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Spring/Summer Maintenance Tips

Dena Watson - Friday, April 14, 2017

With the warmer weather, it is time to think about doing necessary chores around your residence. It does not take long for neglected items to produce a poor appearance or maintenance problems. Here are some tips for to maintain your residence:

  • Test your smoke detector. If necessary, replace the batteries and call us immediately if the smoke detector does not work.
  • It is time to clean up winter debris - dead leaves, animal droppings, trash, or any other items that are unsightly.
  • It is particularly important to clear any debris away from the immediate exterior of your residence to promote fire safety.
  • If you still have not taken down holiday lights and decorations, do so now.
  • If your rental contract indicates you are not responsible for gardening, it is still important to report any lack of maintenance to us so that we can assist you.
  • Adjust sprinklers according to weather conditions for hotter summer weather.
  • If you have difficulty with your sprinklers, contact us for assistance.
  • It is also time to trim lawns and weed flowerbeds.
  • Be sure to keep shrubs trimmed to clear walkways and prevent accidents.
  • Report any problems with trees roots immediately.
  • Watch gutters for clogging, overflow, and poor drainage. If you need assistance, notify us.
  • Check sprinkler controls if you have them and set them accordingly. Call us if you need assistance.
  • Avoid letting water accumulate in pots or containers, such as animal dishes - this can lead to problems with mosquitoes and other pests.
  • If water accumulates, and will not drain either inside or outside, notify us immediately.
  • Dispose of any toxic waste, such as motor oil, properly. Do not put toxic waste in garbage receptacles or dump anywhere inside or outside of the residence.
  • Clean your garbage can, and at all times, keep the lid secure to avoid unwanted pests or animals.
  • Store your garbage receptacle properly.
  • Keep any receptacles for pet food or water clean to avoid attracting unwanted pets or animals as well.
  • Clean your windows both inside and out.
  • Clean door and window tracks so that they keep working properly. Report any maintenance needed for locks or operation.
  • Check all outside lights for proper operation. If after replacing a light bulb, the light still does not work, request a maintenance order.
  • If you have air-conditioning in your home, turn it on to see if it operates properly and if not, report it as soon as possible.
  • Replace all air-conditioning and furnace filters. Clogged filters will only prevent the unit from working properly and increase your utility bill.

Keeping your home clean and orderly, inside and out, is a responsibility outlined in your rental agreement. It is also important to maintaining a good rental history. If you have any maintenance questions or concerns, please free to contact us - we are here to help you.

Coping with the Cold

Dena Watson - Friday, December 02, 2016

The weather, in many areas of the country, has been unusual many times. It could be spring in December in New York and Washington, D.C., while California and Texas have had unusual snow and freezing temperatures. When this happens, people often do not know what to do.

If more extreme temperatures occur, here are some tips on how to cope with the cold.

  • Make a written plan for emergencies during freezing temperatures or winter storms.
  • Use extra care with infants, children, seniors, or the disabled to help them cope with the cold. Counsel them on what to do during the cold.
  • Layer loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of very heavy clothing. If possible, use water repellent clothing on the outside.
  • Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf when outside to protect your lungs.
  • Use additional scarves, gloves, and socks to protect neck, hands, and feet.
  • Insulate or wrap pipes and allow faucets to drop to avoid freezing.
  • Learn where and how to shut off the water valves if pipes burst.
  • Move plants indoors or cover with cloth or blankets to avoid frostbite.
  • Keep windows and doors closed at all times. Immediately report those that will not close or lock.
  • Keep extra food supplies and blankets on hand in the event of power outages.
  • Purchase a backup generator to use if necessary during a power outage.
  • Keep containers of water or juice available for drinking in the event the water pipes do freeze and you do not have running water. It is always important to stay hydrated.
  • Do not completely turn off the heat, even if away for an extended period - it takes more to reheat the residence than to keep the heat on low. This also prevents pipes bursting in ceilings and walls.
  • Never bring in a heating device intended for outdoor use, such as a barbecue or other fuel-burning devices. They can produce carbon monoxide that is deadly and often undetectable.
  • If purchasing or using an additional auxiliary heating device, check for safety and never leave them running unattended.

Beware these exposure symptoms for yourself and family members. If you see any of the following signs, seek medical assistance immediately.

