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Way To Save On Utilities

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Here are some helpful tips to reduce your utility bills!

1. Light Bulbs

Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving CFLs, which provide high-quality light output, use 75% less energy, and last 6–10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs, according to the US Department of Energy.

2. Thermostat

Get a programmable thermostat. Set the program around your schedule to save on your heating and cooling bills.

3. Laundry

Try to avoid doing partial loads of laundry, this saves on both power and water costs. Wash your laundry in cold water whenever possible as well.

4. Blinds and Window Coverings

Hang blinds, shades or coverings on windows that might receive direct sunlight throughout the day, particularly windows that face the south. Keep them closed during the day to keep your home cooler.

5. Switch out shower heads and faucets

You can get low flow shower heads and faucets that use a lot less water when using.

6. Lower the temperature on your water heater

Turning it down just 10-20 degrees will show definite savings

Any of these tips alone can save money on your utility bills. When you combine several, you’ll be surprised how much you can save every month!


Jul
26
Rental Myths vs. Reality

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1. YOU'RE THROWING MONEY AWAY

WHILE YOU MAY NOT BE GAINING EQUITY IN A HOME, YOU ARE PAYING FOR SOMEWHERE TO CALL HOME, WHICH IS NOT THE EQUIVALENT OF THROWING MONEY IN THE TRASH

2. YOU HAVE NO NEGOTIATING POWER

RENT PRICES AND LENGTHS OF LEASES ARE OFTEN NEGOTIABLE. DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK THE PROPERTY MANAGER OR LEASING AGENT TO SEE WHAT THE OWNER WOULD CONSIDER.

3. IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET OUT OF A LEASE

ALTHOUGH YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEASE, DEPENDING ON THE LEASE TERMS, LEASE BREAK POLICIES CAN DIFFER. RESEARCH YOUR LEASE OR AS THE LANDLORD/PROPERTY MANAGER FOR MORE INFORMATION

4. THE LANDLORD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENTS

AGAIN, DEPENDING ON THE LEASE TERMS, THIS CAN DIFFER FROM RENTAL TO RENTAL. BE SURE TO UNDERSTAND THE LEASE AND WHAT IS COVERED BEFORE SIGNING

5. A LANDLORD CAN END YOUR LEASE EARLY

THE LANDLORD HAS TO FOLLOW THE LEASE, UNLESS THEY SELL THE PROPERTY TO AN INVESTOR WHO WILL KEEP THE RENTER IN PLACE THROUGH THE LEASE DATES.

KEEP IN MIND, WHEN IN DOUBT, ALWAYS ASK YOUR LANDLORD OR PROPERTY MANAGER BEFORE MAKING AN ASSUMPTION.


Jul
18
Restricted Breeds - A Thing of the Past

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About two years ago Arizona became the 20th state to completely do away with breed-specific legislation - laws that ban or otherwise regulate dogs by breed.

However, HOA’s and insurance requirements can vary.

Some other helpful information:

  • The law in Arizona (and most other states) says that when a dog bites,

The dog is always GUILTY, even if he was provoked by someone or something

  • Renters insurance carried by the tenant, usually covers dog bite lawsuits

  • The Landlord’s insurance policy usually protects the landlord when a tenant’s dog bites. In most cases, the landlord is not the responsible party, and the insurance pays for lawyers to get Landlord removed from any lawsuits.

  • In one year, State Farm pays over $60 million (total) for dog bite claims

  • Pet damage to a house, whether chewing, scratching, or urine or feces, is not covered by insurance. This is not always normal pets. I once saw a home where a Parrot had destroyed the doors, walls, and molding by chewing on these.

  • If a dog bites and there is an insurance claim, the insurance company will usually require that the tenant or homeowner get rid of that particular dog. For homeowners….not tenants… the insurance company will sometimes allow the owner to keep the dog, but the owner must sign a bite exclusion that says that their dog is no longer covered by their insurance.


Jul
13
How Often To Inspect?

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As a property manager it’s a good idea to inspect properties regularly.

When should you inspect?

  • Move In - done before a new lease begins, ensures all previous work has been completed and property is move in ready. Then again by the tenant once they move in to notate the condition of the property when the moved in.

  • Annual - done with a tenant in place to note the condition of the property; one, two or even three times a year is normal.

  • Move Out - accesses the overall condition once a tenant moves out

Remember a quick 5 minute inspection can prevent major expenses down the road.

This is a great time to see potentially unreported issues and point them out and advise the tenant these are things that need to be reported so they can be addresses, check for unauthorized occupants, unauthorized pets and just overall maintenance and upkeep.


