Condominium Maintenance — Did You Know?

I find that many people that live a condominium life-style, take maintenance issues for granted. If you’ve owned a single family home, but then moved to a condo, you sometimes think, “Wow, no more lawn to mow, no more AC system to service, etc.” And there is also a HUGE mistaken idea that because you pay this monthly HOA fee, that some “things are just taken care of with that.”

Condominium Maintenance — Did You Know?

Condominium Maintenance TipsNothing could be further from the truth. No, you don’t have a lawn to mow, but you DO have systems unique to your condominium that YOU are responsible for, NOT THE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION! NO, you’re kidding me, right?

  • Heating and Air Conditioning System — Is YOUR responsibility to have serviced and checked. While it may not need it as often as a condensing unit that sits on the ground outside of a house, imagine the “wear and tear” that unit takes in the beating hot sun on the roof of a condo building. It might serve you well (an your pocket book) to have it serviced once a year. 
  • Hot Water Heater — If you live in a condominium, when is the last time you had your hot water heater drained, flushed and refilled? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess……NEVER! You probably figure you won’t live there for the average 10 year life of the hot water heater, right? Well the age of the system DOES play a factor when a Buyer comes along. Get ready to pay for a home warranty as part of your sales process. That new Buyer is going to want some protection.

But what really sent me off on this topic this morning was something I recently experienced. I do own a single family home, and had to recently have a new sewer line installed to the tune of almost $4,000. Up until that point, I frequently washed greasy dishes and sent food scraps down my garbage disposal. I bet you condo dwellers think nothing of it, right? After all, who wants that stinky food in the garbage can when we have a garbage disposal.

Atlanta City Councilmen Alex Wan (who covers a portion of Midtown Atlanta) sent out his newsletter this week. I was reading through it, and a section from Watershed Management (the part of the city that maintains the sewer system) made me think….

What happens in a 30 story condo building if the sewer lines were to back up from a grease buildup, say on the 20th floor? Where do you suppose all that water AND SEWER could end up? IN YOUR CONDO!!! And if you’ve never experienced a “water event” in a high-rise condo building, they can be very destructive. Repairable, at much expense, but a mess nonetheless.

Watch this video, and the next time you finish dinner and are washing the pots, pans and dishes, think twice about WHAT you send down that 20 or 30 story high sewer line.

Thom Abbott

I'm a real estate broker living and selling the Midtown Atlanta lifestyle. From high rise condominiums to historic homes, I enjoy everything Midtown Atlanta has to offer. I'll help you find the right home in Midtown Atlanta or any of the other exciting Intown Atlanta communities that border the Midtown Area!

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How Involved Is The Landlord In The Atlanta Home or Condo Rental Process?

When a landlord/property owner contacts us about renting their Atlanta home or condominium, there is often a concern as to how involved the landlord is in the rental process. Once you have your Atlanta home or Condominium ready to rent, here are the next steps:

  • Sign the Exclusive Lease Listing Agreement with us
  • Provide us with keys and access fobs/cards (if needed)

That’s it! We then go to work marketing the home, handle all the showings, the application and tenant screening process and negotiate the terms of the lease on your behalf. Once the lease is ready, you sign it.

After your tenant is in place, you decide your next level of involvement. It may be our Self Management Program or our Full Management Program. We are happy to discuss the benefits to you of either of these programs.

Contact Us Today so we can help YOU get your Atlanta home or condominium rented!

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I'm a real estate broker living and selling the Midtown Atlanta lifestyle. From high rise condominiums to historic homes, I enjoy everything Midtown Atlanta has to offer. I'll help you find the right home in Midtown Atlanta or any of the other exciting Intown Atlanta communities that border the Midtown Area!

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How Long Does It Take To Find a Tenant For My Atlanta Home or Condo For Rent?

How Long Does it Take To Find a Tenant?When we work with our landlord clients, one of the first questions we are often asked is, “How Long Does It Take To Find A Tenant?” That question actually has several answers.

First and foremost, it is the goal of Thomas Ramon Realty to find you a desirable tenant as quickly as possible. Note, we said desirable. We’ll cover our screening process in another post.

The Atlanta rental home market moves quickly these days! But the location of your home, the neighborhood, surrounding areas, accessibility to shopping or major highways all can have an impact on now quickly we may find you a tenant. We cannot give you an iron-clad guarantee, but most homes and condominiums will rent in 30 days or less. We will discuss much of this with you when we complete your Home Evaluation. You may also want to read, How Do I Rent My Atlanta Home Or Condo?

How Long Does It Take To Find A Tenant? If you have an Atlanta Home or Condominium you need to rent, contact us today to learn more about our unique marketing and management program that is designed to get your property rented and save you money at the same time.

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I'm a real estate broker living and selling the Midtown Atlanta lifestyle. From high rise condominiums to historic homes, I enjoy everything Midtown Atlanta has to offer. I'll help you find the right home in Midtown Atlanta or any of the other exciting Intown Atlanta communities that border the Midtown Area!

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How Do I Rent My Atlanta Home (Part 2)

In my last post about How Do I Rent My Atlanta Home, we talked about what you need to do on the inside of your home to make it sparkle and shine to a prospective tenant. But first impressions go a long way in both buying and renting your home. And that first impression starts on the outside of your home. You’ve probably heard the saying….”curb appeal.”

So, exactly what is “curb appeal” and what do I have to do to Rent My Atlanta Home?

