Management & Maintenance

This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you're an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

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Wed
19
Sep
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10 Insulation Maintenance Projects For Your Rental Property

10 Insulation Maintenance Projects For Your Rental Property

Which type of insulation maintenance can fit your budget? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on 10 exterior and interior insulation maintenance projects to consider.

Air sealing your rental property is one of the most cost effective ways to increase energy efficiency, which your tenants will appreciate, as well as help prevent mold and rot in your property.

Over time and with changing outside temperatures, cracks and gaps will open and close allowing unwanted air to leak into your rental.

Make it a maintenance priority to inspect and update your insulation and avoid extra costs by sealing any poor insulation in your rental complex. There are multiple techniques available for you to implement within your property’s interior and exterior.

Tue
11
Sep
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8 Exterior Upgrades For Your Rental Properties

8 Exterior Upgrades For Your Rental Properties

Which type of exterior upgrades for your rental properties will both stay within the budget as well as look new and bright to tenants?

The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on 8 exterior upgrades to consider.

 

Here are 8 exterior upgrades for your rental properties that will improve your property’s value and curb appeal

No. 1 – A deep wash

A deep cleaning of your rental property exteriors can significantly refresh your space. Give your property a good power wash; wash the windows, shutters and sliding. Don’t forget to power wash any stains off driveways, walkways and parking lot areas.

No. 2 – A basic clean up

 General tidying up can go a long way to make your rental housing shine. Mow the lawn and conceal trash cans and recycle bins out of sight from the general public to organize the space.

Wed
05
Sep
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97 Percent Of Property Management Companies Have Experienced Fraud

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A new report from Forrester Consulting shows that in the last two years alone 97% of property management decision makers have experienced fraud in the properties they manage.

On top of that, 83 percent of property management companies have experienced fraud 20 times or more in the past two years, according to a release from TransUnion which commissioned the survey and interviews with 153 property management decision makers.

59 percent of rental applications now online opening up property management to potential fraud

“Property managers responsible for managing thousands of units, particularly in urban corridors, have moved the rental application process online to cater to customer preferences for digital interactions.

Mon
20
Aug
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How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

Which type of paint for rental properties and paint finish is right? Which will both help with maintenance and be attractive to get new tenants? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on paint. Be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy..

Paint is an important consideration when getting a rental unit ready for the market.

Potential renters can be easily turned on or off by the color and finish of the paint.

Recently, Zillow published a guideline for choosing the paint color to optimize the sale prices of homes. There are some other factors to consider for rental properties given that the renter’s mindset is different than that of potential homeowners.

Tue
14
Aug
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How to Protect Your Rental Property’s Fence From the Wind Damage

Rental property fence maintenance and repair can be an issue when big Summer storms hit so the maintenance checkup this week from Keepe focuses on rental property fences.

If you own a rental in an area with high winds, you’ve probably experienced a few damaged fences and the dilemma that follows after - repair or replace?

To prevent your fence from being destroyed, take some preventative steps and ensure that you’ve got the right fence for your climate. Plus, learn the best fence types to withstand the wear and tear of the peak wind season.

Tue
07
Aug
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What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

What Are The Best Window Coverings For Your Rental Property?

Window coverings for your rentals can be important in attracting tenants, so the maintenance checklist from Keepe this week looks at three basic types of window coverings.

It can be difficult to choose the best type of window covering to complement a space while being easy to maintain and practical for tenants with the new technologies, decor styles and trendy materials always changing things up

This week, we will go over the more common kinds of window coverings that are available for your windows, while including their individual pro’s and con’s to help you pick the one that is truly ideal for your rentla property.

Tue
31
Jul
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3 Types Of Lighting For Your Rentals To Attract Tenants

3 Types Of Lighting For Your Rentals To Attract Tenants

Lighting for your rentals can be important in attracting and keeping the best tenants, so the maintenance checklist from Keepe this week is on three types of lighting.

These days, the sheer amount of lighting options and seasonal trends available on the Internet’s home design boards and websites alone are endless.

Lighting layouts and lighting fixtures fall among the categories of interior design that can easily get overwhelming as soon as one starts exploring what is available, or “in” lately.

In most cases, choosing over-the-top statement pieces, trendy or poorly planned layouts can lead to wasting hundreds of dollars on items that will quickly become easily damaged, faulty or simply unpractical for tenants.

This week’s post will overview the important bits about lighting - listing the available types and layouts that it’s actually useful to know about and opt for accordingly for your rental property

Tue
24
Jul
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5 To-Do’s For Property Managers As Tenants Head Out For Vacations  

5 To-Do’s For Property Managers As Tenants Head Out For Vacations

The important vacation to-do’s that landlords and tenants should work together on completing before anyone leaves for their vacation is this week’s maintenance checklist from Keepe.

It’s time to get ready for “vacay” - that is, vacation-related vacancies.

While not all tenants might choose to vacation in the summertime, it’s undeniable that the majority of the working population prefers getting away in the warmer weather. Or in the case of Arizona getting out of the hot to the cooler areas.

 As numerous tenants prepare to leave for their summer vacations, it’s important to start thinking about the common risks and major issues that vacant (even if only temporarily) apartments are uniquely vulnerable to, and prepare accordingly.

If you property is independent or somewhat isolated it is even more important.

Mon
16
Jul
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5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

5 Siding Materials And The Pros And Cons Of Each

Siding is not very sexy but it is important to your tenants and your budget long-term so here are 5 siding materials and the pros and cons of each as the maintenance checkup from Keepe.

When it comes to the siding on your rental properties, many things come into play such as the look and appeal to tenants, energy efficiency and of course your budget which is most important.

Knowing about the needs of different materials can allow you to plan how to best take care of your property’s siding and make an informed decision about which kind really is best for your property, needs, expectations, tenants and budget.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of 5 common siding materials.

No. 1 – Wood shingles and clapboard siding materials

Wood shingles and clapboard are a timeless favorite because they create a naturally warm and rustic look that many people like.

Mon
02
Jul
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