Checklist When Moving Out Of Your Rental Home

by Administrator 25. January 2018 07:45

Moving out of a rental house entails certain responsibilities and rights. As a responsible tenant, you should leave the property in best condition possible for the next tenant. You should also avail your right to get back the initial deposit paid to the property owner. Here is a concise checklist to help you stay on top of the game when moving out of a rental accommodation:

• Gather Your Documents - The first thing you should do when you are considering to move out of a rental accommodation is to gather all necessary documents such as tenancy agreement, move-in inventory report, receipts of your rental payments, receipts of repairs and maintenance that you paid for etc. Review these documents and cancel any active subscriptions and services.

• Notice - Every lease agreement contains a clause regarding giving a notice to the property owner before moving out. Take a look at your lease and make sure you give a written notice to the property owner at the right time which is usually 30 days prior to moving out.

• Clear All Your Dues - Re-check your obligations towards the property owner and clear dues if any. This could be in the form of pending rent or maintenance fee.

• Clean-Up - Clean up the house to a point of perfection. Ensure that you do not leave traces of trash or a nasty mess. It is a good idea to hire a cleaning expert for the job. Remove cobwebs, vacuum window treatments, clean the floor, re-paint faded wooden items, get rid of scrapes and scratches on walls, paint them if necessary, wash the insides of kitchen and bathroom cabinets etc.

• Final Inspection - When you are done prepping the house for moving out, schedule a pre-move out inspection with the property owner. Refer to the inspection checklist you received at the time of moving in. Get a copy of the final inspection for yourself.  Leave the keys at management office and don’t forget to get a receipt for same.

• Winding Up - On the moving day, take the readings of gas, electricity and water meters. Photograph them for proof of final readings. Shut gas and water valves, appliances and also the main power switch. Ensure that all the doors and windows are locked. Photograph questionable areas to have proof of their condition when moving out.

• Written Notice - When you are done with all the formalities related to moving out, send a written notice to your property owner requesting for a return of your initial deposit.

• Change Your Address - Intimate your property owner about your new address as that’s the address on which you will receive your security deposit. Get it changed with the post office and other institutions.
We, at John Reider Properties offer residential properties on rent to our clients. For more information, visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Managing A Large Rental Property

by Administrator 6. December 2017 14:16

A great deal of time and effort goes into managing a large rental property. While some property owners prefer managing their rental properties by themselves, others prefer to hire a professional rental property manager.

Repairs and maintenance, landscaping, rent collection, advertizing, finding tenants, etc. all come within the ambit of property management. Here are some great tips that will help you manage your large rental property effectively and economically.

  1. Smart Landscaping - Landscaping is a major part of maintaining your property as it adds to your rental property’s appeal. However, you should try to make landscaping strategic and time saving. Plant lots of trees, flowers & shrubs and keep the lawns small for easier maintenance. Fire pits & small fountains are a great way to beautify the exteriors of your house and also they demand less maintenance. Plan your exteriors in such a way that you keep your tenants happy and minimize your workload. That’s what smart landscaping is all about.
  2. Tractor Power - Tractors are highly versatile and efficient machines when it comes to large rental properties. They are very powerful and can tackle a major chunk of maintenance work in the least amount of time. A tractor with a high horsepower is something you must invest in for mowing, clearing bushes, ploughing, spreading fertilizer, etc.
  3. Delegate - Managing large rental property involves delegation of duties. You must understand the value of sharing responsibilities for maximum efficiency. If landscaping is not your forte, hire a landscaper, sit back and watch your property transform. The same goes for technical jobs like plumbing, electric jobs, heating issues, other repairs and renovations. Delegate these jobs to experts and save your time.
  4. Secure Your Property - Installing a reliable security system to protect your rental property is an intrinsic part of managing it. Wireless security systems are inexpensive and easy to install. There are other options like magnetic door alarms and knob-touch alarm systems.
  5. Regular Maintenance - There’s no way around regular maintenance. You have to be disciplined and consistent with it and maintain a schedule for the same. Get timely checkups of major systems by planning in advance. Schedule the checkups with professionals like plumbers, electricians, a lawn mower, etc. and follow up. Nipping a problem in the bud will save you from high repair costs and give you peace of mind.
  6. Hire A Professional Property Manager - If managing large rental property by yourself seems overwhelming, professional property managers can come to your rescue and manage everything on your behalf. They can advertize for you, conduct host showings, collect rent, manage your rent, take care of repairs, landscaping, etc. These professionals are well trained at the job and know how to manage large rental properties in a way that saves time, energy and money.

