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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!

Consult a Property Manager Before Investing Sight Unseen!

Consult a Property Manager Before Investing Sight Unseen!

 

Thinking of investing in rental property? Whether you’re a seasoned house hunter or a first-time buyer, the process of purchasing property can have plenty of pitfalls. Before diving in and signing on the “dotted” line, Creekbend Property Management recommends consulting a property management company to provide you an impartial opinion regarding the prospective investment.

Here are a few points to consider why a property management company should be consulted:

  • You want to avoid hidden problems down the road; especially if you’re thinking of buying investment property sight unseen and relying solely on the seller’s “pitch.”
  • A property may look good on paper because the numbers are real and they add up. But a visit to the site may paint a different picture. Property management firms are in the business of making critical decisions on the behalf of their clients by overseeing, improving and preparing properties to maximize rental revenue.
  • The property manager‘s job is to be the “eyes and ears” for their client. They will look for issues such as water damage, leaky pipes, signs of a weak foundation, outdated electrical wiring, antiquated heating system, spongy flooring etc…
  • A property manager will also research the whether the neighborhood is up and coming or in decline and to advise what the potential rental income would be based on the location by conducting market analysis, comparisons and rent projections

If you’re considering a “flip” or a long term investment opportunity, invest wisely by consulting a reputable property manager to do the leg work for you.   Creekbend Property Management represents out of area investors and homeowners, offering stress relief rental management. We provide peace of mind by managing so you don’t have to! 

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!

How to Remove Allergens From Your Home

 

Every year at the start of Spring we must endure the pollen which blankets our cars, decks, patios, outdoor furniture, and window screens. Pollen makes its way into your home or business via your shoes, clothing, and pets. Not only does pollen leave everything yellow-looking but can cause problems and aggravate those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Allergy season can last all year for those sensitive to indoor allergens and can worsen in the Spring months.

Creekbend Property Management offers advice on how to remove allergens from your home and how to prevent more from getting in!

Thoroughly cleaning your home can help eliminate allergens and keep new ones from entering.

  • Change air filters once a month especially if you have pets, because air filters become clogged with fur and dander.
  • One way to reduce your Spring-cleaning workload is to keep on top of things throughout the year.
  • Vacuum regularly to get rid of dust mites.
  • Dust off furniture regularly
  • Toss pillows and stuffed toys in dryer for ten minutes each week to remove dust mites.
  • Change and wash bed linens once a week.
  • Clean pet bedding once a week.
  • Don’t allow pets in your bedroom.
  • Clean upholstery.
  • Clean your windows and keep them closed.
  • Hose off your car and lawn furniture.

If you are pollen sensitive, try not to go out at midday or in the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest. Take your allergy medication before you go outside and don’t touch your eyes!

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!

Available Rentals in and Around Charleston, SC

Summerville SC Custom Home in White Gables.

405 Hydrangea St, Summerville, SC 29483

$2195.00/ 2400 sq. ft/ 4 Bedrooms/3 Full Baths

 

 

 

 

Clean Park West – Duplex

3188 Queensgate Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

$1690.00/1400 sq.ft/3 Bedrooms/3 Baths

 

 

 

 

 

3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 bath James Island Condo

20 Maplecrest Dr, James Island, SC 29412

$1575.00/1400 sq. ft/3 Bedrooms/2 Full Baths

 

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Rental Scams

 

Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?

Your ideal housing situation falls through when you need to be out of your apartment by the end of the month. You frantically search rental listings and find a listing that sounds too good to be true. The apartment is in a desirable neighborhood and the rent is extremely affordable. The ad says the landlord can’t meet with you to tour the home, but the place is yours if you send a cash deposit and the landlord will send you the keys.

 

The last thing you want to happen is to fall prey to a rental scam because you are desperate!

Creekbend Property Management has valuable tips to help spot and avoid falling victim to rental scams:

  1. NEVER DEAL IN CASH

A tenant should never pay landlords cash for anything. Especially for security deposit and first month’s rent. Law enforcement can track most kinds of payments, and crooks know this. These criminals will insist on cash, and if you refuse, they will be on the hunt for an easier victim. The deposit and first month’s rent (sometimes last month) is a big investment. Before signing anything or handing over any of your money, do your research! If a rental arrangement feels a bit off, don’t feel embarrassed, address your concerns and go with your gut!

