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Packing Tips for Moving

Moving can feel like one of the most stressful things in the world, especially if you would say that are not the most minimalistic person out there. However, when it comes to packing up your old place and moving into a new place, there are some things that you can do that can make your transition much less stressful than it needs to be.  As property managers in Redding who have over 20 years of experience overseeing and managing rental properties in Shasta County, we would love to help ease your transition by offering you some of our top practical packing tips when moving.

Separate and label boxes according to each room

One way to get your packing done in an easy and efficient way is to pack your boxes according to each room in your home or apartment. For example, it is way more efficient and way less stressful to pack everything that you will want in your kitchen in the same boxes and everything that you will want in your living room in the same boxes rather than mixing them up. After you pack each of your rooms into boxes, the next thing you will want to do is take a sharpie and label each box with the room that it will go in such as “LIVING ROOM” or “KITCHEN”. This will make moving much easier and unpacking once you are moved into your new living space much quicker as all of your items will already be sorted into which room they will be going into.     moving boxes_573x300

Organize your box sizes

As you are packing, it is important that you separate your heavy items from your light items and put the right items in the right sizes of boxes. If you have a lot of heavy items like books, you will want to put those into several medium-sized boxes rather than one large box. This will make the boxes easier to move and will prevent them from breaking. However, when it comes to lightweight items, you can go ahead and pack as many of those items as possible into your large boxes. These items could be linens, pillows, tablecloths, curtains, etc.

Secure any breakables

The best way to secure any breakables like dishes is to wrap each item in packing paper and then to pack any spaces between breakable items in boxes with packing paper as well. After they are wrapped in packing paper, the best way to put items like dishes into boxes is to pack them on their sides and inside of each other. For example, you can wrap cups or bowls individually and then stack them inside each other on their sides inside the boxes.

Extra tape never hurts

Make sure that your boxes are secured by taping across the middle of the box on the top and bottom of the box as well as any flaps that may be sticking up on the box. It also doesn’t hurt to tape long pieces of tape around the entire box a couple of times just to make sure that the box is completely secured shut.                                

If you are a tenant and would like more information on how you can best transition into your new rental home or apartment, or if you are a landlord and would like someone to help you manage your rental properties, don’t hesitate to call us at Authority Property Management. We have plenty of experience doing property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way that we can! Feel free to give us a call at (530) 410-6085.

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First time Renter

Things Every First Time Renter Should Know

Updated 1/6/2019

Are you looking into renting your first home or apartment? If so, there are some things that you as a first time Renter can plan and have prepared before you start checking out potential living spaces. Moving into a home or apartment on your own for the first time requires a lot of responsibility. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County who have over twenty years of experience managing rental properties, we would like to help you transition into your first rental home or apartment by giving you some tips on some things to consider before you start looking into properties.

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  1. Know your budget – Before you look into renting, it is essential that you as a future renter know what you can afford for monthly rent payments. Knowing your budget upfront will help you narrow down different properties that you are considering. It is also essential to know your budget up front so that you do not commit to a property that is over your budget and gets yourself in a bind financially.
  2. Provide proof of employment and income – For financial stability, landlords are potentially going to want to see evidence of employment and a stable income upfront to consider you as a potential renter. Any late unpaid rent payments will fall back on your landlord and affect their finances negatively, so it is important that you have a consistent job and a stable income lined up.
  3. Be willing to provide a co-signer – If you are sharing the home or apartment with multiple people, your landlord may ask for only one or two of you to sign the lease, which would mean that whoever signs it will be responsible for the entire rent for the house. That means that if you sign it and your housemates have late or unpaid rent payments, it will fall back on you to make those payments. If you are asked to sign a lease and be responsible for the rent for the house, it would be wise for you to have someone co-sign the lease with you so that not all of the financial responsibility will fall back on you. Make sure that whoever you find to co-sign with you is financially responsible.
  4. Be willing to provide references – Your landlord may ask for references because they may want to see how stable and consistent you would be as a tenant. Providing a list of references upfront without your landlord even asking will impress them.
  5. Inspect your new apartment – When you first move in, inspect everything to make sure there are no damages or repairs that need to be done. If you inspect your apartment or home and find that there are repairs that need to be done, submit them in writing to your landlord as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like more information on how you can best prepare for renting and moving into your first home or apartment, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085!

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Co-Sign – things to consider

Should You Co-Sign a Lease on a Rental? 

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Have you been asked by a friend or relative to co-sign on the lease for the rental? If so, have you been wondering what that entails? As property managers in Redding, California, we would love to help answer any questions that you may have in regards to renting a home or apartment.  

So what does it mean to be a co-signer on a lease for a rental home or apartment? Basically, when you co-sign your name on a lease, you are giving a legal guarantee that the payment of rent will be paid and any monetary damages suffered by the Owner or Property Management. This guarantees may include late charges, non-reimbursed utility expenses, damages to the leased premises as well as Attorney fees if applicable in the enforcement of the lease.  What this means is that, even if the rest of the tenants in the rental are not able to come through on their rent payments, you are guaranteeing that the rent will be paid. Unfortunately, what this means for you is that if a tenant falls short of their rent payment for the month, you are legally required to cover that payment. It also means that if a tenant is late on or does not pay his or her rent payment, or causes any damage to the rental property, it will fall back on you and could potentially have an adverse effect on your credit score. Late rent payment will be reported back to your credit agencies. (more…)

Viewing property questions.

