Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings

Right now, almost every facet of our lives has been thrown into flux. Nothing is quite what we had ever expected it to be and things are definitely confusing. Regardless of your stance on things, the fact remains that some people are doing what they can to take extra precautions to help prevent any sort of illness. This even includes the standard sicknesses we see every year as flu season begins to show up again. However, with all of this happening there are a few good things that have come out of it all that can really help you and any possible future tenants you may be interested in.

One of the things that we have seen explode lately is the use of online meeting places. Programs that allow for video conferences are booming and it isn't difficult to see why. In fact, it may seem odd that we never used these things before! People are using them for everything from school to family meetings to game nights with friends, and there's nothing saying that you can't use them too. As a person who owns at least one rental property, you need to find someone to rent it out. It may be much easier to find the time to have a virtual meeting with someone that is interested in your unit than it would be to have a traditional, in person meeting.

When it comes to different kinds of meetings, it can't hurt you to be flexible. Sometimes people are moving from far away or they have other reasons why travel may be difficult. Requiring an in person meeting may be the reason that you lose out on an otherwise wonderful tenant. This often happens when people are made to move for work and need to go several states away. Although we understand how important it is to get things like signatures and such, even that can be done electronically now. Technology has progressed to a point where this is an option, so there's no reason to not explore it!

If you are a rental property owner, we suggest giving some thought to the possibility of allowing virtual meetings. You never know when you're going to find a great tenant who simply can't meet with you in person for a completely viable reason. If you allow a virtual meeting to take the place of an in person one, you may just find the best tenant you have ever had, so give it a try today!

Utilities

Utilities

One of the most tiring and exhausting things about moving into a new apartment is switching the utilities over to your name. If you live alone and work in an office, or if everyone who lives with you works out of the home, it can be even worse. You are required to be home when the technician comes to set up your internet or if someone needs to do a fire inspection. Often times, things like fire inspections are difficult because they will give you a span of time (which can cover multiple days depending on the size of your apartment complex) and tell you that you must be home for it. Most people cannot afford to take time off of work like this, but we also have to try and be in both places at once. There are some ways you can get a bunch of stuff done with minimal impact to your job. Here are some of our suggestions.

It is important that all of your utilities get transferred as soon as possible. We always suggest calling the internet and cable/satellite company a couple of days before your move so you can set up an appointment for a day right after you move in for them to come and do everything. It is often too hectic to do it on the actual moving day, but depending on your situation you may be able to get them in ahead of everything else so you don't have to spend time without your connections or take time off of work so they can get everything up and running. If you need to take a day off of work, you can deal with most of the transfers at once. Spend that day putting your name on the electric, talk to the main office, and do whatever else it is that you need to do. Then reward yourself with a treat and some relaxation before going back to work the next day.

Moving is never easy, but even once your boxes are in your new home, your work isn’t done. While it may not be physically exhausting to make a bunch of phone calls, it can be just as tiring to listen to a full day of automated menus trying to get control of your own lights. While we know that it doesn't make it easier, it is always better to get it done quickly. Always make a plan for your utilities!

Storage Ideas

Storage Ideas

One of the biggest commodities in apartment living is space. It doesn't matter what size apartment or rental space you're living in, there never seems to be enough of it. This is why it is important to capitalize on what you have. While it may seem a bit excessive, it's always a good idea to do what you can to squeeze every last inch of space out of whatever you have. This may mean double shelving your books on your bookcase or packing pans into one another in the kitchen, but there are dozens of little hacks that you can try to make storage work for you.

One of the easiest things that you can do is simply check what you can still use from when you moved. If you think about it, you tend to have storage devices around you all the time. Dressers for clothes are a perfect example. If you have a couple of drawers that aren't full, you can try to condense them and use one of them as storage. It never hurts to have a single drawer used for things other than clothes if it keeps everything off the floor and safe from being stepped on.

Another thing you can do is look at either buying or making furniture that comes with hidden storage compartments. A lot of bed frames come with extra drawers, or you can easily find foot rests that are hollow so you can put things in them. Any furniture store will likely have these sorts of items, and if you can't find them in person, then a quick search online will definitely turn up some results. While they may be a little more expensive than you would normally spend, the extra space in an apartment will be more than worth the extra cash you have to hand over.

