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Property Management: Protecting Your Home In Your Absence

A home is a place where one feels at ease. Hence the security of the house is very important.  But, what if you are not at your home to protect it from unwanted visitors such as burglars? How many times have you put off a vacation, kept a trip short or avoided a professional outdoor event simply because you were concerned about safety of your house? Your property, however, can remain protected while you are away. It is possible for you to enjoy a holiday without having to worry about your home. Read further to know how to make it happen.

Take the obvious precautions. Make sure your house is not completely dark while you are away. Let low-energy lamps remain on inside the doorways and the stairways of the house to give the impression that somebody is at home. You may put the lights on timer so that they can go off during day. Draw the curtains of the windows and lock all the doors of the house before you leave. Request a neighbor to collect your mails, parcels and newspapers. A laying pile of deliveries in front of the door is an obvious invite to thieves.

If you have asked for a pet sitter to take care of your pet in your absence then you must confine them only to a certain area like the garage or the pet shelter in the porch or the backyard. You may also have assigned the gardener to take care of the plants while you area away but make sure that the keys he is carrying is not misused, use separate locking system (like the ones that requires code confirmation) for the house than the one used for the gate or the garage. If you have gone for a longer while then you must hire a property manager from a legitimate property management firm to take care of the house.

You may want to rent out your house or a part of it if you are on a long holiday. A property manager will take care of everything while you are away. From leasing it out to keeping it in the groomed condition, a property management firm can arrange it all. If you have another house and you find it difficult to keep a check on how tenants are treating the house, your worries can be taken care of by a property management firm. They will make sure that all structural damages and amenities for which the tenant is responsible are taken care of.

Move Out Procedures

Rental property agencies have standard moving out protocols. These procedures are followed for the convenience of the tenant and the owner. This is necessary in order to account for any possible damages to the rented property. To make sure that all protocols are met by the tenant, an inspection is performed by the agency representatives. Following is an overview of the procedures that the rental agencies ask the tenants to follow while moving out.

Before moving out you must fill in the form of moving out to inform the agency about the same who then inform the owner. Different rental agencies have different time-periods for filling the form, but most of them would ask you to submit it minimum 30 days before moving out. This will allow them to prepare documentation related to lease and moving out. It allows them to prevent loss of a month`s rental and find a new tenant. 

You will be asked to meet all the cleaning requirements. The house should be free of litter. The refrigerator should be cleared, switched-off and left open. The dishwasher should be absolutely clean. Water must be run freely to remove any stains or residues. Likewise, sinks must be scrubbed and ashes from the fireplace should be cleared. The bathrooms and toilets should be free of any products or containers. The windows should be clean and mirrors must be wiped. Any item found left in the house after moving out is disposed as waste by the agency and they cannot be held accountable for that.  If there has been any sort of damage or there is a pending repair work, make sure to get it done before the inspection to save money and time. The outdoor area must be tended to. The grass should be trimmed. Pool should be emptied or filled with clean water (as per cleaning guidelines). The inspector is going to be very thorough with the checking procedure, so try to leave the house spick-and-span. The inspection is done on the decided day and if missed or if the tenant is not ready then the tenant is charged for the next appointment of inspection.

All utilities should be in the working condition. Gas, water and electricity, cable, etc must be supplied well. Regardless of whether you are using these or not, remember to pay for these utilities for the month. The process of re-connecting to these utilities is often tedious. If the property owner has to re-apply for these connections, then he will charge it from your balance. Lastly, make sure to surrender keys of the property to the owner or the rental agency (as asked). You should also let them know about your current address to send you cheque of the balance.

For more information on move out procedures, visit us at Lone Star Realty & Property Management Inc. We are located at 1020 W Jasper Dr, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699 – 7003 or (254) 290-4153.

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