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Keep Your A/C System Running Smoothly During Heat Wave!

We are re-posting this article to help keep you cool during this heatwave! Creekbend Property Management’s top priority is to protect our investor’s rental properties; keeping HVAC systems maintained and running smoothly is one of the services we provide! We also provide our tenants with important HVAC maintenance information to keep systems running smoothly and suggestions to stay cool and save on energy costs in the dog days of Summer!

 

 

Here are some simple tips to help our tenants to save energy and keep cool at the same time:

  • Close your blinds during the day while the sun is shining bright. Closing the blinds with help keep the sunlight out and your home shaded and cooler. Use venetian blinds to help reflect the light out or white backed curtains.
  • If you have ceiling fans, use them! Keep stagnant air moving, it feels cooler and increases the level of comfort for occupants. Fans use much less electricity than air conditioning units.
  • Turn off electronics! Computers, TVs, etc… generate quite a bit of heat when sitting idle or even when turned off. Plug electronics in to a surge protector to switch on and off.
  • Avoid using the oven! Try using the microwave or an outside grill. If you need to use the oven, it may be better to do it the early morning or later at night when it’s cooler.
  • Replace all incandescent light bulbs and halogen bulbs because they emit a lot of heat when in use. Replace standard bulbs with high-efficiency, low-heat CFL’s or LED’s, which use a quarter of the energy and last a lot longer!
  • Take short, cool showers, which are refreshing in the hot summer. Run the bathroom exhaust fan when showering or bathing, and keep running 20 minutes afterward, to remove excess heat and humidity.
  • Make sure your air filters are replaced EVERY month. Many furnace manufacturers recommend that you use a low-cost fiberglass filter because high-efficiency filters may actually slow airflow across the heat exchanger, reducing the unit’s efficiency, raising your energy bills, and causing furnace damage due to overheating.

By following these tips provided by Creekbend Property Management you can enjoy the summer season and avoid costly HVAC repairs for you and your landlord. Please remember to keep hydrated!

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston rental property management company,  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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Simple Maintenance Issues that Tenants can Troubleshoot

There are some simple maintenance issues that tenants can perform to help resolve minor issues without making an appointment for service. Tenants are typically responsible for ensuring their property stays sanitary, clean and in good repair. Some issues can be simple enough for tenants to resolve without submitting a work order and making appointments with service technicians.

 

 

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

 No Electric 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.

A/C not Cooling

  • Check the filter and change if dirty
  • Shut off system for an hour; coils may need to defrost

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, celery stalks, 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 in a 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 some of the maintenance and repairs for your home, however these tips will help address issues quicker and more efficiently for you and your landlord. If the problem can not be resolved and you need to submit a service request for a appliance issue, i.e., dishwasher or ice maker  it’s a good idea to provide the make, model and serial number to help speed up the repair process. 

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

Keep Your Pets Safe this 4th of July!

While we are celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, our pets are not enjoying themselves. For some animals it is the most terrifying holiday  resulting 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!

Keep HVAC’s Running Smoothly in the Dog Days of Summer!

Creekbend Property Management’s top priority is to protect our investor’s rental properties; keeping HVAC systems maintained and running smoothly is one of the services we provide! We also provide our tenants with important HVAC maintenance information to keep systems running smoothly and suggestions to stay cool and save on energy costs in the dog days of Summer!

 

Here are some simple tips to help our tenants to save energy and keep cool at the same time:

  • Close your blinds during the day while the sun is shining bright. Closing the blinds with help keep the sunlight out and your home shaded and cooler. Use venetian blinds to help reflect the light out or white backed curtains.
  • If you have ceiling fans, use them! Keep stagnant air moving, it feels cooler and increases the level of comfort for occupants. Fans use much less electricity than air conditioning units.
  • Turn off electronics! Computers, TVs, etc… generate quite a bit of heat when sitting idle or even when turned off. Plug electronics in to a surge protector to switch on and off.
  • Avoid using the oven! Try using the microwave or an outside grill. If you need to use the oven, it may be better to do it the early morning or later at night when it’s cooler.
  • Replace all incandescent light bulbs and halogen bulbs because they emit a lot of heat when in use. Replace standard bulbs with high-efficiency, low-heat CFL’s or LED’s, which use a quarter of the energy and last a lot longer!
  • Take short, cool showers, which are refreshing in the hot summer. Run the bathroom exhaust fan when showering or bathing, and keep running 20 minutes afterward, to remove excess heat and humidity.
  • Make sure your air filters are replaced EVERY month. Many furnace manufacturers recommend that you use a low-cost fiberglass filter because high-efficiency filters may actually slow airflow across the heat exchanger, reducing the unit’s efficiency, raising your energy bills, and causing furnace damage due to overheating.

By following these tips provided by Creekbend Property Management you can enjoy the summer season and avoid costly HVAC repairs for you and your landlord. Please remember to keep hydrated!

Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston rental property management company,  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 for Hurricane Season

Emergency planning and preparedness again? Yes, it is that time of the 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 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 urges our tenants to be ready for any emergency, by planning for it now, not in the middle of one. Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in James Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, North Charleston, and West Ashley.  We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; peace of mind!

 

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!

Maximize Your Rental Deposit Return

If you are planning to move out of your rental and are relying on your security deposit to help with moving costs, it is important to understand what is generally considered normal wear and tear in the rental world and what you need to do to maximize your deposit return. Landlords are permitted to deduct from security deposits for damage or excessive filth, but not for ordinary wear and tear. Creekbend Property Management has provided a simple – to – follow steps and information to help you get back most or all of  your security deposit and even more importantly, a good rental reference from your landlord!

 

What is normal wear and tear?

Basically anything that is an act of everyday living and constant use, deterioration that results from the intended use of the home. Such as:

  • Soiled carpets due to dirt tracked in on shoes, constant use, and also show some discoloration and matted from wear.
  • Fading paint or a few small holes on the walls from hanging pictures.
  • Blinds that have faded with use are also part of normal wear and tear that occurs with time.
  • Blind pulls or strings may also be worn or frayed due to constant use

What is excessive damage?

Actual damage from negligence, carelessness, accident or abuse of the home, equipment or personal property by the tenant or by a member of the tenant’s household or by a guest of the tenant. Such as:

  • Filth in refrigerator dirty greasy stove tops and ovens,
  • Broken compartments in the refrigerator or damaged stove burners.
  • Mold and mildew covering bathroom tubs or walls that require professional cleaning
  • Holes punched into walls, ripped or damaged screens.
  • Doors and doorways that have been scratched and chewed by pets.
  • Torn carpets, or stains, burns or blotches from bleach all constitute permanent damage.
  • Stains and odors on the floor or carpet due to pets.
  • Broken fixtures, doors, windows, or screens that have cracks or rips due to intentional or careless use.
  • Broken or damaged blinds.
  • Flea infestation that requires professional treatment and removal.
  • Damage to outdoor fencing caused by tenant or their pets.
  • Holes in yard due to pets digging.
  • Damage to walls or ceilings due to faulty repairs to pipes that tenant installed rather than having a licensed professional do the work.

What do you need to do to get that deposit back?

  • Patch holes in the walls left from posters, pictures, shelves, etc.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaning company to get the job done properly
  • Repaint walls with landlord approved colors
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs and damaged light fixtures.
  • Repair any loose hinges, knobs, hanging cabinets, and towel bars.
  • Deep clean the fridge, oven, stove top, microwave, and dishwasher.
  • Clean under refrigerator; move away from wall to clean around the fridge area.
  • Scrub away mold in bathtubs, shower stalls, sinks, and toilets.
  • Clean out drawers and cabinets, vacuum and wipe clean.
  • Sweep, vacuum and mop all floors once all the furniture is out of the way. Clean inside of windows, clean off window sills, vacuum blinds, vacuum and clean baseboards.
  • Wipe down walls, clean remove finger prints from light switches and doors
  • Flea bomb if there were indoor/outdoor pets.
  • If you are responsible for lawn care; mow the grass, rake up and dispose of debris, sweep walkways and porches/decks and clean out trash bins. Fill in holes in yard from pet’s digging.

Creekbend Property Management recommends documenting with photos the condition of your rental before moving in and after moving out. Always check your city, county, and state laws for security deposit details since they do vary from state to state. Once you’re completely moved out, request a walk through with the landlord, leave a forwarding address, and return your keys. Depending on what state you live in, it may take 15-30 days to get your deposit back.

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!

 

Living in Harmony With Neighbors

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!

Grilling Tips to Keep Your Memorial Day Safe!

Memorial Day kicks off  the  pre-Summer season for many of us who enjoy outdoor grilling and relaxing in the backyard with family and friends. Before you light that match, take the time to avoid making common mistakes which could potentially cause injuries, fires and property damage. Creekbend Property Management has provided these simple, yet vital tips to help keep your Memorial Day safe.

 

 

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 under any overhanging structure like a balcony.
  • 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 before you begin. 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 garden hose ready. Better to be prepared rather than wasting precious minutes.
  • 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 wishes our tenants and their loved ones a safe and relaxing Summer!  We, as a Charleston rental 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!

Communication is Key for a Successful Tenant 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 successful communication. The first place to start for good communication is at the move-in appointment. Most tenants are signing where instructed in order to get the keys without thoroughly taking the time to read a legal rental agreement. To ensure everyone “is on the same page” Creekbend Property Management will go over each paragraph with the tenant making certain that they understand what is expected of them before they sign on the dotted line.

 

Important information to go over with new tenants:

  • 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.
  • 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, a Charleston Property Rental 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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