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10 Important Tips to Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running Smoothly

A garbage disposal is one of the most convenient appliances in your home, but it is also one of the plumbing fixtures that Creekbend Property Management gets calls from tenants about the most for repairs. In many cases, garbage disposal problems are avoidable if you know how to properly use and take care of your unit. By using the garbage disposal tips below, you can keep your unit running smoothly and avoid unnecessary repairs.

 

  • 1. Don’t put the wrong objects down your disposal. Your garbage disposal is designed to grind food scraps and nothing more. Some of the objects that you should avoid putting down your drain include large animal bones, grease, fat, oil and objects made of glass, plastic and metal. Onion skin, potato peelings and celery stalks will clog the blades and eventually burn out the motor on the unit. It’s also best to avoid grinding any food that expands such as spaghetti and rice because they can clog your disposal.
  • 2. Break up large objects before grinding them. If you have large food scraps that you want to put down your disposal, give your unit a helping hand by breaking them up into smaller pieces and grinding them separately.
  • 3. Use cold water when running your disposal. Always run your disposal with cold water. This will help prevent any grease or oils that have made their way down your drain from solidifying and clogging your unit.
  • 4. Keep your disposal clean. After using your disposal, pour a small amount of dish soap down your drain with cold running water. This will help keep your disposal clean and combat bad smells.
  • 5. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into drain, followed by cup of white vinegar for bad smells. This will freshen it up
  • 6. Grind ice cubes to help maintain your unit. Grinding a few ice cubes once a month will help sharpen your unit’s blades and clear away waste that’s stuck on the walls of your disposal.
  • 7. Don’t use drain cleaners on your disposal. The chemicals in drain cleaners can damage your disposal. If you have a clog, give a plumber a call or try the step below to fix it instead.
  • 8. Hand-crank the disposal to break up jams. One of the best ways to fix disposal jams is to stick an allen wrench in the slot at the bottom of your unit and manually crank the blades to free it up.
  • 9. Don’t forget about the reset button. If your disposal is acting up, check and see if the reset button at the bottom of the unit has tripped. If it’s popped out, press it back down and try running it again.
  • 10. Exercise caution when retrieving something from your disposal. If you accidentally drop something down your disposal, be very careful when trying to retrieve it. Make sure your unit is unplugged before attempting anything and try grabbing the object with pliers or a bent coat hanger instead of your hand.

Creekbend Property Management knows that utilizing these simple tips now can stop little problems from becoming big, expensive repairs. We want your rented home to be cozy and functional. 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!

Consult a Property Management Company 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. Creekbend Property Management, a full-service rental property management company serving Charleston and surrounding communities in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties, recommends consulting a reputable property management company to provide you an impartial opinion regarding the prospective investment.

 

 Before diving in and signing on the “dotted” line, 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.” The seller is looking out for their own best interest, and may not point out potential problems or issues with the property.
  • 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, a Charleston property management company, 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!

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Prepping for Halloween? If so, you’re probably hitting the pumpkin patch, buying candy, and maybe even planning costumes. But don’t forget to spruce up outside if you want trick-or-treaters to stop by on Halloween night and make it safe for the little ones!

 

 

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston, SC rental property management company offers some suggestions you can do to make your home more welcoming and safe for trick-or-treaters:

  • Sweep the walk/stoop/porch. The path front door can become littered with leaves, acorns, and dirt without notice. Inspect the front entryway and give it a quick sweep in advance of the big night!
  • Fine tune the lighting. Replace any bulbs that might be burnt out at the front door, porch, or paths leading to your house. Clean off bugs and cobwebs that always seem to accumulate in outdoor fixtures. Otherwise, your home might look like a real-life haunted house and scare trick-or-treaters away!
  • Decorate. A jack-o-lantern or collection of pumpkins and squash is enough to say that you’ve got spirit. Opt for seasonal instead of “Halloween-y” if you want that decor to last through until after Thanksgiving!
  • Have a presence. Simply giving the impression that the front of your home or apartment is used and enjoyed makes it more welcoming. Have seating out front, maybe a small table decorated for the season. This street presence can be established from indoors, too, with a chair pulled up and a reading lamp turned on inside a front window.
  • Ready the door itself. Is the front door clean? Give it a good scrubbing and wash the glass on the storm door if needed.
  • Leave the lights on. If kids see your lights are off, they will think you’re out of candy or you’re not passing any out. If you want to keep your house dark to make it seem spooky, that’s okay, but make sure to have some form of light, whether it’s a string of pumpkin lights, a porch light, a light on inside the house, or simply a Jack O’ Lantern.
  • Have “good” candy. We all want kids to be healthy, but on Halloween, please refrain from giving out apples or dried fruit. Chocolate, candy, and chips are good options to choose from when buying Halloween candy. Or you can advertise that you are giving out non-food items by displaying a “teal pumpkin” for kids that have allergies.
  • Keep pets secured.  If you have a dog that tends to bolt out the door the moment it’s opened, you run the risk of a small child getting knocked down. Keep Fido in a back room away from all the activity.

