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Property Management: Tips on owning a second property

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

General Property Management: Tips on owning a second property Simple tips and tricks can help you keep your second property in top shape!

Investing in multiple properties for long term leases or short term rentals is a great way to pull in some extra income.  Unfortunately, rowdy tenants can create more than superficial issues.  Here are tips to keep your rental home top notch. 

Family Groups Only 

If you work in short term rentals, thoroughly vetting who you rent your property to can make a load of difference.  Renting only to family groups can help prevent unnecessary home damage.    

Instructions for Chimney Use 

Operating a fire place can be fairly simply, but every fireplace is different.  Leave clear instructions for you guests on how to operate your individual fireplace.  Make sure to get your chimney cleaned annually, at least.  Rented homes get used and they get used a lot. The amount of soot that your fireplace can accrue on your rented home can be double or triple what you would use in your private home. The last thing you want is a fire brewing in your chimney.  

Winterizing your property appropriately 

If you have invested in a summer home that’s in an area with cold winters, you will need to winterize your home.  If you don’t winterize your home you are at risk for major water damage from burst frozen pipes.  Even worse, since the home is not occupied for a long period of time that water damage could turn into other issues such as intense mold breeding.  Make sure to drain your pipes and set your home at an appropriate temperature (50-55 degrees).   

Unfortunately, we know you can’t predict what every guest will do.  That’s why we are here. From cleaning up from dirty guests to remediating major water damage.  We will make your rental property “Like it never even happened.” 

Summer Vacations: Preparing Your Home While You're Away

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

General Summer Vacations: Preparing Your Home While You're Away Rest easy knowing your home is safe!

Have you planned your summer vacation yet?  Whether it’s a long weekend or an extended stay, we’ve put together some tips and tricks for keeping your home safe and sound during your much-needed R & R.   

Unplugging Electronics 

Appliances can short circuit during a storm and cause an electrical fire and major damage.  Make sure to go through and unplug electronics such as, routers, televisions, and computers.  It helps save on energy bill, too!  

Close Windows and Doors 

Making sure all windows and doors are closed and locked.  This can cause double damage!  Unlocked doors and windows are an open invitation to thieves that can cause unwanted damage to your property.  Open windows can also let in humidity and heat, causing condensation that can lead to mold.  

Turn off your water 

Turning off your main water supply can prevent water damage.  Slow leaks can turn into major flooding.  There is nothing worse than coming home to a water damaged home! 

Adjust the Thermostat 

If adjusting the thermostat (another great way to save energy costs!), make sure to not completely turn of the A/C.  The air conditioning regulates temperature and moisture – the two main culprits for mold. The standard recommendation is around mid to high 70’s or a few degrees higher than your normal temp. 

Clean Up Food 

Don’t leave any perishables/ food out – this can attract some unwanted house guests! Cleaning out the refrigerator can also alleviate walking back to a smelly house.   

Have an extra set of eyes 

Have a trusted friend or family member check on your property while you are away.  If something unfortunate does happen, it can be spotted and rectified before any further damage can occur.  

Lastly, we know that even the most prepared homeowner can have a disaster strike at any moment.  Know that SERVPRO of West Beaver County is here for you and your home.   

Now go and enjoy that well-deserved vacation!