Property Management Blog

Residential Apartment Video Tour in Sacramento

Brittany Kenyon - Friday, March 24, 2017
Take a tour of the residential apartment available on Bell Street in Sacramento, California. This property is managed by the Property Management & Tenant Placement Services of Aborn Powers. 

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Aborn Powers is a boutique commercial firm managing properties throughout California for over 20 years. 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 renters and our home owners peace of mind that their investments are cared for and growing!

To learn more about this rental property or other available residential properties, visit our Residential Page today.

To see more commercial properties available from Aborn Powers, visit our Commercial Properties today. 

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Property

Brittany Kenyon - Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring is here! Spring is here!

After a cold and sopping wet winter, I think we can all agree that we're happy about warmer weather and sunnier days. But with all of the positives of springtime comes a bit of added responsibility. (And no, we’re not talking about getting a tan!)

It’s spring cleaning time! In order for your investment to retain its value, you must ensure the property is well kept, and looking and functioning at its best. The spring season is the refreshing time period to do just that.

Here are Aborn Powers’ spring cleaning tips for your property.

Before Cleaning

Start with a walk through of the property

Before you begin cleaning, start by scanning the property for higher level issues. If you are using an external cleaning service, our recommendation is to walk through the property with them to assess what needs to be cleaned or fixed. The key here is to catch smaller issues before they become a financial disaster.

Make a list of high vs. low priority tasks

  • High priority tasks consists of all the cleaning and repairs that need to be done right away. These are the tasks that you’ve probably been thinking of all winter long, and they need to be taken care of this spring!

  • Low priority tasks are often more of a wish list, items that you would love to have done someday. Think carpet, paint, new roof, whole house fans, better windows or appliances.

This will get you on the right track of what to tackle first.

Spring Cleaning To-Do’s

Inspect the exterior. There could be damage or cracks on the roof or side of the building. Catch these issues before they become a big problem!

Check driveway, sidewalks, parking for cracks or sunken concrete. If you notice damage, it’s best to fix it soon as possible to avoid bigger problems. There are companies that can grind down concrete so it is no longer a trip hazard.

Check the fences around the property. Make fence repairs as needed.

Landscape the property. This depends on what the outside of your property looks like, but it will typically include trimming bushes and trees, replanting and cleaning up.

▢ Clear out the gutters. It’s time for all of the gunk and leaves to go.

▢ Assess the floors. Cold weather and rain can damage ground surfaces both inside and outside. Arrange cleaning and maintenance solutions that fit your flooring type. Professional grout cleaners can do wonders.

Deep clean the bathrooms. Bathrooms should always be cleaned regularly, but sometimes they need a thorough, deep clean!

▢ Clean the carpets. Cleaning the carpet in your property can remove stains, dirt and allergens, not to mention it will look better.

Dust/clean blinds and drapes. Get rid of the sneaky dust and allergens hiding here.

Inspect HVAC units. (Especially the AC before summer!) The last thing you want you or your tenants to have is a broken AC unit in the summer.

Replace air filters.

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries as needed.

Inspect all emergency and safety equipment. Check the status of fire extinguishers, security systems, alarms and more.

Other Helpful Tips

1. Stock up on items

  • Since you are in the cleaning mindset, it’s a perfect time to stock up on supplies your property needs. (Light bulbs, water filters, hardware, etc.)

2. Establish communication with your tenants

  • Communication is a key factor to having happy tenants. Set expectations and communicate with tenants so that they know what to do for the year to come.

3. Record what you did

  • Keep a record of everything you completed during spring cleaning. Come next year, looking back at your records will make it much easier to plan - both your finances and time.

The last piece of advice we have: When you have a clean and organized property, the people in that space will be happier and healthier. It’s a proven fact!

Here’s to an awesome springtime full of cleaning!

Aborn Powers has over 20 years of experience in caring for investments, which includes spring cleaning! We hope this has been a motivating article for you and your property.

Please contact us if you have any questions about caring for your property. Remember, we treat your investments as if they are our own.

New Real Estate Laws Property Owners Must Know - Free eBook

Brittany Kenyon - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

- Are you a property owner in California?

- Do you find yourself worrying about laws and regulations related to your property and tenants?

- Are you aware of the new laws that are in place for 2017?

Every year California puts new laws into place that affect you, the property owner. Some of these laws can be very detailed and the penalties may be very severe. Because we’ve owned and managed properties in California for over 20 years, we’ve stayed up to date and fully understand what these laws entail. To take it one step further, we created an eBook focused on six of the biggest new laws property owners must know. Plus it’s FREE to download!

Click here to download your free eBook now!

If you have any questions about the six laws featured or any of the other new real estate laws in 2017, please contact us. As property owners ourselves, we truly want to give our clients peace of mind when it comes to comprehending and complying with new laws.

Enjoy the eBook!

Aborn Powers to the Rescue! Our Top Service Calls of 2016

Brittany Kenyon - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Here at Aborn Powers we try to make our tenants lives as easy as possible. We value our tenants and keep our lines of communication open at all times. Yes, whenever.

Since our lines of communication are always open—even on days where mother nature or neighbors are out of your control—we get a lot of valid requests. We’ve compiled some of our most useful and favorite service calls/requests from 2016 for your reading pleasure.

We think you’ll like them, and find them useful if they happen to you!

1. “There is an enormous amount of water falling from the sky. Our garage is starting to flood! Help!”

Service call: Flooding in garage

What to do: Obtain sandbags available at nearby fire stations. If emergency, remove items prone to water damage.

What NOT to do: Pull out the canoe and have the kids wait for the fun to begin.

Prevention tip: Monitor weather ahead of time so that you know when the heaviest storms are coming. Find out if you’re in a flood zone!

2. “The roof of our home is leaking! Please help us fix this before our home fills up with water completely!”

Service call: Roof leak

What to do: Submit an urgent maintenance request through tenant portal in Appfolio.

What NOT to do: Start digging a hole in your den to make room for the indoor swimming pool.

Prevention tip: Report signs of leakage ASAP to ensure leaks don’t get worse.

3. “Our washer and dryer have stopped working, and I need my favorite pants dried before work tomorrow. Please help!”

Service call: Washer and/or dryer not working

Here’s what to do: Submit maintenance request through tenant portal in Appfolio.

What NOT to do: Take this as an excuse to go on a shopping spree.

Prevention tip: Make sure not to overload washer. It will cause it to become out of balance.

4. “Our neighbors are treating our yard like a dumpster. Can you please help us in telling them to stop throwing trash in the landscaping? Thank you!”

Service call: Neighbors throwing trash in the landscaping

Here’s what to do: Report to property manager.

What NOT to do: Throw more trash into your neighbor’s yard to show them who’s in charge.

Prevention tip: Continue to show respect to your landscaping in hopes of encouraging other tenants to want to take better care of their space.

5. “Many branches are falling from the trees in our yard and we’re worried one might fall on our dog. We need help!”

Service call: Trim branches falling from trees

Here’s what to do: Submit an urgent maintenance request through tenant portal in Appfolio.

What NOT to do: Train your dog to be afraid of branches; that way he’ll avoid them.

Prevention tip: There’s not a ton you can do to change the tree’s mind when their limbs are ready to break. Start by looking for suspect branches.

6. “We think a squirrel is running around in our ducting vents. We get the