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Top 5 Questions to ask your Property Management Company

1. What is Your Maintenance Process Like?

Some property management companies will withhold a maintenance reserve in order to keep you out of the stress of management, these companies are normally full service and have a cap at $200.00 and any maintenance item above that $200.00 would automatically be a call to you to have the work that needs to be done approved.

2. Do You Perform Property Inspections?

If they’re a full service, they more than likely conduct an inspection once every 6 months, and an extra inspection during the growing season to make sure everything is being taken care of. If it’s a full service management company, you should expect nothing less!

3. How Long is your Average Number of Month’s Occupancy?

This answer should depend on your needs as an owner. If it’s a short-term lease or a long-term lease, or when the property’s current lease is up. If it’s after August, property management slows down, and we try to sign people onto an 18-month lease, that way the lease ends in the spring, giving us a chance to get the best rental rate in the market and occupy your property easier.

4. What is your Eviction Process?

Incase anything like an eviction needs to happen, your property management company needs to be able to handle it for you and do it efficiently. You want to ask if they’ve had to evict tenants before, and if they have, why and what could’ve been done differently. If they’re a good full service management company, that number will be zero to none, like ours!

5. How Do I Get Paid?

Ask when they send out their statements, and their owner payments. We send ours around the 10th of each month, and make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. This is the most important part, right?

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

How to Throw a Groundbreaking Labor Day Barbecue (Including recipes!!)

1. Make A Facebook Event.

Ah, the wonders of the world of social media. No one wants to be left out, everyone wants to be invited, and about half the people that say they’ll show up, actually show up. But that insures the best people, and your closest friends will be the ones who show up!

2. Simplicity is Best.

As far as decorations, a table cloth and some red solo cups should be good! If you want, you can put out a menu on a small chalk board, but if you set all the food out on a table, it’s pretty self-explanatory what will be served!

3. The Best Recipes are Homemade!

My favorites for a barbecue are some really good ribs, my mom’s homemade potato salad, some classic macaroni and cheese, and some good, homemade corn bread. This is the thanksgiving of the summer for my family, so we always make everything homemade, with each other and some music playing. To make the best ribs ever – buy some pork or beef ribs, peel the thin layer off the back, dry them off and shower them with apple cider vinegar, score them, make a rub of some salt, pepper, seasoning salt, some Cajun spice, and I really love to add some sweet brown sugar to my rubs. I’ll massage it into the meat on both sides, and then let it sit overnight in the fridge! The next morning, I’ll put them on a smoker for about 2 hours, take them off, let them cool, and then brush them with my family’s secret barbecue sauce recipe. Next, they’re on low on our grill for an hour, and they’re done! The meat slides off the bones and melts in your mouth. It’s so good!

For the best Macaroni and cheese, try baking it! Cook the noodles, put them in a casserole dish, add some heavy cream and an egg, mix them together, making sure to coat every inch, add some fresh grated cheddar cheese, some bacon crumbles, and mix it all up, add some extra cheese to the top, some breadcrumbs, and put it in the oven! Let it cook at 400 for about an hour, maybe longer, depending on how you want the texture to be.

If you don’t want to make homemade cornbread, use a mix, but cook it on a cook top in a cast iron pan for about five-ish minutes after you take it out of the oven, this will toast the bottom and give it a better crust, drizzle some honey, and you have a half-homemade, 30-minute cornbread! Cover it with a cloth and let it finish cooking for an hour before you serve it.

4. Have a Sharpie ready for Drinks!

You definitely don’t want to be mixing up fruit juice with sangria, so this is important if you’re having a large gathering!

5. Remember to Relax and Enjoy your family

Not everything has to be perfect, and as long as your friends and family are around you, it’ll be perfect. Enjoy this long Labor Day weekend, Denver!

