Fall cleaning tips.

Even in Florida – fall is a good time to clean your home.

*Washing all your windows, they say it’s best to wait for a cloudy day so you can see the streaks. Use  store-bought glass cleaner or make your own. Some of the concoctions I’ve heard of over the years are – mix water with a squirt of dish washing liquid or One part vinegar and two parts water. Also use a newspaper instead of the rag (streaks). You probably want to use gloves though, so the ink doesn’t get on your hands

*Window blinds can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth you can also try using your vacuum if you have a brush attachment.

*Window treatments are another story. Some can be vacuumed only, some can be washed but most of them probably need a professional cleaner- hopefully you can still read the direction label!

*Wash walls down some or vacuum in the corners and baseboards for cobwebs or maybe you need a new paint job..

*It’s time to dust your ceiling mounted light fixtures and fans thoroughly

*Wipe down your kitchen cabinets, replace any ripped drawer liners that are ripped, it’s also time to go through all your contents and decide what you want to keep and what you want to donate. Reorganize the items that you’re keeping.

*Move your refrigerator out and gently vacuum  the coils behind or underneath.

* Do the same with your closet. Donate clothes that you haven’t worn for over two years. Time to dust off the boots and bring out all the clothes for the cooler season.

*We’re coming up on when the time change so now’s a good time to make sure your smoke detectors have new batteries

*Your furnace filter should be changed regularly  but if you haven’t replaced your filter in the past three months – You need to replace it now.

*If you have a fireplace it’s a good time to have it professionally inspected, and to line up your wood for the winter

*Inspect the weather-stripping on the doors and windows and repair as needed

*It’s a good time to check and clean your gutters and downspouts if you have any. Also since the weather is cooling down your yard and your bushes should be in top shape

*Drain any and all garden hoses and store, the office  will shut off the sprinkler system

*Your patio furniture should get a good cleaning at least once a year.  Living in Florida we don’t have to store unless you want to

*Hope this little list helps get your fall cleaning done – you will feel so much better…

 

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Why Should You Hire a Property Manager?

Spring and summer are the most popular times of the year for properties to be rented. Managing your own rental property is a great way to lose your mind, to say the least. With Pensacola area schools being out for summer, and Navy or Air Force orders coming and going, an experienced property manager makes your life easier.
Barrons Property Managers is an exclusive property management company. Our goal is to provide you with the best service. Barrons Property Managers keeps your tenants happy, completes maintenance items and collects rent, which all take the stress away from you and your daily life.
The number of people who are choosing to rent instead of buying a home is steadily rising. Many renters are looking to move into a property quickly. Having the properties rent ready before allowing viewings is essential to make this possible. We have a team of dedicated property managers and vendors that are ready to make both your life, and the tenant’s life better.
Our staff participate in several training programs that cover fair housing, safety, on-line payments, cloud based electronic signatures, and more. We are an active member of NARPM, National Association of Residential Property Managers. NARPM is an organization of professionalism, licensed property managers who promote professionalism, education, ethics, and the best industry practices. We are constantly working to improve the system for our renters and our owners.
To find out how much your rental is worth, click here and get your free market analysis, or contact our office at 850-934-2588.

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The Showing Process

The old days of making an appointment and showing up late due to traffic are over. The self- viewings lock box system Barrons Property Managers uses is secure, fast, and assists in renting your home.

While many owners believe this is a way for property managers to do less work, it is a highly effective way to exhibit the property, all the while allowing for more prospective tenants to view the property. Barrons Property Managers has successfully rented properties in the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Milton, and Pace areas through this self-viewing system. The tenants loved the option to view the property whenever they can, within specified lock box hours.

The self-viewing process is as secure as showing it yourself. Barrons Property Managers will get contact information along with identification information. The prospective tenant will then receive a text message with a one- time use lock box code to access the property. After viewing the property, they will be contacted regarding any questions or concerns they may have, and how to apply.

For more information on how the self-viewings process Barrons Property Managers uses to showcase your properties works, feel welcome to contact us at 850-934-2588 or email us at notify@BarronsPM.com

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100% Committed to Owners Management Needs

Barrons Property Managers is an exclusive property management company, located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. We do not list homes, sell homes, manage associations, nor do vacation rentals. We specialize in single-family homes and long-term rentals. We give your investment the time and attention to grow in value, while being an income producer!

