Keeping Up With Trends - Charlotte Property Management

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The only thing constant is change. This is a saying that was first attributed to the philosopher Heraclitus around 500 B.C.E. While change might be the only constant that Heraclitus believed in, this phrase has created a bit of a paradox because it has certainly stayed relevant and accurate itself. Things seem to change at such a rapid pace that it can be hard to keep up. If you look at technology, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. In the past 25 years we have gone from most people having a phone line or two in the house and maybe one computer to having no land lines and a phone and computer combination in their pockets. We have seen the change from cassettes, to CDs, to digital music. Now, vinyl records are coming back into style to use. This also helps to show that what goes around comes around again.

While this may not seem like it has much of anything to do with property ownership or rental units, it actually illustrates a large issue that many owners have. Trends change a lot, and floor plans and décor are not immune. If you've ever seen a house that hasn’t been updated since the 1960’s or 1970’s, you probably noticed things like shag carpeting and bathrooms with pink and/or blue tiles, bathtubs, and sinks. As I’m sure you know, this is no longer a popular or desired mainstream design. In fact, people are actively tearing this style out of their homes and replacing it with something completely different. This sometimes is in anticipation of finding new tenants or selling the house, as integrating modern trends will increase the property value. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it is that in another 30 years or so, there will be a new style that is desired in both the layout of the home and the cosmetic appearance.

Preparing your rental property for a new resident in a way that will make it appealing to modern audiences isn’t always easy. We can help with some of the changes that may need to be made. If you call Talley Properties, we'll have a discussion about ways to make it happen. We know that getting a place ready for a new tenant can take a long time and is often stressful. Our goal is to make that transition as easy and painless as possible for everyone involved. Give us a call today, and learn what we can do to help you out!

Moving Large Items - Charlotte Property Management

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One of the worst parts about moving is having to lug around the bigger “stuff”. Things like kitchen tables, couches, bookcases, and anything else that's bulky can be an absolute nightmare to transport. Even if you have a pickup truck or a rental truck, it doesn’t mean that you are in the clear. These items are often heavy, awkward, and may not even seem worth it to move. However, it always seems like a good amount of them are things you would never want to lose. This often happens with family heirlooms or furniture. It can be difficult to get the help that you need to move big things, especially depending on how far you need to carry them inside and up stairs, but there are always a few options open to you.

The most common method of moving these types of things is to hire help. You often see signs on the side of the road, on the television, or even hear them on the radio. While people normally hire companies to move an entire house, there is frequently a plan that they offer if you only need help with a few big items. After all, you don’t want to get hurt trying to move something or damage whatever it is that you’re trying to take with you. If you leave it to the professionals, you don’t generally have to worry about your furniture getting damaged or possibly dealing with an injury. These moving companies have methods to make this process easier, and more efficient..

If you aren’t able to hire anyone, we suggest taking multiple trips with less items each. It make seem like it takes longer, but not by too much to warrant getting injured while trying to carry too much. When you carry too much, you can hinder your ability to see where you're walking and catch yourself if you fall. You never want to take all of your large ticket items at the same time in a personal vehicle and that many large items can tire you out quickly. Make sure that everything is appropriately covered and is taken apart if at all possible to make things lighter. As much as you don’t want anything bad to happen to your items, you need to keep yourself safe. If there is anything you can do to make a move easier, we definitely suggest at least trying it.

If you have any questions about moving into a new home, don’t hesitate to call Talley Properties. We can assist you in any number of ways and will do everything we can to make your transition into your new residence smoother. We know that moving is stressful, but there are ways of lessening the burden. With Talley, your next move may just be one of the easiest days of your life.

Moving With Animals - Charlotte Property Management

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Our pets are some of the most important companions in our lives. Whether you have a furry friend or a scaly one, they probably mean a lot to you. Having a pet is something that most people can’t imagine their home without, and for good reason. This is perfectly fine, but what happens when you need to move to a new apartment and you already have an animal? Many places don’t allow pets, and it can be difficult to get a landlord to change their mind to accommodate the fact that you already have one. It is also often a logistical hurdle trying to move the animal itself, as they require more attention than your other belongings.

One thing that you can do is use a filter online to make sure that you are only looking at apartments that allow animals. This will help stop you from falling in love with a rental only to realize that they have a strict ban on pets. Your pet is more important than taking an apartment with a ban on pets over an apartment that can accomodate. If a listing doesn’t say whether or not you are allowed pets, you can always ask as well. Some landlords even have a listing that says no pets, but when asked they will allow it. The bottom line is, it never hurts to ask, and sometimes landlords don't realize the property is listed one way or the other.

