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Things in Your Home That Needs Weekly Cleaning
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Apr 07, 2017
The weekend is fast approaching. Yay! One of the things we dread/love but have to do is cleaning. For many of us who work around 40 hours a week, the weekend is the best time to give our home some good TLC. At the same time, it is also the time to relax, get some me-time, spend quality time with loved ones, pursue a hobby – basically all the things you cannot do on a work day. Squeezing all that in 2 d . . .  Continue Reading
10 Questions to Ask a Potential Roommate
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Mar 18, 2017
Roommates: Love them or hate them. One of the perks of being an adult is being able to choose who you are going to live with. They say moving together in a relationship is a big leap for couples, so it follows that living with strangers is as big a leap and requires a lot of consideration. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen many TV shows and movies depicting great and horrible roommates. If there’s any takea . . .  Continue Reading
How to Keep Good Tenants
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Mar 17, 2017
The screening process for tenants can be arduous and time consuming. From inquiries, to viewings (possibly multiple viewings), contract negotiations, signing, and finally moving in. With all this time consumed, it is ideal to find good, responsible tenants who take care of the unit, pay on time, and get along with neighbors and your condo’s staff instead of one-time lease tenants who will take time moving in and . . .  Continue Reading
What to Do Before, During, and After a Viewing
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 17, 2017
Viewing a unit is one of the first steps a potential tenant must make in finding a unit to rent. After taking an interest in the photos posted online by the lessor, now you can compare and see if the expectations you set and the unit you see is a match. However, oftentimes viewings are rushed and many things or questions may be overlooked. And we can’t blame you—you’re most likely busy with work, the long commute (which is most likely why you’re look . . .  Continue Reading
How to Tidy up Your Living Space the Marie Kondo Way
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 02, 2017
Spring is coming! Even as we do not have 4 seasons in our local climate, everyone can benefit from an annual spring cleaning. There is always a feeling of a fresh start whenever you thoroughly clean your place, dusting difficult to reach crevices, and purging your wardrobe from unnecessary items. When you are living in rented space, minimalism can be beneficial. You have less items to clean, preventing pests from occupying your home, and it is easier to move in/out. Not only that, st . . .  Continue Reading
Why You Should Respond to Tenant Inquiries Quickly and How to Do it
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jan 20, 2017
Tenants looking for units to rent out are similar to finding a match in a dating site: they have many options and spend very little time getting to know each prospect before moving to the next. When you’ve made your placement a “love at first sight material” with great photos and a well written copy, you need to make sure you follow through quickly and courteously. Responding quickly gives you a better chance to create a conversation, schedule a viewing, and closing the sale. How you converse ca . . .  Continue Reading
6 Things to Remember When Leaving Your Condo for Long Vacations
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Jan 05, 2017
The holiday season is among us again. With Christmas right around the corner, the malls are hectic, the roads are busy, and many of us make plans on visiting families or loved ones during the holiday vacation. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, let us not forget that this is also a time where many take advantage of the noise, leading to many home invasions. This busy season also opens up potential domestic accidents and other minor things that can be easily overlooked or forgotten. . . .  Continue Reading
What Places Should Be Near My Apartment
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Feb 17, 2017
Finding a long-term rental means making the new place your new home and learning to be “at home” in your new neighborhood. The establishments around your potential renting space play an important part and is something you also need to consider. From serious must-know places to stores that can help make living easier, here’s a checklist of which establishments you should look for when searching for a good place to rent: Police Station/Fire Station Remember how nu . . .  Continue Reading
How to Take Better Photos with a Smart Phone
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 15, 2016
A great photo does wonders for a listing to be noticed. Hiring a photographer may not work for everyone. It can be out of your budget or perhaps a unit needs to be posted rush and you just don’t have the time to find one. Worry not! You can still take appealing photos with a gadget you most likely already own: your smartphone. Here are a few tips on how to take better photos with your smart phone. Clear the Clutter You’ll be surprised how many landlords overloo . . .  Continue Reading
8 More Things to Ask When Renting for the First Time
   by Ice Artificio  •  General  •  Dec 07, 2016
Renting your own personal space can be a huge move. Whether you will be getting your own place or sharing space with friends or family, the searching process can be a little bit tricky. Finding the perfect place to rent is like finding a good relationship. Remember they are entrusting their property to you while you sleep and live in their place, that may not always work out for both parties. To avoid wasting your time (and theirs too), there should always be clear and open dialogue b . . .  Continue Reading
How to Screen Tenants Effectively and Efficiently
   by Tina Galve  •  General  •  Dec 01, 2016
If you're in the rental business, you've probably experienced uneasiness or even anxiety at some point whenever you have a vacancy. Resist the urge of renting out to the first person who shows interest in your property just to avoid vacancies. You shouldn't entrust your property to just anyone. You're probably familiar with horror stories from other landlords (stolen furniture, incurred damages, scammers, bouncing checks, etc). You wouldn't want the same thing to happen to you, not af . . .  Continue Reading