Staging an Apartment for Rent

by Scott on September 20, 2017

Staging has long been a favorite technique of realtors everywhere. After all, showcasing how beautiful a home can look is made easier with trendy furnishings. Human beings love a story, and the best staging provides a narrative. When the narrative is enticing enough, visitors touring the home can easily envision themselves as part of that story.
Property managers can channel that storytelling into the model apartments they show to prospective tenants. Even the smallest of units can become charming with the right flourishes. Clearing out clutter and diving into a deep clean is a great first step. Once you’ve got a clean slate, choose neutral colors to decorate. By appealing to a wide variety of tastes, your staging will resonate with more visitors.
In your staging, include visual cues to suggest how a space could be used. A sunny window can easily become a cozy reading nook with the right chair and end table. The master bedroom can be luxurious and relaxing with the right fabric choices. Even the bathroom can become spa-like with some accent lighting!
Be careful about overloading small spaces with too much furniture, experts warn. If the unit in question is small, it can be made to seem even tinier with oversized furniture. Instead, stick to a minimalist decor and optimize open spaces. The quality of the furniture matters less than you might expect, too. Remember, these are spaces people will spend ten minutes in, not months. Some professional staging companies will even blow up air mattresses and fit them into bed frames rather than buy a real mattress. After all, under pretty sheets and a comforter, who can tell the difference?
Add in some fresh elements to really liven up the unit. A potted plant or two can go a long way!
Short on cash? Or maybe you just don’t have the space to allot for a permanent model unit. Cal Bay Property Management’s Scott Safadi recommends new landlords work with a professional staging company. Rent furniture just long enough to take photos to display on your website. Virtual tours can be a great way to give visitors an idea of what the space is like.
Whether you hire a professional staging company or choose to do it yourself, staging a model apartment unit can be your recipe for landing new tenants with ease.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


Fall Maintenance for Your Rentals

by Scott on September 13, 2017

Fall is upon us, and with it comes changing leaves, a new school year for the kids and the first chilly temperatures of the season. For property managers, fall means a last chance to get caught up on maintenance while the weather is still nice. It is the perfect time to tackle projects that have sat on the back burner all summer.
Routine maintenance on your rental properties can ensure protection from snow, wind and ice as the cooler months approach. Don’t be put off by the initial shock of how much it seems like you need to do – most autumnal maintenance can be done affordably and quickly. Anyway, routine maintenance each season can save you money and time in long run!
Cal Bay Property Management’s Scott Safadi recommends checking into exterior maintenance needs first. Prioritizing caulking, roof inspections and the cleaning of gutters will ensure your property is ready for whatever blows your way. Be sure to animal proof your rentals, too. When the temperatures turn cold, critters are likely to seek shelter in any corner they can. Discourage nesting by performing an exterior inspection and looking for any openings an animal might crawl through. Caulk small holes and install steel mesh over large holes.
Indoors, inspect windows and doors for air leaks. Drafty homes can be a drain on the heating system, so apply weather stripping or caulk where needed. Check the attic for similar air leaks. Animals that may have entered the crawl space can destroy insulation.
If you have a fireplace installed in a rental, have a chimney sweep remove debris that may have built up over the warmer months. Clogged chimneys increase the risk of chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fall is also a great time to double check the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Put in fresh batteries and make sure they are in good working order.
Don’t forget to walk the property to make a list of any lawn or tree maintenance needs. Any branches or vegetation that makes contact with a home or apartment can cause potential damage. Arrange for seasonal trimmings to best protect your investment.
However you decide to maintain your property this fall, do so before the weather turns cold. You save yourself time and energy (and in some cases, money) by being proactive!
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management


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London Apartment Fire Highlights Risks

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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

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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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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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