The resort and second-home marketplace differs in a true number of ways from primary residential marketplace. Buyer attention ranges from little, rustic getaways to extravagance properties, and includes a global clientele and the retirement and investment markets. Purchasing, selling, or managing 2nd homes in a vacation resort, recreational, and/or destination requires understanding of the lifestyle and recreation market, tax therapy of vacation and 2nd homes, and owning a home.

How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?

If you own a second home, chances are it’s not in the neighborhood. And there will be repairs and maintenance tasks, especially if you’re dealing with salt air, snow, or other harsh elements. How will you cope?
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
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How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
pool maintenance
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
reception of guests
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
garden maintenance
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
arrange building/renovation
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
key holding service
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
general maintenance
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
repairs and problem solving
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
installation of Wi-Fi and TV
How do you maintain a second home if it’s far away?
cleaning & laundry
The One Work Order App Your Residents (and You) Will Love

When residents have a problem with their rental property, they want it fixed—fast! That’s why Property Managers need to have an effective and easy way to receive and resolve resident work orders. 

Property Manager Quick List for Hurricane Preparedness

If you’ve ever weathered a hurricane you can probably attest to the uncertainty that comes with it. For those who experienced Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in 2017, tracking the constantly-changing spaghetti models and witnessing the devastation they caused on their potential path to your properties, you know how easy it is to feel out of control during a hurricane. As you prepare for hurricane season, this list will help you control what you can and instill a higher sense of confidence in your renters.

Plumber Free Estimate: How To Get a Quote for Your Project

Most homeowners seek a plumber free estimate because they don’t know how much a project should realistically and reasonably cost. It’s difficult for many homeowners to know whether they are getting a fair deal or not. As a result, most people go with their gut – hoping they are charged fairly by the company they call. 

Should You Consider Rent Reduction for Your Residents?

The rent prices you set determine how much your properties stand to bring in each year. With cost-of-living increases and expenses like water and utilities on the rise, you may be tempted to raise your rates as new residents move in and existing residents end their lease agreements. 

Residential Lease Agreement: 12 Sections You Need to Include

A residential lease agreement protects both residents and Property Managers. It helps residents know what is expected of them, and helps Property Managers protect their real estate investments and financial interests. 

How to Prepare for the Backlog of Work Orders Coming After COVID-19

As COVID-19 stay-at-home orders expire, many people are returning to work to find a pile of projects that were put on hold while they were working from home. This is particularly true for Property Managers and maintenance teams who repair, improve, and turn rental units. 

COVID-19 Eviction Guidelines: What Property Managers In Every State Need to Know

COVID-19 has caused Property Managers across the country to scramble and implement new policies and processes. Many have wondered how they can collect rent safely and if they are allowed to evict tenants who don’t pay. 

Collecting Rent During COVID-19: Options for Property Managers

Collecting rent during COVID-19 is a complex situation. More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits in the past month, driving the unemployment rate passed 10%. Many Americans are struggling right now, and it can make collecting rent complicated.  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of people to shelter-in-place and not leave their homes. These regulations have created a challenge for Property Managers who are in the process of renting out empty homes and apartments. Many potential residents can no longer visit for in-person tours of a property. 

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As a Property Manager, it’s your job to create a safe environment for your residents, on-site team and maintenance staff. The introduction of COVID-19 has made these tasks more difficult, but not impossible. There are ways to protect your residents and team while also keeping your property safe and well-maintained. 

6 Rental Management Processes Every Property Manager Needs

Building a portfolio of rental properties can be a lasting investment and business opportunity, and rental management – especially for those who manage multiple properties or busy apartment complexes – isn’t always an easy job. 

Don't Hire a Property Maintenance Company Until You Read This

If you are looking to streamline aspects of your property management business, you may be considering hiring a property maintenance company to help with basic upkeep, turns, and seasonal maintenance projects. 

4 Work Order Management Tips for New Property Managers

As a new Property Manager, you might think that work order management is fairly simple.

The Best Ways to Organize Work Order Maintenance Requests

As all Property Managers know, good property maintenance starts with good organization. When you can successfully organize work orders, you can prioritize emergencies and still manage scheduled and seasonal maintenance. And, your team can function in a low-stress environment and become more productive and efficient. 

The Rental Maintenance Checklist Every Property Manager Needs

Property managers have a laundry list of maintenance tasks to manage every day. There are dozens of tasks to juggle to make a rental property clean, safe, and appealing to potential residents. 

A rental maintenance checklist can help you make sure you don’t miss anything. 

Commercial Property Maintenance

Whether you manage a small retail space or a large office complex, commercial property maintenance can quickly get overwhelming. The combination of daily tasks, requests from tenants, and large improvement projects are difficult to juggle and can become mentally and physically taxing. There has to be an easier way.  

rental property maintenance expenses

One of the most important tools you'll need to manage a rental property is a realistic maintenance budget. If you don’t have a set budget for rental property maintenance expenses, then you could end up losing money on your rental properties or creating an unpleasant and unsafe environment for residents. 

Manage a Rental Property

Managing a rental property isn’t always easy. As a Property Manager, you need to stay on top of task lists, work to keep residents happy and have a plan to keep your properties clean and desirable. Thankfully, there are tips, best practices, and tools that can help you successfully manage a rental property like a pro. 

