Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 3

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In the last article we posted about keeping your property safe, we gave you three super simple ways to make sure that you are less likely to have a break in. While we want to remind you that anyone can be burgled, we also want to remind you that there are things you can do to make this less likely. Here are a few more ideas about how you can make sure that your house doesn’t become another statistic.
1. Leave A Car. If you have more than one car, we suggest you leave one in the driveway instead of the garage like you may do normally. This will have the illusion that someone is still at home. If you do not have an extra car that you can do this with, ask some friends if they do and if they would be able to leave it there for the duration of your vacation.
2. Stop The Mail. Nothing is more of a dead giveaway than having days and days worth of mail or papers stacked up in front of your door. This is like a beacon to criminals telegraphing the fact that you are not home. Ask a neighbor to bring these in or, if you will be gone for a while, have the post office stop service to your house until you return.
3. Pack At Night. If possible, it is always best to pack up your stuff into the car the night before you leave. This is because there are less people driving around at that time and it is much less likely that they will be able to see what you are doing if you pack the car after dark. I can remember doing this as a child, so it is something that has been used for many years and may just have something to it.
4. Don’t Post It. This is true especially if you have a lot of personal information up online. If you posts are public or you know that someone can find your name through your address, don’t post that you are going on vacation. Criminals can find this information and use it to break in while you are gone.
We hope that you have a fun and safe summer and we look forward to hearing about your vacations in the sun!

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 2

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We mentioned in a previous article that the summer is one of the most common times for people to experience break-ins at their homes. This is generally because criminals know that people travel on vacation around this time of the year. This basically leaves your home as an open invitation to these people if you do not take the proper precautions. Here are a couple of easy and cheap things you can do to make sure that you are not the target of a home invasion.

  1. Let Your Neighbors Know. If you live close enough to someone where they can keep an eye on your house or apartment from theirs, let them know that you are heading out for a couple of days. This way, they will know that no one should be coming into or out of your front door. If they do see any suspicious activity or people, they can alert the police and hopefully minimize any damage that may be done.
  2. Get A House Sitter. If asking your neighbors to keep an eye out isn’t an option, you may want to consider getting a house sitter. I did this a lot when I was a teenager for friends who were going away. This meant that the house was not empty and any pets could stay in the home which greatly cut down on any price the family would have to pay. Just make sure that the person is responsible and hide any alcohol or firearms if they are underage.
  3. Have A Light Timer. One of the easiest tips that a house is vacant is a lack of lights on. You can purchase a timer from almost any store and plug it in so that it turns your lights on and off at certain times every day. If you want to get fancy with it, you can even get one that works through WiFi which you can control from anywhere in the world.

                  These are three of the easiest ways to help prevent your home from being burgled. While nothing is foolproof or certain, these are some good places to start. Always remember to keep an eye out for those around you, especially if you live in an apartment building or complex. If someone else’s safety is compromised, yours might be as well.

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer

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Now that Memorial Day weekend is over, many people are beginning to head out on vacations. Although the official start of summer is not until around the 21st of June, many people think of Memorial Day as the general start. Although I will say that if your weather has been anything like the weather near where I am, it is painfully obvious it is not summer. We did not get above 66 degrees Fahrenheit today and it was raining. It has been like that for the better part of a week by now. I do feel bad for people who have come to vacation around my area.
While vacations are a great time to relax and breathe while you are (hopefully) away from work and most of the stress of your daily life, there are a couple of things which you may want to be concerned about before you leave. While yes, packing and making sure your pets will be fine may be a little stressful, I am talking about something that can cause more lasting damage, such as a break-in while you are gone.
Summer and the holiday season are when the most break ins occur. This is because they know that a lot of people go away on vacation and will keep an eye out for signs that your property is not currently full. While there are ways to help it look like your home always has someone in it, those tips will be in future articles. The point of this one is to make sure that you recognize the dangers that going on vacations may have to your rental property depending on what you do.
Having a security system is generally the best way to keep yourself stress free about your home while you are away. If you are not able to install one for whatever reason, then there are definitely other ways that you can keep your family and your things safe. It is extremely important to know the trends of break ins in your area and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. This will benefit both you and your neighbors who may also be targeted by criminals. Remember, the one thing that you cannot get back from a robber is your sense of security.

