All too often, things go wrong. It always seems to go wrong at the worst possible time and often feels like everything goes wrong at once. While some people believe that it is coincidence, others believe that it may be a karmic response. Others still may blame astrological occurrences such as mercury retrograde. Whether you believe it to be some larger power or simply how things work, the fact of the matter is nothing ever works forever. Things will always go wrong no matter what we try to do to stop it. Sometimes we thankfully have warning, and other times it happens at the drop of a hat. Unfortunately this can be the source of endless headaches and can leave you confused, frustrated, and sometimes feeling at your wits end. This is where we like to come in. Here at Talley, we offer many different services. One of the ones which we are most proud of is our property services. We work with people who work and respond quickly and have very reasonable prices for their services. While we more than understand if you would prefer to go with someone who you are well acquainted with, if you are not friends with any tradespeople, we can once again step in to help. One of the best things about our property services is the fact that we can provide 24-hour emergency care and maintenance to your tenants. We understand that emergencies can occur at any time and aren't always respectful of commonly observed business hours. We will always send someone to repair the problem as soon as possible and we will take the panic away from both the tenant and yourself. Another thing that we can help provide is regular maintenance for your rental property such as plumbing and electrical work. We understand that many people say they can do this work, however we want to make sure that you are legally covered and using someone who is licensed and insured. As previously stated, you never know when an emergency can occur. We also can help contact people who will help to get your rental property into move-in condition. This includes painters, cleaners, and others who can get your apartment looking its best. After all, the better looking the space is, the more willing to move in people will be!
Now that we are officially into the season of fall, a lot of things start to wind down. While a lot of times this does include people looking for new rental properties, that doesn't mean that those who have rented from you should be ignored as well. As the weather turns cooler, a lot of things become important and need to be attended to. Of course everything is dependent on what has been agreed upon in the lease, but sometimes things need to be thought of and dealt with in a timely manner. With the coming of autumn, we are all enchanted with the changing colors of leaves and the vibrancy that comes with it. Unfortunately, the leaves also fall and can leave a yard covered. Many different real estate sources, including the appraisal institute, state very clearly that having a yard that is unkempt can cost a seller vast amounts of money in the perceived value of the property. Although it can help to set the mood of the season by leaving the fallen leaves on the ground, many people may find it unsightly and possibly even complain depending on how your town handles neighbor disputes. In some towns, you can even be reported for having a yard that is not kept up to certain standards so be sure to read up on what the laws are in your specific area. Very often, if you are renting out a house the tenants are asked to keep the area neat and tidy. If, however, you are in charge of an apartment building, it is often left to the landlord to deal with the cleanup just like the snow removal would be in winter. Of course, this isn't always the case but it would be a good idea to explain all of this in any lease you put out. Autumn is normally a lovely time of the year and begins an important time in some religions. As beautiful as it can be, there are also many times that work is needed outside. Whether you garden or simply want to keep the lawns neat, it doesn't end when the weather turns colder and the grass stops growing. Thankfully, at least, it's a bit cooler so heat stroke and heat exhaustion isn't a large concern like it has been this past summer. Remember, if you are trying to rent out an area, simple things like raking the leaves may leave a better impression on any possible clients.
Many things can be done to help prevent future problems for both you and your tenants. If you are the landlord of a rental property, you want to present yourself as the best person that can be rented from. Although there is no way you can think of everything, there are some simple things that you can do to make your tenant feel at ease and that can help prevent trouble for both parties. One of the first things you can do is so simple, many renters forget it: install and check smoke detectors. While the building you are renting should already have smoke detectors put up, not all of them do. Make sure that you put smoke detectors though the building according to your local fire department's suggestions. If the building already has smoke detectors in it, make sure to test them every month. Batteries should be replaced every six months, or as needed. If you have new tenants moving in, replace the batteries and test the detectors before they settle down in the building. This is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way of showing that you care for their well being. Another simple thing that you can do is to supply a couple of fire extinguishers for your rental property. Although these are a little more expensive than other items on this list, they will still only run you an average of $40 to $50 which, in the long run, is a small price to pay for assurance that your tenants are safe. Simply check to make sure the pressure gauge is in the green and there are no breaks or cracks in the hose to be sure that it is still functional. Another thing that you can do before a tenant moves in is purchase and install a carbon monoxide detector. Although carbon monoxide is less common, it still accounts for an average of 430 unintentional deaths in America every year. Since carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it is likely to go unnoticed unless there is a detector in the building. They cost around $20 to $25 on average and can (and have) save lives. All in all, keeping your tenants safe just takes a little bit of pre-planning. Although it is a tad bit more work for you, they will be extremely grateful if one of these steps happens to help save their lives.