Actually moving with the animal can be difficult as well. Many cats don’t do well in cars and dogs can easily get stressed out at sudden changes as well. You may speak to your vet and see if there is anything you can do to make the trip easier for the both of you. After all, you don’t want to have to deal with a four-hour car ride full of howling and meowing. Trust me, it gets exhausting very fast.

If you have an animal that needs a tank or other enclosure to move, you will also need to figure out how to keep their other. You might even be able to call and ask for advice, as most veterinary offices don’t mind giving some help to responsible pet owners. At the end of the day, you know your pet the best. Talley will help find you an apartment that will accept the package deal, you and your pet!

Keeping Up With Trends - Charlotte Property Management

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The only thing constant is change. This is a saying that was first attributed to the philosopher Heraclitus around 500 B.C.E. While change might be the only constant that Heraclitus believed in, this phrase has created a bit of a paradox because it has certainly stayed relevant and accurate itself. Things seem to change at such a rapid pace that it can be hard to keep up. If you look at technology, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. In the past 25 years we have gone from most people having a phone line or two in the house and maybe one computer to having no land lines and a phone and computer combination in their pockets. We have seen the change from cassettes, to CDs, to digital music. Now, vinyl records are coming back into style to use. This also helps to show that what goes around comes around again.

While this may not seem like it has much of anything to do with property ownership or rental units, it actually illustrates a large issue that many owners have. Trends change a lot, and floor plans and décor are not immune. If you've ever seen a house that hasn’t been updated since the 1960’s or 1970’s, you probably noticed things like shag carpeting and bathrooms with pink and/or blue tiles, bathtubs, and sinks. As I’m sure you know, this is no longer a popular or desired mainstream design. In fact, people are actively tearing this style out of their homes and replacing it with something completely different. This sometimes is in anticipation of finding new tenants or selling the house, as integrating modern trends will increase the property value. If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it is that in another 30 years or so, there will be a new style that is desired in both the layout of the home and the cosmetic appearance.

Preparing your rental property for a new resident in a way that will make it appealing to modern audiences isn’t always easy. We can help with some of the changes that may need to be made. If you call Talley Properties, we'll have a discussion about ways to make it happen. We know that getting a place ready for a new tenant can take a long time and is often stressful. Our goal is to make that transition as easy and painless as possible for everyone involved. Give us a call today, and learn what we can do to help you out!

Lease Lengths - Charlotte Property Management

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One of the decisions that a landlord needs to make which isn’t often discussed is the length of lease that you decide to have. While most people simply do a base of one year with the possibility to renew each year, you do have other options. At the end of the day, you’re the one that owns the property. You can decide to have a lease of any amount of time you want, but there are things that you need to factor in when figuring out what your resident’s lease length should be. Here are some ideas to consider when marketing your apartment.

While the base of a year is fairly standard, this isn’t the best for everyone. For example, consider someone in the military or who moves around a lot for work. A year may be a large commitment and they may not have the assurance that they won’t be moving before the end of the lease. For people in this position, a three-month or six-month span may be all they can realistically promise. This definitely doesn’t mean that they won’t pay rent or that they will leave your unit a mess, which is often the concern with a shortened lease. Some people simply don’t have jobs that allow them to stay in the same place for too long.

Another situation which may need a shorter lease is when a person has a loved one in a hospital or care facility. If the person being cared for is not doing well, they may very well want to be as close as possible for as long as they have left. However, it is often impossible to tell how much longer this would last, so renting on a rolling basis might benefit these tenants more. While doctors can give an idea, some don’t live to that mark while others may surpass it by years. This is already a stressful time in a person’s life, and trying to find housing can be almost impossible if all leases in the area are a minimum of a year.

If you are open to the possibility of frequent turnover, it may be beneficial to you to offer shortened leases depending on the circumstances. You never know how much of a difference it may make to someone, and it might help you to tap into a larger group of people that don’t have many other options. See what others in your area do and what would work best for you, and let Talley do the rest!

Moving in Spring - Charlotte Property Management

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A lot of things tend to change in the spring. With the warmer temperatures, there are many transitions we see. Flowers blooming, job changes, tourism and travel, and more people out and about enjoying themselves. It goes to follow that this is also a time that many people get a head start on the common summer moving season. Who wants to lug furniture and belongings from place to place in scorching or freezing temperatures? There are many more advantages of moving during the spring, not to mention temperature, that could persuade you to beat the summer rush.

