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May 6, 2020

Lubbock’s Best Apartments

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Best Lubbock Apartments

I went to college at Texas Tech in Lubbock and took my first real job here.  During that time, I did a lot of research into places to live.  Not ready to buy a home, I decided on renting an apartment.  Now, if you have ever lived in a college town, you know that there are so many options when it comes to landing in a rental – Lots of competing apartment complexes with lots of promoted amenities – all claiming to be the best Lubbock apartments.  And with all of those places promoting themselves as your ultimate leased space for a time, you have to be careful that you don’t jump into the wrong one.

Below are my bets tips when looking at apartment options in Lubbock.  Taking all of my needs into mind, I leaned towards an oft-overlooked, but super professional property called Windsor Creek Apartments.  That being said, it is going to depend on your taste and style as well as your desired location.

What to keep in mind when searching for the best Lubbock apartments:

  1.  Does the apartment complex have an available apartment on the floor you want?  If you want ground floor, don’t settle for a second or third.  Don’t get desperate to just seal a deal and accept a floor that does not suit you.  You will regret it.  Also, if you do get an apartment under another one, expect it to be somewhat loud at times.  No matter how quiet the management promises it to be, you can always expect noises above your head.  
  • Does the apartment complex have amenities that mean anything to you?  Will you really make use of the amenities offered?
  • Is the apartment complex in an area that is convenient for you on most days?  Are there cool places you can walk to or do you always have to hop in the car?
  • Does the management seem friendly and attentive?  
  • What kind of online reviews does the apartment complex get?  Are the concerns raised in any of the reviews ones that might affect you as well?
  • Does the apartment complex offer the kind of parking you want?  Storage?
  • Does the required rent fit nicely into your budget or will it be a stretch?
  • How often does the apartment complex pay for pest control?
  • Are utilities included in the rent or are you responsible for paying them?

Okay, those are just a few.  I’m sure you have thought of many of those, but I wanted to at least give you a strong checklist to start with just in case.  Lubbock is a pretty cool town once you get used to it.  There are a bunch of great local and national restaurants.  The coffee shop scene is second to none.  And the cultural side of things is slowly taking shape.  I wish you the best as you settle into this city and I hope you are able to find the best Lubbock apartment to call home!

July 22, 2019

Texas Public Adjusters: Another testimonial

Texas Public Adjusters

I’ve never had anything like a fire or mold or smoke/water damage hit me like they have hit so many people.  I’ve never gone through the emotional losses that come with destruction of property.  And I’ve never had to deal with filing a claim with my insurance company other than with a car wreck.  So, when a Texas Public Adjuster from Dallas came to speak to my class, I was pretty new to the whole conversation.  It seems that this man is a professional in dealing with insurance claims to make sure that people get fair settlements from their insurance companies.  He brought up an example about a couple dealing with a Dallas fire damage claim and he said that they lost just about every valuable thing in their house.  What wasn’t destroyed was smoke damaged and could not be returned to any sort of useable form.  So, they called their insurance company and got the process rolling so that they could get their possessions replaced with new ones.  But the amount of money that they needed to get full replacement was not being offered by their insurance company and they were feeling quite desperate.  This was when someone told them about how Public Adjusters work to make sure people get more money to cover their expenses.

So they called his company, which is located in the heart of Dallas (Abba Claims), and asked if this man and his associates could do anything for them.  Ches, the owner of the business, immediately took note of their situation and considered the amount of money they were claiming they needed to get their stuff back in order.  Then he assured them that he had experience in working with their particular insurance company.  He and his colleagues then set to work on being their advocates in getting them what they needed.  After a lot of back and forth, there was finally a breakthrough and the couple received a check that was more than satisfactory for them to get back to normalcy.

After this man gave his example, he asked if any people in the class had experienced any sort of damages that required an insurance claim to be filed.  Several of the people in the class weighed in and a few of them talked about how hard the process had been in working with their insurance companies.  Not one of them said they had even heard about Public Adjusters but said that they wish they had.  The Public Adjuster told us about all of the various claims that could be filed and then fielded questions from all of us.  I asked that if I ever had any of that stuff happen to me, could I call their offices since they are located in Dallas and I live in Lubbock.  He said that they would pretty much work for anyone, anywhere.

I hope I never need to make use of a Public Adjuster, but this class was great because it made me aware of a resource available to everyone to get fair settlements on just about any sort of claim.  I made note of their phone number and their website just in case I ever needed them to fight for me.