  • Confusion, dizziness, shivering, and exhaustion are signs of hypothermia. Seek medical attention at once.
  • Symptoms of frostbite are gray, white, or yellow skin discoloration, as well as numbness or waxy skin. Medical attention is crucial.
  • If there is overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet clothing immediately and warm the body with a blanket and/or warm fluids.

We are here to help you when you have maintenance problems caused by freezing temperatures. During unusual weather, please remember everyone has the same problems and we ask for your patience. The repair companies experience heavy workloads, which can cause delays for normal maintenance issues. Emergencies must take first priority during any extreme weather, such as freezing, fires, tornadoes, etc.

You can find more information on what to do during emergency conditions at www.redcross.org or www.fema.gov.

Does Your Property Need a Tune-up?

Dena Watson - Monday, March 07, 2016

If you maintain a car by having periodic oil changes, adjustments to timing, interior/exterior detailing and more, it will not only keep the machine in working order but also help with the value when you decide to sell. In short, your vehicle periodically needs a tune-up. It is the same with an investment property; you need to maintain the property in order to keep or increase its value.

With the change of seasons and in particular, the advent of spring, it brings flowers, showers, and hopefully, great weather. However, properties often have a “tired” look after the harshness of winter and it could be that your investment just needs a tune-up. Performing various routine maintenance items is also preventative; this can avoid much larger expenditures. It can also assist with maintaining good tenant relations.

Assess the exterior

A property, like any vehicle, can look and feel tired after winter. Your tenant may be responsible for the general maintenance of the exterior – mowing the grass, keeping flowerbeds cleaned up, minimal pruning of bushes, etc. However, an overall cleanup of the property usually entails more than the tenant’s obligation.

An exterior clean up can prevent damage as well as keep your property from becoming the eyesore of the neighborhood. You don’t want people to “identify the rental property” as they drive through the neighborhood, particularly prospective tenants if the property is vacant. To prevent that sad look, pay attention to the following items.

  • Trim bushes and trees, removing dead branches from winter storms.
  • Clear all walkways and driveways of landscape debris and check for damage.
  • Repair any roof issues to prevent unnecessary leaks and damage to the inside of the property.
  • Clean out gutters as well to prevent unnecessary leaks and damage.
  • Check any irrigation systems to ensure they are working properly and adjust for the warmer season. Often pipes and connections crack or split and can cause problems with the first use. This can also waste precious water resources.
  • Check for areas that may be collecting water that can lead to problems with pests or cause damage to landscape.
  • Have all exterior windows and doors repaired for any leaks or damage.
  • Review landscape for any necessary changes and if appropriate, consider adding lower maintenance plants if appropriate.
  • Review the exterior paint. Sometimes just touching up the trim can improve the look of a property, preserve exterior wood/siding, and prevent damage. It could be that it is now time for an exterior paint job.
  • If appropriate, clean up weeds and debris around the property to prevent unnecessary fires.

Check for pest invasions

More than flowers and showers pop out with spring weather. It is very common to have increased pest problems, such as major infestations of wasps, ants, mosquitoes, and more. While the tenant has some minimal responsibility, pests can become a health issue and therefore, a liability. Ordering a pest control spray for the season could keep this under control.

Don’t forget interior maintenance

While occupied, tenants normally report any necessary maintenance. However, it can pay off to have a maintenance tune up of air conditioning/heating units. Once again, this will help prolong the life of the units. In addition, it is a good idea to have the interior windows and doors checked when there is exterior maintenance.

As your property management company, we will be watching and taking care of necessary maintenance and we will contact you if necessary. We want to keep your property “tuned-up” to protect your investment.

Are You Ready for the Coming Year?

Dena Watson - Friday, December 18, 2015

How prepared are you for the coming year? You may have made several New Year resolutions but life in general may still seem as hectic as the holidays. Here are seven steps to help you start this year on the right track.

Check your gift cards and organize returns. The holidays have just passed and it is common to receive gift cards or gifts that do not work out. Check any gift cards to see when they expire, if registration is necessary, or if the card discounts over time, Make a plan to use them because it could happen that the retailer is no longer in business if you wait too long. It is too easy to let returns and gift cards slide until it is too late. Take care of your returns or gift cards in a timely manner so you can put them to good use.

Clean up the clutter. The New Year is a great time to go through your home and clean out items that you never use. If you haven’t used something in a long time, you probably never will. Donate useful goods to charities to help other people and be sure to get the receipts for future tax returns. You may even find things you have been searching for while cleaning up.

