Advanced Repair and Maintenance

We are happy to announce that we are now opening our Maintenance Division to the public. Advanced Repair and Maintenance is now available to the public. Advanced Property Management has developed a strong Maintenance Division that has offered repair and maintenance services to our current Property Owner through the management side of our business. If you are…

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Patriotic Employer Award

On February 17, 2015 Craig Lauppe, President of Advanced Property Management, was awarded the Patriotic Employer Award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.  Craig was chosen for this award for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National…

Cold, dry air and your sinuses

It got cold in a hurry! With it came the incredibly dry, crisp air. While winter temperatures likely aren’t here to stay just quite yet, this short spurt of cold weather may already be affecting your sinuses (and even your attitude!) If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms: nasal congestion/drainage bloody noses extreme headaches…

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Gettting tenants to stay

Your goal as a property manager should be to get your current tenants to re-sign their leases and stay in the property they are in. Why? To start, you won’t have to advertise the property for lease again, or qualify new tenants for approval! Another positive is if you already have good tenants, you get…

Disputing Deposit Charges

One of the most common points of frustration for tenants is not getting back their entire deposit. Why does it happen? It can happen for a number of reasons, such as the landlord charging for carpet cleaning, charges to repair broken items, charges to replace a missing items from the rental and so on. Many…

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Three benefits of using a property manager

Maybe you just purchased your first investment property, or possibly you are starting to get overwhelmed with managing your existing rental properties. Whatever the case may be, you’ve been considering hiring a property manager. So what is holding you back? Sometimes, property owners see “property managers” as dishonest, untrustworthy and only out to get your…

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Unresolved Maintenance Issues

Your dishwasher breaks down and you call your landlord to let them know. You landlord says they will take care of it, but a couple days go by and they still haven’t fixed it. We have heard several tenants talk about unresolved maintenance issues with their previous landlords. It is very frustrating when you pay…

4th of July Home Safety

Let freedom ring! With tomorrow being Independence Day, it’s a time to celebrate! We are blessed to be the freest nation on earth, and we honor the men and women who have maintained our freedom over the years. We want everyone to have a good time celebrating, but also to be safe. Here are a…

So your dog has fleas?

If you’ve never had your pet bring fleas inside, consider yourself lucky! When your dog brings fleas into your home, they can be extremely tough to get rid of. If it happens to you, here are the steps you should take. 1. Rid your dog of fleas, immediately! Start by giving them a thorough bath…

Save on purchases for the home

I Heart Organizing, blogger Jen Jones, shares how to save on purchases for the home. Here’s a short recap of her saving tips, but read the full article on her popular blog here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2014/06/how-we-save-on-purchases-for-home.html. Wait for holidays // It seems that big retailers often have their best sales and deals around the holidays, such as Labor…

5 DON’TS for tenants

Being property managers, we have seen it all. Tenants become frustrated or get themselves into trouble, sometimes unknowingly. Luckily, we have some great advice for tenants to ease their frustrations and prevent problems before they happen. Here are 5 things that tenants should NOT do: 1. DON’T neglect their yard. Yard neglect causes headaches not…

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It’s heating up outside

Most of you have probably started up your air conditioners by now. With highs in the low 90s predicted this week, now is the time to prepare your home for the onset of summer heat. We have a few tips to help you. 1. Service your air conditioning unit. It’s a well known fact that…

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Tenants beware!

It may be too late already! If you have signed a lease, you are now held accountable for all that the lease stipulates. You might be thinking “yeah, that’s the reason for the lease.” But, here’s a question to ask yourself; did your landlord go through every clause in the lease with you? Do you…

What’s in your food?

Cheap! Most people are trying to save money any way they can, and often look for the lowest priced foods they can find. Are we advocating that you start looking for the most expensive food you can find? Of course not! You should, however, be concerned about WHAT you are putting into your body, and…

Home maintenance between leases

Sometimes it’s easier to do home maintenance when your rental property is vacant. If you have a day or two between leases, here are a few home maintenance issues to address. 1. Servicing the A/C. Just like with anything else in life, an Air Conditioner will last longer if it is properly serviced each year.…

May is a month for moving

Today is the last day of April! You know what that means, don’t you? Yes, besides that you forgot to file your taxes, your lease ends at the end of May! Are you prepared to move? June 1st is a common leasing period for rental properties, especially in a college town. Therefore, it can get…

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Temporary Decorating Fixes

When renting a home or apartment, one of the biggest struggles is making it feel like your home without permanently altering the space. Lucky for you, there are many temporary decorating solutions that can make your home feel like your home. Spring is the perfect time for a new look!   1) Walls – ‘vinyl wall…

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How organizing saves you money

Some love to organize and some loathe it. But you may be pleasantly surprised that organizing can actually save you money! Check out this article from Apartment Therapy with six tips on how organizing can save you bucks.   Some additional tips we have on how organizing can save money:   1) Finding ‘lost’ items. We…

12 Tools for DIY Projects

Check out this article from Apartment Therapy for 12 basic, essential tools to keep on hand for your DIY projects! Instead of owning every tool under the sun, these twelve will make your projects easy and cost effective! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/evaluate-your-tool-kit-12-basic-essential-tools-to-keep-on-hand-for-diy-projects-199358 Here are some DIY projects to try on your next free weekend or snow day! 1) Laundry…

