Get the most rent out of your property

All property owners want to get their property rented for the highest value possible. So, what’s the secret to doing it? Follow these 4 steps and you will be well on your way: 1. Take care of maintenance issues. Nothing is harder to rent than a property that has something that needs repaired. If a…

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…

Severe Weather Safety for Your Family

Severe weather season is upon us in the Midwest! While we have been fortunate to escape the bad weather so far, we still have several weeks to go before the danger is over. Prepare your family in the case of a severe weather emergency with these tips: 1. Have a plan. Your entire family should…

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…

Allow pets in your rental property?

When renting out your property, you have to make a decision on whether to allow pets or not. There are pros and cons for both sides, but let us tell you what we have found. Such a large percentage of the population in today’s world are pet owners. Of the people who have pets, most…

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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…

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Improve the air quality in your home

You know when the blinds are open in your home, the sun is shining in, and you can see dust particles floating around everywhere in the sun rays? We typically don’t notice the dust particles in our house, unless we haven’t dusted for a long time. Even then, often times people will do a quick…

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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Get the word out about your rental!

So you have a property that you’re trying to rent. How do you get the word out so that people find your property? There are several ways to advertise property for rent, but here are some of the best ways that we have found! 1. Tell everyone. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your family, friends,…

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Earth Day 2014! Be on your best behavior

It’s Earth Day! What have you been doing this past year to protect our earth and resources? We could all do a better job of maintaining the Earth, so that it is around for generations to come. Here’s some suggestions to help do your part in protecting our planet. 1. Bike to places. Instead of…

5 things to do on a nice spring day

The weatherman says we’re going to reach 80 degrees tomorrow! Do you have plans with your family yet? After the long winter, most people are eager to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures. So what is there to do in Manhattan? Here are 5 outdoor activities to consider. 1. Explore ‘Top of the World’.…

Rental Property Spring Yard Work

It’s April 8th, and spring has sprung! How is the exterior of your rental property looking? Now is the time to get it in shape, especially if it’s coming up for lease again. Here’s a checklist of things to work on: 1. Fertilize the grass. You lawn should be fertilized twice a year, once in…

What to look for when buying investment property?

Investing in rental properties is a big risk, but can be financially lucrative if done correctly. From a property manager’s standpoint, there are several factors you should take into consideration when buying investment properties. These are some of the key points we have found in good investment properties. 1. Number of bedrooms and bathrooms. The…

Prepare your home for rain, severe weather

There’s a significant chance of thunderstorms and even severe weather today and tomorrow throughout Northeast Kansas. While most people don’t give that forecast much thought, it’s a good idea to prepare your home and prevent damage. 1. Drainage. Poor drainage from your gutters or away from your house can cause thousands of dollars in damage.…

Removing odors from your home.

Does your home smell? Or maybe you’re trying to get your home rented, but potential tenants are turned off by bad odors when they walk in.   So, how do we fix it? Apartment Therapy once again comes to the rescue with five solutions for banning odor in your home.   Check out the article…

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Professional Cleaning Services (Yourself!)

Google reports that there are approximately 60,500 searches per month for “cleaning services” or “maid”. Astonishing! If you’re like most people, cleaning services isn’t a luxury that you can afford. So how do you have the feel of professional cleaning services in your home without paying tons of money. That’s easy; do it yourself! In…

Hiring a property manager can pay for itself

Don’t want to hire a property manager because it will cost you some of your rental income? That’s a legitimate point. But what if we told you that hiring a property manager would pay for itself, or actually make you more money? Often times homeowners who are not experts in property management often under value…

Outdoor amenities to help rent your home

Being able to spend time outdoors at your home is something that most people look forward to. When you’re renting a home, you want to have the amenities that make spending time outdoors enjoyable. So for property owners, what outdoor amenities are most desirable by tenants? 1. Fenced in yard. This is the most common…

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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…

Start prepping for spring; 16 days and counting!

The countdown for spring is on; 16 days and counting! Given our recent snow in Kansas and many other states, it’s difficult to begin your spring cleaning and other projects this early. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start prepping.   Spring cleaning list – This thorough spring cleaning list from Martha Stewart will make…

Why is your property not renting?

