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
20
Feb
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Mold Preventative Maintenance For Kitchens, Basements And Bathrooms

Mold Preventative Maintenance For Kitchens, Basements And Bathrooms

Mold preventative maintenance for your rental property is the maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe. Knowledge about what causes mold growth and mold preventative maintenance is key to guaranteeing a safe, healthy living environment for tenants.

Property managers need to know not only causes of mold growth, but how to prevent it in certain parts of the property.

 

What makes a room mold-friendly?

Mold only grows and thrives in spaces that present its ideal living conditions, especially basements, bathrooms and kitchens.

To prevent mold from forming and continue growing, it’s fundamental to address the elements causing a certain environment to become mold-friendly.

Mon
12
Feb
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6 Types Of Fencing For Your Rental Property

6 Types Of Fencing For Your Rental Property

Fencing for your rental property is the maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe, who reports getting a record number of repair requests from property managers and tenants about weather-damaged and broken fences this winter.

When it comes to installing a fence on your rental property the kind of fencing you choose can make a serious difference on your finances, maintenance  and most of all, the safety of your tenants and your property.

Broken fencing can be an inconvenient and time-consuming expense. Being prepared against costly last-minute repairs is possible, and it begins with knowing how to best protect your investment.

6 types of fencing for your rental property

Different kinds of fencing materials have different maintenance needs, which are fundamental to explore for the purpose of selecting which fencing option really is best  for both your needs and expectations.

Tue
06
Feb
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A Passion For Helping Tenants With Poor Credit Get Apartments And Homes

Bubba Grimsley with Liberty Rent Guarantee has a passion for helping tenants with bad credit get into apartments and homes

Bubba Grimsley founded his rent guarantee company because he had a passion to help people with bad credit get into apartments and homes, while guaranteeing the landlords and property managers get a good tenant.

 In a recent interview with Rental Housing Journal, Bubba Grimsley who has been a trial lawyer for 20 years, talked about how and why he got started in the business with Liberty Rent Guarantee and how it continues to expand to help both tenants and property managers.

Bubba Grimsley founder of Liberty Rent Guarantee

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Tue
06
Feb
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7 Types Of Kitchen Countertops For Your Apartments

7 Types Of Kitchen Countertops For Your Apartments

The maintenance checkup this week, provided by Keepe, looks at 7 types of kitchen countertops for your apartments and which works best for you.

Appliances aren’t the only thing that can make or break an apartment property’s kitchen: countertops take up the majority of the kitchen space, affecting the look and feel of the room but also its functionality.

 In most cases, property managers and landlords tend to opt for countertop materials that either look appealing or that are most affordable or easy to repair. While this is understandable, it is important to keep in mind that the best kind of home design - from furnishing and decor to basic construction - should aim to thoughtfully combine aesthetics, practicality and affordability. The following guide reviews the qualities of common countertop materials and their pros and cons to help you choose the best material for your kitchen countertops.

Tue
30
Jan
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Is Your Property Ready for An Apartment Open House?

Is Your Property Ready for An Apartment Open House?

The maintenance check up this week, provided by Keepe, asks whether you are ready for an apartment open house at your property and provides a maintenance checklist for property showings.

When looking for new tenants, ensuring that a property is in its best possible shape should be at the top of any property manager’s list.

Serious prospective tenants will likely be able to look past the smell of freshly baked cookies and notice the property’s functional and structural details to ultimately decide whether a property it’s worth their time and money.

The most effective approach for getting a ready for an apartment open house begins with highlighting its best qualities while making sure that those needing work are tended to - and this does not necessarily require expensive or drastic makeovers!

Tue
23
Jan
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How To Make Apartment Move-In Easier For Tenants And Managers

How To Make Apartment Move-In  Easier For Tenants And Managers

The apartment move-in process can often frustrate both tenants and property managers as it is not just the physical move-in. It is all the processes that need to be done before that moving truck ever shows up.

By John Triplett

Rental Housing Journal

Landlords and property managers know that tenant communication is one of their biggest challenges. Technology can improve that communication, including digital tools that improve the move-in experience. Millennials especially appreciate easy-to-use technology from apartment management.

“The issue for the resident is the average American takes 10 to 15 hours to just deal with the actual process of moving,” said Ash Bell, vice president and executive director of property management for moving website  Updater.com,  in an interview with Rental Housing Journal.

Tue
23
Jan
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5 Steps To Take Care Of Your Heating System In Winter

5 steps to take care of your heating system in winter photo courtesy unsplash

The maintenance check up this week, provided by Keepe, asks whether you are taking the steps you need to avoid heating system issues in the cold of winter to protect your investment and your tenants.

You get a sudden phone call from your tenant in the middle of a deep cold snap and the tenant is panicking because the heating system suddenly stopped working.

Their home is getting colder and colder.

In less than an hour, you get two more calls from two more tenants reporting malfunctioning heating systems.

  • What if your trusted maintenance professional is on vacation?
  • What if other contractor companies you can think of happen to be unavailable?

This might sound like an unlikely situation, but it actually happened to a property manager in a big city who is now one of Keepe.com’s clients.

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.

 

Photo credit istockphoto.com

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.

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