5 Tips to Help You Manage Maintenance at Multiple Rental Properties

As a property manager, juggling maintenance at multiple properties can get overwhelming. Just when you think everything is under control, one of your properties experiences a crisis and requires your attention. If you’re not careful, you could spend most of your day driving across town to manage multiple maintenance projects at once. 

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As a property manager, people rely on you to make their homes comfortable and safe. Without your assistance, residences could quickly grow dingy and develop problems and safety hazards. You work hard and do as much as you can, and that means your task list can quickly get overwhelming. 

How Work Order Software Can Simplify Property Management

Working in property management means constantly changing your plans and schedule throughout the day. You can plan to work on one project, only to have it derailed by a crisis in another part of the building or campus. Your residents (and your boss) expect you to solve these problems quickly and take steps to prevent similar issues. 

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How to Increase Efficiency with a Property Maintenance Solution  

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3 Most Common Electrical Problems in Your Home 

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5 Tips for Successful Commercial Property Management

Commercial property managers are often confused with residential property managers, despite vast differences in scope of work and property types. As a commercial property manager, you’re most likely responsible for the maintenance and operational oversight of business parks, retail spaces, storage units, or other kinds of non-residential properties. Commercial properties, while sharing some similarities with residential properties (leasing agreements, tenants, etc.), come with a unique set of problems that widen the scope of a commercial property manager’s work.

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When Should I Call A Professional Plumber?

 

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It’s easy to close the door and turn a blind eye, or ear, to common plumbing problems like leaky faucets or running toilets. Unfortunately, the choice to ignore common plumbing problems is often detrimental to homeowners and property managers who also fail to recognize that these minor inconveniences lead to bigger, more expensive problems.

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Types of Electrical Repair and Services You Might Not Know Of 

Unlike a hole in the drywall or a creaky door hinge, a home’s electrical system is not something that should be touched without a professional electrician present. Electrical systems are not only fickle, but dangerous – with the possibility of electrical fires and electrocution looming over the heads of inexperienced tinkerers. This is why no property maintenance checklist is complete without a once-over from a licensed electrician. But don’t worry – they do more than just confirm that your wiring is up to code. Electricians can perform a breadth of repairs and services that don’t immediately come mind when you pick up the phone to request some help.

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As a property manager, people rely on you to make their homes comfortable and safe. Without your assistance, residences could quickly grow dingy and develop problems and safety hazards. You work hard and do as much as you can, and that means your task list can quickly get overwhelming. 

How Work Order Software Can Simplify Property Management

Working in property management means constantly changing your plans and schedule throughout the day. You can plan to work on one project, only to have it derailed by a crisis in another part of the building or campus. Your residents (and your boss) expect you to solve these problems quickly and take steps to prevent similar issues. 

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How to Increase Efficiency with a Property Maintenance Solution  

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3 Most Common Electrical Problems in Your Home 

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When Should I Call A Professional Plumber?

 

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It’s easy to close the door and turn a blind eye, or ear, to common plumbing problems like leaky faucets or running toilets. Unfortunately, the choice to ignore common plumbing problems is often detrimental to homeowners and property managers who also fail to recognize that these minor inconveniences lead to bigger, more expensive problems.

electrician at work

Types of Electrical Repair and Services You Might Not Know Of 

Unlike a hole in the drywall or a creaky door hinge, a home’s electrical system is not something that should be touched without a professional electrician present. Electrical systems are not only fickle, but dangerous – with the possibility of electrical fires and electrocution looming over the heads of unexperienced tinkerers. This is why no property maintenance checklist is complete without a once-over from a licensed electrician. But don’t worry – they do more than just confirm that your wiring is up to code. Electricians can perform a breadth of repairs and services that don’t immediately come mind when you pick up the phone to request some help.

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You’re sweating. The temperature is steadily climbing, but why? In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, maybe you forgot to take a moment to consider your home’s most valuable player – or appliance – your air conditioning (AC) unit. Overworked and under-serviced, your air conditioner stopped working. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) issues need to be addressed quickly to prevent extreme temperature changes in the home, and to minimize the risk of flooding. The good news is that some of the most common AC issues can be fixed or prevented in just a few minutes.

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Property managers have a lot on their plate. Between overseeing contractors, renovating properties, and handling tenants’ needs, there’s a lot at stake. There’s the risk of workers being injured on the job, theft from buildings, or damage to the property, in addition to many other unfortunate scenarios. But there’s no need for these to keep you up at night. Here’s a look at some of the most serious threats to property managers and how to lower the risk of occurrence.

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Handymen can do a lot of things for you—so many that it’s often hard to keep track of all the different jobs that they can take care of. This can lead to overlap with other specialized contracting services. The question is: “How do you know when to hire a handyman versus a specialized contractor?”

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The electrical systems in a home are usually ignored by most people—until something goes wrong, at least. When a home electrical system suddenly fails, that’s when people start to take notice and try to find ways to fix it. However, it can pay to hire electrician services to make some electrical upgrades to your home sooner rather than later.

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Here’s a nightmare scenario for any homeowner or landlord: It’s Sunday morning, and the toilet on the second floor of the home is not only backed up, it’s overflowing dirty water all over the bathroom floor. The dirty water is seeping into the floor below, ruining walls, electrical systems, and ceilings. Because it’s Sunday, finding a plumbing service that’s open and available is just a little bit harder than normal.

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Both homeowners and property managers know that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems require frequent maintenance to keep working at peak efficiency—especially during summer heat waves. However, many people forget about air ducts when addressing HVAC maintenance issues..