The Best Barbecues For Apartments

Summer is here and that means it's barbecue season! Having a small balcony or strict condo rules doesn't mean you can't partake in the best summer pastime. Here are some of the best barbecues for your apartment building. Weber Q2200 This propane grill is small but mighty and perfect for your apartment balcony. This BBQ is relatively lightweight and portable enough that you could also take it on a picnic. It doesn't take up too much space and it ideal when you are cooking for 2-4 people. It features a single burner to heat up the 280 square inch area. Weber
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How to Handle Difficult Tenants

Every landlord will encounter a difficult tenant at some point. Even with the most rigorous screening processes, you may still find yourself dealing with problematic tenants. Here are just some of the ways you can handle difficult tenants and minimize conflict. Remain professional Even if you are dealing with difficult tenants, it is important that you remain professional at all times. You want to remain calm and level headed even though your problematic tenants may not afford you the same courtesy. Maintaining professionalism in these situations will help you minimize damage and more easily come to a solution. Be strict but fair
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Best Smart Home Products For Your Home

Smart home automation is becoming increasingly popular, and many new products are on the market. These devices can be remotely controlled and synced with other products in your home. So you can stay connected from anywhere, here are the 5 best smart home products. Nest Thermostat The sleek and stylish thermostat is a great way to monitor your home's temperature from anywhere. Connect your tablet or phone and you can control up to 20 thermostats in your home! Being able to control your thermostat from outside the home means you can turn down the air conditioning when you aren't there and
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Prepare Your Building For Summer

As the summer months approach and the weather gets warmer, you will want to make sure you prepare your building for summer. The winter months can often cause some wear and tear to your building, so routine maintenance before summer is common. Here are some of the best tips to help you prepare your building for summer. Check windows and doors Before it gets really hot, you want to make sure you check the windows and doors of your building for any holes or gaps in the seals. You want to keep the hot air out and keep the cooler air
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The Benefits of Renting

Many people wonder whether it's better to rent or to own. Growing up many people aspire to one day owning their own house, but is that dream dead? Housing prices continue to rise and more people choose to rent. Whether or not you decide to stay renting depends on the type of person you are and the lifestyle you lead. Here are the benefits of renting so you can be the judge.  Low Maintenance Homeowners will have to frequently update and maintain their home. These additions will add up quickly and homeowners will find themselves stuck with large maintenance bills.
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Should You Allow Your Tenants To Have Pets?

As a landlord, deciding whether or not you will allow pets in your building is a big decision. There are definitely pros and cons to renting to people with pets, and ultimately whatever you choose has to be what's best for you and your business. If you decide to allow your tenants to have pets, limiting this to cats and dogs may be smart and you should have strict restrictions set out in the lease. Here are the pros and cons of renting to tenants with pets. Pets everywhere By allowing tenants to have pets you are opening up the
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Protect Yourself and Your Stuff With Tenant Insurance

More people are opting to rent than ever before, but one thing that many renters fail to consider is the importance of tenant insurance. Tenant insurance is important because it will cover you in the event of any accidental damage or unforeseen circumstances. Here are some of the most common reasons why people don't have renters insurance, and why you really need it. Don't consider it A majority of the rental market is young people fresh out of school. Renter’s insurance is not advertised as much as it should be, and many people don’t know about it in the first place. Of
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Best Dog Breeds For Apartments

Not every building is pet-friendly, but more landlords are beginning to accept dogs. Each dog breed is different and some are more fit to live in smaller spaces than others. If you're on a quest to find the perfect furry friend for your small space then look no further. Here are some of the best dog breeds for apartments. English Bulldog  Bulldogs are full of love and low on energy! These chubby companions are the perfect apartment dogs because they don't require a lot of space to run around and are more interested in lounging all day. Who could say no to
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How To Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Building

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The curb appeal of your building is very important. The outside and the surrounding area is what people will see and it is what people will notice first. If you drive past your building and aren't drawn to it, then you can't expect that prospective tenants will be either. Here are some things you can do to improve the curb appeal of your building and help attract new tenants. Entrances The entrance of your building will often be the focal point for people passing by. Check to make sure that the hardware on the door is working and up to
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How to Handle a Tenant’s Bounced Check

As a landlord rent collection can be hard, but it is the most important job you have. Post dated cheques are still one of the most common ways of paying rent and while you pray it won't happen, you will probably encounter at least one instance where a tenant's check has bounced. Here are ways to handle bounced checks and steps to take in order to prevent this from happening in the future.  Change Methods After you determine that the tenant’s cheque has bounced, you need to decide whether you will continue to accept cheques from this tenant. If you
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