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Finding a Rental for 2012

2012 is here already and for most people it may mean that it’s time to either renew their lease or start looking for another place to rent. Before you submit to the convenience of staying where you are now, it may be worth your while to explore your options at another location.

Where To Start Your Search

When looking for a new place to live there are several factors to take into considers. Two of the biggest things to consider are PRICE and LOCATION. You need to decide which city, area, or neighborhood that you want to be in for the next 12-18 months, depending on how long your lease will be. Once you have picked a location then you need to figure out what kind of payment you feel comfortable with.

Remember that depending on the current rental market you may have to compromise on location, budget, or both. The more time you have to look however, the better chance you’ll be able to find something that meets most of your wishes.

The Features That Matter Most

If you’ve been renting for a while chances are you have a pretty good idea of what it is that you want/need in a rental unit. A great resource for finding exactly what you want is to work with a property management company. One of the major benefits of searching for a rental through a property management agency is that they tend to have a wide variety of homes to choose from. Several of the homes that they manage will be single family homes which tend to offer more space and key amenities like an upgraded kitchen, private backyard and 2-car garage.

Often times when you work with a property management company that is advertising for an individual you have a better chance of developing a relationship with the owner and even negotiating rates. A lot of owners will work hard to make sure their clients are happy and content.

Start Searching Today

Real Property Management East Valley specializes in Chandler property management and serves several other east valley cities including: Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Tempe. If you are looking for the perfect rental for 2012 and many other years to come, we can help. Give us a call today at (480) 719-1243 and let us know what you’re looking and we’ll be happy to help.

New Paint for New Leads

It might not be advisable to judge a book by its cover, but renters will undoubtedly judge a home or apartment by its appearance. If you’re having a hard time marketing a property, it could be time to give it a fresh look. Busting out a few cans of paint and a roller is the most surefire way to brighten a shabby room or make a home stand out among its neighbors.

Having the owner invest in a paint job can work wonders to up a property’s value and make it more appealing to potential tenants. If you want to complete the work yourself, do your research — different types of paint work best in different rooms and will achieve different looks. If you’re not up for the time and labor involved with the project, hiring a professional is one of the best ways to get the job done quickly and done well.

When it comes to choosing a paint color, keep in mind the mood of the rooms you are painting. Vibrant colors such as bright yellows and blues will work best in kitchens and bathrooms, while deeper,  more calming colors are better for bedrooms. If you want to make a room appear taller, painting a lighter color on the ceiling can create a heightened visual effect.

Because you’re marketing the home to all different types of people, avoiding anything too intense or bold is probably a good idea. You don’t want to turn off a potential renter because they dislike a paint color. Sticking with neutrals and subdued colors is an ideal choice for a rental property. And if you’re going to paint the outside of the house, make sure you check out local HOA policies — many suburban neighborhoods have a strict palette from which you can choose a color for the outside of the property.

If you want to put your real estate in good hands, contact Real Property Management East Valley for the best property management in Chandler AZ and surrounding cities.

Fresh Start for the New Year

The new year means it’s time for a clean slate. For both property managers and renters, now is a good time to evaluate what you want to improve about your living situation and get a fresh start.

For property managers, it’s a good idea to regularly take time to review the contracts of properties you are managing. Was anything a hassle in 2011? Any repetitive issues? If you plan to get new tenants in 2012, take time to adjust contracts as needed. Rewrite roles and responsibilities to prevent past frustrations from continuing. If you are locked in to contracts already in place, see what little things you can do to adjust. Was maintenance a headache? Consider hiring new companies to take care of things this year.

For renters, you also deserve to address any concerns you have with your living situation. Make a resolution to take care of those things this year! If you’re about to renew a lease, let the property manager or owner know about your concerns before you sign a new contract. If you’re completely fed up with your living arrangement or are unable to make changes to a new lease, consider making a move. If you’re spending your hard-earned money to live somewhere, you deserve to be completely satisfied with your situation. If you’re already locked in to a contract for another year, communicate your concerns to your property manager — they might be willing to adjust certain things.

If you want to get your money’s worth when it comes to property management in AZ, contact Real Property Management East Valley. We’ll make sure your rental situation in 2012 meets your expectations.