Jul
06
Low Maintenance Landscape

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In Arizona it’s important to have the right landscaping due the extreme climate and frequent droughts. Here are some common low maintenance Arizona plants to think about next time you are landscaping.

Trees:

  • Palo Verde

  • Mesquite

  • Arizona Ash

  • Willow Acacia

Shrubs:

  • Arizona Rosewood

  • Brittlebush

  • Black Dalea

  • Flame Honeysuckle

  • Langman’s Sage

Perennials:

  • Blackfoot Daisy

  • Hummingbird Trumpet

  • Mexican Hat

Cacti/Succulents:

  • Blue Myrtle Cactus

  • Blue Yucca

  • Golden Barrel

  • Desert Spoon


Jun
28
Pool Safety

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When it comes to pools, it’s all about safety first! Here are some common safety recommendations.

  • Never leave a child unattended in the pool or pool area.

  • Because flotation devices and swimming lessons are not substitutes for supervision, a child should always be watched when in or around the pool area.

  • CPR/CCR instructions and the 911 emergency number (or local emergency number) should be posted in the pool area.

  • A phone should be located in the pool area or easily accessible in case of an emergency.

  • All residential pool owners should attend water rescue and CPR/CCR classes. Lifesaving equipment should be easily accessible and stored n the pool area.

  • All gate locks and latches should be checked regularly to insure they are working properly.

  • A gate should never be left propped open.

  • All items that could be used to climb a pool barrier should be removed from around the barrier.

  • In an emergency:

    • Shout for help;

    • Pull the child from the water;

    • Call 911 (or local emergency number) for help; and

    • After checking the child's airway and breathing, immediately begin CPR/CCR if necessary.


Jun
20
2018 Arizona Rental Market: Invest Now

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Arizona currently has the 22nd highest rent in the country out of 56 states and territories. In Maricopa County alone, with an estimated population of 3,817,117, the average 3 bedroom home rents for $1474. In Pima County, with an estimate population of 980,263, the average 3 bedroom home rents for $1242.

There is a high demand for 2018. This is due to two factors that will greatly impact Phoenix real estate: job and population growth. Phoenix real estate will benefit from the city’s growing economy. In 2017, Phoenix real estate investing was given a boost because of the additional 51,000 jobs added during the year. As of October 2017, Phoenix had an unemployment rate of 4.5%, the lowest the city has seen since 2007.

Phoenix has gone through a 140% increase in the number of companies that moved their location to the city, meaning good things for the Phoenix housing market.

Phoenix investment properties will be affordable, compared to the national index for housing affordability. According to the Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index, the national index is 58.3% for a median income of $68,000. For the Phoenix real estate market, the index is 65.8%. In comparison to other states, Phoenix investment properties will be pretty affordable for real estate investors and homebuyers.

Single family homes used as rental properties are also a good option for investing in Phoenix real estate. Real estate investors should even consider turning single family rental properties into dual occupancy rental properties to get more rental income.

Are you ready to join Arizona investors and build your wealth with real estate?

https://www.rentdata.org/states/arizona/2018
https://www.mashvisor.com/blog/phoenix-real-estate-2018/

Jun
14
Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities

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Here are some common things that are a tenant’s responsibility when it comes to maintenance. A good rule of thumb is if anything was caused by misuse or neglect, it is the tenant’s responsibility to take care of.

  1. Carpet Stains or floor damage beyond normal wear and tear
i.e. Spills, pet accidents, bleach, nail polish, etc.
  1. Plumbing Clogs
Plunging/clearing clogged toilets, drains and garbage disposal
Common causes: hair, trash in disposal, floss, QTips, wet wipes (are not flushable)
  1. Replacing light bulbs
To include regular and fluorescent, light fixtures, ceiling fans, refrigerator, pool, etc.
  1. Change out AC Filters every 30 days
  1. Replacing batteries
Including but not limited to garage remotes, smoke detectors and thermostats
  1. Simple fixes
Such as resetting a breaker or GFI or reset buttons
  1. Damage to walls/ceilings
i.e. drawings, scuffs, odor, etc.


TCT Property Management Services, LLC

2500 S Power Road #121

Mesa, AZ 85209

T: (480) 632-4222

F: (480) 632-4226

E: info@tctproperties.com


Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:30AM-5:00PM, Friday 8:30AM-4:00PM

Se habla EspaƱol

Jennice Doty, Designated Broker


For AFTER BUSINESS HOURS maintenance EMERGENCY, please call 480-632-4225 and the on-call property manager will assist you

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