Showing Your Apartment

Showing Your Apartment

One of the most difficult things to do as a rental property owner is get a tenant into your apartment. While there are multiple reasons for this, one of the biggest issues is one of simple logistics. Trying to show your apartment is far more complicated than it really has any business being. This comes down to the issue of scheduling more often than not. While housing is naturally important, trying to get two or more people together at the same time while also being appropriately respectful of their lives is frustratingly complicated. If you've ever tried to make plans with a group of friends, you know how tough it can be when you know someone's schedule. A stranger poses even more issues.

When it comes to showing your apartment, you always want it to look its absolute best. This means not only making sure that any improvements you wanted to make are done, but that the place is clean and bright. This generally means coming in a little earlier to do some basic housekeeping and making sure everything is in order. While you will likely have to be there to let them in, the act of preparing the place will take longer than a couple of minutes. It's also good to get there beforehand so that no one is waiting for you to show up just in case someone is on a tight schedule.

While trying to find a tenant there are other ways to make sure they can see the place, but they aren't always viable depending on the situation. You may still have a tenant in the unit or your realtor may not be able to make it on the specific day or time. Anything can throw a wrench into your viewing, but that's why you can benefit from having a company like Talley.

Talley can help you with every step of finding a new tenant from the preparation of the unit through to the signing of the lease. We know that you have a difficult job as a property owner, especially in addition to anything else that you do for work. Your investment should not be a source of stress when it comes to making sure that someone can see if they want to move into your apartment. Let Talley help you show off how great your rental property is and make sure that you get the perfect tenant in!

Vacation Safety Tips

Vacation Safety Tips

Depending on your current circumstance, you may have the opportunity go on vacation for a couple of weeks to refresh yourself. It’s generally considered to be a time where you can get away from a lot of the stress that you're dealing with, which is always welcome. Unfortunately, it is also a time when robbers and other criminals tend to try to take advantage of the fact that people are not at home. If you are planning on taking a long trip, there are a few things that you should probably consider before you leave. Here are a couple of the most common things criminals look for.

1. Open Doors and Windows
. One of the biggest issues that we see with robberies is that there was easy access into the property or home. It is important to remember to lock up your apartment regardless of how long you plan on being gone, but especially if it is for more than just a few hours. Even windows that seem like they would be too high to get in through can be used by someone who is determined to get in. Ladders and other similar equipment can be used with surprising ease and speed by someone who does this a lot. Be certain that if you are planning on leaving for a while, keep everything locked.

2. Think About Your Mail. Depending on how long your trip is going to be, you may want to have your mail temporarily stopped. One of the biggest flags to a criminal that no one is home is an overflowing mailbox or a large number of newspapers outside. If you are planning on being gone for more than three days, you can submit a form to your local post office either online or in the building which lets them know that you want your mail to be held until a specific date when you get back. If you don’t want to bother with the paperwork for the post office, you can always ask a trusted neighbor or friend to bring it inside instead.

These are only a couple of the things you should think about before leaving on vacation, but it’s a good start. Make sure you keep everything safe so you can have a good time!

Working with Your Tenants

Working with Your Tenants

Every now and then, you luck out and find a tenant that you just absolutely love to have in your unit. When this happens, you are going to want to do whatever you can to keep them for as long as possible. If you get a tenant that pays their rent on time, doesn't complain about little things, keeps a clean unit, and gets along well with everyone around them, you know that they are the kind of people that you want to keep. There comes a time, however, when even the best and happiest tenants will start looking for a new place. If your tenant has said that they are thinking of moving out and you don’t want them to, what can you do? Here are some ideas to help you possibly keep them around.

1. Rent Rate. One of the most common reasons for people to move is due to the price they are being charged. While naturally you still need to make money on your rental property, it is important to be mindful of the rates around you. No matter how much someone likes your property, they can be priced out of it. Make sure you aren't doing that to your tenants that you like.

2. Tell Them. If you truly like your tenants, say so! Everyone likes to hear that their presence is enjoyed, so if you want to keep your tenants, try telling them. It may not change the outcome, but if they don’t think they are being appreciated or that you don’t care about them beyond their rent check, it might help. It will at least be added to a list of why they may want to stay.