  • The Lawn — It needs to be mowed, driveway and curbs edged, and the landscape beds looking clean. This is all certainly “do-it-yourself” kinds of things, but if you have already moved, we can help you find a landscape company that will get this ready. You might even want to consider pricing your home rental to INCLUDE lawn maintenace. This can be one of your bigger challenges managing your rental or investment property….how  the exterior is maintained.
  • Shrubbery and/or Trees — At least make sure for your initial rental advertising period, that you have the shurbbery trimmed and neat. Again, that first impression goes along way to not only getting the rental rate you desire, but getting your home rented faster because it looks great from the outside!
  • Roofing and Siding — We are certainly NOT suggesting you have a new roof installed! But, you might want to check in your attic (if you have one) and make sure there are no obvious signs of a problem. A tenant is much more likely to let such a problem go on for a long time before they report it, and water does all kinds of damage! As for the siding, you just want to make sure things are in place, any caulking needed, etc. Remember, your Atlanta Home For Rent  is going to be occupied by a tenant, and a tenant is not inclined to walk around the house looking for issues like you would.
  • Driveway — ONLY if you have numerous stains, would we suggest a pressure wash. Otherwise, it should be fine.

GREAT! Now that you have your Atlanta Home ready To Rent, give us a call. We will make an appointment to give you a free evaluation of the market, review our unique marketing plans, tenant placement services and our cost saving way to manage your property for LESS money!

Complete our Landlord Evaluation Form and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible!

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Thom Abbott Midtown AtlantaFor More Information on how we can best serve your InTown Atlanta Real Estate needs, please fill out the online contact form or call us at 770.713.1505.

We specialize in InTown Atlanta Real Estate single family homes and condomiums. If you are planning to Buy InTown Atlanta real estate, let us help you explore all the possibilities available to you and help you find just the right home you will LOVE!

Please use the following links to Search for Homes by Intown Atlanta Neighborhoods or Zip codes!

 

Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324

Are you looking for a specific Intown Atlanta neighborhood to focus on? Contact Thomas Ramon Realty and we can set up a search for any specific neighborhood you are looking for!

Thom Abbott

I'm a real estate broker living and selling the Midtown Atlanta lifestyle. From high rise condominiums to historic homes, I enjoy everything Midtown Atlanta has to offer. I'll help you find the right home in Midtown Atlanta or any of the other exciting Intown Atlanta communities that border the Midtown Area!

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How Do I Rent My Atlanta Home?

There can be any number of reasons that you need to rent your Atlanta home. Whether it’s a job transfer, inability to sell your home for the price you need, or maybe you have taken advantage of the market and purchased an investment property. Whatever the reason, now you are asking, How Do I Rent My Atlanta Home?

A rental home is not much different than a home that is For Sale. Priced right, in good condtion and the right location, and you can have a tenant in place quickly.  But there are several steps you need to take first.

Atlanta Rental Home PaintingPreparing Your Atlanta Home For Rent

If this is a home you have moved out of and are now renting, we first need to get “her in shape!” What exactly does that mean?

  • Spit clean and spotless — nothing will send a prospective tenant running faster than dirty carpet, bathrooms, windows, you name it…it needs to be clean!!! Whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional cleaning service, clean is mean when it comes to getting TOP DOLLAR for your Atlanta Rental Home!
  • Paint — A fresh coat of paint will go the farthest in making your home shine. It will make your home sell fresh and new, and may keep a prospective tenant in your home longer. The longer they look, the more likely they will rent. Always, always keep it neutral when you paint. You might leave a children’s room a special color, but the potential tenant may want it for a home office…so best to make it neutral. Painting can probably be done quicker or easier by a professional depending on how quickly you need it done, or how much time you have to do it yourself.
  • Mechanical/Systems/Appliances — Simply said, they all need to work, and work right. If a burner on the stove does not work, fix it. These little things will add up to less of a chance to lease your home, or later in a lease, a tenant may become frustrated that things don’t work and it could cause “problems.” Let’s not risk that…let’s just have it all working.

In our next post, we’ll talk about the exterior of the home and what needs to be done there. How about a hint? When you Rent Your Atlanta Home, you may only get one chance to make a good first impression.
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 Thom Abbott Midtown AtlantaFor More Information on how we can best serve your InTown Atlanta Real Estate needs, please fill out the online contact form or call us at 770.713.1505.

We specialize in InTown Atlanta Real Estate single family homes and condomiums. If you are planning to Buy InTown Atlanta real estate, let us help you explore all the possibilities available to you and help you find just the right home you will LOVE!

Please use the following links to Search for Homes by Intown Atlanta Neighborhoods or Zip codes!

 

Brookhaven/Ashford Park 30319 Buckhead 30305
Buckhead 30327 Buckhead 30342
Chamblee 30341 Decatur 30307
Doraville 30340 Downtown Atlanta 30303
Druid Hills 30329 Dunwoody 30338
East Atlanta/Ormewood Park 30316 East Lake/Kirkwood 30317
Grant Park 30312 Midtown Atlanta 30308
Midtown Atlanta 30309 Midtown West/Collier Hills 30318
Morningside 30306 Morningside 30324

Are you looking for a specific Intown Atlanta neighborhood to focus on? Contact Thomas Ramon Realty and we can set up a search for any specific neighborhood you are looking for!

Thom Abbott

I'm a real estate broker living and selling the Midtown Atlanta lifestyle. From high rise condominiums to historic homes, I enjoy everything Midtown Atlanta has to offer. I'll help you find the right home in Midtown Atlanta or any of the other exciting Intown Atlanta communities that border the Midtown Area!

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