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Independence Day, also known as the 4th of July has been an official U.S. holiday since 1941. However, the tradition of celebrating our country’s independence from Great Britain goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later, on July 4, its delegation adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Americans love to celebrate just about anything….and the 4th of July doesn’t disappoint as one of America’s more popular holidays. Along with typical 4th of July festivities including picnics, barbecues, parades and all things BOOM. the celebrations bring huge crowds, traffic, booked hotels, campgrounds, crowded beaches, and grocery shortages of the popular holiday staples: Hot dogs, hamburgers, apple pie, ice and beer splattered with the red, white and blue of our beloved Old Glory. Still many choose to avoid the havoc and take advantage of the holiday weekend relaxing at home. 

Some of the dangers of Independence Day weekend include the increased traffic and subsequent increase in driving-related accidents, not to mention intoxicated drivers, bikers, walkers, or even drunk people just sitting in lawn chairs have been known to be loud and obnoxious. If you must drive this weekend, please plan responsibly, try to avoid driving late at night, and never ever drive while intoxicated.

 Fireworks are the quintessential 4th of July event, be it in the form of an enormous local display put on by The local Moose Lodge or little handheld sparklers, use precaution. For the large fireworks shows, I’d assume the professionals are taking precautions to ensure safety. If you live in an area where fireworks are allowed to be purchased and set-off on a smaller-scale, please be sure to follow safety protocol. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers helpful advice and statistics about fireworks, here. Before purchasing or igniting fireworks, be familiar your state’s rules regarding fireworks and which types may be lawfully purchased and used by your neighbors.

 

The 4th of July is about as American as it gets – a time to join friends and family and celebrate our great country. Let’s all enjoy and be safe this year!  What are your plans for the long Holiday weekend?  If you own rental property, do you allow fireworks on your property?  

 Matt Pelton

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years in residential and investment sales, leasing and property management. Matt offers pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors, lending institutions and independent lenders. Matt splits his time between Sales Manager and resident SuperHero at Real Property Management.  Contact Matt via Mat-Signal by night or during the day via the interwebs or 866.500.6200 –matt.p@rpmmidwest.com IG @CincySalesGuy – @ColumbusRealPropertyMGT – @RealPropertManagementMidwest As the largest property management brand in the country, Real Property Management is well equipped to maximize your investment, alleviate the daily burdens, and provide you with detailed communication along the way.  How can Real Property Management help you?  Real Property Management @CincySalesGuy–  
 

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Useful Life and Expectancy

It’s a situation that’s fairly common in residential property management. Move-out day arrives. The tenant has vacated the property, and as the landlord you’re ready to walk the unit and complete the move-out inspection. You open the door and stop, mouth open. It’s dirty. The carpet and paint are damaged, beyond useful life. You’re frustrated, but console yourself with the thought that the tenant is responsible for the damages.

Or are they? The answer may depend on how old the items were/are?

Living room with two chairs, fireplace in an abandoned home during the day

Useful Life Expectancy

One fact that many first-time landlords forget is the rule of useful life when assessing a property. If an item has exceeded its useful life, odds are you won’t be able to hold the tenant responsible for the repairs. In fact, many courts will rule in favor of the tenant in similar situations. If that happens, you’re out the cost of the repairs and potentially triple the amount you charged the tenant for wrongfully withholding from their deposit. This is where hiring the right property manager proves it’s worth. So what exactly is useful life? It’s exactly what it says in a dictionary: “the amount of time during which an item is considered good enough to use.” Every item in a home has a useful life expectancy. Carpet, paint and appliances all wear down over time with normal usage. And with a rental property, the standard number of years can be different given the increased number of occupants coming and going. This means that if an item exceeds its useful life expectancy, charging the tenant for the repairs may not be an option.

Should I stay or should I go now? If I go, there will be trouble. And if I stay it will be double…..
Solutions

So what is the best course of action for landlords?…Routine property inspections are #1 on the list. Monitoring the condition of your rental property on a regular basis helps catch potential problems ahead of time and thus creates a timeline for how items are wearing down. Keep track of when you last replaced certain items and make a schedule for when those items need to be replaced based on useful life expectancy. A rental is an investment, which means you have to continue to put money into it to get a good return. And last, hiring a property management company like RPM Midwest,.

