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author Hilina Defersha, Aug 04, 2018

The exterior of your rental property is just as important to keep up as the interior. Update your property with simple fix-ups such as modern hardware or invest a bit more time and money into a re-roofing project. Regardless of your budget, exterior fixes can make a big impact on the overall look of your outdoor space. Check out these eight exterior projects that can boost your own property.

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author Hilina Defersha, Aug 03, 2018

Updating your property with a simple paint job can boost curb appeal and tenant morale. However, choosing exterior paint colors can be tricky, especially for a multi-family property where you have to keep in mind the variety of styles your tenants favor. In this guide, you will find what color of paint to use, how to pick a complementary color, and what reasons you should be painting your property for.

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author Anna Sitta, July 01, 2018

As the weather starts to warm up, spending some quality time outside and enjoying the sunshine is allowing many of us to pay more attention to the exterior of our properties. Decks are a unique feature that adds both value and living space to a property’s exteriors, and alongside pools and playgrounds, tops the charts as one of the most beloved amenities amongst tenants who get to enjoy outdoor cookouts and hangouts on their decks. Building a deck requires extensive and mindful planning to ensure that decks are safe and built to last, which combined with the cost of materials, typically results in quite a significant price tag. This week’s article will provide a helpful series of contractor-approved guidelines for keeping decks in top-shape as well as overviewing common mistakes that are actually damaging to a deck’s materials and structure.

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author Anna Sitta, June 19, 2018

Most HVAC repairs are caused by poor or lacking maintenance. For property and/or maintenance managers, making sure that HVAC systems are working efficiently should be an utmost priority: failing to adequately check and upkeep HVAC systems can not only directly lead to costly maintenance emergencies and uncomfortable, angry tenants, but also potentially implicate legal action from those who feel that management has allowed them to become exposed to poorly ventilated/heated spaces. This week’s article breaks down why and how you should take care of your HVAC.

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author Anna Sitta, June 03, 2018

In the last few years, TV, magazines and famous personalities have fueled a “do it yourself” (“DIY”) craze that has left many viewers itching to test their hand at home improvement projects. Many also view DIY as a way to save money: a quick search on Google or Youtube will harbor hundreds of “step-by-step” guides that outline how to complete almost every possible project for your home. This is where things get tricky, especially when home maintenance is concerned - when is it a good idea to put down your tools and pick up the phone to call a professional instead?

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author Anna Sitta, May 15, 2018

In most cases, properties located on or nearby college campuses are extremely profitable. As new students come and graduates go, the need for practical housing remains. However, while college students might be able to secure profit and turnarounds, they remain a one-of-a-kind tenant demographic that should not be underestimated. Their age, lifestyle, and overall needs are all important factors that a homeowner and/or property manager must take into consideration: this week’s article will lay out how and why renting to college students it’s a practice that deserves special attention and precautions.

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author Anna Sitta, April 30, 2018

From burst pipes to flooded basements, sudden - and more than anything, potentially dangerous - maintenance emergencies are a nightmare for property managers and tenants alike. While the risk of encountering most plumbing and utility emergencies can often be alleviated by investing in and prioritizing preventative maintenance strategies, it’s still important to invest just as much time and energy into being prepared to handle them safely and promptly in case they were to actually happen.

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author Anna Sitta, April 22, 2018

Damaged or worn outdoor flooring, pavement and surfaces can be responsible for making your property look poorly kept, but can also endanger the safety of your tenants as cracks, holes and general wear make it easier to slip, trip and fall. Our expert contractors have provided us with a breakdown of common materials utilized for outdoor flooring, which includes the pro’s and con’s of each material to help you choose the material that works best considering your design preferences and more practical concerns, like pricing, weather-resistance and overall longevity.

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author Anna Sitta, April 16, 2018

LED lights have been all the rave in recent years, and have become a quite popular choice for most homeowners and industry professionals: today, thanks to the tips from our electricians, we explore whether they really are the optimal option available.

