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Prepare Your Home for the Fall Season!

 

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves serve as a reminder that the fall season is fast approaching. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. The weather can change quickly, especially if you live in a colder climate and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. Creekbend Property Management recommends these maintenance projects and checklists for home owners and landlords that will help conserve energy and reduce aggravation later.

 

 

Interior Maintenance

  1. Check for drafts.Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
  2. Have your furnace inspected.Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
  3. Winterize air conditioning.If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.
  4. Programmable thermostat.Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.
  5. Test home safety devices.Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
  6. Clean humidifiers.Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well. 

     

    Exterior Maintenance

    1. Do a roof check.You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
    2. Check the chimney and fireplace.If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
    3. Stock up on firewood.Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
    4. Inspect siding.Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
    5. Clean the gutters.Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
    6. Check water drainage.Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
    7. Reinforce windows and doors.Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
    8. Turn off faucets and store hoses.Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
    9. Service sprinklers and irrigation system.Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.
    10. Inspect trees.Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
    11. Trim landscaping.Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.
    12. Bring in flowerpots.If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.
    13. Plant bulbs.If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground.
    14. Leaf removal.Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.
    15. Fertilize lawn.Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.
    16. Put away seasonal furniture.Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
    17. Close the pool.If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself.
    18. Organize the shed.As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

    In the Garage/Shed

    1. Service summer power equipment.Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.
    2. Store summer vehicles.If you have a motorcycle summer car, ATV or other type seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well.
    3. Get winter equipment ready.Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate.
    4. Test the generator.If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good working order.
    5. Buy extra gasoline.Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s reaches.
    6. Clean the garage.Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and  clean it while you’re there!

    As you’re enjoying the last bits of summer, make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season. Creekbend Property Management knows from experience that implementing preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. Properly maintaining your home also enhances its value and appeal and is less effort than managing a crisis later.

    Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Safe Clean-up After the Storm

In the aftermath of weather threats such as hurricane, tornado, flood or severe thunderstorm, we just want to get back to our normal lives. Cleaning up is the first step and it can be a big undertaking, and it can also be dangerous. Before you begin the cleaning process, Creekbend Property Management wants you to remember to think about approaching the job with safety in mind and the right tools to help keep you safe.

 

Wear Proper Safety Clothing-

If you are clearing large amounts of broken, splintered, or sharp objects use work gloves, safety glasses, long sleeve shirts, long pants, and toe covering shoes. Use ear protection and helmet if you will be operating a chain saw.

Keep your feet protected with rubber boots if cleaning up after a flood or heavy rain. The boots will keep your feet dry and protect you from snake bites, leeches, and sickness from contaminants and pathogens from potential ruptured sewer lines.

Keep Away From Power Lines

If you see a downed power line stay away ever if you think there is no electricity. Stay far away from any water that could conduct electricity from the power line, travel through the water and cause electric shock.  Let the professionals repair the power lines before you attempt to clear fallen trees and branches from roads and lawns. If you see a power line sparking or on fire, call the local power company or local fire department.

Be Prepared for Fires

As you are cleaning up after a storm, always have a fire extinguisher close at hand. When storms or flooding has damaged gas and electrical lines, the risk of fires is greatly increase.

Use Flashlights, Not Candles

If you need to check your home for damage use flashlights. Never, ever, use matches, candles, lighters, or kerosene lanterns. Exposing a flame near damaged gas lines can cause an explosion.

Keep Gas Powered Equipment Outside

Gas engines emit carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, and poisonous gas you should never breathe. Keep generators, pressure washers, water pumps, and other gas powered engines outside.

Remember, the storm may have passed, and you and your loved ones are safe, but the threat of potential harm has not.

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palms, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Think You’re Ready to Invest in Rental Property?

Rising home prices and tighter lending restrictions given rise to millions of American to opt to rent over owning homes. As a result rental rates are on higher and many homeowners are dabbling in investment property.  Depending on the rental property, the financial gains can be significant, however not without some snags along the way. Owning rental property requires hard work, patience, and time to be successful.

