The Golf Rental Blog

Based on the book "So You're Renting Your House for the Tournament" which you can order below:

Need a house call?  If you are new to renting, or new to town and about to build or remodel, meet with Laurie for a complete review of your home and a personalized plan to create the best rental situation. 

August 9, 2020

When you are putting your home on the market, you want it to have the most appeal on the real estate sites where most buyers are going....Zillow, Realtor.com, etc....  What you show in a photo will garner you visits.  So there are some things that instantly make a home look frumpy.  And some things that you can do which require little money for the bang it will create.  

1.  Fake Plants.  Take them away.  Fa...

August 2, 2020

As a stager, I am always perplexed when visiting homes that are on the market that are missing the three biggies.  But I have to remind myself that owners are often unable to see their homes through a buyer's eye.  Today we will go over the three biggest mistakes sellers make when prepping their home for resale.

1.  The Front Entry.  This is the first thing a buyer sees.  How is your welcome mat?  Unless it is in perf...

March 22, 2020

Who would have suspected, just a short while ago, that we'd be where we are now.  I hope you and yours are fine.  I know for many, this has been a time of reevaluating, and rescheduling.  I hope you've been in touch with your renters and that they can come when the fall tournament is held.  I've already heard from some for whom this does not work, either on one side or the other.  I hope you've been in touch with your agent or...

March 15, 2020

With the postponement of the 2020 Masters, many homeowners are asking, "Do I have to return the money?"  As a realtor, my answer will be what it always is..."What does your contract say?"  I pulled our Masters rental folder out of the file cabinet today and reviewed past contracts.  One was ambiguous.  Another stated that they (the agency) followed GA Real estate laws and put the funds in an escrow account until the money was...

March 8, 2020

I've been asked a dozen times this week if I think the Masters will happen.  I do.  I don't know if things will be augmented and I'm not sure a soul on earth can predict what will occur due to the corona virus.  But I think it will happen in SOME form.  "But will I lose my rental?"  Well, that depends on the community health situation and  your contract. If your contract has a non-refundable date and you've gotten your money,...

March 1, 2020

March arrives and holds our feet to the fire!  But keep in mind, everything you do to ready your home this month will be enjoyed by you and your family for the rest of the year.  However, this morning starts the countdown....the final month of weekends.  

This is a good week to work on windows, inside and out.  If you are one who hires this out, good for you.  For those of you who don't hire out, this is the time to p...

February 23, 2020

This week it's time to take an honest look at your outdoor spaces to be sure they are in great condition for your Masters guests.  Begin by looking at your seating areas.  Is your grill in excellent shape?  Do you need to order replacement parts and give it a good cleaning?  How are your cushions, chairs, pillows?  We launder our outdoor throw pillows and respray them with water repellent.  Cushions can be cleaned with a mixtu...

February 16, 2020

It's mid-February and one of the goals for this week is....meal planning.  What has THAT got to do with Masters, you may ask.  Lots.  If you are renting, your guests need space in your refrigerator and pantry.  We take this time to meal plan in order to create space for our guests.  We have two refrigerators and a large freezer, but a bit of planning at this point, as well as some mindful purchasing, make the clean out of the...

February 9, 2020

The Masters tournament will be here before you know it.  If you are renting, hope to rent, or just need to get your home perfect for Spring, follow along!

This week, you'll hit your living areas.  Start with your living room. Take the cushions off of the couches and chairs and use a vacuum nozzle to get in between those spaces most of us don't want to think about.  However, if your renters lose their keys between your cushions,...

February 2, 2020

Welcome to February!  You have this month and next to get your home fully ready for the tournament.  This month, you will concentrate on the overall picture, focusing on the "forest" vision of your home.  In March, we will zoom in to the "tree" level.  If you are renting, or hope to rent, this month begins the manageable week by week "to-do" list.  If you are new to renting, veteran renters will tell you...don't put it off.  I...

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