In November of 2015, the demand for housing in Texas has shown a decline of .5 percent. On the other hand, housing sales have increased in big cities such as Dallas and Fort Worth Texas. Keyrenter Austin can show you how to beat the competition by following certain guidelines.
What is Staging and why is it a Factor?
Staging is when an empty house or an apartment is furnished to show the functionality of each room. It is advisable not to over-do it with the furnishings. Staging is necessary because renters will be more eager to rent an apartment or a house if it is fully furnished. It will give the prospective buyer an idea of how to decorate his or her living space. To see an example of staging, look to Austin Property Management.
Examine Building Foundation
Far too often people have rented homes without doing their due diligence. Before renting, inspect the building foundation. See if the building has any cracks in its foundation. A tiny crack could lead to expensive repairs. Additionally, check the alignment of the windows and doors. Tip: If air is leaking through the window frames, there is a strong possibility that the window needs to get proper alignment.
Consult with Keyrenter Austin to work in conjunction with housing construction experts to fix any major problems such as cracks in the foundation, the stability of the building, or any other repairs that are needed.
Tips for Pool Management
If the rental property has a pool, set forth guidelines so that the tenants know what not to do. The rules could include a ‘No Smoking,’ ‘No Drinking,’ or ‘No Eating” sign in the pool area. Moreover, one can include in the rules that there should be no running, no excess noises, no unsupervised children, and no diving in the pool.
Maintain the pool. Make sure staff is available to clean the pool and have it chemically treated. All areas of the pool should get cleaned, and the area should get locked during after-hours. On a yearly basis, bring in an expert to check the pool’s condition. That would include the pump, water, and electronics in the area.
Place signs that are visible around the area of the pool. It could mean saving one’s life. Examples of signs include: No lifeguard on duty, Walk, Don’t Run. Designate an area to post guidelines for CPR.
How to Handle Loud Noises
One of the biggest complaints involving rental properties is loud noises. The EPA has set forth a decibel level of 70 dB for loud noises. One takes action if the noise is continuous and ongoing. As a property manager, talk the person that is creating the noise. Do not forget to bring a copy of the renter’s lease when talking to the tenant. Show the tenant the clause included in the contract regarding loud noises. Additionally, show the tenant the phrase that points to a possible eviction if he or she does not comply with the signed rental agreement. If such clause does not exist, make sure to include one the next time the lease gets renewed.