Easy Amenities to Attract New Tenants

by Scott on August 9, 2017

When is the last time your community was updated? Even if your units got completely renovated within the last five years, chances are good that they’re beginning to show some wear and tear. But not every apartment can be brand new, at least not all the time. So what do you have to appeal to tenants who have plenty of other options in the area? And what if those options are newer and more exciting?
Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends small, easy additions to your community that will offer a lot of bang for your buck. Consider adding:
Package Lockers
People are ordering clothes, shoes, food — virtually everything you can think of — online more than ever before. Your office staff can probably attest to this! Chances are good, they sign for packages for your tenants all day. Tenants will likely appreciate this secure way of handling deliveries, but when they can’t pick up their packages (after the office has closed for the day, for instance), the service is less convenient than they might have initially expected. Make everyone’s lives a little easier by installing package lockers. Deliveries can be made directly to the lockers and tenants can pick up their packages virtually any time that’s convenient for them.
Bike Racks
If you’re looking for something lower tech, bike racks might be a good option to consider. People are looking for greener ways to commute and for ways to stay in shape — cycling kills two birds with one stone! Unfortunately, though, apartment dwellers are often frustrated by their lack of bike storage options, especially if they don’t live on the first floor. Installing a simple bike rack is an easy solution to the conundrum. We recommend installing it out of the elements in a covered spot. That way, bikes won’t fade in the sun nor rust in the rain.
Outdoor Washing Stations
For folks with garages and driveways, washing your car — or your beloved pooch — is a no brainer: you simply head out to the front of your home and hook up your hose. For apartment dwellers, it’s not as simple. That’s why we recommend adding an outdoor washing station or two to your community. A water hookup and a trashcan are incredibly simple to add to an unused corner of your parking lot, but adds tremendous value for your tenants.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Property Manager

by Scott on August 2, 2017

Being a landlord can be a full time job, especially if you manage an entire building or small community of homes. If you have a lot of outside obligations beyond your role as landlord, the daily tasks of maintenance, marketing and paperwork can quickly overwhelm you. That’s why Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management advocates for landlords handing the reigns over to an experienced property manager. Here are five reasons to hire a property manager today:
1. More free time. If you’re seriously considering hiring a property manager, this is probably on the front of your mind already. You’ve got enough to do without having to answer phone calls and emails all hours of the day and night. Hire a professional, and you’ll no longer have to struggle with your work/life balance. You’ll sleep easy at night, knowing you’re in good hands.
2. Higher quality tenants. Because a professional property manager has the experience and time to devote to screening tenants, you’ll see a huge boost in the quality of the folks living on your property. A good property manager will perform the background checks, interviews and reference checks needed to understand what a tenant is really life. When is the last time you had the chance to do all of that?
3. Fewer legal issues to worry about. A good property management company is updated on all the latest landlord-tenant laws and can easily navigate the legal waters when challenged by a tenant. Hiring an expert property manager means resting assured that you’re taken care of, from a legal perspective.
4. Fewer maintenance worries. As a landlord, you’re aware of all the things around your property that need maintained. From the lawn to the dishwasher to the plumbing system, it seems like one thing or another is always breaking down. A good property manager can oversee necessary maintenance chores and is usually in touch with excellent contractors they can call over at a moment’s notice.


5. No more faking it ’til you make it. Many landlords find themselves thrust into their job with little experience or background in the industry. By hiring a property manager, you hire an ally with the expertise you need to be successful.
So what are you waiting for? Start researching area property management companies before you need one!
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


London Apartment Fire Highlights Risks

July 26, 2017

Last month, a deadly fire raged for three days in an apartment building in London. The Grenfell Tower fire resulted in dozens of fatalities and outrage across the United Kingdom about the lack of fire safety mechanisms in place in the building. Stateside, property managers are giving their own smoke detectors, sprinklers and emergency plans […]

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Vacation Prep: Your Guide to Delegating

July 19, 2017

We’re about halfway through the summer season, and if you’re like us, you’re ready to hit the road for a summer vacation with your family. Property managers can often struggle to find the time to take their vacation days, with maintenance duties, new tenants to woo and leases to renew. Without delegating, you’d probably never […]

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Non-renewals: What’s Driving Your Tenants Away?

July 12, 2017

As property managers, we spend a lot of time enforcing the rules. We hunt down late rent payments, ensure tenants keep their noise level to a minimum and that they’re parking in their assigned spot. When tenants do their fair share to contribute to a clean, safe and pleasant community, we’re appreciative. But what are […]

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Soundproof Your Rental Units with These 4 Tips

July 5, 2017

When neighbors are noisy, apartment life can be hell. Virtually all of us have experienced the frustration that comes with loud neighbors. From sports fans shouting at their favorite team playing on television to dogs barking to late night parties, these intrusions can be truly infuriating. A good landlord knows that soundproofing walls will go […]

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Should You Ask Tenants for a Pet Resume?

June 28, 2017

Your resume is often synonymous with your first impression: when it lands on a hiring manager’s desk, your fate lies in how well you come across on paper. Good or bad, thick or thin, your resume reflects your work history, your skill set and your education. A lot about your background is revealed before you […]

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3 Tricky Questions Tenants Ask (And How to Answer Them!)

June 20, 2017

As a property manager, your social skills are some of the most valuable tools in your toolkit. But when tenants throw curveball questions your way, even the smoothest of operators can grow anxious. This week, Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management addresses three such questions and safe ways to answer: 1. Can I sublet […]

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Managing Package Delivery in Your Community’s Office

June 14, 2017

In the age of Amazon Prime, Blue Apron and other popular subscription boxes, chances are good that your mail room is busier than ever. Apartment community offices are busy enough without worrying about your tenants’ deliveries. If you and your team do take on this challenge, though, it’s important to be prepared says Cal Bay […]

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Pest Control 101: Who’s Responsible?

June 7, 2017

Nobody enjoys seeing bugs in their home. They’re creepy, often unexpected and give off the impression that your space is dirty. The reality is, though, that bugs make their way into even the cleanest of homes and apartments – especially when pets come in and out of your space daily. Thankfully, pest control has come […]

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