3. Ask
. Ask your tenants why they are moving. It may seem simple, but you never know if it may be something that you can work with them on. While things like needing more space may not be something you can help, there are other things that you may be able to work around to keep a good tenant.

When you have someone move in that you really enjoy, you’re going to want to keep them. Here at Talley, we promise that you will love any tenant we help you find. We know that good tenants are hard to come by, but we can help you find the best. Give us a call today and see how quickly we can you find a tenant you will never want to leave!

Dealing With Renter Complaints

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Unfortunately, one of the things that is completely unavoidable as a landlord is having some of your renters complain. While some complaints may be completely understandable, other times it seems almost silly that such a thing would reach you as a complaint. However, many people either don’t want to deal with something themselves or truly believe that it is your job to mediate any issues they may have either with the apartment or other tenants. So what can you do when you have a renter that complains incessantly?
The first thing that you should always do with a renter complaint is listen and respond. This is especially true if the tenant does not complain often. Sometimes a renter will complain when they really just want to vent. Although this is annoying, you may have to deal with this. Always listen to a complaint and then make sure that your tenant knows you have received it. You may question what they want you to do about it, but the first step is to make sure that they know you have heard them. After all, we’ve all had times that we just want to get an annoyance out of our systems.
Some complaints you may want to tell your tenants to sort out themselves. This is especially true if they have gone directly to you instead of attempting to work it out as two adults. Ask if there have been steps taken. After all, if one tenant is doing something that bothers another, they cannot fix the issue if they don’t know that an issue exists. Sometimes people forget that talking something out can result in a change that is beneficial or favorable to both parties instead of going right to the top.
At the end of the day, the best thing you can do for a renter that is complaining is to listen. Make sure that they know you are there to talk and help a situation if needed. Sometimes, residents may have a fear of confrontation or may not even know how to get in contact with another resident. It is often better for you to receive a complaint than another resident to get a passive aggressive note which will automatically put someone on the offensive. Each case is different, but simply talking things out will work most of the time.

Allowing Pets

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One of the biggest arguments that we hear between landlords and tenants, and even from one landlord to another, is whether or not to allow pets in your apartment. Both sides make some great points, so we wanted to explain some of the focuses of both arguments. It is important to remember that here at Talley, we respect your decision either way, as it is your property. We simply like to help our clients make the most informed decision.
On one hand, pets can be messy. Dogs and cats both have a possibility to mess up the work that you have put into the unit. This may be from them having accidents on the floor to chewing up or scratching the walls and doors. Often, smells from animals like these can stay even after they no longer live there, especially if there are carpets that were soiled. While much of this comes down to whether or not the owner stayed on top of cleaning, there is still always a possibility of your next tenant being extremely allergic and even a deep cleaning of the apartment may not be enough. Even tanked animals can cause some problems depending on if they like to chew on things when let out or if they smell a lot.
On the other hand, pets can also be helpful for you in some ways. Many landlords require a pet deposit or even additional money each month for someone to have a pet. You can often charge more if you allow pets regardless of whether or not someone has them. You also open your apartment to a wider range of people by allowing pets, as many people will not even look at a place if they can’t bring their beloved companion. Others are medically dependent upon their pet for one reason or another. Although the law states that a support/service animal is often exempt from the law, many will still err on the side of caution and only look where pets are already welcomed.
If you are trying to decide whether or not to allow pets in your rental property, it is always best to think about both the pros and cons. You may also settle somewhere in the middle, allowing only animals that are confined to tanks such as fish or some reptiles. No matter what your solution is, Talley will make sure to find your perfect tenant!

