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5 True Things for All Property Management Types

All property management types—single-family homes, condos, townhouses, multiplexes, and apartment buildings—may seem really different at first glance. After all, single-family home tenants tend to reside there longer and likely have outside maintenance that needs to be done. With condos and apartment buildings, the tenants can forget about lawn maintenance, but you may have several different...

Pests – Real Problems For Real Property

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer. The days are getting sunnier. And everybody is coming out to enjoy the sweet embrace of spring. Including the animals we aren’t exactly crazy about. Pests are an annoying part of life for us. If you’ve ever opened your door to go outside and nearly gotten blindsided by a stray bee or wasp, you know the feeling. For...

Rental Property Fixes for More Curb Appeal

In the book “Managing Rental Properties for Maximum Profit,” author Greg Perry recommends treating a rental property as you would a property you’re trying to sell. Using rental property fixes to establish a clean and tidy appearance attracts better tenants and garners higher rent. Never underestimate the power of curb appeal to get the best return on any investment you make in...

Five New Property Management Mistakes

Missteps. Mess-ups. Gaffes. Or as Homer says, “Doh!” Whatever you call them, mistakes are common in life. Everyone has them, even the best of us, and especially when you’re new on the job. That being said, there are two types of mistakes. There are the ones that you can look at immediately afterward and chuckle about. Things like forgetting someone’s name, or accidentally...

After Hours Maintenance Emergencies

It was a dark and stormy night- and you, sleeping peacefully in the poppies, had no idea that disaster was striking on one of your properties. The roof began to leak to the point that the tenants were considering renting a tugboat to help move their stuff out. A tornado came, picked the house up and dropped it on some poor elderly lady’s sister. There was a small dog, and a lady floating in a...

When Every Leaf is a Flower: Rental Property Landscaping Tips for Fall

Trees are a great amenity in a rental property landscaping plan, especially if they are planted in spaces available for residents to enjoy. Trees offer shade and room for recreation in green spaces, and when used with other colorful landscaping, make your property stand out year round. Most rental property landscaping tips show up on blogs like ours in the Spring, when planting and gardening is...

5 Maintenance Practices Property Managers Ignore at Their Peril

Successful property maintenance involves more than just collecting rent and paying the mortgage each month. Five important areas to keep maintained properly include the appearance the property, entrances and exits, building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, and electricity, pools and hot tubs, and the roof. Costs for upkeep, losses and repairs make ongoing maintenance vital to keep any property...

What Can You Do About Mold In Rentals?

Though asbestos and lead paint are well known health and safety hazards, another environmental hazard is also causing problems. There have been multi million dollar cases involving symptoms like chronic fatigue, nausea, hemorrhaging, asthma and rashes- that are all potentially linked to one thing: toxic mold in rentals. Whether you are a tenant, a property manager, or a landlord, you need to know...

Notice and Repair Issues For Property Management

One of the best ways to keep tenants happy is to keep up on repairs to the properties as they arise. All too often, the big issues with plumbing or heating need to be dealt with in a very timely fashion, however, this is where you run into a bit of an issue: advance notice. In most areas, all this is, is letting your tenants know 24 hours in advance you’ll be stopping by. There are situations...

Improving the Safety Of Your Property

More than likely, you have thought about what you can do to provide your renters with the safest possible environment you can. There are a few basic things you can do, sure. Taking care of your doors and windows, making sure that the locks are functional is good. Adequate lighting sources outside are another very basic way you can provide a safer environment.

Before You Buy a New House To Rent

We’ve talked a little bit about what you might want to look for when you purchase a house, flip it, and then rent it out. Distressed properties can be a fantastic investment, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it that way. If you’re looking at a non-distressed property for sale to add to your rental properties, there are a few things you’ll still need to look for.

Eco Friendly Options For Rentals

If you’ve been considering upgrading or repairing your properties, it’s a good idea to have a look at how environmentally friendly it is.  There are quite a few small, inexpensive changes that you can make that will green your buildings and actually, save you money in the long run. There are a variety of different roofing things that you can do.  If you need to re-shingle, now’s a good time to...

House Flipping To Rent

It’s no big secret that the rental market was flooded when the housing bubble burst. Rents have been going up since then, and as 2013 comes to a close- they’re at about a 4% increase. As this happens, many people are obtaining rental properties and investing in this way. It’s not without merit, as economists have predicted that the yield on these will hit about 6% soon. One way that many are...

Are Your Properties Winterized?

As fall begins to blanket the country, temperatures are dropping. It is the time of year to make sure all of your winterizing is complete before it becomes too late. The last thing you want to do is fight the weather as you try and winterize your properties. There is only so much that your tenants may be responsible for and it may not be a bad idea to make sure everything is ready. What are a few...

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