Our philosophy is to run a “low profile” and low overhead office which allows us to charge $95 per month for management... no more and no less. Screening tenants is one of the keys to successful management, and we excel at it. We have had just about every trick in the book pulled on us in the past, so we seldom get fooled anymore! No one bats 1,000, and if we make an error we step up to the plate and take responsibility for it.
For our owners we always try to maximize their rental income and control their expenses.
“Why should I hire a property manager? I can do it myself and save money.” Ah yes… we’ve all heard this before, and sometimes an owner is a successful manager of their own properties. But make one little mistake in the screening or in filling out the rental agreement or in the serving of an eviction notice and it can cost you BIG! Let’s face it - the chances of an inexperienced owner making a costly mistake are MUCH GREATER than someone with 20 – 30 years experience managing real estate.
The strength of any good property manager comes from many many years of successful problem solving. If you learn from and remember all the errors of your past then you will be unlikely to repeat them. This applies to any profession, whether it be property management, rocket design or marriage! The measure of any person should not be all the wonderful things they have done … rather all the mistakes they have made and what they did with them. Always look for someone with at least 10 years experience in their chosen field. Do you have 10 years experience in property management?
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The approach of winter means its time to check out a few areas of your property to avoid misery and possible expense later on. In a nutshell, “It’s all about water… mostly!” Here are some tips for preparing for the problems winter weather can bring:
DISCONNECT GARDEN HOSES – Leaving a garden hose attached to a modern “freeze proof” spigot can cause that faucet to freeze & break in a cold snap. The presence of the hose doesn’t allow water to completely drain from the fixture as it was designed. Also, garden hoses are easy to coil up when it’s 50 degrees out, impossible when it is 25!
COVER OUTDOOR WATER FAUCETS – Even though modern exterior faucets are called “freeze proof” it still is a good idea to cover them with an inexpensive ($2) foam cover during the winter. It’s cheap insurance against a plumbing repair that can cost hundreds later!
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Back when I was 12 our church youth choir was invited to give a night-time Halloween performance at … wait for it … The Evergreen-Washelly Cemetary in Seattle. On the appointed day we crammed onto the tired old First Presbyterian summer camp bus for a boisterous ride to our performance venue. The fact that we were going to be singing in a grave yard had us all wound up, and we looked forward with excited anticipation to the hot cocoa and cookies promised to us afterwards!
We arrived after dark, assembled for last minute instructions from Mrs. Sherman and shortly were herded together to the stage for our singing performance. All went well and no one blundered… well, not too badly anyway. Afterwards, we attacked a table loaded with hot chocolate and treats in the eery darkness, grave stones and cemetery statuary all around us.
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Jeff Christensen, Owner
Bob Mager, Office Manager
Daniela Kendall, Bookkeeper
P.O. Box 45168
Tacoma, WA 98448
14208 Pacific Ave., #4
Tacoma, WA 98444