Disasters and emergencies take many forms, from severe weather to acts of terrorism. responding is easier if you prepare.
I found this pamphlet the other day and found it very informative. If you are interested, please visit the American Red Cross at www.ready.gov
Here are a few of the highlighted areas:
1) Make a plan, just in case. Make sure each family member knows what to do in an emergency. Review the family emergency plan every 6 months to see if changes need to be made.
2) Decide where to meet after a disaster or emergency. Choose a location outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency like a fire.
3) Prepare your home. Make a list of important numbers and keep the list by the phone, or put it into your smart phone. Plan escape routes to get out of the home. Stock up on emergency supplies. Make sure every family member knows where the emergency supplies are stored.
4) Have a disaster kit ready. Keep three days worth of water , food, medications, and any other essential supplies. Replenish and refresh emergency supplies every 6 months.
5) Connect with neighbors and community. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.
6) Take action if disaster strikes. Follow the advice of local emergency officials.
Remember to stay calm. Being prepared can help you get through emergencies and disasters.
I am not trying to scare anyone, but I realized how unprepared I am in case of emergency, so I am going to implement these steps in my home.
I manage my own properties, I don't need to hire a Property Manager. If this has been working for you then you are beating the odds.
Do you know legally how to handle the many situations that may occur? The laws vary by County and City in Oregon.
A Tenant dies in your property.
A Tenant dies or abandons a property and leaves a pet behind.Domestic violence by a Tenant to a member of the residence.
A Tenant leaves a vehicle behind when they move.
Collecting money from a former Tenant for damages and/or back rent.
Eviction of a Tenant for various reasons.
These are only a few of the many scenarios Property Managers handle frequently.
You say, "Well that will never happen to me", but it could happen. If you are not handling situations legally with the proper forms and protocol, you could be opening yourself up to a lawsuit.
So now, if you are considering hiring a Property Manager, why not hire one of the best in the area? AshBea Property Management LLC.
New laws and regulations are being addressed in the State Capital. AshBea Property Management LLC is a member of the Salem Rental Housing Association. We take compliance with new laws and regulations very seriously. We also only use rental forms that are up to date with the new laws. You can rest assured when contracting with us you are getting informed and professional service.
- 12/15/2016This is the time of year we think about the fireplace and chimney. At AshBea Property Management LLC we prepare for the Winter by having the wood burning fireplaces inspected annually in the late Summer or early Fall to make sure everything is up to code and safe to use. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading factor contributing to home heating fires was the failure to clean chimneys.
How often should a chimney be inspected?So Enjoy the Winter!
- 12/08/2016The Ambiance of Candlelight
It is so relaxing to spend a evening by candlelight. There can be some annoying side effects, though. The type of candle you use can make the difference.
Paraffin candles are petroleum based products. They are full of toxic chemicals and additives, and are unhealthy to breathe. They can leave black soot on the walls and ceiling. They are also bad for your lungs.
There is a great alternative, it is a Soy candle. Soy candles are:
Soy beans candles are beautifully crafted and come in a variety of aromas.Enjoy many relaxing evenings.
- Burn 30 - 50 % longer
- Are healthy to breathe
- They do not leave soot on walls, ceilings, or your lungs
The Garbage Disposal is a hard working appliance in the Kitchen. We often take if for granted it will grind up everything. The disposal has limitations. Do not put the following items down the garbage disposal:
- Avocado pits
- Coffee grounds
- Corn husks
- Egg shells
- Onion skins
- Peach pits
- Potato peels
- Raw meat with bones
Maybe the best solution is to treat your garbage disposal correctly so it won't break down.
Even though we are not officially in the Summer Season, yet, it feels like Summer.
Here are some tips to help survive the Summer heat:
- Use your air conditioner, if you have one.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, there are a few tricks to cool down the home. Open your windows at night to let the cooler air into the home. When the day begins to heat up, close the windows and close the blinds to keep the sun from shining in and heating up the home. If you have ceiling fans or any portable fans, turn them on.
- If you have a pet, remember to keep them cool, and indoors.
- If you have a yard, remember to water the flower beds around the house. It is important to keep the plants around the house watered and green. Green plants around the house can be a barrier to a fire. A soaker hose is very efficient for flower beds. Soaker hoses use less water and all the water is directed to the roots of the plant.
- If you water your lawn, water early in the morning to prevent evaporation. If you have a sprinkler system, set the timer to early morning hours.
I hope these tips help to make your Summer Season enjoyable.
Preventive maintenance on a property could save the Owner money in the long run.
There are 7 principles of a healthy home:
Dry Ventilated Maintained
Clean Pest free Contaminant free
The result of regular maintenance is to slow the rate of depreciation.
Proactive maintenance can increase the value of the property by 1% annually. Without proactive maintenance the property could lose 10% of it's value.
According to the U.S. Census, Director's Credit Union, and Lending Tree, overtime the annual maintenance costs average more than $3,300 annually. The Owner of the property should expect to pay 1% - 3% the initial house price of the property annually to maintaining the property.
Active communication between the Tenant, Property Manager and Owner is paramount in this process. Playing Offense, not defense by being proactive in maintaining the property is the key to preventing small problems from becoming large issues.
We have had a beautiful, mild Winter Season. With a mild Winter we will be seeing an increase in sugar ants and spiders. There are many ways to get rid of these unwanted guests, but I have just listed a few:
A) You can use a spray bottle filled with vinegar and spray the bugs on the ant trail, or the spider nests.
B) You can use a spray bottle filled with bleach and spray the bugs on the ant trail, or the spider nests.
C) There are several Raid products on the market for ant and spider removal.
D) There is a product on the market called Home Defense (I think it is made by Ortho). Home Defense comes in a pump bottle with a wand. You spray it on the ant trail inside and outside of your your home, and on the spider nests. It works up to two months.
There are many other products on the market to take care of these unwanted guest, so read the instructions on the container carefully. If you have children and/or pets, be especially careful how you use the product you have chosen.
Hope this has helped you with options for keeping your home as pest-free as possible.
It is the Season for mold in our homes. Mold is a fact of life in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few ways you can minimize the mold problem in your home this Winter Season.
There are ways to minimize the likelihood of mold growth in our homes:
1) Use the bathroom fan, leave it running for thirty minutes after bathing or showering.
2) If your bathroom doesn't have a fan, open the window and leave it open for thirty minutes after bathing or showering.
3) Use the kitchen fan whenever cooking. If there isn't one, open a window slightly.
4) Use the fan in the laundry area.
5) If moisture condenses on windows or walls, turn up the thermostat on your heat source.
6) Open doors between rooms and to closets to increase air circulation.
7) Cover fish tanks.
8) Don't keep too many house plants, and don't over water the ones you keep.
9) Keep the temperature above 55 degrees.
10) Open several windows for at least an hour twice a week to change the air in your home.
11) Dry any water that spills on carpets and rugs.
12) If you have an air conditioner, be sure it isn't leaking.
13) Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
Hope these helpful hints help you through this Winter and Spring Season:)
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