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!

Available Rentals in and Around Charleston, SC!

2244 Ashley Crossing Dr. Unit 1132, Charleston, SC 29407             $1350/Month

This is a beautiful clean 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium located in the Arboretum in West Ashley. Hardwood floors throughout kitchen, dining room, family room and sunroom.
Spacious master bedroom and bathroom. Enjoy maintenance free living. Covered balcony has additional outside storage closet. One parking space in parking garage and additional storage locker included. Clubhouse, exercise room, pool, walking trails for your enjoyment.

 

7468 North Gate Dr. Hanahan, SC 29410  4 Bed/2.5 Bath                                                  $1750/Month

Gorgeous 3 or 4 bedroom open concept home located in a very desirable area of Tanner Plantation.
Large living room open to kitchen with beautiful granite countertops and dining overlooking the back yard.
Hardwood floors, new carpet,and custom paint throughout the home finish the nicely appointed home. Spacious master bedroom with ensuite adjacent with separate shower and garden bathtub.
Upstairs has an open area with a closet that can be used for the 4th bedroom a sitting area or an office.
Will negotiate a lower rent for a long term lease.
Walking distance to Bowen’s Corner Elementary and the newly announced 54-acre park. Minutes to the Naval Weapons Station.

Creekbend Property Management, an experienced rental 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, Daniel Island Summerville, Ladson, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. 

Keep Cozy and Save Money on Energy Bills!

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, 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 rental 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, Daniel Island Summerville, Ladson, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. 

 

Theft Prevention Tips for Renters

It’s not necessary to turn your home into Fort Knox to reduce security risk. Losses resulting from theft can be prevented if tenants are more diligent in protecting their assets and avoiding costly insurance claims.

Creekbend Property Management has some smart theft prevention tips to help tenants show a potential thief that their home is better protected than the place down the street.

 

 

 

 Here are some theft prevention tips to keep you and your property safe:

  1.  Always keep windows, doors and sliding doors locked.
  2.  Remove spare keys from their usual “hiding place.” Instead, keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or friend.
  3.  Add reinforcements to windows and doors with a fitted steel or wood rod.
  4.  Remove cash, jewelry and other valuables from the master bedroom – the first place thieves tend to look for valuables.
  5.  Place a home security sign in a window – even if you don’t have a security system.
  6.  Make an inventory list of your belongings, include photos or video. Store the list in a safe place.
  7.  Tell a trusted neighbor when you’re away –they can be on the look-out for suspicious activity. A good neighbor can be one of the best crime prevention tools.
  8.  Stop mail and newspaper deliveries when away for long periods of time.
  9.  Leave a light on – place timers on indoor lamps to light your home at night, set timers to turn on radios and television randomly during the day.
  10.  Don’t post on social media that you’re out of town or away on vacation.
  11.  Keep some shades and blinds up and curtains open.
  12.  Park vehicles in a secure, well-lit area.
  13.  Always lock vehicles and keep windows closed.
  14.  Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. A thief will risk a “smash and grab.”
  15.  Never leave your keys in the car or the vehicle running when you’re not in it.

Creekbend Property Management also recommends investing in renter’s insurance, to help provide a safety net for tenants whether their  homes or vehicles are burglarized or have water damage due to burst pipes or storm damage. Renter’s insurance can help replace stolen items or repair damaged property. An uninsured resident, however, will suffer the consequences of costly repairs and replacing personal possessions.

 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!

Living in Harmony with Neighbors by Following the “Golden Rule”

Living in harmony with neighbors can easily be achieved by following the “golden rule”; by establishing and maintaining a courteous relationship. Whether you are a first time renter or been around the block more than a couple of times it’s a smart policy to be on good terms with the neighbors.

Good neighbors can help you when you’re in a bind whether it’s  keeping an eye on your place if you’re out of town, or collect mail or hold on to deliveries or to get a cup of sugar for a recipe; or if there is an unfortunate case of an emergency.

Creekbend Property Management offers a some great advice on establishing and maintaining courteous relationships with your fellow neighbors:

Be friendly

Make a good first impression by introducing yourself.  A simple hello or greeting goes a long way making it easier to interact in the future.

Ask some basic questions

Friendly chit chat… i.e. “How long have you lived here?” Learn a little about them and share a little about yourself.

Acknowledge neighbors who smile or greet you

You don’t have to be their best friend or a social butterfly, which can come across as being a busybody, but a smile and a wave doesn’t cost anything.

Be mindful of your neighbor’s privacy

If your neighbor looks like they are in a hurry or told you they are in a rush; end the conversation!

