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THE MaidPro CORNER: From Becky Brooks

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

END THE CHORE WARS

Over the course of 21 years in business, we have had many customers tell us that MaidPro saved their relationships. (And here we were thinking we are just a home cleaning business!) In the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day, we explored the concept a little further and uncovered five ways in which a regular home cleaning service improves relationships.

More time to pursue personal passions.

Love to golf? Fish? Hike? Camp? Ski? Shop ’til you drop? When your personal passions consume large chunks of time and your significant other doesn’t share the same passions, resentment around household chores can build up rapidly. Either your partner ends up doing too much or you end up sacrificing your passions, and no one is really happy. Outsourcing home cleaning enables both of you to enjoy the free time you might choose to spend apart.

More energy to focus on fitness and health.

How many times have you or your partner skipped exercising or failed to prepare a healthy meal because you had neither the time nor the energy left over? The eight to ten hours a week you gain by outsourcing home cleaning gives both partners more than enough time – and energy -to focus on physical fitness and staying healthy for the long haul as a couple.

Alleviate big gaps in ‘dirt tolerance’.

Different people have different tolerances for clutter, dust and dirt in their homes. When partners in a relationship differ greatly on how much mess or grime is tolerable, the person with the lower tolerance almost always ends up doing more (and resenting it). If your own dirt tolerance is significantly higher than your partner’s, investing in a home cleaning service may be just what the relationship doctor orders.

Protect and increase mutual wealth.

Even when partners in a relationship keep separate bank accounts, their homes – and the possessions within – are usually mutual investments. Regular home cleaning services protect the value of those mutual investments while freeing up time for heavier-duty maintenance, yard work, and the kinds of do-it-yourself home improvement projects that continue to build mutual wealth over time.

More (stress-free) time to focus on each other.

Even when partners are pretty good about splitting home cleaning chores evenly, most of the tasks get performed alone, so it’s time spent not focusing on each other. Even when they do spend time together, cleaning or other tasks left undone can serve as constant distractions or stressors that prevent partners from focusing completely on each other. Just imagine how your romance might blossom when – at least one evening each week – you can depend on coming home to a perfectly clean, distraction- and stress-free home in which to really enjoy your partner’s company!

This is a great blog post Becky…I can’t tell you how much this hits home to me. It just proves again that you are never too old to learn new things. Keep up the great work.
Jacob Mermin of Jacob Mermin inspections says,“I think if I implement some of these suggestions I may make a few brownie points with Mrs. Mermin.” www.jminspector.com

www.maidpro.com/fortmyers

MaidPro of SWFL
Commercial & Residential Cleaning
239-596-5200
2085 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples, Fl. 34109
www.maidpro.com/fortmyers
michelle@maidpro.com

THE GARAGE DOOR CORNER: By Lisa Ebel

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Lisa Ebel of Action Automatic Door and Gate

All You Need to Know About Programming Your LiftMaster® Remotes
Hello from Action Automatic Door & Gate! One of the most common questions people ask us year round is how to program their remotes, keyless entry, and HomeLink® car buttons. Depending on what type of operator you have programming instructions vary, but it is generally an easy task. Below you will find programming instructions for the most common LiftMaster® remotes and keyless entries by using the operators “learn” button or your wall control panel.

LiftMaster® Operator with a “Learn” Button:
The “learn” button can be found on the operator wherever you see a wire antennae hanging down. Sometimes this button is located behind a plastic light cover. The button will be colored purple, red/orange, yellow, or green. If you have difficulty locating the “learn” button, you can also reference the garage door operator’s manual. With this method you will need a ladder to access your operators “learn” button; if that’s not a viable option for you, continuing reading to program using your wall control panel.

To program your remote follow these simple steps,
1. Push the “learn” button like a doorbell.
2. Then press and hold the remote button you wish to program until you see the operator’s bulb flash or hear two “clicks”.
3. Release the button on the remote and press it again to test. The door should move.

