Air Conditioning - Charlotte Property Management

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Right now, it definitely feels like summer outside. Naturally, this means it won't be long before people stay cooped up in their homes with the air conditioner and a fan on to try to beat the heat. The problem is that heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t prepared for it. Dehydration and other heat related illnesses can hit even if you are inside, so it is always important to remember to drink water and keep yourself protected from the heat whenever you can.

You always want to make sure that your air conditioners and fans work before you get to the point where you need them, and that the vents are clean. This is especially true if you live on a higher floor or in an apartment, one with lots of windows, or both. Hot air rises, which can make upper floors absolutely miserable to live on during summer months if you don’t have reliable air conditioning or insulation against it. Windows, while wonderful for natural light and air flow when open, can also be fairly brutal when it comes to the heat from the sun that comes in. If you notice that your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be doing its job, contact your landlord as soon as possible to talk about a replacement or purchase one depending on your lease agreement.

In addition to air conditioning, there are a few things that you can do to keep your apartment cool. Blackout curtains are great for more than just blocking light, they also help to keep heat outside and cool air inside. While any curtains will help, blackout curtains are the best. If you live in a space with an attic, it is helpful to install a fan, commonly gable or roof-mounted, and insulate these walls as well as other areas. Even having a white ceiling can reflect, rather than attract the outside heat.

Air conditioning and other heat repulsion techniques can be life savers during the summer. Be sure that yours is working correctly so that you can relax when you walk through your door. We hope that all of you have a safe and fun summer, and that you stay cool!

Your Necessities - Charlotte Property Management

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Everyone has different needs. This is true across the board. It doesn't matter if we're talking about food requirements, medication, or even what they're looking for out of their interactions with other people. Everyone has a different requirement for certain things, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the fact that what will work for one person may not do so for someone else. If you don't need to buy your own insulin, that's great. However, some people do. For them, that is a necessity that you do not share. The same should be said when it comes to housing.

Beyond things like handicapped entrances or generators, we rarely think of different things as a necessity that some people can look for in a home. Generally, anything else falls under the category of “preferred” or “wishlist”. While it may seem silly for a lot of people, someone may have a need for accommodations that, at first, appear as an amenity. Almost everyone wants a washer and dryer at least on site, but someone who cannot walk distances with a full basket may need to have one in their unit. There is nothing wrong with being adamant and steadfast about what you seem to want, as it may actually be a true need.

If you have back problems and cannot stand bent over for extended periods of time, you likely have a need for a dishwasher in your apartment. If you have any chronic pain issues, you may need a first floor unit to avoid having to walk up multiple flights of stairs every day. An accessible shower instead of a shower and tub combination may be exactly what you're hunting for because of your knee issues. There are so many things that are actually necessities that get brushed over, and people's reasoning for leasing one space over another can vary tremendously. If you have any of these needs, don't worry. Talley will have something perfect for you.

With a constantly rotating set of listings, Talley has dozens of units that are looking for tenants that can accommodate for your needs. It can be hard to find a solid lead on any apartment when you have specific necessities that, on the surface, appear to be simple amenity preferences. Thankfully, Talley knows that sometimes when you say that you need a certain thing before you can move into an apartment, you mean it. See what we have for you today!

Gap Months - Charlotte Property Management

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Getting a new tenant into your rental property is always a struggle. The one thing you always want to avoid at almost all costs is having months where you don’t have a resident. You generally rely on your tenants to help you pay things like association dues or property taxes, so the longer it goes with no one renting your space, the more money is coming out of your pocket. Having a quick turnover between one resident and the next is extremely important if you want to make sure that you don’t lose money on your extra property. Here are a couple of ideas to help you skip those gap months.

One method some landlords use is asking their current tenant if they know anyone who is looking for a place to live. Often, a person who is renting will know other people who are also renting. This means that they might know someone looking to move into the area, searching for a location closer to their job, etc. You may want to offer an incentive for your tenant to find someone to replace them, such as a discount on the last month of rent or some free boxes to help them move. While you still have to screen the new person, you can save some time by having your current tenant suggest someone.

