Best Tenant Screening Tips for Your Redmond, WA Rental Property

We have screened a lot of tenants over the years, and we want to share some of our most successful techniques so you can save time and manage a more effective tenant screening process as a landlord. There are five questions that we’ll always ask when someone calls to inquire about a vacancy. This is part of our pre-screening process to establish whether or not we want to show them the property. [Read more…]

Should I Sell or Rent my Home When I Relocate? Kirkland, WA Property Management Advice

When people are moving out of state, they often ask if they should hold onto their property and turn it into a rental home. I get asked this question about three or four times a year, and I thought it would be a good idea to explain why I usually encourage people to keep their home and turn it into a rental. [Read more…]

Best Tips for Handling Delinquent Rent Payments – Advice for Landlords in Kirkland, WA

We have a series of steps that landlords in the Kirkland Redmond area can take when they’re handling delinquent rent payments. It starts with tenant communication and ends with eviction, but a lot of things can happen in between. If your tenant is late paying rent, follow these tips. [Read more…]

8 Things Every Lease Agreement Should Cover – Property Management in Redmond, WA

Every lease agreement will have standard clauses and include information such as how much rent must be paid, when it’s due and whether tenants can have pets. Since we are talking about lease agreements, we want to share a few of the things we include that are also important. [Read more…]

Why Choose Windermere Gregory Property Management in Kirkland, WA

Investors and owners looking for a Kirkland area property management company have several choices. There are a handful of duties that most companies do the same, so today we’re pointing out a couple of things that we do differently at Windermere Gregory Property Management in. These are the things that make us your best choice. [Read more…]

Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

Once the candle on the last jack-o-lantern goes out, it’s officially The Holiday Season. Are you ready?

We have tips for how to prep your rental home for guests and make your home a favorite spot for family and friends to gather over the holiday season.

Cold-weather cleaning
Spring isn’t the only time to give your place a thorough scrub. Before you play host or hostess for holiday gatherings, you’ll want your home to shine as brightly as the season’s lights. Wash windows to let in as much sunshine as possible, mop floors, and dust your home from top to bottom. If necessary, this is also a good time to steam-clean carpets, making floors a welcoming spot to play games and exchange gifts. Don’t forget to make your kitchen shine, too, in preparation for all those wonderful holiday treats and meals.

Preparing for guests
It’s never too early to get your guest accommodations in order. In the guest room, get everything ready for out-of-town visitors. Collect extra pillows and blankets, freshen bedding, clear space in the closet and have fresh towels at the ready. A suitcase stand, either purchased or made by you out of decoratively stacked, vintage suitcases, is a welcoming touch. Place high-quality toiletries in a decorative basket for your guests to enjoy.

Holiday decor
Whether you create it yourself or purchase holiday home decor from your favorite catalog or home store, creating a holiday mood with garlands, greenery and other items will make visitors to your home feel welcome. Holiday plants and pine boughs can be found at your local home improvement shop or florist. If you have vintage ornaments that are wearing out or that have lost their hook holders, place them in a decorative bowl or glass candle holder to let them sparkle. Candles (battery-powered are safest) and small lights add a warm festive glow throughout your home.

Opening your home for the holidays makes the season even warmer. Begin preparing your place now so that it will feel truly welcoming for your seasonal guests!