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Practical Advice for Splitting Rent with Roommates!

One of the biggest advantages of having a roommate is the ability to split the cost of rent and utilities; which usually mean you’ll be able to afford a larger apartment or house with better amenities than you could if you were living alone. However, when you live with roommates, you have to share major expenses, and money can be a sensitive subject. Whether the bedrooms are different sizes or one person has more amenities than another, sometimes splitting the rent evenly isn’t totally fair.

 

Creekbend Property Management has some practical advice to help avoid giving yourself a headache trying to come up with a fair way to divvy up rent.

 

Here are some easy ways to divide rent practically among roommates!

  • Splitting the cost by size: If there is a big disparity in the size of the bedrooms, you may want to base what each roommate pays by square footage. You can do this by dividing the total cost of rent by the total square footage of the apartment. For example, if your rental rate is $1,000 per month for a 1,000-square-foot apartment, the cost per square foot is $1. Next, determine the square footage of each bedroom, and multiply that number by the cost per square footage. If one bedroom is 250 square feet and the other is 350 square feet, the rental cost per bedroom would be $250 and $350.  
  • Factoring in amenities:In addition to square footage, you should also consider other amenities and comforts like private bathrooms, etc. For example, if one roommate gets a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and his or her own private bathroom, he or she should pay more than the roommate with the smaller closet and shared bathroom. You can use RoomieCalc to help you fairly calculate the amount of rent each person should pay based on the size of rooms and their amenities.
  • Don’t forget other shared expenses: While you’re discussing how to split the rent, you should also talk about utilities. Does one person never watch cable while the other can’t live withoutGame of Thrones? Talk through who will use what, and decide what you think is fair.
  • Online tools:You can always go the traditional route of using a spreadsheet, but technology has made it easier than ever to split rent and bills. Simply use a bill-splitting website such as Splitwise or Spliddit and have the math done for you. These sites can also keep track of who owes what, so there’s no question of whether or not everyone has paid their share.
  • Get your rent down in writing:To guard against future money disputes, get it down in writing and make sure each person has a copy. A roommate agreement is the perfect way to get your details on file so you’re not left wondering the terms in the future. It may seem a bit overkill, especially if you’re living with friends, but a roommate agreement could help you save on expenses and avoid arguments down the line.

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

Communication is Key for a Successful Tenant- Landlord Relationship

Landlords and property managers are faced with day to day challenges in the rental world. Creekbend Property Management knows that one of the main issues is communication for a successful tenant – landlord relationship. The first place to start for good communication is at the move in appointment. Most tenants are mechanically signing where instructed in order to get the keys without taking the time to read a legal document.

 

To ensure everyone “is on the same page” Creekbend Property Management will go over each paragraph with the tenant ensuring that they understand what is expected of them before they sign on the dotted line:

 

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

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

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

Why You Need Renters Insurance

 

Why do you need 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.

Here are the 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!

Cleaning up Safely After the Storm!

In the aftermath of weather threats such as hurricane, tornado, flood or severe thunderstorm, we just want to get back to our normal lives. Cleaning up is the first step and it can be a big undertaking, and it can also be dangerous.

Before you begin the cleaning process, Creekbend Property Management wants you to remember to think about approaching the job with safety in mind and the right tools to help keep you safe.

 

 

Wear Proper Safety Clothing-

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

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

Keep Away From Power Lines

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

Be Prepared for Fires

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

Use Flashlights, Not Candles

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

Keep Gas Powered Equipment Outside

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

Creekbend Property Management wants you to remember that the storm may have passed, and you and your loved ones are safe, but the threat of potential harm has not.

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

Tenant’s Guide for Troubleshooting Minor Maintenance Issues

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.There are some simple maintenance tasks that tenants can perform to help resolve minor issues without making an appointment for service.

Creekbend Property Management has provided the following maintenance tips and guide for tenants to troubleshoot problems:

 

 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. ** Never put these items down the disposal: chicken bones, onion peels, potato skins, and corn husk! **

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.
  • 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 you 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!

 

Pre-Vacation Preparation To-Do List

You’ve been planning a getaway for a better part of the year; dreaming of an exotic locale far from the everyday stress and humdrum life. Before you pack those bags, make sure everything back home will run smoothly with minimal problems! Creekbend Property Management has provided a Pre-Vacation Preparation To-Do List to help you prepare your home and keep you safe.  You don’t want to come home regretting your much needed vacation!

 

First things first!

