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Move-Out Inspection Checklist

Posted on: 2014-02-25

To better assist you in your Move-Out Inspection, listed below are the items that we will check at your walk-through appointment. We hope that this will help you.  We have provided you with a check off place, so that you can check each item off as you complete the job.

KITCHEN
 Refrigerator:
 Clean the outside, front/sides, and behind
 Clean grate on bottom of refrigerator
 Clean racks free of any substance
 Clean rack holders
 Clean crisper, inside/outside
 Clean under crisper
 Clean freezer
 Clean freezer door/shelves

Stove/Oven:
 Clean stove top and sides
 Clean drip pans
 Clean under stove top (lift top)
 Clean vent hood completely
 Clean oven with cleaner, remove all oven cleaner residue and stains
Helpful hint:
Place a bowl of ammonia in center of oven, place dishrag in ammonia hanging off the side of the bowl and touching the bottom of the oven. Leave racks in place.  Let this sit overnight.  You should be able to wipe the oven and racks clean without scrubbing the next morning.  A stubborn spot can be removed with a Brillo pad.

Cabinets/Counter tops:
 Clean inside/outside, and drawers
 Remove contact paper
 Clean counter tops, remove all stains with cleaner

Kitchen sink:
 Clean with cleansing powder
 Clean faucets and handles

Floor:
 Sweep and mop including under refrigerator

BATHROOM
Tub/Shower:
 Clean with ammonia and Brillo pad, remove all soap scum
 Clean faucets and handles

Commode:
 Clean inside/outside, under seat lid, around base

Sink:
 Clean inside and around vanity

Cabinet:
 Clean inside/outside.  Remove contact paper

Floor:
 Sweep and mop


VENTS:
 Dust and clean

LIGHT FIXTURES:
 Dust and clean

CARPET
 Must be professionally steam cleaned throughout the unit.  Be sure to clean along the baseboards.  Must be the last thing that you do.  Must not appear to have been walked on.

WALLS
 All holes must be patched and painted.  Normal wear and tear accepted.  You are responsible for painting your unit if damage is beyond normal wear.

WINDOWS/WINDOW SILLS
 Clean windows with spray cleaner
 Clean window sills

SCREENS
 All missing and damaged screens are the responsibility of the tenant

FIREPLACE
 Remove all ash and dirt

PATIO/PORCH
 Sweep all patios/porches and remove trash

STORAGE ROOM/ LAUNDRY ROOM
 Sweep/mop floor
 Remove all lint, dust and dirt
 Clean hot water tank (remove dust)

KEYS
 All keys must be turned in at CHECK-OUT.  This includes any mail keys

We hope that this list will assist you.  If we can be of any further assistance, please call the office at 543-6936.  Thank you for your cooperation.

How to find your first apartment - MSN Real Estate

Posted on: 2013-08-20

Whatever your college living situation was, odds are that it was probably a little noisier, grungier or smaller than what you had in mind for your post-graduation life. Add to that the probability that you'll need to relocate for a new job, and there's a good chance you'll be on the lookout for a new apartment.
Read More: How to find your first apartment - MSN Real Estate

Two Myths about Renter's Insurance - Steve Denman

Posted on: 2011-11-02

There are two big myths about renters insurance. One is that it's too expensive and the other is that it's not needed. Not having renters insurance is a pretty big gamble, considering that without it you face the cost of replacing your personal belongings after and event such as fire or theft. What's more, you could face the prospect of defending yourself in a lawsuit because of some accident for which you might be held legally responsible, whether it happened where you live or live elsewhere. 
In many cases, for less than a couple of hundred dollars a year you can protect your valuable, like your furniture and clothes, from loss by fire, theft, wind and water damage or other covered hazards. But many renters still don't believe they need such insurance. A survey conducted by Cambridge Reports, Inc. for the Insurance Information Institute found that fewer than three out of every 10 renters purchase renters insurance. 
Many renters mistakenly believe their landlord's insurance will cover their own belongings. In fact, it would be extremely rare for a landlord's policy to extend to tenants' property. 
To determine how much insurance coverage you'll need, take a complete inventory of your personal items. An insurance agent can help with this by estimating the total value of your property. You'll also need to decide whether to opt for depreciated or limited replacement cost coverage. Depreciated coverage is the cost to repair or replace your belongings minus depreciation. Let's say you bought a quality sofa with an expected useful life of 10 years. If it's now five years old and would cost about $1000 to replace, you could expect to receive around $500 (less deductible) if your sofa was destroyed by fire. You would pay slightly more for limited replacement cost coverage, but you could expect to receive $1,000 for your sofa minus your deductible. 
You should also keep in mind that insurance coverage for some types of personal property is limited in terms of dollars. Renters insurance also give you personal legal liability coverage and medical payments to others who are accidentally injured while in your home, apartment or elsewhere if the injuries are caused by your actions. And, if you are forced to live elsewhere because of damage to your residence due to a covered loss, renters insurance covers additional living expense. 
Remember, you may not own the building in which you live, but you still need to have insurance to protect your property in the case of fire, theft or other hazards. Talk with you insurance agent for more information.

