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Safe Outdoor Grilling Tips

For many of us Father’s Day means relaxing and grilling in the backyard with family and friends. Before you start the festivities, avoid making common grilling mistakes  which could potentially cause injuries, fires and property damage. Prepare a head of time for safe outdoor grilling!

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 Father’s Day a happy and safe memory! 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!

Maintenance Tips and Guide for Tenants

Tenants are typically responsible for ensuring their property stays sanitary, clean and in good repair. A landlord is generally not responsible for making any repairs caused by the tenant’s own fault or if their guests damage anything. However, if a tenant notices an issue and fails to report it to the landlord, the tenant may be held liable for additional damage that would not have occurred had the tenant made a timely complaint.

 

Creekbend Property Management has provided the following maintenance tips and guide for tenants to troubleshoot problems to help resolve some minor issues without making an appointment for service:

 

No Power       

  • Check you fuse box for tripped breaker switch
  • Reset the breaker by moving it to the full “off” position and then back to “on.”
  • Check appliances. Unplug all of them in the unit. Reset breaker, plug in one appliance at a time to find the faulty appliance.
  • Contact your power company to inquire if there are power outages in your neighborhood.

No Hot Water

  • Check to see if hot water tank is leaking
  • Check fuse box for tripped breaker switch
  • If it’s a gas water heater, check to see if pilot light is out, if you can’t turn it on, call your gas provider for instructions.

Garbage Disposal Not Working

  • Reset the safety switch underneath the bottom of disposal unit in sink cabinet.
  • Check for blockage in the sink around the blades. Before putting your hands or utensil down the sink, make sure the unit is turned off.

Clogged or Slow Sink (without using harsh chemical drain cleaners)

  • Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, pour in ½ cup baking soda. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then pour a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup hot water and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Flush one more time with pot of boiling water.
  • For clogged bathtub and shower drains-pour boiling water down the drain to unclog hair and soap build-up.

Clogged Toilet

  • Use a plunger with short, quick motions. You may need rubber gloves; it can get messy!
  • Pour bucket of water to clear out

Washing Machine Not Working Properly or Not at All

  • Check whether the washing machine taps are turned on at the wall.
  • Check if appliance at the wall is turned on.
  • Check if lid is closing properly.
  • Check if settings knob is pointed directly on the desired settings
  • If the machine has stopped halfway through cycle you may have overloaded the machine and caused it to be out of balance. Try redistributing the wash evenly in the drum.
  • Don’t overload the machine
  • ONLY use laundry detergent NEVER use dishwashing detergent

Dryer is Not Working

  • Dryer can automatically shut down due to overload of lint in the filter Check whether the filter needs to be cleaned out. Remember to always clean the filter out. *Failure to clean the dryer is the leading cause of dryer fires. 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and caused deaths, injuries, and millions of dollars in property loss*

Refrigerator Not Staying Cool or Freezing

  • Check the thermostat to make sure it hasn’t been turned way down by mistake.
  • Be sure the vents on the back of the freezer compartment aren’t blocked by boxes of ice cream or frozen food packages-the vents have to be clear for cold air to circulate.
  • If the fridge/freezer is not maintaining optimum temperature check freezer for excess ice build up.
  • Vacuum the coils under or behind the fridge. Clogged coils can cause poor cooling
  • Clean the seals around the refrigerator doors to keep cool air from escaping

Creekbend Property Management wants you to remember the most important thing : your landlord is responsible for the maintenance and  repairs for your home, however  these tips will help address issues better and more efficiently for you and your landlord.

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!

 

Yes, it is that time of the year again for emergency planning and preparation! The threat of hurricanes loom ahead along the coastlines for the next couple of months. Are you ready?

 

 

 

 Creekbend Property Management has provided an emergency planning and preparation list in the event you need to evacuate or lose power due to storms. 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/wipes
  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. Create backup files of your records in digital form so you can access them from anywhere.
  3. Have at least an half a tank of gas in your car at all times
  4. Have enough prescription meds for you and your pets to last at the least 10 days
  5. 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!
  6. Have emergency cash on hand, ATM’s may not work if there is a power outage
  7. Have a cooler handy ready to fill with ice (keep a bag of ice in freezer at all times if you have the space)
  8. Blanket for each person or sleeping bag (a tent if you have one)

Creekbend Property Management wants you to be ready for any emergency, by planning for 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 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; peace of mind!

