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Who are we? Creekbend Property Management, in Charleston, SC is a well established property management company for Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties; we are listed as one of the top ten property management companies for 2019 by Expertise.com whose QA team selects the best local experts that scored high across five categories: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Engagement and Professionalism.

 

What does Creekbend Property Management do? To start, we manage… to make you money. You may ask, exactly what does that mean? Simply put, our job is to make you money and minimize your stress! We manage residential properties including single family residential homes. HOA’s and apartment complexes. We offer a range of comprehensive management services designed to protect your investment and improve your return on your investment. From securing qualified, reliable tenant to rent collections, maintenance and clean outs, our team uses efficient and effective strategies to maximize return.

Creekbend Property Management got a minimum of 10% more rent than a landlord managing their own property. We want you, as an investor, to make the most out of your rental property!

 

  • Using state-of-the-art property management software we properly market your property on 200 sites including: Trulia, Zillow, Craigslist, our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and our official Creekbend Property Management website. We create ads that are appealing to renters and show off the properties. We feel each property is special and we try to highlight that in every post. After we gather multiple interested parties, we thoroughly check each applicant to ensure they are responsible financially and otherwise.
  • Next, to keep the property investor stress free, we prepare all lease agreements, lease renewals, and/or termination.
  • Before handing the keys over to the new tenants, we go over the lease with the new tenants to ensure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.
  • We then photograph the property: inside and out for documentation. We, as a rental property management company, want you to be aware of the exact condition your property is in. We want to assure you that your investment property is still spic and span.
  • We save the homeowner money by having our very own maintenance staff to handle general repairs. If the issue is more than a general repair, we work closely with many companies in the Charleston area which often give us, and in turn you, lower up-front negotiated prices.
  • Once your tenant has moved in, we collect a security deposits as well as the monthly rental payments.
  • If there is ever an issue with a tenant, we address it immediately. We handle delinquent payments and returned checks. If the problem grows out of hand, we also handle tenant evictions and legal matters. We have an experienced attorney that we can reach out to at any time.
  • If damage due to unforeseen events i.e. severe weather were to happen to your property, we also handle and process insurance claims. We deal with the insurance companies for you to get you the most money.
  • Creekbend Property Management also has a fulltime Spanish speaker ready to help with any communication.
  • Finally, at the end of each month we give you a detailed report of your investment property to keep you informed about your property. Now, go take that vacation and let us do the work for you!

Creekbend Property Management is the answer to all your investment property needs, providing rental management services in the Charleston tri-county area as a one-stop-shop for all of your property investment needs!

 

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!

 

Reasons Why You Should Consider Hiring a Rental Property Management Company

Home For RentCreekbend Property Management knows that one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an owner or investor is whether you should hire a rental property management company. Many owners/investors manage properties on their own or with the help of an employee, such as a resident manager. But sometimes owners need more help, and that’s when looking for a property management company makes sense.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider hiring Creekbend Property Management, a full-service rental property management company serving Charleston and surrounding communities in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties:

 

  • Market Appraisal: A property management company will be able to give an independent assessment of the correct rent for a rental property; avoiding lost income through a high vacancy rate.
  • Tenant Selection: A property management company will have access to information on people with a history of being undesirable tenants and also undertake a thorough background check on all applications.
  • Marketing: Many prospective tenants contact local property managers directly for information about properties for lease. In addition, a property management company will also have access to Internet marketing which is becoming more important in the rental market.
  • Viewing the property: Showing prospective tenants the property takes time because people generally want to view the property during after work hours such as the evenings or weekends.  Owners/investors are more restricted in their time and therefore may not be able to find the best tenant for the property in the fastest time.
  • Leases: Having the tenant complete and sign their contacts of agreement is very important as it protects owners and investors. A clearly written contract should clearly state the responsibilities of the tenant and the owner i.e., termination of rental contract. Some investors overlook this key part of renting a property with the result that problems are created between the tenant and owner.
  • Termination of lease: Problems can often arise when the tenant wants to terminate the contract i.e. lack of notice or failure to leave the property in the same condition it was first leased. A property manager will ensure that the contract is properly terminated and that a new tenant can be sourced quickly reducing vacancy rates.
  • Tenant Retention: One of the most common reasons why good tenants leave a rental property is that the landlord does not provide a high level of service i.e. it may takes weeks to fix an air conditioner because the landlord is too busy with personal issues. By employing a property manager, landlords can be assured that all of their tenant’s requirements are dealt with promptly and this will in turn reduce vacancy rates.
  • Maintenance Issues: A property manager will conduct regular property inspections to make sure the investment property is properly maintained and take action if it is not. Maintaining the value of the asset should be a key consideration for investors.
  • Legal Issues: Because of the growing trend towards litigation, people who privately lease their properties can open themselves to litigation if they fail to discharge their legal responsibilities in relation to the investment property i.e. fixing items in the investment property that could cause personal injury. A property manager is fully briefed on these legal responsibilities and this offers additional peace of mind for the investor.
  • Professional relationship: Investors who manage their investment properties tend to develop friendships with their tenant which means that problems can arise when the tenant fails to pay their rent or maintain the property. By using the services of a property manager, the relationship is kept on a business footing which will be financially beneficial for the investor.

