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Keeping Up With The Trends

Talley Properties
This world is changing. No matter how many times we hear this phrase, it seems to be true each and every time. We constantly hear about the differences in beliefs, in correct actions, in language, and even in styles. Fashion and styles are something that change extremely often and it can seem hard to keep up. Vogue Magazine has recently come under some fire for claiming that having and showing cleavage is no longer fashionable, and many people have taken that as a sign that even things that seem certain can change. What can you do when you are trying to stay current on trends in housing but everything changes so fast and so drastically?
The easiest thing to do when trying to market your rental property is make it appealing. The question is, how do you make something appealing when the styles seem to change daily? This, unfortunately, often means you can't do much in the way of heavy decoration. Generally the best way to sell a rental is to make it a blank canvas. Unless you are going to supply the furniture, less is more. This means keeping mostly blank walls painted a slightly off white. It may seem boring, but at least people will be able to see what they may want to do with it.
If you have recently acquired a place to rent that hasn't been renovated in a while, this may be something you want to do quickly. Busy wallpaper in the kitchen and pink and blue tiles in the bathroom were popular once, but they certainly wouldn't have a picture in Better Homes and Gardens today. Keeping wooden cabinets up are normally a good idea, but if they've been painted white or yellow you may want to replace them. Again, styles change but simple and basic is normally a good way to go. Your residents can always make slight changes if they wish.
Keeping up with the changing times, especially in trends and fashions, can be exhausting. Use your best judgement when getting your rental property ready for the next tenant. If the place looks like somewhere you would feel someone's grandmother would have decorated, perhaps a change may be in order. Try keeping it simple and see what comes of it. It can only help you in the end.

Filling Vacancies

Vacancies
The main job of a landlord is to provide a person with a place to stay for an extended period of time. This is an extremely difficult task to accomplish when you can't seem to find someone to occupy the space you have. So what's a person to do? You need someone to live in your rental property or you can't really qualify as a landlord, so you're going to do everything you can to get someone in. Here are a few ideas on how.
1. Clean Your House. This may seem simple and obvious, but some people don't seem to realize that making sure the rental space is clean and inviting is the way to go. Always sweep or vacuum the area you are trying to rent out and a fresh coat of paint isn't a bad idea either. Just make sure that the area looks clean and ready to move into.
2. Use Details. When describing your lovely rental space, be sure to include as many details as you possibly can. Explain what is included in the rent, write about the pet policy, describe the apartment itself. The main thing that doesn't get apartments rented is lack of information. It makes it seem as if you aren't really interested in renting, so many people will not contact for further information. Details are your friend.
3. Answer Your Phone. Again, this one may seem obvious but some people don't realize it. If you don't answer your phone then you won't be able to pick up that great tenant. There have been many landlords who have put their phones down for far too long and let their voicemail boxes fill up. If a tenant calls only to find a full mailbox, especially multiple times, it seems as if you don't care. Would you want to rent from someone who doesn't seem to care?
4. Experiment. Every area is different in regards to what works and what doesn't. Try a few different things until you find what works for you. Sometimes it doesn't always work, but once you have a tactic, you'll be able to bring people in steadily.
Once you get a tenant or two, you will start to get into the swing of attracting tenants. If you still have trouble, don't hesitate to call us here at Talley and get some help!

Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving
It's the week of the turkey. Thanksgiving has arrived once again and as ever, our thoughts are preoccupied with turkey and stuffing and delicious pumpkin and apple pie. I don't know about you but my mouth is watering just thinking about it. While Thanksgiving for most is a time of celebration and family, there are always a couple of things that you as a property owner should mention to your renters. They are simple and few, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
First, there may be an issue of parking. If your resident is having the family over for Thanksgiving dinner, that normally means a lot of cars. If they have a driveway, that should be okay. However, depending on how many people there are and the laws of your town, you should always make sure that your tenant has a plan for parking. Some places do not allow street parking without a permit and others do not allow parking on a lawn. Be sure to make it clear to your tenant what these laws are and if they come into violation of any of them that you are not liable.
Second, there may be an issue of cooking. Not much smells better than a well done turkey with all the trimmings. However, make sure to remind your residents where cooking is and is not allowed. Also, please remind them to never drop a frozen turkey into a pot of boiling oil. Every year there are warnings against it and every year we see videos of people who think they can do it anyway. It can cause an extreme amount of damage and can be very harmful to anyone around.
At the end of the day, you know your residents. If you think they could use a little help, maybe slip the Butterball hotline number under their door. If they're completely unable to cook, maybe a menu from a good Chinese takeout restaurant close by is a better idea. Whatever you decide to do in regards to your tenants for Thanksgiving is your choice. Remember though, this is a time to remember and be thankful for all that we have. They are thankful for you supplying a roof for them to live under and I'm sure you are thankful for their ability to fill your vacancy. From the family here at Talley to your family at hope, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