 

Helpful Tips to Finding Pet Friendly Rentals

Creekbend Property Management Company knows that giving up pets is never an option. Looking for a rental AND finding a pet friendly place isn’t the easiest thing to do. It does take a bit more time, organization, and also limits your options.

 

For all the animal lovers who are moving with pets or thinking of adding a pet to their family, Creekbend Property Management has provided some helpful tips to finding pet-friendly rentals.

 

Stick with Pet-Friendly Places. This is by and large the best way to move with pets. Search out pet friendly apartments in your new area. It’s the least stressful and best option when working with like-minded animal lovers.

Contact Humane Societies. Humane societies, vets and animal control are all great references for finding out what places in your area are pet-friendly.

Ask First. If you’re thinking about getting an animal or you have a friend or significant other with a pet who might move in with you in the future, make sure to ask about the pet rules straight away so you know options are available to you in the future.

Be Honest. The landlord will find out if you have a pet, or that you have more pets than what you told them, so just come out with it right away. It’s not fair to your pet or to the landlord. Avoid eviction notices, negative referrals, or any legal issues.

Gather References. Sounds extreme? If you love your pet, it’s worth the work!  Get written references for your pets from previous landlords and neighbors. You should also get a letter from your vet showing that your pet’s shots are up to date. Provide documentation if your dog has completed training classes.

Introduce Your Pet. If you have a great pet that will melt the landlord’s heart, than use it to your advantage.

Show That You Are Responsible. Because pet owners have a harder time finding a place to live, they often make great tenants and stay put longer. Don’t be afraid to discuss that with your potential landlord.

Propose a Trial Period. If the landlord is on the fence about it you might be able to push them over the edge by suggesting a short term trial period where they can observe how the animal is getting along in the space and then you can re-negotiate your contract.

Get Renter’s Insurance. Provide proof of insurance that includes pet liability coverage specifically, which includes damages or injuries caused to someone outside of your immediate family

Get it in Writing. You often will have to pay a bit extra and throw down a pet security deposit when signing your lease. Just make sure all the terms that were discussed and agreed upon concerning your pet have been written up clearly before signing.

With all of this said, Creekbend Property Management is pet friendly. We look out for your best interest and there is nothing that we wouldn’t do to ensure that we have the right tenant for you! We request rental references and even meet with prospective tenant’s pets.

 

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!

Tips for a Successful Moving Day!

Moving is a daunting task whether you can afford to hire a moving service or getting friends that are willing to help you for some pizza and sore muscles.

It can be overwhelming just thinking about how to pack up your life!  It doesn’t have to be! The key to a successful move and reduced stress is organization.

 

 

Creekbend Property Management has provided some tips for a successful moving day:

 

PREPARATIONS FOR MOVING DAY

Get a notebook to make a list of things you’ll need to do and have before you move.

  • Call the utility and cable companies to schedule turning off service and transferring service to new place.
  • Go online to fill out change of address form or get a form from the post office.
  • If you need a rental truck, make sure you reserve a vehicle at least a month ahead of your move
  • Call friends and family to ask for their help
  • Make arrangements for child and pet care on moving day

Start Collecting Packing Supplies

  • Packing tape with dispenser gun,
  • Black marker,
  • Boxes (start collecting boxes from neighborhood stores to save money)
  • Packing paper; newspaper, bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags (recycle, recycle!)
  • Purchase plastic storage boxes that can be reused again
  • Coolers for refrigerator and freezer items (or fill a trash bag with ice and put in packing box)

Have tools ready

  • Masking tape (wrap around rolled up carpets, tape furniture doors closed, use on loose cords on electronics, put nuts, bolts, and screws in sandwich bags and tape to their designated items)
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Screw drivers
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Purchase or rent a hand truck that can handle at least 150 lbs., you’ll be glad you did!

Have Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Clean’s Magic Eraser (perfect for cleaning smudges on painted walls)

Helpful Tip: Measure all of the large pieces; couch, beds, dressers, etc… and write the measurements on masking tape to adhere to pieces. You want to make sure your furniture will fit into their new spot and fit through doorways.

 START BY SORTING YOUR STUFF!

Tackle one room at a time; you’ll need to decide what to get rid of. Put these items in three separate categories: keep, donate, and throw out.

Living room

  • Pack up wall hangings, photos, paintings, books, knick-knacks, etc…
  • Pack up cd’s, dvd’s, vinyl records, etc…
  • If you have window blinds, pack up curtains/drapes, if you don’t and want to maintain privacy; leave them up until moving day.
  • Pack electronics last; wrap in televisions and computer monitors in towels before packing in boxes.