If an ad says: “I live out of the country; I’ll send you the keys after you send me the deposit.” All the bells and whistles should be going off! Never, ever get sucked into this type of scam!

A landlord attempting to be anonymous is a red-flag. A tenant should never wire money that is hard to trace such as Western Union, Moneygram, Bitcoin or MoneyPak.

  1. NEVER RENT SIGHT-UNSEEN

Demanding to view a rental helps prevent fraud by cutting down the risk of getting scammed significantly. There are some instances of scammers having access to the unit, pretending to be the landlord; if you don’t feel comfortable signing a lease or handing over a deposit, do your research by going on line to see who owns the property or ask neighbors in the area.

Not only does insisting on seeing the unit prevent fraud, it also ensures that the tenant is aware of the condition of the unit and the improvements that are needed before signing lease and moving in.

  1. BE AWARE OF RENTAL RATES

If the rent is too good to be true…chances are it’s because it’s a scam. If you have been searching for a 2 bedroom apartment in a particular neighborhood, you will have an idea what to expect to pay. So if you come across a listing that’ is significantly lower, it’s either a dump or a scam.

  1. BE WARY OF LANDLORDS WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR BACKGROUND

Red flags should always go up if a landlord does not require any references. A legitimate landlord will always require screening you for a background check.

If you are moving to a new state and need to place to stay right away, call a reputable, licensed property management company in that area. A good property manager will tell you what is available in your price range, and if the neighborhood you’re interested in is safe.

5.  SKETCHY ROOM MATE LISTINGS

Again, we can’t emphasize this enough; do not hand over ANY money unless you are 100% certain you know who owns the property, who is managing the property, and if you are making a legitimate room mate arrangement.

Creekbend Property Management advises to do your research; it’s worth your time protecting your wallet! Prevention is better than struggling to recover from being scammed. More than likely the crook will get away and you’ll never recover your hard- earned money.

 

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

 

Landlords and Hoarders

When your tenant starts to show signs of hoarding it can be a challenge to be understanding when safety, health, and property condition is compromised. Compulsive hoarding is considered a mental disorder, a disability under Fair Housing Laws. Because hoarding is a recognized mental disorder property owners must comply with the Fair Housing Act and provide “reasonable accommodations” which is defined as a change in rules, policies, practices, or services so that a person with a disability will have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit or common space. Landlords want to avoid evictions because of the associated costs of removing mountains of hoarded junk, in some cases upwards of tens of thousands. Simply throwing away the trash doesn’t help the hoarding tenant.

Creekbend Property Management recommends following this protocol when addressing this dilemma:

 Steps landlords need to take from the start:

  • Communicate to your tenant

First talk to your tenant about the safety hazards for them and surrounding neighbors. When addressing the hoarding, be sensitive by avoiding using words such as junk, trash, mess when describing their belongings. Provide your tenant with a list of clean-up services or extra trash bins. If the problem continues seek legal counsel.

  • Document the conditions

Take photographs, write notes, and shoot videos of the property to provide evidence should it go to court. It’s crucial to document the violations of the lease agreement that states the tenant is to keep the property habitable.

  • Accommodate

Since hoarding is a disability, your tenant has the right to request a reasonable accommodation. If they don’t exercise this right, it may be advantageous from a legal standpoint for you to communicate to the tenant that you are willing to assist them and give them a cleaning timeline. A written agreement can provide the specific guidelines and requirements.

If your tenant makes significant progress in cleaning the home within a specified time frame, and is working with a mental health professional, a reasonable accommodation may be allowed to finish cleaning.

  • Eviction

If your tenant’s hoarding persists after reasonable accommodations were provided, the next step and last resort is eviction. If you documented the property with photos, notes, etc.., consult with an attorney to proceed with the eviction. Harassing your tenant by removing their belongings, cutting off utilities is against the law.

The court will decide whether you, the landlord provided reasonable accommodation, and if the property condition is thoroughly documented it will give you the leverage in court.

  • Get Help with Managing Problem Tenants

In order to avoid unnecessary headaches consider hiring a property manager to help screen potential problem tenants before you rent to them. If a problem arises with your tenant a reputable property manager will comply with fair housing laws and know how to navigate through the legal system.