Things to Look for When Viewing a Property
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When it comes to viewing a house or apartment that you are potentially thinking about renting, whether long-term or short-term, it is important that you not only know what you want and need in a rental, but that you also take time to walk around the place to see if those wants and needs are all actually there. Many times, people walk in to view a rental, and because the place is spacious or nicely polished, they do a quick walk-through and commit to it, only to find out later that some of the things they originally wanted or needed in a place are actually not there. If you are looking to rent a house or apartment, it is important that as you view rentals, you have your wants and needs in mind and take as much time as you need to in order to see if all of those things are really there. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County who have over 20 years of experience managing rental properties, we would like to offer you some questions that can help you discover what you are wanting and needing in a house or apartment so that you will be fully prepared and will know what to look for when you go to view rentals.

  1. Are you looking for something long-term or short-term?
  2. How much storage are you wanting and how much storage is there?
  3. Are the rooms big enough for your needs?
  4. Do you like where the rental is located as far as the city and the surrounding area?
  5. Do you need a rental that comes with major appliances (refrigerator, microwave, washer, dryer) or do you have your own?
  6. How many bathrooms do you need? Are the bathrooms spacious enough for you? How is the plumbing?
  7. Do you want a yard? Is there a yard? Is it spacious enough?
  8. Is the overall layout of the house or apartment what you are looking for?
  9. Are the windows and roof up to date?
  10. What is parking like?

While there are more questions you can ask yourself to get a good idea of what you are wanting and needing in a rental home or apartment, these are some of the basic questions that we hope will help you to know the majority of your needs and wants in a rental. If you have any questions or would like more information on what to look for when viewing a rental, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you with anything you may need!

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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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Craig’s List Scams and how they get you and your money!

Shasta County has its fair Share of Housing Scams and scammers, How to protect you and your family!Authority Property Management Redding CA Scams sign.

 

Updated 1-6-2019

We have witnessed a huge spike in Craiglist’s housing scams here in Shasta County in the past sixty days. We have been made aware of four in the past two weeks. We want to help you avoid having your personal information stolen and or your hard earned cash go missing. Let’s review a few situations that we hear have come up recently. (more…)

Renting A Home In Redding 7 Benefits

Renting Homes & Apartment the benefits.

There are many reasons that renting is a better choice than buying, and when you take the time to carefully think about it, that should become pretty clear. I know that there are many people who are nervous about buying, but who feel pressured to do so because that is what all of their friends are doing. I don’t believe that anyone should not feel that way. If you are wondering whether buying or leasing is the better choice, then you should consider all that is said below and choose for yourself. (more…)

Redding Rental Homes Or Apartment.

 Redding Rental Home Or Apartment Hunting.

When looking for a rental home or an apartment for rent, it can be an overwhelming experience, especially for the first time renter. The best way is not panicking but to follow the following tips and guidance to have yourself a new Redding Rental home or apartment.

1. Determine Your Price Range For Rental
There are two main ways to you can use to determine your price range. First, you can divide your monthly income three times and set it as a price range or divide your yearly income four times and set it as your price range. (more…)

Tenants like renting from Property Management

Why Tenants Like Renting Through a Property Manager

Most landlords have horror stories of bad tenants. Unfortunately, just as many tenants have horror stories of bad landlords. If a property owner has chosen a good property manager, the owner and the tenants should both be happy. In fact, many tenants prefer renting homes through a property management company in Redding. Most of us have had that weird landlord that was a little too noisy, and who was a little too involved with what was going on in our rental apartments or home. When a tenant rents an apartment, they want to feel like it is their home. After all, they are living there. We take tenant’s rights seriously at Authority Property Management Redding CAArgument between tenant and a Landlord. Renting homes from us will make a tenant feel at ease. (more…)

Rental Property and Aggressive dog breeds

Trouble finding a Rental Property that will accept your Dog?  Doberman_rental property

Are you having trouble locating a rental property that will accept your dog? Finding a rental property is difficult enough, finding one that accepts pets can complicate the situation.  If you have a pet that is on the Aggressive Breeds, list your search for a rental property becomes even more difficult.  Insurance Companies that insure Home Owners and Renters are becoming very picky about which dog breeds they will insure and which they will not.  Each Insurance Company creates their own list.  The list has no specific scientific criteria required for a dog breed to be blacklisted; it is usually based upon the Insurance Company’s opinion of the risk the dog breed presents. Honestly, it is possible that a simple report in the media regarding a breed may be enough to cause an official at an insurance company to decide that a breed is dangerous.  Insurance Companys should only be allowed to blacklist a dog based on the individual dog and if the dog has a known history of being aggressive or if the dog has been officially designated as dangerous.

The following is a list of dog breeds that consistently are found on most insurance companies blacklist:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Staffordshire Terriers
  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • Presa Canarios
  • Chows Chows
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Akitas
  • Wolf-hybrids
  • Mastiffs
  • Cane Corsos
  • Great Danes
  • Alaskan Malamutes
  • Siberian Huskies                                      great-dane agressive breed dog

Insurance Companies evaluate the risk, the financial risk and possible claims their company may have to pay out.  Claims associated with dogs can get very costly.   If your insurance company does not know you have a “dangerous” dog and they find out, your policy may immediately be canceled or non-renewed.

Some suggestions I have heard to help a renter with a dog that is on the aggressive breed list is for a renter to get dog liability insurance. Dog liability insurance can be very reasonable and covers bodily injury and property damage a pet may cause. Most property owners or landlords are worried that they will be sued if their tenant’s dog bites or hurts another person or animal.  Then there are the questions is your dog a service animal or for emotional support? According to the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities (whether these disabilities are visible or can’t be seen), have the right to keep emotional support animals, even when a landlord’s policy explicitly prohibits pets.  I have also heard of tenants taking their dogs to dog obedience schools and providing resumes for their pet and references from people that have interacted with their dog.

Property owners or property managers want to rent to responsible dog owners, they make great tenants and usually stay longer in one place to keep their whole family together.  Happy house hunting!!!!!

 

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