At first, it didn't occur to me to take pictures of my properties, except for standard listing photos. That was a mistake. Occasionally I had "disagreements" with my renters when checking them out. I'd point out that, for example, trees needed to be trimmed or weeds pulled. In response, I'd hear "It was like that … Continue reading Tricks of the Trade: The best way to protect yourself from a tenant’s false claims
Here is a list of things to do in-between renters, both to prevent damage and maintain the home
When I buy and list my properties, I try to think what a potential renter could be looking for. Of course that involves the basic description of your property: how many bedrooms and baths? Is there a yard, and is it easy to care for? A garage? But also, remember to ask yourself: What impression … Continue reading Running your business: Remember to consider how potential renters will view your property
If your rental property is a condo unit or apartment, you're probably not too worried about this. Either your unit has hook-ups and (likely) no shared laundry room available, or it has a shared laundry room and is not needed in the unit. This is more a question -- and a major one -- for … Continue reading Running your business: Should you provide a washing machine and dryer?
A (hopefully) helpful list of items not to forget about when showing your property
You may know what to do when showing your property, but keep in mind what NOT to do!
Even if you plan on being a one-person business (as I consider myself), you still need a team. There are for things that you either can't do on your own, or shouldn't! Mistakes can be costly and time consuming. Having a list of professionals will provide a more solid foundation for your business. The first … Continue reading Starting your rental business: Build your team
The importance of finding a good locksmith, following local codes, and a clever way to save money
I'm truly what you would call an accidental landlord. Like many couples, my husband and I found ourselves with a one-bedroom condo unit that we decided to rent out. We thought that we might make a little money, certainly at least break-even, and then sell the property for more money years later. That was … Continue reading Starting your rental business: What kind of landlord do you want to be?
Putting your property's best face forward!