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Why  choose Creekbend Property Management for your rental investment? We are a full-service property management company serving Charleston and surrounding communities in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. We have been in business for over twenty years and time means experience in our industry!

 

Creekbend Property Management provides our owner clients with a stress-free, hassle-free way to get the most out of their investment property. 

 

Our property management services have the following benefits:

  1. We get you more rent.
    More than 80% of the properties that we took over last year, Creekbend Property Management got over 10% more rent than a landlord.
    $1200 annual benefit. 
  1. We get your property rented faster.
    On average, we get a unit rented 21 days faster than an individual landlord by advertising and marketing your property.
    $700 annual benefit. 
  1. Our maintenance costs are lower.
    We save an individual landlord 31% on maintenance repairs. We have in-house maintenance and have negotiated lower costs with the trades.
    $200 to $700+ annual benefit. 
  1. We find and retain better tenants.
    Marketing, Advertising, background, criminal and eviction checks result in better tenants.
    $1000+ benefit. 
  1. When things do go wrong, we pick up the pieces for a fraction of the cost.
    We help mitigate the risk on the back end by having an attorney on retainer. Delinquent rent, new dog, etc…, we’ve been there, done that and can help save you thousands in dealing with difficult situations.

Total Annual Benefits $3100+

Creekbend Property Management is the answer to all your investment property needs. We are good at what we do because all we do is property management. We manage to make you money!

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 Organized: Your New Year’s Resolution!

Getting Organized: Your New Year’s Resolution!

Like many of us, you made a new year’s resolution to be more organized, simplify life, and in turn improve quality family time or having more time for yourself. Creekbend Property Management believes the first step in helping you achieve your goal is to get rid of what you have and organize what’s left!

Let’s start with de-cluttering Christmas Past!  You know you are looking at that tree and lights that are on your to do list . Getting de-cluttered is visually and emotionally satisfying; less distractions and less stress.

Here’s how to get started: Get a large box and begin filling it with items you don’t need, don’t love or feel “meh” about it. Once it’s filled, let it sit for a week so you become fully detached be able to throw away without mercy.

  • For every gift you receive, donate 3 items. While you’re at it, go through drawers and closets to add to your donation box. How many “hanging around” sweats and tees do you really need? Go through bathroom cabinets and throw out items that are empty, or never used (like that weird smelling body lotion).
  • Next, take down the holiday decorations. Tackle the outdoor lights ASAP! Donate whatever decorations you didn’t use, because, chances are you won’t next year. If you have artificial poinsettias, blow dry them clean (preferably outside to minimize dust in the house).Remember to label your decoration’s boxes and store them together while in storage.
  • Store holiday party items. Clean linens and put away till next year. Put up holiday dishware; plates, platters, punch bowls, etc… These items can put in storage or on a top shelf in a cabinet or closet.
  • Clean decorative pillows, throws, etc… Launder them, or send to the cleaners. If you decorate with holiday plush toys, simply throw them in the dryer for 20 minutes before storing.

Less clutter means easier cleaning!  You can easily create a housecleaning schedule that will not overtake your life. Remember to adjust cleaning schedule for deep cleaning.

  • Designate a laundry day or days. Use separate hampers for whites and colors. For dry cleaned items, hang by the front door to grab on the way out. If you have children over the age of 8, they can help by stripping their beds, gathering up towels and putting them in hampers. Show children how to separate clothing and how to operate washer.
  • Clean bathrooms. Spray bathtub area with cleaner, let sit while you scrub sink. After cleaning tub or shower, scrub toilet inside and out. Check to see if exhaust fans need to be dusted. Clean mirrors and polish faucets and handles with glass cleaner last. Sweep floors and mop. Change out bath rugs with clean rugs. Keep bathroom cleaning supplies in separate carrying tote.
  • Bedrooms. Make bed before leaving for the day. Put things back where they belong; hair dryers, brushes, jewelry, etc…Keep food out of your room (yuck). Children can help by putting their things away and laying out clothes for the next day before getting ready for bed.
  • Kitchen. Clean as you go! Wipe up while cooking. Use a splatter screen to minimize greasy messes. Keep fridge tidy by wiping containers before returning to the fridge and check for expired food. While food is cooking, wipe up. Sweep after meals and mop kitchen floors once a week. Have children empty dishwasher or help with taking out trash and recycling. Keep a dry erase board or chalk board near fridge for grocery list, use your phone to take photo of list.
  • Vacuuming and Dusting. High traffic areas may need vacuuming twice a week; living rooms, hallways. Dust off furniture and clean mirrors after vacuuming.