Creekbend Property Management deals directly with owners and tenants, saving you time and worry over marketing your rentals, collecting rent, handling maintenance and repair issues, responding to tenant complaints, and even pursuing evictions. Plus, Creekbend Property Management brings its know-how and experience to your property, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands.

 

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!

Protect Your Home With Important Fire Safety Tips

Your home is the hub of your life whether it’s filled with loved ones, family belongings or heirlooms. Keeping your home protected should take top priority. Equipping your home with extinguishers and smoke detectors is the first line of defense to help protect you and your loved ones. During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

 

   Protect your home with these important home fire safety tips provided Creekbend Property Management:

Install Smoke Detectors According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries

Have a Fire Escape Plan

  • Talk with all family members, roommates, et al,  about fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year
  • If a fire occurs in your home, grab your children and pets, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything.

Have Fire Extinguishers on Hand

  • A fire extinguisher should be readily available in the kitchen as well as in the garage, the two places where fires are most likely to start.
  • Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher, and most should have at least two or three. The number of fire extinguishers that you should have in your home depends on a couple of things: the size of your home and if your home is a multi-level home or not.

With these few steps provided by Creekbend Property Management company you can keep your home protected and your loved ones safe!

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston 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!

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 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, House-sitter, 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. Check Running Toilets: Make sure toilets are not running; someone leaving the flushing handle down causing the water to run continuously in the tank.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 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!

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 without Game 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. 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
  • Get your rent down in writing:To guard against future money disputes, get it down in writing and make sure each person has 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.

This article is brought to you by Creekbend Property Management, an experienced Charleston rental 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 Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

How to Remove Allergens From Your Home

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

 

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston, SC rental property management company offers advice on how to remove allergens from your home and how to prevent more from getting in!

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

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

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

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

Small Solutions to Avoid Big Plumbing Disasters

Most of us don’t think of the plumbing in our homes until something goes wrong. Much like remembering to replace the windshield wipers on your car; it’s not given ANY thought until it rains!

You, family members, or guests may be using your plumbing system incorrectly and not know it! Creekbend Property Management, a rental property management company in Charleston, SC has experienced any and all plumbing mishaps that for the most part could have been avoided by implementing some simple preventative solutions.

 

 

Here are some common sense plumbing tips to share because an ounce of prevention will save you a ton of money, time, and messy problems!

  • In Case of an Emergency -Know where the water shut off valve is located! In the event of a broken pipe, overflowing toilet, it is vital that you and your household know where to locate the water shut off valve.
  • Use Drain Catchers or Screens to Drain Covers in Kitchen and Tubs/Showers-If you don’t have a garbage disposal unit, food should not enter the drain where it can accumulate and clog pipes. Scrap excess food residue into trash can before rinsing in sink ensuring that you are using drain catchers to keep food items from clogging up the pipes. For bathrooms these screens will help to prevent hair, toothpaste caps, or small jewelry items from creating a clogged drain.
  • Garbage Disposal Never- Evers!- Do not put bones, of any kind and size, onion peels, potato peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, glass, rubber or metal. Never use chemical drain cleaners to unclog it.
  • Prevent Clogged Drains with Monthly Baking Soda and White Vinegar Treatments- Every month sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda into your sink and tub drains, followed with just enough warm water to get the powder well into the drain. Then pour in 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the mixture stand a few hours or overnight to help dissolve scum and bacteria buildup, flush the drains with hot water. It also takes care of funky odors!
  • Avoid the Pouring Grease Down the Drain- Even if you use a garbage disposal, grease damages drains. According to the EPA, 50% of all clogged drains are due to oil, grease and fat build-up in drain pipes. To avoid the problem of grease accumulation, let hot grease cool in a disposable container i.e. coffee can, soup can, and then dispose of it properly.
  • Use Plungers Before Reaching for the “Drano”- The most common solution for slow or stopped up drains is pouring in a bottle of drain cleaner, however it often takes more than a couple of uses to clean out the clog. Repeated use of these caustic chemicals can damage pipes and are harmful to the environment. To avoid dependence on these harsh chemicals, try a plunger or auger to loosen up clog or pull out the debris (use rubber gloves, it can be quite yucky). If you absolutely need to resort to using the drain cleaner make sure you use the correct product.  Drain cleaner for the sink is not the same product to use for a clogged toilet! Read the instructions before using!
  • Talk to Family Members, Especially Children About What is Acceptable to Flush- Not Acceptable: dumping food, cat litter, paper towels or sanitary items down the toilet. Many plumbers will tell you that wipes are not flushable regardless of manufacturer’s claims. Provide an airtight waste can in each bathroom for disposal of items that should not be flushed down the commode.
  • Install Washing Machine Hose Screen– To make washing machines operate better and last longer, install inexpensive hose screens on the hot and cold water hoses to keep sediment from clogging the washing machine’s pumps and valves.
  • Do Not Use Hanging Shower Caddy on the Showerhead- Too many heavy items on a caddy hanging on the showerhead puts stress on the plumbing fixture that is not designed to be weight bearing and will damage the head and may cause cracks in surrounding tiles. As another storage option install a shelving system that uses suction cups to anchor shelving into corner of tub.