Organize your papers and receipts. April 15th will be here before you know it! Organize your papers and receipts for your bill paying and income tax return. Be ready so that if you have taxes coming back, there is no delay.

Review your budget. Plan next year’s finances now so you know what you will be able to afford during the year, such as a vacation, a new appliance, or that upgrade you want. If you are making monthly payments for services you do not use and/or do not need, cancel them. See if there are bills to combine into one payment. If you have credit card debt, figure out how you can pay it off.

Review all your policies. Once a year you should review all the due dates of your policies – renter’s insurance, car insurance, life insurance, warranties, etc. January is a good time to do this review. If you still do not have renter’s insurance, then set up a policy as soon as possible. There are no funds or programs to replace your contents during an emergency or disaster except renter’s insurance.

Check your smoke detector/alarms. Start this year’s safety program by checking all smoke alarms. If a device is not working, replace the batteries. If it is still not working, then report it to your property manager immediately. Remember to continue this throughout the year - this can save your life.

Review emergency procedures with everyone in your residence. If you have not prepared emergency procedures for your household, do it now. It is important that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster. If you already have one, review it with all everyone in your residence once again and make sure the procedures are still applicable.

Start the year with these positive steps and have a safe and successful New Year.

Keep the Happy in Your Holidays

Dena Watson - Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Holiday Season is a hectic time of year – there is more traffic, crowds, activities, and pressure to spend money and charge credit cards. Keeping the happy in the holiday season can be a challenge for anyone. It helps to take the time to plan and prepare what you truly want to do so you can enjoy your festivities.

There are several ways to stay healthy and you need to think of expanding your “concept” of what makes up good health. There is, of course, your general physical well-being. However, you need to think of your financial health as well so you do not have unnecessary stress when the holidays are over. Then there is home safety. Here are some tips.

  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible to prevent getting sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly and often to avoid germs when shopping or meeting people during social occasions. Hand-to-mouth contact is the most common way that people get sick, so keep your hands clean, and encourage your family to do the same. Carry a hand sanitizer with you to keep your hands germ free when you cannot wash.
  • Build up your immune system to help prevent the flu. Eat healthy foods and avoid high calorie foods that do not help you stay well.
  • Get plenty of sleep – it is easy to experience more fatigue during the Holiday Season.
  • vGet enough exercise – another way to keep well and protect your immune system.
  • Keep cold/flu remedies available in the event you do start feeling sick.
  • If you are generally not feeling well, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
  • Budget your time – there is really no point in overdoing everything if you are not going to enjoy the season.
  • Budget for the holidays – avoid overspending because there is so much advertising.
  • Review your credit cards, payments, and finance charges. If possible, use cash and pay for an item knowing you really can afford it.
  • Do something for someone who needs help or assistance. Taking the time to help someone can give you more benefits than blowing your budget and you will appreciate the season more.
  • Check your smoke alarm to see that it is working properly – change the battery if needed. If it is not working, report it immediately.
  • Never leave candles unattended – properly extinguish them before leaving the room or the house.
  • Check all holiday lights for safety and dispose of those that do not work properly. Turn off holiday lights when leaving the residence.
  • If you have a live tree, keep it watered and if it is dry, dispose of it properly. If you have an artificial tree, check that it has fire-resistant materials.
  • Do not block doorways with trees or other holiday decorations that could prevent evacuation.
  • If you have a fireplace, be sure to open the flue before starting a fire and only use materials that are appropriate for burning. Never store live or warm coals in garbage receptacles, in the garage, or near any flammable object or debris.
  • Do not display gifts through windows or leave packages unattended outside to avoid enticing thieves.
  • By taking a little time to plan, you can enjoy the things that are important to you... like spending time with family and friends and remaining healthy and active during the winter months and every month. Have a great Holiday Season!

Summer Fun

Dena Watson - Thursday, July 09, 2015

Summer signals fun – vacations, barbeques, swimming, boating, and many outdoor activities in the sun. However, the “fun” can be short-lived if you do not take care. Here are some great tips for maintaining enjoyment of your summer activities.

