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Southern California Property Management for Owner’s Rentals

The USC Casden Multifamily Forecast predicts that apartment rental fees in Southern California will experience an increase by at least $100 within the next two years, and by 2018, counties like LA will see an average rent of $1,416. If you have property in the So Cal area, now is the best time to hire a Southern California property management team. Why? Because the time is ripe for turning your idle property into an income-generating asset, earning you passive income to augment your household income, or to put away for a rainy day.

With a lot more people relocating to Southern California, particularly millennials because of job opportunities, the demand for housing rentals in SoCal has been experiencing a steady increase. This is because most of the residents here cannot afford to purchase their own home, and turn to apartment or housing rentals as the more affordable alternative. While it’s true that rental fees in this side of California are among the highest in the country, rentals are still considered as a better alternative to high mortgage payments. At the very least, renters have no fear of foreclosures, which in itself, is a welcome reprieve.

Why hire the services of a Southern California property management company?

If you live miles away from where you property is located, you will need the professional assistance of a licensed property manager to ensure that, first and foremost, your property is cared for. Secondly, a property manager will handle all of the rental details for you and liaise with the renters on your behalf. Briefly, here is what a property manager can do for you:

  • Find the right tenant for your property (show the property to interested renters, and screen the potential tenants)
  • Do the paperwork (from rent or lease agreement to permits, if necessary, and all other required documents)
  • Ensure that the tenants are occupying the property according to the terms covered in the lease agreement
  • Oversee repairs and maintenance checks
  • Liaise on your behalf for complaints or requests

As you can see, a property manager will remove the burden of overseeing everything about your rental off of you. You can simply relax in your own corner, go about your daily routine, and sleep peacefully at night knowing that your property is in good hands.

We invite you to give us a call at 951-270-3700 to learn more about our Southern California property management services.

Why It’s Important to do Tasks One Season Ahead

As anyone who’s worked in property management and grounds maintenance would tell you, winter is their least favorite time of the year. Among Orange County property management professionals, winter means high winds, heavy rains, and erratic cold snaps, sometimes reaching just above freezing. Because of this, the best HOA and property management companies prepare months in advance for winter.

Winter preparations start as early as late summer or early fall. The first step is often the unclogging of drains, gutters, and downspouts, which tend to attract unwelcome debris and even animal inhabitants in spring and summer due to their cool and dark interiors. Clogged drains often freeze over during winter, leading to bursting pipes and hefty repair and replacement expenses once spring comes. That being said, maintenance crews wrap exposed outdoor pipes in insulating materials. Roof and siding repair is also done in the fall to prevent slips and falls caused by winter rain and snow.

Ornamental plants and trees also benefit from early winter preparations. Large trees can be braced in the middle of fall to prevent sudden winter winds from lashing out at them, and potentially uprooting them as well. This activity can also help prevent frost from weighing down tree branches, posing a risk to pedestrians, property, and the trees themselves. This is especially important for areas like Orange County and San Bernardino County, which experience heavy snow and frost every few years.

Aside from trees and plants, lawns have to be prepared as well. The best times to plant grass seed in California are early fall and late spring or summer, and the timelines for lawn maintenance have to be planned around the optimal planting season to ensure the survival of the grass seedlings. The right grass seed, such as fescue or Bermuda, have to be purchased in advance as well.

Preparations like these have to be taken seriously. The best Orange County property management practitioners treat these preparations as large-scale projects, complete with well-defined timelines, yearly budgets, and dedicated vendors. Procurement and storage of important supplies and equipment, such as road salt, snow shovels, and snow blowers, should be done professionally to ensure that the homeowners get their contributions’ worth.

When it comes to Orange County HOA management, SoCal Property Enterprises is the top choice of homeowners’ associations and condominium associations. With decades of experience in dealing with all sorts of weather, you and your residents and homeowners can rest easy, knowing that your property will be kept safe during the winter. To learn more about the services we offer to homeowners’ associations and property developers, contact us at 951-270-3700 or send us a message.

