Common Rental Property Repairs

by Administrator 21. September 2017 16:29

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Tips To Click Better Photos For Your Rental Listings

by Administrator 13. September 2017 08:54

Once you have written the perfect description of your rental home on the listing website, it is time to shift your focus on uploading the best possible photographs. Well-clicked pictures are more likely to attract prospective tenants who nowadays look up on the listing websites before actually making an effort to visit the property. Here are some useful tips that can help you click better photos for your rental listings:

  • Have The Right Equipment: It is not necessary to invest in a hi-end camera for photographing your home. Even your cell phone camera will work well if it offers picture clarity and flash option. Always make sure to clean the camera lens before taking pictures as nobody likes blurred photos.
  • Have Adequate Lighting: Have natural lighting in your home as it brings out some of the best pictures. Open all the curtains and blinds and shoot your pictures during the day to take advantage of natural light. Turn on all the lights in your rental property and use camera flash, if required.
  • Use The Correct Angle: You need to have a complete view of the room of which you are planning to take pictures. Ensure that your camera is placed at the right angle to capture optimum photographs. Don’t shoot from an extremely low angle and always use the wide angle carefully, particularly when you are taking the pictures of your kitchen.
  • Get Various Perspectives: You cannot highlight all the good features of individual rooms in a single picture. Every prospective tenant has his own liking and disliking that needs to be catered to. For instance, a certain tenant might like the idea of a chandelier in the living room, while the other would be enticed by the fireplace. Therefore, always take pictures from different perspectives to highlight individual features in all the rooms.
  • Consider The Mirrors: While clicking pictures, you need to ensure that the camera flash is not showing up in the mirrors. Not taking care of this aspect can completely ruin your photographs. Always position yourself at an angle where you are not in front of the mirror. You can also adjust the direction of the flash so as to avoid seeing its flare across the mirror.
  • Arrange The Furniture Well: A well-furnished home will produce the best images that can be put online on the rental listing websites. Arrange the furniture in an attractive manner and also shoot from different perspectives. Make the rooms look inviting by creating open spaces. Do not overcrowd your home with too many furniture items as it gives a congested appearance in the photographs.

To rent your home in Harker Heights, contact the agent John Reider Properties. For more information, you can call us at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Must Have Apartment Features

by Administrator 26. August 2017 13:04

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Essential Home Renting Tips

by Administrator 22. August 2017 10:45

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Renting Out A Furnished Property

by Administrator 18. August 2017 10:54

As a landlord, buying all the furniture for your rental property might seem like a major expenditure but you need to think about the pros and cons before deciding if you want to spend money on it. Although there is no specific rule that you need to provide a fully-furnished property to the tenant, it is up to you if you want this additional feature. Below is a list of certain advantages and disadvantages associated with renting out a furnished property. You can decide according to what suits you the best.

PROS:

  • Access to a larger market: When you have a furnished rental home, you can cater to a large chunk of the market that comprises of corporate companies. These companies pay more but you have to ensure that your property is in optimum condition to attract such customers.
  • Useful if you want to move back: In the future, if you intend to return to your rental property, you will not have to spend money on furniture if the property already has all the essential items. You will eventually save on storage and transport costs as well.
  • Tax benefit: Having a furnished rental property allows you to deduct a certain amount of the cost of goods from your tax liability. This means you can save money on tax and add to your financial savings.
  • Quick renting: Nowadays, more and more tenants are on the lookout for furnished properties. Therefore, providing this feature can get your home on rent at a quicker pace. This will reduce the vacancy period and your home will not keep on lying in the rental market for a longer period of time.

CONS:

  • Damage to the furniture: A furnished property is prone to wear and tear and potential damage caused by tenants during their stay. You will have to incur the cost of buying and maintaining sofas, beds and wardrobes etc.
  • Ensure legal compliance: All the furniture and furnishing items installed in your rental home must meet all the fire and safety regulations. You have to ensure this even before you give your property on rent. A small mistake on your part can prove to be costly as the tenant can sue you in case of any untoward accident.
  • Property can look untidy: Potential tenants might get put off by a rental property that has a lot of furniture. Also, they cannot customize the furniture according to their requirements which might be a negative point when it comes to finalizing the rental deal.

Rent out your furnished or unfurnished home in Harker Heights, TX with John Reider Properties. For more information, call our agents at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Common Landlord Mistakes

by Administrator 29. July 2017 08:29

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Securing Your Rental Home

by Administrator 24. July 2017 03:29

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Renting To Pet Owners? Here Is A Checklist

by Administrator 18. July 2017 06:16

Landlords need to ask a lot of questions before allowing renting their property pet owners. These questions help in assessing the obligation of a resident towards providing optimum pet care. It is also essential to meet the pet and keenly observe his behavior for a better idea. Always draft a pet application form and mention all the pet rules associated with your rental unit in this document.

Below is a checklist that can help in determining a responsible pet giver:

GENERAL QUESTIONS:

Q: How many pets do you have? : Ask about the types of pets and the number of pets. Also, you need to know if the pet is a licensed one, in case it is mandatory under the law of your state.
Q: Is your pet spayed? : It is important that the pet is neutered and also completely free from any kinds of fleas or ticks. Proper vaccination is also a must along with a reference letter from the veterinary doctor.
Q: Can you provide a reference letter? : Ask the pet owner for a reference letter from the current landlord. This will help you identify if the pet has caused any issues while residing in the property previously.
Q: Have there been any complaints? : Ask the pet owner if any complaints have ever been registered against his pet. Also, confirm if the pet suffers from any medical or behavioral problems.
Q: Has your pet ever damaged a property? : Inquire if the pet has caused any damage to the previous rental units. If yes, then how did the pet owner fix or pay for the damages.

QUESTIONS FOR DOG OWNERS:

Q: Is your dog formally trained? : Professionally trained dogs are least likely to cause any disturbance in the house or neighborhood. Also, ask if the dog has ever bitten any human being or animal under any circumstances.
Q: Has your dog ever created too much noise? : Inquire about the noise complaints regarding the pet owner’s dog. Also, you need to know about the tendency of the dog to bark. While some dogs stop barking on command, others don’t and this is an important factor to consider.
Q: Does your dog wear an identification tag? : The pet owner must ensure that his dog wears a completely filled identification tag all the time. If not, you can ask him to do so before renting your property.

QUESTIONS FOR CAT OWNERS:

Q: How will you deal with the noisy behavior of your cat? : Certain cats can indulge in excessive meowing or yowling and this can disturb the neighborhood. Ask the cat owner as to how he plans to deal with such kind of behavior, in case the situation arises.
Q: Is your cat litter trained? : The cat should be litter-trained and there should be a permanent litter box kept by the cat owner at a specific place all the time. Ask the pet owner where he plans to keep the litter box and how often does he intend to clean it.

We, at John Reider Properties, can assist you in renting out your home in Killeen, TX. Call us at (254) 699 – 8300 for details.

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Guide To Rent Out Your Home

by Administrator 27. June 2017 13:02

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Home Inspection Tips

by Administrator 19. June 2017 12:12

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