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Sara Hayes prides herself on exceptional customer service. As an experienced Realtor, Sara shares her market and contract knowledge with her clients while allowing them to set the pace for the home search. Sara and her husband live in Sanford and she specializes in the Sanford/Lake Mary area. Her daughter is active in school and sports and Sara has many community connections. Sara also makes referrals nationwide to buyers and sellers who want to be connected with top producing agents. Sara works with first time home buyers, empty-nesters, and anyone in between. When you are looking for a Realtor who will listen, advise, and guide rather than push, call Sara Hayes. 407-221-1772 SaraHayesSells@yahoo.com

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Coming Soon – Terracina

Beautiful Home Available for Purchase

You will fall in love with this luxury Terracina at Lake Forest townhome. Total AC replacement was completed summer 2018. The home boasts tile flooring and crown molding throughout lower level. Cooking will be a delight in the open kitchen with 42″ cabinets with under-mount lighting, granite countertops, walk in pantry, and stainless steel appliances. Laundry room is located off the kitchen and the washer and dryer convey with the property. A separate dining room with adjacent wine bar is spacious enough for large gatherings, and the living room leads to the covered and screened lanai and private back yard area. Upstairs the master suite includes two closets – one behind mirrored slider doors and a large walk in closet. The roomy master bathroom with dual sinks, mirrored vanity, large soaker tub and separate shower is a private oasis. Equipped with ADT alarm system for added security. All Terracina homes have barrel tile roofs and brick paver driveways. Community is gated with a clubhouse, pool and large pond with a walking path. 

September Homeowner Checklist: 5 To Dos

It’s that time again… time to prep your home for the cooler weather that’s on its way.  Get these completed so that you can take a much- needed break by taking a nap on the couch or curling up with a good book. ☺

  1. Change décor. With the change in season, comes Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas so now is the time to swap out summer pillows and décor for the cozy cooler weather décor and accessories, such as a cozy throw and thicker window curtain panels, etc.
  2. Check smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors.  & replace batteries.  Also, now is the best time to check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher too.  Lastly, did you know that if your smoke detectors are yellow, it means they need to be replaced?  It’s true, so do this life-saving maintenance this month for sure!
  3. Schedule furnace & chimney maintenance.  As the seasons change, it’s important to have an HVAC pro come out and maintain your furnace.  And since colder weather brings about fireplaces being used, it’s also the perfect time to have your chimney inspected and cleaned.
  4. Weatherstripping check. Now is the time to check all existing weatherstripping and replace if needed.  And add any new to windows and doors that let too much air escape. Your budget will thank you.  Your family will be warmer! ☺
  5. Inspect your roof & gutters.  Roof leaks are the worst, especially during cold & inclement weather seasons, so now is the time to have a pro come out, clean out your gutters and inspect your roof (from on top of the roof) and make any necessary repairs now.

If you need any referrals to good contractors, send me a text or email or give me a call & I’ll share with you my go-to list of the best in town!  I look forward to hearing from you! ☺ Happy September!

Sara Hayes

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Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite

Nextdoor sent me a window decal to display my neighborhood status. I continue to strive for the same in 2018 and beyond. Here are just a few of the Nextdoor testimonials I have received.

Melanie C. from Lake Forest
When we found out our parents wanted to relocate to FL, we immediately contacted Sara and got the ball rolling. Sara was always responsive and patient even on weekends and late evenings. She was very patient with handling much of the process over the phone and through email as our parents were searching while out of state. She was knowledgeable, helpful and personable and made what could have been a very difficult and scary long distance home purchase smooth and stress free. Sara is clearly great at what she does and we highly recommend her.
Carrie G. from Fountain Parke At Lake Mary

We recently used Sara to buy and then sell. We were nervous about selling our existing home in time to avoid 2 mortgages. Sara assured us we would be fine AND we were! She took beautiful pictures of our home, completed a market study and helped us choose to list first on Zillow as a “coming soon.” The interest built and by the time the listing was active, we had a contract within 2 days. Working with Sara has been a pleasure! She is kind and patient, with amazing skills as a photographer and knowledge of the real estate industry. We highly recommend Sara for anyone buying and/or selling!