Every month your property sits vacant, you’re losing money? So what’s the secret to making sure that your property rents, even when there are a dozen other rentals on the market similar to yours? If you are using a good property management company, they should be able to help inspect your home and see things…

Spring Home Improvement Projects

We just saw snow yesterday, but ready or not spring is approaching fast. It will finally be nice enough to spend time outside, and many people will want to tackle some yard or home improvement projects this spring. Now is the time to start planning for your yard or home improvement project, so that when…

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Not hiring a property manager?

You own a rental property and you’re trying to decide whether to hire a property manager or not? If you choose to manage your property yourself, here are a few points to consider: 1. You will need to do extensive research on how much rent your property will bring in it’s area 2. You will…

Keeping your house clean all winter

Keeping your house clean in the winter is a real pain. Especially if you live in states where snow piles up, and gets in your home. These steps will help make your spring cleaning much lighter, if you simply clean throughout the winter months. Have your family leave their shoes at the door. Don’t have…

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…

How to be a good tenant and neighbor

Whether you’re renting a home or apartment, there are many helpful tips out there on how to be a good tenant and neighbor! Our friends over at Apartment Therapy share five solid tips on how to easily do so. The main points are recapped below, but visit the article to read full, in-depth tips. 1. Make sure…

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Finding the right property manager

Having someone live in your home other than you can be a difficult decision. Selecting the right property manager to manage your home will relieve your stress, and allow you to leave your home in their hands! Follow these helpful tips to make sure you choose the right property manager for you: Referrals. Listen to…

Additional Costs of Renting

Before moving to a new rental unit, make sure to factor in the extra monthly costs to determine if it’s in your budget. Small monthly fees can easily add up! Check out this great article from Apartment Therapy. A quick recap of monthly fees to check into before signing on the dotted line. Read the…

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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Protect you and your home from the cold!

We’re currently experiencing frigid cold temperatures in Kansas. Vacation time, anyone? Take precautionary measures now to save yourself from costly home repairs and keep your family and pets safe. 1. Keep the heat in your home set to 65 degrees minimum. Any lower and you will not keep the inside the walls and your pipes…

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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…

Prepare winter storm home and car kits

Plan now for snow and ice storms, and you’ll thank yourself later. Hopefully we won’t have to endure any terrible storms in Manhattan this year, like the ice storm of 2007. But it’s always better to be prepared, rather than not! Should we lose electricity, heat or telephone services for days at a time, Foremost…

Why rent from Advanced Property Management?

The terms ‘property manager’ and ‘landlord’ often bring a negative connotation with them. Why is that? There are several reasons, but most often it’s because property managers fail to be attentive to their tenants or homeowners. The overall standard for property management has improved over the past few years, but here at Advanced Property Management…

Make your holiday easier with printables!

IHeart Organizing is a popular blog that contains a plethora (yes, plethora!) of organizing tips, home decoration tips and advice on just simplifying and organizing life in general. Jen, the writer of the blog, is constantly coming up with new and better ideas, and even has awesome contributors to bring in their own unique perspective. Holidays…

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Safely Hanging Your Christmas Lights

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and there’s only 26 more days until Christmas is here! It’s time to get your Christmas lights put up. Here’s some safety tips to keep in mind while doing so: 1.) Don’t get up on the roof. Yes, it may seem easier to put the lights on by getting…

Preparing Your House for Thanksgiving

Why wait until the day before Thanksgiving? Start prepping your home one week out, and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the holiday with your family! 1. Wash all bedding, and extra blankets for your guests. Make the beds, and organize the extra blankets in an easily accessible closet. 2. Finish your shopping before the end of…

Edible + Inexpensive Holiday Gifts

If you’re planning ahead, you’re making up your holiday gift list for family and friends, and already picking up gifts! No one wants to deal with the throng of crazy shoppers come December. While making your list, you may have realized you have too many gifts to buy on too small of a budget. That’s…

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…

Preparing your home for your morning routine

Mornings are hectic for all of us. (Unless you’re one of those lucky up-at-5-am-and-running-people.) Prepping your home in advance to make your morning routine seamless saves time and stress, even before you’ve had your coffee.  1) Plan out your outfits. On Sundays, plan out your outfits for the week. Seems silly, but shaves more than 10…

Getting your home office organized!