July 17, 2019

Dallas Smoke Damage

Smoke Damage

Dallas smoke damage claims are up this year because of a lot of small fires that broke out during the winter season.  From Christmas trees to fires in fireplaces getting out of control, there are a lot of reasons for small fires in your home or business.  And even though those small fires might not blaze and cause full-on destruction of your property and your possessions, there has probably been a lot of smoke damage that renders your stuff ruined.  And I have found that a lot of people who are affected by this kind of damage don’t think about filing a fire or smoke damage insurance claim in Dallas.  This is a mistake.  If this has happened to you, you definitely need to file an insurance claim with the company you are with to help recover from the damage.

As well, I would recommend beginning this process by contacting a Texas Public Adjuster to help you as you deal with your insurance company.  Public Adjusters are quite helpful in giving you great consulting and they as well can act on your behalf with regards to getting the best settlement on your claim.  As you might know, some insurance companies are not always looking to give out a fair settlement on smoke damage claims.  This is a problem that Public Adjusters can help you solve.  I know of one company in particular that deals with smoke damage claims in the entire Dallas area.  Check out Abba Claims and ask for Ches Bostick to get that ball rolling (888-908-2042).  I figure, “Why go at this process alone when you can have well-trained professionals do it with you?”

Well, that’s all I have to say for now.  I just want everyone who has had smoke or fire damage to make sure they get the best possible settlement.  I hope this article has helped you in some way or another.  If it doesn’t apply to you, feel free to share this information with a friend or family member who is going through this process.

July 2, 2019

What is backflow and how do you prevent it?

What is backflow and how do you prevent it?

Backflow is the unwanted reversal of flow in a water distribution system. Pipeline cracks and high levels of water withdrawal are typically the causes of backflow, but if you use the proper backflow prevention devices, you will most likely stop these from happening.  Most cities work hard to stop backflow issues by ordering or requiring these backflow prevention devices on home sprinkler systems.  This is key since these devices can stop lawn fertilizers and pesticides (as well as other dangerous chemicals) from getting into your homes’ drinking water.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want my coffee having two packets of herbicide in it – I prefer Stevia.

Anyway, I have been proactively looking into getting my lawn sprinkler system inspected for backflow.  I want to maintain my personal health as well as the health of my yard. So, I have been seeking good Lubbock backflow prevention companies that also understand how to keep sprinkler systems running perfectly.  I want a company that does backflow inspection and backflow prevention and I think I found one.  I’m excited to work with Rainmaker Irrigation since they have so many good reviews.

I will hopefully report back later with what I expect to be my own glowing testimony…

Any of you readers have experience with backflow prevention?  I would love to hear about it in the comments section.

Thanks so much!

Fire Damage in Plano

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Fire Damage in Plano

Plano began as a small little suburb of Dallas but it has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade making it one of the fastest growing suburbs in Texas.  I know from my year living there that it has all the makings of its own claim to be a big city, but has still been swallowed up by the DFW area.  Anyway, that’s not why I am writing.  I am instead writing to address a need for so many people – business and home fire damage in Plano.  I don’t know if it just the city’s growth or what, but there has been a significant increase in fires over the past two years – both commercially and residentially.  And I wanted to write this little article giving some advice to those who have had these fires and/or who are going through the loss at this time.  I also write to those who might have a fire in the future.  It’s always good to be prepared just in case the worst case scenario happens.

Here’s what I am advising:  If you have a fire and need to file a Plano fire damage claim, make sure to check into hiring a company that does public adjusting before trying to handle your insurance company on your own.  Texas public adjusters are those professionals who help you with the process of filing your insurance claim and who help you get a proper settlement so that you can repair the damage to your home or business.  I can say from experience that when you have a fire, it can be quite expensive.  Not only is there the external damage that needs to be fixed, but all of possessions inside of the house or business might need to be replaced.  And I can say that getting the right amount of money back from your insurance company can be quite a challenge.  Some of them tend to see things as “what is the lowest amount of money we can give the persons filing a claim?”  They are a business too and of course want the best for their bottom line.  Besides this, the insurance process itself can be very frustrating and difficult.  That’s why I am suggesting that you employ a Texas public adjuster firm to help you.  One example of this type of company is called Abba Claims and is located in Dallas.  There are others, but the one I have the most confidence in is Abba.  I have had excellent experience with them in the past and I think you might want to check them out at to get a good idea as to what they do well.

With that I will leave you and hope you never have to deal with a residential or a commercial fire.  But if you do, consider what I said and make the process easier and more lucrative.



June 19, 2019

Depression Generosity

Depression GenerosityWest Texas Tractors, John Deere Texas

COOL DEERE FACT:  The John Deere company never repossessed any equipment from American farmers during the Great Depression!

