What Should You Replace in A Rental Property After Purchasing It?

Are you planning on buying a new rental property in San Diego, Las Vegas or Phoenix? If so, like many owners you most likely are eager to get that property rented quickly right? This is totally understandable but, there are things that should be replaced in your new rental property if you want to ensure that you won’t have any problems with that property in the future.

Replace the Locks

Always replace the locks after buying a new rental property regardless if the former owner claims they were changed recently or not because you just don’t know how many people had access to that property in the past and may have created their own key.

If the locks are in good condition you can save them and use them again in the future changing the locks on the next property that you buy.

Change the Toilets

Another important thing to change after buying a new rental property is the toilets because a leaky toilet can easily cause unseen damage to your rental property and thousands of dollars in repair costs so it’s best to replace them now so that you can have confidence that there won’t be any leaks going forward.

 

Get Rid of Old Outlets

Regardless of the age of the home, you should always get rid of old outlets because those outlets can potentially pose a fire hazard and it’s better to replace them now before your new tenants move in.

Swap Out Those Old Light Bulbs

Last of all, but most important, if your rental property has light fixtures you shouldn’t think twice about changing those light bulbs. Getting rid of those bulbs will save you the hassle of having to get called from your tenants whenever they need a light bulb changed unless you’ve instructed them to change the light bulbs themselves.

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How to Get More Profit from Your Rentals In 2019

nevinvesAre you searching for ways to get more profit from your rental properties in 2019? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

At GoldenWest Management, Inc we specialize in managing rentals in San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona and we can provide you with proven ways to increase the ROI from your rental properties.

#1 – Increase the Rent

Although this method of increasing the profit from your rentals may be controversial for sure, the reality is that it’s a no brainer to increase the rent especially if you want to keep your property competitive with the fair market rent in your area.

If it’s been a while since you’ve increased the rent at your property, use online tools (or contact GoldenWest Management) to find out what comparable properties in the area are renting for then choose a fair rent increase.

Ideally, your rent increase shouldn’t be more than $50-$100 because rent increases of $200-$250 per month are often difficult for many renters to budget for.

#2 – Accept Pets

Yes, it’s true that many landlords don’t allow pets but, owners who allow pets are able to charge a pet deposit of at least $500 and a monthly pet rent of $50 to $100 per month.

Most pet owners are responsible people who actually train their pets to use litter boxes or potty outside so you should have confidence that allowing your tenant to have a pet is a positive move that may also motivate your tenant to stay with you for years to come.

#3 – Install A Coin Operated Washer / Dryer

Do you own a single-family home or multifamily rental property? If so, consider installing a coin operated washer and dryer because these units are easy to maintain and can easily bring in an additional $100 or more per month from your tenants because everyone has to do their laundry and most tenants would rather do it at home then drive to a laundromat.

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Long Distance Real Estate Investing – How To Invest The Smart Way

Are you planning on investing in rental properties in the San Diego, Las Vegas or Phoenix but don’t know how to get started?

In this article, we will give you several tips you can use for successfully getting started in long distance real estate investing

Be clear about your goal

This is mission critical for anything you do in life, especially with real estate investing.

You have to know why you’re investing in real estate, what your long-term goals are and you can get these answers by asking yourself the following questions.

Is your goal to have passive monthly income?

Do you want to gain appreciation?

Are you interested in having your money somewhere besides the stock market?

You have to know and understand yourself

Once you know your “why” for getting started in real estate investing you should next take an honest assessment of your own personal style.

Are you a control freak? Are your hands off or a hands-on type of person?

These questions are also important to ask because, if you are a hands-on type of person you may not be successful with long-term real estate investing unless you hire a professional property management company like Golden West Management to manage your rental property for you.

Hiring a property manager will give you confidence in knowing that even though you may be living out-of-state, your property is being managed by someone who cares about your best interests and will make sure that your rental generates ROI every month.

Get local by going local.

Let’s say that you live in Portland but you want to invest in San Diego real estate, or you live in Phoenix but you want to invest in properties in Las Vegas.

Another great way to meet success as an out-of-state investor is to hire someone, like GWM, who is locally based that assist you with investment sourcing, brokerage for acquisitions, and of course full-service property management.

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Reasons Why Hiring A Property Management Company Is the Key to Saving Time and Money In 2019

2019 is immediately around the corner, and if you’re like most investors, you plausibly are working on your goals for the new year and among those goals is the methods that you’re going to use to save time and money in the new year.

