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Welcome Baskets

Why not take advantage of one of our welcome baskets? Either as a treat for yourself or maybe a friend or relative – what better way to start a vacation than a basket of goodies waiting for you.

You decide what you want and we will create something special. Let your imagination run wild – flowers, soft toys, chocolate, Disney merchandise or novelty items. Just let us know what the occasion is and we will work with you to create something special.

Sickies Garage, Burgers & Brews

7640 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Billed as a North Dakota franchise Sickies has been spreading its wings and Florida finally got its own store back in 2021. Boasting 50 brews and 50 burgers on the menu we finally decided it was time to give it a try.

At the back of my mind I was thinking its going to be something like Rock n Brews or Fords Garage and from the outside it is. It’s the usual over the top American themed style restaurant. Old car memorabilia adorns the walls and everything is tool / car / garage themed. Seating is a mix of booths and tables with an obligatory bar area as well. There is some limited outside seating but its location alongside the 192 doesn’t offer the most scenic outlook.

First off you aren’t spoilt for choice it seems when it comes to burgers. However if you want a little variety you might be out of luck. Yes you might get chicken wings on the starter menu and maybe a cob salad for an entree but burgers is what this place does and little else. If you have fussy eaters in your party try elsewhere.

I ordered a burger and fries and on the menu it sounded pleasant enough. Fries come with optional seasoning – but you do have to ask for this (they won’t prompt you). Now don’t get me wrong the burger was well cooked and it tasted ok BUT it wasn’t anything spectacular. It was a simple thrown together patty with a cheese slice and some ‘special’ sauce and a strip of bacon. It wasn’t a towering gut busing burger like you would get from Teak Grill! The fries were disappointing as well – think Steak and Shake $2 fries and you won’t be far off.

Now all this I could stomach if it were Burger King prices BUT this was a $17 burger! Served on a tray, picnic style, for this much money there should have been more effort in the presentation and (strangely for America) more food! For a family of 4 budget well over $100 for a burger and a drink each and that’s before any starters or desserts. This is awful value for money for a restaurant in a mediocre location.

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Fire Inspections

We are pleased to announce we have teamed up with a local fire safety company. Often overlooked, fire inspections are a legal requirement for rental properties. As some of our owners only rent to family and friends this might seem unnecessary but if you are filed with the county as a rental / vacation home business then you do need an annual certification. Certification isn’t costly in most cases and often its just a check of the fire extinguishers to ensure they are in goos working order. If in doubt get it done!

NEW – Hurricane Prep Service

As we enter hurricane season we start to think about getting a plan together and what we should do in the event of a major hurricane. The news is full of ideas and and for those that live here its easy for us to prepare. However what do you do as a remote owner? Who can bring in those garden items? Turn the gas off? Secure windows? That’s where we come in. If a hurricane is forecast to come though our area – don’t delay – let us get things ready. Customers will be dealt with on a strict first come first served basis under such circumstances.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to Mockingjay Services

As a property owner and property manager for many years, here in Florida I realized that there were many people who owned vacation homes that weren’t intended for rental. Owners who have their own retreat or only let family use the property don’t often require the full services that a traditional management company would offer. Such companies charge inflated monthly fees and add on fees for the simplest requests. What I needed was someone who I could rely on to do things as and when needed – so this service was born! You choose how often you use our services. Pricing is basic – you cover our milage and time and any associated material costs (fair enough). There is no monthly commitment. We don’t offer booking services so we are not interested in earning commissions. So if you need a caretaker / friend / boots on the ground – get in touch and let us take care of you and your home.

Lisa W – CEO

Trip Planning

We are adding to our services the offer to help out planning trips. During the years we have lived and worked in America we have vacationed in pretty much EVERY state! We have done 7000 mile road trips and seen most of the sights. Some cities we have visited many times and we have a unique insight into where to go and what to do (and what’s realistic to do within a timeframe).

So if you fancy doing something a little different on your next visit and you need some guidance on where to start, what tools are available or want general advice. Just ask!