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2020 Trends Renters Want
05-13-2020
Nikki
05-13-2020

Tech Tenants

2020 Trends Renters Want

It’s a new year and with that comes new trends. New research is revealing what 2020 renters are looking for when choosing a home to rent and how property management companies can improve the resident’s experience. The Property Management Specialists of Central Florida, a reputable property management company, has a list of what to watch out for in the new year.

Gen Z/Millennial Consumers

It’s no secret that Millennials and Gen Z consumers are populating the market and one thing is for sure: They just aren’t buying it. Unlike previous generations, these young adults grew up with digital technology experience. To reach this audience, leasing marketing campaigns should implement digital marketing strategies via apps and the internet. A human-to-human approach with personable language in messaging is the key to building their trust. Speak to them conversationally — like a friend. Skip the formal language and opt for a more casual approach. Here is a list of top tech tools and amenities property management companies should be providing at the renter’s request:

  1. Online payment options
  2. Keyless door entries
  3. Free Wi-Fi
  4. Charging stations
  5. High-tech fitness centers
  6. Mobile access to portal

Keep in mind, high-tech and in-unit amenities are effective tactics to build revenue and offset costs for the landlord. Renters will receive highly-valued convenience in their day-to-day lives.

Affordability and Incentives

Affordability is a major concern to prospects, especially Gen Z-ers. The main reason people move is to seek lower rent. There is a market overpopulation and much of the market is overvalued. Landlords that focus on affordability over amenities could pay off this year. Rental incentives are being used to attract tenants and retain their business. Typically, the offerings include a discount on rent. However, as we shift towards a digital age, there is an emphasis on digital rewards like e-gift cards. This gives property managers the opportunity to send something to their tenant, with minimal effort for both parties.

Additionally, consumers are requesting rent-payment reporting. When they pay their rent, renters are not receiving credit on their credit report. Tenants are more likely to choose a location if the landlord provides this type of reporting. Not only does this help build the tenant’s credit, but it also boosts positive payment patterns and reduces the risks for property management companies.

Secured Delivery of Packages

We’ve all seen the videos “porch pirates” stealing packages from people’s front porches. With a growing number of packages delivered worldwide, E-commerce is the way of the world right now, which has raised concerns about thieves stealing right from renters’ front doors. Residents are expressing interest in secure package delivery, such as package lockers or rooms with self-service pickup.

For more than 30 years, the Property Management Specialists of Central Florida have been serving the greater Orlando area. Our agents are licensed real estate professionals, dedicated to Central Florida rental properties. Keeping our properties occupied with qualified, happy tenants, in addition to maintaining low management and maintenance costs is what makes us the number one property management company in the city.

Social Intros: 2020 is here, and it’s important you know what renters are looking for!

Who Handles Pest Control?
03-23-2020
Pest Control
04-10-2020

person in new apartment

Who is Responsible for Pest Control?

 

Who is responsible for pest control? It’s a question that conflicts landlords and renters across the globe. The answer is this: both. Both the landlord and tenant have a responsibility to keep the property pest-free. Pests are a nuisance, and it’s hard to keep these uninvited houseguests under control, especially in certain areas and climates. Therefore, maintaining pest control services can be pricey. Don’t wait. Before signing a lease, the property management company and the tenants need to determine how much responsibility each party has for keeping the critters away.

Common Pests

First, let’s start with the list of common pests that would be found and covered by pest control. The most common pests found across the country include:

  • Cockroaches
  • Bed bugs
  • Spiders
  • Termites
  • Silverfish
  • Ants
  • Fleas and ticks
  • Flies
  • Rodents

Your geographic area can contribute to the type of pest your home attracts. The south often deals with termites in their homes. So common that some commercial pest control companies even provide free termite inspections. Once you identify what you could be dealing with, you’ll need to determine the responsibilities of each party.

Landlord Responsibilities

Most states legally require the landlord to offer and maintain a pest-free property. Prior to a tenant occupying a unit, the property manager is responsible for an inspection. Pest infestations must be removed thoroughly by a professional pest control provider. Structural problems, including seals, cracks, and openings must be handled before move-in day. The contract needs to include a section that discusses the property maintenance that includes pest-prevention.