Creekbend Property Management has provided some of the main factors to consider before making your investment decisions:

  • How profitable is the investment?   The main reason you’re considering rental property investment is to make money. Take a look at the rental markets in your area to determine demand and what other properties are bringing in. Look for rental property in areas where vacancy is low and the demand is high.
  • Can you afford to maintain rental property?  In addition to the monthly mortgage payments consider all the expenses that are required to maintain your investment; property taxed, homeowner’s insurance, routine maintenance and repairs.  If you have a vacant unit sitting empty for a while, you may have to pay out of pocket to cover your costs.
  • Do you have the time? Handling multiple rental properties is a full time commitment, even if you have one tenant, it can take a significant chunk out of your time. As a landlord you’re responsible for taking care of issues that will come up like leaking water heaters. Collecting and keeping track of rental payments, paying bills and expenses associated with the property. You may consider hiring a property manager to take care of the work for you.
  • Do you have long term goals? Really take the time to consider what you hope to achieve before rushing in a deal regardless how good it looks on paper. Are you using the rental income to build your nest egg? Or generating enough financially to cover your expenses? What if the rental home was more work than anticipated? How would it affect you financially? Make sure you consider the answers to these questions to determine if being a landlord is right for you.

 

Make sure you consider the answers to these questions to determine if being a landlord is right for you!

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Stay Cool and Save Energy

Tips for Tenants to Stay Cool and Save Energy

 Creekbend Property Management’s top priority is to protect our investor’s rental properties; keeping HVAC systems maintained and running smoothly is one of the services we provide!

Here are some simple tips to help our tenants to save energy and keep cool at the same time.

  • Close your blinds during the day while the sun is shining bright. Closing the blinds with help keep the sunlight out and your home shaded and cooler. Use venetian blinds to help reflect the light out or white backed curtains.
  • If you have ceiling fans, use them! Keep stagnant air moving, it feels cooler and increases the level of comfort for occupants. Fans use much less electricity than air conditioning units.
  • Turn off electronics! Computers, TVs, etc…  Electronics generate quite a bit of heat when sitting idle or even when turned off. Plug electronics in to a surge protector to switch on and off.
  • Avoid using the oven! Try using the microwave or an outside grill. If you need to use the oven, it may be better to do it the early morning or later at night when it’s cooler.
  • Replace all incandescent light bulbs and halogen bulbs  Why? Because they emit a lot of heat when in use. Replace standard bulbs with high-efficiency, low-heat CFL’s or LED’s, which use a quarter of the energy and last a lot longer!
  • Take short, cool showers, which are refreshing in the hot summer. Run the bathroom exhaust fan when showering or bathing, and keep running 20 minutes afterward, to remove excess heat and humidity.
  • Keep HVAC’s Running Smoothly in the Dog Days of Summer! Make sure your air filters are replaced EVERY month. Many furnace manufacturers recommend that you use a low-cost fiberglass filter because high-efficiency filters may actually slow airflow across the heat exchanger, reducing the unit’s efficiency, raising your energy bills, and causing furnace damage due to overheating.

By following these tips provided by Creekbend Property Management our tenants can enjoy the summer season in beautiful South Carolina and avoid costly HVAC repairs for their landlords. Please remember to keep hydrated!

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Why Landlords Require Tenant Background Checks

 

 

 

 

Why Landlords Require Tenant Background Checks

Choosing the right tenant is a business decision. Landlords want tenants who will take care of their investment property, pay rent on time, and keep neighbors and community safe from risk of harm.

 

 

 

How landlords choose the right tenant is important and they need to be able to justify their decision for accepting or rejecting any tenant through a background screening process. Creekbend Property Management believes the future is best predicted by observing the past with background screening.

Here are the most important reasons why landlords require background checks:

 

Keeping Neighbors and Community Safe.

When landlords consider who to rent to, they think of it as who they are allowing in their building and the community. Good landlords make it their responsibility to their community to choose tenants who don’t put anyone at risk of harm. Also, for the sake of the landlords, who are constantly interacting with tenants, sometimes about difficult things that could end up into arguments. Landlords need to be sure that their tenant is responsible and not violent.

Protection From Liability.

If a landlord skips a tenant background check, they may be liable if something goes wrong. If a crime occurs in their building because their tenant lives there, the landlord could be sued for negligence. Landlords are allowed to deny an applicant based on criminal history, but they have to prove that their decision is meant to preserve the safety of the property and the community.

Discourages Tenants Who Have Something to Hide.

Running a background check on perspective tenants sends a message to the applicants. It weeds out the people who want to hide something. Tenants who are trying to hide something are tenants who will likely cause landlords problems down the road. Landlords don’t need to know about speeding tickets, but they are interested in arrests, felonies, and convictions.

Reduces Tenant Turnover

Landlords are conveying to prospective tenants that they have a rigorous tenant screening process. This will attract high quality tenants who are more likely to stay long-term or renew their lease. This saves a careful landlord time and money and saves them from possible legal trouble and headaches.

