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Damage-Free Decorating Tips for Your Rentals

rental decorations and home decorWhether you’re a property manager creating contracts and determining the decorating rules for your rentals or you’re a tenant who would like to decorate but don’t want to damage the walls with nails or tacks, we’ve got tips for you. These damage-free decorating tips make sprucing up your rentals easy to do.

Tip #1: Ditch the Nail

This is an obvious one, but did you there are numerous other things you can use in lieu of a nail? A few things you can use include:

  • Adhesive strips- These strips are best used on smooth, flat surfaces and for smaller, lighter items, like picture frames
  • Adhesive nails- A little more durable, these combined with durable wire can be used to hang bigger items, like paintings. Nothing too heavy, though.
  • Double-sided tape- This is good for hanging items like posters, photographs (without the frames), and more. Just be careful removing them later on.

Tip #2: Be Careful With Nails

Sometimes, you just can’t ditch nails completely, and since filling in the holes left by nails isn’t necessarily a difficult task to do, many property managers don’t rule them out in their property guidelines. Still, when using nails, you want to be sure you do what you can to minimize the damage. A few things you can do include:

  • Use mollies when hanging things up on cinder block walls. This can help prevent the nail from sliding through the material and to make sure it stays in.
  • Planning ahead using measuring tape, a pencil, and a leveler to ensure whatever you want to hang looks good where it’s at so you don’t have to hammer in so many holes.
  • Being cautious with heavier items, which can damage the wall and anything underneath them.

Tip #3: Be Courteous

If you only plan on living in a rental for a short period of time, it may be a good idea to hold back on some of the decorating. This will help to minimize damage created just from a short period of living there and make it easier to pack once you decide to move out. This can be helpful for both you and your property manager when it comes time for you to move out.

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager

hands holding up a cutout of a home under a cutout umbrella, signifying a property manager's jobHandling properties in El Paso can be very difficult, but ultimately profitable. Vision Reality can help manage your properties with an experienced property manager service. With an experienced company at your side, you will be getting so much more than trying to handle it on your own. Instead you will be getting management that will help increase your tenant retention rates, and attract more business too. After all, dealing with property is more than just getting a home rented. It is making sure they are safe, clean, and rented to the right tenants. Going with a property manager will help you oversee these three key elements.

Tenant Management

Finding tenants for your properties can be a quite the undertaking. Just because they seem nice does not always mean they will be good tenants. With a pre-screening program you can be sure that the right people are in your buildings. This can include a background check, and a credit score check. When you hire a property manager you know you will get the right tenants into your buildings.

Rent Management

One of the hardest parts of renting out your own home can be collecting rent. You may end up hounding your tenants if you don’t choose the right renters. After employing specific criteria and background checks, At Vision Realty we offer online payments and we charge late fee. Tenants more often than not, pay their rent diligently and on time. You don’t have to worry or hassle when you employ a property manager.

Maintenance Management   

How your properties look makes a big difference in them being rented out or not. First impressions are often based on how clean, or unclean a place is. When your building looks clean and well groomed, then you are more likely to get quality tenants. In addition, many problems with a rental home happen at night. Having around the clock care is a great way to make your tenants feel more at ease. Hiring an experienced property manager will help keep your properties in excellent condition.

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If you own several properties in El Paso, then you need to consider hiring a property manager. Not only will this make your life less stressful, but it will also increase your business. Vision Reality can help you maintain and manage your properties expertly. Call us today to set an appointment.

The Benefits of Rental Homes

Happy family moving into a rental homeFinding the right place to rent and live in is a process. There are many things to consider; location, price, space and amenities to just name a few. Regarding price, it can be tempting to stick with an apartment, believing that it will be cheaper for you. However, many apartments only give six month leases, and at the end of it they can raise the rent! Renting a home on the other hand usually means having a year lease minimum. Besides financial stability, renting a home also means bring emotional stability to your family. Without the possibility of having to move in six months, you family will relax and settle into the comfortable norms of life. This will also allow your kids to form friendships at schools and in the area. The benefits of renting a home are numerous and varied. If you are looking for a new place to call home, then you should consider home rentals. Vision Realty can help you find the home you need and want. Serving the city of El Paso, we know the area and can help you find your perfect place.