 

10 Tips For a Safe Fall and Winter

Well, Denver, summer is slowly coming to a close and in Denver that means the weather is finally cooling down, the sun is giving us a much-needed break! Once the Denver ‘monsoon’ season is over, is normally when our leaves change, and fall officially starts. We wanted to take a second and go over what you need to be doing annually (or having us do) to make sure to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the autumn season and prepare it for the coming winter! We’re just 15 weeks away from snow, people. It’s time to get started!

 

Tip #1

Clean out your gutters!

It’s difficult, involves a ladder, and we’re here to get it done for you. If gutters don’t get cleaned at least on an annual basis, it can lead to bigger, much more expensive fixes. While we have someone up there to inspect and clean your gutters, we can also make sure that the roof hasn’t been damaged by those crazy hail storms we got a couple weeks back! If you compost or garden, the leaves and plants that you clean out of your gutter can really spice up your garden soil for the next growing period, too!

 

Tip #2

Clean your outdoor furniture (including your grill!) and your tools!

This doesn’t mean put them away – in Denver a lot of the time, we have one true week of autumn, and the rest is an extension of either winter or summer, depending on the week that it falls on! But it also gets them ready to be put away safely and without tracking too much dirt into your house or storage, making it easier to pull them out and be ready for the next sunny season!

 

Tip #3

Planting for spring

It sounds weird, but it works! Plant your in-ground bulbs for next spring, and any perennial plants that you want to add. Remember to always check in with your property manager to get permission to do so!

 

Tip #4

 Let There Be Light!

If you’re living with your blinds and shades closed all the time, now is the time to start letting in some natural light. Not only does it kill any lingering bacteria left over from cleaning your home, natural light, it makes it easier for your home to warm up in the winter and makes generally everyone happier! To accentuate these effects, clean your windows and doors, and consider getting energy efficient bulbs for any lamps that light up your darker spaces.

 

Tip #5

Make sure your furnace is in good, working order.

We can’t stress this one enough. If your furnace stops working in the middle of winter, we may not be able to get to it until the next morning or afternoon – if you’ve had any trouble with your furnace, we don’t mind at all swinging by and checking out if we can do any preventative maintenance. We don’t want you to be cold on Christmas Eve, so please remember to replace the furnace filter before you turn it on for the first time, to avoid any complications later in the winter.

 

If you know, you know.

Tip #6

Sweep, Sweep, Sweep-ity Sweep

Do you have a fireplace? If you have a wood fireplace and would like to use it, please make sure that it’s clean. We’re here to help with that, if you need us! Otherwise, clean the shields and doors to your fireplace, and make sure that it’s working and turns on and off as it’s supposed to. If you smell gas, don’t be afraid to call us right away.

 

 

Tip #7

General Home Maintenance

Check your windows and doors for caulking issues, this will help keep the warm air in, and the cold air out, and ultimately save on your Xcel or REA bill.

 

Tip #8

Create a Makeshift Mudroom!

 With fall, comes mud. With winter, comes mud, sleet, snow, slush, and salt damage. Place an indoor and outdoor rug inside your entry way (if your HOA allows one to be outside of your home, place one there, too) and have a coat and shoe rack ready for your drenched and dirty clothing items. This will help keep your home clean and avoid any flooring damage from the water or salt!

 

Tip #9

Do A Home Safety Check

The number one thing before the winter starts is to check your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms. We don’t want anyone hurt, and if you need help getting to them or have any questions, please reach out to us. Other than that, make sure you have an emergency preparedness kit, and a meeting place just in case, but please stay safe this season.

 

Tip #10

Winterize your Sprinkler System

Call us, and we’ll do it for you, or if you know how to do the proper maintenance on your irrigation system, winterize it! This will prevent any pipes from bursting, and make sure it’s in good order for the next season!

 

 

Denver, it’s been real. From the hail and the floods, to the over 100 degree days, we’ve almost made it through – only 18 weeks until the official start of winter, on December 21st, so in reality, we’ve got about 10-12 weeks left!