 Bathroom

  • Throw out empty bottles or expired medications.
  • Store shampoo bottles in large freezer bags to contain any spilling during the move.
  • Leave boxes in bathroom for shower curtains, rugs, wastepaper basket, and cleaning supplies

 Bedrooms

Go through closets and drawers to sort into keep, donate, or throw out piles.

Pack out of season items first.

  • Take down wall hangings, knick knacks, curtains/drapes (only if there are blinds for privacy) pack up and label boxes.
  • You can also put clothing and bedding in large garbage bags as well as towels and sheets.

Helpful tip: Prepare an Essentials Box for Clothing and Toiletries

Pack as if you’re going on a trip for a couple of days. Put everything you need in a suitcase a couple of days before the move and live out of it.

 Kitchen

Last but not least! The kitchen is the most difficult room to pack up. Go through cabinets, drawers, pantry, closets, etc… and sort items into keep, donate, or throw out piles. Don’t forget to clean the oven!

Pack Items Not Frequently Used

  • Mixers, blenders, toaster ovens, etc…
  • Big bowls, serving trays
  • Cookie sheets, pizza pans, large soup pots, crock pots, etc…
  • Formal dinnerware; china
  • Crystal ware
  • Special utensils; tongs, mallets, garlic press, barbeque forks, etc…
  • Cookbooks
  • Extra kitchen linens; oven mitts, napkins, towels
  • Pictures, wall hangings, and refrigerator art
  • Vases
  • Pack unopened bottles, canned goods and boxed items

LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE MOVING DAY, PACK THE REST OF THE KITCHEN

  • Pots & pans
  • Dinnerware
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Glasses

Helpful Tip: Prepare Kitchen Essentials Box

Put aside necessities you’ll need for your last two days in your current home and for the first two days in your new home; all purpose cooking pan, paper plates, cutlery, food items, coffee maker, paper towels, dish soap, and sponge. Don’t forget pet food, medication, and first aid kit. These will be the last to pack and the first to unpack.

GARAGE, SHED, PORCH, ETC… Sort in three piles; keep, donate, and toss

  • Pack tools and sports equipment
  • Spray off outdoor furniture
  • Gather up plants

 DEDICATE THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS TO CLEANING BEFORE THE MOVE

Once the rooms are nearly empty it’ll be easier for a thorough cleaning.

 GENERAL CLEAN: What to clean

  • Window sills and blinds
  • Ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Smudges on doors, light switches, walls
  • Baseboards
  • Bathroom cabinets and medicine cabinets (sanitize tub/shower, sink and toilet on last day of move)

Don’t forget the laundry room!

 MOVE ON TO THE KITCHEN: What to clean

  • Oven (pre-treat with oven cleaner the night before)
  • Stove top and hood range (soak dip pans in hot water and degreaser over night)
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator (move out of the way to clean floor underneath)
  • Dishwasher
  • Cabinets and drawers

 OUTDOORS: Sweep or use leaf blower

  • Porch
  • Garage
  • Shed

  LEAVE SWEEPING, VACUUMING, AND MOPPING FOR THE LAST DAY OF MOVE!

Start in the furthest room and work your way out. Remember to sweep the outside front and back steps and walkways.

The sooner you began preparations the better your move will be! Creekbend Property Management wishes you a successful move and recommends treating yourself to a pint of ice-cream at the end of moving day!

 

 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!

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Summer

 

Thinking of taking a road trip or going to the beach? Is your vehicle ready to take you there and back? Summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take a toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance…Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

 

Creekbend Property Management provides some of the following tips that are easy to do and other precautions that require a skilled auto technician.

·        Air Conditioning

A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner’s manual for location and replacement interval

·        Cooling System

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

·        Oil

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles-10,000 depending on the age and make of vehicle) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.

·        Engine Performance

Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drive-ability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

·        Windshield Wipers

A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.

·        Lights

Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. To prevent scratching, never use a dry rag.

·        Tires

Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they’re cold before driving for any distance. Don’t forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there’s uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

·        Brakes

Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

·        Battery

Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

·        Emergencies

Carry some basic tools — ask a technician for suggestions. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight.

If you want to be fully prepared before you take to the highways and byways this summer, Creekbend Property Management suggests getting a AAA membership for you and family members. The cost is less than having your car towed!

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!

How to Get Back Your Security Deposit!

How To Get Back Your Security Deposit!

