Pool Season - Charlotte Property Management

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When May rolls around, there are a few things that we always look forward to. Strawberries and watermelons are in season, and so are the pools. Most places that have a pool tend to open them around the end of May to coincide with Memorial Day as long as the weather cooperates. While it is always enjoyable for residents who are ready to jump in, it can be quite stressful for anyone who is in charge of the pool. This is especially true if it is meant to be used by an entire apartment complex.

Getting a pool ready to open takes a lot more work than simply filling it and unlocking the gate so that people can swim. Every state and town has their own laws about community pools, which is one of the first things you need to factor in. It is important to follow the law about everything regarding your pool, of course, but especially when it comes to the safety of your residents. Having a pool is often one of the biggest selling points for an apartment, but it is still a luxury. It can be frustrating for tenants and property owners alike, but it is important to remember that the pool has to be kept up to certain standards. This is why many owners decide not to even bother with a pool, regardless of whether or not there is already one on the property. The price of the upkeep alone is far higher than many smaller complexes can handle without raising dues too much. Between the chemicals needed to keep the pool up to code and the cost of any lifeguards that your town may legally require, it can easily put you in the red. That said, it is a great way to draw people to move into your complex, so that is something that should be concidered.

If you do have a pool in your complex, you should definitely try to have it available for your residents more often than not. It is often a selling point no matter the moving season, as most leases are at least 6 months and the tenant could make use of it during that amount of time. You just have to be sure that you are safe and responsible if the pool is going to be open. Here at Talley, we hope you have a great summer and get to spend at least a little bit of it relaxing in that pool you work so hard for!

Safety at Night - Charlotte Property Management

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We all know that nighttime seems to be when most people are concerned about criminal activity. Although criminals will try to break the law at any time of the day, our defenses are generally down at night as we try to get ready to go to bed and actually sleep. There is a certain safety that we feel in our own homes and that is something you never want to lose. As such, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your apartment safe at night so that you don't have to worry as much about something bad happening.

One of the first things that we always suggest is getting some form of home security system. This can be something as simple as a camera doorbell, or it may be an entire alarm system that goes through the whole property. While what you choose depends largely on the size of your rental and what your landlord will agree to, there are options for every type of agreement. If you cannot get a security system, it certainly wouldn't hurt to get something that looks like a security system. This may be a sticker to put in the window or a sign out front, or it may even be a fake security camera. Criminals will generally look for these kinds of things, so having them will help you keep your place safe.

Another thing that you can easily do to help deter criminal activity is to keep a light on. Whether outside or inside, you can keep a lamp or two on to make it seem like someone is still up and actively awake. If you are going away or simply don't want to remember to turn it on and off, you can always buy a timer to plug the light into which will automatically turn the lamp on at a certain time and off again once the sun comes up.

While there are dozens of things that you can do to keep yourself and your family safe at night, these are two of the easiest methods that tend to work pretty well. Ask your neighbors what they do if you are concerned about something happening, and always be sure to keep an eye on the area. Staying safe is the most important thing, so don't let your safety fall by the wayside at night!

Air Conditioning - Charlotte Property Management

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Right now, it definitely feels like summer outside. Naturally, this means it won't be long before people stay cooped up in their homes with the air conditioner and a fan on to try to beat the heat. The problem is that heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t prepared for it. Dehydration and other heat related illnesses can hit even if you are inside, so it is always important to remember to drink water and keep yourself protected from the heat whenever you can.

You always want to make sure that your air conditioners and fans work before you get to the point where you need them, and that the vents are clean. This is especially true if you live on a higher floor or in an apartment, one with lots of windows, or both. Hot air rises, which can make upper floors absolutely miserable to live on during summer months if you don’t have reliable air conditioning or insulation against it. Windows, while wonderful for natural light and air flow when open, can also be fairly brutal when it comes to the heat from the sun that comes in. If you notice that your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be doing its job, contact your landlord as soon as possible to talk about a replacement or purchase one depending on your lease agreement.

In addition to air conditioning, there are a few things that you can do to keep your apartment cool. Blackout curtains are great for more than just blocking light, they also help to keep heat outside and cool air inside. While any curtains will help, blackout curtains are the best. If you live in a space with an attic, it is helpful to install a fan, commonly gable or roof-mounted, and insulate these walls as well as other areas. Even having a white ceiling can reflect, rather than attract the outside heat.

Air conditioning and other heat repulsion techniques can be life savers during the summer. Be sure that yours is working correctly so that you can relax when you walk through your door. We hope that all of you have a safe and fun summer, and that you stay cool!

Your Necessities - Charlotte Property Management

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Everyone has different needs. This is true across the board. It doesn't matter if we're talking about food requirements, medication, or even what they're looking for out of their interactions with other people. Everyone has a different requirement for certain things, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that what will work for one person may not do so for someone else. If you don't need to buy your own insulin, that's great. However, some people do. For them, that is a necessity that you do not share. The same should be said when it comes to housing.

