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How to Hang Pictures and Shelves without Punching a Single Hole

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 06:30AM

When you rent a residence, it's not just some place that belongs to someone else, it's your home. You live there and naturally want to surround yourself with all the homey touches you love. Pictures of friends and family, achievement plaques and trophies, and heirlooms you inhereited from your parents and grandparents all deserve a place of honor on your walls. But what if your lease makes it clear that they don't want you punching holes? To hang some of these things, or artfully placed shelves to hold them, often the only way to achieve this is with a sizable nail. If you don't want to spend your last week in this house or apartment filling in holes with putty and trying to touch up the paint around them, there's no need to leave your keepsakes boxed up and out of sight. It's time to find an alternative.

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Topics: Command Strips, hanging pictures, Rental Tips, Tips for tenants

10 Things Every Renter Needs to Know About Their Lease

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 06:30AM

Whether you're still house-hunting or have just moved into your new place, the central connection between any renter and their landlord is the lease. The terms of the lease are contractually binding, meaning that once both of you sign it, you are both obligated to uphold whatever's written inside. You may think you know everything about being a renter and have seen every boiler-plate lease on the market, but when it comes to contracts, never ever assume. You never know if this landlord has customized their lease, and it's important to know what you have actually agreed to. Here are the top ten things every renter should look for in their lease agreement.

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Topics: Leasing, Leasing tips, pets, Landlords, Tenants, Tips for tenants, Tips for new tenants, Rental Tips, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet, maintenance issues

5 Steps to Take Before Renting Out Your Old Residence

Monday, June 04, 2018 - 03:00AM

Many people in the landlord business find themselves renting out a home that they used to live in. This is easy to do because it can occur in a number of ways. Maybe you were able to buy a second, better home and simply moved out, leaving you with a new investment property that was too perfect not to start renting. Or maybe you bought the home as a flip and lived in it during at least some of the renovations period. Some landlords even buy investment property in desirable areas as vacation homes and rent when they don't plan on visiting for a while. Whatever the reason, If you have lived in and loved a property, it's important to take the right steps to ensure that your renters feel welcome and are able to enjoy the residence as much as you have.

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Topics: renting your resdidence, Rental Tips, Rental Management

Property Managers: More Tips to Find the Right Property to Buy

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:59AM

Once property managers decide to invest in rental properties, they need to find the right one. This is not the easiest thing to do and can take some time. However, it will be worth it to find the right property at the right price. Property managers will be spending plenty of time here to make sure that they really like it and see themselves taking care of it for many years.

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Topics: Property Management, rental property owners, Rental Tips, Rental Management, investing in a rental, rental upgrades, manager for rental property, Property Managers, investment properties, investment property

More Tips For Moving Into an Apartment

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00AM

Moving is never easy. It doesn’t matter if you are moving into your first apartment or moving from one to another, it can be quite difficult. Many times, you never realize how many things you own until you start putting them into boxes. When you plan to relocate,you should always make a plan and start as soon as you possibly can.

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Topics: moving tips, Rental Tips, Tips for tenants

How to Minimize Your Dog's Impact on a Rental Property

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:21AM

When you love your dog, you wouldn't dream of ditching them for a new rental property that isn't pet-friendly. As a responsible tenant and pet owner, you always make sure to find a new place with a reasonable pet agreement in the lease and you're more than willing to pay an extra deposit promising you and your dog will treat the property well. But what do you do if a landlord or property manager won't allow your dog unless you promise there won't be a single sign of your furry friend after you leave? If your pet is well-behaved, then you are safe to make this promise as long as you take the necessary precautions to control the usual troubles like scratched floors, dog-smell, and shedding into the carpets. Here's your 101 on how to be a responsible tenant and keep your landlord and property manager happy with your whisper-quiet canine companion.

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Topics: owning a pet, responsibilities of pet owners, pets, Pet Damage, Tenants, Tips for new tenants, Tips for tenants, Rental Tips

Renter Tips: How to Make Sure Your Landlord is Happy With Your Pet

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:00AM

If there's one major conflict between renters and landlords, it's pet rules. No renter on the planet wants to give up their beloved pet in favor of a new residence and, understandably, landlords are cautious about allowing unknown pets to stay in their investment properties. While it's true that some pets are dangerous to a property in the form of scratching, chewing, and messes, most people can train their pets to avoid these behaviors. If you are a loving pet owner struggling to find a nice place to live with your furry family member, here are a few tips for making sure a new landlord is happy with your pet in their property.

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Topics: Rental Tips, responsibilities of pet owners

Get Back the Deposit by Preventing Pet Damage When Leasing a Home

Friday, June 09, 2017 - 09:00AM

Few people want to lose their deposit when leasing a home. Instead of frantically steam cleaning carpet or looking up ways to hide pet stains, consider preventing pet damage as a renter. According to an article by thehumanesociety.org, pets are an important part of any family. Landlords love pets too, but don’t want to deal with property loss and damage due to neglect or carelessness. Sadly, the Humane Society points out that housing problems is the No. 1 reason people turn their pets into animal shelters. By taking a few proactive steps, you can ensure your pet doesn’t disturb neighbors or damage your San Diego County rental home or apartment. Depending on the breed and size of your pet, it could be more difficult to find a rental home. Experts with the Humane Society recommend showing a letter of reference from a past landlord as well as proof that your dog attended a training class. Keeping spayed and neutered information as well as vaccination background also helps. Don’t sign a lease that forbids pets if you intend to keep a pet at a San Diego County rental home.  

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Topics: Pet Damage, Deposit, Leasing tips, Rental Tips

5 Rental Property Maintenance Myths That Cost you Money

Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 03:00PM

Performing timely repairs and maintenance on your San Diego County rental property saves money in the long run by preventing major problems and keeping renters happy. Some investment property owners and landlords believe common property maintenance myths. By clearing up the confusion for yourself and your renters, you save money. Property managers keep the investors informed about any major problems with the home. They also keep accurate records for investors to claim all the applicable tax deductions. In fact, keeping track of repairs and maintenance vs. improvements or replacements matters when tax time rolls around. Consider some of the common property maintenance myths when choosing a property manager for your San Diego property.

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Topics: Maintenance Myths, Maintenance Tips, Saving Money, Rental Tips

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