Top Three Ways to Keep Algae away from Swimming Pools in Winter

Swimming pools are popular among condominium and gated community owners. While they see a lot of use during spring and summer, most San Bernardino property management contractors say that they are rarely visited between December and February, even with heated water and other features such as communal saunas and steam baths. Because of this, pool maintenance falls to a yearly low as well.

Because many property owners and HOA management providers neglect their swimming pools during winter, algae growth starts to set in after a few weeks. It is true that algae grows slower in cold weather; however, slow growth is still growth, and by the time spring rolls in, many residents avoid visiting the condominium pool because of its unseemly smell and unappealing appearance. Here, we will give you a sneak peek into the techniques the best property managers use to prevent winter algae from growing in swimming pools.

1. Cover The Pool. The ideal cover should cover an area larger than the pool itself, thus keeping dirt away from the sides of the pool. An opaque cover, preferably made from vinyl, will keep your swimming pool free of debris and dirt. The opacity will also help keep sunlight away from the water, thus depriving algae of the warmth and light that it needs to grow and thrive. Also, the absence of debris will ensure that the chlorine level will stay constant through the winter.

2. Chlorinate The Pool. The ideal pH level for swimming pools is between 7.2 to 7.6. This is achieved by regularly chlorinating the water. At the same time, to nip the growth of algae in the bud, “shocking” the water (that is, introducing high concentrations of chlorine treatment) should be done every three weeks. After shocking the water, run the filter for two to four hours to make sure that the treatment is dissolved evenly.

3. Check The Pool Daily. Daily checks of the pool could reveal algae slowly starting to form on the walls, the floor, or on the water itself. It’s easier to detect algae in winter as it grows much slowly than it would in summer. If you do see specks of green floating in the water, introduce a chlorine shock treatment, run the filter, and add an algaecide the next day. The filter should also run for an hour twice daily to prevent stagnation.

The best San Bernardino HOA management companies follow the techniques above to make sure that their clients are able to enjoy their pool facilities as soon as spring comes along. To know more about how SoCal Property Enterprises satisfies its clients, visit our website or give us a call at 951-270-3700.

Spring Cleaning on HOA-managed Properties

As soon as winter ends, Southern California property management companies start getting busy with spring cleaning. Winter, with the rain and snow it brings, leaves behind a ton of damage, especially for older, poorly-maintained communities. It also brings a ton of debris, such as fallen branches and rocks strewn about the property.

One of the first things property managers do is to conduct an inspection of the premises, coordinating with housekeepers and grounds maintenance personnel in removing loose debris. In the case of Southern California, winter tends to be a wet and windy season, with snow and frost in some locations. This results in broken tree branches, particularly for trees weighed down by frost and hail. Sleet and hail could also cause broken windows, floor tiles, and pavement. Rain could seep inside existing cracks in stone and cement, which then expand as the water freezes in sub-zero night temperatures. While this phenomenon affects some areas more than others, an inspection of all exposed concrete surfaces is in order.

Cold weather could have other unwelcome side effects. For example, water could accumulate inside drainpipes and downspouts, resulting in clogs, leaks, and cracks. Combine this with loose debris, and property managers suddenly have a maintenance headache in their hands. Properties with swimming pools are also at risk, as little-used and cleaned swimming pools can develop an algae colony over the lean winter months. It is advisable to make declogging the drains and removing algae from pools a priority, as the transition from winter to spring in Southern California can be very brief and residents might want to use the pool once the cold snaps end.

Spring is also the time for power-washing all exposed surfaces, such as tennis courts, pool decks, and sidewalks. Rain and snow runoff can contain debris from a number of sources, and this sort of accumulated dirt cannot be washed off using ordinary garden hoses alone. This, pressurized water hoses come in handy during spring cleaning.

Finally, once everything has been cleaned, it’s time to restore the plants to their former condition. Lawns have to be reseeded, perennial plants in flowerbeds need a new topsoil cover, and sprinklers have to be up and running. Thus, spring cleaning will not be complete without checking both the soil and the plumbing.

It is the job of Southern California property management companies to ensure that everything is in tiptop shape in time for spring. To find out more about the services offered by the top Southern California property management company, visit our website.