Real Property Management is the regions only full service, full time professional property manager. RPM has quality people and systems in place with years of experience, success and resources to expertly manage your investment property. Guiding you to financial success!

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Matt Pelton

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years in residential and investment sales, leasing and property management. Matt offers pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors, lending institutions and individual lenders. Matt splits his time evenly between Sales Manager and resident SuperHero at Real Property Management.  Contact Matt via Bat-Signal by night or during the day at 866.500.6200 – matt.p@rpmmidwest.com IG @CincySalesGuy@ColumbusRealPropertyMGT@RealPropertManagementMidwest

As the largest property management brand in the country, Real Property Management is well equipped to maximize your investment, alleviate the daily burdens, and provide you with detailed communication along the way.  How can Real Property Management help you? 

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us – a time to celebrate, relax, take advantage of a long weekend, and most importantly, to remember Americans who died while in  military service. Observed annually on the last Monday of May, the holiday was formerly known as Decoration Day, when the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated in commemoration of their service. Many people visit cemeteries or memorials on the holiday as a way to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country. In national cemeteries, volunteers place an American flag on each grave.

Traditionally, on Memorial Day the flag is raised to the top of the staff and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. Then, raised again to full staff for the rest of the day. Parades are also a central event on Memorial Day, which are typically military-themed and feature marching bands, the National Guard, and other military servicemen, veterans, and military vehicles.

Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of the summer vacation season. Many folks will be spending the weekend camping, barbecuing, or vacationing, which means more drivers on the road and more crowds.  Another traditional Memorial Day event is the Indianapolis 500, which runs on Sunday. Stay safe out there, enjoy yourselves responsibly and don’t forget the designated driver.  Headed to the beach or pool party, Taste of Cincinnati, Kings Island or Kentucky Kingdom?   What are your plans for the holiday weekend?

Matt Pelton

Matt Pelton

With 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate sales, property management and pre-purchase consultation.  Matt is an Ohio licensed Realtor currently working as Sales Manger at Real Property Management.Contact him directly  here or on twitter @CincySalesGuy

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Property management in Ohio and Kentucky comes with it’s own set of unique challenges. However, maintaining your property to keep it in pristine condition is something every investment property owner needs to do. The good news is that with a little planning and a few smart decisions, taking good care of your property won’t require significant extra effort. Instead, it’ll just take a few new habits and changes to the way you’re probably already doing things. Here are 4 ways Real Property Management Midwest keeps tenant satisfaction high and maintenance costs low for our clients.

1. Budget. Budget. Budget.

The worst thing you can do as a rental property owner is to be caught unprepared for an emergency or maintenance request. Set aside some money every month for inevitable issues, so when something does come up (and it will), you’ll be ready. Additionally, by using that fund to pay for repairs, you won’t create credit card debt.

4. Know your Laws

Sending someone to fix a problem at one of your properties sounds easy. However, there are some repairs that require a licensed professional with credentials ,otherwise you could be in violation of local municipality or state law. Furthermore, most repairs require documentation of the communication between the landlord and tenant in order to avoid lawsuits. Be sure you know the rules and regulations before you dive into anything!

3. Answer the phone

When your tenant calls, pick up the phone – no matter when it is. If you respond promptly to maintenance requests, you’ll have happy tenants. Even better, you’ll have the opportunity to take care of any problem before they become larger issues. That means a well-kept property will attract quality tenants for years to come.

4. Get ready for a show

When you have a vacancy, it’s a great time to complete all the little things before you start advertising. That means updating light fixtures, switches, a box of new furnace filters, a whole house cleaning—carpets, windows, etc.—don’t forget cleaning on the HVAC system. Regular turnover maintenance can go a long way in keeping your home in the best possible condition. There you have it – our tips to help keep your property management costs low and happy tenants in place.

Real Property Management Midwest (RPM Midwest, LLC) operates in Central and Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and in Louisville, Kentucky. We manage Single-family homes, apartment buildings and individual condo units. With years of experience, Real Property Management is Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Louisville and Northern Kentucky’s #1 Property Management and Leasing Company.

