Grilling Tips to Keep Your Memorial Day Safe!

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

 

 

General Safety Tips for Grills

  • Keep your grill on a level surface. Choose a safe location for your grill at least ten feet away from the house, or garage or overhanging branches. Grills should NEVER be used under any overhanging structure like a balcony.
  • Don’t step away from a grill. Never leave an unattended grill while in use. Plan ahead on your food prep so you can focus on grilling. Keep children and pets at a safe distance from the flames.
  • Think safety while cooking. Use utensils with long handles, wear an apron and protect your hands with long-armed oven mitts.
  • Clean your grill before you begin. Grease is a major source of flare ups. Don’t allow grease and fat to build up on your grill.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water handy. In the event of a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it.
  • Keep a garden hose ready. Better to be prepared rather than wasting precious minutes.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you know how to operate it BEFORE grilling. If you don’t know how when the flames are out of control, call the fire department!
  • Never grill inside an enclosed space. Grilling in a garage, vehicle, tent, etc…, even if ventilated can have harmful carbon monoxide buildup.

 Gas Grill Safety

  • Check for gas leaks. Make a solution of half liquid soap and half water and rub it on the hoses and connections. 2. Turn the gas on with the grill lid open. If the soap forms large bubbles, it’s a sign that the hoses have holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill! Never attempt to move the grill
  • Don’t turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this! It causes gas to build up inside the grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  • Turn off your grill. After cooking completely close the valve on your gas grill
  • Safely store away grill. Store grill and propane tanks outside and away from your home.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Do not add charcoal starter fluid to hot coals. Once charcoal or kindling have been ignited, never use any other flammable or combustible liquid to get the fire started to avoid flash fires.
  • Avoid moving the grill while coals are hot. Charcoal grills can continue to remain hot for many hours after the flames extinguish. Avoid placing any burnable objects near the grill and keep combustible items that may be blown by the wind away from the grill.
  • Check for rust damage in metal grills. Charcoal can fall through rusted out grill bottoms onto surfaces below and cause a fire.
  • Dispose of charcoal properly. Break up the embers with a long grilling tool then close grill cover to cut off the oxygen. Or, slowly sprinkle the coals with water. Once the coals are cooled completely, dispose of them in a metal container.

Creekbend Property Management wishes our tenants and their loved ones a safe and relaxing Summer!  We, as a Charleston rental property management company, also want the investment property to be well taken care of.  We pride ourselves on the excellence of our properties and the relationships we have with our property investors and our tenants.

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

Communication is Key for a Successful Tenant Relationship

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

 

Important information to go over with new tenants:

  • When rent is due, when the late fee is assessed, and the amount of the late fee. Any delays caused by mailing are not the landlord’s responsibility.
  • Remind tenant of the end date of the lease and the amount of notice required if they don’t want to renew. If the tenant does not want to renew, they are required to send the notice by certified mail.
  • Emphasize that no pets are allowed or no additional pets are allowed to be added without the landlord’s permission, and an additional deposit will be required for the added pet.
  • Renter’s insurance is mandatory.
  • If the lease prohibits smoking inside the premises, make sure the tenant understands they have to smoke outside.
  • Remind the tenant that utilities will be disconnected once they sign the lease. Once the rental application is approved, the tenant can go ahead to order service.
  • The only people allowed to live in premises are listed on the lease.
  • Review who is responsible for the lawn maintenance (if it’s a single family house) and what is expected besides cutting the lawn.
  • How is pest control handled? Again if it’s a single family house, the tenant is usually responsible. Go over what the “pests” are; rodents, ants, roaches, spiders, etc.
  • If your lease provides any additional penalties; landlord filing for or halting an eviction process, unauthorized pets found at the property, etc.
  • Review with the tenant what you expect for them to do in maintaining the property; changing HVAC filters, clear toilet clogs, etc. This is the time to remind the tenant that any damage due to abuse or neglect on their part will be charged back to the tenant.

To reduce the chance of a misunderstanding and fewer problems down the road, Creekbend Property Management recommends covering all of these points in advance during the lease signing. A thorough briefing at the lease signing will mean reduced expenses and problems and a better cash flow for the landlord!

