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Storage Space ideas

Creative Ways to Create Storage Space in a Rental     bedroom storage space

When it comes to renting a home or apartment, one of the downsides can be limited or little storage space. However, there are creative ways to create storage in your rental while at the same time making your rental apartment or house feel like home. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County who have over twenty years of experience managing properties in the area, we would like to help you make your rental feel spacious and like home by offering some creative ways that you can create storage in your rental home or apartment.

Hidden storage in furniture

A great thing to get if you live in a rental home or apartment that is small or doesn’t have much space for storage are furniture items that not only make your rental look awesome but have hidden storage space inside of them. One example of this would be getting a coffee table that has drawers or opens up like a chest with plenty of room inside for storing books or other miscellaneous items. Another example of this would be getting small cushioned furniture like a chair or a stool that has room for storage inside of it underneath the cushion.

Shelving

Adding a trendy corner shelf to a living room or a small shelf to a bedroom can create more storage than you may realize, especially if you have a large collection of books or decorative items that you don’t know what to do with. Scattering your miscellaneous items on a bookshelf along with some of your books is not only a great way to store your items but is also trendy and eye-catching.

Hidden storage under furniture

In the same way that you can store things inside of furniture, you can also store things underneath pieces of furniture such as couches and beds. You can pack things into small boxes tubs and slide them far underneath your bed or couch, far enough back to where people won’t notice them. If you want these storage containers to look trendy in case people notice them, you can always find some wooden ones or some vintage-looking ones. Try your local thrift stores or antique stores.

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  Decorative Storage Space

There are also creative ways that you can use decorative items as storage. A great example of this would be filling vintage suitcases with items you need to store and then stacking your suitcases in one of your rooms as decorations or to create a side table. Another example of this is, if your fireplace is not functional or you hardly use it, you can stack books and other items inside of it. This is super trendy and also stores your miscellaneous items.

If you would like more information on how you can create storage or make your rental home or apartment feel more like a place that you own, feel free to call us at Authority Property Management. We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way we can! If you are a landlord and would like someone to take the stressful tasks of managing your rental properties out of your hands, we would love to manage your properties for you! Give us a call at (530) 410-6085.

 

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Rental decorating tips

Ways to Decorate Your Rental Like You Own It

Oftentimes, the rules and regulations that come with renting a house or apartment can make the rental feel very much like a temporary living space rather than a home. If tenants don’t have ideas as to how they can make their rental house or apartment feel more like home in the midst of the rules that their landlords have laid out, they oftentimes might not do anything to try and decorate  rental decoratingat all. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County, we want every tenant to feel at home in their rental home. If you are a tenant who would like to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home you own, we would like to offer you some different ways that you can decorate your rental while still abiding by the rules that your landlord has laid out.

  1. Bring in colorful furniture – Landlords usually do not allow tenants to paint the walls in the rental house or apartment. If you are renting a house or apartment and feel like white walls surround you, one way that you can bring some color into your rooms and make your living space feel more like home is to bring in colorful furniture. It’s as easy as choosing several colors that you feel will accent each other and then painting different pieces of furniture in those different colors. The white walls that you used to dislike will now bring out the colors of the furniture in each room, capturing your attention every time you step foot through the front door.
  2. Dress up your windows – While you may not be allowed to remove or replace the blinds that your landlord installed on your windows, another way that you can bring some color into your house or apartment is to get some trendy curtains that cover up those blinds and accent the colors of the furniture in each room. Curtains are great accessories that easily change the look and feel of a room.
  3. Style your floors with trendy rugs – Is your rental house or apartment covered in the unappealing carpet? Does it feel like there is too much hardwood floor or tile going on in some of the rooms? Large, trendy area rugs are like a secret weapon for decorating a rental home. They will not only cover that shabby carpet that you have to put up with, but they will also get rid of any excess space that you feel in a room.  
  4. Mirrors make everything better – Are there some rooms in your rental that feel like they need a little bit more light? One way you can make a room look brighter and more spacious is by hanging mirrors as wall décor. If you hang a mirror across from a window in your room, the light from the outside will come through the window and reflect back into the room off of the mirror. This will create more light in the room. Mirrors also help to give the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is.
  5. You can’t go wrong with pictures – Now this is something you can get really creative with. Depending on what style you are going for in your house or apartment, filling up space on a wall with prints in that style will add a lot to a room. Pictures also make a rental feel more like a home because they are personal. Search Pinterest for some ideas in the style you are going for, give it a go and I guarantee you will feel more at home and will have guests eyeing your walls in no time.
  6. Lighting works wonders – Have you ever walked into a room that was dim and all of a sudden felt tired or emotional? The lighting in a room puts off more of an atmosphere than we realize sometimes. If you want to bring some more light into your rooms, it’s as simple as buying some lamps. Depending on the style you are going for, hit up a local store and find some lamps that match your theme and will help to make the rooms feel brighter and more refreshing.  
  7. Add unique accessories – Adding accessories to a room can accent everything that you have going on in the room and can also fill it out. For inspiration, check out Pinterest or the home décor magazine of your choice. Small candles or plants that last for a while, such as succulents or orchids, are some accessories that can make a room feel more refreshing and light-hearted.

