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Answering Two Questions About Modern, Electrical Commercial Locks

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answering Two Questions About Modern, Electrical Commercial Locks

Your business’s security system is one of the most important devices for protecting your building from criminal activity. In particular, the locks on the doors are among the most basic but essential components of this system, but there are many business owners that are not particularly informed about what type of lock they should install. Locks have undergone major advancements in recent years, and it is increasingly common for electronic components to be used in these systems. After having these two questions addressed, you should be better able to understand your options when upgrading your locks.  How Do Transponder Commercial Locks Work? The installation of a transponder chip in a key can be an excellent way of increasing the security of your locks. These chips emit a radio frequency that is calibrated to a receiver in your lock. In order for the lock to be released, both the key and the transponder signal must match.  These keys can be an excellent way of preventing unauthorized reproduction of your business’s keys. Also, it will help prevent the lock from being picked because the lock would not release without the transponder signal. While these locking systems are more expensive than traditional ones, the added security can be far more than worth it.  What Happens To Electric Locking Systems If The Power Fails? Transponder locks are not the only systems that require electricity to work. There are also card reading locks that must have a stable supply of power to function. Sadly, there can be times when the power grid will fail, and you may be concerned about whether or not these locks would continue to work during these instances.  Luckily, these systems are equipped with battery backups to ensure that they are able to continue functioning until the power is restored. Typically, these backup power sources are either rechargeable batteries that draw power from the building’s power system. To further add resilience to these locks, you can install solar panels that ensure the batteries in these locks do not run out of power if the power outage lasts for an extended period of time.  There are many modern locking systems that employ electronics to increase the security of the lock. However, these locks are often misunderstood, and if you are not well-informed about these locks, you may not be able to make informed decisions for keeping your business safe. Having a basic understanding of how transponder locks function as well as the backup power systems used by electronic locks will help you better understand these options.  Talk to commercial locksmiths, like those at Irvine Lock & Key, for more information and...

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Providing Excellent Customer Service To Your Tenants

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Providing Excellent Customer Service To Your Tenants

If you are a new rental property manager, and you are hoping to keep full apartment buildings with paying tenants, the customer service you give will be sure to keep rent coming in on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to use to maintain a high customer service rating, making your apartments some of the most sought in the community they are located.   Screen Tenants Before allowing someone to rent an apartment in your complex, hold screenings to make sure they are reputable and able to pay their rent in a timely manner. There are several services available that landlords or property managers can use to weed out tenant applications so top candidates are chosen to live in your apartments.  Having tenants with a favorable reputation will ensure there are fewer problems due to poorly maintained properties, noise pollution, or neighbor disputes. This will help you keep your tenants in your apartments rather than having them look for a new place to live because of unfavorable tenants living nearby. Give Handy Information When a new tenant takes up residency in your apartment building, leave a packet of information in their new home explaining the rules of the apartment complex. Give them a list of the popular utility companies, cable companies, and phone services so they will be able to get these things set up when they move in. Include a bunch of takeout menus so they know which food choices are available in the area. Offer Payment Options Along with the above information, give tenants a few payment options to help them keep on top of their rent. When a tenant first signs their rental agreement, allow them to select the date they will be paying their rent each month, making it easier for them to budget it around their other bills. Consider having a rental payment service set up online where tenants can easily make a payment without having to mail it or find you to hand it to. This will allow them, as well as yourself, to track their payments, proving they have been paid. Have Someone Available Tenants will feel secure if there is someone on the premises at all time. Have a security service available to keep theft risk low. If a tenant has an appliance or structural problem within their apartment, have a phone number they can call for service right away (such as is offered by Two Rivers Investment). It is best to have a person answer their call instead of having them leave a message, as this will meet the level of customer service you wish...

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4 Reasons To Hire A Realtor When Selling Your Home

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Hire A Realtor When Selling Your Home

When it comes to dealing with a task a large as the sale of your home, you may want to consider getting professional help. This means enlisting realty services who will be there to assist you ever step of the way. Here are some of the specific reasons to hire a realtor to help you find the right buyer. Reason #1: Set the Price The most effective way for you to get your home sold in the shortest amount of time is to list it at the right price. However, you will want to ensure you get the most money out of your investment, and this is where your realtor will come into play. A real estate agent has the expertise to evaluate your property and provide you with the best listing price for a quick sale and to maximize your profits at the same time. Reason #2: Staging In order to help get your home sold, you may need to spruce it up a bit. This means adding some updated pieces of furniture throughout your home and helping it to look better for your potential buyers. It’s possible that making even minor changes could alter the appearance of your house enough to help you make a sale. Reason #3: Competition One of the first things you will want to know when it comes to selling your home is sure to be how much competition you have and how quickly other homes in the area have sold. Your realtor can provide you with this information by giving you a copy of the multiple listing services (MLS) in your area. This will allow you to learn the facts that are listed below: 1.  The number of homes for sale in your neighborhood. 2.  The amount of time that it took for homes to sell. 3.  The final selling price of homes in your area. 4.  The date any homes were taken off the market for not selling and the number of days these were listed. Reason #4: Showings Simply because you put a for sale sign in your front yard doesn’t mean that you want to sit around all day waiting for a potential buyer to show.  The realtor will be there to show the home for you and notify you in ample time to prepare for this. There are numerous reasons to have a realtor in your corner when you’re working on getting your home sold. Be sure to schedule an appointment today with a real estate agent to get the ball rolling on your next home...