How To Survive A Difficult Tenant

We here at Masters Property Management pride ourselves on the making of finding ideal, great tenants a priority to protect your properties, but in the property management world, finding a less than ideal tenant is no more common than seeing an airplane when you’re driving towards DIA. Unfortunately, this could mean that you are dealing with a constant state of late rent or delinquencies, frivolous lawsuits, even a path of destruction and a tenant leaving in the middle of the night, never to be seen, or paid by, again. Although these issues are not common for us, as our screening process is very thorough and we look after your greatest asset 24/7, if you chose to go with another property manager, you may deal with these issues. Here are some tips to get you through it – or you can hire us to do so, for you.

  1. Attitude

Tenants that have an attitude but take fantastic care of your property and pay rent on time are never an issue – it’s when they don’t pay rent or take good care of your property that they then become a problem. In this situation, they might even threaten to sue over frivolous situations. This is easily solved by knowing your lease agreement inside and out, and the laws that go along with that, on both sides of the table. Eugene O’Brien has the wealth of this knowledge, so rest easy knowing that we’ve got this side covered. Keeping your cool also goes a long way when it comes to tenants like this!

  1. Rent

The number one most important thing to all of us is ensuring that rent gets paid. Whether we are an owner, a tenant, or a property manager, this and taking care of the property are the number one most important items on anyone’s list. If rent is late, or doesn’t get paid, we will post a 3 day notice to pay or quit, which warns of eviction in the case that rent doesn’t get paid, or the home isn’t being taken care of according to the lease. This will either encourage the tenant to straighten up their act – or make them more apprehensive. Having a property manager managing your investment property often makes tenants more accepting in situation like this, and if that’s not the case, we have the legal resources to make sure that we get what is owed from the tenant.

  1. Abandonment

It really does happen, unfortunately. Bad tenants can be dishonest to the point of picking up everything and leaving in the middle of the night, sticking you with their damage and baggage, both literally and figuratively. In this case, you would need to contact law enforcement, and have the resources to take them to eviction court or send them to collections, all of which we can do right here for you. This can normally be prevented through our strenuous background checking process – another great reason to have us managing your property.

  1. Damage

We require our tenants to have renter’s insurance, of at least 100,000 in liability. This covers the property from any damage that can be insured, and it helps protect the renter – which in turn protects the home owner. As your management company, we are able to deal with the insurance companies on your behalf!

If these tips sound like they take a lot of knowledge, resources, effort, and time, trust us, they do. And we are here and happy to help with all of them! Thank you so much for choosing our company to manage your investments, and trusting us to do the perfect job.

Reason you need us to be your property manager #354879

Squatters. They’re everywhere, and they even have their own legal rights. If a squatter manages to go unnoticed for 30 days, and pays taxes, in a certain number of years, they could own your home. Because this is legally protected, it’s becoming more and more of a problem now that the rental and housing market in Denver is so competitive. The trouble here? It’s legally protected- and even legally allowed. If you aren’t trespassing on the property, didn’t obviously break in (which would include damaging the property) and you make it obvious that you have occupied an abandoned property, you are essentially a tenant, and therefore have what’s called, “Squatters Rights”. This means, as the landlord, you would not be allowed to randomly change the locks, or turn off the water, or even the electricity, or the squatter could possibly sue you, and win the lawsuit. You definitely need someone who knows these laws inside out and can prevent this from happening from the start, versus trying to resolve an issue like this on your own. If you end up with a squatter on your property, you need to post a 3-day notice, file it in court, file for an eviction, make sure that you haven’t missed any little detail, have contacted the police – a whole long list of things to protect yourself from any form of lawsuit from the person that has attempted to take possession of your property right from under you. In the state of Colorado, if a squatter manages to live in a property for over 7 years, they can take the title of your home from you, in a process called adverse possession. This means that they will own the house, rightfully and legally, even though they never paid a mortgage, even though they didn’t take out a homeowner’s loan – and it’s not fair, but it’s happening, more and more in Denver. With a good property management company, like ours, you would never have to deal with a squatter in the first place – and we would take care of anything that could possibly happen. If you would rather take care of it yourself, and hire your own lawyer, that could work out, but it could also mean that if a squatter is occupying your home, they could have easy access to that ‘adverse possession’ law we spoke about. It’s your choice – protect your investments fully, be able to use them as additional income, (or even sole income) or risk your investments in lieu of letting us do the work for you with all the resources we have available to us.