Application Process

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Something that always stresses me out when I have to move into a new apartment is the application process. It always seems to be different for each landlord. Some want you to provide your own credit report, others won’t even look at your application if you try. Some applications are free while I have seen some that were around $120 non-refundable just to look at your paperwork. It’s almost impossible to keep everything straight when you are submitting an application to multiple property locations. Thankfully, Talley Properties realize how hectic this can be and have streamlined your application requirements for each of their listings.
The rental application for all Talley properties is the same, which automatically helps get rid of some of the confusion. You need to provide previous renting experience along with references, your employment history, and information on any vehicles that may be housed on the property. The application also includes a background check for any criminal history (including misdemeanors other than traffic violations), any instances of eviction, and a full credit history. You must provide at least the two most recent pay stubs for income verification as Talley requires you to make a certain amount of money in relation to the rent amount per month. You must also show proof of American citizenship in order to be considered.
There is an application fee of $50 for each person which is non-refundable. If you find that your application is approved, you will also need to have separate verified checks or money orders for the deposit to hold the rental property for you. This is non-refundable as well. You will need to pay the pro-rated amount of the first month’s rent as well as a $250 non-refundable pet fee if you wish to have an animal that is allowed.
The application for Talley Properties can be found here and will answer the most commonly asked questions. If you are unsure about something else you can always call us at (704) 332-2206 and we will do our best to answer any questions that you may have. You can also contact us to get a copy of our listings to see what rentals are available that will fit you and your lifestyle perfectly. You can guarantee that with Talley, you will find something that you will love forever!

Pool Safety

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If you have a rental property with a pool, you certainly have a great investment. While it may sound like a great idea to put a pool in for your residents, once you start looking you will likely notice how incredibly expensive it can be. This is not just to have one put in, but the upkeep as well. There are also many safety features you may want to include in your pool, especially if it is for a full building or complex. Here are a couple of them.
1. Phones. Have a landline phone at the pool that when picked up immediately connects to 911. While nearly everyone has cell phones today, the time it may take for someone to fish it out of a bag and dial could make quite a bit of difference.
2. First Aid Kit. This one is obvious, but keeping a fully stocked first aid kit is extremely important. Make sure that you have a CPR mask and any materials you may need to bandage or splint a bone. You may also want to include a backboard near the pool in case someone gets hurt and cannot be moved much.
3. No Diving Signs. It doesn’t much matter where you are, you should probably have at least a couple of no diving signs around your pool. Even if you have diving boards at one end of the pool, you should always mark where it is and is not safe to dive.
4. Pool Rules. Always post a list of the pool rules in a visible area. You should also include emergency numbers and the phone number of the person or company that takes care of the pool for quick reference in case something happens.
5. Clean The Filter/Skimmer. Again, this seems logical, but it is always good to double check. My apartment complex had a professional company come in and when we checked the filter had not been cleaned and there were dead birds in the skimmer after they left. Always be sure everything is clean and safe.
Having a pool is a great luxury but also a large responsibility. Always be sure to keep on top of any maintenance the pool and water may need so that everyone can enjoy such a great way to keep cool during the summer months. We hope you get to enjoy it too!