Creekbend Property Management offers complete tenant screenings; background checks, criminal and credit, rental history, pet screening and eviction screening. We manage so you don’t have to!

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 Should You Have Renters Insurance?

 

 Why should you have renters insurance? Would you be able to afford to replace all of your items if they were stolen, or damaged in a fire? Tenants, in most instances, do not consider obtaining renters insurance because the assumption is the landlord’s property is already insured. However the landlord’s insurance coverage is for the building structure and does not extend to protecting to the tenant’s personal belongings or provides coverage if your vehicle is broken into. Now ask yourself, is it worth the risk not to have coverage?

At Creekbend Property Management, we take our tenants needs seriously, which includes requiring tenants to carry insurance coverage for personal property and informing tenants what the benefits of renters insurance can do for them

Benefits of Renters Insurance:

 

  • Help Replace Personal Property

Renters insurance will provide protection for your personal property; electronics (i.e., iPods, computers), furniture, clothing, jewelry, musical and sporting equipment. The coverage may also include storage units on the property.

  • Pay for Damages

Renter’s policy will state exactly what you’re insured against, the policy will generally include: fire or lightning, windstorm damage, smoke, vandalism, theft, water damage, and other common loss types. Some renter’s insurance covers not only replacement of damaged or destroyed personal items, but also pay for the removal and disposal of those items (carpets damaged due to overflowing tubs or toilets), making it easier for the landlord to clean and repair the house.

  • Cost Effective

Renter’s insurance can also be combined with car insurance for theft and vandalism protection, sometimes lowering your monthly payments.

  •  Pet Insurance for Protection from Personal Injury Lawsuits

If you own a pet, look for a policy that covers a specific amount above and beyond pet deposits, especially if your pet frequently soils carpets or chews door trims.  Also, pet insurance liability policies cover personal injury lawsuits resulting from dog bites.

 

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, protecting your property and possessions can help prevent huge financial set-backs that in many instances take a long time to recover from. At Creekbend Property Management, we know nobody has time for that! Protect your investments, property, and have peace of mind.

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!

 

 

10 Filthy Everyday Items that We Overlook and When to Clean Them!

During this flu season is there such thing as being too clean? How much is enough?  Phones, (which we constantly touch), sponges, toothbrushes, pjs, sheets, pillows and even our mattresses are some of the filthiest everyday items!  According to microbiologists and other scientists, these everyday items are teeming with bacteria and germs. To answer the question of how much is enough to fight the germs and spreading infections, Creekbend Property Management has provided a list of 10 everyday items that we overlook and when to clean them!

 

  1. Phones

Scientists have found over 7000 types of bacteria on phones samples, it’s no wonder our cell phones top the list for the filthiest everyday item! When your phone heats up, it provides the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply. Clean with antibacterial wipe everyday to keep the cooties at bay.

  1. Kitchen Sponge

 The very thing you use to wash pots and pans, wiping up counters, chopping boards, etc… is one of the filthiest items in your home!  To kill germs, first rinse off well, put in microwave every day after use, or put in the dishwasher with the next load. Replace the sponge every week to two weeks. 

  1. Bedding Pillows     

 Did you know that up to a third of a pillow’s weight can be made up of bugs, dead skin, mites and their feces?  Washing pillows on the hottest setting every three months should kill most bacteria and tossing pillows in the dryer once a week for twenty minutes to get rid of dust mites. Consider pillow protectors to minimize dust mites in your pillows. 

  1. Pajamas 

Your pj’s should be changed every two nights because we sweat a lot in our sleep and can lead to a yucky amount of bacteria, as well as an accumulation of  loose dead skin cells. 

  1. Bed Sheets 

 Sheets need to be changed every week for the same reason pillows need to be tossed in the dryer every week: dust mites. Dead skin cells that you shed every night can attract dust mites that feed off of the cells and can affect breathing for people with asthma and if you have a scratch or wound while sleeping in dirty sheets, you can definitely get and infection! 

  1. Plastic Water Bottles 

 The amount of bacteria found on the average reused water bottle can be higher than what is in your toilet (gag!) especially around the rim. Toss that plastic bottle after 2 uses or if you want to keep using the same bottle there are special reusable bottles that are dishwasher safe to clean every day.

  1. Work-Out Clothes

Clean gym clothing everyday to two days depending on how sweaty you get. Unwashed work -out clothes could result in rashes, fungal infections, and yeast infections.

