Steps To Take Before Listing Your Home

by Administrator 29. May 2017 13:03

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Tenant Screening: Do's And Donts

by Administrator 23. May 2017 13:15

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Baby-Proofing Your Rental Home

by Administrator 17. May 2017 19:43

When you live in a rental home, making any changes in the interior décor can be limited; until and unless your landlord allows you to do so. If you have small kids, you need to baby-proof your home so that it is completely safe and sound.

Here are certain tips that can help you to baby-proof your rental home:

  • Look for a safe property: First things first. You should always look for a rental property that seems to be safe for your kids. You can directly talk to the landlord regarding any safety concerns that you might have. While checking out the rental home, look for features such as a safe staircase, secure window coverings, smoke detectors and the lead-free paint used inside and outside the property.
  • Secure your furniture: Place your furniture items such as television, chests, drawers and heavy appliances to the wall so that they don’t get imbalanced and fall down cause harm to your little one. Some of the furniture items can be easily drilled into the wall too. However, you need to take prior permission from your landlord in case your lease does not allow any such provision.
  • Have child-proof locks: You can add child-proof locks to the doors, bathroom and windows in your rental property. They will not damage the rental property and also provide enhanced safety for your baby.
  • Install a baby gate: There are many areas in your home that require a baby gate so that your toddler remains safe. For instance, you can have a pressure-mounted gate that has discs which screw out to balance the gate against the wall. However, if you have a staircase in your rental property, a hard-mounted gate is the best option. This type of gate actually screws into the wall and cannot be pushed through.
  • Prevent access to the cabinets: Always ensure that the breakable items and heavy things are kept in the upper cabinet shelves. This makes them inaccessible for little kids. Invest in magnetic locks and adhesive strips for cupboards that are easily accessible. They don’t require screws for installation and can be easily utilized in your rental property.
  • Pay attention to common areas: When you have a baby at home, you not only have to ensure safety inside the home but also pay attention to common areas. For instance, look for potential hazards in playgrounds, pools and parking lots. Playgrounds must have a protective covering on the ground other than grass. Also, pools must have four-sided fencing for optimum safety of kids.

For rental homes in Killeen, TX, contact us at John Reider properties. Our real estate agents can be reached at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Features Of A Good Rental Home

by Administrator 28. April 2017 08:09

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Benefits Of Property Management

by Administrator 17. April 2017 14:23

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Benefits Of Property Management For Tenants

by Administrator 17. April 2017 04:56

If you want to do away with the stress and nitty-gritty’s of renting a home, it will be beneficial to hire a property management company. Although this will incur some cost, but it will be very helpful in saving your time, money and mental stress, in case some exigency arises. Given below are some of the benefits of hiring a property management company for tenants.

  • 24X7 Services: Property managers are experts in providing emergency services related to unforeseen repair and maintenance issues in the house. For example, in case there is a short circuit in the house or blockage in drain pipes, they will be available round the clock to assist you.
  • Proficient Legal Advice: Renting a home will require you to complete a lot of documentation to fulfill the terms mentioned in the lease. A property manager will help you complete all the legal formalities without any hassle. Also, if any legal complications arise in the future or if there is a disagreement with the landlord, the professionals will suitably guide you to get through the situation comfortably.
  • Common Link Between Owner And Tenant: When you are living in a rental home, a lot of communication will take place between you and the landlord during the course of your tenancy. It can be related to the payment of rent or settling the utility bills. However, a busy schedule and unavailability of the landlord may cause inconvenience. This is where the property management company can help you. It acts as a common link of communication between you and landlord which saves your time and cost of visit to the landlord’s residence.
  • Reminder For Scheduled Tasks: The property management company takes care of all the tasks which you may forget due to your busy schedule. These can be paying the rent, taking care of lawn or getting timely renewal of renters insurance policies. The property management team not only reminds you about the pending tasks related to the rental property but also help in completing the related documentation work for the same.

If you are looking for reliable property management services in Harker Heights, TX, contact John Reider Properties. The property managers at our firm have extensive experience in helping tenants throughout the rental process. For more information, feel free to call us at (254) 699 – 8300.

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The Home Renting Process

by Administrator 28. March 2017 05:11

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Checklist For Landlords

by Administrator 21. March 2017 14:10

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Tips To Attract More Tenants To Your Rental Home

by Administrator 15. March 2017 13:54

Every landlord wants to attract and retain a tenant who is reliable and pays his rent on time every month. However, attracting more tenants to your rental home requires prior preparation and continuous hard work. You should be able to represent your property in the best possible manner. This will help to attract maximum tenants to your property and you can choose the perfect one.

Listed below are certain tips that can help you attract more tenants to your rental home:

  • Work on the listings: Online listings are a great way to attract high-quality tenants. However, you need to work on providing a detailed and attractive listing of your property. Write a striking introductory phrase about your property and do not forget to attach impressive photographs of your rental home. Nowadays, you can even put up a video tour of your property to give the potential tenants a first-hand look at your rental home without actually visiting it.
  • Plan individual property showings: Although scheduling an open house might seem to be a good way to market your property, it is best to opt for individual showings. This will help you in getting the most interested potential tenants. Individual meetings will also help you to know the prospective tenants better. You can ask the relevant questions and also notice any inconsistencies in individual showings.
  • Complete all the paperwork beforehand: You should be prepared well in advance to show the requisite paperwork to your tenants at the time of property viewing. Get copies of the tenant application form, background, credit check reports and the lease forms. You should be able to answer all the queries of your potential tenants and address their doubts as well as concerns regarding the paperwork there and then itself.
  • Be aware of your neighborhood: Quality tenants are always on the lookout for landlords who are well-informed. You should have complete details about the neighborhood so that you know what all amenities are available in your area. For instance, your potential tenants may have children or pets and would want to know if there are parks and schools nearby. Therefore, stay up-to-date with the local amenities to be able to talk intelligently with your probable renters.
  • Be clear about the tenant criteria: Tenants will expect you to be clear about what you want in your renter. So, be prepared to answer questions on pet policies, financial status and smoking rules etc. Think about all the tenant criteria beforehand along with the restrictions and have them in writing. This will also help you protect from the allegations of discriminating certain tenants.

We, at John Reider Properties can help you find the best tenant for your Killeen, TX based property. Our real estate agents will perform thorough tenant screening to help you get a reliable and responsible tenant. For more information, you can call us at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Styling Your Rental Home

by Administrator 28. February 2017 12:45

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