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5 Ways to Recover Pet-Damaged Floors Before Your Next Inspection

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 08:00AM

Renting a home is a careful balance between being comfortable at home and caring for the property. This is especially true for pet-owners renting pet-friendly homes. It's important to find homes that both welcome your pets and are sturdy enough to withstand an energetic pet's indoor lifestyle. In an ideal world, all homes with pets would instantly only have pet-safe floors and stain-resistant carpets. But here in the real world, pet floor damage is just a part of life, even if you're renting a home where floor damage is bad news.

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Topics: Pet Damage, responsibilities of pet owners, renters with pets

10 Things Every Tenant Should Look For in a Lease

Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 05:31PM

Renting a home requires some attention and good decision-making. It's not just about finding the right house, but also the right lease. The policies of your lease will indicate both the attitude of your property manager and the policies you will be legally required to adhere to as a tenant. Most leases are boilerplate, defining the rent, expiration date, and basic tenant-landlord responsibilities. However, it is always important to read and understand any contract you are about to sign - especially when it relates to your housing.

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Topics: Leasing tips, Tips for tenants, rental lease questions

5 Tips for Dealing with Repeated Sugar Ant Invasions

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 08:00AM

Sugar ants are harmless little insects that are incredibly common in residential environments. They don't bite, they don't clear big ugly patches in your yard, and they don't bore dangerous holes into the wood. However, they can completely ruin a pantry. Once they colonize your home, you will never get rid of them.

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Topics: pest control, diy landlord

Attract Tenants with Curb Appeal

Wednesday, December 09, 2020 - 08:00AM

Whether you have a single-family home for rent or a multi-story apartment building, you need to think about attracting new tenants. The best way to get them in the door is by making sure that the outside looks nice. Curb appeal is essential in today's market. People want to admire the place when they drive by. That is what is going to make them stop in and take a look around. 

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Topics: Leasing tips, Curb appeal, diy landlord

Is a Landlord Responsible for Air Conditioning?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 08:00AM

Both landlords and tenants often ask the question: Is the landlord responsible for air conditioning? The answer actually varies from state to state.

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Topics: Landlords, Good Landlord, appliance repair

6 Places to check for Hidden Stuff Before Moving Out of Your Rental Home

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 08:00AM

Moving out of a house is a long process that takes more than a few steps. Even when you've packed everything up and loaded the boxes into a truck, there are always one or two forgotten things on high shelves, behind doors, in the attic, or in spaces you've become blind to over the years. One of the most important steps in getting a home move-in ready for the next resident is to empty out all those secret caches of stored stuff.

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Topics: moving tips, move out inspection

5 Tips to Make Your Apartments Pet Friendly

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 09:00AM

Choosing to allow pets into your apartment building can be a big decision. Many landlords and property managers want to allow pets because there are more tenants who are looking for pet-friendly apartments than those that are not. That being said, it can be hard on the space. If you want to allow pets and you are also looking for ways to minimize time in between renters, you may need to make some adjustments.

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Topics: responsibilities of pet owners, renters with pets, leasing to pet owners

Landlord DIY Appliance Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 09:00AM

Being an effective landlord or property manager sometimes requires a little appliance maintenance. Being handy with a wrench and screwdriver can save you thousands in appliance repair calls over the years. Utilizing your repair skills also allows you to take care of tenants in emergencies when services aren't available. Knowing your way around appliances helps you to properly maintain and quickly tune-up appliances for your tenants. When you know what you're doing, you'll be able to identify the difference between when a problem is a simple screw-tightening issue or a more complicated issue that needs a real electrical specialist.

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Topics: Maintenance Tips, appliance repair, diy landlord

Cost-Effective Rental Property Renovations to Attract Tenants

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 08:00AM

To get the most out of your rental properties, it is important to perform regular maintenance and renovations to maximize your return on investment (ROI). Remodeling your rental(s) will provide many benefits, including making it easier to attract new renters or keep current residents in place.

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Topics: attract new apartment residents, rental maintenance, rental repairs

7 Tips to Perform Contact-Free Tenant Maintenance

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 08:00AM

As a landlord or property manager, it's your duty to take care of tenant repairs, even in the face of a global pandemic. In fact, it is arguably more important than ever for your properties to be in top condition with everyone living, working, and schooling from home now. However, it has also become more challenging to safely provide those repairs to your tenants without risking cross-contamination between households.

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