Bill Cantrell's Blog

Posted on 08/01/2021
Your Guide to Z-Wave Automation
Image by Kiều Trường from Pixabay Z-wave automation is a new method you can use to connect multiple devices. The next logical question might be whether this is a safe thing to do. After all, hacking into one device could potentially be enough to hack into every device, since they're all on the same network. The good news...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Easy Ways to Display Plants at Home
Indoor plants can help boost your mood, productivity, concentration and creativity. But being a plant parent means finding the right ways to display your flora so they can grow and thrive in any space. We’re going to dive into several ways you can set up your plants so you can enjoy a piece of the outdoors—indoors. 1. Floating...
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Posted on 07/23/2021
Another Property Sold - 1834 San Silvestro Drive, Venice, FL 34285
3 Bedroom END UNIT / WATER VIEW VILLA in THE LINKS at PELICAN POINTE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. The Links is a MAINTENANCE FREE COMMUNITY within Pelican Pointe. Golf membership is not required in Pelican Pointe. Low HOA fees include a Social Membership to the Club were you can enjoy RESORT STYLE AMENITIES that include: clubhouse with restaurant/bar/grill, heated pool, fitness center, tennis courts, pickle ball, large & active Women's Club, social activities, a library - and of course the 27 holes of golf along with a great pro shop for your golf needs. THIS MAINTENANCE FREE SECTION INCLUDES: exterior maintenance, cable/ internet, RESERVE...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Ways Smart Irrigation Systems Can Green Up Your Lawn and Your Wallet
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels If you like to keep your lawn green and healthy year-round, then an irrigation system is key. But you don’t want any old irrigation setup, you need a smart system to enjoy green grass without a huge investment. Thankfully, many new home builders are putting weather smart irrigation systems in before they...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
Electricity-Free DIY Outdoor Lighting
Proper lighting is essential to enjoying any outside space. Unfortunately, outdoor lighting can get complicated due to lack of access to electricity. Lack of electrical outlets and built-in light sources can make even the simplest ideas a hassle. Luckily, there are some excellent DIY options for decorative outdoor lighting that don’t require electricity. Here are some ideas to...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Building a Custom Home: Pros and Cons
Image by Ulrich Wechselberger from Pixabay How do you know if it’s better to buy or to build? There are many factors to take into consideration when trying to decide which direction to take. The most popular reasons to build a house are the freedom of customization and the lower ongoing maintenance costs, but these benefits can also...
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Posted on 06/27/2021
Florida Market Predictions for 2020 - 2021
Image by juanngomezz from Pixabay Economists and housing experts recently surveyed agree that 2020 will be the year that will jumpstart a recession. The panelists involved in the survey feel the reason the upcoming recession takes place will be due to the U.S. trade policy, stock market and political atmosphere. Whether the experts are on target or unforeseen...
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Posted on 06/20/2021
Inspection or No Inspection - What You Need to Know
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay As you move forward with your home purchase, your real estate agent may recommend that you have your home inspected. Sometimes the inspection is required by the lender or insurance company, but sometimes it’s an optional step. Buyers who have the option sometimes consider skipping the inspection to save a little cash....
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Posted on 06/13/2021
How to Refinish Your Bathroom Cabinets
Image by Dorothea Lucia Pietrek from Pixabay Does your bathroom look vintage but not in a cool or trendy sort of way? If so, and you don’t have the resources or time to give your bathroom a complete remodel, you can make some minor changes to your bathroom to freshen it up. For instance, you can plan a...
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Posted on 06/06/2021
Offer Competition: Why Your Dream Home is Getting So Much Attention
Photo by Fizkes via Shutterstock Months of searching, attending open houses, and viewing available homes finally paid off. You’ve found the perfect property in the perfect neighborhood for the perfect price. You’re ready to make an offer. Then, it happens, you get the dreaded call from your agent telling you there are multiple offers on the property. How...
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Posted on 06/04/2021
Another Property Sold - 304 Grove Street, Nokomis, FL 34275
Excellent location and property to build your dream Beach Cottage, west of US 41. Generous size lot with privacy. Walk or bike to Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Park & Waterfront Restaurants. This property is for the buyer ready for a major renovation or new construction, and wants to be close to the beach. Location, Location,...
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Posted on 05/30/2021
Landscaping for Energy Efficiency
Image by Tom from Shutterstock Energy efficiency isn’t just for the inside of your home. What you plant outside can affect the bottom line inside. Choosing the right trees, grasses, and shrubs can help. Location, location, location Well placed trees can help to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Trees can keep your home cooler in the summer...
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