We offer Full Service Property Management for those Owners who need more than just Leasing services, and who want a guarantee to go along with their service!  We also have a Leasing Service (if that’s all you need) for tenant placement and you can do the rest. We’ll screen them and …. OH YEAH – OF COURSE WE’LL GUARANTEE THEM.  And if all you need is a little help with a bad tenant, our Eviction Service will help you get a non-paying tenant out the door, and you can be hands off… no going to the property, no Court appearances, just turn it over to us and we’ll handle the rest.

No one in the region offers the level of Leasing Services and Property Management that we do. Our franchises in Ohio and Kentucky have grown to over 1800 properties currently under management. RPM’s goal is to treat our customers well, and our service is driven towards customer retention. Don’t be fooled, by the fools acting as property managers. Real Property Management employs only licensed, dedicated real estate professionals who make owning rental property the profitable and enjoyable experience it should be while providing you the most valuable commodity… Free time.

Matt Pelton

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment sales, leasing, property management, he offers pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for select investors and lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact him at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or @CincySalesGuy 

As the largest property management brand in the country, Real Property Management is well equipped to maximize your investment, alleviate the daily burdens, and provide you with detailed communication along the way.  How can Real Property Management help you?


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Having a vacant property will be the largest expense a landlord can incur. Not only are you losing a fixed amount each month in rent, when you take into account the costs of advertising, getting it rent-ready, and the monthly mortgage costs you still have to pay, the totals quickly stack up. So once you find a good tenant, holding on to them longterm becomes significantly important.

Let’s talk about three reasons why it may be more cost effective to renew with your current tenants than to start the leasing process over again.

#1- Turnover is Expensive

It rarely matters WHY you’re renting the property, cash is cash, losing it stinks. Let’s remember the goal is to make money. It’s an investment….. That being said, you can’t make money on vacant property. This makes tenant turnover one of the biggest expenses a landlord can incur. Your mortgage company still expects payment. You must market the property, schedule and show the home to find a new renter, which takes time and money, even if your previous tenants left the home spotless, there are still maintenance items you’ll have to address to get it ready.

#2- Renewal Rates vs New Lease Rates

Rental rates depend on what the current market says a property is worth. Data shows that owners who chose to renew with current tenants vs starting from scratch had higher increases in rent. Moving is expensive, and if you offer current tenants a reasonable rate and they’re generally happy, odds are they’ll choose to stay. Remember, If they stay you don’t have to deal with a vacancy, advertising or have to miss Timmy’s tee-ball game while you wait for prospects that continually ghost you.

#3- Why Change What Works?

f you have a tenant who is happy, pays on time, follows the lease, and maintains the property,, it makes sense to hang on to them. After all, good tenants can be hard to come by and you never know what challenges you might run into with a new pool of renters. While you screen for credit, criminal, and rental history, accounting for changes in life circumstances isn’t possible. People lose jobs, face divorce or health issues arise. You may even run into new tenants who require a lot more hands-on management than previous ones. Holding on to a good tenant is good, life’s short. You can’t have too much of a good thing!

Tenant retention is key to making a profit on your investment. If your rental is vacant, not only are you generating $0 income, but you end up owing, too. So when it comes time to renew the lease on your rental, make sure to consider the benefits of tenant retention and whether or not it makes sense to hang on to the ones you have.

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment sales, leasing, property management, and offers pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors, lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact him at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy 

As the largest property management brand in the country, Real Property Management is well equipped to maximize your investment, alleviate the daily burdens, and provide you with detailed communication along the way.  How can Real Property Management help you? 

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5 things every adult should know how to do around the house (DIY)

Part of being an adult is creating a well-functioning place to call home. If you want to add a personal touch, like artwork on the walls, you need to hang it. If something breaks, you have to be able to fix it — think DIY or you’ll have to hire someone else to do it, which burns through cash fast. Luckily, the more tasks you take on, the more you learn. You screw up, you learn. Finally, the day that you’ve become one everyone else turns to for advice….You move to Tahiti and start building surfboards.  

