Why Creekbend Property Management?

Home For RentWhat 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 want you, as an investor, to make the most out of your rental property. Creekbend Property Management got over 10% more rent than a landlord in more than 80% of the properties that we took over last year.

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

  • 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.

Success! We have found a wonderful new tenant for your property! 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 prices.

  • Once your tenant has moved in, we collect a security deposits as well as the monthly rental payments in order to keep the investor hassle-free by using cutting-edge property software technology. 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. We are a professional property management company; we are good at what we do. We want you to be successful!

 

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!

 

Getting Organized: Your New Year’s Resolution!

Getting Organized: Your New Year’s Resolution!

Like many of us, your new year’s resolution is to be more organized, simplify life, and in turn, improve quality family time or having more time for yourself. Creekbend Property Management believes the first step in helping you achieve your goal is to get rid of what you have and organize what’s left!

 

To help you successfully keep your New Year’s resolution, Creekbend Property Management provided these helpful tips and steps to avoid getting backed up and get things done without a major life overhaul. Remember to put aside time for yourself, for a happier, saner you!

 

Let’s start with de-cluttering Christmas Past!  Getting de-cluttered is visually and emotionally satisfying; less distractions and less stress.

Here’s how to get started: Get a large box and begin filling it with items you don’t need, don’t love or feel “meh” about it. Once it’s filled, let it sit for a week so you become fully detached be able to throw away without mercy.

  • For every gift you receive, donate 3 items. While you’re at it, go through drawers and closets to add to your donation box. How many “hanging around” sweats and tees do you really need? Go through bathroom cabinets and throw out items that are empty, or never used (like that weird smelling body lotion).
  • Next, take down the holiday decorations. Tackle the outdoor lights ASAP! Donate whatever decorations you didn’t use, because, chances are you won’t next year. If you have artificial poinsettias, blow dry them clean (preferably outside to minimize dust in the house).Remember to label your decoration’s boxes and store them together while in storage.
  • Store holiday party items. Clean linens and put away till next year. Put up holiday dishware; plates, platters, punch bowls, etc… These items can put in storage or on a top shelf in a cabinet or closet.
  • Clean decorative pillows, throws, etc… Launder them, or send to the cleaners. If you decorate with holiday plush toys, simply throw them in the dryer for 20 minutes before storing.

Less clutter means easier cleaning!  You can easily create a housecleaning schedule that will not overtake your life. Remember to adjust cleaning schedule for deep cleaning.

 

  • Designate a laundry day or days. Use separate hampers for whites and colors. For dry cleaned items, hang by the front door to grab on the way out. If you have children over the age of 8, they can help by stripping their beds, gathering up towels and putting them in hampers. Show children how to separate clothing and how to operate washer.
  • Clean bathrooms. Spray bathtub area with cleaner, let sit while you scrub sink. After cleaning tub or shower, scrub toilet inside and out. Check to see if exhaust fans need to be dusted. Clean mirrors and polish faucets and handles with glass cleaner last. Sweep floors and mop. Change out bath rugs with clean rugs. Keep bathroom cleaning supplies in separate carrying tote.
  • Bedrooms. Make bed before leaving for the day. Put things back where they belong; hair dryers, brushes, jewelry, etc…Keep food out of your room (yuck). Children can help by putting their things away and laying out clothes for the next day before getting ready for bed.
  • Kitchen. Clean as you go! Wipe up while cooking. Use a splatter screen to minimize greasy messes. Keep fridge tidy by wiping containers before returning to the fridge and check for expired food. While food is cooking, wipe up. Sweep after meals and mop kitchen floors once a week. Have children empty dishwasher or help with taking out trash and recycling. Keep a dry erase board or chalk board near fridge for grocery list, use your phone to take photo of list.
  • Vacuuming and Dusting. High traffic areas may need vacuuming twice a week; living rooms, hallways. Dust off furniture and clean mirrors after vacuuming.

 Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston Rental Property Management company is the answer to all your investment property needs. We are good at what we do. We want you to be successful.

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

Keep Your Pets Stay Safe and Calm This New Year’s Eve

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

Creekbend Property Management has compiled a list of tips to help your pets stay safe and calm while you’re welcoming the New Year with a bang!

  • 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 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, also 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 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 New Year!

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 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!

Holiday Safety Guide

Holiday safety should be the issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approximately 7,000 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday decorating and foodborne illnesses. Faulty holiday lights and wiring cause about 510 fires each year.  An average of 300 people die in drunk driving accidents in the week between Christmas and New Year.

