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Aborn Powers is a boutique commercial property management firm with a broad reach and a depth and quality of experience that is difficult to find these days. We’ve owned and managed properties throughout California for over 20 years, focused on giving each property the personalized attention that it deserves. While our expertise gives us the ability to take quick, efficient and decisive action when it comes to property concerns, our top priority is fixed on giving our owners peace of mind that their investments are cared for and growing!

Our owner, Lauren Prichard, was raised on real estate, scouting properties with her father as a child, and collecting rents with her mother since before she could walk. She has grown up in the business and worked from every angle, including purchasing properties herself.

Lauren believes in carrying on the family tradition of quality, attention to detail and commitment to service in every decision she makes for her clients.  That includes ensuring that the entire Aborn Powers team of employees, from our office staff to our maintenance crews, have an incomparable level of loyalty, work ethic and desire to be of service.  The Aborn Powers team is made up of committed employees with an incredible knowledge of the commercial property business. The majority of our employees have been with the team for 10 years or more and they have a variety of backgrounds that all contribute to maximizing the return on your investment property. From purchasing and leasing real estate for large oil companies and small retail firms to site research, purchase and construction of franchise outlets, even general contracting and business ownership, the Aborn Powers team was designed to Protect and Care for your Investment as if it was their own.

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Steps to Take to Turn Your Home Into a Vacation Rental

Brittany Kenyon - Wednesday, July 19, 2017



Vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular with the rise in usage of rental sites like Airbnb or VRBO. It is a great way for individuals who own a second property to earn money when their vacation home is not in use.


In order to turn your home into a vacation rental, you must ensure that the property is well kept and the home is both fully functioning and clean in order to yield the highest return on investment with guests.


Here are Aborn Powers’ steps to take to turn your home into a vacation rental:



  • Step 1: Walk Through of the Home


You should start by scanning the home for any issues or upgrades that need to be made before listing the home as a rental. Consider what is high priority and low priority, so you know how to manage your time. High priority should be considered cleaning and repairs that need to be completed before listing. Low priority would be items that are not of great importance, but may positively affect the vacation home when renting it out, such as: replacing the carpet, updating paint, installing fans or upgrading appliances. If you plan on hiring a property manager and/ or cleaning company, they should also do this walk through as well.


  • Step 2: Clean and Prepare Each Room


Each room needs to be thoroughly deep cleaned in order for it to be sanitary and presentable to the renters. This would include dusting, stocking up on linens, professionally cleaning the carpet and floor, re-sealing the kitchen and bathroom tile, and so on.


In the bedrooms, mattresses should be replaced and covered with a protector, pillows should be replaced and extra sets of bed linens should be purchased.


For bathrooms specifically, there should be 2 sets of towels available per guest and everything should be de-sanitized and cleaned. Any leaky faucets, slow drains, or other small plumbing issues should be fixed promptly as well.


In the kitchen, the most important step is having working appliances and items for guests to use to make themselves comfortable. Having a toaster, coffee maker, utensils, plates, glasses (including wine glasses), pots and pans as well as anything extra you see fit will be beneficial when the home is rented out.


The idea is to make guests feel like they’ve stepped into a home-away-from-home, so provide all of the creature comforts you’d love to see and use at home.


  • Step 3: Inspect HVAC Units


It is extremely important to inspect and service the HVAC units in your rental for efficiency and top performance. If your unit has an AC, check before summer to ensure it is functional so the renter is comfortable throughout their stay. Heating units should be checked monthly and supported with annual maintenance from a professional.


  • Step 4: Replace Air Filters


This is something that any homeowner should do regularly in order to keep up on the home’s maintenance and to protect against problems later on.


  • Step 5: Verify the Home’s Safety Equipment


You are responsible for the safety of your guests and ensuring that the home is up to standards. All smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be working and batteries replaced regularly. Multiple fire extinguishers should be placed around the house, especially in the kitchen area. A first aid kit should be purchased and placed in either the bathroom or kitchen in case a guest is injured. Additionally, if you wish to have a security system or alarm, this would be the time to have one installed or make sure the current one is functioning.


  • Step 6: Landscape the Property


To turn your home into a vacation rental guests will love returning to, have your property beautifully landscaped. Trim the bushes and trees, replant if necessary and clean up leaves or weeds in the yard. An extra touch would be to plant flowers around the property, so it looks aesthetically pleasing like a five-star hotel.


  • Step 7: Wi-Fi


In this day and age, guests expect the home they are staying in to have Wi-Fi. You need to make sure the connection is strong, which may require adding an extender and/ or an additional router to the home. Include the Wi-Fi password with check-in materials or greeting documents to ensure they can log on easily.


  • Step 8: Check On the Rules and Regulations


Because you are turning your home into a vacation rental, this is can be construed as a business. You may need to apply for a business license with your county. Additionally, check on zoning laws, your community’s HOA laws, safety and health code regulations, or any rules and regulations applicable to your home, the neighborhood, or federal/ state laws.  