Steve Denman Ins Agcy Inc
47 Greensboro Highway
P.O. Box 408
Watkinsville, GA 30677-0011

Renter Insurance in Athens GA

Posted on: 2011-09-16

Athens renters insurance is something that all Athens renters need to consider purchasing. Whether you own a modest amount of property or an enormous number of priceless assets, Athens renters insurance will afford you the kind of security you want for the possessions you treasure. Insurance may be seen by some as a luxury, but in trying economic times, it is a necessity if you want to protect yourself against unforeseen financial problems that result from fire, theft or loss of property. - http://www.rentersinsurance.net/athens.html

ati insuranceATI Insurance www.atiinsurance.com - 400 Hawthorne Avenue #1, Athens - (404) 875-4700
Chasteen Insurance www.chasteeninsurance.com/ - 1030 Mitchell Bridge Road Suite 100 Athens - (706) 549-2774

Rhett Butler State Farm Insurance www.rhettbutler.biz - 2500 Lexington Road, Athens - (706) 354-0444






Let Someone Else Pay Your Rent!

Posted on: 2011-06-08

160 Cottages at Reed Street Apartment Athens Georgia
Duplex -- 2Bed/1 Bath Each Side.  Located on Reed Street, Athens.  Price per building is $55,000.00.  For Rent to Own.  A 2 year contract at $400.00 per month for one unit will allow you to use $200.00 per month out of the rent as the down payment.  This will give you a down payment of $4,800.00 after 2 years.  The owner will finance the balance of $50,200 at between 5 and 7% over 30 years.  Payments should be no more than $425.00 after purchase and that includes the property taxes and insurance so when you rent the other side you will be living almost FREE. Call 706-543-6936 to inquire about this offer!
Amenities and Additional Photos!
Sliding glass doors
Dining Area
Washer & Dryer Hookup
Low security deposit
Fully carpeted
Central Heat/Air
Inside Pets Welcome with fee
Patios
Fireplace
On Busline
Cottages At Reed Street Apartments 160 Cottages at Reed Street Apartment Athens Georgia
Cottages at Reed Street Apartments view from Reed Street Cottages at Reed Street Apartments view from Reed Street

How About A Washer & Dryer?

Posted on: 2011-06-08

Washer and Dryer rental is only $32.00 per month and that includes delivery!  Now that is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!  Our friendly leasing staff will help you find your new home. Call us today at 706 543 6936 to learn how to take advantage of this new offer!

Duplexes versus Apartments

Posted on: 2011-05-03

The question is, should I rent an apartment or a duplex in Athens?  There are pros and cons with each and it seems that the only one who can truly make that decision is YOU!  However, there are various reasons as to why one or the other would be better for your particular need.

First, let us consider a duplex.  Most apartment complexes maintain the lawn (check your lease).  That is a good option for renting when you want some of the benefits of a house but don't want to pay the sometimes high prices and don't have the time to maintain the lawn yourself.  Duplexes also have dedicated parking spaces while most apartment complexes do not.  Of course, the main attraction to a duplex is the fact that you only have one neighbor!  The insulation between duplexes tends to be a little better than an apartment so you are likely to hear less of that noisy neighbor who plays video games till all hours of the night.

