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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Mon
11
Dec
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13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

These ways to pet proof your rentals can be helpful as some landlords and property managers are concerned about opening their properties to pets. However, they also know they can attract and keep more good tenants if they are a pet-friendly property. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to pet proof your rental property to be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

 

Ways to pet proof your rental with a property makeover

Property makeovers are the best way to minimize property damage by investing in durable, long-lasting solutions.

While they may require additional costs and work, property makeovers designed to thoroughly pet-proof are the most secure way to protect a property and increase the safety of pets.

Sat
09
Dec
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Packages Piling Up Can Be A Headache For Apartment Property Managers

Packages piling up can be a real headache for apartment property managers this time of year

Packages piling up in the rental office from online orders by tenants can be a real headache this time of year for property managers.

As more and more people order online and more and more boxes are delivered by Amazon and others, the issue is growing for property managers who are sometimes dodging packages left for tenants in the property management office.

Package security is a concern for all and thus folks in apartments many times have only the property management office as a solution and place to have their packages sent.

“Package delivery continues to be on the rise and this trend isn’t going to let up anytime soon. It’s evident a solution is needed now more than ever to provide both apartment management and residents alike the most robust and convenient package management solutions,” Georgianna W. Oliver, general manager and founder of Package Concierge, said in a release.

Tue
05
Dec
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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
28
Nov
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Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

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

Flooring is the first thing that rental applicants see during a showing of a rental property so which rental property flooring is right?

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. It is also important to consider which segment of the rental market the property at hand is targeting.

Tue
21
Nov
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4 Roof Preventive Maintenance Steps You Should Take Before Winter

4 roof preventive maintenance steps to take before winter

Before the weather gets worse, here are four roof preventive maintenance steps from a roofing expert you should take as a landlord or property manager to get your rental housing or apartments ready.

By Eric Skoog

No. 1 Gutters and downspouts

These are areas of specific concern whether in areas of snow and ice or heavy rain. Any structure that has gutters and downspouts should have those two areas checked.

Leaves, debris, children throwing balls up on the roof - any of these can plug up gutters and downspouts. When that happens you have improper drainage. With improper drainage, there is a greater chance for water to back up beneath the roof system. Also remember you tend to get ice damming along eaves in cold country, and this can be minimized with proper drainage and installation of electric tape.

Tue
07
Nov
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4 Ways To Be Proactive In Rental Property Maintenance

4 ways to be proactive in rental property maintenance

Wish you had been more proactive in your rental property maintenance when you get that maintenance call or text from a tenant? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe helps make sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

Many property managers and landlords deal with maintenance in a reactive manner. They wait for tenants to report maintenance issues and/or waiting for the property to turn over before addressing maintenance issues.

This is natural because if you view rental properties as a pure investment, then maintenance is the cost center. It is a negative charge on investment income. The human tendency is to be proactive about positives and to be reactive about negatives.

Do you ever turnover a rental property and think, “I would have taken care of that if I knew it was broken?”

I’m sure it has happened to the best of us.

Tue
31
Oct
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9 Insights For Property Managers Heading Into 2018

Property managers and the state of the industry report

There were 9 insights for property managers heading in 2018 that were shared in a recent webinar featuring a survey of 1,200 property managers across the country.

Buildium.com did the survey along with the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), in August and September of this year to provide property managers ideas around strategy and growth for the industry heading into 2018.

The survey was about 50-50 female-male, and about 70% of the property managers responding said they were over the age of 40. The insights involved:

Tue
31
Oct
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Is The Outdoor Faucet At Your Rental Property Winter-Proof?

outdoor faucet cover

Is your rental housing outdoor faucet ready for winter? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

If your rental property is occupied and your tenants are running the water, the risk of indoor pipes bursting is low.

However, the outdoor hose bibs are particularly vulnerable to freezing and breaking, especially during a cold night.  Whether you are in the Midwest with below freezing temperatures or in the Pacific Northwest, where winters aren’t as frigid, cold can still spell trouble for your rental property.

Thu
26
Oct
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Four $2 Tools That Could Save You $$$ On That Next Maintenance Call

Four $2 tools that could save you on that next maintenance call

Tenants these days are expecting immediate response when they have a maintenance need. Here are four small maintenance tools any landlord or property manager can use to save money and provide immediate customer service.

By John Wilhoit

Property management companies that run efficiently have significant systems in place for each phase of operations. 

 Further, there is emphasis on responsibility centers that do not overlap (yes- we are leaving "cross-training" behind for the moment).  In so doing, the company maintains specialization and focus.  This is the way of the world for large well-heeled organizations.  Then, there is everybody else.

The property management business is fragmented to the nth degree from ivory tower suits to Grandma acting as manager of her fourplex with three paying residents.

Tue
24
Oct
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Is Your Rental Housing Burglary Proof?

Rental housing burglary

Is your rental housing burglary proof is the maintenance check up this week provided by Keepe to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as your tenants.

A burglary at a rental property “freaks out” the tenants and puts your income and investment at risk.

A burglary is one of the scariest events that can happen at a rental property.

Even worse, absent proper precautions, it can expose the landlord to potential liability claims.

Good security can also be a major factor for tenants or buyers choosing a property.

There are a number of things that property managers and landlords can do to address and mitigate this risk.

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