Summer often means vacation time

  • If going out of town, notify all necessary parties such as your next-door neighbors, the paper delivery person, the post office or any related service people. By doing so, you will avoid any panic that something is wrong.
  • Ask someone to pick up items on your doorstep to avoid giving signals to dishonest people.
  • If leaving a vehicle in the driveway, remove any valuables and garage door openers that can be stolen, giving access to your home.
  • Avoid leaving a message on your answering device telling people you are out of town.
  • Be sure to check all windows, window locks, and doors before leaving.
  • If you have an alarm, be sure to set it.
  • Check that you turn off all appliances, large and small, such as stove burners, coffee pots, irons, curling irons, etc. Turn your water heater to low or “vacation” setting, but do not turn off.
  • Anything else living in your house besides you, such as plants or pets? Then be sure to water plants and have someone take care of your animals. Do not leave pets in the residence unless a reliable person is going to care for them daily.
  • If leaving for a long vacation, notify your Property Manager and set up your rent payments while you are gone.

Summer includes celebrations.

  • Do NOT use fireworks in or around your residence – go to one of the hosted events in your community.
  • Do not use illegal, dangerous, or explosive devices at any time.
  • If you do buy legal fireworks, check where to use them, all directions with the fireworks, and use common sense.
  • Keep all children and pets away from all fireworks at any time.

Summer sun requires protection

  • Limit time in the sun, particularly between the hours of 10 am - 4 pm when the sun’s rays are at their peak.
  • Use an effective sunscreen with at least SPF 15 even during cloudy days or in the shade. The reflection from the water can still cause sunburn.
  • Use sunglasses with UV protection and hats to protect eyes from the harsh sunlight.
  • Cover up to avoid too much exposure from sun with hats, shirts, or long pants when appropriate.Summer involves water activities
  • Make sure your children can swim and know the rules of water safety.
  • Do not allow children to run around any pool, whether at home or in a community area.
  • Watch children at all times around water - it can take only three minutes for a child to drown.
  • If the sport involves boating and swimming in a river or lake, be sure everyone wears a life jacket. Even the calmest of waters can run deep with currents or very cold temperatures; life jackets “save lives.”

Have great fun, but above all, have a safe summer.

Time for Spring Cleaning

Dena Watson - Thursday, February 26, 2015

When the weather turns warm, it is a great time to plan for a “spring cleaning” around your residence. Take the time to clean out from winter and review any necessary maintenance. Here is a list of steps you can take to chase away winter and brighten your home.

  • Test your smoke alarm and CO2 detector – another important safety item. If necessary, replace the batteries and if the smoke detector and/or CO2 detector still does not work, call us immediately.
  • It is time to trim lawns and weed flowerbeds, as well as clearing out any winter debris - dead leaves, animal droppings, trash, or any other items that are unsightly.
  • It is particularly important to remove any debris away from the immediate exterior of your residence to promote fire safety during the hotter months of the year.
  • If you still have not taken down holiday lights and decorations, do so now and store properly.
  • If your rental contract indicates you are not responsible for gardening, it is still important to report any lack of maintenance to us so that we can assist you.
  • Adjust sprinklers according to weather conditions for hotter summer weather. If you have difficulty with your sprinklers, contact us for help.
  • Be sure to keep shrubs trimmed to clear walkways and prevent accidents.
  • Report any problems with trees roots immediately.
  • Watch gutters for clogging, overflow, and poor drainage. If you need assistance, notify us.
  • Avoid letting water accumulate in pots or containers, such as animal dishes - this can lead to problems with mosquitoes and other pests.
  • If water accumulates, and will not drain either inside or outside, notify us immediately.
  • Dispose of any toxic waste properly, such as motor oil, batteries, etc. Do not put toxic waste in garbage receptacles.
  • Clean your garbage can, and at all times, keep the lid secure to avoid unwanted pests or animals. Then, always store your garbage receptacle properly.
  • Keep any receptacles for pet food or water clean to avoid attracting unwanted pets or animals as well.
  • Clean your windows both inside and out. Wipe the inside and outside of doors.
  • Clean door and window tracks so that they keep working properly. Report any maintenance needed for locks or operation. This is important for your safety.
  • Check all outside lights for proper operation. If after replacing a light bulb, the light still does not work, request a maintenance order.
  • If you have air-conditioning in your home, turn it on to see if it operates properly and if not, report it before hot weather arrives.
  • Replace all air-conditioning and furnace filters. Clogged filters will only prevent the unit from working properly and can increase your energy bill.

Besides giving you a happier “spring” outlook, keeping your home clean and orderly, inside and out, is a responsibility outlined in your rental agreement and important to maintaining a good rental history. If you have any maintenance questions or concerns, please free to contact us - we are here to help you.


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