Apartments are an even more economical option for most tenants.  It seems that the closer you get to downtown and the bus-line that the more apartments you find.  So, if you lack your own transportation, you might certainly be looking for an apartment.  Athens seems to have more apartments than most cities.  This is an added advantage.  Being close to the University of Georgia also offers options for entertainment that you might not be able to find in other cities.  A good place to find something to do in Athens is VisitAthensGA.com.  Many apartments include all or partial utilities.  Check with the property you are renting to find out what is included.  Make sure that pest control is provided.

That's all for now!  If you have questions about which one is right for you, please call one of our qualified representatives at 706 543 6936!

Why Charge Security Deposits and Are They Refundable?

Posted on: 2011-04-26

A security deposit is used against damages to your apartment.   Rental property can be expensive to maintain.  The good news is that this cost is usually taken care of by the management company (check with them to see whether this is included!).  The reason you pay a security deposit is that the property management company has to pay someone to clean, paint and do any repairs to your apartment after you move out.  Because the next tenant moving in is going to expect to receive their apartment spic-n-span, you must leave the apartment in the exact same way that you received it to keep someone from having to spend money to make apartment ready.  Property Managers do not want to pay this cost, but neither do the tenants!  The best way to avoid having to pay too much money is to make sure that you clean your apartment according to the rental property's guidelines and also ask if there is any painting/carpet cleaning that you are required to do.

They management of the property you are renting can provide you with this.  Usually this information would be included in a "vacating packet".  Are Security Deposits Refundable?  Well, it depends on the lease terms.  Some of them are.  If you rent from us, it is.  We have seen many tenants receive 90-100% of their security deposits.  We are very up-front with you regarding what we expect at your walk-through inspection.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  That is what we are here for!

Important Phone Numbers For Athens Residents

Posted on: 2011-04-25

 Emergency 911
Athens-Clarke Police 706.613.3330
Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau 706.357.4430, 800.653.0603
Classic Center convention center 706.208.0900, 800.918.6393
Community Connection health and human services 211
Directory Assistance 411
Hospital: Athens Regional Medical Center 706.475.7000
Hospital: St. Mary's Health Care System 706.389.3000
Time and Temperature 706.548.2253
Tourist Information: Athens Welcome Center 706.353.1820, 866.455.1820
University of Georgia Directory Assistance 706.542.3000
University of Georgia Police 706.542.2200
University of Georgia Sports Tickets 706.542.1231

Why look for an Apartment with fewer amenities?

Posted on: 2011-04-20

Because times are tough, most people are looking for a place to live to get back on their feet and to save money.  Renting an apartment with fewer amenities is just what many people are looking for.  Also, in a more difficult economy, management companies tend to cut costs on many of the amenities they provide.  If you do desire a property with a lot of amenities, please ask a lot of questions about what is actually maintained.  Properties that are even a few years old may have "Tennis Courts" advertised, but the net is old and falling down.  You may find that, even if they are maintained, many people do not use them or that other people who are not tenants end up being the only ones who are taking advantage of them.

Properties with amenities such as swimming pools also cost more.  Let's face it, the cost of maintaining a swimming pool or work-out facility isn't free.  Management companies have to make their money back somewhere.  Where do they make it?  You guessed it!  The rent that YOU pay each month.  So before you decide on an apartment, please remember that you may be getting a lot, but you will also be paying a lot!

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Welcome to your new home!
We hope your moving experience will go smoothly. We are glad you chose POWER PROPERTIES to help you with your renting needs.

UTILITIES ATHENS & OCONEE:
Electricity Georgia Power: 888-660-5890
Jackson EMC: 706-548-5362
Walton EMC: 706-769-5622
Water Athens Water Co: 706-613-3500
Oconee Water Co: 706-769-3960
Piedmont Water Company: 800-248-7689
Trash Service Robertson Sanitation: 706-353-7300
F-4 Sanitation: 706-769-8211
Waste Pro: 706-227-3222
Natural GasAtlanta Gas Light: 800-427-5463
Alarm Systems EMC Security: 706-543-4009
Cable & Internet Charter Cable Co: 888-398-8123
AT&T: 866-500-9794

Thanks,
Your Power Properties Staff

Maintenance Requests and Emergencies
Please call our office at 706-543-6936, Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM to report any maintenance needs. Please remember to change your air filter every 2 months and to check your smoke alarm battery periodically and change when needed.