How Can A Property Manager Save You Time?

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been managing your rental properties yourself for years or not, self-managing those rentals can be very time consuming and also the reason why you didn’t grow your portfolio of rental properties this year.

Hiring a property manager can save you time in many areas especially when it comes to:

  • Customer service – You can count on your property manager to answer all calls and emails from tenants for you. This will free up more time during your day so you can focus on growing your portfolio of rentals or spending that time with your family.
  • Maintenance – Imagine no longer having to drive out to your locations to pull a toilet, meet a contractor or work on small projects yourself. When you hire a property manager, you can count on them to handle all aspects of maintenance for you.
  • Rent collection – There’s no doubt that rent collection can take up much time! Thankfully, when you hire a property management company, you can leave rent collection to the pro’s and have confidence that the rent will be collected on time each month and deposited into your account or mailed to you in the form of a check.

How Can A Property Manager Save You Money?

Every landlord or investor wants to save money because every dollar counts and can lead to you having a more profitable month or more expenses than money at the end of the month.

Here are several ways that a property manager will save you money:

  • Comparable analysis – Your property manager will do a comparative study of other properties for rent in your area so you will be able to rent your single-family home, condo or town home for what it’s worth on the rental market.
  • Higher quality tenants – Hiring a professional property manager will also ensure that you have tenants living in your rental property who will respect your rental, pay their rent on time on a monthly basis and possibly renew their leases each year without fail.
  • Fewer legal problems – Last of all, another great way a property manager will save you money is the fact that when you have a professional property manager managing your rental property you will have fewer legal problems because you can rest assured that the laws are being followed and policies are in place which will ensure that you don’t have any Fair Housing Violations.

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5 Tips For Becoming A Successful Landlord

Are you thinking about buying a rental property and becoming a landlord? If so, you’re making a smart choice.

Now is a great time to buy rental properties in the United States because mortgage interest rates are still historically low while demand for rental properties is high.

In this article, we will share with you 5 tips for becoming a successful landlord.

Treat Yоur Rental Property Like a Business

Sadly, mаnу lаndlоrdѕ dо a poor jоb аt managing their rental properties. Thіѕ іѕ in large part because they dоn’t see thеіr property аѕ a buѕіnеѕѕ. In оthеr wоrdѕ, they trеаt their investment like a hobby.

Whеn уоu, trеаt уоur landlording wіth thе rеѕресt, systems, аnd оrgаnіzаtіоn thаt you wоuld deal with аnу оthеr commercial vеnturе, wonderful things саn and will occur.

Screen Out the “Bаd Apples” Or Unqualified Tenants

Whеn ѕсrееnіng tenants you should require:

  • Thеу muѕt mаkе 2.5x thе mоnthlу rеnt іn ѕtаblе profits
  • Nо rесеnt еvісtіоnѕ
  • No rесеnt fеlоnіеѕ
  • Gооd preceding landlord references

Be careful nоt to ѕсrееn out tenants based оn any оf thе blanketed сlаѕѕеѕ, оr уоu соuld fіnd уоurѕеlf іn a lawsuit.

Trеаt Your Tеnаntѕ With The Respect That They Deserve

Although it may be difficult, you absolutely have to treat your tenants with the respect that they deserve because if a tenant feels like you value their business and treat them with respect they will want to renew their lease.

You Can’t Be Too Nice

Yоur jоb аѕ a lаndlоrd is tо be fаіr.

Bеіng “nісе” wіll gіvе your tеnаntѕ and оthеrѕ thе invitation tо stroll аll оvеr уоu аnd tаkе аdvаntаgе аt еvеrу flip.

Bу аllоwіng your tеnаnt to interrupt thе rulеѕ, уоu ореn уоurѕеlf up tо years of battle and compromise thаt will ultіmаtеlу lеаd tо large financial losses.

Thеrе іѕ a distinction bеtwееn rеѕресtful and being nісе. Choose wіѕеlу.

Gеt Hеlр When You Need It

Wіth оvеr 28 Million actual еѕtаtе іnvеѕtоrѕ іn Amеrіса, (Source: BіggеrPосkеtѕ.соm) there аrе bоund tо be countless іnvеѕtоrѕ іn уоur tоwn who саn hеlр уоu оut all through hard times.