One of the most important things to get back out of your apartment is your security deposit. You could probably use that money for either your next apartment or towards the purchase of a home, as such, it is important to understand what is generally considered normal wear and tear in the rental world. Landlords are permitted to deduct from security deposits for damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear.

Creekbend Property Management has provided a simple to follow steps and information to help you get back your security deposit and get a good referral from your landlord!

What is normal wear and tear?

Basically anything that is an act of everyday living and constant use, deterioration that results from the intended use of the home. Such as:

  • Soiled carpets due to dirt tracked in on shoes, constant use, and also show some discoloration and matted from wear.
  • Fading paint or a few small holes on the walls from hanging pictures.
  • Blinds that have faded with use are also part of normal wear and tear that occurs with time.
  • Blind pulls or strings may also be worn or frayed due to constant use

What is excessive damage?

Actual damage from negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse of the home, equipment or personal property by the tenant or by a member of the tenant’s household or by a guest of the tenant. Such as:

  • Filth in refrigerator dirty greasy stove tops and ovens,
  • Broken compartments in the refrigerator or damaged stove burners.
  • Mold and mildew covering bathroom tubs or walls that require professional cleaning
  • Holes punched into walls, ripped or damaged screens
  • Torn carpets, or stains, burns or blotches from bleach all constitute permanent damage.
  • Stains and odors on the floor or carpet due to pets
  • Broken fixtures, doors, windows, or screens that have cracks or rips due to intentional or careless use.
  • Broken or damaged blinds.
  • Flea infestation that requires professional treatment and removal
  • Damage to walls or ceilings due to faulty repairs to pipes that tenant installed rather than having a licensed professional do the work.

 

What do you need to do to get that deposit back?

  • Patch holes in the walls left from posters, pictures, shelves, etc.
  • Repaint walls with landlord approved colors
  • Repair any loose hinges, knobs, hanging cabinets, and towel bars.
  • Deep clean the fridge, oven, stove top, microwave, and dishwasher.
  • Clean under refrigerator; move away from wall to clean around the fridge area.
  • Scrub away mold in bathtubs, shower stalls, sinks, and toilets.
  • Clean out drawers and cabinets, vacuum and wipe clean.
  • Sweep, vacuum and mop all floors once all the furniture is out of the way. Clean inside of windows, clean off window sills, vacuum blinds, vacuum and clean baseboards.
  • Wipe down walls, clean remove finger prints from light switches and doors
  • Flea bomb if there were indoor/outdoor pets.
  • If you are responsible for lawn care; mow the grass, rake up and dispose of debris, sweep walkways and porches/decks and clean out trash bins.

 

Creekbend Property Management recommends documenting with photos the condition of your rental before moving in and after moving out. Always check your city, county, and state laws for security deposit details since they do vary from state to state. Once you’re completely moved out, request a walk through with the landlord, leave a forwarding address, and return your keys. Depending on what state you live in, it may take 15-30 days to get your deposit back.

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 Creekbend Property Management?

Why Creekbend Property Management?

What does Creekbend Property Management do? To start, we manage… to make you money. You may ask, exactly what does that mean? Simply put, our job is to make you money and minimize your stress! We want you, as an investor, to make the most out of your rental property. Creekbend Property Management got over 10% more rent than a landlord in more than 80% of the properties that we took over last year.

Creekbend Property Management is a one-stop-shop for all of your concerns as a homeowner or potential property investor!

  • We aggressively market your property on 200 sites including: Trulia, Zillow, Craigslist, our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and our official Creekbend Property Management website. We create ads that are appealing to renters and show off the properties. We feel each property is special and we try to highlight that in every post. After we gather multiple interested parties, we thoroughly check each applicant to ensure they are responsible financially and otherwise.

Success! We have found a wonderful new tenant for your property! Next, to keep the property investor stress free, we prepare all lease agreements, lease renewals, and/or termination.

  • Before handing the keys over to the new tenants, we go over the lease with the new tenants to ensure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. We then photograph the property: inside and out for documentation. We, as a property management company, want you to be aware of the exact condition your property is in. We want to assure you that your investment property is still spic and span.

We save the homeowner money by having our very own maintenance staff to handle general repairs. If the issue is more than a general repair, we work closely with many companies in the Charleston area which often give us, and in turn you, lower prices.

  • Once your tenant has moved in, we collect a security deposit as well as the monthly rental payments in order to keep the investor hassle-free by using cutting-edge property software technology. If there is ever an issue with a tenant, we address it immediately. We handle delinquent payments and returned checks. If the problem grows out of hand, we also handle tenant evictions and legal matters. We have an experienced attorney that we can reach out to at any time.