The above fact is just one other reason that South Plains Implement loves selling John Deere equipment to farmers in Texas and New Mexico.  To think that this growing corporation, which had its own financial troubles during one of the roughest economic times in American history, refused to go and take their machinery back from struggling farmers who could not make payments on time is so admirable.  The John Deere company was willing to risk its own bottom line because they believed in the clients they served.  They knew they could trust their loyal customers who were doing their best to work the land.  Deere extended their contracts to give them time to recover because the company also recognized just how badly the U.S. economy depended on these farmers and their crops.

This truth is reality today!  America and the world depend on those of you who work the land to keep economies rolling forward and bellies fed.  What a huge responsibility all of you have but what a huge honor as well. Most people don’t realize just how much they count on you farmers, but we certainly do.  We work with you to get the best equipment for your needs so that you can meet the needs of a growing populace.  And in working with you, we get to know you and we always note just how loyal and hardworking of a group that you are.  We strive to be just as hardworking and loyal to you and we welcome any and all suggestions you might have for us so that we might serve you best.

As we always say, South Plains Implement is where “Farm meets Family” and we want you to feel like we treat you like family, because that is who you are to us!  We hope you find what you are searching for on this website and if you have any questions about parts, service, equipment, etc., please contact us however you like. And if you just want to stop by one of our 14 locations in West Texas and New Mexico to get to know us and to see what we have in stock, we welcome you.


Coming to a deeper understanding…

Coming to a deeper understanding…

There are so many things in the world that I don’t understand.  There are also so many things in this world that I never knew even existed.  For instance, when I traveled to China I had no idea what some of the foods were.  I had no idea that a Forbidden City existed in Beijing.  There were lots of things I didn’t understand about their culture and many more things that I never knew existed.  But it was cool to find out that they were there and what they meant to that culture.  And it’s not just in another country that you discover new things.  I recently learned about a job position that is very important but that I didn’t understand and never knew existed.  This job position is known as insurance claims consultant.  It’s also known as public adjuster.  They are one in the same thing (I overheard someone mention it on a plane).  Anyway, I figured I would ask some other friends about what this job entails – maybe I would want to train and become one of these public adjusters.  But to my surprise, no one that I asked had any clue what Texas public adjusters do for people.  

So, I turned my research over to the computer and typed “public adjuster” into my Google bar.  Lo and behold, there was a lot of information about these insurance claims consultants – from an explanation on Wikipedia to a more full description on a specific business site (  What I learned from these sites is that there are companies out there who offer public adjusting services to people who have recently experienced some sort of catastrophic event (like a home fire, water damage, flood, lightning strike, etc).  These public adjusters act as advocates for these victims of destruction and help them with the process of filing the best claim to an insurance company.  It turns out that these professionals are experts at getting more money for the victims than they would have gotten alone.  They fight for a fair settlement and only take a small percentage of the total.  Sometimes the difference in what someone gets from an insurance company when acting with a public adjuster is a lot more than they would have gotten on their own. 

Pretty cool, right?

Anyway, I’m going to keep these public adjusters in mind just in case I have anything bad happen to my house or business.  I’ll also be able to be a resource for others who might run into the bad luck of a destructive situation.  It’s good to learn about new things.  I’ll probably write about something new in my next article.

February 27, 2019

Lubbock wedding venues

DoneLubbock Weddings 35518067_10212119280965012_7095528290751873024_n (1)Saying “I do” is just the beginning of the process of getting married and starting life together.  There are so many things that go into prepping for a marriage that it’s almost impossible to list them here.  From choosing cakes to settling on a specific date, getting married can be a serious stressor.  All of those perfectly chosen invitations going out to the perfect guest list and deciding on how you want your actual wedding ceremony to motor forward – I’ll never forget the almost overwhelming feelings of getting it all done.  (And when I got married, I was graduating from Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas and also planning a year long “honeymoon” in China with a young fiancee – not the smartest timing…)

Anyway, even though I could go into great detail about each piece of Lubbock wedding preparation, I want to spend just a brief time emphasizing one of the things that needs to be done at the very beginning – choosing a Lubbock wedding venue.  This has to be done early because while there are several quality Lubbock wedding venues, there are even more weddings being planned for the best of the venues to be booked on the date that you want.  You don’t want to get stuck in a less than beautiful venue because you waited too long to book your precious event.  (Trust me – my fiancee and I almost failed to secure the venue we wanted and it would have been tough on us emotionally to have to deal with a less than stellar location.)