Charlotte—Talley Properties Inc.,a property management firm serving the Charlotte area real estate market has announced the opening of a property management office in Boone. The expansion allows service capabilities extending to Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Linville, Valley Crusis, West Jefferson, Jefferson and Beech Mountain. Both property owners and tenants in Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties will now have access to the full range of property management offered by Talley Properties. Michael Fink, who has been with Talley for over 10 years, will be serving as manager of the Boone office. According to Tony Moore, Operations Manager, Michael and his wife Andrea Miller Fink both grew up in the Boone area. "She is moving back home to join her family's law firm. The move is a perfect opportunity for us to expand into a community where Michael has such strong roots." He continued, "while we're primarily focused on residential and commercial property management, this Talley Properties office will expand into real estate sales, including investment properties." Prior to his position at Talley Properties, Fink was in property management at JRA. A graduate of Wake Technical College, he is a member of the Association of Realtors and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. A native of West Jefferson, Fink now resides in Boone with his wife Andrea. They have one daughter, Ava. In addressing his position with Talley, Fink noted "It's our mission to do the job right... the first time. We owe that to everyone who comes to Talley for any aspect of property management. I'm looking forward to bring that dedication and service back home to the High Country!" Michael Fink With Talley Properties, property owners have complete access to their accounts online. Talley's state-of-the art property management software provides 24 hour access as well as full electronic transaction and reporting. In addition, tenants can access online property applications, payment options and accounting reports, even schedule property viewings both online and by phone, 24 /7. Talley Properties has specialized in midrange to high end residential and commercial property management since 1980. Their mission is to provide full service management to a diverse group of investors. With the goal to achieve long-term relationships with their investors, they pride themselves on the ability to be on call 24-hours a day, and provide quick, efficient same day service. Visit Talley Properties at www.talleyproperties.com or call 704-332-2206 (Charlotte area) 828-278-4976 (High Country).
People move for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes they want to leave where they were, sometimes their job requires them to move, and sometimes something drives them either away from or to a certain location. Either way, people need to have a place to live. Everyone wants to have a sound structure to stay in to remain safe, even if they know nothing else of the area which they have just moved in to. Home makes us feel safe and secure when nothing else around us gives us comfort. Sometimes, those who invest in properties and rent them out are lucky enough to help people find that sense of security in a brand new and potentially scary place. If you know your new tenant is a newcomer to the area, it couldn't hurt to try to get to know them. We all know that not everyone is friendly and not everyone wants to accept help, but what would it cost you to attempt to ease their way? There is a lot to learn about any location, and certainly one as large and diverse as Charlotte NC has many hidden gems and quirks alike everyone needs to learn. Something that can help those moving in are numbers of take-out or delivery food places nearby for the first few days. You can also explain how the weather typically is at that specific time of year- it may seem boring, but sometimes knowing what to expect from nature can help ease someone's anxiety of moving to a brand new area. Another thing that may be of use is a list of local emergency numbers. Although we know 911 is the big one, perhaps a list of the police department's number, the fire department's number, and the numbers of some plumbers or electricians that you trust would be helpful to someone who knows nothing of the area. If something is not an emergency but still requires an authority, it is much easier to look at a pre-made list than trying to look up the information online or finding a phone book in case there is no internet hooked up. Other things you can do to help ease someone's move is explain or show them where important things like the DMV, town hall, the post office, and the local library are. There are a lot of things you need to do when you move and if you don't know where anything is, this can be a lot harder. If you at least show your tenant the library, they can normally access the web for free and find an answer to any other questions they may have. Truthfully, it doesn't cost us anything to attempt to be human to each other. Sometimes it doesn't work, but sometimes it means the world to the person you're talking to. If you try to make someone's transition a little easier, there's no saying what good can come of it. Who knows, maybe you'll make a wonderful friend for the rest of your time there.