Instructions for five simple home maintenance tasks everyone can — and should — master. DIY… replace the stopper in a sink

Renters often have to suffer the consequences of previous tenants’ failed home-repair efforts, such as someone didn’t know how to remove a stopper and forced it out, leaving an open drain — the perfect place to lose an earring or contact lens. Never fear, you can fix this annoyance with a part that costs less than $10 from our friends at Home Depot. 

Clear the area under the sink, and turn on a flashlight. Find the horizontal rod that connects to the sink drain, and mark where the rod threads through the vertical plate (the clevis). Loosen the clevis screw and the nut where the rod slips into the drainpipe so you can pull out the rod enough to slip the new stopper into place. Wiggle it, pushing in the rod and raising and lowering the lever on the top of the sink that activates the stopper, until everything is aligned. Then tighten the nut just enough so the stopper doesn’t slide down, and tighten the clevis screw. Check again to make sure everything works. If the stopper doesn’t move freely, loosen the nut a little.

Unclog a drain

Even if you don’t care about ruining a landlord’s plumbing, you shouldn’t use harsh chemicals. Unused chemicals become your disposal problem when you move. You can clear most drains in just a few minutes without resorting to chemicals. Remove the stopper by loosening the horizontal rod that goes into the drain pipe. (See previous) With your ex’s old toothbrush, fish out the clog. Most often, it’s a wad of hair and soap scum near the top of the drain. DIY

To clear a bathtub drain, the steps are basically the same, except for removing the stopper. If the clog still sticks, the drain needs to be cleared with a snake — a flexible auger that you thread into the pipe until it pokes through the clog. You might want to call your landlord or a plumber.

Hang art or even a mirror on a wall

There’s probably no better way to make a rental space your own than to decorate the walls with art or whatever you consider art. Thumbtacks were fine for the dorm. but now you want framed art and maybe a mirror or two, and those can get heavy.

Picture hangers, which hold a nail at an angle, are easy to use and minimize wall damage. Some hold up to 50 pounds, which is plenty for most framed art. (If you’re unsure, weigh the art by standing on a bathroom scale with it in your hands.)  Using two hangers helps prevent a picture from shifting out of position, but it’s critical to place them on a level line. Insert one hanger, then use a level to align the second one.

If you need to hang something too heavy for picture hangers to support, the best solution is to hang the artwork where you can fasten studs. Use a stud sensor or tap on the wall, moving horizontally until you hear the sound change to a thud. This spot often lines up with the nail holes in baseboards. On drywall, use screws that are 1½ inches long. On plaster, drill a narrow hole until you can tell (by a change of pressure) that you are past the plaster and into the stud. Add 1 inch to the depth of the bit at that point.) If you hit a spot where the bit or screw won’t penetrate, it’s possible you are over a metal plate protecting wire or plumbing. Stop and choose a different location.

If there is no stud where you want to hang the art, buy plastic wall anchors to hold the screws or, for the heaviest loads on plaster, toggle bolts.

Patch holes in a wall

Patching holes in a wall might seem like something to put off until you’re ready to move. But why not plug them now and enjoy the tidier appearance?

Pinholes are easiest to fix. Lightweight spackle dabbed on with a fingertip is all you need. Let it dry, then touch up with an artist brush and a little leftover paint. If the walls have a texture, apply the spackle with a toothpick so you don’t smear it beyond the hole.

Mending wider gashes requires a support membrane, usually plastic mesh, and spackle or drywall mud. You can buy a kit, such as Dap’s Wall Repair Patch Kit which comes with a 4-inch square piece of adhesive-backed mesh for reinforcing. Or you can improvise by cutting a small square of plastic window screen and using spackle to hold it in place. Apply one thin coat of spackle that fully embeds the mesh. Let that dry, then apply a second layer that completely covers the mesh and is feathered out at the edges to blend in with the wall. If the wall has a texture, get a spray can of a similar texture, for blending.

Set a screw that just spins in place

You think you can fix a wobbly cabinet door by tightening that screw on the hinge. But then you turn and turn with a screwdriver, and the screw just spins in place.

Try swapping it out for a slightly wider screw. Or, if you are locked into using the same screw, perhaps because it’s what fits with the hinge, stuff the screw hole with wooden toothpicks coated in wood glue. (If the hole is big, cut thicker slivers of wood with a utility knife.) When the glue dries, slice off the excess with a sharp utility knife, then reinsert the screw.

