Moving in Winter

Moving in Winter
Everyone has their own opinions on when the best time to move is. Some people say that it's the summer when the kids are off of school. Others say that the spring is better because it isn't too hot and you can have the windows open comfortably to air out the new place. One time of the year that you don't often hear, however, is the winter. This is because there are a lot of things that can go wrong in winter that are unique to the time. You don't need to worry about ice if you're moving in the summer, for example. Holiday traffic is often worse around this time of the year. Sometimes, though, you can't help it. So what are some simple ways to make moving during the winter nice and easy?

One of the most important things to do is keep an eye on the weather. While this isn’t as much of an issue in certain places of the country, it is still something to watch. For example, North Carolina is supposed to get rain this Sunday. This is something that may complicate moving plans depending upon how heavy the rainfall is, the temperature, and whether or not either location has a tendency to flood. Always check for things like possible icy conditions or dense fog and do your best to plan accordingly. You don’t want to get stranded with all of your belongings or damage a rented vehicle due to some inclement weather.

Another thing to think about is the actual temperature while you are moving. Bringing things into a new place will generally make you work up a sweat, which can be concerning when you are in cold weather. Not only is it not the healthiest thing to be sweaty in very cold temperatures, but it can lull you into a false sense of warmth and make you ignore certain signs that you need to tap out for a little while and warm up. Make sure that you have water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated, and maybe something warm to drink as well to regulate your temperature.

While people move less frequently in the winter, you never know when you’ll have to do just that. Ask around and see if any of your friends have done it before and ask what they did to make it easier on themselves. You never know what helpful tips you might find!

The Importance of Mirrors

The Importance of Mirrors
We use mirrors in our everyday lives more than you may realize. From the moment we wake up, we are relying on reflections to make sure that we seem presentable to society. We check our hair, we check our face, and we even check our outfits in mirrors. When we get in the car in the morning to drive to work, we use mirrors to make sure that we safely arrive at our destination. With all of the practical reasons to have mirrors around, it can seem like a no-brainer to have them in the space you're trying to rent out. However, they can help to serve another purpose as well.

How many times have you been in a building and thought there was another room only to realize it was a mirror? It can really mess with your perception when you realize that the place is not as big as you first thought it was. This is something you can use to your advantage when you are trying to rent out your property. Even smaller rooms can seem large and airy when you have a well placed mirror in the area. It may not seem like much, but even an accent mirror can do a lot for how big a room looks from the right angle.

Another thing that mirrors can be used for when it comes to your rental property is light distribution. Not every unit is going to have large windows with loads of natural light. While this is often the ideal, sometimes it just doesn't happen. Thankfully, mirrors do reflect light very well. This means that if you have a window that does get a fair amount of sun, you can hang a mirror up that catches this and spreads it around the room to make it seem brighter than it normally would be. Even artificial light can be amplified with mirrors, so it never hurts to try it out!

Although mirrors may seem like little more than accent pieces or things to check your shave in, they can be very useful to the smart rental property owner. If you need your rooms to look like they're bigger than they are, give mirrors a try. You should also call Talley and see how quickly we can get a great tenant into your apartment, even if it is on the smaller side. You never know who we will find!

Gap Months

Gap Months
Getting a new tenant into your rental property is always a struggle. The one thing you always want to avoid at almost all costs is having months where you don’t have a resident. You generally rely on your tenants to help you pay things like association dues or property taxes, so the longer it goes with no one renting your space, the more money is coming out of your pocket. Having a quick turnover between one resident and the next is extremely important if you want to make sure that you don’t lose money on your extra property. Here are a couple of ideas to help you skip those gap months.

One method some landlords use is asking their current tenant if they know anyone who is looking for a place to live. Often, a person who is renting will know other people who are also renting. This means that they might know someone looking to move into the area, searching for a location closer to their job, etc. You may want to offer an incentive for your tenant to find someone to replace them, such as a discount on the last month of rent or some free boxes to help them move. While you still have to screen the new person, you can save some time by having your current tenant suggest someone.