Choose a Rental for Added Security

Rental homes are often safer than apartments because they are spaced away from people. Apartments often cramp people together, which may not be too bad at first, but then you get the dreaded ‘bad neighbor’. From loud noises, to possible fights, being stuck so close to danger often increases the changes of your family getting caught up in it. Renting a home helps eliminate this possibility. Even if you get loud neighbors, you will be less likely to be affected by them. Having that space between neighbors and you makes a big difference in the safety of your family. By renting a home you will have peace of mind regarding the safety of your family.

More Space for Your Family

A small one bedroom apartment might work for a single person, but for families, a rental home is better. Not only does stability count in choosing a rental, but so does size. Apartments tend be too small, with limited closet space and smaller kitchens. Rental homes on the other hand offer diverse floorplans and extra closet space too. It also gives you the flexibility to grow should you need it.

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Things to Consider When Looking for Single-Family Homes for Rent

Happy couple walking looking at their houseFinding the perfect single-family home for rent is no easy task. Simply flipping through dozens after dozens of photos on the Internet just doesn’t provide enough information. It can be great to see photos and learn all the details of a house. However, there are a lot of options and things to consider when it comes to finding the right place for you and your family. Whether you are looking for something with plenty of rooms, or just want something for you and your partner, these tips may help you narrow down your options.

Amenities Near Single-Family Homes for Rent

As they say in realty: location, location, location. Finding the right single-family homes for rent includes finding the right neighborhood and amenities. The first thing to consider is the school district you move into. If you have children in school that you don’t want to uproot, staying in the same zip code or neighborhood might be your only option. However, if you are willing to move to a different school you can start your search by looking at the ratings of different schools in El Paso. You can also find out who has the best academic programs and extracurricular activities. Finding out about the local grocery stores, neighborhood watch programs, nearby parks, and restaurant can help you make your decision as well.

Size of the House and Yard

Of course, when you are shopping for a home to rent in El Paso it is important to think about the home itself. You can make a wish list with the size of a home that is best, optimal yard size, floor plan, one story or two and more. Knowing what you are looking for and need will be a big help when it comes to narrowing down your options. Of course, you also have to remain flexible. If your wishlist is too long you may end up turning down everything you look at.

Private Owner or an Agency

When you are searching through single-family homes for rent in El Paso it is always best to turn to a rental agency. You can be sure that the process will run much more smoothly. Repairs will be fixed much quicker. You will more than likely be able to pay rent online, as well. Often times, a rental agency will also offer better customer service and a more streamlined process when it comes to contracts and signing a lease.

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If you are looking for a single-family home to rent contact us today at Vision Realty. We have plenty of available homes all over El Paso!

How to Get the Most When Searching for a Rental Home

Hand Drawing House For Rent Design Isolated on White Background.When you are making your move to El Paso one of your first steps is probably to scour the web for El Paso homes for rent. It can be disheartening and cause anxiety to have to choose your next home simply based on a few pictures and description. However, this is often the case for military families relocating or anyone looking to move to El Paso from a different location. This can be especially true if you have a full family in tow. With this in mind, we have created a list to help you make the most of your online search.

Consider Location

The first thing you need to realize when searching for El Paso homes for rent is that the city is big. There are many areas of town that are pretty spread out. If you have children you can make your decision based on school districts. You can search public school districts or private schools to get an idea of ratings and what each school offers as far as extracurricular activities. If you are a military family your service member may be interested in a short commute. Looking at communities in the far east or northeast area might be best for a short drive to work.

Questions to Ask the Rental Agency

When you are searching for homes for rent be sure to reach out to the rental agency. Without actual human contact you are missing out on a great deal of information. Have a list of questions ready to ask. If there are specific homes you are looking at consider asking about the floorplan. Simply looking at photos might not give you the full picture. You can also ask about the neighbors. Find out how long they have lived in their homes. It can be beneficial to find out what resources are nearby like grocery stores or parks. An agent might even be able to provide info you had not thought about asking for.

Use Online Resources

Be sure to search Google and Facebook for different community groups in El Paso. You can find groups of moms, dads, sports fanatics, outdoor buffs, car clubs and more. People in these groups are usually more than happy to welcome you. You can use these online groups as great resources for finding info about various neighborhoods, local events, schools, and more.