Let your neighbor know you are there should they ever need help

If you have elderly neighbors and you see them struggling with groceries, ask them if they need assistance taking the bags in or hold doors open. Same applies if your neighbor has young children and is trying to juggle baby, groceries, and a three year old child.

Repay a neighbor who does you a favor

If you asked a neighbor to collect your mail or water your plants while you’re out of town, remember to pick up a gift or restaurant gift certificate to let them know you appreciate their help.

Don’t annoy the neighbors if you throw a party

Tell your neighbors in advance by writing a polite note informing them you’ll do your best to keep the noise down and provide your phone number if they have any questions and letting them know they are more than welcome to come over. If you’re celebrating something like a new job or engagement, tell them why you’re having a party.

Inform your guests where they can park

Make sure your guests do not park in your neighbor’s parking space or park on the sidewalk or on landscaping.

Clean up after your party

Provide several trash receptacles around the yard to encourage guests to dispose cups, bottles, and the like responsibly.

Be a responsible pet owner

Clean up after your pet when going for “walks.” Keep pets on their leashes; avoid allowing pets to run around unattended.

Putting in a little friendly effort and consideration for neighbors will have big payoffs down the road. It will be worth having peace of mind knowing your neighbors are looking out for you!

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston property rental management company,  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 Dryer Filter Clean to Avoid Fire Hazard

Clothes dryers may not look dangerous but according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires is the failure to clean dryer vents.

 

Maintain clothes dryer safety to avoid fire hazard with the following information provided by Creekbend Property Management:

  • ALWAYS clean out the lint screen before using the dryer! Collected dust and lint become a fire hazard if allowed to remain inside vents and hoses.
  • ALWAYS keep chemicals, rags, loose papers, and other flammable items away from both gas and electric dryers.
  • Regularly inspect your dryer vents and lint filters from buildup. Examine the ductwork and exhaust hoses attached to the dryer to identify lint that has bypassed the screen.
  • Loose hoses, seals and connections can lead to gas and carbon monoxide leaks. If your dryer uses gas, pay attention for gas smells when you open the door or when the dryer is running.
  • Avoid running dryers while sleeping or when no one is home.

Look out for the following signs of a clogged dryer vent:

  • A musty odor is noticeable in the clothing after the drying cycle
  • Clothes seem unusually hot to the touch
  • Excessive heat is noticed in the room in which the washer and dryer are operated
  • The dryer vent hood flap does not open property when you use the dryer (this is the slotted vent opening to the exterior of your home)
  • Debris is noticed within the outside dryer vent opening
  • Large amounts of lint build-up in the lint trap during each cycle
  • Odor noticed from dryer sheets used during the drying cycle

Keeping your clothes dryer from being a fire hazard with regular cleaning and simple maintenance can protect your family and home!

Creekbend Property Management, a rental property management company, located in Charleston, SC specializing 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 Rental Homes in the Charleston Area

James Island 3 Bedroom House REDUCED $1950/month-Available Now!

401 Stefan Dr. Charleston, SC 29412

Single family home on cul-de-sac in Stefan Acres, a great James Island location!
Two story 1600 sq. ft single family home that is move-in ready!
The front door of this 3 bedroom and 2.5 bathroom home welcomes you into a great room with high ceilings. The open floor plan allows flow from the great room into the dining room and access to kitchen with ease. Access to the screened porch is off of the rear of the home and there is also a fenced yard with a patio for your grill and outdoor seating area.
This home backs up to a wooded area for great privacy. All three bedrooms are located upstairs and have wonderful closet space in all three rooms!

 

Carolina Bay Park – Gorgeous home! $1995/month 2122 sq. ft AVAILABLE NOW!

4299 William E Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414  

3 Bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms. Charming property West of the Ashley in Carolina Bay Park, that is conveniently located to shopping, restaurants and interstates. Be downtown and Boeing within 15 minutes. Master suite is on the first floor and has a double vanity and very nice shower.Enjoy an open concept and with a Chef’s kitchen, ceramic tile floor, granite counter tops and all stainless steel appliances. Entertain on a patio that is set up with a pergola and is nicely landscaped.Home has lots of storage and a detached garage.

 

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!  

Emergency Planning and Preparedness from Creekbend Property Management

Huge hurricane between Florida and Cuba. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Emergency planning and preparedness again? Yes, it is that time of year! The threat of tropical storms, hurricanes and flooding loom ahead for the next couple of months and Creekbend Property Management wants you to be ready before it’s too late! Planning is easy, if you think about it before there is an emergency! Use this list as a guide to help you be prepared. You don’t have to be in the military to have a “bug out” kit when it’s time to skedaddle.

 

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 a 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 pet, 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 urges everybody to be ready for any emergency, by planning for it now, not in the middle of one!

Creekbend Property Management, a rental property management company, 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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