To program a keyless entry follow these steps,
1. Push the “learn” button like a doorbell.
2. Within 30 seconds enter a 4 digit code into your keypad.
3. Press and hold the enter button for 5 seconds until you see the operators bulb flash or hear two “clicks”.
4. Release the button. After the lights on the keypad stop blinking, test by entering the PIN and pressing ENTER. The door should move.
Be sure not to hold the “learn” button, this will erase all memory from your operator.

LiftMaster® Operator Wall Panel with Light and Lock Feature:
For your remote,
1. Press and hold the button you wish to use on your remote.
2. At the same time, press and hold the LIGHT button AND the large PUSH BUTTON on the Wall Panel. When programming is successful, the main lights on the motor will flash or two “clicks” will be heard.
3. Release all buttons and press the button on the remote to test. The door should move.

For your keyless,
1. Enter a four-digit PIN into the keypad then hold the ENTER button.
2. At the same time, press and hold the LIGHT button AND the large PUSH BUTTON on the Wall Panel. When programming is successful, the main lights on the motor will flash or two “clicks” will be heard.
3. Release all buttons. After the lights on the keypad stop blinking, test by entering the PIN and pressing ENTER. The door should move.

LiftMaster® Operator Wall Panel with Digital Time/Temperature Display:
For your remote,
1. Press the PROG button on the side of the Panel. The display will read “LEARN REMOTE CONTROL”.
2. Press the PROG a second time to activate LEARN mode.
3. Press and hold the button you wish to use on your remote. When programming is successful, the main light(s) on the motor will flash or two “clicks” will be heard.
4. Release the button on the remote and press it again to test. The door should move.

For your keyless,
1. Press the PROG button on the side of the Panel. The display will read “LEARN REMOTE CONTROL”.
2. Press the PROG a second time to activate LEARN mode.
3. Enter a four-digit PIN into the keypad and then hold the ENTER button for five seconds. When programming is successful, the main light(s) on the motor will flash and or “clicks” will be heard.
4. Release the ENTER button. After the lights on the keypad stop blinking, test by entering the PIN and pressing ENTER. The door should move.

Programming Your Cars HomeLink® for your LiftMaster® Operator:
This programming requires that your car first learn the remote and then the operator. The remote you use must already be programmed to work with your operator.

1. Using both hands, simultaneously press and hold both the desired HomeLink® button and hand held transmitter button. DO NOT release until the HomeLink® indicator light flashes first slowly and then rapidly. When the indicator light flashes rapidly, both buttons may be released. (The rapid flashing indicates successful training.) This process may take up to 1 minute.
2. At the garage door operator in the garage, locate the “learn” button. Press and release the “learn” button.
3. Within 30 seconds, return to the vehicle and firmly press and hold the trained HomeLink® button for two seconds and release. The operator lights will blink indicating that training is successful.

Of course there are many brands of remotes and operators, if you need help programming another brand give us a call or bring your remote to one of our showrooms to speak with a specialist. Thanks for reading, check back for more maintenance tips and helpful tricks.

Jacob Mermin Inspections will be trying this really soon.

Lisa Ebel www.actiondoor.com
Action Automatic Door & Gate;
Lee County: 239-768-3667
Collier County: 239-643-3667
Charlotte County: 941-627-9696

THE CONCIERGE CORNER: By Jacob Mermin

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

WELCOME NEW MEMBER

THE INSURANCE MEGASTORE ll and Frank V. Bonsignore

Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge Listing and Networking Group would like to welcome a new member to the group. We are proud to announce that Frank V. Bonsignore and The Insurance Megastore ll is now a partner with everyone in our Concierge Listing and Networking Group.