If you know that your resident is going to move out by a certain date, start advertising the vacancy as soon as possible. While it may be difficult to actually get people into the apartment to see the location, it is always best to start looking early. You might want to show pictures or videos from before your current tenant moved in to give the new perspective tenant an idea of what it looks like. You can also ask your tenants if they are okay with someone coming in and looking at the apartment while they are getting ready to move out. Most residents are okay with this as long as they are also home at the time.

Having a seamless transition between tenants is so incredibly important when you are a rental property owner. While you may need to take a couple of days to clean everything for the next person or paint the apartment, it is always better to have someone already lined up to move in. If you need help finding someone, call Talley so we can help you find your perfect tenant!

Clear Listings

Clear Listings
One of the best things you can do when it comes to making a eye-catching listing is putting in as many details as possible. While it used to be important to get the specific details out with as little explanation as possible, if you are posting something online you no longer need to worry about paying for every word (or even every character, depending on the paper).

Generally, if you are able to post about a listing, you don’t have to pay for more than either the individual listing or the domain name depending on how you go about promoting your vacancy. If you own an entire building or complex, a full website may be a better option, so it's always important to think about what will work best for you and your property.

When someone looks for an apartment, there were a few things that most people look out for. It is always better to have photos attached to the listing so that people can see what they would be moving into. Details about policies and amenities is also often important. If a listing doesn’t have pictures, many people simply move along without looking deeper into it. If there was barely any information on the listing, people also tend to pass it by. After all, if the owner doesn't even both to list how many bedrooms or bathrooms the location has, how can you be sure they will be there if something goes wrong? While they can always call and try to get more information, it's always a better idea to list it from the start.

When you are posting a listing online, it is important to be as up front about as many things as possible. This includes what you have in the apartment, any amenity information you may have, your pet policy, and anything else that you might be able to think of. It is often a good idea to look up a list of things that people often ask about a new place of residence online and treat that as a template for what should be included in your listing. Alternatively, you can always trust Talley Property Management to do the leg work when it comes to listing your rental property. We know what people look for in a listing and what they want to hear. Let us help you get new residents with clear and well crafted listings today!

Finding the Right Place

Finding the Right Place
Trying to find the perfect place to live is a struggle under the most ideal of conditions. It is even more difficult when you are on a strictly fixed or limited budget. You may have special requirements that are unique, which further reduce the amount of places that you can move. This can make it seem impossible, especially if you're on a time limit. When it comes to finding a good fit, it can be more difficult than you ever imagined.

Trying to balance the amount of money that you can pay in rent and utilities with the amount of space you need gets exponentially more difficult the larger your family is. If there is only you or yourself and one other person, you might be able to get away with a one bedroom apartment depending on your relationship. However if you are someone with children, it can become prohibitively expensive. This is especially true if the kids are a little older and need their own rooms. Kids are expensive to begin with, so trying to pay for any school supplies, food, utilities they use, also paying for their own space can quickly become nearly impossible. Yet, it is still important that everyone is able to thrive where they are living.

Another issue that may limit your housing options is if you have certain medical requirements. While something like a service animal isn’t normally too much of a deal breaker, needing a completely wheelchair accessible apartment can be almost impossible to find. Not only would you need to find a bottom floor apartment without stairs into the location, you need to be sure that the doorways will accommodate you comfortably and the corners aren’t too sharp for you to turn through. Everything also needs to be at the correct height for you while you are in the chair, so things like bathrooms and kitchens can very quickly become problems.

Here at Talley, we are determined to help you find your dream home. We are dedicated to finding you a place that you love, regardless of any needs or restrictions you may have. We understand that everyone is different and will need different accommodations, so we are prepared to help everyone find the apartment that fits them perfectly. Give us a call today if you are looking for a new place to live and see what we can do to get you into one of our rental homes!

Keeping Up with Trends

Keeping Up with Trends
“The only thing constant is change”. This is a saying that was first attributed to a philosopher named Heraclitus around 500 B.C.E. While change may have been the only constant that Heraclitus believed in, this phrase has become a bit of a paradox because it has certainly shown itself to be true since then. Things seem to change at such a rapid pace that it can be hard to keep track of it all. Things like technology show this better than anything. In the past 25 years we have gone from most people having a hard wired phone line or two in the house, and perhaps one computer, to having no land lines and a phone and computer combination that fits in their pockets. We have seen the change from cassettes to CDs to digital music and now vinyl records are being used again. This also helps to illustrate the idea that what goes around comes around.