When it comes to living in a small space, storage is everything. If you're lucky, you'll have a storage unit in your building that you can stick some things in. However, that doesn't help you for things that you want to keep near you or that you use often. If you are someone who keeps a lot of small items around, you may want to look into any of these solutions or ask around and see what others in your situation do. If you ever decide that you simply need a larger place, call Talley and see what we can find for you!

Painting and Other Preparations

Painting and Other Preparations

If you have ever had to clean out and prepare a loved one's house to sell, you know how exhausting it can be. Even just getting it ready so they can move somewhere else can take a lot of time. Clearing out a place that someone has lived for any amount of time can be tiring, but the longer they've lived there the worse it often is. This isn't to say that there is no fun to be had in making small changes to a place, but when you're on a time limit things can get stressful. It's important to think about what needs to happen and what the best order to do them in is. It never hurts to make a list and check off the items as you go.

Move-in preparations are some of the most time consuming, yet mostly invisible actions that you can take in regards to a rental property. Take painting for example. Depending on the size of the rental space, painting can take forever. Cleaning can take even longer depending on the state the previous tenant left it in. You may want to set some time out to air the place after you're done painting as well, which also takes time.

People understandably expect things to be nice and clean when they walk into a rental property so they can view it, but never seem to think about how much work goes into getting it ready for that point. We all know that people will turn down an otherwise perfect apartment simply because it's dirty. For many people, it gives off the impression that the property owner doesn’t care enough about the tenants to make it presentable. Others may simply not want to have to clean up the mess left by a previous tenant. Regardless of why a tenant turns down an unclean apartment, the fact remains that there is something you can do to prevent that from happening to you. You could always just have Talley do it.

One of the many services we offer is preparing your rental property for a new tenant to move-in. We know how much time it can take out of your day, and we don’t think you should have to work all night to make sure things are clean and painted, especially if you still have to work during the day. Give us a call and see what other services we offer to property owners just like you!

What Is a Model Apartment?

What Is a Model Apartment?

If you are a landlord with multiple properties, you may be looking for a solution to a problem you may not even realize you have. If you have ever dealt with the struggle of trying to rent a place out while someone still lives there, then you know just how much of a pain in the neck it can be. Trying to work around your schedule, the current tenant’s schedule, and any hopeful renters can seem like an impossibility without the ability to time travel. It causes a great deal of stress for everyone involved, especially if the tenant doesn't keep the place as neat as you would like them to or if they block off a lot of the apartment so you can't see what it's truly like. It can be a rough time, and you never want to cause yourself more stress than you already deal with. If you have the extra space, you may want to think about trying out a model apartment.

A model apartment is similar to a tester bottle of perfume that you see in stores. It's a way of showing someone what your apartments look like without having to work out a schedule with everyone each time. Simply keep it clean, and you can bring people through whenever works for both of you. This means you never need to worry about how the unit is going to look or walking into an awkward moment that ruins the viewing.

Model apartments are also wonderful because you can have them as furnished or open as you want. There is nothing wrong with having it completely empty to show your client the blank canvas that they can work with, or furnishing it to show them what they can do with the space. Finding furniture at a thrift store or similar place is a great option, as they are normally inexpensive and still look great. You can even use old furniture that you no longer want if it's still in good shape! It's a great way to use what you already have.

If you are a property owner in the Charlotte area, contact Talley Properties to make sure that you have access to some of the best tenants in the entire state of North Carolina. Let us handle most of the work so that you can do everything else that you need to in this hectic time. Give us a call today and see just how much we can help you!

Meeting the Neighbors

Meeting the Neighbors

Moving into a new neighborhood is always an exciting, if slightly nerve-wracking, time. When you see that moving truck pull away and know the place is yours, you probably have a few people wondering what you're like. It's only natural for your new neighbors to wonder what you're like or if you're going to be loud or if you have kids. I’m sure that most of us have had a wide range of experiences with neighbors, so it is only natural that the curiosity goes both ways. It is always a good idea to be careful when meeting new people for the first time, especially if you are new to the area yourself, but it's so important that you get to know the people that you're going to be living close to for any extended period of time.