George P. from Lake Forest

My wife and I were very fortunate to have had Sara Hayes assist us in finding a perfect home for our needs. Sara worked diligently in locating homes to visit and everyone she took us to was within our requirements. She worked tirelessly in finding what we wanted. She certainly knows Sanford and central Florida and I teased her about “living and breathing real estate”. You can’t go wrong in asking Sara Hayes to help you find the home you’re looking for.

Don B. from Buckingham Estates

We used Sara when purchasing a town home in 2015 and found her to be very professional and attentive to our needs. I highly recommend her for real estate services in Sanford.

Melissa R. from Forest Glen/Terra Bella
Sara Hayes with Tolaris Realty in Lake Forest is phenomenal. She is NOT like the majority of real estate professionals. She is extremely caring, not pushy, understands what your and your family will need and what would be the right house for you and she has a very wonderful creative eye. She is awesome at photography, which comes in handy when it is time to take pictures of your house, and put them online for everyone to see. I would HIGHLY recommend her if you are thinking of selling your home.
Doris Y. from Terracina at Lake Forest

Sara is the most patient realtor I have ever worked with. She not only goes out of her way to find exactly what you are looking for, but also does it in a caring and patient manner.

Terry F. from Summerhaven and The Landings

What can I say about Sara???? Sara is the BEST in every sense of the word! She helped my husband and I find our forever home and then she turned around and sold our townhouse in 2 weeks. Sara knows her business and I would highly recommend her. She is pleasant, smart, funny and so easy to work with. She will return every phone call you make in a timely manner and she will keep you advised on a regular basis. Do yourself a favor and look no more for a realtor because you found the best right here! Thank you Sara Tim and Terry

What are some easy backyard projects for a staycation?

You know that yard project you’ve talked about since you first moved in but still haven’t gotten around to? Why not skip this summer’s beach trip, saving the expense of travel and lodging, and instead invest that money into a landscaping staycation?

Here are four projects to consider for your landscaping staycation.

1) Garden boxes
Raised garden boxes take container gardening to the next level. They are an attractive way to get plants out of harm’s way (be it from pets or rodents) while raising a bumper crop of produce or flowers. Yes, you could purchase pre-made boxes at a garden store, but you can save a lot of money and create a custom look by making them yourself, and it doesn’t take a lot of construction expertise. Depending on your budget, yard space, and skill level, garden boxes can be made of wood, sheet metal, and/or retaining wall materials. You can even find simple step-by-step how-to instructions online.

2) Fire pit
Fire pits have grown in popularity over the past several years and are an increasingly common landscaping upgrade. With some planning and muscle, you can create your own backyard oasis to enjoy on those cool evenings. Freestanding pits, fueled with either firewood or a propane tank, can be placed in just about any open-air location, or for the more ambitious, you can buy complete fire pit kits that you assemble yourself. Level the ground, install a paver patio, and add some comfy outdoor furniture to create a cozy-warm gathering spot.

3) Water feature
Installing a water feature takes a bit of strategic planning–you typically will need not only adequate space but also a power source, and if you are digging, be sure you first know where all underground utility lines are. For a fountain, you can buy either ready-made elements, or if you are feeling ambitious and creative, you can buy a simple pump to recycle the water and create your own design out of stone or brick. For ponds, again, prefabricated plastic tubs can be purchased at a garden store, or you can purchase liner by the roll and create your own custom design.

4) Playhouse or swing set
Your kids are going to jump for joy when they see their new play area! Again, depending on your skill level, you can either purchase pre-made sets, get a kit, or build it yourself from scratch. Whichever route you choose, you will want to first do some site prep work, clearing the area, leveling the ground, and laying weed mat. Then, the American Society for Testing and Materials suggests putting down three to six inches of mulch, which has been determined to help cushion a fall from up to 12 feet.

Have you used a staycation to complete a landscaping project? Here’s your chance to show it off…share your photos!

Sara Hayes
Tolaris Realty

407-221-1772 cell
407-328-5286 fax

Featured in the August 2017 issue of Florida Realtor Magazine

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