Barrons Property Managers focuses on managing your property at the highest level every day. Our company is active in the Pensacola NARPM chapter (National Association of Residential Property Managers), which promotes professionalism, education, ethics, and the industry’s best practices.

Property management is not the same as in the past.  Everything is faster in today’s property management and rental community. We focus on getting homes rent ready and occupied quicker. With technology, our business is accessible 24/7 online. We have incorporated a smartphone activated management system for lock boxes, and property inspection data can be documented via mobile devices which replaces the traditional paper and pen inspection report. We have the ability to share a comprehensive inspection report including pictures to an owner. Our software program enables tenants to pay rent online, submit maintenance items online and other tenant related matters.  For our owners, Barrons can direct deposit disbursements each month, along with providing a secure owner portal for statements and documents.

Give us a call at 850-934-2588, and let Barrons assist you in taking care of your investment!

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Your Rental Investments need an experienced Property Manager

Demand for rental homes is expected to grow by nearly 6.6 million units through 2017, with about 4.2 million new renters attributing to the total. Rent rates are forecasted to increase 3-5% over the next 3 years. Renting has become a more attractive option and will continue to be a trend due to lack of consumer confidence. Also the up and down stock market and available credit to buy puts the real estate investor in the drivers seat.

BarronsPropertyManagers.com is an EXCLUSIVE property management company. We do not list/sell homes, we don’t manage associations, we don’t do vacation rentals. We specialize in single-family real estate rentals. It’s not a part time or sideline business for us. We give your investment the time and attention to grow in value, while being an income producer!

We focus on doing our job at the highest level everyday. We participate in several training programs that cover Fair Housing, safety, on-line payments; cloud based electronic signatures, etc. Our company is also very active in the Pensacola NARPM chapter (National Association of Residential Property Managers), which promotes professionalism, education, ethics, and the industry best practices.

Property management is not the same game anymore, everything is faster. We focus on getting homes rent ready and occupied quicker. With technology our business is accessible 24/7 on-line. We have incorporated a smartphone key management system for lockboxes, property inspection data capture for mobile that replaces the traditional paper and pen. We can literally email a comprehensive inspection report with video’s and pictures to the owner before we leave the property. Our software program enables tenants to pay rent on-line, we can direct deposit dispersments to owners, and utilize electronic signatures if needed.

With more and more demand for rental homes, our exclusive property management system is growing accordingly – managing over 250 properties. Our resources like UWF, PSC, chambers, business leaders, real estate brokers help us to identify what your current and future needs are? We can bring you your biggest profit on one rental home, up to multi numbers of rental investment properties.

We are local in your community or just as close online.

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Check out our new services!

Barrons Property Managers “now offering a guaranteed rent collection program.” We deliver unmatched property management services along with a competitive fee structure!

Full time licensed, leasing agents, maintenance coordinator, and site inspectors – helping your investment to reach its height of physical & fiscal performance.

Call (850)934-2588 or visit us online at www.BarronsPM.com

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The Delicate Art of Rent Increases

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The Delicate Art of Rent Increases
Everyone knows that rent increases are a fact of life, but they also need to be right!

Many owners want to raise the rent whenever. You shouldn’t increase the rent because you’ve had an expensive year, or a major roofing job. Instead, your rental rates should be dictated by one very simple factor: The Rental Market.
Simply put, your rental price will be determined by how much tenants are willing to pay. Use anything other than this criteria, you run the risk of losing them and experiencing higher vacancy rates.

Let’s look at how you can accurately assess the market and how to go about tactfully breaking the news to your tenants.

Ensure Compliance With the Law
First things first: Make sure your proposed rent increase is in compliance with state and regional laws, and of course, in accordance with the terms of your lease.

Sufficient notice, 30 days’ – is generally required for month-to-month leases. For fixed-lease properties, you’ll want to let tenants know before the lease is up.

Give Extra Notice
Sure, you’re required to give enough notice to be in compliance with the law — but why stop there? We give tenants extra time to prepare for the increase, and allow them a chance to shop around. If the increase is in line with market rates, they’ll see that there’s no better deal to be had. We time notices so that the rent increase will take place immediately after the lease renewal date.

When we inform tenants about rent increases in writing. Without a written agreement, a rent increase will be difficult to enforce.

We try for small increases yearly, instead of having to raise the rent substantially. This helps tenants get used to rent going up, and you’ll find them less likely to complain over a $20 per month increase as opposed to a sudden $200 jump.

