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What is Considered Normal Wear & Tear vs. Rental Property Damage?

Chris Barber - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Identifying normal wear and tear and how it differs from tenant damage is a hot topic for a lot of owners. Every single tenant wants 100 percent of his or her security deposit back, and every owner wants the tenants to pay for all expenses after move out. Today, we’re discussing what owners can expect when it comes to normal wear a...

Is an Annual Lease or Month-to-Month Rental Agreement Better for a Portland/Vancouver Landlord?

Chris Barber - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Most traditional lease agreements are for 12 months. Today, we’re talking about whether there are any benefits to owners with a month-to-month lease.Rental Agreement: Stability versus FlexibilityIf you’re worried that your tenant won’t follow the terms that are required to live in your property, a month-to-month leave g...

As an Owner, Should You Allow Pets in your Vancouver/Portland Area Rental Property?

Chris Barber - Thursday, September 20, 2018

These days, the majority of tenants have pets. They want to move into a home with their cats, a small dog, or even a larger animal. As a rental property owner, you need to think about what can happen if you decide not to allow pets in your property. It eliminates a large part of the market and has other consequences for your property.Kee...

How to Get a Washington or Oregon Investment Property Ready to Rent

Chris Barber - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

 To earn the most money and place well-qualified tenants, you need to present your home in its best possible condition. Today, we’re talking about some of the most important things property owners need to consider when they’re putting their property on the rental market.Neutral Colors Inside the HomeMake sure the interior...

What Should Rental Owners Look for When Buying Investment Property in Washington and Oregon?

Chris Barber - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

One of the questions that many owners may ask is: what should I be looking for when I’m looking to buy an investment property? There are a few things that we always recommend to owners.Work with an Experienced Manager or AgentFirst, have someone help you look. Whether it’s your property manager or a Realtor, make sure you hav...

How Washington & Oregon Owner-Landlords Can Best Market a Rental Property

Chris Barber - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

There are a few things that successful property managers and landlords are doing to market rental properties. Today, we’re sharing some of those ideas with you.  Marketing Rental Properties OnlineWith the internet and social media, there are endless opportunities to get your property out there. Good photos are always important...

Top Questions Rental Owners Can Ask

Chris Barber - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When you’re looking for a property management company, one of the most important things to talk about is their level of expertise and experience. You also want to know what designations they require from their managers and their staff. Today, we’re discussing what you should ask a potential management company, and how you sho...

How Can Vancouver Landlords Deal with Rental Property Maintenance Emergencies After Hours?

Chris Barber - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As a landlord, whether you’re managing your own home or considering the services of a professional property management company, you need to know how to handle after-hours emergencies. What happens if something goes wrong in the middle of the night?We’re offering some tips on how to handle that.Tenants will call in for anythin...

Learn the History & Business Philosophy of Invest West Management Serving Washington & Oregon

System - Thursday, June 7, 2018

At Invest West, we manage properties in Clark, Cowlitz, and Clackamas counties, including the Portland and Vancouver metro area. We specialize in single family homes, condos, duplexes and apartments, along with HOA communities throughout Oregon and Washington.Today, we’re chatting with company owner Chris Barber about the history o...

The Right Way to Handle Rental Maintenance for Your Vancouver, WA Rental

Chris Barber - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A major part of rental management is taking care of maintenance and repairs. Today, we’re sharing some information on how to find great maintenance for your investment property.  Property Management Vancouver WA: Use High Quality Vendors One of most important things you can do is make sure the maintenance companies you talk to...

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