 

To help you successfully keep your New Year’s resolution, Creekbend Property Management provided these helpful tips and steps to avoid getting backed up and get things done without a major life overhaul. Remember to put aside time for yourself, for a happier, saner 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, 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 to Stay Warm and Keep Pipes from Freezing

Cold weather is not always a factor in sunny South Carolina, however Creekbend Property Management would like to share our tips to stay warm and keep pipes from freezing  AND  help keep your heat bills down this winter.

Planning ahead can save you money and frustration. As per most rental agreements, any preventable damage (such as a frozen pipe) is the tenant’s responsibility.

 

 

 

 INSIDE PREPARATION
 1. Make sure the heat never goes below 50 degrees, even when you are not home.

2. Prevent water lines from freezing. Should pipes freeze, don’t use open flames to thaw out lines. This may catch the house on fire, or worse, create an explosion caused by expanding steam between two plugs of ice. Pipes don’t always burst the first time they freeze. However, should a pipe burst, quickly locate and turn off your water at the main valve. (If you don’t know where the shut-off is, inform your landlord or property manager, before any trouble occurs.) If the pipe break is in a hot water line, close the valve on the top of the water heater also. A plumber may need to be called.

3. During periods of cold weather, leave the doors open on kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets that are on exterior walls, so that pipes inside will be exposed to heat. If you will be away for more than two consecutive days this winter, please let us know at least one week in advance so we can check on your rental if a sudden freeze occurs. We also want to be able to reach you in case of an emergency.

4. Change the heating/air filters monthly to make a big difference in your bills.

5. Make sure the attic access door is properly closed and in place.

6. If you have a fireplace or a wood stove, the chimney needs to be cleaned each year. Chimney fires
are common if this is not done. Call a professional who can do a complete job and also check the
safety of the chimney.

7. Test your smoke alarm(s). There are more fires in the winter, and the smoke alarm is one of your best safety features. If you don’t have one, or it doesn’t work, inform your landlord. This is important for your family’s safety. Make sure your smoke alarms have a battery and they are working. You might want to consider buying a small fire extinguisher for your kitchen and garage, too.

OUTSIDE PREPARATION
1. Check and close all the vents to any crawl spaces under the building, if applicable.

 2. Unhook your garden hoses and turn off outside faucets if they are “freeze-proof.” If the faucet is not freeze-proof, leave it open outside and turn off the valve to the supply line inside the house.

3. Check to insure that the caulking around the outside windows and any weather-stripping around door frames is still in place to stop cold air.

4. Don’t forget to close storm windows.

5. Make sure storm chains, if present, are attached on any storm doors. This prevents strong winds from blowing the door off or damaging the door.

6. Keep the gutters cleaned out. If they are clogged with leaves, the water will overflow and cause the house to rot, the basement to get wet or flood, or it will back up under the roof and into the house.

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!

12 Days of Holiday Safety

Holiday safety should be the issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approximately 1,300 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday lights, 6,200 are treated for injuries related to holiday decorations and Christmas trees, and holiday lights cause about 510 fires each year.

 

Creekbend Property Management has provided some basic holiday safety precautions so your family and guests remain safe and injury-free throughout the season!

  1. Never use lighted candles near trees or garland, instead opt for flameless candles.
  2. Keep poisonous plants (poinsettias) out of reach of children and pets.
  3. Keep trees away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources.
  4. Make sure your tree has a stable platform to prevent toppling over.
  5. Choose an artificial tree that is labeled fire resistant.
  6. If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered and not dry to avoid a fire hazard.
  7. Check holiday lights for fraying, bare spots, gaps in the insulation or excessive kinking in the wire.
  8. Turn off tree lights and decorations when not in use.
  9. When putting up decorations use a step stool or ladder to reach high places.
  10. Be mindful of sharp or broken ornaments when unpacking; lacerations are one of the top-reported decorating-related injury!
  11. Ensure guests make it home safely after holiday get-togethers by designating a sober driver.
  12. Don’t give the gift of food poisoning! When preparing a meal, wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that touches raw meat. Always reheat leftovers to at least 165*F

Creekbend Property Management wishes you and your loved ones a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday!

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!

Change Your Air Filters Every Month!

 

Creekbend Property Management strives to keep tenants warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. To ensure this, it’s important that tenants remember to change their air filters every month! Winter and summer are the busiest seasons for HVAC service calls, which mean the likelihood of being without heat or cool air longer if your HVAC system is not working.

Clogged air filters are the number one cause of heating and air system failure.

All the air handled by the HVAC system passes through the air filter at one point or another. As the filter catches more and more of the natural pollution of your home – dust, mold and fungal spores, pet dander, fabric fiber, etc. – the filter mesh through which the air passes through becomes denser. This means that if you don’t change your air filter regularly, air can’t pass through as readily.