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Three Ways To Increase Tenant Retention Without Emptying Your Wallet

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Increase Tenant Retention Without Emptying Your Wallet

As a property manager, increasing tenant retention is one of the best things you can do for your business. When tenants stay for more than one lease term, you end up spending less money finding new tenants — and you also have fewer vacant months when you’re not earning rent on a unit. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to increase tenant retention, either. Here are three ways to do so without breaking the bank. Start asking tenants about lease renewal well in advance. Don’t wait until the month before your tenants’ leases are up to start offering them new leases. This may leave them wondering whether rent will go up the next year or if they’ll even be offered a new lease, which may cause them to start considering other living arrangements. Start asking tenants if they’d like to sign a new lease about three months before the current lease is up. This way, they know for a fact that you’re happy to have them stay, and they may not search for another apartment. Grant special privileges to second and third-year tenants. Depending on your community, this could be anything from a closer parking space to the larger storage unit. Tenants will want to stick around for another year in order to get their perks! Keep in mind that these perks don’t need to cost you anything. A few more ideas of perks you could offer second-year tenants include: Permission to use the community gym during exclusive hours. Access to the indoor parking spaces, first-year tenants can be assigned outdoor ones. Use of a community room for parties. Take care of maintenance issues when they’re small and cheaper to fix. If your tenants have called you to take care of minor repair issues in the apartment, but you’ve let those issues linger, they’re likely to consider not renewing their lease because they fear the apartment will just fall into a greater state of disrepair during that second term. Be proactive about taking care of repair issues. You’ll end up spending less by taking care of them when they’re small, rather than waiting until they’re big. If you cannot address an issue within a few days, let your tenant know exactly why that’s the case, and tell them when you do plan on making the repairs. Tenants appreciate property managers who take good care of their units and are more likely to stick around when you take this initiative. In addition to following the tips above, poll your tenants to see what they would like to see improved in your community, and take action to make those improvements. Tenants appreciate a property manager who works to see their needs satisfied and will respond with greater loyalty. If you need help, contact a property management firm, like CJ Real Estate, Inc, with...

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5 Advantages Of Off-Campus Living For College Students

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Advantages Of Off-Campus Living For College Students

Most colleges require first-year students to live on campus if they don’t commute from a family residence. After the first or second year, students are generally free to move out of the residence hall if they want to. Colleges like to promote all the advantages of living on campus, but lots of students aren’t thrilled with residence hall life. If you’re debating whether to continue living in the dorms or rent an apartment, consider the advantages of apartment living for college students. More Privacy Even if you have several roommates, and even if you share a bedroom with a roommate in an apartment, you’ll have more privacy than you do in the residence hall. For instance, dorm wings house dozens of people who have to share bathrooms with multiple stalls and multiple showers. The dorms tend to be noisy places, especially those that primarily house freshmen and sophomores.   More Space Your apartment bedroom may be as small as your dorm room, but you still have the rest of the apartment to hang out in. You don’t need to have all your belongings stuffed into one small room.  Your Own Kitchen Residence halls may have a kitchen, but students have to share it with a lot of other people. In an apartment, you’re free to bake cookies, cook spaghetti and make a salad whenever you feel like it. You’ll have a refrigerator and cabinets with plenty of food storage space.  Fewer Rules Your landlord will probably have some rules you must follow. Examples might include not smoking in the apartment or not having a pet. Nevertheless, there will be fewer rules than the residence hall has. Dorms may have quiet hours and prohibit drinking alcohol, for example. Some of the more conservative schools have curfews and restrictions about guests.  Continuous Housing You don’t have to move in and out of an apartment during the year as you do with a dorm room. Residence halls typically close between semesters or quarters, and only one may be open during the summer. Students with a room in dorms that close for summer must move to a different room if they take summer classes. In addition, having an apartment makes it easy for you to stay in town over the summer and work without being required to take at least one class.  What’s Your Decision? You’ve experienced residence hall life; are you ready for apartment living? If so, start finding out whether students you know who live in an apartment are looking for a roommate, or begin looking for an apartment with friends. You’ll experience all the advantages of living off campus and gain a greater sense of responsibility from paying bills and managing your own place. If you’re looking for an apartment, visit Pacific Properties for...

