Garage sales are a popular solution for spring cleaning. We have been seeing a lot of signs for garage sales lately and thought it would be a good topic for our blog!
How To Have A Garage Sale
It’s not hard to host a garage sale at your home, but it would be a good idea to review your local city’s rules and regulations for garage sales. Be sure to look at guidelines for signs to advertise your garage sale. Here is a link to the guidelines for garage sales in Overland Park, Kansas.
For an extensive checklist for how to prepare and host a garage sale, check out this article on wikihow.com.
Here are the basic guidelines for garage sale signs in Overland Park:
You are allowed one sign at the location of the sale for each street frontage on that property. This type of sign can have a sign face up to eight square feet in size and can be used during the days of the garage sale and up to three days prior to the sale. In addition, you may place signs in other locations pointing to your garage sale provided that these signs are located on private property and that you have obtained permission for placing the sign from the property owner. To be on private property, signs must typically be one foot behind the sidewalk or approximately 11 feet back from the curb of the street. These “pointer” signs are limited to three square feet in area and are allowed only during the days of your garage sale. Signs are not permitted in street medians, in public parks, or at highway interchanges. No garage sale permit is required.
Where To Find Local Garage Sales
Some people enjoy going to garage sales to see what kind of treasures can be found on the cheap. You would be surprised at the kinds of things that people want to get rid of to make some space! There are lots of ways to find out where garage sales are going to be held… here are a few to try:
Craigslist (this link will take you to a search for Garage Sales in Kansas City, MO)
YardSaleSearch.com (this link will take you to a search for Garage Sales in Overland Park, KS)
Good luck if you are going to host a garage sale, and happy hunting if you plan on shopping local garage sales!
We manage quite a few houses at Home Rental Services, Inc. Every month, we replace between 5 and 10 central heating and air conditioning units for our owners. It is important to know that you can receive up to $500 worth of tax credits when you install approved energy efficient units. If you are doing any home improvements, there is a good chance that some of the work will be eligible for tax credits, especially if you are replacing key systems or working on the exterior of your home.
Types of things that are eligible for these credits are:
- Water Heaters
- Heat Pumps
- Central Air Conditioners
- Building Insulation
- Circulating Fans (used in a qualifying furnace)
Here is a quote that talks about the maximum incentive (in aggregate) you can be eligible for:
For purchases made in 2011, 2012, and 2013: Aggregate amount of credit is limited to $500. Taxpayer is ineligible for this tax credit if this credit has already been claimed by the taxpayer in an amount of $500 in any previous year. For purchases made in 2009 or 2010: Aggregate amount of credit for all technologies placed in service in 2009 and 2010 combined is limited to $1,500
For more information, please visit the DSIREUSA.org website.
Our good friends at Bank of Kansas City gave us tickets to the Kansas City Sports Commission’s 40th awards banquet. The event was last Friday, April 19th at the downtown Marriott. Coach Bill Snyder was the keynote speaker for the event, and spoke for about 40 minutes (uncommonly verbose for coach Snyder.) Nationally recognized sportscaster Gary Bender and Kathy Nelson of the KC Sports Commission were the Emcees.
Caitlin and her husband Brad attended the event and really enjoyed seeing coach Bill Snyder and other award recipients. “I thought it was really nice to take the time to honor people who are making a difference in the Kansas City local sports scene. The life story of Colin Dougherty was especially touching and inspiring considering he plays on the varsity squad of his high school basketball team while suffering from autism.”
List of Award Recipients
Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year: Robb Heineman – CEO of Sporting Club, parent organization of Sporting KC
Sprint Community Champion: John Denison – Metro Sports
Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year: Kelly Dippold – Lockton Companies
Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year: Colin Dougherty – Leavenworth High School
Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year: Bill Snyder – Kansas State University
On Saturday, April 27, In conjunction with Electronics Recycling, and along with corporate sponsor Black & Veatch, 11401 Lamar, the Overland Park 2013 Spring Recycling Extravaganza will offer opportunities to recycle more materials than ever before. This is an excellent opportunity to remove some of the clutter, especially some items that aren’t as easy to dispose of.
You can bring:
- Medications - The Overland Park Police Department will be accepting any unwanted or expired medication for proper disposal.
- Confidential documents, which will be destroyed on site by ProShred Security, and you can watch. The suggested donation for this service is $5 for a standard file box and $10 for larger quantities.
- Cell phones will be collected by Sprint. Your old cell phone has moved from your hip, pocket or purse into a drawer or cabinet and is ready for recycling. Sprint will be on hand to make certain your phone is properly recycled while benefiting great charities such as the Boys and Girls Club of America.
- Usable building material will be collected by Heartland Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Donate your new and usable building materials, hardware, fixtures and appliances to ReStore. Your donations may be tax deductible, and will benefit Heartland Habitat for Humanity’s building projects.
- Clothing will be collected by Goodwill Industries. Clothing, housewares, small appliances, furniture, toys and many other items will be accepted.
- Electronics such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, VCRs and stereos will be responsibly recycled by Surplus Exchange. While most items will be accepted at no charge, there will be a fee of $10 for monitors, and $10-$25 for TVs.
- Bicycles will be collected by Revolve. Give your unwanted bike new life and bring a smile to another by donating it. Revolve will repair and reuse whatever is feasible on your old bike and recycle the rest.
- Used carpet and padding will be collected by Deffenbaugh and recycled by Heritage Recycling for use in manufacturing polypropylene pellets, which are used to make buckets, as well as plastic parts in the automobile industry.
Here is the link to the official event page. We hope you can take advantage of this great opportunity to recycle and maybe even help area not-for-profits out!
