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How Indoor Plants Can Brighten Up Your Rental

One of the toughest things about living in a rental property is the inability to make permanent changes. Sure, the occasional kind-hearted landlord will allow you to make some small tweaks here and there. But if you’re stuck with a particularly dark and dim space that...

Rental Properties: 3 Questions to Ask Before Looking at Rentals

As we all know, rental properties come in all different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, there’s something out there for everyone. You can be as general or specific as you want with your housing needs. A particular neighbourhood. Pet-friendly. Special amenities....

Boost Rental Security In Your Home With These Simple Tips

Let’s be honest: renting can be risky. Unless you’re living in a friend or family member’s rental property, you don’t ever fully know what you’re getting into, and that can be scary for many people. We’re not here to scare you out of being a renter, but it’s essential...

What to Look for in a Commercial Property Management Company

Commercial property management isn’t easy. For anyone that’s attempted to do it on their own — we commend you. With that in mind, even that select group of individuals will likely tell you that it's one of the most challenging things they’ve ever done. Whether it’s...

How to Make a Rental Property Feel Like Home

Being a renter can be tough. Since we don’t own apartments or houses for rent, it can often feel like you’re living someone else’s life. Not in a Talented Mr. Ripley kind of way, but it’s not your space. But turning rental properties into warm and inviting dwellings...

Should Your Rental Properties Be Furnished or Unfurnished?

Rental properties come in all shapes and sizes. As property managers and landlords, we’re always trying to keep a potential tenant’s tastes in mind. What kind of rental style has the most appeal? What do tenants need to feel at home? What do you need to add or remove...

How to Make a New Tenant Feel Welcome

Property managers and landlords have a tough gig. With so many different personalities and preferences, tenant relationships are continually being tested. In many cases, it gets to a point where a landlord treats the relationship as a mere business transaction. We're...

Long-Term Rentals vs. Short-Term: Settling the Debate

In a post-Airbnb world, everyone and their cousin thinks managing rental properties is an easy way to make money. People often gloss over how much time and effort it actually takes to plan their real estate investments.   What’s the big deal, right? You buy a couple...

When Do I Replace the Appliances in My Rental Property?

What do tenants look for when searching through listings for houses and apartments for rent? There are, of course, many factors, but a big selling point is well-maintained up-to-date appliances. We don’t mean getting smart appliances for the home, but good, up-to-date...

Why Property Managers & Landlords Need to See Proof of Income

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare, a tenant who can’t pay their rent. You go through application after application, select an “ideal” tenant, but when rent is due, there’s no money to be had.   So how can property managers and landlords avoid a scenario like this?...