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

Tips for Tenants to Stay Cool and Save Energy

This is the time of year when HVAC systems are running 24/7 along with repair technicians! Creekbend Property Management has some simple tips to help you to troubleshoot common HVAC problems, save energy and staying cool this summer!

 

HVAC TLC:

  • 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 reducing the unit’s efficiency, raising your energy bills, and causing damage due to over working the system. If you have pets that shed you may need to change filters every TWO weeks!
  • Make sure air flow from vents or registers are not blocked by any objects

HVAC DIY Troubleshooting Before Calling a Service Technician:

  • If the A/C isn’t working to full capacity check the following: the pan under the air handler may need to be emptied causing the float switch to turn off. If the unit doesn’t have a pan, check to see if there is ice on the outside condenser or on the air handler. If there is ice, shut off A/C and keep fan running to defrost ice build-up, this may take several hours. Make sure water is pouring from the drain while the outside unit condenser is running, that means it’s working properly.
  • Keeping Cool and Saving Energy & Money
    • 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.

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

 

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

 

Tips for a Stress-Free Move from Creekbend Property Management

Moving is a daunting task whether you can afford to hire a moving service or getting friends that are willing to help you for some pizza and sore muscles. It can be overwhelming just thinking about how to pack up your life!  It doesn’t have to be! The key to a successful move and reduced stress is organization. Creekbend Property Management has provided some tips and suggestions to help you get started for moving day:

 

 

MAKE A LIST

Get a notebook to make a list of things you’ll need to do and have before you move.

  • Call the utility and cable companies to schedule turning off service and transferring service to new place.
  • Go online to fill out change of address form or get a form from the post office.
  • Schedule carpet cleaners for after the move out
  • If you need a rental truck, make sure you reserve a vehicle at least a month ahead of your move
  • Call friends and family to ask for their help
  • Make arrangements for child and pet care on moving day

Start Collecting Packing Supplies

  • Packing tape with dispenser gun,
  • Black marker,
  • Boxes (start collecting boxes from neighborhood liquor stores to save money)
  • Packing paper; newspaper, bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags (recycle, recycle!)
  • Purchase plastic storage boxes that can be reused again
  • Coolers for refrigerator and freezer items (or fill a plastic bag with ice and put in packing box)

Have tools ready

  • Masking tape (wrap around rolled up carpets, tape cabinet doors closed, use on loose cords on electronics)
  • Sandwich bags (put nuts, bolts, and screws in and tape to their designated items)
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter
  • Screw drivers
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Purchase or rent a hand truck that can handle at least 150 lbs., you’ll be glad you did!

Have Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Paper Towels

Helpful Tip: Measure all of the large pieces; couch, beds, dressers, etc… and write the measurements on masking tape to adhere to pieces. You want to make sure your furniture will fit into their new spot and fit through doorways.

START BY SORTING YOUR STUFF!

Tackle one room at a time; you’ll need to decide what to get rid of. Put these items in three separate categories: keep, donate, and throw out.

Living room

  • Pack up wall hangings, photos, paintings, books, knick-knacks, etc…
  • Pack up cd’s, dvd’s, vinyl records, etc…
  • If you have window blinds, pack up curtains/drapes, if you don’t and want to maintain privacy; leave them up until moving day.
  • Pack electronics last; wrap in televisions and computer monitors in bubble wrap or towels before packing in boxes.

 Bathroom

  • Throw out empty bottles or expired medications.
  • Store shampoo bottles in large freezer bags to contain any spilling during the move.
  • Leave boxes in bathroom for shower curtains, rugs, wastepaper basket, and cleaning supplies

 Bedrooms

Go through closets and drawers to sort into keep, donate, or throw out piles. Pack out of season items first.

  • Take down wall hangings, knick knacks, curtains/drapes (only if you have blinds for privacy until moving day) pack up and label boxes.
  • You can also put clothing and bedding in large garbage bags as well as towels and sheets.

