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3 Ways You Can Improve Your Home for Renters

In order to get more interest from potential tenants and also be able to charge top dollar, you need to put more into your rental home. Up-front expenses can pay off in the long run if done properly. Tenants will notice the effort and money you’ve put into the home, letting them know that you’re a landlord who’s truly interested in making it a wonderful place for them to live.

There are a few simple upgrades you can make to the home to ensure your tenants get the most out of their new home. Not only will some of these top notch features save them money month to month, but they can help your resale value if you ever want to sell your rental home.

Solar Power

In Arizona, solar power is a big deal. With all kinds of rebates offered, it can be relatively inexpensive to outfit your home with solar panels. Lots of tenants are attracted to homes that have gone ‘green’ and this is a great way to do it!

You can also use solar power in other ways also. Solar powered outdoor lighting and solar powered water heaters are effective ways to use the sun to your tenants’ advantage!

ENERGY STAR Appliances

This is another way that you can help your tenants lower their monthly expenses. These appliances will use less electricity, but don’t sacrifice on their performance. But energy efficiency doesn’t just stop there.

Invest in energy efficient light bulbs that won’t have to be replaced as often and will also lessen the cost of electricity. Making sure your windows are properly sealed can lower heating and cooling costs. Did you know there are ENERGY STAR certified windows as well? Visit their website to learn more about making your home energy efficient, lowering your carbon footprint and there are tax incentives as well.


Giving your future tenants a functional yard can be a huge attraction. Whether it’s desert landscaping that’s easy to maintain or beautiful bermuda grass with trees and shrubs, a well put-together front and/or back yard could make or break your prospective renters’ decision.

It’s also important to consider the maintenance of the yard when designing the landscaping. Beautiful, green grass might be beautiful, but if your tenants don’t want to pay the extra amount of the water bill, they might decide not to water it. If you plant citrus trees, you need to make sure they’re aware of how to care for them. When you sign a lease with a new tenant, go over expectations for the care of the landscaping.

Put your best foot forward by utilizing some of these ideas in your rental home. We can help you find the right people to do the job and make sure your property is on a competitive edge with other rental homes in the East Valley. Call 480-719-1243 to learn more about our property management services.

Air Conditioning Maintenance for Rental Homes

Keeping your rental property well maintained and functional can sometimes be a challenge. As the owner, you’re not able to oversee how your home is being treated day in and day out, and must trust in your ability to choose good tenants as well as your well drafted lease agreement to cover any unforeseen problems. Even then, certain issues can arise that may lead to expensive repairs at the end of each tenant’s lease.

The best you can do is to make sure that the most important things are well maintained and checked on a regular basis. This would include major appliances and landscaping, but should also include the air conditioning system of your property. By taking the time to have your air conditioning unit maintained and serviced on a regular basis, you will prevent major repair or replacement expenses down the road.

What Should Be Checked?

It’s interesting to compare the many different HVAC companies that provide service in the East Valley and look at what is included in their tune-up packages. They not only range in services, but also prices, making it difficult to know which to choose. Here are points of service that should be checked with any good HVAC tune-up:

· Inspect Evaporator Coil
· Check Operating Pressures
· Measure Refrigerant Charge
· Fuses
· Contactor Line Voltage
· Contactor Load Voltage
· Compressor Amps
· Outdoor Fan Motor Condition
· Fan Motor Amps
· Airflow
· Thermostat Operation
· Ducting Integrity
· Look for Signs of Refrigerant Leaks
· Chemically Clean and Rinse Condenser Coil
· Temperature Split
· Service Valves
· Secure Loose Panels
· Tighten Loose Electrical Connections

If your HVAC tune-up includes these service points, you should feel confident that you’re getting a good solid tune-up.

Benefits of an AC Tune-Up

You’ll want to make sure that your AC unit is running properly to keep your tenants happy and to avoid any long-term problems down the road. Some of the most important benefits of air conditioning maintenance include the following:

· Performance Optimization – Don’t give your tenants anything to complain about.
· Extended Equipment Lifetime – The last thing you need is the expense of replacing an air conditioning system more often than you should.
· Improved Efficiency – This is definitely more important for property owner who include energy costs with the rent.
· Safe Operation – When your AC unit is not up to par, it can create safety issues for both you and your tenants.
· Reliability – Have the peace of mind that everything is running smoothly and avoid unexpected surprises.

Keeping your rental properties well maintained and functioning properly is an important part of the property management business. If you have additional questions or concerns about keeping your home in tip top shape, please give RPM a call at 480-719-1243.

2014 Visitors’ Choice Award

All of us at Real Property Management East Valley are pleased to announce that All Property Management has awarded us with the 2014 Visitors’ Choice Award. This award is given to the most frequently selected property management companies by the two million property owners who visited last year.

As All Property Management is the Internet’s foremost intermediary between professional property managers and the property owners who need their services, winning this award is truly a great honor!

My East Valley Tenant Isn’t Paying Rent… Now What?