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How To Shine Up The Light Covers On A Ceiling Fan The Easy Way

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Shine Up The Light Covers On A Ceiling Fan The Easy Way

When people move out of a home, they probably clean the place up as best they can. However, some things often go without cleaning because they aren’t usually in the line of sight of the person doing the job. Ceiling fans are one of these items. If your moving into a home and the ceiling fan has beautiful glass coverings around the light bulbs, you might want to clean and shine them. This guide provides you with step-by-step instructions to clean the ceiling fan light covers with a few simple supplies. Step 1: Gather Your Supplies vacuum cleaner with attachments a blow Dryer an extension cord an empty spray bottle vodka water a couple old bath towels Step 2: Create the Mixture Pour the vodka into the spray bottle until the bottle is about a quarter of the way full. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.   Place the sprayer on the bottle and shake the ingredients together. Prime the spray bottle by pumping it a few times into the sink. Make sure that you do not leave the vodka unattended while you clean the light covers if children or pets are nearby. Step 3: Vacuum the Lights Connect your vacuum cleaner attachment to the unit and vacuum as much dust and dirt off the ceiling fan light covers as you can. Step 4: Spray the Mixture on the Light Covers Turn the power to the fan off. Lay the bath towels on the floor directly below the ceiling fan. Lightly spray the mixture on the light fixtures.  A few sprays should do the trick. Try not to overspray the mixture because you don’t want it dripping off the fan and all over your floor. The towels are there to soak up any of the mixture that might fall. The mixture quickly loosens stuck-on dirt and dust on the light fixtures that the vacuum cleaner did not get. You won’t need to wait long before continuing to the next step. Step 5: Dry the Mixture Plug the extension cord into the wall and then plug in the blow dryer. Set the blow dryer on high and dry the ceiling fan until you’ve dried up the mixture and blown away remaining dirt and dust. The towels catch the majority of the dirt and dust, so you shouldn’t need to clean up any other areas once the covers are dry. But just in case, use the towels to wipe up any dirt and dust that finds its way to other places. When you’re finished enjoy the sparkle from your glass ceiling fan light covers.  Ask your property clean up professional for help if you should run into any issues with these steps. For more information on cleaning up your property, contact a professional like Seabreeze Property...

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How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Good Tenants

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Good Tenants

As a landlord, such as those at ABA Rental Properties Inc, your goal is to get the best tenant possible for your rental property. After all, every time your rental leases turn over, it costs you money. There’s the fee to the real estate agent for showing your property, the cost of having the property deep-cleaned and/or repaired for the next tenant, and of course the rental money lost during vacant periods. Here’s a list of ways to increase your chances of getting good tenants who will stay for the long term and take care of the property. 1. Invest in a background check. A background check is different than a credit check. The credit check investigates the financial risk of an applicant, but the background check investigates what kind of person they are. Many employers conduct background checks as part of their pre-screening process, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to find out if an applicant has an arrest record, or has legal complaints against them. A background check can be done with a name and a social security number for identification purposes. 2. Speak to former landlords. A simple phone call to a previous landlord can reveal a lot about the condition in which the applicant left their former rental property. The landlord may not want to give you any detailed information due to the potential for slander, but you can ask vague questions that have to do with facts, such as: Did they fulfill the terms of the lease? Were you able to give them their deposit back in full? If the answers you receive have a negative connotation, proceed with caution in your decision whether to let them lease from you or not. 3. Build a friendly rapport with the candidate. A simple, friendly conversation can give insights into things that can make them a good choice or a poor one. During your talk, you can inquire casually about how they came to choose your property and if they think they’ll stay long in the area. You can also judge whether they present themselves in a way that gives you confidence in their ability to hold down a job; thereby being able to pay the rent. It’s difficult to always make the right choices when renting to tenants. You want to be fair to those who may be down on their luck, but you also need to cover your own interests. These tips should help you to make the best decision for you, the candidate, and your...

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Mistakes to Avoid When House Hunting

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mistakes to Avoid When House Hunting

