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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Landscaping Ideas For Your Rental Home

by Administrator 19. June 2017 07:23

A colorful landscape adds vision and depth to any rental home. It is also one of the first things a prospective tenant looks at when he comes to see your property. Perhaps this is the reason why you need to pay attention towards increasing the curb appeal of your rental home. Landscaping will not only make your property look beautiful but also add to its value.

Below is a list of some wonderful landscaping ideas for your rental home that will not fall too heavy on your pocket:

  • Plant colorful flowers: The backyard, patios and decks are all a wonderful opportunity to spread some color in your rental property. You can enhance the landscape of your property by adding colors and textures in the form of vibrant seasonal flowers. Apart from this, a patio can be created using large stones. You can add a nice picnic table and some attractive decorations for the perfect look. Even a nice water feature can lend an exquisite touch to your landscape.
  • Add accessories: There are a variety of accessories that can be used to spruce up the landscape in your rental property. For instance, garden statues or resin statues over stone or concrete can be bought because they are not very heavy. You can easily find them in a number of styles and shapes. Pretty string lights or simple solar lanterns can also become an attractive feature in your landscape.
  • Pay attention to outdoor lighting: The exterior lighting in any home is a major attractive feature that increases its face value. Pay attention to the outdoor lighting as it will not only highlight the plants and trees in your garden but also make it safe. Although this feature does not look important during the day, it is an eye-catching feature for probable tenants at night.
  • Invest in some gardening ideas: Flowers make a home appear more inviting and also look pleasing to the eyes. You can decorate your entrance with a mix of annual and perennial flowers in a variety of colors. You can even set up a low fence depending on the space available in your property. Plant some flowers and vines in this space for an interesting touch. Have only those flowers that can easily bloom and thrive in your geographical zone.
  • Affordable options for landscaping: In order to create a visual impact, spending huge amounts of money is not a necessity. Simply add a contemporary look to your garden with the use of gravel. It can be used in spaces where there is heavy foot traffic or the plants don’t flourish. Exposed earth space can also be covered using broken pavers in a mosaic pattern. Moss can be planted in between for a wonderful effect.

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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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