Calculate the Rent Increase
We do our research to be competitive with local rental market rates. We do this by looking at other similar rentals or by multiplying the consumer price index by your current rental rate. For example, the ‘Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent release indicates that the index for shelter increased 3.2 percent in 2015. Rent is only adjusted to the local rental market.

Determine Why You’re Raising the Rent
Your tenants will want to know, and you’ll need an answer. Be truthful and make a list of reasons why the rent needs to go up, such as rising insurance costs, higher taxes, and the cost of inflation. Main reasons for a rent increase usually include the rising cost of maintenance and repairs

Keep Your Tenants Happy
Also having an excellent tenant who looks after the property and pays rent on time, is an excellent reason not to raise the rent as an incentive to stay. If it needs to be raised, one way to do this is to show them what the rent increase was going to be, then crossed out and with a smaller percentage, for being a great tenant. Communication is key: we are in touch and are willing to talk to them about the increase.

Another option would be to consider offering your tenants a compromise. Propose a rent increase, and be prepared to lower the percentage if they are willing to sign a longer lease.

Rent increases are stressful, but we ensure that the raise in rent is in line with market values. We communicate all upcoming changes to your tenants making the process as simple and straightforward as it can be.

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Professional real estate rental services

Need a Property Manager in Pensacola-Gulf Breeze-Navarre Florida.

Barrons Property Managers “now offering a guaranteed rent collection program.” We deliver unmatched property management services along with a competitive fee structure!

Full time licensed, leasing agents, maintenance coordinator, and site inspectors – helping your investment to reach its height of physical & fiscal performance.
Call now at (850)934-2588 or visit us online at www.BarronsPropertyManagers.com

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Property Managers

If you receive rent from anyone who lives in your property, you’re considered a landlord and must report this as taxable income. The money you receive is considered income in the year you receive it, and you are required to file taxes.

You are allowed to deduct necessary expenses required to maintain and manage your property, but expenses can only be deducted the year in which they’re paid.

Here are a few deductible expenses:

Maintenance

Repairs

Taxes and tax return preparation

Advertising the property

Cleaning and cleaning supplies

Repairs

Insurance

Real estate taxes

Mortgageinterest

Management fees

Utilities

Travel to and from the property

All improvements to the property are considered an asset and should not be included as an expense.

Security deposits are not taxable since they are to be returned to the tenant at the end of the lease. However, if you end up taking part of the security deposit, then it is taxable and must be included on the income that you show on your tax return for the year that the tenant vacates.

Barrons Property Managers can take care of all this for you, and at the end of the year we give you a 1099 for you to give to your tax accountant

 

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Home Warranty’s

If you’ve bought a home, you probably had the opportunity to purchase a home warranty. But are they worth it?

What is a Home Warranty? It’s a service contract that pays for repairs due to common maintenance issues, and replacement of appliances if they cannot be repaired. Most of these service contracts will not cover every repair you may have. Most consumer complaints show that most of these companies avoid paying claims citing homeowner negligence or claiming it was a pre-existing problem.

Most policies will include home appliances, heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems. Structural systems are usually covered by a traditional homeowners insurance policy.

Remember, always read the fine print. Companies will promise you the world, but most contracts are filled with exclusions and denial provisions. Most policies include plumbing, but not if the pipes freeze. Parts that break the most are usually not covered at all, and usually “plumbing” only means the actual pipes inside the wall.

How much do they cost? It will depend on the type of policy you buy most companies will have both basic and premium policies. Most people never fully utilize the service.

Whether you purchase a home warranty or not, is a personal decision. Some investors will purchase warranty for the first one or two years, after that they have a better understanding of the home and its appliances. After that you can make a decision to self insure or continue with the home warranty.

Some of the considerations to consider are:

  • New homes may not need a warranty because the appliances may have a manufacturing warranty in place. If the home is 10 plus years or older some of the appliances may start to fail.
  • What are the condition of the appliances?
  • What kind of emergency/maintenance fund do you have in place? Good rule is to put aside $100 per month, and have a two or three year balance.
  • Live local? Can you meet and coordinate with the repair tech and your tenants at the property.

When purchasing your home warranty understand what to expect from your contract.

 

 

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Fans

Most people use ceiling fans to move the air, whether it is warmer air in the winter or cooler air in the summer.  Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s a good idea to reverse your fan.  They say to shut off the fan when not in use, but I don’t know if I believe in that logic. What do you think?  Is it worth the time and effort to shut the fan off every time you leave the room.

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