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Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 3

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In the last article we posted about keeping your property safe, we gave you three super simple ways to make sure that you are less likely to have a break in. While we want to remind you that anyone can be burgled, we also want to remind you that there are things you can do to make this less likely. Here are a few more ideas about how you can make sure that your house doesn’t become another statistic.
1. Leave A Car. If you have more than one car, we suggest you leave one in the driveway instead of the garage like you may do normally. This will have the illusion that someone is still at home. If you do not have an extra car that you can do this with, ask some friends if they do and if they would be able to leave it there for the duration of your vacation.
2. Stop The Mail. Nothing is more of a dead giveaway than having days and days worth of mail or papers stacked up in front of your door. This is like a beacon to criminals telegraphing the fact that you are not home. Ask a neighbor to bring these in or, if you will be gone for a while, have the post office stop service to your house until you return.
3. Pack At Night. If possible, it is always best to pack up your stuff into the car the night before you leave. This is because there are less people driving around at that time and it is much less likely that they will be able to see what you are doing if you pack the car after dark. I can remember doing this as a child, so it is something that has been used for many years and may just have something to it.
4. Don’t Post It. This is true especially if you have a lot of personal information up online. If you posts are public or you know that someone can find your name through your address, don’t post that you are going on vacation. Criminals can find this information and use it to break in while you are gone.
We hope that you have a fun and safe summer and we look forward to hearing about your vacations in the sun!

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer Part 2

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We mentioned in a previous article that the summer is one of the most common times for people to experience break-ins at their homes. This is generally because criminals know that people travel on vacation around this time of the year. This basically leaves your home as an open invitation to these people if you do not take the proper precautions. Here are a couple of easy and cheap things you can do to make sure that you are not the target of a home invasion.

  1. Let Your Neighbors Know. If you live close enough to someone where they can keep an eye on your house or apartment from theirs, let them know that you are heading out for a couple of days. This way, they will know that no one should be coming into or out of your front door. If they do see any suspicious activity or people, they can alert the police and hopefully minimize any damage that may be done.
  2. Get A House Sitter. If asking your neighbors to keep an eye out isn’t an option, you may want to consider getting a house sitter. I did this a lot when I was a teenager for friends who were going away. This meant that the house was not empty and any pets could stay in the home which greatly cut down on any price the family would have to pay. Just make sure that the person is responsible and hide any alcohol or firearms if they are underage.
  3. Have A Light Timer. One of the easiest tips that a house is vacant is a lack of lights on. You can purchase a timer from almost any store and plug it in so that it turns your lights on and off at certain times every day. If you want to get fancy with it, you can even get one that works through WiFi which you can control from anywhere in the world.

                  These are three of the easiest ways to help prevent your home from being burgled. While nothing is foolproof or certain, these are some good places to start. Always remember to keep an eye out for those around you, especially if you live in an apartment building or complex. If someone else’s safety is compromised, yours might be as well.

Application Process

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Something that always stresses me out when I have to move into a new apartment is the application process. It always seems to be different for each landlord. Some want you to provide your own credit report, others won’t even look at your application if you try. Some applications are free while I have seen some that were around $120 non-refundable just to look at your paperwork. It’s almost impossible to keep everything straight when you are submitting an application to multiple property locations. Thankfully, Talley Properties realize how hectic this can be and have streamlined your application requirements for each of their listings.
The rental application for all Talley properties is the same, which automatically helps get rid of some of the confusion. You need to provide previous renting experience along with references, your employment history, and information on any vehicles that may be housed on the property. The application also includes a background check for any criminal history (including misdemeanors other than traffic violations), any instances of eviction, and a full credit history. You must provide at least the two most recent pay stubs for income verification as Talley requires you to make a certain amount of money in relation to the rent amount per month. You must also show proof of American citizenship in order to be considered.
There is an application fee of $50 for each person which is non-refundable. If you find that your application is approved, you will also need to have separate verified checks or money orders for the deposit to hold the rental property for you. This is non-refundable as well. You will need to pay the pro-rated amount of the first month’s rent as well as a $250 non-refundable pet fee if you wish to have an animal that is allowed.
The application for Talley Properties can be found here and will answer the most commonly asked questions. If you are unsure about something else you can always call us at (704) 332-2206 and we will do our best to answer any questions that you may have. You can also contact us to get a copy of our listings to see what rentals are available that will fit you and your lifestyle perfectly. You can guarantee that with Talley, you will find something that you will love forever!

Keeping Your Property Safe This Summer

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Now that Memorial Day weekend is over, many people are beginning to head out on vacations. Although the official start of summer is not until around the 21st of June, many people think of Memorial Day as the general start. Although I will say that if your weather has been anything like the weather near where I am, it is painfully obvious it is not summer. We did not get above 66 degrees Fahrenheit today and it was raining. It has been like that for the better part of a week by now. I do feel bad for people who have come to vacation around my area.
While vacations are a great time to relax and breathe while you are (hopefully) away from work and most of the stress of your daily life, there are a couple of things which you may want to be concerned about before you leave. While yes, packing and making sure your pets will be fine may be a little stressful, I am talking about something that can cause more lasting damage, such as a break-in while you are gone.
Summer and the holiday season are when the most break ins occur. This is because they know that a lot of people go away on vacation and will keep an eye out for signs that your property is not currently full. While there are ways to help it look like your home always has someone in it, those tips will be in future articles. The point of this one is to make sure that you recognize the dangers that going on vacations may have to your rental property depending on what you do.
Having a security system is generally the best way to keep yourself stress free about your home while you are away. If you are not able to install one for whatever reason, then there are definitely other ways that you can keep your family and your things safe. It is extremely important to know the trends of break ins in your area and keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. This will benefit both you and your neighbors who may also be targeted by criminals. Remember, the one thing that you cannot get back from a robber is your sense of security.

Pool Safety

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If you have a rental property with a pool, you certainly have a great investment. While it may sound like a great idea to put a pool in for your residents, once you start looking you will likely notice how incredibly expensive it can be. This is not just to have one put in, but the upkeep as well. There are also many safety features you may want to include in your pool, especially if it is for a full building or complex. Here are a couple of them.
1. Phones. Have a landline phone at the pool that when picked up immediately connects to 911. While nearly everyone has cell phones today, the time it may take for someone to fish it out of a bag and dial could make quite a bit of difference.
2. First Aid Kit. This one is obvious, but keeping a fully stocked first aid kit is extremely important. Make sure that you have a CPR mask and any materials you may need to bandage or splint a bone. You may also want to include a backboard near the pool in case someone gets hurt and cannot be moved much.
3. No Diving Signs. It doesn’t much matter where you are, you should probably have at least a couple of no diving signs around your pool. Even if you have diving boards at one end of the pool, you should always mark where it is and is not safe to dive.
4. Pool Rules. Always post a list of the pool rules in a visible area. You should also include emergency numbers and the phone number of the person or company that takes care of the pool for quick reference in case something happens.
5. Clean The Filter/Skimmer. Again, this seems logical, but it is always good to double check. My apartment complex had a professional company come in and when we checked the filter had not been cleaned and there were dead birds in the skimmer after they left. Always be sure everything is clean and safe.
Having a pool is a great luxury but also a large responsibility. Always be sure to keep on top of any maintenance the pool and water may need so that everyone can enjoy such a great way to keep cool during the summer months. We hope you get to enjoy it too!

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