Importance of Regular Home Inspections

One of the great services offered to tenants, owners and property managers is the On Site PROS Inspection. This is a company who goes out and inspects every inch of the home and gives a very detailed report with photos on every repair that is needed at the home.

How this helps a tenant:
This helps the tenant moving in by listing the exact condition of the home at the time of move in so that at time of move out you are not reliable for any of the repairs that were possibly needed before you moved in. Protect yourself and have one of these done each time you move into a new rental home.

How this helps an owner:
This helps the owner of the home by helping determine what is a tenant responsibility and what is owner responsibility. If a tenant moves out of a home and there is damage caused, you can possibly back charge that tenant’s security deposit for those repairs!

How this helps a property manager:
This helps the property manager by telling you the exact condition of the home and relaying it to either the tenant or the owner with great clarity. You will have the pictures and report to help assign for repairs. It will also help you determine who to bill for those repairs!

Be sure to protect yourself, whether you are the tenant, owner, or property manager, and have an On Site PROS Inspection done of your home regularly.

Simple Fall Savings!

It’s finally fall in Texas! You know what that means? Slightly less hot days and slightly cooler nights! It isn’t time to break out our jackets yet unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy it! Here are some easy ways to save this fall:

This is the perfect time of year to save on your electricity bill by opening a window! You would be amazed at the amount of money you would save by turning off your ac for a few hours a day.

Don’t you love when all of your favorite groceries go on sale? Well, since it is fall you are almost guaranteed to have a sale on your favorite produce!

Since it is cooler out, you are actually able to enjoy walking in the park or riding your bike on a trail. No need to waste money on that gym membership!

Family Time:
Speaking of parks, you’re able to actually enjoy one now without getting heat stroke! You don’t need to spend money on expensive tickets to the movies, just take a picnic to your favorite park or fly a kite!

One of the best parts of fall is you are able to utilize your whole closet! No wasting money on new clothes, now you have a whole new area of your closet to “shop” from!

These are just some of the ways to save during the fall, but there are always the basic ways to save as well. Be sure to enjoy the nice weather here in Texas, it doesn’t happen often!

CPS Energy Savings – Cool Energy Program

Did you know there is a way to save on your CPS bill that doesn’t include sweating because you have to keep your ac set to 78degrees?

SWEAT NO MORE! The CPS Cool Energy Program is a free program available to all CPS customers. It allows you to connect your window air conditioning units to your Wi-Fi so you can control them with an app on your phones or computers.

This allows you to have your window units on while you are home, but turning them off when you leave without having the house feel like a sauna when you come home from a long, hard day of work. You will be able to turn the units on from the app in time to cool the home off for you when you walk through the door!

This changes everything! You don’t have to choose between coming home to a hot, hot house and a high energy bill!

You will also receive a $30 credit on your bill at the end of the summer, on top of the savings you will already receive from being able to control your window units from your phone or computer!

Help San Antonio reduce energy use and help your community, as well as your wallet.

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Moving Tips

There are two types of movers: the movers who would rather have someone else do all the heavy lifting, and the movers who would rather do it themselves. Here are a few key tips for each of you!

Letting Someone Else Move You: There are several things you want to do before someone comes into your home to move your belongings.
• Remove any valuables! You want to keep these safe and the best way to do that is by moving them yourself.
• Package fragile items yourself. You may not want to move them yourself, but packaging them yourself is always a good idea. This way you know they will be safe and make the move.
• Label items you want handled with a little more care. It may not be fragile, but you still want it handled a little more delicately than, say, the sofa.
• Box the little things. This will help the movers get your items moved more swiftly and you will know nothing is missed.
• Research your movers! This cannot be stressed enough. Don’t just hire someone because they are the cheaper option. Generally the rule of “you get what you pay for” applies to movers. It is worth it to pay the extra and have the peace of mind that your items are safe.

Moving Yourself: You will be following a lot of the same tips as above, with a few added in.
• Pack all valuables and fragile items with great care. You will want to move these completely separate from larger items to prevent damage. In most cases, you can fit these in the back seat of your vehicle or the trunk.
• If you are not using a rented moving truck to move your items, you should consider buying some cheap king size sheets to wrap your larger belongings in. If you are putting them in the back of your pickup, you can throw a sheet or two over the tops of the items and tie it down when tying the actual items down. This will help to keep them clean and dirt/dust free.

Tips for both of you: There are tips you will both be following, regardless who is doing the actual moving.
• Label items by room. This will help you when unpacking! Something as simple as this can save you a ton of time in the end.
• If moving farther distances, you will want to either ensure you have used all of your perishable food items, or donate them to someone in need. You don’t want your items to spoil during the move. If you don’t want to move your nonperishable items as well, you can always donate them to your local food bank. If you are moving within a radius of your home where you can put the items in a cooler, be sure it is a short enough distance where your items won’t spoil.
• Find free boxes! Yes, free boxes. Call local grocery stores or even Walmart and ask when they stock their shelves. Those empty boxes are almost always just up for grabs! It is usually in the wee hours of the morning when no one is there, so plan on staying up late, grabbing a cart and going through the isles for your free boxes! Clean them up and they are ready to go.

Moving is always a tedious task, whether you’re a do-it-yourself-er or not. Keep your items and yourself safe and enjoy your new home!

(Tips for moving with children and pets will come at a later date.)