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Renovations

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If you have purchased or inherited an older building and mean to use it to rent out, there may be a couple of things that you need to do first. Unfortunately, not every home is move in ready, even if someone was living in it up until it came into your possession. This is often found when older residents had been the most recent owners, but it can happen with just about any building that you find. If this is something that you have run into, then you likely have to do quite a few renovations.

                  Renovations can be extremely scary and daunting. As an example, I know that the home I grew up in needs to be heavily renovated if I want to use it as a rental space. In fact, everything will need to be pulled out, the wiring throughout the house redone, and the extension fixed due to a sloppy job that was done before my parents purchased it. The house was built in the 1960’s during a housing boom in the area and this is a story that we hear time and again. Poor workmanship when the house or building was put up can cost you a large amount of money down the road, so you always want to make sure that you are ready for that possibility.

                  Even if you don’t have to strip a house down to the studs, something may still need to be done before a resident can move in. You may want to knock down a wall that has no purpose (just make sure it isn’t a supporting wall), or maybe you want to add an expansion to one of the corners of the house. After all, an extra bedroom or even just another bathroom can be a huge selling point for someone who is trying to start a family or has simply outgrown their one bathroom residence.

                  The main thing to remember when doing renovations is that it is okay if you don’t do everything yourself. Not everyone can be a master contractor and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t cut any corners or it may end up being very unsafe for those who are going to move in, and by extension you. Call around and talk to some people for a little bit of help and you will be much better off.

Winter Weather

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Winter is my least favorite season. For some reason, the thought of all the snow and cold just ruins my mood, and having to shovel it just makes it worse. While I may not like the oppressive heat of summer, at least I don’t need to freeze my fingers off getting rid of inches upon inches of white, heavy stuff just to get around. It seems almost impossible to get through each new winter, and it is increasingly more dangerous the older we get. Thankfully, there are some things we can do to try and stay safe during this season.
One of the first things I will suggest if you are in charge of an apartment complex or building is to get a snow blower. It makes it infinitely easier to move the snow that has fallen to a different area and will reduce the time you need to spend outside significantly. This is especially good if you have a chronic disorder that is set off by lower temperatures or heavy amounts of moisture. It is also much better for your back than having to shovel, especially if it is wet and heavy and dense snow. That really is the absolute worst.
Another suggestion that I will make is to add a lip or barrier on the top of the roof or roofs of your building(s). Falling snow is a great danger and falling ice is even worse. I remember in university, they would have to block off around the buildings just so that kids wouldn’t be hit by the stuff falling off when it finally started to melt. Granted that didn’t help up much when part of the theater roof came in under the weight of a particularly bad snow storm, but there wasn’t much anyone could have done about that without having replaced the roof before the season started.
We suggest asking around and seeing what other property owners in your area have done to help keep their residents safe during the winter. Checking the stability of your roof is certainly something that will not go unappreciated. It is also always a good idea to check however the building gets heat. I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation. We hope that you have a safe winter and hope that it ends soon.

Holiday Parking

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If your apartment complex is anything like the one that I live in, parking is a highly sought after commodity. Each apartment only receives one assigned parking spot and there is nowhere near enough parking for each person to have another spot. There are visitor spots, but they are extremely hard to find during the day and impossible at night. During the holidays they become even more difficult to come by and unfortunately there are no lots within walking distance which can be used. This often results in people parking in spots which are reserved for residents that have been vacated for whatever reason only to fuel dismay when the person returns back home.
One thing that you may want to do if parking is an issue on a normal day is release a letter to your residents gently reminding them that parking spaces are limited and residents have priority in reserved spots. The holidays often see family and friends coming to visit and this can result in an even worse scarcity of valid spots. Make sure that your residents know that double parking and parking in non-valid spots will not be tolerated during the season, especially if you are in an area that sees the need for snow removal often.
Another thing that you can do is offer a few numbers for towing companies. No one wants to be “that person” that gets someone else’s car towed during the holidays, but no one wants to be the person who can’t go home at night due to someone being in their spot either. It gets cold at night during this time of the year and I don’t know about you, but the thought of having to walk the better part of a mile due to someone taking a spot that isn’t theirs right in front of my door isn’t something that fills me with that warm feeling the holidays are supposed to bring.
Unfortunately, the holidays always bring a lot of stress to people. Parking at your own apartment shouldn’t be one of the reasons for this. Do your best to help out your residents when it comes to parking and hopefully everyone will get through this season with a smile on their face and some warmth inside and out.

Holidays

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Around the holidays, many people feel the need or desire to help others. While this is often done through a donation to a toy or coat drive or volunteering at the local soup kitchen, these things may not be your calling. That’s perfectly fine, as no one should be forcing you to do anything you don’t want to. However, if you do want to offer your residents a little holiday present, here are some clever ideas that we have heard over the years.
1. Candy. Let’s face it, almost everyone loves candy of some form or another. We have seen all kinds of candy go to residents and it’s always a sweet idea. Some people buy their residents a box of chocolate, others buy them candy canes. Whatever the candy, it is always welcome.
2. Discount. Many landlords we know, especially if they have had the same renter for multiple years, will offer a discount for the rent in the month of December. One thing is for sure, we haven’t heard anyone complain about that yet!
3. Gift Cards. Some landlords that we know have given their residents small gift cards. These have ranged anywhere from prepaid visa cards that can be used almost everywhere to a simple slip of paper that you can get from a local diner that states how much money they have in credit. Residents are almost always thrilled about gift cards from local eateries because let’s face it, after you cook for your entire family, you don’t even want to look at the oven or the dishes again for weeks.
4. Toiletries. This one was relatively unique, but still a very cute idea. One landlord that we know of made snowmen out of rolls of toilet paper with toothbrushes for arms and a few bars of soap wrapped up in black paper for the hat. With extra visitors coming and going around this time, we’re sure people appreciated the spare toiletries to use!
There are hundreds of things that you could do to celebrate the holidays with your residents if you choose to do so. Even if none of these ideas strike your fancy, a quick search online could lend you more choices than any of us know what to do with. We hope you all have a wonderful season and stay safe throughout it.

Holiday Safety

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The holidays are meant to be a wonderful time of the year filled with love and friends and family. Unfortunately it is also full of dangers and things can change in an instant. Now I’m not trying to fear monger here, but the fact is that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the holiday season and that’s only one type of tragedy that can occur. This isn’t taking into account car accidents, weather related injuries, or burglaries that are also often higher during this time of the year. Thankfully there are a few things that you can do to help make sure that nothing takes down your holiday spirit.
One of the biggest problems during this time of the year is the concern of fires. Candle fires, for example, are four times more likely to occur during the holidays than any other time of the year. Having a tree can also be dangerous if it is allowed to dry out, as they quickly become fire hazards. It has been reported that one in every 22 fires that are started by trees result in at least one death. It doesn’t matter how much egg nog you’ve had, that is a sobering fact. Always make sure that you are using lights that are safe, that all candles are only burned when someone is watching them, and most importantly that all fire detectors are operable. Having a working smoke alarm cuts down the death rate due to fire almost by half.
Another thing that you can do to help keep yourself and your family safe during this season is by making sure that you have the right tires on your car. Having snow tires can make all of the difference in the world and will help make sure everyone gets home safe from traveling to grandma’s. While you are gone, make sure that nothing has been left that can overheat and that all candles have been put out. Also, it may be a good idea to keep your curtains closed so that people can’t see what presents you got to open.
From all of us here at Talley to all of you, we wish you the best holiday season. We hope to see you next year and will continue to do all we can for you and yours!

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