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How Property Managers Can Tackle Crazy Ants—w/o Losing Their Sanity

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Property owners and managers may want to enlist the help of a qualified pest control specialist and let tenants know about the new wave of ants that some say is coming in biblical plague-like proportions. (more…)

Property Owners: Recommendations for Winter-Proofing Homes from Pests

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Just like we do, pests seek warmth and shelter when the temperatures turn cold. The winter months are some of the most active for household pests like rats and mice to invade homes. (more…)

7 Landscaping Tips to Prep Your Rental Housing for Spring

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With blizzards, cold fronts, and polar vortexes headlining the news, the last thing on the minds of property owners may be getting out that green thumb. But now is the time for the prudent landscaper to get some much needed spring preparation done for the landscape. Just bundle up. (more…)

5 Tips for Better Password Security

Tips for Better Password Security

Last month it was Target. This month, Neiman Marcus takes a turn in the media spotlight. The common thread tying these retailers together surrounds high-profile security breaches. (more…)

5 Signs That You’ve Got Bed Bugs!

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Property owners who think bed bug problems are confined to apartments and hotels – high-density inhabitations – may want to think twice. Bed bugs don’t discriminate on where they set up shop; they are just as much at home in a one-story rental home as they are in a high-rise. (more…)

The High Cost of Tenant Smokers

The High Cost of Tenant Smokers

The list of tasks to clean a house that has been heavily smoked in can leave a property manager shaking his or her head. Clean or replace if needed, floors, baseboards and trim, walls, ceiling, door chime, shelving, light fixtures, outlets and switches, closet organizers and rods. And that’s just the short list. (more…)

6 Tips for Long-Term Landscaping

Long-Term Landscape Planning for Rental Properties

Just as important to a rental property as a long-term budget is a vision of the future landscape. A new landscape has plenty of appeal at installation, yet years later can look very different as a result of changing environment, age, and maintenance. (more…)

Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention: What Property Owners & Landlords Need to Know

Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated October 20-26, 2013, as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to build awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning. Property owners will want to take note, because a common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paints, which were used on or in many of the nation’s older homes and apartments that today are players in the rental market. (more…)

8 Top Kitchen Fire Safety Tips

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October is one of the biggest sports-watching months of the year, bubbling with baseball playoffs, regular season pro and college football games, and the starts to hockey and basketball action. That means big-screen TVs nationwide will be tuned in to the big game, while brats sizzle on the outdoor grill and pots of chili or other game-watching recipes delectable simmer in the kitchen.

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