This is the scenario most dreaded by any property owner. When your tenant is not paying rent when it is due, it can definitely cause you stress and anxiety. It becomes easy to make knee-jerk reactions that will actually make the situation worse. There some things you can do to avoid stress and keep things moving along in a professional way.

Start With a Clear Payment Policy

One of the best things you can do as a property owner to avoid hectic situations when your tenant does not pay rent is to have a very clear payment policy set in place from the beginning. This is a pre-emptive step that will keep you in control when this situation arises.

Be sure that the lease agreement is crystal clear about due dates, grace periods and when the eviction process will begin if rent is not paid. It may be worth it to not only have it in the lease agreement, but also verbally review the payment policy with your tenant as well. Make sure they know exactly what will happen if they do not pay rent on time.

Be Firm and Prepared to Take Action

If the lease agreement states that rent is due on the first and that the eviction process starts on the 5th, be sure you stick to that. It may feel harsh at first to have such strict policies, but it is actually the best way to handle things. Not only will it keep your tenants responsive, but it will protect you as well.

The first step in the eviction process is sending a 5-Day Notice by certified mail. Be sure you are prepared to send that letter out at on the appropriate day without delay. If you do not adhere to the payment policy in the lease agreement, you may be inadvertently sending your tenant mixed messages. Remind yourself that you were clear about the expectation from the beginning.

Hiring an Attorney

Most of us would rather avoid having to pay for an attorney to be involved in the eviction process, but many have found that it is a worthwhile investment. The right attorney will be very knowledgeable about the eviction process and have developed relationships with the court system that can be used to your advantage. Many property owners are surprised to learn that involving an attorney isn’t as expensive as they would think and makes a huge difference in the outcome of the eviction process.

There are actually other situations that can come up with rental properties that are much more stressful and problematic. Dealing with tenants who don’t pay can actually go smoothly if you have the right tools in place.

For more information, please feel free to give RPM East Valley a call today at 480-719-1243.

Property Management vs Online Rental Services

The Internet is full of rental websites touting their ability to find renters the perfect home. It is a fantastic way to get your rental property exposure and help you reach the wide audience of people searching for their next rental.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to post your home complete with pictures, square footage and other important features. In a matter of minutes, your home can be viewed by hundreds and even thousands of people hoping to find their perfect home. While that can be a great thing, it can also make the process of renting your home a daunting, overwhelming experience. With such a large number of applicants, it can be hard to make the right choice in selecting a tenant.

Do you know what else is easy as 1-2-3? Using a property management service like RPM East Valley! By filling out our short, simple form on the homepage of our website, you can get a free property management quote to see if we’re the right fit for you! We can walk you through our process from beginning to end so you understand why investing in a management team can alleviate a lot of stress for you.

From the moment you sign up for our management services until the moment we hand the keys over to your new tenants, we make the process as easy as can be. Maintenance will be handled by our expert staff. Rent will be collected through our online tenant portal. Regular inspections will be completed to ensure your home or homes are being well taken care of.

There’s no reason you should have to handle all of the day to day duties of owning a rental property. We will market your home for you and screen tenants to make sure you end up with the perfect renter. No more sifting through countless emails and messages. You can rest easy knowing your home is in expert hands.

Don’t spend your nights and weekends responding to endless emails from tenants who might not be qualified to rent your home. Let us do the dirty work and give you a tenant you can rely on from the beginning to the end of the lease.

For more information on our property management services and how we can get your home rented quickly and efficiently, give us a call at 480-719-1243. Our rigorous screening process will give you confidence in owning a rental property and knowing it was a lucrative investment.


Why Now is the Time to Rent

Phoenix isn’t the only area of Arizona that’s booming. The East Valley has earned its spot as one of the best locations to live in the southwestern United States. And for renters, the options for the perfect home can be few and far between. For renters who are ready to get away from the apartment lifestyle, but aren’t quite ready to buy, renting a home is ideal.

That’s where you come in. This is the perfect time to take your investment property or home that you aren’t ready to sell and turn it into a business opportunity. As the buyer’s market fluctuates, the renters market benefits and so can you!

During the first few months of the year, renters are ready to take their tax return and invest in a new place to live. That’s why your home needs to be in good shape, ready for a tenant. That’s why we offer turn-key services, allowing you to focus on your life and other priorities while we get your home in great shape and find you the perfect renter.

While renting your home can be an easy way to bring in extra income, the process of finding a renter and preparing your home can be costly, both for your wallet and your time. With Real Property Management East Valley, the weight can be taken off your shoulders.

For more than 30 years, we’ve helped our clients rent their homes and keep them rented. Our track record is outstanding as we’ve brought together a fantastic team of professionals that screen potential renters, perform maintenance and take care of monthly accounting and finances for you.

Whether you’re a single home investor or own multiple properties that need to be rented, we can manage the job. Take your weekends back! Relax and enjoy the benefits of being a rental investor! Let us do the work!

If you’d like a free property management quote, click here or give us a call at 480-719-1243.