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…

Don’t be a fool, keep cool!

Everyone got a taste of summer this past week and weekend.  The humidity alone made the temperature feel uncomfortable.  As most people have likely turned on their A/C, you will have the pleasant surprise of seeing your energy bills jump next month.  There are other ways to help cool down your home besides your A/C…

Prevent Sewer Back-Ups

We would like to pass on some advice on how to prevent sewer back-ups. It’s not that we are extremely fond of discussing such disgusting topics but “it happens” and it can be difficult to clean up. Typically, we are talking about more interesting facts, and rarely ever think about “sewer back-up”… until it happens…

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Servicing Your Lawn Mower

It’s mowing season again!  If you mow your own yard with a push type or self-propelled mower, you need to service it at least once a year. Here’s how: Four-Stroke Engines.  If you have a mower that has a four-stroke engine, the oil will need changed.  Read your owners manual to determine the type of…

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How much rent can you afford?

You know how much money you have every month, but do you know how much rent you can afford? “How hard could that be to figure out?”, you might ask. Possibly more difficult than you think.  Renting a home can have extra costs, which you may not consider beforehand. Here are a few costs you…

Your Home’s “Command Center”

Creating an organized and functional entry for your home is extremely helpful for keeping your busy family organized. Not all of us have a “mudroom” for shoes, coats, paper piles, etc. Creating a “command center” in your entry that your whole family relies on for staying organized is the perfect solution. A “command center” looks different in…

Be a Good Neighbor

Being a good neighbor can not only have advantages, but is the right thing to do.  What kind of advantages?  If you’re friendly and respectful of your neighbors, they are exponentially more likely to do you small favors, such as shutting your sprinklers off, watching your pet for a few hours, or even blowing the…

Properly cleaning your bathroom

A blog post about cleaning your bathroom?  How hard could it be to clean a bathroom?  The answer is, not that hard.  However, if you’re getting ready to move out of your rental, it’s important that you don’t forget to clean anything, otherwise you may lose some of your deposit money.  Here’s our tips to…

Living Successfully with Roommates

When you’re getting ready to sign your lease, you better make sure that you understand how to live with your roommates successfully.  Sometimes you’re able to pick your roommates, and sometimes your not.  Whoever you may be living with, here are a few tips to help you live in harmony: Successfully live with a roommate…

Moving Day – Are You Ready?

Have you ever moved and realized you left something important behind, forgot to do something important or realized you moved unnecessary items?  Moving is one of the worst tasks to do; it it frustrating and time consuming.  Here are a few things to remember when you’re moving, to help make your move go smoothly! Sort…

Severe Weather Home Safety

Spring is here, it’s getting warmer, and all of us Kansans know what that means; severe weather season is coming. With a chance for storms this weekend and early next week, we wanted to remind you to start thinking about your severe weather action plan for your family. Sometimes when you see severe weather or…

Staging Your Rental Property

No, staging a home is not just for selling a home.  The difference between a staged rental home and a non-staged rental home could mean the difference between renting your home right away or it sitting on the market for 2 months.  Remember, your home going unrented is costing you  a lot of money! Does…