Disaster Relief with Rick Haskins: Hurricane Michael

At 1:40 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 10, disaster occurred when Hurricane Michael officially made landfall on the Florida Panhandle. This Category 4 storm is the first storm of its strength to ever hit the panhandle, and it is the first to make landfall on the panhandle at all since 2005. The natural response to such a disaster is to …

How to Protect Your Home During Holidays

Holidays are always a much-needed break from your daily grind. In order to achieve total relaxation, be sure to take care of the unnecessary worries of home; such as lingering work tasks, the kids’ upcoming school projects, and – by the way – who’s going to feed the cat? A more important question, though, concerns the safety of your home. …

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Which Locks Should You Use For Your Rental?

There is no one lock that will address every concern you might have, but there is a lock that will work best for your particular rental property. To find the lock that you should use for your rental, make sure that you know what you are trying to prevent and how you could benefit from reducing the need to hand …

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4 Rental Scams to Watch Out for

These days, rental scams don’t just affect families looking for a new home or apartment. Property owners can be the victims of scams as well, potentially losing thousands on their rental lots. If you rent or plan on renting your home, it’s important that you keep yourself up-to-date with the latest tactics that scammers are using. Here are some of …

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Everything You Need to Know about Home Automation

If you’re of a certain age, you remember the days before internet and smartphones. You went to the library to seek out information, digging through card catalogs and aisles of books. The television required direct input or, at the very least, standing five feet away from it with a remote in hand. Today looks completely different. If you need information, …

How to Protect Your Vacation Rental Property Before a Disaster Happens

Vacation rental properties are investments. They, like any sold product or service, should increase your income, not your anxiety. They should also be protected against disasters to ensure they deliver a solid return on investment (ROI). To help you accomplish these aims, this post has been divided into three sections. The first addresses common and costly homeowner insurance claims. The …

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How to Prevent Renter Fraud in your Vacation Home

When my uncle rented out a few units in Providence, RI, he did it the old fashioned way. He put an ad in the local newspaper, showed the units himself, and then picked up the phone to call references. In good Rhode Island tradition, most of the time it took just a few minutes on the phone to find out …

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Why an Owner’s Closet Is Important and How Your Property Manager Can Ensure It Stays Secure

Growing up, my parents always maintained locked “owner’s closets” in all of our vacation homes. These owner’s closets that were filled with all kinds of goodies, from toys and recreational equipment to snacks, and even my mom’s favorite set of Egyptian cotton bedsheets (sheets that were consistently stolen if we left them out for general use by our guests). It …