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Packing Done Right

September 18th, 2012 by admin

Let’s be honest, no one likes moving. Plainly put, moving is almost always a nightmare of confusion and just way too much work. However, there are a few things you can do in order to smooth the hassle and ensure an efficient and lower stress process. In this article we will take a more in-depth look at a couple of these strategies.

Probably the best moving tip to consider is making a packing checklist. This will keep you organized and aware of what you have, where it’s located, and what else must be accomplished so nothing is forgotten or left to the last minute. This list should include packing supplies, packing (if you are doing it rather than a moving storage company), truck rental/storage reservations (if applicable), and arrangements for utilities to be turned off and mail forwarded.

Be sure to also make an inventory list as you or the moving storage company packs up all your belongings. A packing checklist is often available from a moving storage company to help you know what should be packed first and how far in advance to your final move date. A moving-in list should also be made so that you know what made it to your new place safely, and what, if anything, got left behind.

One thing to consider when doing this though, checklists may be useless without labels on your boxes. That is why storage labels should be one of your other main strategies when packing up personal belongings. First and foremost, storage labels help you find the boxes you need quickly that you may have to access regularly. This type of storage organization will also help facilitate the process with the moving storage company, if you choose to use one.

Here are some quick tips for how to maximize the use of storage labels for greater storage organization:

  • Write a description of what is in each box in permanent marker to maintain the integrity of the storage labels.
  • List the room the personal belongings are attached to on each of the storage labels along with a small hint of the main items, such as clothing or small appliances.
  • Put storage labels on all sides of the boxes to ensure you can quickly identify what’s inside no matter where it’s placed.
  • Print the information on the storage labels in block letters for easy reading.
  • Note any fragile items or special handling on the storage labels so that the moving storage company, or whoever may be helping you, will take extra precautions with certain boxes.
  • Using these few tips will surely make your next move seem less like a nightmare and more like a simple, somewhat enjoyable experience.

    This article was written by Matt Schexnayder. Matt is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage with more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide.

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    Optimizing Craigslist Ads for Rental Properties

    April 13th, 2012 by Ashley

    Written by Ashley Halligan, a market analyst at Software Advice, a Web-based software comparison company.

    It’s no new news that Craigslist is a free tool that’s incredibly valuable to rental property managers. Given that it isn’t a new tool, it’s surprising that some rental property managers are still using it in ways that are not optimal. Creating an effective ad may seem like common knowledge, but what do tried-and-true property managers suggest in order to create winning (and losing) Craigslist ads?

    Effective Craigslist Ads

    1. Write Effective Titles – First impressions are lasting impressions, though scanning through several Austin listings solely for examples, I bypass several listings with titles that I wouldn’t even consider opening — all caps, over-eager exclamation points, repeated postings of the same listing, and obviously dishonest adjectives. Your title invites a prospective tenant into your ad; make it worthwhile, and inviting.
    2. Write Effective Copy – Once you’ve welcomed a viewer into your ad, the ultimate goal is to strike their fancy. Your ad is basically copywriting, so make it honest, convincing, and attractive. Include unique attributes for your property — and try to sell This is, after all, your opportunity to turn potential interest into a potential visit.
    3. Include Images and Multimedia – An ad is incomplete without images — and more important, images that are of the actual property that’s for rent. As a renter, there’s nothing more disgruntling that seeing stock images for a property, only to find that they’re not actually reflective of the property I’ve inquired about. Additionally, some property managers will include links to an external album of property images, or, in some cases, even simple video walk-throughs.

    Losing Craigslist Ads

    1. Spam Listings – There’s unfortunately a trend of using Craigslist as advertising for a portfolio of properties, rather than to market specific, available properties. Though this may trigger some interest in a portfolio or properties, it may not be attractive to an inquirer who’s seeking a particular rental type. Often, these ads include stock images of a property within their portfolio, but are not representative of current vacancies. Keep in mind what prospective renters on Craigslist are seeking.
    2. Vague Listings Without Images or Multimedia – Why create an ad that’s lacking flavor, appeal, or details of a property? The entire purpose of an ad is to encourage an inquiry. Capitalize on the free marketing platform that Craigslist is, and write something effective and attractive. From experience, I’ve never inquired about a rental that included generic information with no explicit detail.
    3. Including Unreasonable Rules & Expectations – Keep in mind that a prospective tenant is seeking a place to call home for a period of time. Establishing unreasonable rules in a listing is an immediate turn-off for a prospective tenant. Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance, cites one example:

    “One had a list of additional rules and conditions so long it would make your head spin. Among others, your bed had to be made each morning, and this was after mandatory “wake-up” at 5:30 a.m., when all the lights would automatically be turned on since the building would be operated by someone else. No alcohol or tobacco allowed, and unannounced inspections could occur at any time. And as far I know, the ad was legit.”

    Reiterating that Craigslist is free, should be the driving factor for optimizing on its free tools to drive more traffic to your listings. Take advantage of the free exposure and marketing capabilities that Craigslist provides. Marketing and advertising are expensive business investments; it only seems reasonable to create the best ad you can to reflect your available properties. After all, a good ad can mean the difference between vacancy and occupancy.

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    42844 W Estrada Street Maricopa, AZ 85138 – $850

    January 30th, 2012 by admin
    Sq. Ft.: 2221 Listing type: Lease
    Year Built: 2007 Terms: 12 Mo. Lease
    Bedrooms: 4 Security Deposit: $850
    Bathrooms: 3 Hold this home: $425
    Garage/Carport: 2 Pets: Cats OK Dogs OK
    Home Owners Association: Yes  

    Included Home Amenities

    • Washer & Dryer Hook-Up
    • Walk-In Pantry
    • Upgraded Carpet
    • Upgraded Cabinets
    • Upgraded Blinds
    • Tiled Throughout Main Areas
    • Staggered Cherry Cabinets
    • Spacious Walk-In Closet(s)
    • Patio
    • Pantry
    • Outdoor Irrigation System
    • Dishwasher
    • Data Ready
    • Covered Patio(s)
    • Ceramic Tile
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Cable Ready
    • Blinds


    Maricopa Property Description

    Beautiful home in desirable Senita featuring popular floor plan with 3 bedrooms upstairs and 1 down stairs. Wow!! Upgraded cherry cabinets for the chef with plenty of counter space, and huge walk in pantry. New carpet and upstairs there is an oversized loft for entertaining, relaxing, or a great space to workout in. Laundry is conveniently located upstairs as well as another full bath with double sinks. Dual sinks and full bath in master and thru out the home beautiful upgraded light fixtures and ceiling fans. Eat in kitchen with great room down stairs. Location, location, location….hurry this one will be rented fast, call today for details.

    Qualifications are Simple! Contact us to Schedule a Private Tour! You Could Even Have Keys Today!!

    Hwy 347 / Honeycutt

    Maricopa Unified District – Pinal
    Butterfield Elementary School
    Maricopa Unified District – Pinal
    Maricopa High School


    Lessee to verify all information



    House for rent in Maricopa AZ, Maricopa Rental Home, Arizona Rental House in Maricopa 85138

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    25214 N. 40th Ln Phoenix North, AZ 85310 – $1850

    January 30th, 2012 by admin
    Sq. Ft.: 2134 Listing type: Lease
    Year Built: 1999 Terms: 12 Mo. Lease
    Bedrooms: 5 Security Deposit: $1,850
    Bathrooms: 2.5 Hold this home: $925
    Garage/Carport: 2 Pets: Cats OK Dogs OK
    Home Owners Association: Yes  

    Included Home Amenities

    • Washer & Dryer Hook-Up
    • Vaulted Ceilings
    • Upgraded Cabinets
    • Refrigerator
    • Pool (Private)
    • Patio
    • Pantry
    • Dishwasher
    • Data Ready
    • Covered Patio(s)
    • Ceramic Tile
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Cable Ready
    • Blinds
    • Backyard landscaped
    • All Appliances Included
    • 14 + Foot Ceilings


    Phoenix North Property Description

    Beautiful Stetson Hills Home

    r/2.5bth on 1/3 acre lot within walking distance of Excelling Stetson Hills Elementary! Lot features mountain views, large custom heated pool and over sized spa, removable pool fence, lots of grass, storage shed, 2 car garage, outdoor speakers, svideo hookup, and movie screen for viewing in the pool/spa. House features good sized 5brs and 2bths upstairs with brazilian cherry hardwood floors, carpeting, and upgraded fixtures. Downstairs has a welcoming open floor plan with tile, french doors to the back yard, and custom window treatments. Kitchen contains ample storage with granite counter tops, tumbled travertine back splash, and RO system. landscaping and pool service included! This is a MUST SEE!!!…

    I have been helping people buy and lease homes for many years and I would love to earn your business. As a REALTOR I can assist you with any of our properties. Let me help you find a great rental. I look forward to working for you.