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If you are not satisfied with simply looking at photos of El Paso homes for rent give us a call at Vision Realty. We can provide you with the info you are looking for. Our experts are always available and ready to help!

Renting a Home Vs. an Apartment

parents in a single family home holding two pieces of cardboard, forming a little roof, over a little girlMany people have a hard time deciding whether to look for a single family home for rent or an apartment. Renting a home actually offers quite a bit more benefits for the average family. This can be especially true for military families, households with children and pets, and those that are planning to transition to home ownership. While apartments can offer a smaller rent payment, a home can offer so much more.

The Benefits of Single Family Homes for Rent

Single family homes for rent can offer quite a bit to the average family. For one thing, the space in an apartment just can’t compare to what a rental home can offer. With a larger floor plan comes a bigger kitchen, more closet space, a garage, and of course a laundry room. Families with multiple children and pets benefit from a yard and a safe neighborhood as well. Many people may stop to consider the amenities that an apartment offers when making their decision. However, the quality of gyms and pools don’t are not always tip top. These are amenities that can easily be found within short distances from most neighborhoods in El Paso. A home will also offer more sufficient privacy. Apartments are notorious for loud neighbors and parties. In neighborhoods where homes are spaced adequately and families reside, the noise level is much less of an issue.

What About Costs?

Often times people opt for an apartment over single family homes for rent because of the cost. It is true, an apartment can be a much smaller cost when it comes to rent and utilities. However, for some they may end up compromising the needs of their family simply because they are looking for a smaller bill. At the end of the day apartment living offers tiny kitchens and closets, less privacy, and less security for cars and possessions. With a smaller cost comes a smaller place to live. Dealing with repairs can be hard to manage as well.

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If you have decided you want to find the right single family home for rent for your family, be sure to talk to our experts at Vision Realty. We have a wide variety of listings in El Paso. We can help families relocating to El Paso as well as those in town looking for a home. Contact us today for more information.   

Get Your Property Ready to Rent Out

Empty white room with hardwood floors with a ladder and paint cans on the floor.

Whether you are renting a piece of property in or out of town there are a few things you can do to get the house into tip top shape. While managing your own property might not be something you want to do, we do have a great deal of tips and ideas to help you get ready to hand your house off to the residential property management team. After we take control of managing your rental, you can rest assured knowing everything will be taken care of.

Spring Cleaning

No matter what season it is, the obvious first thing you should do is clean up the property. A pristine home is more likely to attract tenants. This can include taking care of the front and backyard landscaping as well. Be sure to take a good look at the detail areas like baseboards, ceiling fans, under sink cabinets, and so on. If this job is more than you have time for there are many cleaning agencies that specialize in move-out cleaning. They know exactly what to look for and deliver results. Cleaning up can include taking care of walls that are stained by dust, a fresh coat of paint on the trim, and filling holes from wall hangings.

Take Care of Safety Hazards

Be sure to conduct a detailed inspection of the home focusing on areas that might be safety hazards. Be sure that all smoke detectors are up to date. Installing a fire extinguisher, while not a requirement, is a great way to provide an added measure of safety. It is after all your own property you are protecting. If the home is older you can also take the time to ensure all the electrical wiring is up to par. Be sure to be thorough in your safety checks. Preventing accidents and providing safety measures against disaster will make for happy and cautious tenants on your property. The last thing you want is someone getting hurt by something that could have been prevented.

Consider Added Insurances

While your home may already be protected by homeowners insurance consider looking into other options. Protecting your home against unforeseen circumstances is a wise idea. Most insurance agencies offer added landlord insurances for your protection. If you are not familiar or need further advice, our residential property management agency can lead you in the right direction.

Contact Our Residential Property Management Team Today

While you may have a bit of work to do moving out of your house, we can take care of the rest. With our residential property management services you can be sure that everything will be handled in a professional and effective manner. From marketing to lease management, we handle it all. Contact Vision Realty today.

Do’s and Don’ts of Searching for Homes for Rent

FOR RENT graphic with a floor and roof over the wordsSearching through homes for rent can be a long drawn out process if not conducted properly. If you don’t have experience in finding a rental home you may be looking in the wrong places or missing out on a huge portion of the market. At Vision Realty we have a few tips for you to get the most out of your search.