An unorganized and dirty office equals clutter, literally all around you and in your head. A clean office space makes for a clean and clear mind. Especially if you find yourself having difficulty focusing on work because you can’t find your lucky pen, or your folder, these tips are for you! 1) Deep clean your…

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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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Maximizing space in a small home

If you’re renting a home with a small amount of square footage, you probably feel like you don’t have anywhere to store things! Your living room or bedroom may even be cluttered, and you likely can’t open your closets without causing an avalanche. What can you do about this problem? What you need to do…

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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,…

Keeping your outside property safe

Keeping your property and family safe is likely high on your priority list. Whether it’s your grill, bicycle, car or home, you should take the necessary precautions to protect them. Here’s some tips to help you: • Bicycles and grills. If you leave any personal property outside, chain it to a sturdy tree or fence.…

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The most dangerous items in your home

Safety is number one with our company. We do all we can to ensure the properties we manage are safe for our tenants. Small details often get overlooked in homes, especially rental homes, and we’d like to inform you of some of the most dangerous items to be aware of. Exposed electrical wiring. Exposed electrical…

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Current state of the rental market

The rental market in Manhattan, Junction City and the surrounding areas is ever changing. With the K-State calendar year, spring and summer tend to be extremely busy. The influxes at Ft. Riley also make our rental market strong, with the ability to rent properties all year long. The question is, what does the rental market…

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State of the Wildcat Union Address

It’s September, we’re 3 games into the K-State football season and Big 12 play starts this week for the Wildcats with a visit to the Texas Longhorns. This weekend may be the biggest test for the Cats to foreshadow what the rest of the season will bring. With that, I’d like to give you my…

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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GAMEDAY: A tradition unlike any other

The countdown started at 100 days (at least the earliest official countdown that I saw). 3 1/2 months ago people were already getting STOKED for the opening game of the 2013-2014 K-State football season. What is it that has K-State fans waiting like little kids do on Christmas Eve for Santa Clause? Is it because…

Get your family organized this school year

The weather’s hot, school has begun, and everything around you is crazy! If you feel like you’re running around in circles all day long, it’s time to get the school year started off right for your family by getting organized. Having an organized family schedule and plan will make everyone’s life simpler, and give you…

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When a disaster strikes, is your family ready?

Tornadoes, flooding and fires are all a possibility in the Midwest. These disasters are very intimidating and many of us don’t put too much thought into the preparation and possibility of disaster happening to our family. When disaster strikes, you almost always have little to no time to get out of your home. This is…

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Oops! Hope that comes out

Yep, we’ve all done it at some point. Spilt wine on the carpet, knocked over a plate of spaghetti or let the dog in with muddy paws. No doubt it can be a real pain to get those stains out of the carpet. Here’s some tips to help you get the stains out: 1. Clean…

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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…

Leave an Easy to Maintain Yard for Tenants

If you know you’re going to be renting your home within the next the next year, think hard about how much work you put into your yard before hand! If you plant beautiful flower beds and install elaborate landscaping, you may be wasting your money. When you are renting your home in the future, it’s…

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Do you need a property manager?

So, you’re getting ready to rent your property? Are you going to manage it yourself, or should you hire a property manager? To answer those questions, here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether or not you should hire a property manager: Do you have time to manage your property? This is likely…

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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…

The Value of Your Rental Property

You’re ready to rent your home, you have a marketing plan and you need to find tenants.  One thing left to do, determine how much to charge for your rental property.  What factors affect the value of your rental property?  We have made a list of the most common factors: 1. Number of bedrooms and…

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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…

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Keeping Your Home Clean with a Dog

Dogs are lovable, fun members of the family.  They can also be extremely messy!  If you own a dog, you know that they can make your home a mess quickly.  Here are a few tips to help keep your home clean with a dog living in it: Wipe those paws.  Every time you let your…

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Cheap. It’s what’s for dinner.