Quick Timeline of Colorado History

The history of Colorado is diverse! Keep reading to learn all about the colorful history that encompasses the Centennial State!

Our State Motto: Nil Sine Numine, latin for Nothing Without Providence.

Our State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

Our State Flower: The Blue Columbine

Timeline of the history of Colorado

1861: The Colorado Territory was created in 1861, after gold was found in the South Platte near today’s Cherry Creek three years earlier, creating an end to the stagnation and isolation that was Denver.

1864: The Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes in Colorado were massacred at Sand Creek, commanded by Colonel John Chivington.  In the future, a memorial will be built for the 700  people killed.

1871: The first streetcar line was built from Auraria to Five Points, furthering the push for Colorado to become a state in

1876: Colorado officially becomes the 38th United State of America

1890: Population booming, it reached 106,713 in Denver, propelled by railroad and mining industries and opportunities. Arapahoe County formed, and the silver industry crashed, causing a depression in the city of Denver

1821: The City of Stapleton was erected by Ben Stapleton, an infamous Ku Klux Klan leader who was elected to govern over the state of Colorado.

1831: Winter Park Ski Resort and Red Rocks Natural Amphitheater open, with Confluence Park following closely behind

1900’s: Teddy Roosevelt names 75% of Colorado forests and mountains national parks

1918: The Broadmoor Resort opens

1921: The City of Stapleton was erected by Ben Stapleton, an infamous Ku Klux Klan leader who was elected to govern over the state of Colorado

1930:  The Stapleton Airport opens, and the population of Denver reaches over 1,000,000

1942: The US Government selects Colorado Springs for a major Air Force Base – The Granada Relocation Internment camp opens

1945: World War ll Ends

1952: The Denver-Boulder Turnpike Opens

1955: 306 cadets are sworn in as the first class at Lowry Airforce Base

1959: Coors introduces the aluminum beer can

1963: Dr. Thomas Starzl performs the world’s first liver transplant at the University of Colorado Hospital

1977: The olympic training center in Colorado Springs opens

1979: Pope John Paul ll grants the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver the title Basilica Minor

1982: The 16th Street Mall opens in the center of Downtown Denver

1989: The FBI and the EPA raid the department of Energy Rocky Flats Plant near Arvada

1991: Wellington Webb assumes office as the first African American Mayor of the city and county of Denver

1993: World Youth Day

1995: The Colorado Rockies win the first game ever played in Coors Field, The Colorado Avalanche defeat the Detroit Red Wings, and the Denver International Airport is officially opened

1996: The Colorado Avalanche win their first Stanley Cup, bringing the first championship title to Colorado

1997: The animated show, South Park, begins

1999: The massacre at Columbine high school occurs, killing 13 people and injuring 24 others

2001: The Avalanche win their second Stanley cup. 9/11 occurs

2005: The blue bear is placed outside of the Colorado Convention Center

2006: NORAD Moves to Peterson Air force base

2007: Anschutz medical campus opens

2008: Luis Jimenez Jr.’s infamous Blucifer statue is placed on the grounds of DIA, welcoming all with its glowing red eyes and history of killing it’s artist

2011: Missy Franklin of Centennial brings home four gold medals for swimming in the Olympics

2012: James Holmes open fires on a Century 16 move theater, killing 12 people and wounding 70 others

2014: Same Sex marriage is made legal in the state of Colorado

2015: President Barack Obama issues a proclamation creating Browns Canyon National Monument

2016: The Denver Broncos win the 50th Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers

2017: RE/MAX Masters Property Management in Greenwood Village opens for business, and an eleven year old girl of lone tree invents a device that can detect lead in water faster than any other existing technique

2018: The attack submarine USS Colorado is commissioned at the Naval Submarine Base New London

 

As you can see, the history of Colorado is one that encourages growth across the country. What a beautiful state to live in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 13 Tips for Environmentally Friendly Spring Cleaning!