 

Creekbend Property Management has provided “The Twelve Days of Holiday Safety Guide” some basic precautions so your loved ones and guests remain safe and injury-free throughout the season!

  • Keep trees away from fireplaces, lighted candles, radiators and other heat sources.
  • Make sure your tree has a stable platform to prevent toppling over.
  • Never stand on tall ladders while hanging lights without someone at the bottom to keep the ladder steady.
  • Choose an artificial tree that is labeled fire resistant.
  • If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered and not dry to avoid a fire hazard.
  • Check holiday lights for fraying, bare spots, gaps in the insulation or excessive kinking in the wire.
  • Turn off tree lights and other lighted decorations when not in use.
  • Be mindful of sharp or broken ornaments when unpacking; lacerations are one of the top-reported decorating-related injury!
  • Keep poisonous plants (poinsettias) out of reach of children and pets.
  • Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday get-together
  • Don’t give the gift of food poisoning! Keep hot food hot and cold food cold! When preparing a meal, wash hands, utensils, sink and anything else that touches raw meat. Always reheat leftovers to at least 165*F
  • If using a turkey fryer: Purchase a fryer with an automatic thermostat control, if it does not the oil can overheat to the point of exploding. Only use fryer outdoors! Have a fire extinguisher on hand, keep away from flammable objects, do not use in a garage, never let children or pets near fryer even when not in use. Make sure the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. That being said, your local grocery store may provide turkey frying service, a safer alternative and giving you more time to spend with family and friends!

Creekbend Property Management wishes you and your loved ones a happy, peaceful, and safe holiday with our Twelve Days of Holiday Safety guide!

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 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 Clothes Dryer From Being a Fire Hazard

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

 

Maintain clothes dryer safety with the following instructions from Creekbend Property Management:

 

  • ALWAYS clean out the lint screen before using the dryer! Collected dust and lint become a fire hazard if allowed to remain inside vents and hoses.
  • ALWAYS keep chemicals, rags, loose papers, and other flammable items away from both gas and electric dryers.
  • Regularly inspect your dryer vents and lint filters from buildup. Examine the ductwork and exhaust hoses attached to the dryer to identify lint that has bypassed the screen.
  • Loose hoses, seals and connections can lead to gas and carbon monoxide leaks. If your dryer uses gas, pay attention for gas smells when you open the door or when the dryer is running.

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

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

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

Creekbend Property Management 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!

 

Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

Pipe freezing can be a big and costly problem! Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

 

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following Creekbend Property Management’s recommendations:

 

  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes 

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Creekbend Property Management knows from experience that implementing preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. Properly maintaining your home also enhances its value and appeal and is less effort than managing a crisis later.

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

Holiday Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

Don’t have much space for a tree? If you live in a small apartment, condo, etc… don’t let that keep you from getting into the holiday spirit! There are many alternative creative ways to decorate your home. Your local neighborhood dollar stores will carry most of the materials to create a cozy holiday atmosphere. Creekbend Property Management, Charleston’s rental property management company, has some holiday decorating ideas for small spaces to get you started.

 

Make a DIY table top tree

Hunt for some tree branches outside, use gardening pebbles or marbles to stand them in a flowerpot. Drape the branches with festive ribbons and hang with ornaments

Hang a wreath

Wreaths will add a pop of holiday cheer anywhere they’re placed! Whether you make one from pine tree branches, eucalyptus branches, intertwined holly leaves or even a store bought wreath

Cover Exterior Door with Holiday Wrapping Paper

Make your front entrance an inviting, cheerful greeting to all your guests without the need to hang blinking lights. A pretty metallic papered door with a wreath or bow is a simple, elegant decoration.

Place Pomanders Around the Living Room

Make your own traditional sweet-scented holiday ornament! You’ll need some oranges or Clementines, and whole cloves to push into orange rind. It’s a safer alternative to using scented candles.

Hang Garland

String garland across the room from opposite corners to meet in the middle. Or drape by swagging garland across doorways, fireplace mantels, or wrap around stair railings. Add holiday lights around the garland for more drama.

Make a Christmas tree or Hanukkah Banner

You’ll need a wooden dowel, hot glue gun, twine or yarn, a piece of fabric and some paint. Measure the space that you will be hanging your banner to determine how long the dowel will be and how much fabric you’ll need. Drape fabric around dowel and hot glue to attach. Tie the twine or yarn around ends of dowel to hang the banner to thumbtack or picture frame hanger. Paint your design on fabric or you can cut a tree or menorah design out of felt to hot glue to fabric!

