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Things to Think About When Renting To Those With Pets

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 12:00AM

Whether or not you decide to allow renters to have pets is a person decision. Though, it may also be a business one, since you can charge more for every apartment that has pets. However, there is a greater chance for damage because animals can be destructive, especially younger ones.

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Topics: Rental Tips, Pet Damage, renting with pets

Things to Consider When Choosing Renter’s Insurance

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:00AM

http://blog.hometeampm.com/renters-insuranceMany people don’t get renter’s insurance because they don’t really see a reason for it. They don’t own anything that is worth any money so they don’t want to spend money every month just to protect their cheap furniture and other accessories.

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Topics: Leasing tips, renter's insurance, renters

Leasing Your New Place as a Stepping Stone Toward Home Ownership

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:00AM

After graduating from high school, a technical college, university or graduate program, you likely feel excited about getting your own pad as an independent career person. Leasing a new place is a good first step toward eventually owning. Unless you have generous and wealthy parents, few people have a high enough credit score or the down payment money needed to buy a home just out of school. When you find a home with the help of a reputable property management company, you don’t need to worry about maintenance. Also, it’s simple to make your monthly payments on-line or discuss any complaints about neighbors. Making your rental payment on time every month helps build your credit history while teaching you good money skills. Also, leasing your new places is a practice run at home ownership. In some situations, you will find it’s better to continue to rent versus buying. Leasing gives you greater flexibility. According to an article by Metro.com, some experts call millennials part of “generation rent.”

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Topics: rent versus buying, investment property, homes to rent in San Diego

3 Property Maintenance Tips for Preventing Long-Term Water Damage

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:00AM

Your property is a long term investment. Whether you live in a home you own or rent homes to others (often both are true), your investment loses value when water damage is allowed to build over time, and can often result in costly repairs and dangerous mold growth. Fortunately, with the right mindset toward property maintenance, you can catch leaks early and prevent any nasty consequences from perfectly normal water getting where it shouldn't. Your best bet is to perform regular inspections and repair any signs of leaking immediately before there is a chance for long-term damage to occur. These three tips will give you a good idea of where leaks start, how to identify them, and what to do if you find one.

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Topics: preventative maintenance, Maintaining a property, residential property maintenance

5 Apartment Friendly Pets that Never Touch the Floor

Thursday, February 06, 2020 - 11:55AM

There have been many discussions about how wise it is to keep pets in apartments. Dogs take a great deal of care and even the most attentive owners still have to clean up a mess. Cats, lauded as they are for apartment living, still leave copious amounts of fur in the carpets and occasionally puke or hack up a hairball. However, for the pet owner that doesn't need a lot of snuggly mass, there are dozens of possible pets that never need to touch the ground. Terrarium, aquarium, and cage pets can have a wonderful time in apartments because their own homes are so much smaller. If you're considering buying yourself a little animal companionship for your apartment dwelling lifestyle, here are five potential options that could keep you company without wrecking the carpets.

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Topics: pets, responsibilities of pet owners, owning a pet, pets in apartments, renters with pets

How Dedicated Property Maintenance Saves You Future Headaches

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 - 12:00AM

A dedicated property manager not only collects rents and finds qualified tenants, but also handles the property maintenance so you don’t experience deep landlord losses. Neglecting a property often leads to long-term damage that isn’t easily remedied. Some DIY landlords feel compelled to rush in and throw away leftover pizza, clean up stains or frantically vacuum before their tenants remove home. Although they have good intentions, DIY landlords violate privacy and trust in what is a professional relationship. On the other hand, a professional property manager takes care of major and minor maintenance concerns for better tenant satisfaction and lower turnover.

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Topics: San Diego Property Management, Maintaining a property, professional property manager

The Great Pet Debate: To Allow Pets In Your Apartment or Not

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:00AM

When you become a landlord, it is up to you to decide what you will and will not allow in your apartments. While many people have an idea of rules that they want in place, others don’t really know where to start. You should really take your time at this stage of planning to ensure that you are happy with your choices.

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Topics: pets in apartments, renters with pets, renting with pets

Tips for Tenants on Dealing with Difficult Neighbors

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 12:00AM

When you're renting a property in a new neighborhood, it's important to understand that many of your neighbors probably aren't fellow renters. If you think someone's treating you with unreasonable hostility, it's entirely possible that they have had a bad experience with someone who lived in the property before you and are anticipating more trouble from you. While this may seem prejudiced, remember that it can be hard for home owners who live next to someone's investment property to accept the revolving door of renting neighbors. The best way for tenants to deal with difficult neighbors is to be friendly and understanding. Know where you can make a difference and when it's best to give someone their space.

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Topics: Tips for tenants, Getting along with neighbors

Property Managers: A Notice for Every Occasion

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00AM

The relationship between tenants and their property managers is, first and foremost, a professional one. Maybe you live nearby, have shared plates of homemade cookies or traded fishing trip stories. Whether you're best friends with a tenant or have mutually disliked each other from day one, none of this precludes your duties as their property manager. This means that when it comes to the property, everything must be communicated in writing. Just as you can't hold tenants to requirements that aren't written in the lease, there are also many things you can't do without giving them written notice. While it's always safer to send a notice for absolutely everything, here are the primary situations and notices that will need to be sent:

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Topics: Property Management, professional property manager, property management advice

The 6-Month Property Maintenance Checklist

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:00AM

When you're renting a property, it's hard to think about maintenance in the long term. Many renters don't stay in one place long enough to worry about things like repainting the exterior, maintaining the roof, or even cleaning out the air filters. However, as the property manager, these concerns are what you're all about and some things should be checked on more frequently than others. While you do your best to stay out of the tenant's hair, it's good policy to schedule a visit about every six months to check on a few things that will not only keep the property in good condition but ensure that the living environment continues to be safe and clean for the tenants as well. Here's your checklist of what you should at least put eyes on during your bi-annual property maintenance inspections.

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