How to Protect Yourself in a Rental Agreement

Rental Property
Don't you have enough money to buy a house of your own? No worries as renting is one of the feasible options that is available in the popular localities of North Carolina like Monroe, Gastonia, Concord, Charlotte etc. There are millions of people who don't have the potential to purchase a home but instead rent one and North Carolina provides ample options for it.
Do you know there are certain risks and dangers involved while residing in a rental property in comparison to owning one? There are certain cautious and careful steps that you need to undertake before you sign the lease documents.
Verify the facts of the property ownership
Before you select a property and sign the lease you need to verify the property properly. Is the person renting the apartment the property owner or someone employed by the actual landlord of the house. The ownership facts must be evaluated and checked.
Often there are scams where individuals play the role of the owner of a property, usually a foreclosed one and make money from the tenants. It is recommended that you should be careful and cautious and avoid getting trapped in such property investments.
Research about the property on the internet
Usually you can get hold of the foreclosed properties on the websites. Thus, it is recommended to carry out a simple research on the property address and you get the detailed information about it. If you find the address of the property you are planning to rent on the foreclosure list, you must look out for another property for rent. A reliable real estate brokerage service can be beneficial to you.
Be careful with the negotiation
Landlords usually carry out complete background check of the tenants. You also need to have a minimum credit score to qualify for the rental apartment. But if the landlord doesn't perform the background check, you must be cautious and careful with the complete rental lease process.
Have the proof of payment
While you make the payment you have to make sure that there is a proof of the payment you are making. It is best if you make the payment via cheque or via any other means that leaves a proof behind. If a landlord accepts only cash, you have to make sure that you get hold of a payment receipt with the signature of the landowner.
Be clear with the lease and read it carefully before signing
Before you sign the lease documents it is important that you are clear about the apartment you are going to stay as a tenant. You must be ware of the terms and conditions of the lease. Furthermore, the tenancy rights must also be known to you so that in case of any legal issue you are not in trouble and can solve the conflict. This is an important aspect that is recommended by the property management companies as well.

Some Safety Tips for the Thanksgiving Holidays

Thanksgiving
Most people think of summer and winter to be the big seasons that need to come with a safety warning. While there are clear and present dangers in both of those seasons, fall is not without concerns of its own. Here are a few things to think about in regards to your rental property in the autumn.
1. Check Detectors. Most fire stations suggest testing the batteries and detectors twice a year. Once when the clocks go forward, and once when they go back. We recently "fell behind" an hour, so reminding your residents to check their smoke detectors would be a good thing to do. Depending on the laws in your county or town, you may be required to supply a carbon monoxide detector as well. Make sure these are not forgotten in the check. While you're at it, take a quick glimpse at the fire extinguisher just to make sure everything is still good.
2. Cold Weather. If you pay for your tenant's heat, then you know they will most likely use it. If they pay for their own, however, do what you can to make sure that they are staying warm as the nights become colder. This is especially true of the elderly and people with young children. Although heat can be expensive, it is a necessity and you should do what you can to make sure that everyone is safe during these times.
3. Fireplaces. If your rental property came with a working fireplace, please make sure that either you or your tenant is responsible with its operation. Clean out the chimney and only burn safe wood. Make sure that there is a screen to stop any loose embers that may come shooting out. Keep carpets far enough away and if it is a gas fireplace, always make sure to remind your tenant to turn everything off.
While many concerns that begin in the fall cross over into the winter, we want to make sure you don't forget them before they occur. Things like fireplace use can be dangerous any time of the year. It is normally around now that people begin using theirs to take the chill and damp out of the air, but that means accidents can occur more often as well since they haven't been used for almost a year. Always use common sense and exercise caution with safety during the autumn.

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