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The Corporate Investor Podcast Interview

Join Matt Nusbaum, host of The Corporate Investor Podcast, as he chats with Enrique Jevons about real estate investment strategies. Enrique describes making the transition from working full time in a corporate “W2” job to real estate investment and eventually launching Jevons Property Management.

The Corporate Investor Podcast

Contact us through the website form or check out our live chat (available during business hours) to connect with Enrique about managing your investment properties!

What Every Property Owner Needs To Know About Locks

 

Our guest blogger Ralph Goodman from United Locksmith tells us about locks.

What Every Property Owner Needs To Know About Locks

Locks are an important part of every single home, and they just might be the most underrated aspect of home security (aside from your neighbors). They are responsible for so much, but get very little credit as a majority of said credit is dispensed to security alarms, motion sensors, and surveillance cameras (the real James Bond looking stuff). However, behind the scenes of every home security setup, no matter how grand or intricate, lies a lock at the foundation. Home security is, more often than not, crafted around the existence of locks. Locks are fundamental to ensuring that home security remains as robust as possible.

Due to the fact that many people tend to overlook the importance of locks, there are some crucial things that homeowners never take into account. As a lock expert, I feel obliged to let people know these important things, so let’s dive into what every property owner needs to know about their locks.

Not All Locks Are Created Equal

There is a common misconception, among people who have never studied security, that all locks are created equal. Essentially, some people believe that any lock will suffice when it comes to home security. But it is important to realize that there are many different types of locks that can be used for a variety of purposes. For instance, the locks that you might use for the interior doors in your home will not be the best fit for your exterior doors.

Locks are made to different specifications and they are each meant to provide a particular tier of security for a specific purpose, so it is important for homeowners and property owners to be aware of this before they install any locks on their property. Not only will this help you install the right locks, it will help you when you are upgrading locks or making security modifications.

The worst thing you can do is use the wrong lock on your front door.

Security Grades

The security grade of the lock is pretty much the rating that is used to measure the overall security, longevity, and effectiveness of the lock. In most cases, security grades are assigned to deadbolt locks but they can also be used to gauge the attributes of many other locks. Property owners and homeowners alike need to be able to understand what the security grade of a lock stands for so that they know what they are getting out of their locks.

Locks are usually graded using the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard of rating, and they are graded from Grade 1 to Grade 3. Grade 1 locks are the strongest and most resilient forms of locks on the market, whereas Grade 3 locks are not as strong, but still very effective when used in the appropriate fashion. For instance, it would be completely acceptable to utilize Grade 3 locks on interior doors, but it will be much more suitable to use Grade 1 deadbolt locks on exterior doors.

Maintenance Is Key

Another important thing that property owners need to be aware of, is that every lock needs to be properly maintained to ensure its longevity and continued effectiveness. Much like anything else in life, proper care and maintenance go a long way to help people get the most out them. There isn’t any rocket science that goes into maintaining locks, but you do have to know exactly what you are doing and how to go about it so that you do not end up damaging your locks instead.

Locks should be cleaned every few months (at least every three months) to make sure that the buildup of grime and dust does not impair their core functions. In addition to regular cleaning, oiling the lock will help increase its efficiency and lifespan, so that you effectively end up spending less money frequently replacing your locks.

Security Add-ons

A majority of property owners never take advantage of the fact that they can make additions to their locks to improve their security. The reason why most people do not take advantage of this is that they do not know that this is even an option. In most cases, it will require the expertise and knowledge of a professional residential locksmith to make these additions, but it is still a possibility.

These additions can range from the inclusion of additional security pins to the variation of the material used for the springs within the lock. Most of these minor additions go a long way to help make your lock withstand picking and other bypass methods. There are more handy property owners who might be able to make these changes by themselves, but make sure that you consult with a locksmith or security professional to avoid any damage and additional costs.

Locks Are Not Impervious

Now, this is extremely important for every property owner and/or occupant to know. Locks are not impervious to damage. The simple truth is that every lock can be bypassed if the right amount of force is applied to it. For example, even if you have four Grade 1 deadbolts securing your front door, someone will still be able to break it down if they have access to a battering ram and if they have enough time on their hands. Your locks are not meant to serve as impenetrable gatekeepers, but they are meant to impede burglars and people who wish to gain unauthorized access to your home. This is the reason why home security is a mechanism with many moving parts: none of them are strong alone. It is important for property owners to make sure that they build an adequate home security system and protocols around their locks so that these mechanisms can work with each other and bolster your security.

