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Pitfalls to Avoid with Your Rental Property

Today we are sharing a few of the pitfalls that you want to avoid when renting out your property. These are some of the mistakes we see on a regular basis, and you need to be careful of them.

Never rent your property to anyone who has not been properly screened. Without a thorough screening, you don’t really know who you’re renting to. Your rental property is a major investment, so don’t turn it over to someone without knowing as much as you can about who is going to be living in your house.


Bellevue Property Management How-To: Tenant Screening

Tenant screening is one of the most crucial aspects of property management. A thorough background check is the most important element in determining whether or not an applicant may be a good tenant. If you find that someone doesn’t pay their bills on time, it’s easy to believe that they may not pay their rent on time either. A tenant who did significant damage to a prior rental property is definitely not going to be a good candidate. Qualified tenants will have a reliable and verifiable source of income and a stable job history. A criminal background check is always necessary.


What to Charge for Rent in Seattle – by a Local Property Manager

When pricing your rental property in Seattle, it’s critical to do a comprehensive market analysis to determine what your competitive market rent will be. Get some help from a professional property manager, who is experienced in the local area and can ensure your analysis reflects similar properties that have recently rented in the area.


Marketing Rental Homes: How Long will it Take My Property to Rent?

Property owners want to get their homes rented as quickly as possible so they can begin to earn rental income. There are a number of factors that will affect the amount of time a home remains on the market.

Property Condition

If a home is in poor condition, it will be a deterrent to a timely rental. The home has to be clean and in good shape if you want it to rent quickly. When maintenance items have not been taken care of and the curb appeal is lacking, the home will sit on the market without a renter. You should also consider that if a tenant is willing to accept a home in substandard conditions, that tenant is probably not going to work very hard to maintain the property.


How a Seattle Property Manager Handles Your Maintenance

One of the most important things you’ll need to plan for as a rental property owner is maintenance. Today, we’re sharing some ideas for how to handle maintenance and what you should expect from your property manager when it comes to making repairs.

Emergency Maintenance
All Seattle property management companies should have emergency services available after hours. It’s also essential to have maintenance staff or vendors available for those emergency repairs. We recommend you use a dedicated phone number that is only to be used for these emergencies that occur outside of regular business hours. Make sure you set parameters with your great tenants for what constitutes an actual emergency. For example, the heat going out in the winter, the power getting shut off or a lack of water are all examples of emergencies.


Seattle Investment Property Advice – Pet Policy

All property owners struggle with the question of whether or not they should allow pets in their properties. If you look at the statistics, recent surveys show that approximately 70 percent of the potential renters in the greater Seattle area have pets. This means that allowing pets will increase your pool of prospective tenants considerably. The disadvantage here is that when you allow pets, your risk for damage can increase, especially if the tenant is not a responsible pet owner. When you’re screening a tenant who has a pet, make sure you contact current and prior landlords to find out if the pet was a problem.


Where to Find Tenants for Your Bellevue Rental Property

Today we are talking about finding tenants for your rental property. The majority of prospective tenants are using the Internet as their primary tool in finding a rental property. That means you need to have your property listed on all the popular websites. These sites allow a potential renter to search for a home based on their specific needs when it comes to price, size and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Working with a professional property management company will give you access to a large number of websites, many of which cannot be accessed by individual owners.


How to Get my Bellevue Rental Home Ready to Rent

Before you start advertising your home and screening tenants, you need to get your property ready for the rental market. Property management companies can advise an owner about what needs to be done to get a house ready and they can also access the resources necessary to get the work done when owners cannot do it themselves. We’re sharing a few of the things we do at Brink Property Management to get our properties ready for the market.


How to Choose the Best Property Management Company in Seattle

There are many property management companies in Seattle, and picking one can often seem daunting. All of the property managers you consider will tell you that they provide the best services for the most affordable prices, so how do you find the companies that will really make a difference and provide the highest quality of service in a timely manner? We have a few tips that will help you find the best company for your property management needs.


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