A lot of Coloradans pride ourselves on being ‘natural’ and organic, so we here at Masters Property Management decided to do a little research on some natural alternatives to the most chemical smelling spring cleaning tasks – here are the best 13 tips that we could find.

1. Couch Cleaning!

Cleaning a Microfiber couch can be tricky. If you use a scrub brush and some rubbing alcohol, those stains will come right out. With some elbow grease, you’ll have a couch as good as new!

2. Coffee Tables

Got water rings on some wooden coffee tables? Fear no more! When guests are over, you don’t have to worry about strategically covering them. If you use a blow dryer on a high setting, at a 180-degree angle, it will blow them away in 20 minutes or less. Make sure to use a little bit of olive oil afterwards to moisturize the wood to prevent any cracking!

3. Oven cleaner, but without the oven cleaner

This is personally my most dreaded task. I always seem to end up with oven cleaner on my arms, and a dry patch that I can never quite get rid of until the day before I clean my oven again. Of course, that’s how life works – but with this life hack, we’ve got you – and your arms- covered.  With a lot of  baking soda, lemon juice, water and dawn dish soap – you and your elbow grease can get your oven looking amazing without the harmful chemicals and risk of oven cleaning poison. A lot of ‘organic’ oven cleaning recipes call for white vinegar and baking soda, but the lemon’s acidity replaces the vinegar and cuts out any risk of a chemical reaction! It does take a lot more effort, and a cold oven, but it’s well worth it to the environmentally conscious tenant.

4. Naturally Polish your Stainless Steel!

Stainless Steel for the past ten years has been all the rage for kitchen appliances. Polishing this can be a somewhat tedious task – but if  you use a combination of cream of tartar and a little bit of water to form a paste – scrub it and let it rest for about 15 minutes, it’ll be brand new. No more rust, burns, and it won’t scratch the surface with a light scrubbing! A trick to this, if the appliance isn’t flammable, is to use pledge after you polish. It’ll make everything very shiny – but slippery for a little while if not wiped down properly. Use this trick if you’re moving out or showing your home and it’ll shine as brightly as that newly polished stainless steel!

5. Hard-water and Limescale cleaning!

Everyone Knows the power of vinegar when it comes to cleaning. Grandma really does know best when it comes to this! If your shower head has limescale on it – fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and tie it on to the shower head over night. It’ll be gone by morning! This also works with any faucet or sprayer you have in your home.

6. Stove Top Polishing

Want that reflection on your glass stove top? Fill a bowl with hot water and a few little drops of dish soap. Dip a rag in it, and squeeze the rag out so that it’s soggy, but not dripping. Spread baking soda generously across the stove top – and lay the rag fully down on top for about 15 minutes, allowing the baking soda to steam from the heat of the rag. In swirling motions, pick the rag up and gently scrub the glass stove top – and there you go! As shiny as a new mirror.

If you have a gas cooktop, white vinegar and an old toothbrush will clean virtually anything off of it safely.

7. Easily Clean your microwave – with just one wipe!

My mother always taught me to clean with a drop of dish soap in a glass dish filled halfway with water and boil it in the microwave. This recipe works off of that idea and works even better! Fill a glass bowl up halfway with water and slice half a lemon into thin slices. Put those into the water and add a splash of vinegar – microwave for four minutes (Or until it boils) and then use a damp cloth to wipe away all that stuck on grease and food. It smells and looks great with very little effort and chemicals!

8. Shower Cleaner

That fiberglass bottom of your shower never seems to truly get clean or stay clean. A combination of baking soda and lemon juice will clean it, and get it looking brand new again! For your shower walls and doors, you can fill a dishwashing wand with dish soap and vinegar to just swipe and be done. If you have one, hang it on a suction cup so it’ll last longer and won’t take up valuable shower space.