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author Anna Sitta, April 09, 2018

While an extra small bathroom or powder room is certainly better than having one less bathroom in the property, it can be a hard point to sell, especially when a small bathroom is a property’s only bathroom. This week’s article will list 10 maintenance projects that can make drastic improvements in small bathrooms, not only making them look bigger but actually turn them into an appealing space for current and especially prospective tenants.

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author Anna Sitta, April 02, 2018

Laws pertaining to disability and accessibility exist to protect disabled individuals from experiencing discrimination as prospective tenants with particular needs that have to do with being able to live in a safe, adequate space. Accommodations are a core element to accessibility law, being the factor that determines whether a person is indeed able to secure his or her right to live safely. The following article and 15 maintenance tips have been provided to help with making residential units safe and accessible for prospective tenants who are disabled or who have particular needs pertaining to mobility and access, while also providing a basic layout of a property manager’s responsibilities towards disabled tenants.

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author Anna Sitta, March 26, 2018

The front door is one of those subtle elements that can actually make a big difference to the overall feel of a property and whether it is kept protected against unwanted intrusions. With countless design and material options, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to purchasing a new door and evaluating the pro’s and con’s of different types of doors available. This post will help you assess what kind of front door is ideal for your needs, budget and expectations.

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author Anna Sitta, March 19, 2018

Have you heard the good news? Keepe has officially launched and is now available in San Diego and in the San Francisco Bay Area! This week, the warm California weather got us thinking about pools. For most of us, outdoor pools are the synonym of fun, relaxation and good times in the sun. It can be easy to get excited about having access to a pool as part of one’s own amenities: both property managers and renters alike tend to view it as an unique asset to the property. However, it is important to keep in mind that building a pool is no small feat. There are several reasons why one should thoroughly consider whether building a pool on-site truly is as good of an option as it sounds.

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author Anna Sitta, March 14, 2018

Often times, investing in projects that only tackle the aesthetics of a property can seem superfluous because they are not repairing or improving the actual amenities, which are the distinguishing factor attributing value to a property. While it’s definitely smart to prioritize functional maintenance jobs, improving the look and feel of a space not only makes the overall unit look more appealing, but it can help with making up for those elements that might be lacking or slightly outdated. This week’s post will list easy and affordable maintenance projects that are designed to update every room, making small improvements and small investments really go a long way.

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author Anna Sitta, March 5, 2018

Cooktops are easily the most important component of a property’s kitchen: it’s hard to imagine a kitchen space without a working appliance for cooking and heating food. Today, different manufactures produce many models with different special features at vastly different price points, but the basic characteristics of each stove type remain primarily responsible for determining the pro’s and con’s of each model.This post will review the benefits and downsides of the four available types of stove tops: gas, electric coil, electric smoothtop and induction stove tops.

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author Anna Sitta, Feb 27, 2018

Springtime marks the time for taking care of a property’s exterior after it has gone through the cold season, while also making it possible to start preparing a property for the Summer heat that is right around the corner. This article will list the top maintenance projects for your property’s exteriors that should be completed in the Springtime to best prepare the for Summer and ensure that cold weather-related wear and tear can be promptly fixed.

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author Anna Sitta, Feb 20, 2018

Mold is serious issue: it can compromise the health of tenants and the overall safety, appeal and look of a property. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) warns about the dangers of mold exposure, which can significantly worsen respiratory conditions and cause severe rashes, irritation and infections for those with weakened immune systems or respiratory conditions. This article will consider the characteristic elements of basements, bathrooms and kitchens to provide useful tips for mold prevention.

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author Anna Sitta, Feb 14, 2018

When it comes to installing a fence on your rental property, there’s no going around it: on the long run, the kind of fencing you choose can make a serious difference on your finances,maintenance needs and most of all, the safety of your tenants and your property.