Beyond things like handicapped entrances or generators, we rarely think of different things as a necessity that some people can look for in a home. Generally, anything else falls under the category of “preferred” or “wishlist”. While it may seem silly for a lot of people, someone may have a need for accommodations that, at first, appear as an amenity. Almost everyone wants a washer and dryer at least on site, but someone who cannot walk distances with a full basket may need to have one in their unit. There is nothing wrong with being adamant and steadfast about what you seem to want, as it may actually be a true need.

If you have back problems and cannot stand bent over for extended periods of time, you likely have a need for a dishwasher in your apartment. If you have any chronic pain issues, you may need a first floor unit to avoid having to walk up multiple flights of stairs every day. An accessible shower instead of a shower and tub combination may be exactly what you're hunting for because of your knee issues. There are so many things that are actually necessities that get brushed over, and people's reasoning for leasing one space over another can vary tremendously. If you have any of these needs, don't worry. Talley will have something perfect for you.

With a constantly rotating set of listings, Talley has dozens of units that are looking for tenants that can accommodate for your needs. It can be hard to find a solid lead on any apartment when you have specific necessities that, on the surface, appear to be simple amenity preferences. Thankfully, Talley knows that sometimes when you say that you need a certain thing before you can move into an apartment, you mean it. See what we have for you today!

Gap Months - Charlotte Property Management

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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 and paint, 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!

Finding Your Fit - Charlotte Property Management

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Trying to find the perfect place to live can be difficult. It is even more difficult when you are on a fixed or limited budget. A tenant may have specific, unique requirements which further reduce the amount of places that you can move into, and this causes even more trouble. When it comes down to finding a good fit for you, it can be a daunting task, but we're here to find that perfect home for you.

Trying to balance the amount that you need to pay in rent and utilities with the amount of space you need gets considerably more tasking the larger your family is. If it is only you or even yourself and one other person, you can very likely get away with a one bedroom apartment depending on your relationship. However, if you are someone with children it can quickly become prohibitively expensive. This is especially true if the kids are older and need their own rooms. Kids are already expensive, so trying to pay for their school supplies, food, utilities, and their own space can quickly seem nearly impossible. Yet, it is important that everyone is able to be happy with their home.

Another hurdle that may be difficult to overcome is the need for medical requirements that involve your housing. While something like a service animal isn’t normally a deal breaker, having a call button requirement or needing an apartment that is fully wheelchair accessible can be almost impossible to find. Not only would you need to find a bottom floor apartment without stairs or ledges into the unit, you need to be sure that the doorways will accommodate you comfortably and the angles aren’t too sharp for you to turn through. Everything also needs to be at a good height for while you are in the chair, so things like bathrooms and kitchens can be immediate deal breakers.

Here at Talley, we are determined to help you find your dream apartment. We don’t care what requirements you have; we are going to do everything we can to get you a place that you love. We understand that everyone is different and will need different things, so we are prepared to help everyone find that rental property that fits like a glove. Give us a call today if you are looking for a new place to live and see just what we can do to get you into one of our rental homes!

Finding The Right Fit - Charlotte

Finding The Right Fit

Finding The Right Fit - Charlotte

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 school supplies, food, utilities, all while 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 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. 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!

Thinking About Getting A Roommate?

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Living with a roommate is a common way for people to move into housing that they may not be able to afford on their own. We've seen over the course of the last 20 years that the amount of people "doubling up" to lease space has increased significantly and steadily. Although the ideal is normally living in your own apartment, this isn’t always an option depending on where you work and live. Or, you may be the type to prefer someone to hang out with. But either way, roommates can be a great way to find a comfortable housing arrangement, and there are many reasons why you should consider it.

  1. 1. Lower Costs. Although a two bedroom apartment in the same area costs more than a one bedroom, the difference is often much less than what it would cost to rent two seperate single bedroom apartments. For example, let's say you are in an area where you can find a one bedroom apartment or townhouse that costs $1,100 while a two bedroom costs $1,400. While that $300 difference may be too much for one person to make up on their own, two people with similar incomes can easily swing that amount. It also means that instead of two separate people paying $1,100 each, they can have their shared apartment for $700 per person. That means that they both are saving $400 a month if you compare it to them each having their own separate apartments. That extra money can go towards any other common expenses, or even saving up to buy their own house some day.
  2. 2. Security. If you have more than one person living in a house, the odds that someone will be home at any given time go up drastically. Even if they work similar hours, there is going to be a higher chance that the apartment is occupied. This means that if something goes wrong, it will likely be noticed sooner than if the sole resident was out all day long.
  3. 3. Company. Having company is often good for many reasons. Not only does the presence of another person put someone at ease, just knowing that someone else will be there at the end of the day can do wonders for your mental health. Having a built-in buddy may be just what you need.

While having a roommate isn’t for everyone, it may just be for you. Let Talley help you and your roommate find the perfect apartment today!

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