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Our company is looking for rental property Owners that would like a fresh start in management.

We have been in business since April 2017 in Rexburg ID. Our experience however is extensive due to rental markets and competition in Phoenix AZ. Our experience leads us to believe, we can provide a management company to Owners and Tenants that is incomparable to any other in the region.

You are well aware of the process of property management, I won’t bore you with little details. We are recommended by the top realtors in eastern Idaho, providing the best experience to Owners and Tenants.

Contact us to find out what sets us apart from the rest and to wave your first months management fees.

We look forward in hearing from you!

www.blueskypropertymanagement.com

10 Tips for Tackling Rental Property Maintenance

Property management can sometimes be daunting, here are 10 tips to manage your property for the local Rexburg and East Idaho area.

By Lindsey Schober

Whether you DIY, hire a professional or do some combination of the two, managing the maintenance of your rental property is a big part of being a landlord. And, as a landlord, you are responsible for keeping your rental property up to code and in great shape for your tenants.

Here are 10 tips for staying on top of your rental property maintenance

1. Establish clear responsibilities

A solid maintenance plan starts with your lease. Clearly outline responsibilities for you and your tenant before move-in. Typically, your renter is responsible for minor maintenance and regular upkeep, such as changing lightbulbs or trash removal. Landlords are responsible for larger projects and issues such as plumbing, heating and electrical. You are also responsible for taking care of regular wear and tear and prepping the property for new tenants. Make sure to establish emergency procedures so your renters know how to reach you and understand the time frame in which they can expect a reply. Be sure to keep them updated about your progress, even if it’s just to say, “I’m working on it and will tell you more as soon as I know more.” Open and productive lines of communications go a long way with renters and encourage them to keep you informed of any issues that may arise — before they turn into big problems. Good communication can also help diffuse a heated exchange. Bonus tip: Before your tenant moves in, stock your rental with some extra light bulbs and air filters. They don’t cost much, and it shows your tenants that you’re invested in their tenancy — which in turn may increase their motivation to take good care of your home and rent your property long-term.

2. Set a baseline for the condition of your property

Before a new tenant moves in to your rental, document the condition of everything. Take photos or video and use a move-in/move-out checklist so you don’t accidentally miss something. This will help prevent disputes over damages, and it provides proof if you need to withhold the security deposit should the amount of damage exceed normal wear and tear. Wear and tear is expected and is a cost of doing business as a landlord. Things like scratches on the floor, dings on the walls, a broken drawer or an appliance on the fritz come with use over time. However, something like a hole in the wall, a broken window or damage due to pets is more than normal wear and tear and should be deducted from the security deposit. Be sure your tenant knows the condition you expect the property to be in when they move out, and give them plenty of notice (and maybe a well-timed, gentle reminder).

3. Set up (and stick to) a preventative maintenance schedule

You know that quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? It applies to rental property maintenance too. By adhering to a preventative maintenance schedule, you can catch minor issues before they turn into costly problems for you and your tenants. Build a clause into your lease that requires your tenant to alert you to any issues in a timely manner or face a fee, but also make sure to walk the property every few months to review the appliances, cabinetry, faucets, toilets, shower tiles, basement, roof, windows and every other area of your home. You can rotate what you check seasonally, such as inspecting the gutters in spring or making sure your windows and doors are weatherized ahead of winter, but you’ll still want to look at the whole property throughout the year (not just when it’s time to get a new tenant).

Bonus tip: Everything in your rental has a lifespan. Planning for this can help you budget and get ahead of a major property or appliance disaster. If you know your refrigerator is nearing the end of its life, you can plan ahead and purchase a new one when you see a great sale. This way you save money and are ready before your appliance dies. Upgrading fixtures and appliances not only helps you keep on top of maintenance, but also enables you to charge more in rent and keep your property full.

4. Keep landscaping as simple as possible

Even if your tenants say they love to garden, don’t make any changes (and add more work to your plate) if you don’t have to. Keep landscaping at your rental property as low-maintenance as possible to ensure it looks good all year round. This way you won’t need to remind your renter to take care of the lawn or, worse, have to spend time taking care of it yourself. Using native plants can cut down on yard work. So does adding mulch or a patio. While it costs more upfront, you’ll save time and money in the long run. Your green-thumbed tenant can purchase a planter box.

5. Standardize your property(ies)

Whether you have one property or 10, using the same paint, flooring, appliances and hardware can save you time, money and headaches trying to remember which unit has which. Use the same color paint on the ceiling and walls. It makes repainting after a tenant leaves that much easier.

Bonus tip: Some landlords let tenants personalize their properties with interior paint. Whether that is one accent wall or the entire house is up to you. This can help your tenant feel at home, and you can charge a fair fee for repainting the unit, even if you would have done it anyway as part of your maintenance responsibility.

6. Keep all receipts and document all repairs

Landlording is a business, so certain maintenance projects and repairs may be tax-deductible business expenses. Make sure to keep all of your receipts and document the time you spent on repairs. Don’t assume, however, that your maintenance job will be a write-off, and work closely with a tax professional to ensure you are compliant with the law.

7. Make it feel like new every time

Before you rent out your property, think about the home you would want to live in. Every new tenant deserves a deeply cleaned, freshly painted rental. Providing a move-in ready property will help you establish yourself as a high-quality landlord. If there is carpet, have it professionally cleaned and sanitized, especially if you allow pets at your rental. Also, consider removing the carpet altogether and replacing it with a durable floor. It will make cleaning your rental easier the next time someone new moves in. And don’t forget to change the locks. Kwikset smart keys allow you do this yourself.