    Lessee to verify all information


    House for rent in Phoenix North AZ, Phoenix North Rental Home, Arizona Rental House in Phoenix North 85310

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    16260 W Custer Lane Surprise, AZ 85379 – $835

    January 30th, 2012 by admin


    Sq. Ft.: 1271 Listing type: Lease
    Year Built: 2002 Terms: 12 Mo. Lease
    Bedrooms: 3 Security Deposit: $835
    Bathrooms: 2 Hold this home: $418
    Garage/Carport: 2 Pets: Cats OK Dogs OK
    Home Owners Association: Yes  

    Included Home Amenities

    • Spacious Walk-In Closet(s)
    • Refrigerator
    • Pantry
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Cable Ready


    Surprise Property Description

    1st MONTH FREE!!

    Legacy Parc

    We have the Home for you! Great 3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Single Story Home 1271 Square feet and a 2 Car Garage! Nice Kitchen Pantry, Great Walk-In Closet, Nice Ceiling Fans and Cable Ready!!

    Great Location! Nice Friendly Neighborhood! Close to a Church, and Shopping Centers!!

    Qualifications are SIMPLE! Call Today to Schedule a Private Tour!!

    Dysart Unified School District #89
    Dysart Elementary School
    Dysart High School

    Greenway / Sarival

    Electricity: APS
    Water/Sewer: AZ American Water

    I have been helping people buy and lease homes for many years and I would love to earn your business. As a REALTOR I can assist you with any of our properties. Let me help you find a great rental. I look forward to working for you.

    Lessee to verify all information

    House for rent in Surprise AZ, Surprise Rental Home, Arizona Rental House in Surprise 85379

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    Resident Retention Strategies

    January 24th, 2012 by Ashley
    By: Ashley Halligan, an analyst for a web resource for rental property software, recently wrote this article highlighting strategies to maintain and boost resident retention. 
    “It’s no secret that the costs associated with tenant turnover can be exorbitant. A 2011 SatisFacts study estimates move-out costs average around $3,900 per unit, which includes, among other items, $1,200 in lost rental income, nearly $800 in concessions and more than $700 in maintenance, readying and repairs. So, what can property managers do to encourage lease renewal? After interviewing property managers and retention research experts, I’ve collected a mix of three common sense and creative strategies to increase resident retention.”

    -START WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE: It may seem like a common sense strategy, but more than half of residents who choose not to renew their leases fail to do so because of entirely avoidable circumstances, primarily – customer service. Usually there’s a dissatisfaction with a failure to follow-up post-maintenance or are unhappy with overall customer service. By perfecting customer service strategy, property managers can move on from there to offer thoughtful & creative extras. 
    -FOCUS ON VALUE: Value is a matter of a tenant’s perceived value. By drawing a picture for your residents that demonstrates to them that they’re receiving a substantial amount for what they’re paying, you will exceed their expectations. This is an essential part to securing tenture and surpassing expectations. 
    -INNOVATIVE PERKS: Once customer service has been skillfully mastered, creativity can be applied to retention plans. Some multifamily communities will incorporate events and gatherings for their residents. Other property managers may offer incentives for tenure, which is an attractive amenity to a tenant who’s considering renewing their lease at the end of their term.