Be Weary of Homes for Rent Listed by Owners

Renting from a private owner should not be slashed off your list solely on principal. However, you should know what you are getting into before hand. When you are given a tour of the home you need to be on your toes and ask lots of questions. You will want to know how quickly repairs will be conducted, what is the policy for the landlord entering the property and what the policy states concerning getting the deposit returned. All of these questions should be answered up front and be listed in writing on your contract. If you are going to sign a contract with a private lister you need to read it over carefully. Anything that is not listed in writing will be up to the landlord to decide how to handle. These loose ends can end up as trouble later on down the line.

Get Everything in Writing

Whether you are renting from a property management company or a private lister having a thorough contract is vital. You don’t want to be left frustrated when a repair takes to long or the landlord shows up and walks in unannounced. You can protect your rights as a renter by reading and being away of the details of your contract.

Bring the Necessary Paperwork

If you are competing with other renters for the same homes for rent you want to be sure to be prepared. If you come with all the paperwork ready to go, the landlord or property manager may be more inclined to cater to you. The proper paperwork includes a completed application, written references with contact info, and your current credit score. It is best to have all of these items ready from the start of your homes for rent search.

Contact Our Rental Management Team Today

If you are looking for a rental home in El Paso Vision Realty is a great place to start. We have a wide variety of houses on the rental market in several areas of town. Whether you are looking to stay in a specific zip code or want to stay within a specific budget, we have something for everyone. Contact us today for more information.

2018 Technology and Marketing Trends for Better Rental Property Management

real estate concept, buy house or business propertyNowadays, it’s difficult to live completely technology-free. From our vehicles and our homes to our phones and computers, technology is a mainstay in our lives–so why shouldn’t it be a major part of the way you manage rental property? These 2018 technology and marketing trends geared toward rental property management can help you better manage your property, ensuring you and your tenants are content and satisfied and doing so with ease.

Trend #1: The Smart Locker

This trend can directly improve your actual property. With online shopping on the rise, a smart locker helps to keep your tenants’ packages safe from theft or damage. Smart lockers can be installed directly on the property or even by mailbox stands, if the mailboxes are located away from the property. This way, your tenants don’t have to go through a third party, such as having it delivered to the main office if you manage apartments, just to ensure their packages are safe.

Trend #2: Apps

Phone apps have been popular for almost ten years now, but they only continue to gain more popularity as the years go by. While the earliest apps were mostly designed for entertainment (the Kindle App, Flappy Bird, Temple Run), apps are now being designed to optimize and simplify life in other ways. For example, mobile banking apps allow people to check their balances, make payments, and deactivate their cards all from the palms of their hands. And the good news is you can use apps to simplify you and your tenants’ lives as well. There are countless apps out there that’ll allow your tenants to pay their rent from their phones, leave reviews about your property, and file a complaint should a utility or appliance stop working, making it easier for you to address the problem.

Trend #3: Mobile Marketing

While putting signs out on the street can still help you find tenants, mobile marketing is really taking the cake. You can use mobile ads, websites that are optimized for mobile devices (think Trulia and Zillow), and apps that can help you effectively market your property. So while many of the hard sell, cold calls, and billboard marketing are going out of style, mobile and online marketing are taking its place, especially as 2018 rolls around. For better rental property management, turn to your phone!

Trend #4: Video

Video is taking over the internet scene and it’s a great way for you to market your property. You can even use video on your website (if you have one) to talk about your property, best ways to care for it (for example if you have certain appliances that work a certain way), and to simply engage with your tenants, giving them advice about certain things just in case you’re not available when they need it. Either way, using videos gives you the opportunity to give your tenants a face to your name, especially if you have tenants come and go frequently and manage a great deal of property.

With technology advancing the way it is, it’s important to take advantage of it so you can simplify the way you handle rental property management. Managing property can be tricky to handle. If you have a lot on your plate and need someone to help you out, Vision Realty can help. We’re trained in helping you on all aspects of the rental property management playing field and with an eye toward the future of property management and technology, we stay on top of the game. Call us today to learn more about our services!

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