Category: Maintenance

Top 10 Tips for End of Summer Property Upkeep

As the summer comes to an end and the holiday months quickly approach, it’s time for property managers to start the new…

5 Things Property Managers Wish Tenants Knew

Some tenants seem to think property managers sit around waiting for a problem to pop up. Fix a leaking water closet at two o’clock in the morning? No problem. Calm the crying babies, paste up the drooping wall paper, and banish the sand fleas instantly from the pet park – Right?

Evaluating Your After Hours Emergency Plans

According to the National Emergency Number Association, there are roughly 240 million 9-1-1 calls in the United States every year. The NENA reports that in some communities as many as half of all calls come from cell phones. Sadly, non-emergency calls for things like losing a passport or locking yourself out of your apartment clog the system and slow down response time for legitimate emergencies.

Turning a Fixer-Upper Into a Registered Landmark

Real estate investors scour the market looking for properties with rock-bottom pricing and potential for sky-high returns on investment. Older, distressed buildings have discounted price tags, but converting an aging building into a modern domicile with all the bells and whistles to attract new residents is expensive.

3 Reasons Every Property Manager Should Do Annual Inventory

Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for Insurance Institute Information, recommends that all homeowners take time to make a complete list of personal property to control their assets. Salvatore’s recommendations also apply to property managers. Working from a proactive vantage point, residential property managers who commit to an annual review of physical inventory stand to gain greater control over their return on assets.

How to Reduce Your Maintenance and Repair Costs

Maintenance and repair costs can eat quickly into any landlord’s income, especially first-time landlords that don’t adequately protect themselves. If you’re looking for some ways to reduce your overall maintenance and repair costs, you’ll need to plan things through from the very beginning.

How to Handle Property Inspections for Occupied Units

As the owner of rental properties, whether it be one or multiple units, annual inspections are a vital part of the process. Sometimes, you might have a long-term tenant that religiously renews that lease year after year – and you appreciate that. However, unless you employ a property manager to handle daily operations, property upkeep is your responsibility and you’ll need to perform the occasional inspection while a unit is still occupied.

Property Walk-Through – 3 Places Often Missed on Annual Property Check

You look up, down, and all around as you work through the annual property checklist one item at a time. However, there may be a few things missing from that walk-through that simply haven’t needed to be considered until now.

Should You Repair or Replace? Choosing Wise Renovations for Rental Properties

Rental property renovations open the doors for financial rewards through potential rental or selling price increases. However, deciding which renovations to undertake that will ultimately reap the most benefits can be complex. Interestingly, there’s a lot of advice offered by real estate professionals about which renovations are most worthwhile for investors, and these experts know what improvements renters really want.

Timeless Interior Design Elements That Are Ideal for Rental Properties

The key to increasing your rental rates or market value may lie within one simple concept – establishing a timeless look with your rental property renovations. When you think of classical designs, thoughts of Roman architecture may come to mind, or perhaps you’re remembering a common oldie: that checkerboard patterned black and white tile floor. Classical yes, timeless – not by a long shot.