So, are you an adult, still master of your domain?

Matt Pelton

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate sales, leasing, property management, and offering pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors and lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact Matt at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy 

 

As the largest property management brand in the country, Real Property Management is well equipped to maximize your investment, alleviate the daily burdens, and provide you with detailed communication along the way.  How can Real Property Management help you? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hosting a Mardi Gras party this year?  You’ll need all the normal party supplies, with a twist…. The centerpiece of any Mardi Gras party is booze & beads…..But, after that comes the King Cake.

A King Cake is a round cake, typically made with twisted strands of cinnamon-dough, and sprinkled with purple, green and gold sugar. Sometimes there’s white icing under the sugar coating, and sometimes people toss Mardi Gras beads on top of the cake for good measure. Generally, there’s a little baby figurine hidden inside the cake and whoever finds it gets good luck (unless they choke on it…).

King Cakes are traditionally served during King Cake season, starting with the Epiphany (Jan. 6), which commemorates when the three kings/Magi came to visit baby Jesus, and ending on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent —(for 2019 March 5th.) the six-week Christian practice of self-denial and repentance leading up to Easter. King Cakes are named as such for baby Jesus, the King, and have a representation of him hidden inside. 

Nowadays, if you’re less religious, the cake is a yummy colorful symbol of Mardi Gras debauchery, also a necessary edible decoration. Can’t make it to the Big-Easy? Pick one up at any respectable bakery. If you’re feeling adventurous? Why not whip up a your own King Cake with this easy to follow recipe. Good LUCK!

Matt Pelton



Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate sales, leasing, property management, and offering pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors and lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact Matt at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy

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How much do you know about Cincinnati Style Chili? Have you ever tried it?…. Cincinnati USA is the Chili Capital of the United States and, likely, the world.  With National Chili Day arriving Thursday February 28th. all eyes are focused on our wieners and spaghetti, onions and shredded cheese.    There’s something about the smell of a chili dog that’s just amazing, a mixture of traditional hot dog in a steamed bun with a scoop of chili on top means the day just got much better. You’ll find them at summertime fairs, or along Main St in just about any American town, or even being prepared by MOM in your kitchen for dinner. The only thing better than a chili dog or bowl of chili….Is chili buried under a mountain of melting cheddar cheese. as Albert R. said, “more bad piled on top of bad only makes everything much, much better.”  #Fact   Cincinnati Chili is produced in small batches, sold by the bowl or coney and consumed at home, in cars, at work or at the parlor where it was concocted that day. Cincinnati chili is our own style of chilli It’s probably not the chili you are accustomed to or the way you think of it.   Our Chili is very different from its western cousin “chunky red-pooh in a kettle”. In fact, about the only relation it has are meat (beef, not horse) cumin and chili powder. After that, the recipe takes an interesting twist that includes chocolate, cinnamon. In general, you won’t find it far outside the greater Cincinnati area, the exceptions being N. Florida and Detroit, Mi.  Cincinnati has more chili parlors per capita and square mile than any other city on the continent. Between Skyline ChiliGoldstar and 140 other Cincinnati chili joints,  Cincinnati-ans(?) eat more than 2 million pounds of chili each year topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.  But, why? In 1922, a Macedonian (?) immigrant, Tom Athanas Kiradjieff settled in Cincinnati with his brother, John. Together they opened a hot dog stand named ‘Empress’ and boring full of pig-bits called hot dogs, and occasionally a little Greek food. He did a lousy business, John nearly starved to death in 1925.  At that time, the  majority of the inhabitants were of German heritage, and noone in the area knew anything about Greek food or thrilled with his dogs either. Tom would not to be defeated. He took a Greek stew, maintained the Mediterranean spices of Cinnamon and Cloves, changed the meat to ground beef, and added other spices, such as chili powder, to the mix and began to sell this stew over spaghetti and called it ‘Chili.’ It proved to be a successful experiment. He also came up with the idea of selling his Chili in ‘ways’, and chili dogs, which is also unique to the area.  When you stop in your first Cincinnati chili parlor order a 2-3-4 or 5 way, but keep your shorts on, it’s NOT that kind of “way”  you must also have a ‘Coney.’ OR chili dog.  The history of this quasi sandwich is somewhat vague, but Uncle Tom also gets the credit for this one. Seems, en route to Cincinnati; he passed through the Coney Island area of New York. Later when he decided to cover one of his hot dogs on a bun with yellow mustard, Cincinnati Chili, and onions, then topped with finely grated Cheddar Cheese, he named it a ‘Coney Island’ and the name sticks to this day. ‘Coneys’, as the locals call them, are now made with a hot dog that is a bit smaller and shorter than a regular wiener, to allow more room for the chili and other goodies that go on top. Today the largest Cincinnati Chili parlor chain in Cincinnati AND the world is Goldstar Chili.  Goldstar’s Customer Service line informed me that Gold Star serves 1,000,000 pounds of cheese and 3,000,000 pounds of chili a year. Another fun fact: the largest Coney ever made was 102 feet long and weighed over 180 pounds! Goldstar Chili has around 100 stores in the Greater Cincinnati area. The next largest chain is Skyline Chili with 59 stores in the area. Cincinnati has numerous little, one-store operations selling this amazing concoction of Greek heritage, in spite of the giant size and output of Goldstar and Skyline, there is one tiny Chili parlor that has out-shined them all, Camp Washington Chili. In 1985, Camp Washington Chili was featured on the CBS Morning News as the best-rated Chili in the nation. And the reputation is well earned. For 60 years, the same, single little restaurant has been owned and operated by the same Greek family, who by the way, still close down the parlor every July, for a month to go in vacation. I’ve lived in the Cincinnati area all my life and have eaten enough coneys, bowls and Four Ways to kill a normal human. Whether it’s 1pm for lunch or 1 am on the way home from the bar, it’s pure comfort food! That’s the abridged version of Cincinnati Chili that isn’t a Chili as you may usually think of Chili. If you find yourself in the area, stop and have a ‘Four Way’ (my favorite) and a Coney on the side.  Fair Warning, don’t make the mistake of asking for a ‘Three Way’ in other regions of the country….you might just end up with something quite different! How many coneys can you eat at one time? My record’s 5. Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate sales, leasing, property management, and offering pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors and lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact Matt at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy 