For the most part, your neighbors are people that you will need to get along with at least a little. It is always a good idea to get to know your neighbors on a basic level, if nothing else. Knowing what your neighbors look like can help to protect everyone from things like suspicious activity from strangers. It’s far more likely that you will notice someone who might be causing trouble if you know who normally walks around your neighborhood. It can take a little while to get used to a new area, but we always suggest trying to be friendly with your neighbors and hopefully that will help make your move a little less stressful.

While we certainly aren't suggesting that you should throw a party when you move into a new neighborhood, it definitely doesn't hurt to try and talk to people when you see them out and about. Even if you aren't one to normally communicate much with those around you, first impressions are important and you never know when you may need something from the person living next door to you in the future.

Here at Talley, we always want everyone to get along. We know this isn’t always possible, but at least knowing your neighbors is an important thing if you are going to enjoy where you live. When it comes to moving into a new area, sometimes it is worth it to go out on a limb and make the first introduction. You never know, you may just find a new great friend by saying hi to the person who lives across the street!

Finding a New Tenant

Finding a New Tenant

Here at Talley, we were created to help rental property owners. It's difficult trying to balance multiple properties and all the problems that can come with them, which is why we respect everything you do. We understand just how hard and rare it can be to find a good tenant and how important it is. After all, a landlord without a tenant is just someone paying for more than one piece of real estate. This means that you need to be able to advertise your property so that it moves quickly. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Thankfully, we have a few tips to help you find new tenants that are simple and inexpensive.

1. Keywords. If you have recently bought some new appliances, you should definitely put that in your listing. If you have a washer and dryer in the apartment, make sure to include that. If your rental unit has a lot of windows, be sure to mention that the apartment has lots of natural light. There are a few keywords that you can use that will make all of the difference when written in a listing, so make sure to include as many of them as you can!

2. Basic Prep Work. Doing something as basic as painting your apartment and cleaning the toilet before showing it can make all the difference in the world. Even if it doesn’t look like it needs it, it is always a good idea to have your new tenant come in with everything cleaned. It can also benefit you because you can write that your property was freshly painted.

3. Pictures. Having clear pictures on your listing is going to be one of the biggest factors when it comes to finding new tenants. With the ease of access to technology now, it is so easy to post pictures with your listing. Having a nice photo is as easy as pulling out your cell phone and taking one. If you aren't good with technology, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Renting out your apartment doesn't have to be an isolating task!

If you don't know where to look to find your own residents, never fear. Talley can help you get the exact kind of tenant that you’re looking for. Give us a call and let us help you find the perfect resident for your rental property today!

Decorating Can Help Make a Place Feel Like Your Own

Decorating Can Help Make a Place Feel Like Your Own

One of the most intensive tasks that no one talks about when you move into a new place is trying to make it feel like your own space. Every room is like a blank canvas for you to showcase your life, and that can seem daunting in a strange way. While you may be able to do this to a lesser degree with your furniture, it normally takes more than just that to make a new place feel like it's truly yours. Things like wall hangings, curtains, and even small photos can help you feel more at home when you move. This isn't an overnight task, remember. Sometimes it can take years before you get a place to feel like it really reflects who you are.

We always suggest that you ask your landlord what they are comfortable with you doing with the apartment. Some owners will allow you to paint the walls if you paint them back to their original color before you leave. Other landlords will ask you to limit the amount of nails you put in the walls to hang things. While hanging pictures is almost always allowed, anything other than that should be discussed before you do anything. Things like building additional storage areas or putting in extra shelves in closets can be helpful for you, but your landlord may not be comfortable with you doing it on your own. This is one situation where it is always better to ask permission before you make something your own.

Remember it's the small things that can help make you feel like your apartment is actually your own. Putting up a few posters or pictures is a great way to start. Even a couple of different lamps can give your place a more comforting feel, regardless of how much you need the extra light. Everybody wants a place that they can call their own. Even if you have the apartment, it can be a long time before it really starts to feel like it's yours. Often, you end up moving to a different place before it truly does. What really matters is that you find a space that you can see transforming into something that reflects who you are inside. Let Talley find you the perfect apartment so that you can decorate it until it feels like the refuge that you deserve to walk into after a long day!

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