If you know that your resident is going to move out by a certain date, start advertising the vacancy as soon as possible. While it may be difficult to actually get people into the apartment to see the location, it is always best to start looking early. You might want to show pictures or videos from before your current tenant moved in to give the new perspective tenant an idea of what it looks like. You can also ask your tenants if they are okay with someone coming in and looking at the apartment while they are getting ready to move out. Most residents are okay with this as long as they are also home at the time.

Having a seamless transition between tenants is so incredibly important when you are a rental property owner. While you may need to take a couple of days to clean and paint, it is always better to have someone already lined up to move in. If you need help finding someone, call Talley so we can help you find your perfect tenant!

Finding Your Fit - Charlotte Property Management

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Trying to find the perfect place to live can be difficult. It is even more difficult when you are on a fixed or limited budget. A tenant may have specific, unique requirements which further reduce the amount of places that you can move into, and this causes even more trouble. When it comes down to finding a good fit for you, it can be a daunting task, but we're here to find that perfect home for you.

Trying to balance the amount that you need to pay in rent and utilities with the amount of space you need gets considerably more tasking the larger your family is. If it is only you or even yourself and one other person, you can very likely get away with a one bedroom apartment depending on your relationship. However, if you are someone with children it can quickly become prohibitively expensive. This is especially true if the kids are older and need their own rooms. Kids are already expensive, so trying to pay for their school supplies, food, utilities, and their own space can quickly seem nearly impossible. Yet, it is important that everyone is able to be happy with their home.

Another hurdle that may be difficult to overcome is the need for medical requirements that involve your housing. While something like a service animal isn’t normally a deal breaker, having a call button requirement or needing an apartment that is fully wheelchair accessible can be almost impossible to find. Not only would you need to find a bottom floor apartment without stairs or ledges into the unit, you need to be sure that the doorways will accommodate you comfortably and the angles aren’t too sharp for you to turn through. Everything also needs to be at a good height for while you are in the chair, so things like bathrooms and kitchens can be immediate deal breakers.

Here at Talley, we are determined to help you find your dream apartment. We don’t care what requirements you have; we are going to do everything we can to get you a place that you love. We understand that everyone is different and will need different things, so we are prepared to help everyone find that rental property that fits like a glove. Give us a call today if you are looking for a new place to live and see just what we can do to get you into one of our rental homes!

Winter Maintenance

Winter Maintenance
Although pipes freezing doesn’t seem to be as common a problem anymore, as we have seen this past month it is still a very real problem in the event of a storm that knocks out power. If you have ever lived in an older house or in a place with extreme cold temperatures, you probably haven't experienced the possibility of your pipes freezing and bursting. If you never had that happen to you, you should count yourself lucky. It is an extremely unpleasant situation to have to deal with.

When you have rapid changes in temperature, there are certain things that are bound to happen. Older buildings and houses will often make noise, which is normally written off as “the house settling”. It’s one of the things that makes sleeping in a different house than your own so scary as a kid (or even as an adult), because you aren’t used to the noises that this house makes. This is especially true when it’s an older building that uses a water-based heating and cooling system instead of forced or central air or even gas.

While North Carolina doesn’t normally have times where the temperature dips low enough to be concerned about freezing pipes, it has been known to happen periodically. It's one of the biggest reasons why making sure that your heat is working before you need it is important. While you obviously want the heat to work for your own comfort, there are other things that you can do to get yourself warm. You can go to a store or a friend's house, but your pipes can't. You never want to find out too late that your heat isn't working, so don't forget to give it a test. It is especially important if you have someone living with you that is vulnerable, such as an elderly family member or small children.

Emergencies like frozen pipes or heat issues are great reasons to have Talley Property Services on your side. We have a 24 hour emergency number for your tenants to call in case this happens, and we even have businesses that we can contact in case repairs are needed. It is always a stressful time when something goes wrong, but you don't have to deal with it alone. Let Talley take some of that concern off of your shoulders so that you can enjoy the winter without care!

Rent Rates

Rent Rates
When it comes to renting a place to live, there are a lot of different questions that need to be asked. One of the most important questions is how much can you afford to pay for an apartment, and the other important question is how much do you want to pay for an apartment. You obviously don’t want to pay too much and possibly be in financial trouble if you end up losing your job or having to take a pay cut for any reason, but you also don’t want to go for a cheap place either. Cheap locations often don't fit a person's needs or may even be basically uninhabitable, which is never good. Remember, you very often get what you pay for.