Ignoring your air filter can also cause health problems in your home.

If you, your family, or guests suffer from dust, or mold allergies, a fresh air filter will make everyone more comfortable. Also remember the more people in the home, the more dust and dirt flying around. If you have pets in the home, their hair or fur can be pulled in through your air conditioner and furnace through your duct work.

Changing the air filter monthly saves money!

Dirty filters are far less efficient, which means they cost you more money, and since they have to work harder, their longevity may be reduced. Heating and cooling make up close to 50% of energy bills. The US Department of Energy reports that changing your HVAC filter can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 5% to 15%. That could mean a savings of up to $400 a year.

Creekbend Property Management suggests purchasing filters in bulk to keep them handy when it’s time to change out the dirty filters.

This article is brought to you by Creekbend Property Management, an experienced property management company that prides itself on quality service for both homeowners and tenants. Don’t forget to check our weekly blog for property listings, helpful tips, community news, and more!  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!

 

Holiday Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Don’t have much space for a tree?  If you live in a small home or in an apartment, don’t let that keep you from getting into the holiday spirit! There are some crafty ways to cheer up your surroundings without compromising on space.

Creekbend Property Management has some holiday decorating ideas for small spaces to get you started!

Make a DIY table top tree.

Hunt for some tree branches outside, then use gardening pebbles or marbles to stand them in a flowerpot. Drape the branches with festive ribbons and hang with ornaments

Hang up a wreath

Wreaths will add a pop of holiday cheer anywhere they’re placed! Whether you make one from pine tree branches, eucalyptus branches, intertwined holly leaves or even a store bought wreath

Place Pomanders Around the Living Room

Make your own traditional sweet-scented holiday ornament! You’ll need some oranges (or Clementine’s)  and whole cloves to push into orange rind.

Hang Garland

String garland across the room from opposite corners to meet in the middle. Or drape by swagging garland across doorways, fireplace mantels, or wrap around stair railings. Decorate with ornaments

Hang up Christmas Cards

If you received a bunch of cards this year, hang them on string and drape the string to create a tree shape on a wall or door.  Top off your “tree” with a star shape to place on the top of your design.

Make a Christmas Tree or Hanukkah Banner

You’ll need a wooden dowel, hot glue gun, twine or yarn, a piece of fabric and some paint. Measure the space that you will be hanging your banner to determine how long the dowel will be and how much fabric you’ll need. Drape fabric around dowel and hot glue to attach. Tie the twine or yarn around ends of dowel to hang the banner to thumbtack or picture frame hanger. Paint your design on fabric or you can cut a tree or menorah design out of felt to hot glue to fabric!

With a little bit of creativity you will get that cozy holiday feel without sacrificing your space! 

This article is brought to you by Creekbend Property Management, an experienced property management company that prides itself on quality service for both homeowners and tenants. Don’t forget to check our weekly blog for property listings, helpful tips, community news, and more!  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!

 

 

Keep Your Home Cozy and Save Money!

 

As cool weather rolls in, it’s time to turn up the heat! For most renters, energy bills are one of the biggest monthly expenses and heating your home can be one of the most expensive components of your monthly budget. Luckily, making some easy adjustments in your home can dramatically reduce how much you spend on energy.

Creekbend Property Management has provided several tips to help tenants keep their home cozy and save money by cutting energy consumption and maintain comfortable temperatures in your homes this winter:
 

First things first, tenants should make sure all windows are closed and locked. In the summer, it’s common to bounce between opening the windows and keeping them closed to keep your home cool. It’s understandable if you forgot to lock your windows before the cold weather arrives, but take the time to ensure all windows are locked and sealed to keep warm air from escaping.

Check your furnace filter and change it monthly—without exception. Keeping your furnace and vents properly maintained will reduce energy consumption and help you save on your bills.The air filter keeps pollution and debris out of your HVAC system, allowing for proper and efficient operation. A dirty filter will slow down the air flow, making the furnace work harder to heat your home. This wastes energy and will result in higher energy bills.

While your home is empty, open curtains and blinds to allow heating sunlight into your house.  Opening the curtains on your south-facing windows during winter days allows free heat into your home. Close your window coverings when the sun goes down to keep the heat inside. Be sure to keep windows clean—a dust-free window allows more sunlight and warmth to enter your home.

Remember to adjust your thermostat at night. By turning your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours every day, you can save hundreds of dollars per year on your heating bills. Consider investing in flannel sheets or a warm comforter for your bed and keeping your home cooler when you sleep.