  1. If You are Renting; Inform Your Landlord You Are Going Out of Town: This benefits you if there is an emergency i.e., burst pipes. It’s a good idea to provide the landlord with contact information for the person you have checking on the place or house sitting for you. Also, your landlord may want to take advantage of your absence by addressing some construction or improvement they were planning on doing.
  2. Put Your Mail on Hold: You can avoid waiting in line at the post office by logging on to holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/ Just a few clicks and you’re all set!
  3. Leave Emergency Contact Info with Neighbor, Housesitter, Etc…, – Make sure to leave landlord’s contact information, veterinarian’s number, and an alternate way to contact you (email address).
  4. Contact Your Bank: Let them know what countries you’re traveling to. You may be able to fill out a travel notification form online.
  5. Contact Your Alarm Company: If they know you’re out of town they will be more likely to send the police out faster.
  6. Send Out Your Itinerary and Instructions for Reaching You: Provide family or friends flight numbers, hotel names and addresses and phone numbers in the event you can’t be reached by cell phone. If it’s a camping trip, schedule check-in call times.
  7. Surge Protection: to make sure nothing gets the better of your electronics, unplug or add a surge protector in case there’s a storm a brewin’ while you’re away!
  8. Time Your Lights: You could just leave on a few lights to make it appear that someone’s home, but the best solution is setting simple timers to multiple lamps throughout the home, and setting them at different times to  turn on and off.
  9. Turn Down the Heat or AC: You will save money while you’re away, unless there’s a house sitter or pet sitter, or you want to avoid pipes freezing.
  10. PrePay Your Bills: Schedule your payments to go out on time through internet banking. After all, you’re on vacation and don’t want to worry if the power will be on when you return!
  11. Take Care of Potential Smelly Messes: Don’t come home to a stinky home! Make sure the refrigerator is clear of perishables, all trash is taken out, no clothes left in washing machine, or dishes in dish washer. Pour vinegar and baking soda into trash disposal and run hot water to clean out any smelly debris.
  12. Email Yourself Important Information: In case you are a victim of theft while away and if you’re going out of the country, create a file with important phone numbers, account/billing numbers, copies of your passport, social security card and driver’s license.
  13. Hire a Lawn or Snow Removal Service: If you go away for more than a week in the summer, you will come home to a jungle and if it’s winter, a foot of snow on your car! Whichever season you’re away and it looks like nobody’s home, it’s a beacon light signaling your absence to thieves. 

The best part of the above recommendations is the peace of mind they’ll give you if you’re away from home and will help you enjoy more of your vacation time!

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!

 

Keep Your Pets Safe This July 4th

 

While we are celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, our pets are not enjoying themselves. One of the most terrifying evenings will result in many pets ending up in animal emergency rooms, shelters or killed on roads from trying to escape from the frightening sounds. Dogs and cats are particularly sensitive to the loud noises from firecrackers, noisy party sounds from revelers and loud music. The stress from these sounds can cause stomach upset, loss of appetite, and disorientation.

Creekbend Property Management has compiled a list of tips to help your pets stay safe and calm while you enjoy the Fourth of July festivities.

  • Confining Your Pet

Many pets have a favorite hiding place where they go when they are frightened. If they have been crate trained, it can lend a feeling of safety and security. If not, using a crate can be more stressful and may even injure your pets teethe or nails trying to get through the crate door. Place your pets in a room where they cannot hurt themselves or damage your belongings.

  • Using Positive Noise to Distract Your Pet

Even if you have not been using noise conditioning before now, you can still try using a distraction noise to help cover up the alarming sounds. Calm classical music can help to relieve many animals’ anxiety. Turn the music up to a comfortable volume to drown out some of the party sounds. Some pets also like to watch TV. If they have a favorite show, record it so you can play it for several hours at a time.

  • Natural Calming Therapies for Pets

For dogs, lavender oils have been found to reduce car anxiety in dogs can be helpful(make sure the oil has the name Lavendula augustifolia or Lavendula officinalis). Try spraying the lavender oil on your dog’s favorite blanket. ProQuiet, a chewable tryptophan tablet, or in syrup form, can help in calming dogs and cats.

For cats, many owners find that Feliway sprays are very helpful, it is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure. It can be used as a plug-in room diffuser, or as a spray.

  • Exercise Your Pet to Calmness

Get your dog outside to a park (or equivalent) for as much exercise as he/she can handle. For cats, plan out your day to spend time with feather wands, laser pointing toys, etc… to keep your feline friend moving as long as you can before the evening’s partying begins. Hopefully, when the noise starts, your pet will be too “dog tired” to get very stressed out.

  • Distract Your Pet With Toys and Games

Give your dog some food puzzles to play with during the time when there will be a lot of noise, or get a few toys for him/her to play with.

For cats, try spritzing catnip spray on the new toy to keep him interested, and for dogs, stuff a puzzle toy with peanut butter to keep their attention focused

  • Talk to Your Veterinarian

If your pet’s doctor is already familiar with your pet’s issue, you may be able to have your vet prescribe anti-anxiety medicine for your pet.  Don’t wait till last minute to talk to your vet about your pet’s anxiety. Veterinarians will not call in a last minute prescription for a pet that has not been previously diagnosed with noise anxiety.

  • Leave the Neighborhood for the Night

If you have any friends or family who live in a quiet place, pack up what your pet will need to spend an overnight away from home. If nothing else, you can find an out of the way, pet-friendly hotel to crash in for the night.

  • Don’t Hold Back on Comforting Your Pet

Imagine how you would want to be treated if you were feeling a high level of anxiety. Would you want to be ignored and brushed aside? The best thing you can do for your pet when he or she is anxious is to stay calm-show your pet by example that there is nothing to be afraid of-speak soothingly, show lots of calm affection, and give treats when he or she is being calm. Some pets will learn from this that as long as you are near they are safe and they may stop being as clingy.

Creekbend Property Management wishes you and your furry loved ones a happy, calm, and safe July 4th!

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

Safe 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!

 

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