Tenant Responsibilities

Tenants are also responsible for maintaining a pest-free environment — but only partly. Before they sign the lease, they must request the inspection results and review the contract thoroughly. If pest control is not mentioned, the renter must inquire about it. Once the tenant moves it, they must maintain a clean, pest-free space. Clutter can lead to infestations. Food should be stored away in airtight containers and properly sealed. no water stagnation should be found around the premises. Any signs of structural damage or pests should be reported as soon as possible to the landlord. The most common reason homes attract pests is due to carelessness with the garbage disposal. Garbage must be disposed of properly, and bins must be covered.

For more than 30 years, the Property Management Specialists of Central Florida have been serving the greater Orlando area. Our agents are licensed real estate professionals, dedicated to Central Florida rental properties. Keeping our properties occupied with qualified, happy tenants, in addition to maintaining low management and maintenance costs is what makes us the number one property management company in the city.

Essentials For Your First Property
03-23-2020
First Rental
04-10-2020

person in new apartment

First Apartment Essentials

 

You’re moving into your first home! What an exciting feeling. It might feel scary at first, but once you unpack everything, there’s no greater feeling. Room by room, we’ll tell you what you’ll need to feel right at home.

Bathroom

You don’t need to have a fully stocked bathroom. Don’t overdo it by just focusing on the necessities. Limit how many bath towels and washcloths you buy. You just need a good amount of towels to get you through the week, until you do laundry again. Stick to the basic day-to-day toiletries, such as:

  • Toilet paper
  • Handsoap
  • Hand towels
  • Plunger
  • Towels
  • Trash can
  • Shower curtain

Kitchen

Kitchenware can be a total money-guzzler because there are appliances and gadgets for everything. Keep it simple; overshopping can lead to having items that you never use. Stick to the supplies you’ll need:

  • Dishes, such as bowls and plates
  • Silverware, such as spoons, forks, and knives
  • Cups and mugs
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishtowels
  • Tupperware
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Can opener
  • Napkins and paper towels 
  • Dish soap
  • Baking pans
  • Trash bags

Living Room

This room will probably be the one you spend the most time in. If you can get away with eating on the couch, you can opt-out of purchasing a table and chairs. The living room is the easiest place to thrift for. Second-hand shops have furniture that should fit your budget. Someone else’s trash is your treasure, right? Additionally, if you could acquire hand-me-downs from friends and family, you can save so much money! Here is what you’ll likely need:

  • Sofa or couch
  • Coffee table
  • TV (unless you prefer using a mobile device)
  • TV stand

Bedroom

Ah, the bedroom. The best room in the house. Your own private space that can truly be made yours. The place where you want to relax and get a good night’s sleep. You don’t have to commit to purchasing a full bedroom set, especially not right away. They are expensive and come with liabilities. There’s also no shame in putting your mattress right on the ground. Plus, if you decide to move, your set may not match or fit in your new home. Again, shopping at thrift stores can help reduce costs in this room, too! Here’s a checklist of must-haves to start with:

  • Bed/mattress
  • Pillows
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Nightstand
  • Hangers and hamper
  • Dresser, if the closet isn’t sufficient enough
  • Curtains
  • Trashcan
  • Reading lamp

First Aid and Emergency Kits

Every place should have a first aid and emergency kit. You should have medical and emergency supplies, such as bandaids, pain reliever, alcohol or peroxide, flashlights, and basic tools on hand as soon as possible.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies can kill your budget fast. There is something for everything. Don’t break the bank by buying individual products. All you simply need is dish soap, a broom, a mop, a vacuum, and multi-purpose spray. Search the internet for sales and low-cost appliances that you can easily store away. Hit the dollar store for the other basics.

For more than 30 years, the Property Management Specialists of Central Florida have been serving the greater Orlando area. Our agents are licensed real estate professionals, dedicated to Central Florida rental properties. Keeping our properties occupied with qualified, happy tenants, in addition to maintaining low management and maintenance costs is what makes us the number one residential management company in the city.


  • Pest Control
  • First Rental
  • 2020 Trends Renters Want
  • Who Handles Pest Control?
  • Essentials For Your First Property
  • Nikki