If you have ceiling fans in your house, you can use them to your advantage. Ceiling fans can be used strategically to achieve better airflow: counter-clockwise will push hot air up in the summer and clockwise will trap heat inside to keep your rooms warmer during cooler months. Turn your ceiling fan on a low setting to gently push hot air back down.

This article is brought to you by Creekbend Property Management, an experienced property management company that prides itself on quality service for both homeowners and tenants. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind! Don’t forget to check our weekly blog for property listings, helpful tips, community news, and more!

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. 

 

5 Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

It’s that time of year for holiday planning and preparations! Creekbend Property Management knows that tenants who generally follow the rules for the rest of the year may accidentally or unintentionally allow things get out of hand during the holidays. There are potential holiday disasters you may not think of until it’s too late! 

 

 

 

To help you plan for a safer and happier Thanksgiving, Creekbend Property Management has provided these 5 Thanksgiving  safety tips:

 

  1. Tenants are responsible for their guests

Thanksgiving often means out-of-town guests arriving for dinner or even staying overnight for a few days. Tenants need to know that they are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guests. Whether it’s violating the noise regulations as outlined in the rental lease agreement to swimming in the pool after hours to illegal activity, if the guests of the tenant are not following the lease agreement, the tenant can be penalized for it.

  1. Open flames inside

Thanksgiving and other holiday decorations often include candles, scented wax warmers and other open-flame decorations. It doesn’t take much to jostle a table, tip over a candle and cause a fire.

Open flames and children or pets is generally a recipe for disaster and can quickly cause your Thanksgiving preparations to go up in flames. Remember where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.

  1. Deep frying turkeys

A fast-growing trend in preparing turkey for Thanksgiving is to deep fry it in the backyard in a large vat of hot oil. The potential for injury and property damage is huge with deep frying turkeys. Again, make sure children and pets are being monitored and have a fire extinguisher handy.

  1. Overloading electronics

Thanksgiving dinner preparation in a small space like an apartment can mean lots of extra appliances, like electric frying pans, slow cookers, griddles and more. Add in anything that overnight guests bring in, such as hair dryers, curling irons, and other electronic devices and the outlets may get overloaded. Besides, a lot of people put up holiday lights inside and outside during Thanksgiving to get a jump on decorating for Christmas. Tenants should limit the number of appliances and electronic devices in use simultaneously Use power strips to reduce the risk of electrical-related problems and even an electrical fire.

  1. Parking

If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering, there will likely be a need for extra parking. Make sure your guest knows where the available guest parking spots are and to park their cars properly. When cars are squeezed into spaces that are set aside for other residents, double parked or even parked in places that aren’t even meant for parking could be recipe for potential fender-benders.

By following these tips your Creekbend Property Management hopes you have a more enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving! 

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!

 

Thinking of Investing in Rental Property? Consult a Property Manager First!

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 physical 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 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!

 

Decorating Ideas for Renters

Nothing’s more frustrating than not being able to put your own mark on the place you live in, which can be tough when living in a rental with strict rules. It can be doubly aggravating if the place you’re renting isn’t just bland, but has unsightly elements you’d rather not have to see every day.

 

 

Creekbend Property Management has provided some decorating ideas for renters who need temporary solutions to making their home look better.

Plants

Getting an assortment of plants throughout your space can make it feel like yours. The plants increase oxygen in your home, creating fresh air throughout. Hanging plants are a great way to add lots of green while not taking up a lot of space.  Add a windowsill of herbs for cooking! Don’t forget plants come in all different shapes and colors; if green isn’t your thing, then get some fragrant, white jasmines to freshen up your space.
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 individuality it can bring to your space. There are millions of different rugs out there.

Furniture

Whether your furniture budget is $50 or $5000, there are millions of pieces perfect for you. Goodwill furniture can be bought and re-done 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, there are so many websites that cater to each and every style, whether it is a Victorian bedroom set or a sleek, modern couch.

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 so many great patterns and colors. Curtains are also a great way to tie in any color scheme.

Throw Pillows

Decorating with throw pillows may seem like a small part of the design process, but that couldn’t be further from the truth: They’re the best way elevate a house to a home. Even though they are soft and comfortable, they’re not all fluff. When it comes to living room seating, hallway benches, and pretty much anything in the bedroom adding a throw pillow will pack a ton of punch and bring out the subtle design features of the space.

Wall Decals

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 decide to move out or get tired of them. There are even chalkboard decals so you can have a chalkboard and remove it a week later if you decide chalk is too messy. If you’re looking for something bigger than a decal, there is now removable wallpaper. The great part is that it is actually removable and super stylish. There isn’t any wear and tear to the wall underneath it.

Creekbend Property Management trusts that any space can and should feel like home. With a little imagination, whether on a budget or not, the blandest space can look like a million bucks!

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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