One advantage is competitive pricing. Not everyone changes location when their lease is complete; some choose to move sooner rather than later, closer to work opportunities, and get subleases to cover their exisiting lease. This frees up property space, and it is typically cheaper to move in the spring, because there are less people trying to move in. Essentially, there is a surplus of space that needs to be filled. What's more, is the fees for moving and truck rental companies are lower than in peak seasons to attract more work. You're saving on those few months at your new pad, and the price to move!

Not only is spring a great time to move into a new home, it's also a prime season to sell! As mentioned, the warmer weather brings about blooming season, more vibrant greenery, and warm sunshine. If those aren't prime conditions to make a home and yard look spectacular, we don't know what is. On top of that, most people prefer to move and get settled into a new place before the temperature gets extremely hot. In Charlotte, this is definitely no exeption.

When it comes to moving in spring, there are multiple advantages to moving earlier rather than later. Talley Properties has various available properties ready to move now. We enjoy making the moving process as seamless as possible, and we are empowered knowing that we have another happy tenant on our hands! Check out our listings today, and find a rental you love!

Amenities - Charlotte Property Management

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When people move, they want to be as comfortable in their new home as possible. This often means that they want certain things that are often seen as a luxury, otherwise known as an amenity, in their apartment and complex. This also means, however, that as a landlord it may be something you feel the need to provide. These amenities may be seen as a necessity to many residents, but everyone has certain things they need if they're going to move into a new place. Here are a few examples of amenities that you may want to try to provide if possible.

  1. Laundry. This one is the most common. Most people want a washing machine and dryer at least close by when they move. While some people prefer to have it in their apartment, others are okay with a community wash room. Many of the communal ones are coin operated, but that's better than finding a nearby laundromat. The apartment complex also wants to keep up it's cleanliness, and offering laundry amenities is seen as common courtesy for tenants.
  2. Pool. This is another common amenity that is looked for in a rental. Pools are often expensive to maintain, but they may be well worth the price. Being able to cool off during the summer can be a great trade for either higher year round rent or maintenence fees. Either way, you may want to look into the possibility of including one to add the draw of liesure to your property.
  3. Upgraded/Additional Appliances. The kitchen is such an important part of someone's home. Even if your tenants don't cook much, it is important that the area they have to prepare food is up to date and in proper condition. Sometimes this means that you need to spend a little more money to make sure that they have a reliable oven or dishwasher. While it may not be a necessity for you, you never know when your tenant may have a disability or even just a lack of time on their hands. Updated appliances can go a long way.

There are many different amenities that complexes offer their residents to keep them happy. But, the improtance of each of these can vary from one tenant to another, so be sure to listen to their input on what would keep them satisfies with their living arrangement. You may be amazed at the difference it makes when you have these amenities listed with Talley!

Proper Listings - Charlotte Property Management

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When it comes to getting your rental property traffic, there are few things that will help more than a full and proper listing. One of the things that we see often is a listing that only gives partial information, and that doesn’t do anyone any favors. It is important to give as much information up front as possible, because many people will simply scroll past or turn the page until they see at least the majority of the keywords they are looking for. Just like pictures, extensive information is important to a successful listing, so here are some things to keep in mind that people often look for.

One of the first things that people will look for other than price and bedroom/bathroom count is the amenity list. This can include anything from the laundry setup to whether or not your apartment comes with a balcony or if there is pool access. Amenities are massive when someone is renting, as these are the things that can make life a little easier. They may even include things that the renter views as a necessity. Something that you may find simply helpful, like a dishwasher, may be a major sticking point for someone else, so it is always important to list as many amenities as you can.

Another important thing to talk about in your listing is your pet policy. Often a pet owner will not look at an apartment if they aren’t certain that they can take their four-legged friends with them. It can be very upsetting when you fall in love with an apartment only to discover after the fact that the pet policy is not compatible with what you require, so it’s always more efficient for you to be upfront about your policies. Even if you want to say that it is only with landlord's approval, it is always better to list that so a potential tenant knows what they are getting into ahead of time.

At the end of the day, it is always better to give more information than it is to keep the listings short. This is considerably easier if you are using online listings, so give as much information as you possibly can about your rental property. It can only help to get the proper tenant in, instead of someone who isn't actually as good of a fit as you both thought. Give Talley a call today and see what else you can do to get your space rented out quickly!

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