Creekbend Property Management knows that utilizing these simple maintenance efforts 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!

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Rental Scams

Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?

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

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

 

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

 

NEVER DEAL IN CASH!

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

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

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

NEVER RENT SIGHT-UNSEEN!

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

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

BE AWARE OF RENTAL RATES

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

BE WARY OF LANDLORDS WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED IN YOUR BACKGROUND!

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

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

 WEED OUT SKETCHY ROOM MATE LISTINGS!

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

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

 

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

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and like most folks you are more than likely waiting till the last minute and spending more than you can afford!  Instead of settling for the classic gift items; dozen roses and diamond jewelry, etc… give a gift that truly expresses and represents what your loved one means to you.  Creekbend Property Management has provided a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas to tell your partner that they are loved and appreciated!

 

  • Recreate your first date. Like many couples, your first date may have been inexpensive. Maybe pizza, or a coffee or a movie (rent the same film and microwave movie style popcorn).
  • If your valentine likes being pampered you can’t go wrong with breakfast in bed!
  • Make chocolate-covered strawberries. It’s easy and it will look like you put in a lot of work
  • Make romantic notes. Get a pack of pretty blank note cards with envelopes and write a different message in each one. Stick a chocolate kiss on each envelope and leave them around the house in places you know your partner will find them.
  • Buy an expensive version of their favorite treat. Good quality chocolate bars, a good bottle of wine for under $20, or a pint of high end ice-cream
  • Do a chore or take care of one or some of your partner’s least favorite task. Vacuum and clean their car and leave a single rose with a handwritten note with a simple message of how much they mean to you.

There are many creative ways to show your devotion and affection without breaking the bank. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way! Creekbend Property Management wishes you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Creekbend Property Management, is a Charleston rental property management company  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!

Looking for a Property Management Company?

Creekbend Property Management knows that one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as an owner or investor is whether you should hire a rental property management company. Many owners/investors manage properties on their own or with the help of an employee, such as a resident manager. But sometimes owners need more help, and that’s when looking for a property management company makes sense.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider hiring Creekbend Property Management, a full-service rental property management company serving Charleston and surrounding communities in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties:

 

  • Market Appraisal: A property management company will be able to give an independent assessment of the correct rent for a rental property; avoiding lost income through a high vacancy rate.
  • Tenant Selection: A property management company will have access to information on people with a history of being undesirable tenants and also undertake a thorough background check on all applications.
  • Marketing: Many prospective tenants contact local property managers directly for information about properties for lease. In addition, a property management company will also have access to Internet marketing which is becoming more important in the rental market.
  • Viewing the property: Showing prospective tenants the property takes time because people generally want to view the property during after work hours such as the evenings or weekends.  Owners/investors are more restricted in their time and therefore may not be able to find the best tenant for the property in the fastest time.
  • Leases: Having the tenant complete and sign their contacts of agreement is very important as it protects owners and investors. A clearly written contract should clearly state the responsibilities of the tenant and the owner i.e., termination of rental contract. Some investors overlook this key part of renting a property with the result that problems are created between the tenant and owner.
  • Termination of lease: Problems can often arise when the tenant wants to terminate the contract i.e. lack of notice or failure to leave the property in the same condition it was first leased. A property manager will ensure that the contract is properly terminated and that a new tenant can be sourced quickly reducing vacancy rates.
  • Tenant Retention: One of the most common reasons why good tenants leave a rental property is that the landlord does not provide a high level of service i.e. it may takes weeks to fix an air conditioner because the landlord is too busy with personal issues. By employing a property manager, landlords can be assured that all of their tenant’s requirements are dealt with promptly and this will in turn reduce vacancy rates.
  • Maintenance Issues: A property manager will conduct regular property inspections to make sure the investment property is properly maintained and take action if it is not. Maintaining the value of the asset should be a key consideration for investors.
  • Legal Issues: Because of the growing trend towards litigation, people who privately lease their properties can open themselves to litigation if they fail to discharge their legal responsibilities in relation to the investment property i.e. fixing items in the investment property that could cause personal injury. A property manager is fully briefed on these legal responsibilities and this offers additional peace of mind for the investor.
  • Professional relationship: Investors who manage their investment properties tend to develop friendships with their tenant which means that problems can arise when the tenant fails to pay their rent or maintain the property. By using the services of a property manager, the relationship is kept on a business footing which will be financially beneficial for the investor.

Creekbend Property Management deals directly with owners and tenants, saving you time and worry over marketing your rentals, collecting rent, handling maintenance and repair issues, responding to tenant complaints, and even pursuing evictions. Plus, Creekbend Property Management brings its know-how and experience to your property, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your investment is in good hands.

 

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!

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