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Add humidity to your home

Dry skin, nosebleeds, static electricity, sinus and asthma problems are all results of a dry home in the winter. We have some simple suggestions to add more moisture to the winter air in your home! 1. An obvious step is to purchase a humidifier! Although this is an additional expense, there are many humidifiers that…

Home Office Essentials

For those of you who work at home, whether full-time, part-time, as a blogger or just on bills and household duties, The Everygirl provides ’12 items to improve productivity for anyone who works at home’. Just a short recap of the twelve items are listed below, but check out the article for detailed and helpful tips…

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New Years home resolutions

2014 is here, and I’m sure most of you have made your new year’s resolutions. The most common new year’s resolution in America is dieting/losing weight, followed by exercising. When it comes to your home, you should also consider including some new habits into your new year’s resolutions as well. Here’s some household tasks that…

Save Money During the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And the most expensive. Here are some simple tips to keep your holiday spending under control. 1. Set an overall budget. If you’re married, sit down with your spouse and discuss a number that you will stick to for all holiday items and gifts. 2. Create a list of everyone you…

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Working with Tenants

Happy tenants are often good tenants. But what does it take to make your tenants happy? The answer is probably not a whole lot. Here are some tips that will help you have happy tenants and a good relationship with them. 1. ) Clear cut guidelines. Often landlords forget to inform tenants of duties or…

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Spoil your house guests

With the holidays soon approaching, and football season in full swing, you may notice an increase in guests at your house. Make them feel comfortable by investing in these eight small touches! 1. Quality bedding. Making guests comfortable starts with ensuring they get a good night’s rest. It’s difficult to accommodate everyone’s sleep preferences, but do your…

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Great Fall Cooking Ideas

1) Iowa Girl Eats is a great food blog, and fellow mid-westerner. Her blog is not only entertaining to read, but provides delicious, not-too difficult and pretty cost-effective recipes. She just recently shared a list of 15 fall soup recipes. Soup is great for many reasons: comforting in cold weather, healthy and lasts for days.…

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Fall Bucket List

Hi! My name is Lauren, and I own a wedding and event planning company in Manhattan, Lauren Heim Weddings + Events. I was honored to be asked to write a guest post for Advanced Property Management today! Fall is my absolute favorite season for so many reasons: everything pumpkin, changing and falling leaves, football, apple cider,…

Fall: the Good & the Bad

There are a few certainties in life; death, taxes and change. Change is everywhere and it’s constant. Whether or not you recognize or adopt change when you see is up to you! One of the most noticeable changes we encounter is the changing of the seasons. Living in Kansas, our seasons seem to “change” about…

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Managing a Homeowners Association

When you think of Advanced Property Management you probably think of homes for rent or someone to manage your rental property. If that’s the case, well then that’s great news! We hope that we bring top-of-mind awareness when you think of rental properties. However, we also want you to think of Advanced Property Management when…

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The brightest crayon in the box

What makes your rental property stand out? There are likely several other properties for rent in your neighborhood, possibly even homes with the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms as yours. So when you’re renting out your home, how do you make it stand out above the rest of the available rentals? 1. Spreading the…

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Before You Rent Your Property

Hours of preparation go into getting your rental property ready for rent; you have to prepare a rental contract, decide how much to rent the unit for, screen potential tenants and the list goes on and on.  What you might be forgetting though, is to make sure that your rental property itself is in shape…

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5 Tips on Organizing Your Garage

Does your extra “stuff” from your house seem to end up in your garage?  Probably so.  Getting the garage organized is a daunting task, but a rewarding one.  Here are 5 tips to help get your garage organized. 1. Start one Saturday by clearing the garage clutter. Garages tend to accumulate clutter over the years with all of…

Affordable, Fun DIY Home Decor

Wanting to spruce up your home but don’t have the money to do it?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to decorate your home without breaking your budget. Have you ever thought about repurposing your current furniture or using items that you no longer use to add focal decor to your home?  There are…

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Taking Pride in a Tidy Home

Cleaning and organizing can be an extremely undesirable task. It takes so much time and energy, and the worst part is it’s never ending. Most people find it hard to get themselves motivated to keep their home tidy. Do you? What if I told you that I could make you actually WANT to keep a…

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Child-Proofing Your Home

Safety in the home for your children is vitally important. Here are a few tips to help child-proof your home: 1. Locking. Lock doors, cabinets and any other areas you don’t want your child to get into. Especially areas that are particularly dangerous, such as medicine cabinets and areas where you store cleaners or other…

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Weatherproof Your Home

We have been in the middle of the rainy season for a couple of months now, so if you haven’t weatherproofed your home yet, now is the time to get it done! July can still bring strong storms, and if your home isn’t properly prepared, unexpected damage can happen. Here are a few tips to…

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Staging Your Rental Home

A large part of getting your property rented comes down to having good showings. Your home needs to be inviting to prospective tenants, so we have compiled a few suggestions to make your rental property “stand out”: Clear out the clutter! People are easily distracted by your mess. Get it out of there! Furniture can…

Maintenance Issues to Catch Early

Being an attentive tenant will score you brownie points with your landlord, and can even benefit you directly as well.  If you notice something that needs fixed or an issue that needs addressed, you should report it to your landlord as soon as possible.  Doing so will save the home owner money, and you headaches.…

Finding the Perfect Rental

Prime rental season is upon us!  Have you found a place to live yet? Are you struggling to find what you’re looking for?  What considerations are you making in your decision to find the best rental ? Finding and choosing the perfect rental for you and/or your family is a difficult choice.  There are many…