If damage due to unforeseen events i.e. severe weather were to happen to your property, we also handle and process insurance claims. We deal with the insurance companies for you to get you the most money. Creekbend Property Management also has a full-time Spanish speaker ready to help with any communication.

  • Finally, at the end of each month we give you a detailed report of your investment property to keep you informed about your property. Now, go take that vacation and let us do the work for you!

Creekbend Property Management is the answer to all your investment property needs. We are good at what we do. We want you to be successful.

 

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, North Charleston, Hanahan, Ladson, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

 

Five Ways to Make a Rented Space Feel Like Home

Here, at Creekbend Property Management, we believe that every rented home should be comfortable and homelike; however, many tenants claim their rented space doesn’t feel like home. Here are five simple, rental-friendly ways to achieve a homelier environment:

 

 

1.       Plants 

Adding an assortment of plants throughout your space can make it feel like yours. The plants increase oxygen and provide fresh air throughout your home. Hanging plants are a great way to add lots of green while not taking up a lot of space or add a windowsill of herbs for cooking! Don’t forget plants come in all different shapes and colors!

2.       Area Rugs

Area Rugs are a great way to protect your floors, add life, and create a cozy atmosphere. There are so many ways hardwood floors can get scratched; putting rugs in the areas with the most traffic can keep your hardwoods looking like new. Even if your space has carpet, getting an area rug can protect that carpet from everyday messes. Another benefit of an area rug is the personality it can bring to your space. There are millions of different rugs out there…get creative!

3.       Furniture

Whether your furniture budget is $50 or $5000, there are many pieces perfect for you. Goodwill furniture can be bought and refinished to look like something completely different; this could always be a great DIY project to get you settled into your new space. If you would rather have new furniture, check out the many websites that cater to each and every style, whether it is a Victorian bedroom set or a sleek, modern couch.

4.       Curtains

Though curtains may seem trivial, they add height and style to every room. By placing the curtain rod closer to the ceiling of a room, this creates an illusion of a taller window and higher ceilings. Curtains are a perfect blend of function and style. If you like to sleep when it is light outside, blackout curtains are a great way to make it seem like night time all the time; many stores and websites have also made blackout curtains in many great patterns and colors.

5.       Wall Decals

In the wonderful world we live in, people have created temporary solutions to boring walls. Stencils add color, shapes, and design to whichever wall you would like. The best part, it comes right off when you move or get tired of them. There are even chalkboard decals, so you can combine décor with practicality.

Creekbend Property Management knows that any space can and should feel like home. With a little imagination and a touch of style, a basic space can be transformed into an inviting and comfortable living space.

Creekbend Property Management Charleston Rentals!

SPACIOUS THREE BEDROOM DUPLEX IN MT PLEASANT-$1450

3188 Queensgate Way, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Park West Mt. Pleasant. 3 Bedroom, 2 full bath home for rent. Home has hardwood on the first floor with a fireplace. Kitchen is ceramic tile with a large nook that overlooks the back yard. It is forest and no one is behind you. Screened porch off the dining area. Master bedroom is appointed well with hardwood floors and is on the first floor, with an ensuite attached.
Second floor has 2 large bedrooms and a full bath. AC unit is new and is updated. Very nice and is close to I-526, good schools, shopping, the Isle of Palm connector and downtown Charleston is about 15 minutes.
Park West is a place where you can live, work and play, where kids walk to school, families gather at the nearby recreation complex to watch a game and everyone goes out for ice cream afterwards. You may not even have to leave … or, at least, you may not want to.

 


FURNISHED CONDO IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON – $1700

309 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

FURNISHED CONDO Beautiful one bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, furnished condo at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun Street in the heart of downtown!
Gated Community with Private Parking Space;
Stove, Refrigerator and Washer and Dryer in the unit. Comfy sofa bed in the living room, TV, Queen size bed upstairs, All linens and furnished Kitchen.
Upstairs features a large bedroom with a skylight. Walk or bike to work or school.
Fine restaurants; The farmers market is right across the street. Move in today!

 

Summerville Townhouse – $850

1212 Boonehill Rd. Summerville, SC 29483

Newly Remodeled Apartments located across from Summerville High School. Living room, dining area. Two bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, large kitchen with new appliances; hardwood flooring, ceramic tile.
Separate utility room/storage with washer and dry hook ups. Newly installed heat pumps, this apartment complex offers a convenient location to shopping and restaurants.

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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