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Seasonal Tips

Owning rental property is a 12 month work in progress. There are always projects to do and some are seasonal musts. We are lucky in Santa Cruz County – we don’t have to worry about burst water pipes with snow living but that doesn’t mean we don’t have things to do seasonally such as cleaning gutters and checking sump pumps before the rains come. Change heater filters and check pilot lights before the first cold day comes, and don’t forget to bake some cookies to make sure the oven works before turkey day – thanksgiving. Check in here to find my seasonal advice for keeping your rental tuned up year round.

The Lease is Expiring – What next?

July 13, 2012

It is summer time and most of my leases start and expire in the summer months.  I get questions from tenants and owners alike asking about what happens when their lease expires. First, read the lease to refresh yourself with the content.  The leases we use have a statement that the lease will automatically roll [...]

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Annual Preventative Maintenance

October 14, 2011
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Holiday Maintenance Checklist

December 8, 2010

Rental properties always need maintenance here is a list of To Do’s to get ready for the season and to prevent you getting that call on Christmas Eve when you have a house full of guests and aren’t in the mood to deal with a maintenance emergency on your rental. Check heater and install new [...]

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How to Rent Your Property During The Holidays

December 1, 2010

It isn’t ideal to have a vacancy in the Fall or Winter months but it does happen. Here are some tips to help you rent that property quickly. Make the outside look warm and cozy – decorate the front for the holidays Get to property early -  turn on the heat in the house Burn [...]

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Property Owners Show Appreciation

November 30, 2010

Annually I send my tenants at Thanksgiving time a card (I don’t do Xmas – everyone gets cards so I don’t stand out) thanking them for being good care takers of the property and I include a gift card.  Some years it is a gas card, other years it is a Marie Calendar card for [...]

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Efficiency Tip Of The Week : Client Contact

August 23, 2010

Client Contact – all business coaches or marketing guru’s have tons of ideas for connecting with clients – Owners, Vendors, Tenants, anyone you consider your client. What I have learned over the years is to pick one or two things and do them consistently. I don’t do birthday cards – wouldn’t remember them all. I [...]

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Fowl Play in the Backyard – Chickens Make a Come Back

July 14, 2010

I recently rented a cottage in Santa Cruz and was surprised to see the tenants had a chicken coop with 2 hens and they collected the eggs daily.  When I would show the cottage the hens would scurry around the yard – no bugs at this property was my first thought. As a property manager [...]

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Party Homes – What To Do?

June 23, 2010

In the June 9, 2010 Santa Cruz Sentinel Newspaper, www.santacruzsentinel.com page B3, there is an article by Shanna McCord about the crack down on party homes in Santa Cruz.  The City Council passed an emergency ordinance not allowing repeat offending property owners from making renovations to their properties that would increase the number of bedrooms [...]

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