Pets

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There is very little as dear to us as our pets. Granted I may be a little bias, as I’m writing this while watching my cat chase an automated laser pointer, but for anyone who has a pet they know how true it is that they are family, too. The furry, hairy, and even scaly animals that we bond with often mean more to us than some other humans in our lives. This is why it is so important to be able to find a place to live that lets you keep your pets together without completely breaking the bank.
When I was looking for my current apartment, I had to pass over quite a few that seemed nice due to the fact that pets were not allowed under any circumstances. While I can fully understand this from a landlord perspective, there was no way I was going to give up my cat. She’s a furry little jerk, but I love her and so I looked around a bit longer than I may have needed to otherwise to ensure that she would have a place to stay with me. Many apartments that I looked at would only allow animals under certain circumstances. Many, like Talley Properties that allow pets, required a $250 non-refundable deposit in case of any damage or smell. Others were asking for $250 extra per month. One even asked for a non-refundable $2,500 deposit on top of all other moving costs. Naturally, the ones that asked for either of the last two circumstances were not ones that I pursued further.
In the end, I was able to find an apartment that would allow my cat without any extra money. On the original listing, however, it said no pets. The property had been on the market for over a month, so when I asked if that was a hard no they said a cat would be allowed. Sometimes it really does pay to double check.
With Talley Properties, the pet rule is left up to the individual owner but there is the $250 fee. There is also often a limit on how many or what kinds of pets you can have, so always be sure to call and ask about the specific listing you are interested in. We are certain that we can find the perfect place for you and your pet!

Complaints From Renters

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Being a landlord is never easy. Many people begin renting out property thinking that it will be an easy and hands-off way of making money, but that is almost never the case. You are still normally responsible for all repairs past a certain point, any taxes that may be applicable, and you need to be sure that your tenant is happy and paying. While there are laws put in place to help protect you if your renter begins to become delinquent on the monetary side of things, there isn’t really anything to stop them from complaining to you about any number of small issues they may have.
Some people just seem to enjoy complaining. Others tend to send in complaints about simple things, such as cosmetic issues like nail holes already existing or not liking the design of an overhead light that you had installed. While some renters will rarely say anything, there are always at least a few that seem to prefer complaining over any other hobby. Some complaints may be serious, like a dog that barks all through the night or neighbors that have house parties with loud music and lights when they are trying to sleep, but those are almost easier to deal with in some ways. At least those types of complaints you may be able to do something about.
One of the main things to remember about renters that complain is that some issues are ones that should be dealt with and others need to be more or less brushed off. If the complaint is that they want a square overhead light in the kitchen instead of a round one, there isn’t much of a point to sweating. You can always suggest that they purchase the fixture themselves and more often than not, the complaints will stop. Now if the complaint is that they want a new light in the kitchen because the bulbs keep blowing or there is exposed wiring, that’s a different thing. Always try to get to the source of the complaints or the real reason for them before writing them off. This is especially true if your tenant doesn’t often make many comments like that. Unfortunately, some people are never satisfied and you may very well rent to one of these people at some point. Just remember, at least you still have that rent money coming in!

Move-In Preparations

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When you are getting ready for a new tenant, there are a lot of things that need to be done. This is especially true depending on how the previous tenant left your rental property. While we screen everyone here at Talley to try and ensure respectful residents, everyone's idea of clean or "good shape" is different. This means that you may find any kind of mess (or lack there of if you had a good tenant) and likely won't be sure what it looks like until they finally move out. Here are some things to remember when you are getting ready to show your rental property and have someone else move in.
Be sure to clean everything, even if it already looks clean. Get into those hard to remember spots like under cabinets and behind toilets. Dust off light fixtures and scrub anything that looks discolored. Nothing is as annoying as moving into a new apartment and finding globs of dust in areas that children or pets can get into while you're still settling in. Many people will still clean once they move in regardless of how something looks, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Another important thing to remember is paint. Painting between tenants is something you most likely should do, but sometimes just some spot touch ups will do fine. It is important to paint everything in neutral colors like white or a light beige. While you may like bright yellow for your home, not everyone will enjoy that in their apartment. Just remember to air the place out before you show it to someone. You don't want the paint fumes to give your possible tenants a headache!
Luckily for you if you have a busy schedule or simply don't want to deal with these things, Talley offers move-in preparations as part of our work. We will do the cleaning and the painting because we know that you probably have a lot more on your plate and don't always want to be out painting until past midnight when you need to work the next day. We can always help you out with these things and do as much or as little as you need if you would like to approach these tasks together. Just let us know what works for you!

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