Whеthеr іt’ѕ thе smartphone numbеr for a plumber, hеlр dealing wіth a tоugh еvісtіоn, оr juѕt rеаѕѕurаnсе which you аrе dоіng thе rіght (or wrоng) factor, rеасh out to оthеr lаndlоrdѕ fоr hеlр. Landlords love tо “communicate ѕhор” ѕо lооk for opportunities tо open thе verbal exchange.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Should You Install Them in Your Rental Properties? Yes!

By GoldenWest Management

Do you have smoke detectors installed in your rental properties but not carbon monoxide detectors?

Carbon monoxide detectors should be essential in every rental property because they save lives.

Unlike smoke, Carbon monoxide is a gas that doesn’t have any odor or color and it can be lethal to animals or humans who have been left in a home or environment that has a carbon monoxide leak.

What Does Carbon Monoxide Come From?

Carbon Monoxide can be found in combustion fumes, including those made by cars and trucks, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges or other heating systems. Source – cdc.gov

It’s very common for carbon monoxide to build up in places that don’t have good air circulation or fresh air.

What Are the Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

If you suspect that someone might be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, some of the most common symptoms include: Dizziness, Weakness. Nausea, vomiting and chest pain.

(Source – Medlineplus.gov)

This poisonous gas sends roughly 15,000 people to the emergency room each year and sadly close to 500 people die on an annual basis from carbon monoxide poisoning. (Source – safewise.com)

How Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Work?

Carbon Monoxide detectors have three separate sensors: Biomimetic, Metal Oxide Semiconductor and an Electrochemical Sensor that detect the presence of this poisonous gas in the air so that people have time to get out of the home until help arrives.

The only way a carbon monoxide detector can reset itself is if there’s no presence of this deadly gas in the air so the problem does have to be eliminated before humans or animals can return.

How Much Do Carbon Monoxide Detectors Cost?

Thankfully, carbon monoxide detectors cost between $50-$100 each so they are an affordable life-saving solution that every rental property should have.

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Are Month-To-Month Leases Bad for Landlords?

By GoldenWest Management

Are month-to-month leases a bad idea?

Although this type of lease is supported by some landlords in the United States who like month to month leases because of the perceived flexibility that they offer, the reality is that a month-to-month lease is a bad idea especially for the following reasons:

Reason #1 – Month to Month Leases Don’t Offer Financial Security

The first reason to not consider a month-to-month lease is lack of financial security that will result from choosing these types of leases.  

This type of lease doesn’t offer you any financial security due to the obvious fact that a tenant can be gone in 30 days and you may have to pay your mortgage or other property expenses out of pocket while you look for another tenant.

Reason #2 –  Vacancy

Without a tenant in place another side effect that can come with choosing a month to month lease is more vacancies during the year.

Depending on the rental market and location of your property your rental could be empty for weeks at a time while you search for a new tenant.

Reason #3 – You Can’t Plan for The Future

Another unfortunate consequence of allowing one or more tenants to have a month to month lease is the fact that you cannot plan for the future because your tenant can be gone within 30 days.

If your income is always fluctuating due to your tenants leaving because of the month to month leases you won’t be able to plan for the future and potentially grow your portfolio of rental properties.

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4 Rental Property Investment Tips for First Time Owners

By GoldenWest Management

Owning rental property continues to be one of the hottest investments in the United States especially in cities like San Diego where rents have continued increasing in recent years along with demand for rentals.

If you’re planning on buying your first rental property, this article will provide you with 4 rental property investment tips that you should consider.

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Tip #1 – Make Sure That You’re Ready to Buy A Rental Property

Before purchasing your first rental property you should make sure that you’re actually ready to own a rental because being an owner does come with extra responsibilities that you may not be ready to take on right now unless you hire a property management company from the very beginning.

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Tip #2 – Get Your Down Payment Ready

Since rental properties typically require a bigger down payment than an owner-occupied property you should be ready to come up with at least 20% for the down payment on your rental before you buy.

Beautiful and large living room interior with hardwood floors,  fluffy rug and designer furniture.

Tip #3 – Calculate Your Costs Before You Buy

Another important thing to do before buying your first rental property is calculate what your costs are going to be for your mortgage, property taxes and other expenses.

You want to know exactly what your monthly costs are going to be and if the rental will provide you with a solid cash-on-cash return of 6% or better.