We, at John Reider Properties offer property management services to our clients. For more information, visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Tips For Finding Pet-Friendly Housing

by Administrator 8. November 2017 15:21

Anyone who owns a furry little pet knows the extent to which they brighten up our lives. Pets are cute goofy companions who never ask questions, blindly trust us and never criticize. How could one even imagine moving to a new place without their faithful little friend?
If you are looking for a home and can simply not fathom the idea of leaving your pet, here are some tips to find a pet friendly rental home.

Start Early

So, moving to a new house is on the cards, and taking your pet along is a priority. A smart move will be to look for a house well in advance. Not many property owners are open to the idea of keeping a pet, so it is something that might take some more time than expected.

Make sure that you have enough time in your hand to look out for a pet friendly rental. Starting the house hunt early is a big favour you will be doing to your canine friend.

Pet Rent

It is a common scenario to see property owners demanding additional rent for a pet. Looking at it from their point of view, it is fair enough. There’s a lot that goes into keeping a pet. Your owners will have to put up with barks at any hour of the day, spoilt carpets, scratch marks on walls and doors etc. So, be prepared to pay extra rent in such a case.


Scoop out as much information as possible from online sources about pet friendly housing. You are bound to get some really helpful suggestions. Delve into the pet policies on the links provided.

Hire a real estate agent as they can help you in finding a pet friendly rental. Also you can put a word out on social media platforms like Facebook. You might just bump into the right person with valuable information about a pet friendly place to live.

Ask people who have regular association with pets about pet friendly apartments and owners.  Pet stores, veterinarians, pet groomers, dog walking groups, animal shelters etc are the right places to get information from.

Vital Information

You might want to gather data that will want the property owner to accept your pet in the premise. A training certificate, proof of necessary shots, and a written word of good conduct from a previous owner are required. On your end, be transparent about all facts related to the number of pets and their health status.

If you are looking for pet friendly rental home in Killeen, TX, contact John Reider Properties. For more information, visit 455 E. Central Texas Expwy, Suite 101, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 699 – 8300.

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Amenities Tenants Want In Rental Homes

by Administrator 24. October 2017 10:55

When tenants begin searching for rental homes, there are certain features that are on top of their priority list. Therefore, it is important for the landlords to know about the amenities most of the tenants look for. You can add these features to your rental unit so that it stands out from the rest of the properties. This will also increase your chances of getting a tenant faster.

Some of the amenities tenants want in rental homes are mentioned below:

  • Location: The most important feature in any property is the location as this is the first major attraction for tenants. You can command a higher rent if you have your property in a favorable location. Therefore, always try to buy a property that is close to shopping centers, grocery stores, schools, parks and has transportation readily available at most times. You can also conduct desirable renovation work in your property so that more tenants are attracted to it.
  • Functionality: Every tenant desires a rental home that is clean and has everything in excellent working condition. So, it is imperative to have a thorough home inspection done before the tenant moves in. Check all the appliances and any electrical or plumbing issues to resolve them beforehand so that tenants do not have to schedule additional visits for repair work.
  • Parking: Another important feature that tenants want in a rental unit is adequate parking space. If you have a garage for parking, there is a higher probability of getting more probable tenants. Covered parking is essential in areas where it rains excessively or harsh winter conditions prevail for most part of the year.
  • Upgradation: Tenants are likely to get attracted to a property that has all the recent upgrades. For instance, tenants will get impressed if a rental home has the latest energy-efficient appliances installed in it. Apart from this, beautiful hardwood flooring will leave a long-lasting impression on the tenants who will come to view your property. Upgrade your bathroom sinks and fixtures as well for added advantage.
  • Laundry: A washer or a dryer in the rental unit or apartment building is a huge plus point that attracts a lot of tenants. Since the tenants get the ease of washing their laundry in the rental unit itself, they are even ready to pay more for this feature. So, as a landlord, you must try and include this amenity in your rental property.
  • Storage Space: Closet or storage space is another essential amenity that is a priority for the tenants. It is used for keeping clothes, toys or other daily use items in a secure manner. In case your rental unit does not have enough built-in storage, it is best to have an additional closet. If possible, you can even give your tenant the option to store his belongings in the basement or garage.