Helpful tip: Prepare an Essentials Box for Clothing and Toiletries. Pack as if you’re going on a trip for a couple of days. Put everything you need in a suitcase a couple of days before the move and live out of it.

Kitchen

Last but not least! The kitchen is the most difficult room to pack up. Go through cabinets, drawers, pantry, closets, etc… and sort items into keep, donate, or throw out piles. Don’t forget to clean the oven!

Pack Items Not Frequently Used

  • Mixers, blenders, toaster ovens, etc…
  • Big bowls, serving trays
  • Cookie sheets, pizza pans, large soup pots, crock pots, etc…
  • Formal dinnerware; china
  • Crystal ware
  • Special utensils; tongs, mallets, garlic press, barbeque forks, etc…
  • Cookbooks
  • Extra kitchen linens; oven mitts, napkins, towels
  • Pictures, wall hangings, and refrigerator art
  • Vases

Go Through Pantry Pack Unopened Bottles and Canned Goods and Boxed Items

  • Wine
  • Oils
  • Vinegar
  • Condiments

LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE MOVING DAY, PACK THE REST OF THE KITCHEN

  • Pots & pans
  • Dinnerware
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Glasses

Helpful Tip: Prepare Kitchen Essentials Box

Put aside necessities you’ll need for your last two days in your current home and for the first two days in your new home; all purpose cooking pan, paper plates, cutlery, food items, coffee maker, paper towels, dish soap, and sponge. Don’t forget pet food, medication, and first aid kit. These will be the last to pack and the first to unpack.

GARAGE, SHED, PORCH, ETC… Sort in three piles; keep, donate, and toss

  • Pack tools and sports equipment
  • Spray off outdoor furniture
  • Gather up plants

 DEDICATE THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS TO CLEANING BEFORE THE MOVE

Once the rooms are nearly empty it’ll be easier for a thorough cleaning.  

GENERAL CLEAN: What to clean

  • Window sills
  • Ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Smudges on doors, light switches, walls
  • Baseboards
  • Bathroom cabinets and medicine cabinets (sanitize tub/shower, sink and toilet on last day of move)

Don’t forget the laundry room! If your rental has a washer and dryer make sure they are wiped off and lint free

MOVE ON TO THE KITCHEN: What to clean

  • Oven (pre-treat with oven cleaner the night before)
  • Stove top (soak dip pans in hot water and de-greaser over night)
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cabinets and drawers

 OUTDOORS: Sweep or use leaf blower

  • Porch
  • Garage
  • Shed

  LEAVE SWEEPING, VACUUMING, AND MOPPING FOR THE LAST DAY OF MOVE!

Start in the furthest room and work your way out. Remember to sweep the outside front and back steps and walkways.

DISPOSE OF TRASH 

The sooner you began preparations the better your move will be! Creekbend Property Management wishes you a successful move and recommends treating yourself to a pint of ice-cream at the end of moving day!

 

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!

Tips to Help You Save Your Home From Being Destroyed by Your Pet

Having a four legged friend is a wonderful thing, but the destruction they may cause is not so great, especially if you are a renter. Creekbend Property Management pride ourselves in the wonderful rental properties we have and the condition in which they are kept. Many of our tenants are dog or cat owners and do a wonderful job of keeping their home looking great! We have a few ideas to keep your dog or cat from causing mass destruction in your home and help save you money!

 

Tips to  help you save your home from being destroyed by your pet:

 

