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property management company vs self management

property management company vs self management

Considering a property management company? What are you really paying for…?

Rental properties can serve as wonderful investment opportunities for many, but they are certainly not without sacrifice. Whether it’s a last-minute maintenance request, properly navigating through difficult legal aspects or a Saturday morning spent showing apartments; rental properties can sometimes be an overwhelming venture. The right property management company can offer relief in all of these areas, allowing investors to focus their time on what they want, while knowing their property is in good hands.

Cheaper Maintenance Costs

Property owners of all sizes know how easily and how often things break-down and/or need replacement. How than can owners ensure low and effective maintenance costs, especially in a pinch? Property management companies typically work with the same contractors on a regular basis and the more work a contractor is given, the easier it will be to negotiate costs. Management companies also have the advantage of providing trustworthy technicians to handle the maintenance issues for your property since this is something only time and experience can ensure.  It’s comforting (more…)

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Fall Insects and Pests

Summer may be considered the worst time for pests, but the Fall months can bring their own problems, too. As the weather gets cooler and winter approaches, many pests will turn their attention to finding warmer, safer places to shelter and locate food. Unluckily for you, your home is the perfect place for rodents and insects to ride out the bad weather. Where once you could avoid vermin and creepy crawlies by staying indoors, now they are coming to you!

Let’s take a look at what you might find and how you can protect yourself from a winter pest invasion.

Pests in the Fall

antsYou’ll find a lot of variety when it comes to the kind of pests invading your home during the colder months. They are all looking for the same things – a warm, secure place to shelter, and a good supply of food. It’s not hard to see why the average home makes for such a popular choice among pests.


Ants may be small, but they can be a big problem. There are dozens of different types of ant that could try and make their way into your home, and if they get in they could cause serious damage. Carpenter ants can chew through beams and furniture, while other types of ants may contaminate foodstuffs if they are left exposed. No one wants to find ants on their dinner!

Remember that there is no such thing as a single ant. If you see the odd ant in your home, you need to kill it. These lone ants are the scouts for the colony: let them leave and they’ll return to the nest with news of the ample food and shelter your home contains.


Mice and rats will be one of the biggest problems as the weather turns colder. They can squeeze through incredibly small cracks and holes in your property, so it might not be possible at first glance to see how they are getting in. Once inside, they will often gnaw through beams, walls, and electrics. Left long enough these vermin can cause serious structural damage and even fires. They also breed incredibly quickly, so a couple of mice or rats don’t stay that way for very long.

Another problem with rodents is that they often bring other visitors into your home along with them. Fleas, ticks and lice can all enter your home on mice or rats, along with serious diseases such as Salmonella.


Not only are cockroaches one of the most abundant pests, they are also one of the most disgusting. Nobody likes to see even a single cockroach in the bathroom, or running across the kitchen counters. An entire infestation of them, on the other hand, can make a home uninhabitable. There are dozens of different species of cockroach that could come into your home, bringing in harmful bacteria and diseases along with them. They can also cause (more…)

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