Management & Maintenance

This department of Rental Housing Journal is your source for property management and maintenance information. Whether you're an independent landlord, portfolio manager, on-site community manager, leasing agent or apartment maintenance professional, the site is dedicated to bringing tips, best practices and information to help make your job easier and keep you up to date and educated.

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Tue
16
Jan
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7 Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps For Rental Housing

7 Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps For Rental Housing

The maintenance check up this week, provided by Keepe, asks whether you are taking the pest preventative maintenance you need in your rental housing to protect your investment and your tenants.

From mice to ants and cockroaches, pest infestations can cause serious property damage and traumatize tenants, significantly worsening their perception of their living conditions.

Property managers need to be aware of what draws pests to rental homes and adopt simple pest preventive maintenance steps that can protect properties and tenants.

7 Types of Pest Preventative Maintenance Steps

No. 1 - To avoid any and all infestations, it is fundamental to regularly inspect properties for cracks, crevices and any kind of openings that would allow unwanted critters to access indoor spaces. This includes checking open vents and drainage pipes.

Thu
11
Jan
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6 Insights About Rental Property Owners And Property Managers

6 Insights About Rental Property Owners And Property Managers

What are the keys to the relationship between rental property owners and property managers? These insights could help rental property owners better set their expectations and help property managers better understand the owners.

The rental property owners’ survey from Buildium.com revealed 6 insights about rental property owners and the relationship with property managers.

 

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Mon
08
Jan
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10 Steps To Winterize Your Rental Property

10 Steps To Winterize Your Rental Property

Record freezing temperatures recently can be a challenge for property managers and for tenants so here are 10 steps to winterize your rental property in the maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe.

Dealing with ice, snow and frost will be a common occurrence for many Americans this winter, which is why it is important to make properties safe for tenants, aiming to minimize slipping hazards and annoyances resulting from weather-damaged or malfunctioning amenities. Winter-proofing for the safety of tenants is just as important as Winterizing vacant rental properties. This post explains why vacant lots are most vulnerable in the cold season, and how to best prepare them for the cold season to prevent property damage and related repair costs.

Mon
01
Jan
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The Scoop On How Pet DNA Testing Fixes Your Apartment Poop Problem

How pet DNA testing can solve your apartment's dog waste poop problem

Pets are a way of life in rental housing and if you want your rentals fully leased, pet owners are a key tenant demographic you want to keep.

Look just at Millennials: 76 percent  are pet owners and a majority are renters.

You might have laughed at first at this headline on how pet DNA testing could fix your apartment property’s pet poop problem.

But here is the reality.

Tue
26
Dec
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7 Tech Gadgets For A Safer And More Efficient Rental Property

7 tech gadgets for a safer and more efficient rental property

Tech gadgets are showing up everywhere these days for rental property. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to use this technology to be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

From voice-controlled assistants to app-powered tools, smart home technology has been all the rave lately.

At the heart of smart tech gadgets is the goal of maximizing efficiency, allowing users to best manage their resources, personalize and improve their spaces.

7 tech gadgets for a safer and efficient rental property

For this reason, several of those gadgets can be a great investment for property managers and landlords, as they provide cutting-edge ways to improve property management and make properties more appealing to tenants who value safety and efficiency.

Tue
19
Dec
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5 Maintenance Tips For Long-Lasting Rental Carpet Flooring

5 Maintenance Tips For Long-Lasting Rental Carpet Flooring

Flooring in rental properties is always a challenge, especially getting your rental carpet flooring to last longer. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to make your carpet last longer and be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

Rental carpet flooring can be one of the most high-maintenance parts of a property: signs of wear and tear as well as stains and dirt are most visible on carpet.

Poor carpet care is easy to spot and tough on the eyes, which can make an otherwise appealing space loose its value. Improving poor carpet conditions generally means needing a complete replacement, which can be a lengthy and costly project. The tips below outline more affordable and effective ways to protect carpet floorings and preserve their longevity.

No. 1 - Consider stricter pet policies

Carpet is not a pet-friendly surface.

Mon
11
Dec
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13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

13 Ways To Pet Proof Your Rental Property

These ways to pet proof your rentals can be helpful as some landlords and property managers are concerned about opening their properties to pets. However, they also know they can attract and keep more good tenants if they are a pet-friendly property. The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on ways to pet proof your rental property to be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy.

 

Ways to pet proof your rental with a property makeover

Property makeovers are the best way to minimize property damage by investing in durable, long-lasting solutions.

While they may require additional costs and work, property makeovers designed to thoroughly pet-proof are the most secure way to protect a property and increase the safety of pets.

Sat
09
Dec
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Packages Piling Up Can Be A Headache For Apartment Property Managers

Packages piling up can be a real headache for apartment property managers this time of year

Packages piling up in the rental office from online orders by tenants can be a real headache this time of year for property managers.

As more and more people order online and more and more boxes are delivered by Amazon and others, the issue is growing for property managers who are sometimes dodging packages left for tenants in the property management office.

Package security is a concern for all and thus folks in apartments many times have only the property management office as a solution and place to have their packages sent.

“Package delivery continues to be on the rise and this trend isn’t going to let up anytime soon. It’s evident a solution is needed now more than ever to provide both apartment management and residents alike the most robust and convenient package management solutions,” Georgianna W. Oliver, general manager and founder of Package Concierge, said in a release.

Tue
05
Dec
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How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

How Do You Choose The Right Paint For Rental Properties?

Which type of paint for rental properties and paint finish is right? Which will both help with maintenance and be attractive to get new tenants? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on paint. Be sure you are protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy..

Paint is an important consideration when getting a rental unit ready for the market.

Potential renters can be easily turned on or off by the color and finish of the paint.

Recently, Zillow published a guideline for choosing the paint color to optimize the sale prices of homes. There are some other factors to consider for rental properties given that the renter’s mindset is different than that of potential homeowners.

Tue
28
Nov
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Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

Which Rental Property Flooring Is Right For Your Tenants?

Which type of rental property flooring is right for you and your tenants to both help with maintenance and be attractive to get new tenants? The maintenance checkup this week provided by Keepe focuses on flooring to be sure you are your protecting your investment and income as well as keeping your tenants happy..

Flooring is the first thing that rental applicants see during a showing of a rental property so which rental property flooring is right?

Flooring choice for rental properties is the equivalent of curbside appeal for homeowners.

Renters are motivated by different attributes than homeowners, so luxury or cost are not the only attributes to consider when making a choice of flooring. It is also important to consider which segment of the rental market the property at hand is targeting.

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