Keep Up With Trends

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One of the most difficult things to try and deal with is keeping up with all the new trends that come and go. Whether it pertains to clothing, furniture, or even social media, trends are constantly changing. While some of these changes may not directly impact you, if you own a rental property you should probably keep an eye on what is currently popular when it comes to housing. Even if the change is small and cosmetic, it may mean the difference between someone wanting to move in and passing over your property for another that is more up to date.
One of the most sought after things in housing that people are looking for right now is what is known as an open floor plan. While this isn’t something you can easily change your property to have, it may be worth looking into if you can modify certain aspects of your rental property to make your layout feel more open. Generally, an open floor plan denotes a mostly seamless transition from a living room to a dining room and a kitchen, or similar configuration. Some houses are almost entirely open and the floor plan only accounts for bathrooms and bedrooms to be sectioned off. Others are open with partitions that can be installed or brought out of the walls in the event that someone wants to seal off certain rooms. There are any number of things you can do to make your rental property stick out in someone's mind.
Even factors like colors can be a large part of someone's decision when it comes to renting your property out. Even though it is only cosmetic, some people will be hesitant to rent a place with features that were popular a few decades ago. If you can picture a 1960s style bathroom with the pink and blue tile, you may have an idea about why something would be off putting. Styles change all the time, but if your property hasn't changed with it you may want to think about doing some minor renovations.
Keeping up with new trends can be confusing, but thankfully there are resources everywhere. Between television shows, magazines, and even the internet, you can easily look at what is popular now. Check out some current pictures and see how they measure up against what you have. We are certain that Talley can find you a great tenant no matter what!

Energy Efficiency

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Owning a home is expensive. This is something that we hear all the time, and it is true. However, renting is also an extremely expensive endeavor. While renting normally means that you don’t have to pay taxes, this is sometimes the only thing that doesn’t need to be paid. While some people may get lucky that they only pay for electricity and any extra options such as internet or cable, others are required to pay for every utility including sewer and garbage disposal. This, of course, is on top of rent costs. So what can you do to help save some money when you are renting?
One of the best things to look into are the energy efficient options for different items in your home. Every little bit can help, even changing out your lightbulbs to more energy efficient options such as LED or CFL bulbs. Although these cost a little more up front, they last much longer and use less electricity over the years. Always check on the packaging to see what the estimated usage costs will be when deciding on what lightbulbs to buy.
Replacing some old appliances may be a worthwhile investment as well. If you are in a location that you have been for a long time or that you plan to stay in for years to come, you may want to talk with your landlord about updating some of the large appliances when they start to show signs of aging. Things like washers and dishwashers are especially important when trying to save some money. Even refrigerators can take a lot of money to run over the years, so compare newer ones and their estimated costs to run next time you are out and see what ones you might like the most. You might be surprised at how much more you are spending for electricity and water than you need to with newer machines.
The final option you can use for a lot of your devices are surge protectors and power strips. If there are some appliances or electric devices that you don’t always use, try plugging them into a strip that can turn off when you’re not in the room. It may seem simple, but the difference can mean a lot when you see that electric bill at the end of the month. Check for other small upgrades, they can save you a lot of money!

Moving Tips

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One of the most stressful parts of moving is having to get everything ready to transport. It's not surprising that forcing your entire life into boxes and the back of a truck is concerning and hectic for many people, especially since everyone has their own style of packing and can have very strong opinions about the best way to do it. While we can't help you move from one place to another, we can give you some moving tips so that when you do move into a Talley property, you can so do smoothly and hopefully combat some of that moving related stress.
A favorite tip of ours is to use suitcases. While this may seem obvious, we don't suggest putting clothes in them. Packing up your heavy items is one of the most difficult parts of moving. Things like books or even some knick-knacks can get heavy quickly, which is why suitcases are the best method for moving them from one location to another. Most modern suitcases have at least two sets of wheels and may have hard shells. They are also nice and easy to roll. They may even be cheap if you can find them at second hand stores and yard sales, which you can always donate back later if you don't want them cluttering your house. They are also generally sturdier than the traditional cardboard box.
Speaking of boxes, those things can get heavy! If you run out of suitcases, you may be temped to use large totes or big boxes to get as much in them as you can. While this isn't a bad idea for lighter things like bedding or pillows, it won't work on everything. Try putting together smaller boxes. You may have more of them than you had hoped for, but at least you'll be certain you can move all of them. There's never a good outcome to carrying heavy boxes up and down stairs when you have an alternative.
There are dozens of ways to get yourself ready to move, but these are two that we see people use time and again. We want your move to be as easy as finding your new apartment through Talley was, so we hope that these ideas help you out. Moving is already stressful, but if you look at some of these hacks, you can make it much easier on yourself. We can't wait for you to use these tips to move into a Talley property!

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