I recommend that you start researching wedding venues via the Internet first – you can learn a lot by checking out wedding venue websites – you can see testimonials, reviews, rules and especially pictures that will get you to a short list of places that you might want to get married.  Of course, you will want to talk with friends and relatives who are familiar with Lubbock venues and get their opinions.  They can talk about their experiences – hopefully not horror stories – and help you start determining the best spots in town.  Finally, most of the best wedding venues invite you to come and take a tour of their grounds so that you can get a personal feel for what it might be like on your magical day.  Then once you decide on a place, you should book it as soon as possible.  Hopefully, they still have your chosen wedding date open – the earlier you book, the better to make this a probability.

Well, that’s my advice for now – Until next time, I hope he/she says “yes” when you ask for their hand and heart…If you have advice for anyone in the Lubbock area about this subject, please comment so we can have a list of the best venues in town.  Thanks.

Keeping your lawn green

As the famous saying goes, “The grass is always greener…” but in a lot of cases when it comes to our lawns, the green is not there at all.  And in Lubbock, where the temperatures and overall weather can vary in major ways – from super hot to super cold in the same week – it is key to work hard at a lot of different things so that the grass is greener on your side of the fence.  I’ve found that one of the main things that you have to have going for you so that this very thing happens is a working sprinkler system that can properly water your grass in every spot so that there are no brown patches or dead sections.  (Proper fertilization and professionals who can work on and consult on your lawn are key too.)  Since sprinkler systems are so important, one has to make sure that they are working right.

It’s easy to assume that when you set the watering schedule for your yard all of the sprinkler heads are working.  I know I certainly don’t watch my grass get watered and thus I wouldn’t know if I had any broken sprinkler heads (this can be the cause of a part of the lawn not getting watered and thus will result in those frustrating dead spots.)  So, I recommend to any of you out there who care about the condition of your lawn to watch your sprinkler system when it turns on and try to note if all of your sprinkler heads are working.  Actually, you might want to make sure that your entire sprinkler system is working.  Otherwise your brown yard might be the eyesore that causes angst on your block.

Anyway, if you do find that you need Lubbock sprinkler system repair or even just Lubbock sprinkler head repair, make it a priority to find a highly reputable local company who knows what they are doing.  There are plenty of them out there, but I recommend checking out websites and reviews to get the best idea of which company is the best.  I personally vouch for a group called Rainmaker Irrigation ( but you will have to do your own discovery.  I certainly don’t want to lead anyone astray on this issue.

Okay, that’s all I have for now.  I’d love to hear back from you as to which companies you have trusted in the past with your sprinkler system repairs and what you think of them.  Until then, happy watering and may your lawn be the greenest on the block!


February 25, 2019

Lubbock Commercial Cleaning

As an owner of a Lubbock business or I guess even as an employee who works in an office, you probably know that it is key to keep everything very clean so that you maintain the most professional reputation possible – no one wants their clients to experience an untidy or even dirty workplace bathroom.  That kind of thing can really destroy how your business is viewed and those views can become negative word of mouth very quickly.  Of course, everyone in the office can help to keep their spaces fairly clean during the week and can help to pick up in the restrooms, but I think it takes a cleaning contractor to do it properly.  In other words, it’s important to hire a Lubbock commercial cleaning company that is insured and bonded that can come in during the evenings and weekends and make everything look amazing – a company that you can trust with your office space – a company that has its own great reputation which will help you maintain yours.  I know I have been very judgmental of businesses that don’t pay out the extra money to hire this sort of company.  I can always tell which businesses use them and which ones don’t and I prefer to be a client of those that do – maybe I am just being picky, but I think that the way an office looks reflects how a business does all of its other business.

Anyway, I’m interested in hearing what you think about the above issue.  I’m also interested in  recommending one such cleaning company that has been doing incredible work with corporate clients for a long time.  Known as Professional Maintenance, Inc (, this group of trustworthy maintenance and janitorial people contract with businesses to take care of whatever needs they have as far as office cleaning.  And then, this group of workers comes in and takes care of everything.  And they make everything sparkle.  They don’t just do a  good job, they do a great job every time.  And you can count on them not to get slack as time goes on.  Every time they do their work, it’s fantastic and this is ensured by a maintenance overseer.  Professional Maintenance does not put up with sloppy work or lazy workers.

So, if you have a business and need your office space looking amazing every day, then I would say go with these folks.  I can’t speak from experience about any other commercial cleaning crew in the area, but I know from working with these guys that they will help you in your quest to not only impress clients, but also to clean to the point that illnesses aren’t hanging around in the office space.  It’s easy to spread germs daily with simple coughing and sneezing and that can lead to sick employees which leads to decreased efficiency.  This of course leads to a worse bottom line, which won’t be good for anyone.

Do you have experience with this company or any other cleaning companies in town?  I’d love to see your comments about whoever you have dealt with in the past.  Feel free to let them fly!

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