  • Get a large area rug for the major rooms in your house or apartment. Although this may sound like a home decorating tip, area rugs are great for protecting whatever floor is underneath it. The rug serves many purposes: sprucing up your room and saving your floors. The rug is a barrier between pet’s puddle and the carpet or hardwood. If your pet has an accident, it is better it happens on your rug rather than your floors.
  • If your home has wooden doors, consider covering them with anything like a blanket or a sheet. Although this may seem strange, there is a reason behind it. If your dog wants to scratch or chew something, as most dogs do, a wooden door looks like a great chew toy to them. Dogs can chew off the bottom corners of the doors!  By covering the door, the dog would scratch a $5 sheet rather than a $100 plus door. In your rented home, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Provide a substitution with a thick tree branch that will satisfy your pooches’ chewing urge. Check around the home for items that your pet can access that are potentially poisonous, or things you don’t want chewed up while you’re absent.
  • Put a durable, washable throw blanket over couch. If your furry friend likes to hang out on the couch and cuddle but sheds like crazy, put a durable, washable throw blanket on top of the cushions. The blanket protects your furniture from dog or cat hair, but allows your pet to still hang out with you on the couch. When choosing a throw, consider a durable fabric like wool. When the blanket is covered with dog hair, just throw it in the washer.
  • Buy heavy duty trashcans with a pedal opener. Trashcans probably seem like a magical land of food for your dog so it is best to make sure they cannot get into the trashcan like they so desperately want to. You do not want your pet eating trash while throwing it around your home. Your best bet is going to be a very heavy, sturdy trashcan. Many of these heavy duty trashcans have a pedal feature which is perfect so your dog can’t just nudge the top open.  Install child proof locks on cabinet doors if that’s where you store trash containers.
  • Find someone you trust to check on your pet while you’re away for more than a couple of hours. If you’re gone for long periods of time and get home late; remember that pets get bored and will lash out by destroying your things and home. Consider hiring a dog walker to take your pet out while you’re at work. Or ask a neighbor or friend to check on your pet during the day. Crating your pet for more than three hours is cruel; puppies under six months of age shouldn’t stay in a crate for more than three hours at a time. They can’t control their bladders and bowels for that long. The same goes for adult dogs being housetrained.
  • Provide a chew toy that can be stuffed with treats. Dogs will go to work on a toy stuffed with treats! Bonus; after stuffing toy with treats pour water over treats and put in freezer for the night, your dog will be busy for a couple of hours the next day working on that toy!
  • Scoop litter box every day! Cats are particular about keeping themselves clean and do not like to put their paws in dirty litter boxes. They will sometimes find a corner in the home to “go” if the litter box hasn’t been scooped. Cat urine will ruin flooring, carpets and leak under baseboards if not cleaned and treated IMMEDIATELY. Scoop every morning before going to work and when you get back in the evening. Change the litter once a week and make sure you have a litter box per cat!

Creekbend Property Management hopes these tips will keep your pet (and you) happy without destroying your home. Because your home should be a place of fun and relaxation instead of constantly worrying about whether or not your pet is destroying furniture, walls, doors, etc…

Our property management services aim to help keep an investment property looking great while creating a home. Creekbend Property Management cares about each and every tenant and property investor. 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!

Who is Creekbend Property Management?

Home For Rent

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Reasons Why You Should Consider Hiring a Rental Property Management Company

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Protect Your Home With Important Fire Safety Tips

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

 

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

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

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

Have a Fire Escape Plan

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

Have Fire Extinguishers on Hand

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

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

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

Pre-Vacation Preparation To-Do List

You’ve been planning a getaway for a better part of the year; dreaming of an exotic locale far from the everyday stress and humdrum life. Before you pack those bags, make sure everything back home will run smoothly with minimal problems! Creekbend Property Management  has provided a to-do list to help you prepare your home and keep you safe.  You don’t want to come home regretting your much needed vacation!

 

First things first!

