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How a Rental Property Maintenance Company Assists Faraway Landlords

new york landlord maintenance solutionWhen it comes to owning rental property, there’s always something needing to be done throughout the year. Whether it’s getting ready for new tenants, fixing issues or upgrading the property, rental property maintenance can turn into a large job which needs frequent attention and supervision.

Such work may not be a big burden if your rental property is located in the same building, block or town in which you live. But what if you live a few towns over, an hour away, or even in another state? If you don’t live close by, rental property maintenance can become a tremendous nuisance.

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Which Home Maintenance Service Plan Fits Your Needs?

Plumber checking off task list on clipboardIt’s so easy to put home maintenance on the back burner. After all, if everything looks fine, it must be fine, right?

While that’s not exactly the case, it’s certainly the most convenient way to approach our homes between long days at the office, shuttling kids to soccer practice and nights out with friends and family. Who has time to think about the sluggish shower drain or the slightly-askew gutter downspout?

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Beyond Gutter Cleaning: Essential Maintenance Services You Need Every Fall

fall home maintenance means more than gutter cleaningWhile our transition into fall typically involves treating ourselves to a pumpkin spice latte, your home also needs seasonal pick-me-up. Checkups and calibrations are the equivalent of your home’s “winter coat,” insulating and protecting your property during the coming winter storms against the cycle of precipitation, freezing and thawing. Although you probably won’t see snow until November or December, the changing weather will start taking its hold before you know it.

You’re probably familiar with some basic autumn-time tasks, such as gutter cleaning before the snow and ice arrives, but there are a variety of to-dos to put on your list to ensure that your home weathers the cold season in stride.

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Try A New Accent

by guest author Shawna Feeley

Accent walls are a spectacular way to bring style to a room.  A key to great design is layered textures, patterns and pops of color.  Using strong elements in a room brings a focus and purpose to the room’s personality.  A bold choice pays off and sometimes an accent wall is all that is needed. Wood, wallpaper, BOLD paint colors, murals and textural paint techniques are all fantastic ways to create an accent wall. And do not forget that the ceiling is the fifth wall and could be the right place to add interest and color.

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A Cheap Handyman Can Do More Harm Than Good

cheap incompetent handyman can do more harm than good

Collecting and comparing price points is one of the most important pieces of information you’ll receive during your search for the right handyman. You want to make sure you’re getting the best quality at the best possible price, but prioritizing price over quality can be a risky approach.

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Kitchen Design Updates That Don’t Break The Bank

by guest author Shawna Feeley

My favorite space in almost any house is the kitchen.  When it is well-designed, it provides an arena to cook, create, commune and to just hang out.  Kids do their homework and families connect in this functional and well used space. Therefore, it imperative that you love this special room in your home and it makes you happy.  If, this is not the case, here are some kitchen updates that will bring a smile to your face without creating a hole in your wallet.

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Does home remodeling make sense for your family?

home remodeling services from HomeSquare, shown in this consultation with a homeownerAs the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what if your home simply isn’t working for you anymore?

It’s possible that your family has outgrown a three-bedroom setup, or a step-in bathtub is impractical due to limited mobility. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of an open floor plan, or it’s possible that some major structural elements, such as the roof, windows or doors, are due for a replacement. Your home isn’t “broken,” per se, but it could benefit from a value-boosting pick-me-up.

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How can a rental property maintenance company make a landlord’s life easier?

rental homes can be more profitable for landlords using rental property maintenance servicesProperty owners and managers are all-too-familiar with the summer rush to fix up, prep and rent out the apartments and homes in their purview. Between summer downtime, children moving to new school districts and students starting new academic programs, July and August are two of the busiest months to rent an apartment – and end a lease agreement.

There’s a lot to do in the mad rush to prepare apartments for this quick turnover. Some, like repainting an apartment, are required by law in certain locales at certain intervals. Other minor jobs such as wood rot repair, or small handyman tasks like rehanging closet doors, need to be taken care of before a new tenant moves in, whether the old tenant was at fault or not. In a competitive market, property owners may need to do even more to spruce up or upgrade the entire unit to make it more appealing to renters. No matter the reason, July and August are still the season to tackle the little projects that added up over the lease term.

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Update Your Welcome

by guest author Shawna Feeley

As the adage goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” This is something I learned from either a dandruff commercial or my Nana Ruth, (both, I think), but the message is sound.  Take a good look at your front door and see if you are maximizing your ability to wow and welcome your guests.  With new door paint, plants, container gardens, doormats, house numbers, wreaths and door knockers, there are many ways to spruce up your curb appeal.

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HomeSquare’s Summer BBQ Safety Guide

safety important when grilling, as shown in this photo of man charcoal grillingIt’s that time of year again – time to break out the patio furniture and toss some hamburgers and fresh veggies on the grill!

Grilling is an extremely popular pastime, with about 75 percent of households owning at least one charcoal or gas grill. But before igniting the coals or the burners, it’s important to refresh your memory regarding proper cleaning, grill prep and usage so your dinner doesn’t turn into a charred mess – or a painful lesson in fire safety.

Food certainly tastes great cooked over a smoky grill, but working with open fire invites some risk. Grilling causes nearly 9,000 home fires each year, accidents that occur most often during the peak grilling season in July. Grill accidents cause $118 million in property damage every year and send 16,600 people to the emergency room, more than half of those for burns.

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