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Tip #4 – Start with A Low-Cost Property

Although home prices in many states are valued at $300,000 or higher, you can still find affordable rental properties in the $150,000-$200,000 range if you search for them.

It’s best to start with a low-cost property because your mortgage payment and monthly expenses are obviously going to be lower than they would be with a higher priced property.

Depending on your financial situation, with a lower priced property can start saving for the down payment on your next rental almost immediately or refinance your first rental in a few years and use that money for the down payment on your second rental property

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Renter Tips – 4 Things Renters Can Do to Beautify Their Homes

By GoldenWest Management

Are you renting a property and want to learn more about what you can do to beautify it or make your rental a more pleasant place while you live there? You’re not alone.

In this article, we will share with you 4 easy things you can do to beautify your rental property.

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Tip #1 – Paint

Depending on your rental, (and the rules of your property management company) you may be allowed to paint the inside of your rental while you live there but remember when you move out, the walls need to be the same color that they were when you first started renting.

Before getting ready to paint just make sure you choose the right colors for the space. You should also get written approval from the owner or property management company before you start painting.

For example, bright colors will open up any space while darker colors will make a room feel smaller.

If you don’t want to paint an entire room you should consider painting just one wall a bright color then adding accessories like colorful pillows or furniture that will add pops of color to the room.

You can also breathe new life to the whitewashed walls of a rental property with wall stickers or by painting an accent wall. The materials that you need can be purchased at any Dollar Store or a Walmart and are especially perfect for children’s bedrooms.

Living room interior with gray velvet sofa, pillows, green plaid, lamp and fiddle leaf tree in wicker basket on white wall background. 3D rendering.

Tip #2 – Choose Furniture That’s Versatile

Instead of choosing pieces of furniture that will just fit your current rental property you should pick furniture that’s versatile and can be used in other properties that you may move to in the near future.

For example Modular sofas, folding chairs, side tables and coffee tables. You should also add an ottoman or two as well because they are excellent for storage.

Recessed ceiling lights in a coffee shop
Recessed ceiling lights in a coffee shop

Tip #3 – Don’t Forget the Lighting!

Like most rental properties, you may find that the rooms in your rental only have one small light in each room or no lighting at all.

Thankfully, lighting is one of the easiest decorating improvements that you can make and also one of the most affordable.

When choosing lighting for your rental make sure that you choose at least one or two floor lamps for each room and one small lamp that can be placed on an end table.

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Tip #4 – Accessorize Every Room

Besides painting, choosing versatile furniture and great lighting for your rental property you should also accessorize each room with window coverings, rugs and artwork because choosing the right accessories will really help to add your “stamp” on the rental and make it your own.

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When is it okay to charge copay?

By GoldenWest Management

Another common question that most owners and investors have asked us over the years is if it’s okay for them to charge their tenants a copay when it comes to repairs that need to be made at their rental properties.

The answer to this question is that it’s perfectly acceptable to charge your tenant a copay, as long as the repairs that need to be made are not related to health, safety or other habitability issues.

Minor repairs like replacing light bulbs should be the tenant’s responsibility and if the tenant does not want to make those repairs themselves, or they are unable to, they should be made to pay a portion of the cost.

What Repairs Should You Not Charge A Co-Pay For?

Depending on your area, the most common repairs that you should not charge a co-pay for include repairs related to heating, cooling, water heater, stove, oven, or the mainline to your rental property since these types of repairs are all typically expected to be made by the owner.

In California, landlords are expected to make repairs like those mentioned in this article because of the Implied Warranty of Habitability. If a landlord fails to make repairs to their rental that affect habitability, the tenant may be legally able to withhold rent until those repairs are made.

Even though some landlords may not like to make repairs, it’s important for every landlord to remember that all appliances have a “lifespan” and they will eventually wear out so those repairs will come unless a tenant damages those appliances maliciously.

Make Sure Your Lease Is Clear About Repairs

One of the best things that every landlord can do to protect themselves is to make sure that their lease is clear about what repairs the tenant is supposed to make and what repairs the landlord is supposed to make. Repairs made necessary by misuse, negligence, excessive wear and tear, or
destructive activities of Tenant, other occupants, guests, invitees, pets or others, whether authorized or unauthorized. Doing this will clear up any misconception about repairs and save time/money.

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