These are just a few ideas on how you can work around the rules that your landlord has laid out in order to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home that you own. If you have any questions or would like information on how you can best take care of your rental as a tenant, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way that we can!

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Deductions from Deposits

Common Reasons Why Landlords make deductions from Deposits

When you move into a rental house or apartment, your landlord will most likely ask you for a deposit before you move in. The deposit amount is usually two to three hundred above the amount ofRun Down Rental Property a monthly rent payment. The reason why landlords ask for a deposit up front is so that they can have a safety net and some money to fall back on if any damages are done to the property or the property is not cleaned properly when tenants move out. If you are moving into a rental and want to ensure that you get your deposit back at the end of your tenancy, you can set yourself up well by gaining information on and being mindful of what could cause a landlord to make deductions from your deposit. First and foremost always fill out your move-in check-in list and take pictures.  Your move in check in list is your foundation for your move out and a record of the condition of the property at the time of your move in.  As property managers in Redding, we would like to provide you with some of the most common reasons why landlords end up withholding deposits from tenants.

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Habits of a successful Property Manager

7 Successful Habits of a Property Manager

Are you new to the property management business? Have you been in the property management’s business for several years, but would like more knowledge and insight into how you can become a better property manager? As property managers in Redding who have more than 20 years of experience, we not only understand what it is like to be new to the property management industry, but we have also learned how to grow and develop and become better property managers with each passing year. We would like to offer you 7 successful habits that we feel great property managers have!

  1. Communication – Clear and consistent communication is key to happy tenants and happy owners. Great property managers communicate in clear and consistent ways with tenants and owners in such a way that both the tenants and the owners feel safe and secure.

  2. Experience – The more you manage properties, the more experience you will gain as a property manager and will be able to apply that experience to the properties you will manage in the future. Having hands-on experience will increase your credibility as a property manager as well as your customer base.

  3. References – When landlords are looking into hiring you to manage their properties, they will want to see that people have had great experiences having you as a property manager. With how often people check reviews before they purchase these days, offering testimonials and references to potential clients can increase their chances of hiring you.

  4. Technology – Great property managers use technology to their advantage! Embracing technology and using it to your advantage can help you organize the properties that you are managing, promote yourself as a property manager, communicate your values as a company, build relationships with your audience, and gain a greater customer base.

  5. Tenant screening – As a property manager, landlords are trusting you with the responsibility of finding great tenants that will not damage their properties. Because of this, it is vital that you screen potential tenants so that the odds of filling the rental home or apartment with tenants who will not end up paying the rent on time or will end up damaging the property are lessened.

  6. Interaction with tenants – The way that you interact with your tenants and maintain your relationships with them can make or break you as a property manager. It is important to have open, respectful, and timely communication with your tenants. It is also important that you take care of repair and maintenance issues in a timely fashion.

  7. Consistency – Consistency is the key to being a great property manager. This means being consistent in your communication and in staying on top of the tasks that you are managing for landlords. Landlords want a property manager who is available and consistent in their communication and services. Consistency builds trust and landlords want a property manager that they can trust.

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If you would like more information on how you can become a better property manager, feel free to give us a call at Authority Property Management! If you are a landlord who does not want to deal with the potential stress that can come with taking care of critical tasks for your property or maintaining relationships with your tenants, you can hire a property manager to take those critical tasks and tenant relationships out of your hands. A property manager will handle the communication between you and your tenants as well as bring resolution to any conflicts that come up between you and your tenants.  Authority Property Management would love to serve you! Feel free to give us a call at 530-410-6085.

 

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Rental Home or Apartment Alterations

What alterations can you make to the rental home or unit you rent?

Updated 1/6/2019

When you rent a home or apartment, you want to put some of your touches on it.  You might want to make some of your own improvements. This is your home, your friends and family visit you, you are raising your children there.  It is a representation of you, and for most, they want to live in a nice place and take pride in decorating the home they are renting. This is completely understandable, and Owners want you to be happy, comfortable and make it your home, within reason.

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Security Deposit,How to get it back.

Six tips to help in the return of your security deposit

Security Deposits

Don’t leave the deposit money on the table.

What is your security deposit? It’s that big check you gave to the landlord or property manager when you moved in to hold in trust for you until the day you move out. If you damage something beyond what would be considered normal wear and tear from normal use the security deposit is there to cover for the repair or replacement.

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