An important part of our property management job is to make sure maintenance and improvements are completed in a professional manner. We’ve used many vendors over the years, but have a core group of service companies that do what they say they are going to do, and make things right if there are any problems. These are the companies that we showcase in person and online.
KC Home Solutions is one of those companies.
- They are professional, extremely courteous, and are always willing to go above and beyond for us when we ask them to.
- They do a wide variety of work, including tiling, fencing, wood rot, HVAC, plumbing, hot water heaters, sump pumps, roofing, gutters, they do all of our snow removal, and pretty much all other general maintenance.
- They will go out to a house on a moment’s notice if we ask them to.
- Their communication and follow through is as good as any vendor we use.
- They appreciate your business. They brought us all a very nice Christmas gift basket, with sausage, cheese, chocolate and wine for all the work we have sent their way.
- KC Home Solutions is located in Olathe, Kansas. Their crews are very mobile and will travel to any area within a 250 mile radius of Kansas City.
We highly recommend KC Home Solutions! You can reach them at (913) 568-1818 or (913) 706-1400.
For this week’s blog post, we thought it would be fun to ask our team about their favorite restaurants in Kansas City. The list below includes the top 3 favorite restaurants for each of our team members. If you haven’t tried a new place to eat in a while, give one of the establishments below a try and let us know what you think! Do you have any to add? Comment in the area provided below and tell us your favorite Kansas City based restaurant!
West Chase Grill
119th Street and Roe Avenue in Hawthorne Plaza
Overland Park, KS 66209
Longhorn Steak House
The Blue Moose
Majestic Steak House
Carlo’s Copa Room
La Bodega: Tapas & Lounge
BRGR Kitchen & Bar
4038 W 83rd Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208
The Peanut on Main St.
Blanc Burgers + Bottles
Stroud’s Fried Chicken
There are a lot of things to do this month in Kansas City!
International Auto Show This Weekend (March 6th – 10th)
This week is the annual Greater Kansas City International Auto Show at Bartle Hall downtown. There will be more than 500 cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans and crossovers on display from dozens of manufacturers. There will also be attractions and events throughout the show. For complete information, check out the official website.
St. Patrick’s Day Run (March 9th)
This will be the 35th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Run in Westport. The run begins at 10am on March 9th in the Westport area. For more info on the run, go here.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 17th)
March 17th is Saint Patrick’s Day, and it is celebrated in a big way in Kansas City. There is a big parade on the 17th from 11am – 1pm. It is in the Midtown/Westport area and begins at Linwood/33rd Street
and goes south to 43rd Street. For detailed parade information, check out the official website.
Even More Stuff!
For a more complete listing of March events, be sure to go to VisitKC.com.
This link will show you upcoming events in the next 30 days.
We thought it might be a good idea to let everyone know that we are getting a new computer server for our office this weekend. Our trusted friends over at Umbrella Systems are doing this project for us. We will still have email, because we switched to Office365 in October last year… all of our email is “in the cloud!” Also, our office phone system from Avid Communications will still be working because our internet connection will still be on. However, due to our server being down for the replacement, there are many activities that might be impossible to do until Monday morning. We can still communicate… things just might be delayed a bit.
This is one of those necessary maintenance things that is never fun, but so important to get done. It has been a few years since we have upgraded our network server, and it will be great peace of mind when the project is complete. One of the best things that will happen as a result of this upgrade is a significant upgrade in the amount of storage we have. Another is the fact that the backups will be taking a full snapshot picture of our entire server. Why does this matter? If the new server crashes in the months/years to come, we will be able to restore the snapshot image to a new server and be back up and running within hours instead of days!
Thank you for your patience as we go through the server project this weekend, we appreciate it!
We all need trusted relationships personally and professionally. And it is so important to be able to count on these relationships. We have that kind of trust with Kiersten at Accommodations by Apple Corporate Housing and have been referring business back and forth for years!
Accommodations by Apple supplies temporary, furnished apartments all over Kansas City. They offer short term accommodations for business travelers and relocating families. We get calls from people that are coming to Kansas City for a 3 month contract and they want to stay in a furnished apartment instead of the typical week-long stay options. We refer them to Kiersten and she takes great care of them.
Kiersten refers business back to us as well. Sometimes, it is someone she has heard from that is going to be here for a longer period of time and wants to stay in a home versus an apartment. Other times, it is someone that has rented an apartment from Accommodations by Apple and ends up taking a permanent job here in Kansas City. They want to upgrade to a rental home while they figure out their long term living situation. That is where we come in!
So thanks to Kiersten and Accommodations by Apple for being a company that does what they say they are going to do. We know when we refer someone to her that they will be well taken care of. It is a great milestone for them to be able to celebrate their 20th year of doing business here in Kansas City.
If you know someone that needs a temporary, furnished apartment, give Kiersten a call at (913) 888-8100.
Our team at Home Rental Services believes that it is important to recycle. If you have known us for very long, you have seen that we are raving fans of the Ronald McDonald house pop-tab and key recycling program.
We have found a great resource for all recycling called RecycleSpot.org. They can help you figure out what to do with all kinds of waste including hazardous materials (paint and varnish), technology (computers and old TVs) as well as glass, yard waste and old prescription drugs.
One of the best features about their web site is the ability to search by material, community or service provider. In other words, you can type in GLASS and your zip code to find where to recycle glass nearby.
Kandy connected the dots between key and pop-tab recycling and RecycleSpot.org. Apparently, RecycleSpot.org didn’t have a good referral partner for old keys… which is perfect for the Ronald McDonald house! Kandy did an introduction and they are talking to see how they can work together. How cool is that?
If you have any tips on recycling or appreciated us telling you about RecycleSpot.org, please leave us a comment below!