Property Management and Real Estate Services

Calgary has really lucked out for this year’s fall weather! As such, we’ve taken a bit more time before we share some tips on how to prepare your Calgary property for the chilly winter months. 

 

As a homeowner, it’s important that you’re proactive when it comes to taking care of your property. Winterizing your house not only prevents damage, but it maintains your homes value in long run. Calgary Property Managers may send you a list of things you should be taking care of, or they may coordinate maintenance with their partnered vendors. Definitely take a moment to touch base with your Calgary Property Management Company to see what they’re doing to look after your biggest investment. 

 

With winter now being right around the corner, it’s time to run through the checklist below and get your Calgary rental property winterized. 

 

Top 5 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

 

1) Winterize the yard 

  • Close valves, remove the hose and professionally winterize underground sprinklers.
  • Remove leaves & weeds, mow the lawn, and clear your eaves troughs to prevent ice blockages, which may cause snow and water runoff to drain towards the foundation of your house.
  • Prepare your mower: As the mower sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, “varnishing” the carburetor change your furnace filters and causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring. Check your mower’s manual for cold-weather storage steps.

 

2) Change your furnace filters
Clean or change your furnace filters and humidifier filters (if you have one) so that your furnace & humidifier can work efficiently, better control dust in the home, and ideally use less gas to heat the home.

 

3) Check your smoke detectors
Change the batteries (if not hardwired) and test your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors to see if they are working properly. If they do not work, or if you are lacking one, you should contact your Calgary Property Management Company.

 

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4) Air Conditioners
If you have air conditioning, it might be a good idea to turn off the breaker on your electrical panel so it is not accidentally started in winter, plus cover your AC unit outside if you have the proper coverage.

 

5) Ice in your windowsills 

If you find you have ice building up on your window sills this winter, adjust your humidifier to a lower % setting, raise your blinds 3” – 4” so that there’s better airflow, and be sure to run bathroom fans for at least 30 minutes after all showers and baths.

 

Although winterizing your property may not feel like the most enticing activity for your weekend plans, it’ll definitely save you dollars in repairs, and the head ache of managing any damages during a cold snap. If managing your property is taking too much time away from your schedule, or you need extra vetting for reliable tenants, call Unison Property Management today and connect with our team. 

 

At Unison Realty Group Ltd. we will find the perfect rental for you in a location that fits your needs. We’ll handle what you don’t want, and you’ll enjoy the benefits.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us:

Phone: (403) 219-3000

Email: [email protected]

Choosing a property management company that you can trust can feel like a daunting task. However, if you know what to ask – you’ll be prepared to make a confident decision in who will manage your most valuable asset. With these suggested questions, you will be able to make an informed choice and feel self-assured that your Calgary rental property is in the right hands. 

 

Three Essential Questions to Ask the Calgary Property Management Company

 

How does the property management company qualify applicants? 

When it comes to the success of your rental property in Calgary, having reliable and trustworthy tenants can be a weight off your shoulders. 

 

It’s important to ask how the property managers screen potential tenants and what processes they have in place. They should complete a detailed rental application and review the applicants’ credit, criminal, and employment history. 

 

This step will help ensure you have high-quality and long-term tenants occupying your property. 

 

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What does the property management company charge for management and leasing? 

Property management companies collect fees to ensure all of your property-related concerns are well looked after. 

 

On top of the operations of your rental, they handle difficult situations that can come with managing a property, such as eviction notices, dealing with difficult tenants, or maintenance issues. 

 

They also handle new tenant placement and financial reporting. These are all valuable services and are meant to give you peace of mind while also providing your tenants with a sense of comfort and security. 

 

However, it is important to have a solid understanding of how these services are charged and for how much. While the fees vary from company to company, ask what is charged above a flat percentage of actual income. Are there annual administrative fees? What fees are there when the property is vacant? These are important questions to consider when choosing a property management company in Calgary. 

 

Read our special blog post here if you are interested in learning more about what property management companies charge. 

How many properties are being managed in the company? 

This question helps you understand the property manager’s business size, workload, and time to allocate to your property and tenants. If the manager has many clients, they will typically have an assistant promptly answer your questions and requests. 

 

It also indicates the experience of the property management company. As a follow-up question, you can ask about the type of properties they typically manage. The answer can suggest that your property manager has expertise in a particular type of rental property and if they’re best suited for you and your property management needs. 

 

While these are just some of the best questions to ask your Calgary property management company. Ensure that you research the company beforehand so you know how they work and their success. The more research you put into the company, the more confident you’ll feel when agreeing to sign up with them.

 

At Unison Realty Group Ltd. we will find the perfect rental for you in a location that fits your needs. We’ll handle what you don’t want, and you’ll enjoy the benefits.

For any questions or inquiries, please contact us:

Phone: (403) 219-3000

Email: [email protected]