Creekbend Property Management recommends background checks because it can be the best predictor of troublesome tenant behavior. A solid screening process is a critical part of being a successful landlord to assist in protecting their investment, neighbors, and community.

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

 

Communication is Key For a Successful Tenant Relationship!

Communication is Key For a Successful Tenant Relationship

Landlords and property managers are faced with day to day challenges in the rental world. Creekbend Property Management knows that one of the main issues is communication. The first place to start for good communication is at the move in appointment. Most tenants are signing where instructed in order to get the keys without taking the time to read a legal document. To ensure everyone “is on the same page” Creekbend Property Management will go over each paragraph with the tenant ensuring that they understand what is expected of them before they sign on the dotted line.

  • When rent is due, when the late fee is assessed, and the amount of the late fee. Any delays caused by mailing are not the landlord’s responsibility.
  • Remind tenant of the end date of the lease and the amount of notice required if they don’t want to renew. If the tenant does not want to renew, they are required to send the notice by certified mail.
  • Emphasize that no pets are allowed or no additional pets are allowed to be added without the landlord’s permission, and an additional deposit will be required for the added pet.
  • If the tenant has a pet, renter’s insurance is mandatory.
  • If the lease prohibits smoking inside the premises, make sure the tenant understands they have to smoke outside.
  • Remind the tenant that utilities will be disconnected once they sign the lease. Once the rental application is approved, the tenant can go ahead to order service.
  • The only people allowed to live in premises are listed on the lease.
  • Review who is responsible for the lawn maintenance (if it’s a single family house) and what is expected besides cutting the lawn.
  • How is pest control handled? Again if it’s a single family house, the tenant is usually responsible. Go over what the “pests” are; rodents, ants, roaches, spiders, etc.
  • If your lease provides any additional penalties; landlord filing for or halting an eviction process, unauthorized pets found at the property, etc.
  • Review with the tenant what you expect for them to do in maintaining the property; changing HVAC filters, clear toilet clogs, etc. This is the time to remind the tenant that any damage due to abuse or neglect on their part will be charged back to the tenant.

To reduce the chance of a misunderstanding and fewer problems down the road, Creekbend Property Management recommends covering all of these points in advance during the lease signing. A thorough briefing at the lease signing will mean reduced expenses and problems and a better cash flow for the landlord!

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

New Rental Listings!

Scotts Mill Home. Clean and in District 2 Schools. $1200

117 Blue Jasmine Lane, 312 Seneca River Dri, Summerville, SC 29483 MAP

Nice Home in Scotts Mill. Summerville District 2 Schools.
This 1 story home has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, a 1 car garage with a ton of storage, an extra large drive-way, and a large privacy fenced backyard.
The Great Room has a fireplace and access to the backyard through patio sliding glass doors. The Kitchen has all new appliances with plenty of lovely cabinets, and counter space.
The Master Bedroom has a nice size closet, with a large Master bathroom with a garden tub. Satellite dish installed as well as an alarm system.
Washer and Dryer hook-up

Park Circle Bungalow – North Charleston $1250

4811 Chesterfield, North Charleston, SC 29420 MAP

Park Circle Bungalow a block off the park; 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, hardwood floors throughout. Large livingroom, galley kitchen and separate dining space.

Washer and Dryer in home.

Fenced in backyard and a large corner lot provides lots of entertaining space. 1 car detached garage for storage or small car. A must see. Available on August 1.

 

Highlands of Legend Oaks Gorgeous Condo – Summerville $1200

103 Golfview Lane, Summerville, SC 29485 MAP

Unfurnished or Partially Furnished Condominium. Overlooking beautiful views at the Legend Oaks Plantation Golf Course. Steps from the Olympic size swimming pool and tennis courts. A huge open concept, 2 bedroom 2 full bath condo.
Large furnished living room, dining room and galley kitchen. Master Suite with sitting area at the rear to include huge Walk-In Closet, a separate Linen Closet, and a Large Bath area with Dual Vanity Sinks, Overhead Canister Lighting, Soaking Tub and a Separate Shower.
New luxury carpeting in the bedrooms and custom paint colors throughout; and ready to move in.
Enjoy your morning coffee on the screened porch. Located in a desirable area with many amenities to include a club house to enjoy cocktails after a round of golf, Swimming and Tennis, not to mention Ashley Ridge High School and the Award winning Beech Hill Elementary across the road. All district 2 schools.