Unless you’re royalty or have a lot of money, you’re probably not eating steak three nights a week for dinner. There are many ways to save money around your household, but food is one of the biggest ways that you can save money. You can feed your entire family healthy, delicious food for a very…

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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Cleaning Often Will Save Time

We’ve all been there; there’s a pile of dirty dishes in the sink and it takes you an hour to clean them. Or, you start to clean your house on a Saturday and end up spending the entire day cleaning!  What could you be doing with all of that time instead of cleaning? Unless you…

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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.…

Cutting Expenses around Your Home

There are more ways to save money around your home other than not running your A/C during the summer or using less water.  If you’re looking to save a little more money, here are a few tips you may not have thought of: Eat out less.  Eating out is an extremely expensive habit.  Although convenient,…

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…

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Summer Home Cleaning & Maintenance

Did you spring clean this year?  If you did, excellent job! However, there still may be some summer cleaning and maintenance for you do to that you didn’t get done in the spring, or simply didn’t think of.  Here’s a list of household chores that you should take care of soon: Cleaning out dryer vent.…

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Making Your Rental Feel Like Home

If you’re renting a home and/or are moving around a lot, it’s sometimes hard to really get settled in to your rental home. Just about the time that your rental home is starting to feel cozy, it’s time to pack up and move again! Here’s a few tips that will help you feel at home…

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5 Things to Do in Manhattan This Memorial Weekend

A long weekend ahead and not sure what to do?  Here’s 5 fun things you can do, while staying right around Manhattan! 1. Shop! Find the Memorial Day sales at Target, Home Depot and Menard’s for home and lawn items. Furniture stores such as Feldkamp’s, Ashley Home Furniture Store and Faith Furniture are bound to have huge…

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…

3 Ways to Maximize Your Security Deposit Return

Do you remember way back to the beginning of your lease? If you’re like most people, the only thing you probably remember from that time is the huge security deposit you had to pay to secure your rental, most likely a whole months worth of rent.  Unless you have money overflowing your pockets at all…

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…

10 Places for Affordable Home Decor & Furnishings

Purchasing quality home decor and furniture reasonable prices can be difficult! This list will guide you to stores that provide stylish, quality and affordable home decor and furniture. Top ten stores for affordable furniture and home decor 1. Target. Target carries a huge variety of modern and functional home decor and furniture. Although they don’t carry all…

Supplies You Will Need While Packing

There’s very few things more frustrating then having to go to the store multiple times to get supplies while you’re in the middle of packing up your house to move.  We’ve put together a list of things you will need while you’re packing, so that you only have to make one trip! Boxes – probably…

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…

Writing good property descriptions

Just as if you were selling anything, a buyer will almost always purchase a product or service from a salesperson that shows expert knowledge in their field. The same is true when renting a home; you must show expert knowledge on your rental advertisement to give yourself the best chance of renting your property quickly…

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…

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Three reasons to rent instead of buy

Owning your own home can be wonderful; you have the freedom to change anything you wish and you also get a sense of fulfillment.  However, at some stages in people’s life, they may not be ready to purchase a home just yet.  Here are three reasons you should think about renting, instead of buying a…

Organizing, the Right Way and the Wrong Way

Organizing your home can seem overwhelming; especially if you’ve lived in it for more than 5 years!  To tell you the truth, it is hard to get organized.  Have you ever thought “I’m going to go into my bedroom and get it organized! It should only take about an hour!”  What happens?  The hour has…

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Brighten Up a Room in Your House

Although there is a chance for snow still this week and weekend in Manhattan, spring IS around the corner.  If you’re like most people and have been feeling a lack of motivation caused by winter, it may be time to brighten up your life for spring! One way to help brighten your days is to…

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…

Finding Tenants For Your Rental Property

If you are your own landlord, it can be difficult to find tenants for your rental property.  Every month your property is not rented out, you are losing money!  If you’re needing to find tenants quickly, here are a few tips that might help you find a tenant: Online Advertising Online advertising is the largest…

Yes, it’s almost spring. Time to clean!

The snow is gone and it’s getting warmer.  That means it’s almost time to do your spring cleaning!  Here are a couple tips to help you: BEDROOM Store your out of season in a container to save room in your closet, and anything you haven’t worn in the past year donate to charity. Use the…