With a little bit of creativity you will get that cozy holiday feel without sacrificing your space or budget. Creekbend Property Management wishes all a happy and peaceful holiday!

 

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, rental property management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!

Thanksgiving Safety and Hosting Tips For Tenants

It’s that time of year for holiday planning and preparations! Creekbend Property Management knows that tenants who diligently follow the rules may accidentally or unintentionally let things get out of hand during the holidays. Whether you are hosting a party or preparing a feast at home it’s wise to be aware of potential hazards or problems that could occur.

 To help you plan for a safer and happier Thanksgiving, Creekbend Property Management, a Charleston rental property company, has provided these 5 tips:

 

  1. Open flames inside

Thanksgiving and other holiday decorations often include candles, scented wax warmers and other open-flame decorations. It doesn’t take much to jostle a table, tip over a candle and cause a fire.

Open flames and children or pets is generally a recipe for disaster and can quickly cause your Thanksgiving preparations to go up in flames. Remember where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.

  1. Deep frying turkeys

A fast-growing trend in preparing turkey for Thanksgiving is to deep fry it in the backyard in a large vat of hot oil. The potential for injury and property damage is huge with deep frying turkeys. Again, make sure children and pets are being monitored and have a fire extinguisher handy.

  1. Overloading electronics

Thanksgiving dinner preparation in a small space like an apartment can mean lots of extra appliances, like electric frying pans, slow cookers, griddles and more. Add in anything that overnight guests bring in, such as hair dryers, curling irons, and other electronic devices and the outlets may get overloaded. Besides, a lot of people put up holiday lights inside and outside during Thanksgiving to get a jump on decorating for Christmas. Tenants should limit the number of appliances and electronic devices in use simultaneously Use power strips to reduce the risk of electrical-related problems and even an electrical fire.

  1. Guest Parking

If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering, there will likely be a need for extra parking. Make sure your guest knows where the available guest parking spots are and to park their cars properly. When cars are squeezed into spaces that are set aside for other residents, double parked or even parked in places that aren’t even meant for parking could be recipe for potential fender-benders and irritated neighbors.

  1. Tenants are responsible for their guests

Thanksgiving often means out-of-town guests arriving for dinner or even staying overnight for a few days. Tenants need to know that they are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guests. Whether it’s violating the noise regulations as outlined in the rental lease agreement to swimming in the pool after hours to illegal activity, if the guests of the tenant are not following the lease agreement, the tenant can be penalized for it.

 Creekbend Property Management wishes you an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving!

  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!

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 Charleston rental property management company, has provided 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 and rinse 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.
  • 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- Avoid dumping food, cat litter or paper towels 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.
  • Avoid 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 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!

Consult a Property Management Company Before Investing Sight Unseen!

Thinking of investing in rental property? Whether you’re a seasoned house hunter or a first-time buyer, the process of purchasing property can have plenty of pitfalls. Creekbend Property Management, a full-service rental property management company serving Charleston and surrounding communities in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties, recommends consulting a reputable property management company to provide you an impartial opinion regarding the prospective investment.

 

 Before diving in and signing on the “dotted” line, here are a few points to consider why a property management company should be consulted:

  • You want to avoid hidden problems down the road; especially if you’re thinking of buying investment property sight unseen and relying solely on the seller’s “pitch.” The seller is looking out for their own best interest, and will not point out potential problems or issues with the property.
  • A property may look good on paper because the numbers are real and they add up. But a visit to the site may paint a different picture. Property management firms are in the business of making critical decisions on the behalf of their clients by overseeing, improving and preparing properties to maximize rental revenue.
  • The property manager‘s job is to be the “eyes and ears” for their client. They will look for issues such as water damage, leaky pipes, signs of a weak foundation, outdated electrical wiring, antiquated heating system, spongy flooring etc…
  • A property manager will also research the whether the neighborhood is up and coming or in decline and to advise what the potential rental income would be based on the location by conducting market analysis, comparisons and rent projections.

If you’re considering a “flip” or a long term investment opportunity, invest wisely by consulting a reputable property manager to do the leg work for you.   Creekbend Property Management represents out of area investors and homeowners, offering stress relief rental management. We provide peace of mind by managing so you don’t have to! 

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