James Island Convenience $1150

1402 Camp Rd, Unit 11- E, James Island, SC 29412 MAP

2 bedroom, 2 bath townhome, located Marsh front in Pt. James Condominiums. Hardwood flooring, ceramic tile and painted nicely. Washer and dryer hook-ups and just a few minutes walk to tennis courts and swimming pool.
Convenient to Folly Beach and downtown via the James Island Connector. Restaurants and shopping is plentiful just minutes from the condo.

Mt. Pleasant – Gorgeous Condo $1400

1600 Long Grove Road, #313, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 MAP

Gorgeous Mt. Pleasant First Floor Condominium in Seaside Farms. Super Clean and very nice, and hardwood throughout, including the bedrooms. Freshly painted with custom colors. 2 large Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Dining room, Balcony. A lot of extras. Tile in the bathrooms. Washer and Dryer. Right across the parking lot from the athletic center, club house and swimming pool. Easy access to 526, Highway 17 and walking distance from shopping and entertainment.

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Why Hire a Property Management Company?

Why Hire A Property Management Company?

 

Creekbend Property Management knows that one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an owner or investor is whether you should hire a property management company. Many owners/investors manage properties on their own or with the help of an employee, such as a resident manager. But sometimes owners need more help, and that’s when a property management company might make sense.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider hiring Creekbend Property Management:

  1. Market Appraisal: A property management company will be able to give an independent assessment of the correct rent for a rental property; avoiding lost income through a high vacancy rate.
  2. Tenant Selection: A property management company will have access to information on people with a history of being bad tenants and also undertake a thorough background check on all applications.
  3. Marketing: Many prospective tenants contact local property managers directly for information about properties for lease. In addition, a property management company will also have access to Internet marketing which is becoming more important in the rental market.
  4. Viewing the property: Showing prospective tenants the property takes time because people generally want to view the property during after work hours such as the evenings or weekends.  Owners/investors are more restricted in their time and therefore may not be able to find the best tenant for the property in the fastest time.
  5. Leases: Having the tenant complete and sign their contacts of agreement is very important as it protects owners and investors. A clearly written contract should clearly state the responsibilities of the tenant and the owner i.e., termination of rental contract. Some investors overlook this key part of renting a property with the result that problems are created between the tenant and owner.
  6. Termination of lease: Problems can often arise when the tenant wants to terminate the contract i.e. lack of notice or failure to leave the property in the same condition it was first leased. A property manager will ensure that the contract is properly terminated and that a new tenant can be sourced quickly reducing vacancy rates.
  7. Tenant Retention: One of the most common reasons why good tenants leave a rental property is that the landlord does not provide a high level of service i.e. it may takes weeks to fix an air conditioner because the landlord is too busy with personal issues. By employing a property manager, landlords can be assured that all of their tenant’s requirements are dealt with promptly and this will in turn reduce vacancy rates.
  8. Maintenance Issues: A property manager will conduct regular property inspections to make sure the investment property is properly maintained and take action if it is not. Maintaining the value of the asset should be a key consideration for investors.
  9. Legal Issues: Because of the growing trend towards litigation, people who privately lease their properties can open themselves to litigation if they fail to discharge their legal responsibilities in relation to the investment property i.e. fixing items in the investment property that could cause personal injury. A property manager is fully briefed on these legal responsibilities and this offers additional peace of mind for the investor.
  10. A professional relationship: Investors who manage their investment properties tend to develop friendships with their tenant which means that problems can arise when the tenant fails to pay their rent or maintain the property. By using the services of a property manager, the relationship is kept on a business footing which will be financially beneficial for the investor.

Creekbend Property Management deals directly with owners and tenants, saving you time and worry over marketing your rentals, collecting rent, handling maintenance and repair issues, responding to tenant complaints, and even pursuing evictions. Plus, Creekbend Property Management brings its know-how and experience to your property, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands.

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Hurricane Preparations and Safety Tips

Yes, it is that time of the year again! The threat of Hurricane Irma looms ahead, and possibly Hurricane Jose. Creekbend Property Management wants you to be ready before it’s too late! Planning is easy, if you think about it before there is an emergency!