While this information may not seem like it has much of a place on a website that deals with property ownership or rentals, it actually illustrates a large issue that many owners have. Trends change a lot and housing styles are not immune. If you ever see a house that hasn’t been updated since the 1960’s or 1970’s, you’ll likely see things like shag carpeting and bathrooms with pink and/or blue tiles, bathtubs, and sinks. As I’m sure you know, this has not been a popular design in many years. People are tearing this style out of their homes and replacing it with something completely different. If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it is that in another 20 years or so, there will be a new style that is considered ideal and everything we have now will seem like those pink and blue bathrooms.

Preparing your rental property for a new tenant in a way that will make it appealing to modern residents isn’t always easy. We can help with some of the changes that may need to be made. If you call Talley Properties, we can let you know what we can do to help you out. 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 see what we can do to help you out!

Having Roommates

Having Roommates
Having roommates, also known as flat/apartment sharing, is a common solution for people who are looking for housing that they may not be able to afford on their own. Although the ideal solution is generally to have your own apartment, this isn’t always a possibility depending on where you live and what work you do. Often, you will hear about friends moving in together to split the costs of housing in order to make ends meet. This is a very sensible option, and if you haven’t thought about it before, here are some reasons to look into it.

1. Lower Costs. Although a two bedroom apartment will obviously cost more than a one bedroom, the difference is often substantially less than paying for two full separate apartments. For example, a quick search in the Charlotte area can find apartment or townhouse complexes where a one bedroom unit costs $1,150 while a two bedroom costs $1,450. While that $300 difference may be too much for one person to float on their own, two people can easily pay for that if they have similar incomes. It also means that instead of two separate people paying $1,150 each, they can have their shared apartment for $725 per person. That means that they both are saving $600 a month if you compare it to them each having their own apartment. That extra money can go towards any other bills or groceries or even saving up to buy their own home one day.

2. Security. Even if both people work similar hours, they most likely won’t do everything together. This means that it is possible that at least one person will be home, even if one of them is out. If something goes wrong, the chances that someone will catch it immediately are much higher than if only one person lives in the unit and is out often.

3. Friendship. Having a friend that you can easily go to or be around can be extremely helpful if you need help with something, or even if you just have a rough day. It almost always helps to know that there is someone close by who you can rely on, and a roommate helps to assure that someone will be there!

While having a roommate isn’t for everyone, it certainly has its benefits. You might want to consider asking your friends if anyone is looking for a new place to live if you are thinking of moving. See just how much of a financial difference it can make for you and where you can move!

Newlyweds

Newlyweds
Marriage changes everything. It may seem cliché, but it really is one of the biggest steps that you can take in your life. This is especially true if you get married relatively young, or if you have been single and living on your own for many years. Moving in with another person and combining all of your stuff into one new location can be stressful and result in more than a few sleepless nights. What makes things even more difficult is actually having to find your first apartment together, particularly if neither of you has ever rented before.

There are many different factors that go into getting your first place, but it is sometimes easier if you have more than one person moving into the apartment. In order to have a better shot of being approved, you should try to ensure that both of you have steady income and some form of credit. These measures are often difficult if you are younger, as even the age of your credit score may be something that makes rental property owners concerned. Sadly, there is nothing you can do to “fix” the age of your credit score. The best that you can do is to try and stay on top of your credit and build it into a score that is high enough that no one will second guess renting to you. While is easier said than done, if you both work together with your banks you should be able to build healthy scores in no time.

When you are newly married, it often seems like people ask very personal questions. These may be about how long you've been together, which can seem judgmental, or about the possibility of children. This is often to see what kind of fit you will be for the property and the owner. Simply answer them as truthfully as you can and use your best judgment whether or not you want to go forward with an application depending on what you see and hear.

If you are a newlywed couple looking for your first apartment, give Talley a call. We can help match you with a perfect apartment regardless of what your future brings. With new listings every month, we won’t stop until we are able to find you the place of your dreams. We will work with you to discover what you are looking for in your first place and help you to build up your rental history. Give us a call today!

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