    By collectively addressing all of the above, beginning with attentive customer service, you’ll avoid most of the turnover in residents who wish to continue renting. Read the full article here

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    Want To Invest in Arizona’s Real Estate Market? Get The Facts

    November 8th, 2011 by admin
    Before you purchase stock in a company, you generally want to either research the company very well or only purchase if a trusted advisor has done the research on your behalf. When you need a new vehicle, you shop around and perform similar depth of research. Things should be no different when you are looking for a potential real estate investment in the Arizona real estate market. Read the rest of this entry »

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    5 Reasons to Rent a Home in Phoenix

    November 3rd, 2011 by admin

    Phoenix is a great town. That means that Phoenix home rentals are a great idea. And you don’t have to look very hard for reasons to move here. Let us provide you with just a few of them.

    State Capitol

    To begin with, Phoenix is the capitol of Arizona. What that means is that it’s the governmental seat of the state. It’s going to have a lot going on just on the basis of that alone. The fact of that political power has gone a long way toward attracting businesses and restaurants, and as a result you’ll find a lot of things here that you wouldn’t normally find in a smaller town.


    Phoenix is located on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert. That means that the summer temperatures get pretty crazy. Even if it is a dry heat, it doesn’t change the fact that a hundred degrees is a hundred degrees. This is balanced out, however, by a rather mild winter. The weather is pleasant enough to facilitate activities that you wouldn’t get to do anywhere else.

    Sports Teams

    This is the place if you’re a sports fan. You have the Arizona Cardinals, the Diamondbacks, the Suns and the Mercury, the Coyotes, and the Arizona Sting. All of those teams call Phoenix home.


    Burton Barr Central Library is the headquarters for the library system of the entire state. It’s a five story building with nearly a million books inside of it. If you’re a bibliophile, you will love Phoenix. And while the odds are that they’ll have any book you’re looking for, there’s no way they couldn’t find it for you elsewhere if they don’t have it.

    Chase Tower

    This is the tallest building in the state. It stands 438 feet tall, with the Arizona Club Restaurant on the 38th floor. Private, of course. But if you can get a reservation, it’s fine dining at its best.

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    Finding Rental Homes in Phoenix

    November 1st, 2011 by admin

    One of the great things about renting a home in Phoenix is that there’s so much variety in it. No kidding. You have all kinds of different options as far as getting to pick where you want to live in Phoenix.

    And each part is a little bit different. Some of them are going to be safer than others – Phoenix isn’t a dangerous town, but dangerous things can go on here, it’s just how this goes. Some of them are going to be in richer parts of the area, which means your rent’s going to go up as a result.

    All that means is that when you’re looking for a rental home in Phoenix, you really owe it to yourself to know what you’re looking for.

    That’s part of why GoRenter goes to such great lengths to figure out exactly what the renters are looking for. We don’t just give our renters the database and say “Good luck!” We give it to them and let them determine what it is that they want to see.

    All of that said, here are a couple things to keep in mind, for just a few of the major areas where people tend to go looking for houses.

    • Scottsdale – They call this place Snobsdale for a reason. It’s a very, very nice place, but a rental home in this part of Phoenix will reflect that. The rent will be higher.
    • Mesa – A quieter part of town. Very popular among families for that very reason, and the rental prices tend to be fair. But because it’s so far out of town, you will have a significant commute if you have to work in the city.
    • Tempe – This is a smaller town. Close to Phoenix. A lot of college stuff goes on here, and it’s actually a great place for partying on New Year’s Eve.

    Obviously, we’re ready to help you make the best choice for yourself.

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    Effective Tenant Screening for Property Management in Arizona

    October 28th, 2011 by admin

    Screening tenants is a vital part of how things work in property management. If you want things to go right, you have to make sure that you get the right tenants. Obviously, if you’re doing property management in Arizona, we’re the best screeners you could ask for. But if you’re not working with us, then let us at least give you a couple tips.

    Rental Application

    You need to get your hands on one of these, and the more official it is, the better. You want to make sure that the form you use authorizes you to do a credit check and a background check. You can do that with a Free Housing attorney, or you can obtain a form online.

    Write the Application

    With these forms should come spaces for you to write in questions about previous rentals, employment history, and past landlord experience. Make sure the tenant fills out the entire thing.

    Check the References

    In particular, check with the landlords. See if they paid their rent on time. You might also want to check assessor records as well, as some tenants ask relatives to stand in as landlords.

    Clearly there’s more to it if you’re involved in property management in Arizona, but you get the idea.

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