  1. If You are Renting- Inform Your Landlord You Are Going Out of Town: This benefits you if there is an emergency i.e., burst pipes. It’s a good idea to provide the landlord with contact information for the person you have checking on the place or house sitting for you. Also, your landlord may want to take advantage of your absence by addressing some construction or improvement they were planning on doing.
  2. Put Your Mail on Hold: You can avoid waiting in line at the post office by logging on to holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/ Just a few clicks and you’re all set!
  3. Leave Emergency Contact Info with Neighbor, House-sitter, Etc…, – Make sure to leave landlord’s contact information, veterinarian’s number, and an alternate way to contact you (email address).
  4. Contact Your Bank: Let them know what countries you’re traveling to. You may be able to fill out a travel notification form online.
  5. Contact Your Alarm Company: If they know you’re out of town they will be more likely to send the police out faster.
  6. Send Out Your Itinerary and Instructions for Reaching You: Provide family or friends flight numbers, hotel names and addresses and phone numbers in the event you can’t be reached by cell phone. If it’s a camping trip, schedule check-in call times.
  7. Surge Protection: to make sure nothing gets the better of your electronics, unplug or add a surge protector in case there’s a storm a brewin’ while you’re away!
  8. Time Your Lights: You could just leave on a few lights to make it appear that someone’s home, but the best solution is setting simple timers to multiple lamps throughout the home, and setting them at different times to turn on and off.
  9. Check Running Toilets: Make sure toilets are not running; someone leaving the flushing handle down causing the water to run continuously in the tank.
  10. Turn Down the Heat or AC: You will save money while you’re away, unless there’s a house sitter or pet sitter, or you want to avoid pipes freezing.
  11. PrePay Your Bills: Schedule your payments to go out on time through internet banking. After all, you’re on vacation and don’t want to worry if the power will be on when you return!
  12. Take Care of Potential Smelly Messes: Don’t come home to a stinky home! Make sure the refrigerator is clear of perishables, all trash is taken out, no clothes left in washing machine, or dishes in dish washer. Pour vinegar and baking soda into trash disposal and run hot water to clean out any smelly debris.
  13. Email Yourself Important Information: In case you are a victim of theft while away and if you’re going out of the country, create a file with important phone numbers, account/billing numbers, copies of your passport, social security card and driver’s license.
  14. Hire a Lawn or Snow Removal Service: If you go away for more than a week in the summer, you will come home to a jungle and if it’s winter, a foot of snow on your car! Whichever season you’re away and it looks like nobody’s home, it’s a beacon light signaling your absence to thieves.

 

The best part of the above recommendations is the peace of mind they’ll give you if you’re away from home and enjoy more of your vacation time!

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

Practical Advice for Splitting Rent with Roommates!

One of the biggest advantages of having a roommate is the ability to split the cost of rent and utilities; which usually mean you’ll be able to afford a larger apartment or house with better amenities than you could if you were living alone. However, when you live with roommates, you have to share major expenses, and money can be a sensitive subject. Whether the bedrooms are different sizes or one person has more amenities than another, sometimes splitting the rent evenly isn’t totally fair. Creekbend Property Management has some practical advice to help avoid giving yourself a headache trying to come up with a fair way to divvy up rent.

 

 Here are some easy ways to divide rent practically among roommates!

 

  • Splitting the cost by size: If there is a big disparity in the size of the bedrooms, you may want to base what each roommate pays by square footage. You can do this by dividing the total cost of rent by the total square footage of the apartment. For example, if your rental rate is $1,000 per month for a 1,000-square-foot apartment, the cost per square foot is $1. Next, determine the square footage of each bedroom, and multiply that number by the cost per square footage. If one bedroom is 250 square feet and the other is 350 square feet, the rental cost per bedroom would be $250 and $350.  
  • Factoring in amenities:In addition to square footage, you should also consider other amenities and comforts like private bathrooms, etc. For example, if one roommate gets a master bedroom with a walk-in closet and his or her own private bathroom, he or she should pay more than the roommate with the smaller closet and shared bathroom. You can use RoomieCalc to help you fairly calculate the amount of rent each person should pay based on the size of rooms and their amenities.
  • Don’t forget other shared expenses: While you’re discussing how to split the rent, you should also talk about utilities. Does one person never watch cable while the other can’t live without Game of Thrones? Talk through who will use what, and decide what you think is fair.
  • Online tools:You can always go the traditional route of using a spreadsheet, but technology has made it easier than ever to split rent and bills. Simply use a bill-splitting website such as Splitwise or Spliddit and have the math done for you. These sites can also keep track of who owes what, so there’s no question of whether or not everyone has paid their share. a copy. A roommate agreement is the perfect way to get your details on file so you’re not left wondering the terms in the future. It may seem
  • Get your rent down in writing:To guard against future money disputes, get it down in writing and make sure each person has a bit overkill, especially if you’re living with friends, but a roommate agreement could help you save on expenses and avoid arguments down the line.

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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!