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Creekbend Property Management Rentals Available in Charleston and Surrounding Area

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

4299 William E Murray Blvd, Charleston, SC 29414            AVAILABLE NOW!

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.

Stefan Acres – James Island $2250/1600 sq. ft      AVAILABLE NOW!

401 Stefan Dr. Charleston, SC 29412

Two story single family home that is move-in ready! This property has new carpet downstairs and hardwoods in the dining room and has been freshly painted! The homes are just steps away from all restaurants and shopping that Maybank Highway has to offer. 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!

Greenwood Park – Charming West Ashley Home $1600/1225 sq. ft

2046 Green Park Ave, Charleston, SC 29414

Charming 4 bedroom one-story ranch in premier location. Minutes to Roper St Francis Hospital and I-526 for short commute to Boeing, Airport, Downtown Charleston and Malls.
Home has been renovated with laminate wood flooring throughout, renovated bathroom, new kitchen appliances, backsplash, quartz counters, and large pantry. Avg electricity bill/mo is 60. New garage door opener, New architectural shingle roof, and New HVAC. In the yard a beautiful stamped concrete patio for entertaining, 6 ft high privacy fence, and custom made shed for storage. Great home on large cul-de-sac lot. School Bus picks up right from Cul-de-sac. Washer and Dryer provided on site.                                          AVAILABLE 9/1

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!

Available Rentals in Charleston, SC and Surrounding Areas!

West Ashley Condo Remodel $1400/month- Available Now!

1298 Ashley Hall Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

Charming Remodel with 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath condo in West Ashley. Perfect for a couple or two room mates! All new hardwood flooring, original vintage lighting fixtures and custom paint.Large living room, separate dining room with Galley Kitchen. Mature landscaping in front and private patio area in back. Up the stairs you will find 3 nice size bedrooms with a full bath that’s been nicely appointed.
Centrally located and close to I-26 and I-526.

James Island 3 Bedroom House $2395/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 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!

Berkeley Commons – 4 Bedroom Home $1695/month -Available Now!

444 Jamestown Dr. Summerville, SC 29483

4 Bedroom Home Take a look at this beautiful and SPACIOUS home! Walk or entertain out onto your deck and enjoy the pond out back! This home features a formal living room with a fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen/breakfast nook, master bedroom down. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a large bath.Also upstairs there is a HUGE bonus room that runs the length of the house. Talk about extra space!

Devon Forest – Remodeled 4 Bedroom Home $1500/month-Available 8/25

245 Hastings Dr. Goose Creek, SC 29445

Completely remodeled 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a 2 car garage and a fenced backyard available for rent in Devon Forest.
Home has beautiful hardwood flooring throughout, with ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Living room has a fireplace and has an addition with bedroom and family room with a small deck off the back of the house.Bedrooms are a good size with lots of storage and closet space.Backyard has an additional storage shed and lots of open space. Elementary school is right around the corner and Highway 52 is minutes away.

 

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!

 

Looking for a 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: We 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: We have access to background information tools to screen for credit and criminal history.
  • Marketing: Internet marketing  is becoming more important in the rental market. We quickly advertise vacancies online, posting to our website, and hundreds of other listing sites.
  • Viewing the property: Showing prospective tenants properties takes time because people generally want to view the property during after work hours in 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. We provide a  clearly written contract and go over the responsibilities of the tenant at the time of lease signing.  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. We will ensure that the contract is properly terminated and that a new tenant can be sourced quickly to reduce 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 our services as 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: We conduct regular property inspections to ensure 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. repairing issues in the investment property that could cause personal injury. Creekbend Property Management 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 our services the tenant-landlord 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!

Hurricane Emergency Planning and Preparedness

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 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 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 everybody 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 downtown Charleston, James Island, Johns Island, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Hanahan, Ladson, 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!

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!

 

Available Charleston Rentals; Downtown and West Ashley

 

5 Jasper St. Charleston, SC

Furnished Room Downtown Charleston. Minutes to College of Charleston and MUSC  $1000/month – Available 8/1

One furnished room available. This wonderful home is situated within walking distance from the College of Charleston and MUSC/Roper Hospitals!

1298 Ashley Hall Rd. Charleston, SC

West Ashley Condo Remodel $1450/month- Available 8/1

Charming Remodel with 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath condo West Ashley. All new hardwood flooring and custom paint.
Large living room, separate dining room with Galley Kitchen. Mature landscaping and a real nice home. Up the stairs you will find 3 nice size bedrooms with a full bath that’s been nicely appointed.
Centrally located and close to I-26 and I-526. Shopping, restaurants are close by.

 

 

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!

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