  1. Office Mugs

90% of office mugs contain dangerous germs and not washing your mugs regularly can have seriously negative effects on your health. The communal sponges in the employee lounge are not changed often enough and with many people using them, the germs will spread quickly.

Take your mug home as often as you can.

  1. Mattresses 

Manufacturers recommend vacuuming once every six months. It’s worth investing in a machine-washable mattress topper to extend the life of the mattress and minimize the occurrence of dust mites, fungi and mold spores and make life a little easier!

  1. Toothbrushes 

Most people wait until the bristles start to splay before replacing their toothbrush, not realizing the damage a huge build up of bacteria can lead to contamination of the gums and possible infection. Replace your toothbrush every month, and give it a daily clean after brushing, by running under water and some mouthwash. 

 

Creekbend Property Management believes investing in your health and well being is worth the time it takes to reduce the risk of infections. Making a few minor changes and adjustments will take getting used to, but after a week or two, it will become second nature!

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!

 

Tips for Positive Landlord and Tenant Relationship

Nearly 35 percent of Americans are currently residing in over 40 million rental homes, as such it is somewhat surprising that many of us are lacking effective communication skills with our landlords! Almost every one of these “relationships” are given little thought to how to communicate considering it lasts a minimum of one year and some last many years.

Establishing a positive relationship with your landlord can directly impact your lifestyle, reputation, and financial standing. Good communication with your landlord can go a long way in getting you the fastest responses to maintenance requests, keeping your rental rates reasonable, and help you live in the best conditions as possible.

Creekbend Property Management has provided some tips for positive landlord and tenant relationship:

First things, first! Your rental search

  • What are your expectations before searching for a property? Don’t expect a landlord to add unreasonable amenities or upgrades to their rental. Move on if your requirements are met at that particular property. You’ll find other available units that will suit your needs.
  • Do not lie about your income or credit rating because it’s almost always grounds for denial or termination of a lease. Be honest! Landlords, for the most part are open to working with challenged credit, factoring in extenuating circumstances, i.e. stuff happens! Being upfront by providing a clear explanation and communicating your desire to improve the situation may help to swing the decision your way.
  • Read the rental lease thoroughly. Request a copy of the lease, if possible before signing to have enough time to read and to think of any questions. If any repairs, new carpets, new appliances, or anything else was promised as a condition of your lease, get it in writing on the lease document.

Time to Move in!

  • Do a visual walk-through, make notes or take photos of any existing wear or damage. Ask for a copy of move-in inspection form for your records.
  • Make sure you know all the pertinent property information (alarm codes, homeowner association rules, parking instructions, utility information, recycling and trash pick up days, mailbox number and key, etc…). Eliminate appearing high maintenance to your landlord by collecting all the property info before moving in.
  • Find out exactly how the landlord would like to be contacted. Don’t assume texting or calling is preferred or most effective option. Landlords more then likely will respond quicker to tenants who follow their protocol.

Your Tenancy

  • Pay your rent on time, and if you can’t, contact the landlord as soon as you see a problem arise. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Non payment and non communication will get you evicted. Landlords would rather work with a tenant who reaches out to them and if they feel the tenant is honestly trying, but is having a short-term problem.
  • Handle small maintenance issues on your own (change a bulb, smoke detector battery, tighten a door knob, furnace filters). Be reasonable with your maintenance requests. These tiny issues add up to an annoying number of service calls and costs to the landlord.
  •  Remember there are many factors that are out of the landlord’s control that can determine the expediency of resolved  issues, including technicians schedules, the time of day, weather, parts availability, etc. You are dealing with another human being who wants to get your problem resolved asap and it doesn’t help the landlord (or you) when making more noise than is necessary.
  • Treat your rental like you own it by taking good care of your unit. You want to ensure getting your deposits back in full or more negotiation power come lease renewal time. Start by keeping it clean, especially if you have pets. You may not notice the doggy odor, but your landlord will if you don’t keep it smelling fresh.

By portraying yourself as an honest tenant, preparing yourself for your tenancy up front, educating yourself on your lease terms and rules, and making reasonable requests using the proper channels, it is very likely that you will have a happier and more successful relationship with your landlord and a more pleasant stay in your rental property!

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, 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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