As previously discussed, every four weeks yards should be checked. Watering and mowing are obvious items to look for. What about shrubs, trees, derelict vehicles, peeling paint or oil stains on the driveway? Taking a picture on each visit helps in a number of ways. First, you can send it to the owner, thus letting him/her know of your continuing observation of the property. Second, you can verify that your checker has actually gone to the property.
Have these procedures eliminated all of the problems? No. They have, however, improved control over the properties, thus improving protection for the property manager and his/her clients.
Peter Meer is President/Broker of Meer & Company, Inc., 303-322-1550, which manages 150 single family homes and properties in Denver, Colorado. He holds the Master Property Manager (MPM) designation and the firm holds the Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC) designation from the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). To learn more about Peter’s Landlord solutions visit Meer and Company website at www.meerandco.com