Sep 30 16

GENIUS WAYS TO USE YOUR LEFT-OVER COFFEE GROUNDS

Ms. Rita Rents

COFFEE GROUND LEFT OVERSYesterday was national coffee day, and I’m assuming there was a LOT of coffee made and consumed, leaving a LOT of coffee grounds behind today.  But don’t fear, although not quite as satisfying as a hot cup of joe, these grounds can be used in all sorts of fun and creative ways!

You don’t drink coffee, but still want to get in on all this fun and excitement you say?  No worries, most coffee shops, including Starbucks have a used coffee grounds collection bin for the taking, or just ask and they are usually happy to give you some!

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Sep 16 16

HOW A $15 FILTER CAN SAVE A $2500 REPAIR

Ms. Rita Rents

filter-coverI’m not going to lie, I have never changed a furnace filter. I have never even thought about changing my furnace filter.  It’s one of those things that in our household, I have always had someone else that has done it and honestly, I had no idea how often or even how to do it.

In property management, we have many multi-complex properties that the tenants don’t have access to the filters so we arrange to have it done based on the owner’s request and recommended maintenance schedule. There are also other properties that the tenants do have access and the owners provide the service as well. Fall is one of our scheduled times to change filters, and I got to thinking, hmmm, if I didn’t have someone else do it, would I know what to do?

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Aug 26 16

INSIDER ANSWERS TO COMMON RENTAL QUESTIONS

Ms. Rita Rents

answers-to-questions_coverIf you are new to renting or perhaps even a veteran renter and have rented for years, chances are some of the policies or requirements make you go “hmmmmm”.  There are so many factors that go into renting policies between the investor/owner, Management Company, the tenant, the time of year, the location, type of property, local regulations, etc. so I thought that it may be nice to give some “behind the scenes” answers to some commonly asked questions.

 

 

 

 

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Aug 12 16

5 TRICKS TO HELP PARENTS BEAT THE BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

Ms. Rita Rents

BackToSchoolBLuesWhen I was a kid and was overwhelmed, my mom would say, how would you eat an elephant, would you swallow it whole?  I mean that sounds awful, eating and elephant and all, but as a kid, it is a great visual!  No, you would have to take it one bite at a time.  Sometimes as adults, we forget that categorizing and breaking down big tasks into smaller bite sized chunks is the best way to function and get things done without having the elephant sit on you and crush you!  So, in honor of National Son’s and Daughter’s day today and the inevitable back to school looming around the corner, let’s help our littles (and bigs) break down back to school so it isn’t an elephant, but a nice manageable, tasty snack!

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Jul 29 16

IT’S NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY! OOPS… IT STAINED MY…

Ms. Rita Rents

It’s national LIPSTICK DAY!  We gals love our lipstick, but sometimes it ends up in the hands of little ones, all over things we don’t want it to be on and seems impossible to get out.  In honor of National Lipstick Day, I thought I’d help you out a little when the lipstick ends up where it shouldn’t!

 

 

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Jul 22 16

HOW TO NATURALLY REPEL NASTY BUGS IN YOUR RENTAL

Ms. Rita Rents

REPEL-BUGS-NATURALLY-COVERNo matter what time of year, pesky little insects are always trying to get into our warm, cold, and great smelling homes.  And if you are like me, you’d prefer they stay outside where they belong!  The best way to control pest is to prevent them.  In many cases, when the infestation is beyond natural remedies, we must resort to chemicals, but if we don’t have to subject ourselves, kids and pets to these harmful chemicals, its best to go natural!

Below are the top insects that respond best to natural control to help you out all year long:

 

 

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Jul 15 16

Want to know what renters REALLY want?

Ms. Rita Rents

WhatTenantsWantHaving shown thousands of potential tenants hundreds and hundreds of properties from simple studios to multi-million dollar mansions, there are a few factors that always seem make the difference when choosing one property over another.

If you are an investor or thinking about it, I’ve outlined five secrets on what renters really want, whether they tell you or not!

 

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Jul 8 16

5 QUICK MOVE-OUT CLEANING TRICKS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR BACON!

Ms. Rita Rents

5 Quick TIpsYou’ve spent days, hours and grueling energy getting all of your items  moved out and the place all cleaned up, and you just noticed those last stubborn little things that are still lingering.  Well, don’t fret, here are 5 quick tips to help you with those last stubborn move-out cleaning items:

 

 

 

 

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Jul 1 16

CLAIM YOUR INDEPENDENCE FROM…

Ms. Rita Rents

ClaimYourindependenceCoverWow, it is already July and we are already half way through the year!  In January many of us are looking toward the New Year, making goals and hoping for a better self or a better life.  So, if you were one of the millions who made a New Year’s resolution, how is it going?  Are you where you wanted to be, doing what you wanted to be doing, on the path you’d hoped for?  If so, that’s excellent!  If not, don’t fret, time changes and so can goals.

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Jun 23 16

10 CLEVER WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT WITHOUT A/C

Ms. Rita Rents

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It’s officially summer and it’s officially HOT!! Living without A/C can be a challenge, but have no fear, below is a list of 10 CLEVER ways to keep you cool without A/C.

 

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