If you are on the market for a house, this can be an exciting time. Once you are closer to actually making an offer on a home, things can become a little more complicated. Start your search out on the right foot by avoiding common mistakes made by home buyers. Here are four mistakes you should try to avoid when house hunting. 1. Not Grasping Your Financial Picture Not knowing what you can afford will set you up for trouble since you might fall for homes that are out of your price range. By the time you know what you can afford, you might have to lower your expectations. You should work out your finances first and know your price range so you can narrow your search. You don’t want to find out right before making an offer that you won’t be able to secure a loan. 2. Becoming Attached to a Home House hunting is a fickle process, and once you start making offers it can be really hard to not let your imagination run wild. It can be fun to start imagining what you will do with a backyard or a kitchen before the keys are in your hand. Don’t get too attached to a house you have put an offer on. You’ll only to end up devastated when your offer is turned down and you’ll have to start the process all over again. Be logical and think with your head and not your heart. 3. Not Discussing Must-Haves with Your Spouse You might think you know what your spouse wants in a home, but you might be in for some surprises if you haven’t sat down and discussed each other’s wants. If this is your first home purchase, there might be things in a dream home that your spouse wants that you didn’t realize. Take some time to make and compare lists of deal-breakers before you even start going to open houses. 4. Shying away from Fixer Uppers You don’t need to have everything brand new and ready to go when you move in. Part of the fun will be making this your own. Especially if you’re a first time home buyer, looking past older appliances and shabby carpeting are going to be must. It is important to really try to see past superficial fixes and see the underlying potential in a home. House hunting isn’t something that people do all of the time, so there will be some bumps in the road. Preparing yourself and avoiding mistakes that others have made before you will get you ready to find your dream home through a logical and practical process. For assistance, talk to a professional like Realty...

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Four Things That You Can Do for Your Realtor to Help Your Home Sell

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Things That You Can Do for Your Realtor to Help Your Home Sell

If you are trying to sell your home, your realtor might offer up advice and selling tips that you are reluctant to take on. The thing is, in a competitive market, heeding the advice of your realtor is key. Here are four things that every home seller should do in order to up their chances for offers. 1. Make Your Home Accessible for Viewings Your home will never sell if people cannot get in to see it. If you are living in your home while it is on the market, a couple of open houses during weekends might not be enough. Make sure that realtors and potential buyers have access to your home during the week as well, preferably on a set schedule. Plan to be out of the house at these times. 2. Remove Personal Items Home buyers want to envision themselves in your house, not feel like they are just visiting someone else’s home. This can be hard to do if you all of your family photos are on the mantle, and your cat’s food dishes and cat box are out. A home that looks lived in can be distracting and can be hard for a potential buyer to get past. Make sure to clear clutter and hide all traces of pets. 3. Agree on a Fair Price Most people don’t sell homes very often, and need to take the advice of realtors to help come up with current market value. If you are too stubborn with your asking price you might not get any offers, or offers might not stick if your price is too much above an appraisal valuation. Listen to your realtor and do some market research to make sure that your home is priced appropriately to sell. 4. Help Play up the Neighborhood Hopefully your realtor is familiar with the area and can give some details to potential buyers on the neighborhood. If you have other details such as block parties, things for kids to do, or yearly events or concerts, they should be showcased. Make sure that your realtor is equipped with this info so they can play up the uniqueness of your home’s location. The process of selling a home can seem fickle sometimes, but you should still try your best to help your realtor, one like Greenways Real Estate & Auction, by taking their professional advice. Making a few sacrifices to get your home available to buyers, looking good, and set at a fair price will help your home...

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House Hunting – Flaws That Might Not Be Worth The Risk

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on House Hunting – Flaws That Might Not Be Worth The Risk

If you have a limited budget when it comes to house hunting, you may have to make concessions with your deal-breaker list. Some things shouldn’t be discredited though. If you are house hunting and you know that a fixer-upper is probably more in-line with your budget, it is important to know what you can and cannot take on. Here are four home issues that might not be worth the effort when looking into homes for sale: 1. Increased Risk of Property Damage Accidents happen, but some homes may be in locations that put them in direct threat for possible damage. Even with insurance, homes in a flood zone, on an earthquake fault, or are built on a hillside may not be worth it. Look at location maps and prior assessments of a home so that you know what you are getting into. 2. Lingering Odor and Smells If a home smells like years of cigarettes or animals, this might not come out even with a deep clean. If a home has been poorly cared for, smoke and animal smells may have seeped into walls and floorboards and will not come out. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting just isn’t enough when it comes to excessive smells. Weigh in on how much property maintenance you might be willing to do if eradicating odor is a larger job than just superficial updates. 3. Excessive Remodeling Sometimes a house might be in the right location, but have some odd factors that would take extensive work on your part to fix. If a home has been cut up or remodeled to accommodate specific situations such as an in-law, it might not be worth it to have to renovate this once you move in. If the structure of a home isn’t what you are looking for on a limited budget, it is probably worth it to keep looking at other homes for sale. 4. Issues with the Neighborhood If a neighborhood is sold as ‘up and coming’ or may be borderline-safe, it might not be worth putting your family in this situation. Drive by at night and see if there seems to be unsafe activity is happening. Go through city data online and see if you think you can handle living in an urban environment that might not be the best to raise a family in. Knowing what your limitations are before you fall in love with a place is important. There are some factors that might be too much of a hurdle for you. Understanding limitations that probably cannot be remedied efficiently need to be weighed carefully before you purchase your new real...

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