Conclusion

There is a lot that goes into locks and security and the way they work together to keep homes and property safe. The points listed and discussed above are meant to give property owners some insight into the way that locks work, but they are not a definitive guide to locks and everything that you need to know about them. In order to make sure that your locks and your security are constantly up to date, property owners have to make sure to always pay close attention to the way their locks function as well as security advancements that might crop up along the way.

Check out more articles by Ralph Goodman at http://united-locksmith.net/blog/author/ralph.

Hey There Good Neighbor

Hispanic referee between arguing neighbors

Having neighbors can be great or awful.  They can end up being your best friends or your best enemies. Either way, it isn’t always easy dealing with problems with your neighbors.

You want to get along, be respectful, and respected, but issues can arise.  Your neighbor might sing all night getting ready to be the next great star of America’s Got Talent. Maybe your neighbor thinks she is Martha Stewart and that vacuuming at 2 a.m. is normal.

The best way to handle these situations is to get to know your neighbor.

  • Be friendly and say “Hi” when you pass by.
  • Introduce yourself to new neighbors. Being familiar with them can go a long way in solving problems.
  • Write them a note about the issue. If you are upset, wait until you calm down so your note can be clear and concise.
  • Ask other neighbors if the issue is bothering them too. They might have talked to the neighbor about the issue already.

The Farmhouse Remodel

Our remodeled farmhouse is coming along. The plumbing, electrical, and drywall are now all done. Painting is next.

 

Use This Renter’s Checklist Before Signing Your Lease

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Are you renting for the first time or the 20th time?  This checklist can guide you to find the perfect home that meets your needs. Print out this list of questions for each home you are looking at. You can answer the questions throughout your tour and take a few photos too. Good luck in finding the home that is just right for you.

  • How much is the application fee, and who needs to fill one out?
  • What are the requirements to rent with your property management company?
  • How many people can live in the house?
  • How much is the rent?
  • How much is the security deposit?
  • How do I pay for the rent and deposits? Can I pay online, by credit card, check, or in person?
  • What is the length of the lease? One year, six months, or month-to-month?
  • Which utilities am I responsible to pay for?
  • What is the parking situation?
  • What are the late fees?
  • What is the penalty for breaking my lease?
  • What appliances are included?
  • What is your pet policy? Is there a pet fee?
  • How do I put in a maintenance request? What repairs am I required to fix?
  • How do I renew my lease?

 

We Are Remodeling An Old Yakima Farmhouse

We’ve been working on an extensive remodel of an old Yakima farmhouse.  The team is currently vaulting the ceilings.  It should turn out very nice and be ready to rent in June.

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We Don’t Like Bad Reviews. Do You?

We don’t like bad reviews. Do you?




Yes, we have received bad reviews and ratings of our company on social media.  We get upset.  We get embarrassed.  We worry our business will suffer from them. Of course, we want to delete them, but we can’t.


Instead, we immediately take action. We try to figure out who wrote the review and why.  Did we do someone wrong that we can make right?  Do we need to change our procedures?  We talk to our staff and use our reviews, good and bad, to improve our customer service and policies.


We want happy tenants, owners, and vendors.  We want to be the best property management company in town.  We want constructive criticism to help us grow and get better.


We don’t want nasty, mean, spiteful, revenge criticism.  Social media will post any review so the reader has to decide what kind it was.


Please remember that there are 2 sides to every review.  


If we know the reviewer we contact them.  Nine out of ten times we work out the problem and everyone learns from the experience, is happy, and we prevent it from happening again.


Our last review involved tenants that were evicted so of course, they were mad at us. They did not pay rent and broke their lease.  Evictions are not surprise events that happen one day.  An eviction is a long legal process.  The tenant and landlord have many steps to take and each know exactly what is happening and when.  We don’t like doing evictions.  We are in business to have homes with tenants in them, not vacant.  We want tenants to follow their lease agreement.  We want tenants to tell us if something is wrong and we will try our best to work with their situation.  Eviction is the last thing we want to do, but we will do it if need be.


These tenants were mad at us for evicting them so they wrote a bad review regardless of the facts.  We could comment and go back and forth, but that would be pointless squabble.


Everyone at Jevons Properties Management uses the reviews of our company, good and bad, to improve our customer service and policies in an attempt to be fair and considerate to all. We ask for the same consideration in return.


Please remember that there are 2 sides to every review.  

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