AuthorCrystal Stannard

Choosing Flooring for Your Property

Replacing the flooring in your properties is a great way to revive the look and feel of the property after so many years of use. Regardless of the quality of the pre-existing flooring, over time it wears down, especially in high traffic areas. When it comes to choosing flooring, you need to think about the style you want, the location of the property, and the functionality of the room with the...

Choosing Paint Colors for Your Property

When you decide to start fixing up our rental property yourself by painting, you want to really think about what is going to make the best impression. While you may have a bold style, your future tenants may not. So it is important to think through what you will be painting and which colors would work best.  It’s typically said to play it safe and stick with white, and while this is a safe...

Choosing Paint Finishes for Your Property

When it comes to painting your property for showing potential tenants, selecting the color is only half the battle. There are a variety of finishes to choose from depending on what you room you are painting, the durability you need, and the look and feel you want. Types of Paint Finishes Flat – Flat paint is exactly what it sounds like, flat with no shine to it. Flat paints are the better choices...

Enforcing No Pet Clauses

When you decide to become a property manager with tenants, there are multiple lifestyle considerations such as smokers, handicap accessibility, and pets. Many leases will specify stipulations as to whether or not a tenant can have pets. While many times having a no pets clause and enforcing it can be pretty straightforward, there are some circumstances in which it can become a larger issue. Can...

DIY Tips for Fixing Up Your Rental

When it comes to selling anything, presentation is key. The same applies for renting out property. No one wants to rent a shabby apartment or house that looks like it needs more than just a little TLC. There are many DIY options for fixing up your rental that are budget friendly and just as effective as having a professional come in. Refresh Paint Instead of hiring a professional company, repaint...

Prevent and Treat Mold in Your Rental Property

Mold is a common issue in many rental properties, especially in high humidity and flood areas. Depending on the state, there may be mold laws to adhere to when renting out property.  While not all mold is toxic, some can cause health issues which is a liability and all mold causes damage to the property itself. It is important as a landlord or property manager to take the steps to prevent and...

Pest Control for Rental Properties

When managing rental properties, pest control is vital to maintaining the value of the property.  When left unchecked, pest infestations can cause a slew of problems. Not only is having a pest infestation unsanitary it can lead to legal issues if not handled immediately.  While some pests are simply annoying, there are some that are lethal or spread certain diseases. Who Pays? In most cases it is...

What to Consider When Shopping for a Home Warranty on Rental Property

When you manage one or more properties, you want to cover all of your investments with insurance and warranties when it is in the best interest of the property. While it is usually required for a property owner or landlord to carry homeowners insurance on a residential property, you are not required to carry a home warranty. However, purchasing a home warranty can be a good idea because it will...

Buying a Home Using Seller Financing

Buying a home can be important milestone to achieve. However, in today’s market it isn’t always easy to just walk into a bank and get a loan. Lenders look at a variety of factors including credit score, credit history, and debt to income ratio, as well as ability to repay. If you do not meet the criteria to obtain a loan you may have the option to buy through seller financing. What is Seller...

Proper Pool Etiquette for Apartments

There are many perks to renting an apartment, one of which is the amenities such as the pool if the apartment complex has one. If you rent an apartment in a complex that has a pool, there are rules of etiquette you will want to follow to keep the pool a clean fun place. After all, would you want to swim in a pool that hasn’t been taken care of or used properly? Here are some tips to keep the pool...

Top 6 Reasons to Rent an Apartment

Renting an apartment isn’t just a solution for those just starting out anymore. Many people are still choosing to rent apartments even if they can buy a home of their own. This is due to the significant savings and perks that come with renting an apartment that you wouldn’t normally get when renting or purchasing a home. 1.) Security Let’s face it, crime is still rising in...

Lease to Own VS. Lease Purchase

When selling a home there are a variety of options. If a seller is working with a buyer that is unable to obtain a traditional loan from a lender they can opt to lease out the property. There are two types of leasing options the seller could choose to use; lease to own or lease purchase. What’s the difference? Lease to own is a contract in which the buyer will be leasing or renting the home...

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