9. No more grease!

Fill a spray bottle with 2-parts rubbing alcohol, and 1-part water. Spray this everywhere that cooking grease splashes while you’re frying or cooking, and it will dissolve before your eyes!

10. Dusting won’t take all morning anymore!

To dust off pillows and lampshades, you can swipe a lint roller quickly over them and you’re done. For blinds, you can use an old sock and a couple drops of vinegar to leave them shiny and clean! Dusting computer and TV screens becomes a seconds only task with a coffee filter, and for paintings that you don’t want to damage with any chemicals – stay with me, here – use half a bagel. It’ll pick up all that dust and any other nasty things that rest on any paintings, and it won’t risk any damage at all!

11. Clean Carpet Stains

With this tip, we all need to be careful not to damage carpet or make a stain worse. If you’re unsure about what the stain is, or the material your carpet is made out of, don’t try this one at home, and leave it to our professionals to clean, otherwise you run the risk of losing part of your security deposit.

Now, with that warning in mind – you can get tough food, drink, and pet stains out with a spray bottle of water and white vinegar, a protective towel, and an iron. Spray the vinegar and water mixture onto the stain, let it rest for 10 minutes, and then steam the carpet using your iron. Immediately lay the towel over the stain, and lay the iron over the towel, being careful not to leave the iron in one spot for too long to avoid burning. Remove the iron and the towel, and you’re done! Again, be careful with this one!

12. Clean your Cabinets and Baseboards

Use a dish cleaner filled with dish soap to clean your cabinets and baseboards! This method is sworn by, by a lot of people on the internet. It works so well at getting dirty and grime off easily, just use a wet rag to wipe the soap residue away.

13. Cleaning Slime

Use this cleaning slime to get into the nooks, cracks, and crannies you can’t easily get into, that you don’t want to push anything else into. Like a computer keyboard, for example! This cleaning slime is made up of borax, water, and glue, and you can add food coloring if you want!

The recipe is:
1 tsp of Borax

4-5 oz bottle of Elmer’s glue

1.5 cups of water

And about 8 drops of food coloring!

Heat the water up in the microwave, add the glue, then add the food coloring if desired, and then the teaspoon of borax, and mix until it turns into the consistency that you want! You may need to add a couple more drops of water, depending on your need for the cleaning slime. Place the cleaning slime on the surface that needs cleaned, wait a few minutes – and then peel it away to see how much gunk it’s picked up! Repeat the process until your surface is completely clean.

 

There you go! Our top 13 tips for environmentally conscious, chemically free cleaning! Let us know how everything works out for you!

Top 3 Tips for Owning and Maintaining your Investment Property


 

1. Consider purchasing a home warranty. Companies like Fidelity will provide a home warranty, that covers anything from everyday wear and tear, to kitchen appliances, and HVAC systems. A lot of homeowners can be nervous to rent out their investment property, because of the risk of any damage to it or anything in the home. This covers that and will put your mind at ease.

 

  1. Choose a property manager you can trust, like us! If you trust and can have a good relationship with your property manager, renting out your investment property becomes a breeze. With open communication, you can and should be able to get the most out of your renting experience and being able to trust that your investment and assets are in good hands is the best way to possibly get any peace of mind!

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Trust that your tenants will paint the walls a good color (with permission, and if you don’t like it, it can change back) and that they’ll take good care of it. The good part is, this isn’t too much a jump, purely because we as your property management company personally vet each application, making sure that the best possible tenant is allowed to rent your unit.

Spring Lawn Maintenance

Welcome to spring in Denver, Colorado!

This spring, have the best lawn on the block with these 5 pro-tips from your property management! Remember, any major changes to the landscape need to be approved by us – but these tips can and should be done each spring to maintain the beautiful quality of your lawn!

  1. Controlling Weeds

The best time to spray to prevent weeds is in the spring! If you’re able to spray on a dewy morning – or the morning after it rains, because we are in Colorado – the earlier you can do it, the better. The dew/rain absorbing in to the soil will take the weed chemicals with it, making it easier to control any weeds that pop in this summer.

