clothing. Always keep children–whether in a stroller or on foot–in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.
Before you step off the curb, make sure oncoming cars and trucks have come to a complete stop.

Home Warranty Q & A for Residential Property Landlords

Provided by Annie Grogan, Assistant Vice President
Voice Mail: 1-800-308-1424 x3410
Cell: 775-742-6753
Fidelity Home Warranty Property Managers/Landlord info.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long has Fidelity National Home Warranty (FNHW) been in
business?
FNHW has been in business since 1974. It is owned by Fidelity National
Financial, a Fortune 500 Company listed on the NYSE.
What is a home warranty?
It is a one-year service contract that covers repairs and/or replacement
of a home’s major mechanical systems and appliances. These include
electrical, central heating, hot water heaters, interior plumbing, some
kitchen appliances, and garage door openers. Other options (including
A/C) can be added to the contract for an additional fee.
How long will the home be under warranty?
The home warranty plan is effective for one year upon receipt of
payment, with a renewal option upon expiration.
Can coverage be placed on a property at any time?
Yes, as long as everything is in good working order at the start of the
contract. A home warranty is a very helpful money saving tool for rental
properties.
Do I need a home inspection in order to get a home warranty?
No. FNHW does not require an inspection, however, all systems and
appliances must be in good working order at the start of the contact.
Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
Is there a higher premium to cover older homes?
No, our home warranty covers any home, regardless of the age of the
home.
Is coverage available for larger homes?
Yes, the buyer’s contract covers homes up to 5000 sq. ft. Coverage for
homes larger than 5,000 sq. ft. is available and will be given a special
price quote.
What type of properties does FNHW cover?
Single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, mobile homes,
duplex, triplex and fourplexes, and larger buildings, and new
construction.
What other types of properties does FNHW cover?
Investment & rental properties, homes in foreclosure, short sales,
homes not in a resale transaction (direct to consumer), your own
home!
What if a system or appliance is broken or not in good
working order before the buyer places coverage?
Pre-existing conditions are never covered by any home warranty
company.
Is there any fee to the homeowner for service?
Yes, there is a small service fee that is due at the time the service is
requested, or when the technician comes out to diagnose the
situation. If there are any additional uncovered costs, the homeowner/
property manager will be advised before any work is done. The
property manager can be billed fro the service fee upon request.
How do home warranty orders get placed?
If the transaction is going through escrow, the agent, buyer, property
manager, or escrow officer can place the order. All orders can be
phoned in to our toll free number, faxed, or emailed through our
website at www.homewarranty.com

How does the homeowner/property manager file a claim?
They can call FNHW at the-toll free number (800) 308-1420. Service is
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (holidays included), or they
can go to our website at www.homewarranty.com to file a Service
Request. FNHW will then dispatch the service request to a licensed
and insured contractor located in the area. The contractor will then
call the homeowner to schedule the appointment. Special
consideration is made for emergency claims.

Cleaning Your Home in No Time At All. Hints to make life easier from Reno Rental Finders

The experts at Merry Maids offer time saving cleaning tips

A well-organized house is an easy-to-care-for house. The experts at Merry Maids know this from experience and can offer some time saving tips that will help you organize and clean your home in no time flat.

- De-junk your home. Managing clutter takes too much time. Eliminate anything from your home that you are not currently using and donate unwanted items to charity. You will feel better about yourself and the appearance of your home.
- Remove temptation. If you pile clutter on a specific table, get rid of that table. That way, you are more likely to put things where they belong. Eliminate the areas where clutter builds.
- Get a mat. Use only one entry door into your home. Place an Astroturf mat outside the entry to your home. Also, place a sturdy nylon mat inside the house. This will eliminate an incredible amount of dust and dirt within your household, as well cut down on your cleaning time in general.
- Establish command central. Determine a place, usually in the kitchen, for the day’s mail, calendar, car keys, school papers, grocery lists, etc. This eliminates the chance for clutter throughout the house and cuts down on dirt buildup.
- Use the clock. Give cleaning solutions time to work. Spray the light fixtures and mirrors in the bathroom and let the cleaner work while you scrub the tub with an all- purpose cleaner, such as Murphys Oil Soap. Then come back to the fixtures and mirrors.
- Defy dust. Change furnace filters and replace vacuum bags regularly. Do not miss vents when you dust.

Check out our website at www.RenoRentalFinders.com for new listings.

Common Ways ID Theft Happens

Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to steal your personal information, including: 1. DUMPSTER DIVING 2. SKIMMING 3. PHISHING 4. CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS 5. “OLD -FASHIONED” STEALING.

Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your information.  SHRED, PROTECT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, DON’T GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION, NEVER CLICK ON UNSWOLICITED EMAILS, DON’T USE OBVIOUS PASSWORDS LIKE YOUR BIRTH DATE and KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IN A SECURE PLACE.

For more details and information: www.ftc.gov/idtheft