After hours, for EMERGENCIES ONLY, the maintenance technician on call can be reached by leaving a message on the office voicemail by calling 706-543-6936 ext. 209 or by beeping 706-353-5945 until 9:00 PM each evening. (All non-emergency situations handled after normal business hours will be billed to the residents.)

To use the emergency pager: 1. Dial beeper number; 2. After the signal, punch in your phone number followed by the # button; 3. After the beep, hang up. The maintenance technician will respond as soon as possible.

REMEMBER TO KEEP AN EXTRA KEY AVAILABLE: We do not respond to "lock-outs"! If you are locked out of your unit, an extra key can be picked up from our main office during our normal business hours, M - F 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. You must bring a photo I.D. for verification purposes. Keys will not be given to any one other than a tenant whose name appears on the lease. Resident Managers & Courtesy Officers are not allowed to respond to lock outs.

Maintenance Requests

It may be necessary from time to time to request maintenance for your new home. Normally, you can expect requests to be handled in 3 - 5 days, however this may vary depending on demand. We will not be able to provide you with a day or time for service, but you can expect the staff to give 100 percent to complete your request in a timely fashion. Your patience will be greatly appreciated.

Any request that is considered an emergency is given priority over routine requests and is assigned to a technician immediately. Our staff uses company guidelines in order to determine what is and what is not an emergency.

Our office is available to you Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. After normal business hours, you may page a Maintenance Technician until 9:00pm each evening. The Maintenance Technician will only respond to emergency maintenance requests, if he responds to a request that is a non-emergency it may be billed to your account. Any emergency that threatens life or property should be reported to the proper authority by dialing 911.

Emergency Maintenance line: 706.543.6936 ext. 209 (Leave a message so the technician can retrieve the message)

Guidelines To Follow When Reporting Maintenance Problems

  • Only report items once. If calling to check on the status of a work request, please notify the staff member of this.
  • If you have an alarm system, please advise the staff member taking your work request of the "disarming" and "arming" codes each time you call. We are not responsible for accidental trips of the alarm.
  • If you have a "clogged" commode, we require that you plunge it first. If this does not solve the problem, then report to the office. Your account may be subject to a charge if plunging is the required repair.
  • If your commode, sinks, faucets or water pipes are leaking, please turn off the water supply located under your sink or behind each commode.
  • If we respond to a maintenance call and cannot gain access to your unit due to a change in locks, you will be charged for the call and the replacement of your mastered locks.
  • If you are having a problem with your household appliances, try flipping the breakers before calling.
  • You are required to change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system on a regular basis (approx. every 2 months). A dirty filter can cause numerous problems. Please check the filter, if dirty replace and wait to see if the problem is corrected. If not, then report immediately. Please note your account will incur a charge if our technician simply replaces the filter, or for damage to the furnace caused by a dirty filter. During peak times, it may be impossible to provide same day service.
  • If you change your locks, or refuse admittance of our Maintenance Technicians or Pest Control Service Representatives, you may be charged for the call and the cost of correcting any problems this may cause. In the case of refusing pest control services, you may be held responsible for pest problems in your unit and the adjoining units.
  • Please do not drive or park on the grass around your home. You will be held responsible for broken water meters or any damage caused by you or your guests.
  • We strongly recommend our residents get renters insurance to protect their personal belongings. Power Properties is not responsible for your personal belongings that may be damaged due to fire, floods, theft, etc.
  • Below you will find a schedule for your monthly Pest Control Service. You do not need to be present to receive this service. If you install an alarm system, you must notify our office immediately. In addition to your regular service, we advise the use of household products when needed. Additional service is available when appropriate; however, response time is limited.
  • You are responsible for replacing all light bulbs after initial move-in.
  • All dumpsters and/or trashcans must be maintained in the rear of your unit. It is acceptable to bring them to the front for the "service day" only. They should be returned to the rear the same day.
  • Do not leave items in the yard of your home. Lawn service will not move anything in order to cut the grass. Power Properties will not be responsible for damaged items.
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