 

Buy a storage tub and fill it with the following items:

  1. Flashlight
  2. Extra batteries
  3. Battery-powered radio
  4. First-aid kit
  5. Tools; hammer, pliers and wrench
  6. Can opener
  7. Non-perishable food (at least a three day supply) Don’t forget your pets!
  8. Matches or lighters
  9. Garbage bags
  10. Water jugs(enough for each person to drink one gallon every day for at least three days
  11. Solar charger for cell phones
  12. Moist towelettes
  13. Local maps (in case your GPS fails you)
  14. Paper towels, plates, plastic cutlery and cups (in case of evacuation)

Batten Down the Hatches!

  1. Bring in all lawn furniture, rugs, mats, lawn ornaments or tie down to prevent any projectile objects.
  2. Check if any tree branches need to be trimmed or cut back.
  3. Reinforce doors, especially double doors.
  4. Secure windows, close blinds and shutters.
  5. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so, otherwise, turn refrigerator thermostat to the coldest setting, keep the doors closed. If you are evacuating take out the foods that could potentially spoil if power goes out.
  6. If evacuating fill bathtub with water. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, many people could not access water in their homes for basic everyday hygiene and flushing toilets. Make sure tub has been scrubbed clean and rinsed well before filling.

In The Event of An Evacuation:

  1. Ask an out-of-area friend or relative to be someone that household members can call during an emergency. Be sure every member of your family has the phone number of the emergency contact person. It’s also a good idea to keep a prepaid phone card on hand in case you are unable to use your own phone.
  2. Have at least an half a tank of gas in your car at all times
  3. Have enough prescription meds for you and your pets to last at the least 10 days
  4. If your pets do not travel well, talk to your vet about giving your pet a sedative, and if you have more than one cat, have a pet carrier handy for each animal. Don’t forget the leash and bowls!
  5. Have emergency cash on hand, atm’s may not work if there is a power outage
  6. Have a cooler handy ready to fill with ice(keep a bag of ice in freezer at all times if you have the space)
  7. Blanket for each person or sleeping bag (a tent if you have one)

Creekbend Property Management wants our tenants to be ready for any emergency, by planning ahead now, not in the middle of one!

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Grilling Safety Tips

 

For many of us summer means relaxing and grilling in the backyard full of family and friends. However, every year an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills. Before you start the festivities, avoid making common mistakes when grilling which could potentially cause injuries, fires and property damage. 

Creekbend Property Management highlights the most common mistakes and key safety tips:

 

 

General Safety Tips for Grills

  • Keep your grill on a level surface. Choose a safe location for your grill at least ten feet away from the house, or garage or overhanging branches. Grills should NEVER be used on a balcony or under any overhanging structure.
  • Don’t step away from a grill. Never leave an unattended grill while in use. Plan ahead on your food prep so you can focus on grilling. Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the flames.
  • Think safety while cooking. Use utensils with long handles, wear an apron and protect your hands with long-armed oven mitts.
  • Clean your grill regularly. Grease is a major source of flare ups. Don’t allow grease and fat to build up on your grill.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water handy. In the event of a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you know how to operate it BEFORE grilling. If you don’t know how when the flames are out of control, call the fire department!
  • Never grill inside an enclosed space. Grilling in a garage, vehicle, tent, etc…, even if ventilated can have harmful carbon monoxide buildup.

 Gas Grill Safety

  • Check for gas leaks. Make a solution of half liquid soap and half water and rub it on the hoses and connections. 2. Turn the gas on with the grill lid open. If the soap forms large bubbles, it’s a sign that the hoses have holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill! Never attempt to move the grill
  • Don’t turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this! It causes gas to build up inside the grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  • Turn off your grill. After cooking completely close the valve on your gas grill
  • Safely store away grill. Store grill and propane tanks outside and away from your home.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid to hot coals. Once charcoal or kindling have been ignited, never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire started to avoid flash fires.
  • Avoid moving the grill while coals are hot. Charcoal grills can continue to remain hot for many hours after the flames extinguish. Avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill and keep combustible items that may be blown by the wind away from the grill.
  • Check for rust damage in metal grills. Charcoal can fall through rusted out grill bottoms onto surfaces below and cause a fire.
  • Dispose of charcoal properly. Break up the embers with a long grilling tool then close grill cover to cut off the oxygen. Or, slowly sprinkle the coals with water. Once the coals are cooled completely, dispose of them in a metal container.

Creekbend Property Management knows that these simple, yet vital tips will help keep you and your family safe this summer. We, as a property management company, also want the investment property to be well taken care of. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our properties and the relationships we have with our property investors and our tenants. 

Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

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