  • Step 9: Keep Records and Stock Up


In order to manage your finances and time, keep written record of items that were replaced, items that were purchased and what changes to the vacation home were made. Vacation rentals need to be consistently cleaned and maintained, more often than a personal home, due to the volume of tenants. It is also a good idea to stock up on household goods and supplies, such as light bulbs, hardware, filters, paper towels and toilet paper. You can never be too prepared!


  • Step 10: Hire a Property Manager and Cleaning Company


Everyone is busy, and maintaining a vacation rental full time can be a huge job! If you’re looking to reduce the stresses of taking care of your vacation rental, consider hiring a property manager. A responsible property manager will take over tasks such as preparing the home for listing, scheduling the rental calendar, greeting guests upon arrival, arranging the cleaning required between each tenant, maintaining the home and making sure the business is always running smoothly.


Aborn Powers has over 20 years of experience in caring for investments. Please contact us today if you have any questions at all, or would like to enlist our help turning your home into a vacation rental.


Preparing Properties for Summer: Your Maintenance Checklist

Brittany Kenyon - Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Summer is coming and as property owners, that means preparing and preventing your investment from damage caused by the hot sun and dry conditions. As experienced property managers, we at Aborn Powers are happy to share our handy summer maintenance checklist to help you protect your investment and keep your property looking beautiful throughout the hot season. Check out the list below!

 

Summer Property Maintenance Checklist


Exteriors

  • Replace cracked/ damaged glass in all windows and doors

  • Add weather stripping where necessary

  • Check seals on doors and windows

  • Clean and reseal outdoor concrete and wood

  • Look for rot or termites on wood floorboards, replace if necessary

  • Fix broken or loose railings

  • Have a professional inspect the structural support of porches, patios, decks, etc.

  • Inspect siding for any loose or missing panels

  • Repair wall joints and any minor cracks

  • Remove, sand and refinish deteriorating wood finishes

  • Touch up or repaint where necessary

  • Repair crumbling and damaged mortar

  • Replace any missing roof tiles or shingles

  • Repair damaged soffit panels

  • Clean and repair all gutters

  • Install gutter guards where necessary

 

A/C

  • Clean or replace your furnace or air-handler filters, such as when they begin to look clogged with dust

  • Clean the A/C condenser coils from leaves, yard debris and dirt

  • Clean and clear debris from the base of condenser

  • Clear the drain inside the condenser

  • Cut and remove weeds or plants that may obstruct airflow through the condenser unit

  • Check the coolant lines

  • Repair or replace any damaged pipe insulation

  • Replaced areas where the insulation is frayed or missing

  • Clean the supply vents and return grills from debris

  • Test the A/C unit:

    • Let unit dry thoroughly after cleaning

    • Turn the thermostat to OFF

    • Turn ON the power at the disconnect box

    • Turn ON the power at the main panel

    • Switch the thermostat to COOL and set temperature

 

Irrigation

  • Inspect sprinkler system and drip feeds for leaks, make repairs where necessary

  • Verify drip emitters are firmly in place

  • Check and repair sprinkler heads that are not working properly, such as spraying in the wrong area

  • Reconnect any hoses that were removed during the winter months

  • Adjust watering schedules

  • Make sure timers are properly working

  • Replace dead plants that did not make it through the winter season

 

 

Does this sound like a lot? Not to worry, with Aborn Powers as your property manager, we take care of all this and more.

 

If you have any questions on how to prepare your properties for the summer, please contact us today. With over 20 years of experience managing residential and commercial properties through all seasons, we treat your investments as if they are our own!

 

 

 

 

 



Cameron Park Thai House

Brittany Kenyon - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We love seeing our tenants' businesses succeed! The Thai House in Cameron Park features delicious and fresh Thai food for lunch and dinner. Recently featured in the Sacramento Bee's series First Impressions.




"You can’t miss the huge flag out front, flapping in the wind along Cameron Park Drive, proclaiming “Thai Food.”
There’s a backstory: Building contractor Robert Adorjan of Rescue was in South Lake Tahoe on a three-year job when he began eating regularly at a Thai restaurant and got friendly with manager Kai Prasitchock. Eventually they became a couple. When Adorjan finished his project, he spent another year at the lake helping out at the restaurant. He and Prasitchock then moved to Rescue with the idea of opening a Thai restaurant, using her family recipes for the menu. They ended up renovating a space that once housed a Mexican restaurant and opened in late January.
Word of mouth spread throughout Cameron Park’s restaurant-hungry community. 'It’s grown way faster than we can keep up with,' Adorjan said on the phone later. 'We don’t have a walk-in cooler, so we shop every day, which is a positive for the freshness of the ingredients.'"

Visit the Thai House in Cameron Park for the best food and the most delightful atmosphere! 

Where: 3181 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park  Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays  Information: 530-350-8020

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