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author Keepe, Feb 06, 2018

Appliances aren’t the only thing that can make or break a property’s kitchen: countertops take up the majority of the kitchen space, affecting the look and feel of the room but also its functionality. The following guide reviews the qualities of common countertop materials and their pros and cons to help you choose the best material for your kitchen.

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author Keepe, Jan 29, 2018

It’s the middle of January, and you get a sudden phone call: it’s your tenant panicking because the heating system suddenly stopped working, and their home is getting colder and colder. Learn why and how preventative and on-demand maintenance can help you avoid the headaches that come with those sudden emergencies that are made much, much worse by cold winter temperatures.

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author Keepe, Jan 8, 2018

Whether tenants are on vacation or a property is simply waiting to be rented out, planning to prepare it for vacancy should be made a priority for safety reasons - and even more so when freezing temperatures and harsh weather also become a concern.

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author Keepe, Jan 4, 2018

From mice to ants and cockroaches, pest infestations can cause serious property damage and traumatize tenants, significantly worsening their perception of their living conditions. Fortunately, being aware of what draws pests to homes and adopting simple preventive solutions can effectively protect properties and tenants from unwanted encounters.

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author Keepe, Dec 25, 2017

Smart gadgets are becoming extremely popular, promising cutting-edge and user-friendly ways to optimize everyday tasks. However, it can be easy - and certainly frustrating - to splurge on new devices that do not meet expectations or simply turn out to be useless: our guide breaks down which gadgets are worth investing in to maximize the efficiency and safety of rental properties.

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author Keepe, Dec 15, 2017

Carpet requires the most maintenance and care to last and look pleasant, which is essential for making a property appealing for tenants. Following these five tips can help with maximizing the life and look of carpet flooring.

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author Keepe, Dec 08, 2017

Welcoming pets into rental properties can boost the interest of prospective tenants who want to live in a pet-friendly space - which nowadays has become a rather popular preference. Pet-proofing property makeovers and thoughtful strategies for pet-proofing spaces make it possible to prevent property damage while still allowing tenants to enjoy living with their four-legged companions.

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author Keepe, Nov 27, 2017

Flooring is the first thing that rental applicants see during a showing of a rental property, so flooring choice for rental properties is the equivalent of curbside appeal (for homeowners). Renters are motivated by different attributes than homeowners, so luxury or cost are not the only attributes to consider when making a choice of flooring.

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author Keepe, Nov 19, 2017

Leaves will fall off at the end of Fall and many of them will end up in your gutters. A maintenance professional with a tall ladder can use a leaf blower to remove all the leaves from the gutter and get it ready for winter weather.

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author Keepe, Nov 11, 2017

Many property managers and landlords deal with maintenance in a reactive manner, waiting for tenants to report maintenance issues and/or waiting for the property to turn over before addressing maintenance issues. Keeping up with property maintenance helps reduce tenant turnover, preserves the value of the property and prevents more costly issues.

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author Keepe, Oct 30, 2017

Outdoor hose bibs are particularly vulnerable to freezing and breaking, especially during a cold night. The easiest way to prevent outdoor faucets and hose bibs from freezing is by installing hose bib covers.

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author Keepe, Oct 23, 2017

A burglary is one of the scariest events that can happen at a rental property. It “freaks out” the tenants and puts the investment at risk. Even worse, absent proper precautions, it can expose the landlord to potential liability claims.

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author Keepe, Oct 16, 2017

Everyone has heard of the “big one” - the ultimate earthquake whose impending strike will decimate cities and regress civilizations. There is a local version of this legend in almost every state - both Washington and California states each reside on major fault lines.

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author Benjamin Ayers, This article appeared in the Rental Housing Journal on Oct 9, 2017

You wake up on a Saturday, make yourself some coffee and a bagel, open up the newspaper and start reading. Suddenly, you hear the dreaded beeping of your phone. It is the tenant at your rental property complaining about bird poop all around the front porch and backyard.

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