2. Seeding and Planting

If you plan on laying down any grass seeds this spring – make sure you don’t do it within a week of spraying to prevent weeds. The weed killing spray will also kill off your grass seed! Try to space them at least two weeks apart, and unless you’re planning on watering your grass seed every three hours – try to do it as early as you can, before the hot season in Colorado starts!

3. Trim your Bushes and Perennials

Now – this doesn’t mean destroy them. It just means to trim off any dead or sick branches from your bushes, and maybe make sure that their shape and size is aesthetically pleasing! If your property has any Colorado wild rose bushes, make sure to trim off any buds that are budding too soon, or your plant might not bloom in-season. This is the biggest part of making sure that you would win the unspoken best lawn contest!

4. Aerate, Aerate, Aerate

Always aerate your lawn in early to mid- summer – which, in Colorado, is going to be in the next couple of weeks. You don’t need permission from us to do this, but if you’re going to do it yourself, make sure that you don’t over-aerate your lawn, as that will over-oxygenate the grass and it will destroy the lush green grass.

5. Watering Your Lawn

If you have a sprinkler system that needs to be turned on, we as your property management will take care of it. Otherwise, the lawn will need to be watered once a week during late spring, early summer, and at the end of the summer too. In the mid-summer, when temperatures reach their peak at 107 degrees, it’s recommended to do so twice a week. Never water your lawn in the middle of the day – either before 5 am, or after 6 pm. With this being said – Colorado has 66% of its normal moisture this year – which puts us at higher fire danger and drought conditions. Follow drought rules, and you – and your lawn – will make it through the summer.

 

With these tips, and a little bit of elbow grease, you’re sure to have the best lawn on your block!  Happy Spring!

Decorating Your Rental Home!

Decorating as a tenant has it limits, but if you follow your lease, and these guidelines, it can be as fun and easy as decorating any other home!

1. Ask before you paint.
Make sure to follow your lease with us by getting any paint jobs approved. You may be in violation of your lease if you do not – even if you use a professional contractor and provide receipts. The colors need to be approved, as does the work, so that we as your property management company know that A. The work will be easy to reverse, or B. It will not decrease the rental value of the home. If you feel like painting that bright blue focal point wall, I’d say go for it! Just run it by us first.

2. Hang some pictures!
Pictures in nice frames can really spruce up walls, and make it feel more like your own home! Wear and tear normally includes small nail holes in walls, as long as they are smaller than a dime. If you want to mount a TV, be prepared to cover the small cost of drywall to cover that hole. Another way to really brighten up a home are string lights. The popularity in decorating with string lights has gone through the roof, and you can find cheap, safe string lights in any store. Hang them from a fireplace mantle, on your kitchen countertop, or around your bathroom mirrors! As long as the holes are smaller than the size of a dime, you are within your normal wear and tear guidelines.

3. Can I Renovate?
Adding light fixtures, changing tile, countertops, or flooring, maybe even taking down a railing, or adding a backsplash. All of this, if you were to do without notifying us, would put you in violation of your lease, which could possibly lead to you getting notices or even eviction. Now, we don’t want that, so the best way to approach serious renovations like this would be to get in contact with us! Let us know what you’re wanting. That way, we can make the informed decision, let the homeowner know, and get it approved, so that you can stay in good faith on your lease.

4. What about outside?
If you’re lucky enough to have a yard in Colorado, you probably see the intense competition to have the best yard on the block. While we understand that you might want to add that gorgeous water feature, that is definitely something that you’ll want to get in touch with us about. When it comes to caring for your lawn, you can aerate and water to your hearts content – as keeping the landscaping in good condition is a part of your lease! But adding bushes, planting flowers, buying trees, starting an herb garden – it’s best to get permission from us before taking on the adventure that is the outdoors in Colorado. Even if you make the home more beautiful, the owner could come back and say that they didn’t want it that way, and you could be liable for charges. They key here? Just ask!

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