How to Remove Allergens From Your Home

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Small Solutions to Avoid Big Plumbing Disasters

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

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

 

 

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

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

Creekbend Property Management knows that utilizing these simple maintenance efforts now can stop little problems from becoming big, expensive repairs. We want your rented home to be cozy and functional. We, as a property management company, also want the investment property to be well taken care of. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our properties and the relationships we have with our property investors and our tenants.

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

How to Avoid Falling Victim to Rental Scams

Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?

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

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

 

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

 

NEVER DEAL IN CASH!

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

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

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

NEVER RENT SIGHT-UNSEEN!

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

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

BE AWARE OF RENTAL RATES

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

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

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

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

 WEED OUT SKETCHY ROOM MATE LISTINGS!

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

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

 

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

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

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

 

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

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

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

Looking for a Property Management Company?

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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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!