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!

How to Be a Good Neighbor

How to Be a Good Neighbor

One of the biggest parts of being happy with where you're living is your relationship with your neighbors. Being part of a neighborhood isn't the way it used to be, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everything changes over time and when it comes to being a good neighbor, that means that you need to do what you can to change with it. Gone are the days of party lines and even land lines in most cases, and in are the days of apps that connect you to those next door to you instead. With that said, however, there are still a few things that haven't changed across the decades. These are the things that you should be mindful of.

It doesn't take a lot to be a good neighbor. One of the easiest things to do to make sure that you and your neighbors will get along is simply keep your noise levels down. It is actually very simple to make sure that you aren't blasting loud music at all hours of the day and night, and although your neighbors may not thank you for it, they certainly would say something if you were doing it! Having music playing isn't a bad thing, and can in fact be a fun way to start a conversation with your neighbors if they have similar taste, but just be mindful of the volume and the hour.

Another way that you can be a good neighbor is to simply chat with those who live around you. You don't have to go door to door with a pie for everyone, but when you see someone on their porch or getting their mail, a simple wave can go a long way. It's always a good idea to get to know who lives around you, especially in an apartment building or complex. There are any number of reasons why you may need your neighbor's help, and it's far easier to get that if you're on good speaking terms with them. As long as you show a basic level of respect, things should work out just fine.

If you are getting ready to move and want to make sure that you're a good neighbor, you don't have to worry about being absolutely perfect. Just as long as you are mindful and don't do anything you wouldn't want your neighbors to do, you should be fine!

Why Amenities Matter

Why Amenities Matter

When it comes to someone who wants to rent a new apartment, it is all about the location and the amenities. While you can’t do much about the location of your rental property, you do have some freedom when it comes to what amenities you can offer. You may not be able to do much to change the availability of a pool or offer extra parking, but you almost certainly have flexibility on small and large appliances. Amenities are one of the biggest things that will get your rental property noticed, so it is always important to see what people are really looking for in their homes.

Laundry is the amenity that people focus on the most. Let’s face it, no one wants to pay even more for their laundry per load when they're already renting an apartment. Lugging all of your dirty clothes halfway across town to a laundromat when you could be doing other chores is inconvenient at best and nearly impossible at worst. Even dealing with communal laundry rooms can be frustrating, as these are often coin operated and it may not always be easy for your tenants to find the coins to do their wash.. If you have the option to have the washer and dryer hookups in your unit, you will probably have a better shot at renting out your apartment.

Other amenities that you probably have control over generally include things in the kitchen. An updated refrigerator, stove, and microwave can really help your unit get rented quickly. Even something that isn't necessary like a dishwasher can tip the scales for someone who either doesn't like doing the dishes or is often unable for any number of reasons. Never underestimate the difference that something that seems frivolous or optional to you can make to people who are looking to move. It may just be a mandatory thing on their checklist.

While it can be a pleasant surprise to view an apartment and see some of these amenities included, it is always good to actually list everything that can be seen as a benefit in your unit. It is also important that they are clean and working. There are few things more frustrating than moving into a new place and having to get major appliances replaced, especially if they were a main factor in your choosing that location. Let Talley find you the perfect tenant while you see what amenities you can offer!

Cleaning Tips for Your Apartment

Cleaning Tips for Your Apartments

Not much sounds like less fun than spending your weekend cleaning up your house. Just about the only thing that sounds like less of a good time is cleaning up when you know you're going to be leaving forever. When you are moving, however, this is part of the process. Not only is it polite to clean up before you leave, you want to make sure that you give every reason to get your security deposit back in full. This is often worth a full month's rent and can be extremely useful in helping you with moving costs. Changing where you live is not a cheap process, so every little bit that you can get back will always help.

Leaving your apartment nice and clean doesn't have to be a difficult process if you have the right tools. Things like rug shampooers and steam cleaners can often be rented from local locations which can help you get a better clean than vacuuming alone. These types of machines can be great to rent periodically anyway, just to make sure that your rugs aren't too filthy when you do need to clean them when you're ready to move. It's always best to leave this step for last, though. You want to do your best to make sure the furniture is out and you can simply close the door and not track any more dirt across the newly washed floors before your landlord sees.

Another important thing to do before you leave the apartment is to clean all of the windows. You want to make sure that as much light as possible is coming in. After all, any room with dirty windows will look dirty itself. While this may be annoying, it's important to wash them both inside and out. Many windows will have tabs on the top so you can fold them in and wash both sides. There are even special cloth towels that you can use along with specific cleaner which reduces the chance of getting those streaks that ruin the look of the clean.

When it comes to getting a good clean before you move out, there are dozens of tips and tricks you can use. What really matters most, however, is that you leave it as close to new as possible. A little bit of elbow grease now can only help you with things in the long run!

Making Renovations to Your Apartment Complex

Making Renovations to Your Apartment Complex

When you invest in an apartment building or complex, you generally know at least approximately what you're getting into. The work that you need to do may luckily be minimal, but this isn't always the case. The thing that really sets owners apart is how they handle things from the moment the papers are signed. Even if you don't have much to do, the process of actually getting down to business is almost never easy. If you have owned your complex for a while, you probably know what needs the most upkeep. Even if you have owned the property for a while, though, you may find that you need to close down a unit for a while so you can work on it. This situation is never fun or easy, but much like when you first acquired the property, how you handle it will make all the difference in the world.

Walking into a unit that you know needs to be renovated can bring a lot of emotion with it. Often, the strongest one is stress. Renovations mean late nights, a lot of money, a slew of supplies, and hard work. Even if you hire someone to do all of the physical labor, it can still take a toll on you quicker than you may expect. After all, you're spending a large amount of your time at least thinking about what needs to be done and worrying about something else popping up. Renovating a unit doesn't have to be stressful, but it often is anyway. When you are renovating anything, especially for the first time, it almost always costs more than you expect it to. Just the raw supplies are far more expensive than you anticipate them being. While you may know how much a few gallon of paint will run you, you may not have factored in the tape or the brushes or even the hours that you take out of your days to paint and then letting it all dry and air out. It really does add up quickly.

If you need any help getting your unit ready for your new tenants, Talley may be able to help. We have a long list of trusted contractors that you can turn to for help with a lot of preparation work that needs to be done. If you aren't sure where to begin, give Talley a call. We can get you started in the right direction!

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