Property Management Blog

Monday, April 02, 2018

Common Mistakes Renters Make

Choosing the wrong apartment can be an expensive mistake.  For example, renting an apartment sight unseen.  Photos can look great, but photos also hide odors. And often times tenants willing to rent an apartment without seeing it are easy targets for scammers!  Renters also often overlook renter's insurance because they think it's not worth it...for the minimal cost, it can certainly pay off during a crisis.  And, I can't stress this enough, but communicate with your Landlord.  Don't be afraid to ask questions and make sure you're getting straight answers regarding anything from roommates, to who covers what utilities, penalties for late rent or breaking your lease, the use of common areas, etc. The article below goes into a little more depth regarding some of the common mistakes renters might make.   Read More »

Thursday, March 08, 2018

BENEFITS OF RENTAL LIVING

If you are currently on the fence deciding whether you should rent or buy in the up-coming Spring market, maybe consider some of the benefits of renting and being able to save up some additional money for a few years before making the largest purchase of your life.  Read More »

Monday, February 05, 2018

DON'T KEEP SECRETS!

Communicating with your landlord or property manager is key to living happily and not compromising your relationship which may lead to you having to pay your landlord extra, losing part of your security deposit or even worse, getting evicted.  Any good landlord will encourage communication and offer several ways for you to get in touch including face-to-face with office staff, online portals, emails, etc. Some examples of secrets not to hide include some the following….if you are considering a roommate to help with expenses…inform your landlord and make sure this person is approved, so the lease can be amended properly. Don’t be afraid to report maintenance issues as soon as you are aware of them.  Many tenants are worried about an extra expense from something they may have caused, but issues like leaky roofs or faucets, appliance malfunctions, backed-up toilets, etc., could quickly lead to much, much worse issues over time.  If you are considering a pet…inform your landlord.  Don’t try to hide it cause most likely a fellow tenant will eventually report you. Whether you struggle with housetraining a puppy or your cat loves to scale the blinds, we recommend owning up to pet damage before vacating. You’ll most likely have to pay for some repairs, but honesty goes a long way.  Trying to get away with things only leads to more problems and may also lead to negative reports to future landlords calling for a rental reference.  Read More »

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

Property managers often provide better cash flow & fewer headaches for property owners with their proven systems & expertise of local areas. If anyone out there is just beginning to invest in some rental properties or has owned & handled their own investments for years and are struggling with the idea to hand them over to a property management company, here are some reasons that may help make your decision easier.  Read More »

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas Crafts & Festive Decor

Well, the holiday season is just beginning and Christmas is on its way. For those of you who have children, I can only imagine how much the excitement for them is building as the 25th becomes closer and closer. This month I'm sharing to articles from the same site that I came across...one with ideas for some craft projects to keep your kiddos hands and minds a little preoccupied while they are waiting for Santa's visit :) and one for the adults with a few ways to freshen up your festive decor this year in case you're looking for new ideas or hosting a special gathering or just want to keep your mind busy as well :) Hope you enjoy every minute of the up-coming holiday season!  Read More »

Friday, November 03, 2017

WALKTHROUGH CHECKLIST?

Most of you have been renters for some time and have rented several different places, but some of you might be renting for the first time. It can be a difficult and scary decision that you are most likely committed to for at least a year, so maybe create a walkthrough checklist as your viewing properties with your rental agent. Never be afraid to ask questions! Landlords will either consider your concerns or they won’t, and if they aren’t open to making changes and you aren’t willing to live without those changes, then you may have to move on to the next property. Keep in mind some of the following:  Read More »

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

POSSIBLE PLACES TO VISIT THIS AUTUMN SEASON!

Well, I haven't made any recommendations lately, so I thought with the fall season and cooler weather starting, it would be the perfect time to suggest some places to visit before winter is upon us.  Read More »

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Beware of Fire Traps in Your Apartment

It doesn't happen very often, but unfortunately, from time-to-time tenants and owners experience the devastation of a fire. Before you know it, the Fall and Winter seasons will be here and that seems to be the most common time for fires. We can't stress enough how important renter's insurance is because obviously that would be a tremendous help if you ever have the unfortunate luck of dealing with the losses of personal items from a fire. I found a great article and posted the link below that gives you ideas and situations to avoid to help prevent any fire accidents, but just a few to keep in mind....with the holidays quickly approaching, if you are using older Christmas lights, just be conscious of how hot they are getting especially if you have them on a live tree. Also, make sure your electrical outlets are not overloaded, don't leave candles unattended especially if you have small children or pets that could knock them over and consider unplugging small appliances (coffee maker, can opener, curling irons, etc.) when you are not using them.  Read More »

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Keep Your Apartment/Home Bug Free
I don't know about anyone else....but I am a bug magnet!!  Mosquitoes find me fascinating for some reason, and just walking our dogs in the evening, I can come back with half a dozen bites! And with the humidity increasing lately, we've seemed to have an ant problem in our home and you can never seem to figure out where the little buggers are coming from. We get quite a few calls at the office regarding bug issues, and that is typically not covered by landlords/owners, so I found an article just giving some pointers/ideas on how to help prevent any future bug problems. Nothing too complicated, just tips as simple as de-cluttering, sealing doors, adding screens, preventing standing water, etc. Hope it helps!  Read More »

Monday, July 03, 2017

SUMMER IS HEATING UP!

Summer is definitely starting to heat up. With 4th of July almost in the past, I'm afraid those hot, humid and hazy days are going to start becoming more plentiful. If you're living in your first apartment following a pretty strict budget or don't have the convenience of central air & need to use less efficient window units, you may be dreading those hot Summer days and the additional costs they can bring by needing to use more electric. I found an article below with some tips for keeping you and your home a little cooler without using air conditioning....  Read More »