8. Automate where and when you can

You may have the best tenant ever, but even the best of us forget to replace the batteries in our smoke alarms (after we remove them to get rid of that annoying beeping) or turn on the exhaust fan during a shower. Take some of the risk out of your rental property and invest in fixtures that have long battery lives, are tamper resistant or automatically turn on. Consider motion lights on the outside of your house, a programmable, lockable thermostat, a bathroom fan that automatically turns on with the lights to prevent mold, or invest in small solar lights to help light up a pathway. Some of these things may cost more at purchase, but it’s your responsibility to keep your tenants and your property safe and hazard-free.

9. Know when to call a professional

You can be as hands on (or hands off) of a landlord as you want. You just need to know when to call in a professional. At a minimum, know the location of your rental’s electrical panel and gas and water shut-offs so you’re ready for an emergency. Some states require that certain work such as HVAC, plumbing or electrical be completed by a licensed professional. Check with your local building authority to ensure you stay on the right side of their guidelines.

10. Have a rainy day fund

Life happens, even to the most prepared and meticulous landlord. Something will break. There will be a leak, a flood, a fire… something. Be sure to set up a rainy day fund for maintenance and repairs. You may need to replace a large appliance or a water heater. Your tenant can’t wait a week for you to transfer funds or figure out the best deal. Or, in more serious cases, you may need to find your tenant temporary housing or fix your property before an insurance claim has gone through so no further damage is done. Make sure your business is ready for the unexpected. Your tenant will remember (and tell their friends) how quickly you handled an emergency repair.

While rental property maintenance can take up a lot of your time, it will ultimately pay dividends for your business if you prepare in advance and have a plan.

 

https://www.zillow.com/rental-manager/resources/10-tips-rental-property-maintenance/

www.blueskypropertymanagement.com

Our Technology Advantage

Our goal is to provide you with the best service and manage your properties efficiently and effectively. Our team has invested in a complete and modern software solution. We are excited to share several of the new capabilities and how they will benefit you.

  • More effectively market your properties and fill vacancies sooner. Allows us to quickly advertise vacancies online, posting to our website, and hundreds of other listing sites. Applicants can also apply right from their smartphones.
  • Price rentals right for your market and reduce vacancies. Our built-in rental comparison tool provides actual rental rates for units similar to yours in the same geographic location. This insight allows us to maximize your revenue and fill vacancies faster.
  • Screen for the best residents. Streamlined, built in resident screening includes standard background and credit checks along with past rent payment history. Screens can be completed in minutes – enabling us to place the highest quality residents quickly.
  • You will be paid faster and more securely. New functionality provides our team the ability to deposit funds directly into your bank account. No more waiting for a check in the mail.
  • Collect rent faster with online payment options. Modern residents expect easy, online payment options. We give residents three convenient ways to pay electronically (Cash, E-check, or with a credit card).
  • On-demand access to your statements. Owner statements are securely posted to an online Owners Portal, saving time and paper. These simple statements provide you with a quick snapshot of your property details for the past month. We can also include maintenance invoices and additional reports you request.
  • Handle property maintenance issues faster. We use electronic work-orders and communication with vendors so we can quickly resolve issues. At your request, we can email you a copy of the work order and relevant information giving you real-time updates.

 

We are here to help you find the perfect rental in the East Idaho. With rentals ranging from studios to 6 bedrooms, we are a great resource when you want a great rental that you can actually enjoy living in. Many of our rentals are within walking distance to BYUI as well, so if you are searching for something near campus, we can help!

Why Choose Blue Sky Property Management?

Why do Property Management Companies Fail?

Top 3 Reasons

#1.) Service requests for maintenance never happen, no one shows up, work never gets done. Renters end up doing it themselves.

#2.) Agency finds a way to take renters security deposit or not give it back within the 30 days required.

#3.) Communication between agency and tenants. Renters can’t get hold of anyone, it takes days even weeks.

 

Why is Blue Sky Property Management any better?

Our 3 Guarantees

#1.) Quick maintenance– We will contact you about your request with 24 hours – guaranteed. We may even have someone there to fix it within the 24 hour time frame.

#2.) Fair deposit policy – If we do not do a beginning walkthrough and a walkthrough at the end of your lease, you get your full deposit back.

#3.) Personal interaction – When you call, you will speak to a real person.

We have all been renters in the past and we all appreciate good service. Through our efforts we hope to give our community great rental service!

www.blueskypropertymanagement.com

New Location

Dear Property Owner,

Blue Sky Property Management is excited to inform you of our new location in Rexburg Idaho. We will be providing services in marketing, leasing and maintaining rental properties, including single family homes, condominiums, duplexes, apartments and commercial property.

We look forward to working with you and providing you with excellent property management, through top of the line customer service and the most up to date management software on the market. You will be able to pull custom reports on your property at anytime and anywhere. Your tenants will be able to access work order requests in their own online portal. This ensures maintenance issues are completed quickly and efficiently. We will guarantee a 24 hr. response to all work order requests, the results will show that tenants will be happier and stay longer!

Please contact us for your maintenance, leasing and marketing needs.

Call 208-351-9267.

E-MAIL blueskypm17@gmail.com

Stop by our office at 160 E. Valley River Dr. Rexburg, ID 83440

Visit our website @ www.blueskypropertymanagement.com

 

Thank You,

Dan Davies

Shawn Derrick

Andrew Laney