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Home Maintenance Tips

If you are continually finding yourself making repairs around the house or worrying about your home, you came to the right place. McDougal is here to provide you with easy weekly and monthly home maintenance tips.   Weekly Tips:  Clean Window Sills Cleaning does not mean merely wiping down your windows with Windex. In addition … Continued

Pet-Ownership Responsibility

February is “Responsible Pet Owner” month, which led McDougal to think, how do we view responsible pet ownership? As some of us may already know, being a pet owner is a big responsibility. We want to share the duties of what your pet expects from you and what McDougal expects from you as a pet … Continued

Understanding Property Management Contracts

The “fine print” in a contract may seem like a chore to us, but with a lack of effort, this could lead to misunderstanding. Contracts are made to eliminate confusion and provide a mutual understanding of how the relationship will function. All property management contracts should address the following. Outline of Work   It is … Continued

Buyers will Pay More for Smart Homes

Network connected appliances, lighting, thermostats, TVs, security devices and more have increasingly become the evolution of smart home technology. Homeowners are provided with comfort, safety, accessibility, and energy efficiency in their smart homes.   The Rise of Smart Home Technology As time goes by, buyers are becoming more and more aware of the capabilities of … Continued

4 Things to Remember When Renting to Elderly Tenants

Elderly individuals typically make fantastic tenants. The loud music, parties, unpredictable incomes and sketchy activities associated with youth are probably well behind them. That being said, they do typically have unique needs when it comes to occupying a property. Fair Housing Act & Eviction Procedure     You might pride yourself of being the “hip” … Continued

The Danger Of Using Unlicensed And Uninsured Contractors

Real estate development is always a gamble for many reasons. There are several risks individuals take as investors, builders, and homebuyers. The one risk you should not take, however, is the use of an unlicensed and uninsured contractor. Hiring a Licensed and Insured Contractor When an accredited general contractor takes on a project, some delegation … Continued

How to Cut Your Energy Bill This Winter

Saving money on an energy bill is simpler than we think. Here are a few hacks for cutting your energy bill while staying warm this winter. Adjust the Thermostat: Adjust the temperature of your house according to your schedule. You have a few options to help reduce your energy bill. You can reduce the temperature … Continued

Ways to Make Your Home Warm This Winter

There’s nothing worse than coming home to a cold house during the winter. While we can’t decide the weather outside, we can control the temperature in our homes. There are numerous things you can do to make your home a warmer place to be. Here are some ideas to keep your home warm and cozy … Continued

Best Lubbock Hang Outs for a Chilly Day

It may come as a surprise to some that Lubbock is home to many neat and unique places to hang out, eat, have a cup of coffee, and enjoy some good conversation. Some Winter days can be brutal in West Texas and staying home for five days straight shouldn’t be the only option. Therefore, we … Continued

10 Tips To Beautify Your Rental Home Without Upsetting Your Landlord

Believe us, sprucing up your rental home is possible and easy to do! Rental homes often come with a low monthly cost, but you pay an opportunity cost with the strict stipulations that come with the regulation of the home. Therefore, we found ten ways to make some minor changes to your rental home seem … Continued