According to most financial experts, your rent payments should be about 30 percent of your income. This is often a good balance of expenses between housing and other necessities such as food, entertainment, and other costs of living. While the full 30 percent isn’t always an option, it is a good jumping off point so that you can adjust your numbers until you have something you're happy with. It also gives you a healthy glance at what price point you should be looking into. For example, if you really like an apartment that would cost 40 percent of your income, you may need to reevaluate what exactly it is that you need.

It is always a good idea to check around other apartments in the area to see how much they are listed for. There may be one specific area that costs more than the others around it, and depending on your financial situation you may want to either look there or avoid it. It also gives you a good idea about how much of a deal you may be getting on your rent payments and if something seems too good to be true.

At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide how much you can pay for rent. Some landlords do require a minimum income to prove that you can afford the apartment, so be sure to pay attention to the listing and make sure that you are eligible to rent the property at all. If you are looking for a new place to live and have a budget in mind, give Talley a call and see what we have to offer. You never know, we might just have exactly what you’re looking for!

Model Apartments

Model Apartments
If you are a landlord or rental property owner with multiple similar units, then we have a tip that may save you a lot of time and hassle. If you have ever dealt with the trouble of trying to rent a unit out while someone still lives there, then you know how much of a struggle it can be. Trying to work with your schedule, the tenant’s schedule, and any possible renters can feel like you're trying to herd cats. It causes a great deal of stress for at least two of the parties, especially if the tenant hasn’t been keeping up with the cleaning before someone views the apartment. It can be a frustrating time, and you never want to cause yourself more stress than you already deal with. If you have the room, you might want to think about trying a model apartment on for size.

A model apartment is kind of like a sample product that you can test in a lot of stores. It is a way of showing a potential tenant what your apartments look like without having to work around anyone else. Simply keep it clean, and you can bring people through any time you want. This means you don’t need to worry about what the unit is going to look like, dealing with pets, or risking your current tenants making things uncomfortable while showing the place off.

Model apartments are also great because you can have them as furnished as you want. This means you can have it completely bare to show your client the blank canvas they will be working with or fully furnished to show them what they can have if they move in. Finding furniture at a thrift shop or online is a great option, since they are normally inexpensive and often is still in extremely good shape. You can even use old furniture that you no longer want! The possibilities are endless when you have a model apartment.

If you are a rental property owner in the Charlotte area, you need to contact Talley Properties so that you can have a shot at some of the best rental help in North Carolina. Let us handle most of the work so that you can relax a bit while still feeling all of the benefits that come with having investment properties. Give us a call today and see just how much we can help you!

Location

Location
One of the most important things to think about when you are looking for a place to live is the location. Location is considered a cliché when it comes to real estate, but that cliché exists for a reason. Location is everything when it comes to housing, and it can be difficult to find something that ticks all your necessary boxes. There are multiple factors that you should consider about the location of your apartment when you are looking for a new place to live. Here are a few of the most important things to keep in mind:

1. Proximity to Work. No one wants to have a long commute. It can be frustrating enough to have a short one take longer than it normally does due to traffic or weather issues, but when your commute already takes a half hour or more under optimal conditions, it can grate on you quickly. Not only is driving that much tiring, but it gets expensive very quickly. It is important to look for a place that is close to not just your current job, but has others around in case something happens where you need to change positions.

2. Distance to Stores. Something that often gets ignored until it is too late is the distance between the apartment and certain stores. While being close to department style stores may not be a requirement, you should definitely look around for the nearest grocery store and other places that you frequent. It isn't uncommon in rural areas to drive nearly a full hour to get to a grocery store. Obviously this is less than ideal, so be sure to ask around if you don’t see at least one store on your way in.

3. School Systems. If you have children and you aren’t planning on homeschooling, you definitely need to look at the surrounding school systems. You naturally want to give your kids the best opportunity for their future, and a good school can help set that groundwork for them. Always be sure to keep an eye on the school ratings in towns that you are considering moving to.
Location may seem simple, but there are many factors that need to be considered when you are looking to move. It definitely goes beyond what is simply pretty to look at. Call Talley and see what they have to offer that will fit your lifestyle and needs the best!

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