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Enjoying the outdoors? The bright sun and warmer days of spring are like a breath of fresh air. Get outside and enjoy it! It’s also the perfect time to complete a few “must do” home maintenance items that can potentially help avoid big repair bills later.

Visually inspect your roof. The roof is your home’s first line of defense against water damage. summer is the best time to inspect and repair any loose or worn shingles and repair any water damage. Don’t delay, you could find yourself facing water damage inside your home and the need for messy drywall or plaster repair.

Clean the gutters. Gutters direct summer storm rains away from your roof, home and foundation and protecting all 3 in the process. Clogged gutters, meanwhile, open your home to water damage—and there’s a good possibility you won’t notice the damage until you need an expensive repair.

Replace batteries in the smoke detectors. Sometimes, it’s a matter of life or death…You never know when you’ll need them to protect your family.

Clean or replace HVAC filters. You need to do this more often than once a year. Spring, summer and fall. Dirty filters force the HVAC system to work harder, which is like blowing money out the window. It will also shorten the life of the system. Clear any new vegetation around the AC compressor. To work efficiently compressors needs good airflow.

Check the washing machine hot and cold water lines. Look for cracks that could become leaks. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time.  Invest a few extra dollars on braided lines.

Clean the clothes dryer vent. Not all the lint is caught in the trap, some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clear vent will save you money by reducing the running time and a plugged vent could cause a fire.

Cleaning windows, repairing window screens. In many parts of the country, you can keep your house cool at night by opening windows. Gently scrub with soapy water and patch small holes, as needed. IF you’ve never washed your windows or had them professionally cleaned, this one’s a no brainier and really brightens your day. (thank me later) 

Check the seals around all windows and doors in your home. The cold winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other seals. Spring or summer is the perfect time to inspect and repair or replace as needed. You’ll reduce your air-conditioning bill and could prevent water from entering your home and causing damage.