The Insurance Megastore ll is located in Cape Coral, at 1716 Cape Coral Pkwy. E. Frank is a proud owner and principal agent of the Insurance Megastore ll since 2009. Frank has been in the area since 2004, a transplant from New Jersey. Frank and his wife Lori, both are recently proud parents of their first addition to their family. Between raising his family and growing his new business, Frank loves to attend many networking events and is an active member of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

Frank builds his business on loyalty and quality customer service. He likes to get back to the “take care of your customers and they will take care of you”. Jacob Mermin Inspections also works this way and is happy to welcome any business that has this philosophy. The Insurance Megastore ll is proud to offer fast, reliable and free quotes for Homeowners and auto insurance throughout the Cape Coral / Fort Myers and surrounding SW Florida area. The Insurance Megastore ll can get you quotes from the top insurance carriers in the business and will help you decide the policy that will best fit your needs. Our fast quotes, low rates, and quality customer service makes us stand out.

The Insurance Megastore ll is an Independent Agency, which means they can shop around with numerous insurance carriers to find you the perfect policy at the right price.

Jacob Mermin Inspections Concierge Listing and Networking Group have already sent Frank several JMI home inspections clients with great success. Our home inspection clients have already reported back that Frank at the Insurance Megastore ll was very nice and professional and is helping them with their insurance needs. They report back that Frank is finding all the discounts possible to help them save on their new Home Owners Policy.

Contact the Insurance Megastore ll for your free insurance information and quote at 239-205-1500, or browse their website at www.insuranceMegastoreSWFL.com for more information about their products and services. You will be able to just click on their logo and you will be taken directly to their home page. Their listing will be up in a few days. Also stay tuned to their personal Blog Corner on the JMI Blog “THE INSPECTOR’S CORNER called “THE INSURANCE CORNER” coming soon.
I am sure Frank Bonsignore will be posting great information on a regular basis.

The Insurance Megastore www.insuranceMegastoreswfl.com
Thank You
Jacob Mermin LFHI/LFMA/IE/CWMI

THE CONCIERGE CORNER: By Jacob Mermin flhi/flma/ie/cwmi

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

WELCOME NEW MEMBER

Jacob Mermin Inspections is very excited to welcome UnderPressure Cleaning & Sealing Services to the Concierge Listing and Networking Group.
UnderPressure is owned by Peter Leblanc of Estero, Florida. Peter explained to me that he works in Collier and Lee County. Peter is married with an 8 year old daughter and a 3 year old boy. He told me that he coaches both tee ball and soccer with his kids.

When I first interviewed Peter Lablanc and decided I would start the vetting process to determine whether UnderPressure would be apart of the JMI Concierge Listing I was very impressed first of all with the passion he had for his trade. I soon realized that we had similar passion for our own companies and their customers. Like me he worked in his trade for many years before starting his own company, 12 years to be exact. He stands by all the work he performs and for more than two years his motto has been, “I will not finish the project until the homeowner is COMPLETELY SATISFIED.”

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UnderPressure specializes in safe non-pressure roof cleaning that will retain the integrity of a roof instead of using pressure and losing valuable years to the life of a roof. Most of the roofs that they clean stay clean for well over two years, instead of about 8 months with a guy that pressure washes a roof. UnderPressure also uses a low pressure technique to clean the exterior of homes. They also clean driveways and seal them with a superior water-based sealant that will not leave cloudy or faded looking pavers. UnderPressure offers a Natural Luster finish or a Wet Look finish for the sealed driveways. Under Pressure is fully licensed and insured for 2 Million Dollars.

In Closing Peter Leblanc told me, “I am proud to belong to Jacob Mermin Inspection’s Concierge Listing and Networking Group.” “I hope that homeowners will take advantage of the professional businesses in our group, instead of wasting their hard earned money on a fly by night gypsy business. Jacob Mermin says, “I could not have said it better.”

UnderPressure www.underpressurehomewashing.com
Cleaning & Sealing Services

Jacob Mermin
Jacob Mermin Inspections
www.jminspector.com
jacob@mermininspections.com
239-243-7322