Repair cracked or peeling paint. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood. A good paint job makes your home look nice and provides a protective barrier from the elements. Touch-up painting is easy to do and inexpensive.

Prepare your lawn mower for summer. Change the engine oil and sharpen the blade. You’ll extend the life of the mower and improve the curb appeal of your home.

You’ll probably need to dedicate a couple days to complete this list but don’t look at them as chores, rather view them as preventative saving measures—ones that will help you save on utility bills and avoid big repairs. It might be the highest paid work you’ve done this week! Important reminder- Rental property maintenance is the owners responsibility. Real Property Management offers free estimates and reduced rates for preventative maintenance items to our clients.

Real Property Management is the nation’s leading property manager. For over 30 years, Real Property Management has developed intelligent solutions for thousands of individual property owners, investors, tenants and Realtors. What can RPM do for you? 

Matt Pelton

Matt’s an Ohio licensed Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment real estate sales, leasing, property management, and offering pre-purchase consultations and BPO’s for investors and lending institutions. Matt currently works as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. You can contact Matt at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy 

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Are you planning to host the epicist Super Bowl party EVER this year?…A Super Bowl party awesomer than lame-o-Phil Whatshisname threw in 2018?  With so many options and ideas swirling, it’ll be easy to blow Phil’s party out-the-window…..As long as you don’t lose sight of what the big day is all about: food, puppy-bowl (put $50 on team Rufffootball, food, cheerleaders, cocktails, more illegal-$-gambling, more food. Everyone knows the puppy-bowl halftime extravaganza is better than a reunion with 2/3 of  a bankrupt TLC or some juicy-fruit 90’s up-cycled boy band the No Fun League chose to cram down our throats….BREATHE…Focus, don’t lose sight of what the big game is supposed to be…FUN!…mix a little funky 70′ music for background noise, add more food, drinks, and If your like me, another round of good spirited C-H-E-E-R-L-E-A-D-E-R-S for everyone!! I’ve thrown down a few tips to make your party the talk around the water-cooler come Monday.

Party Space & Seating: A great Super Bowl party should always revolve around great food, drinks and at least one 85″ Class Q900 QLED Smart 8K UHD TV.  to watch and take our attention away from those long-winded shoulda, coulda, woulda tales of the high school glory days your idiot friends dispel….knock it off already.

NOW, Look at you, on your way to executing the perfect party….

Decorations: Why???  Focus on providing great food, drinks and enough cheerleaders for all your buddies (recommend 2 per).   No one’s going to remember what color the streamers, balloons or ….whatever…. Right?

Food, food and food: Super Bowl parties wouldn’t be complete without miles of yummy food! Besides the game, watching the cheerleaders and chatting up that superb redhead, Becky from accounting. Food is THE most important aspect of the night. When planning, remember simple finger foods such as spinach and artichoke dip, fruit or veggie trays, and chicken wings make great appetizers. Consider going all out with a pig roast or maybe deep frying a turkey…better yet, keep it simple-stupid. Order a 6 Foot Sub Party Pack…that’s a NO brainer and it won’t burn down your garage……your guests will love it!

Beverages: Of course when planning a Super Bowl menu, make sure you have plenty of cocktails for your guests. While beer is always popular, it’s also a good idea to offer guests non-alcoholic beverages like pop, punch, and water.

Gr$$n Commercials: With ads from Chrysler to Doritos, Coca-Cola and Nike costing a whopping $5.3+ Million, per 30 seconds, make sure your watching…. What, if any commercials are you most looking forward to, and what companies ad will likely harness the almighty power of social media in the coming months?

Share your prediction for the big game or any other errant comments below, of”course feel free to use and share this babble as a roadmap to executing a successful party with friends, family and those creepy people watching you on theGlobe.com    ‘shhh..

So, what have we learned? Enjoy the party, the game, food.  Most importantly stay safe on the ride home. Consider a designated driver or an on demand service like UBER or lyft 

Matt Pelton

 Matt’s an Ohio Realtor with 20+ years experience in residential and investment sales, leasing, property management. You can find Matt weekdays as the Sales Manger at Real Property Management. If you have something nice to say…call Matt at 866.500.6200, via email (matt.p@rpmmidwest.com) or DM on twitter @CincySalesGuy
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