SmartPhone Property Manager (Landlord) #5 - TEXT when you VACANT!

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

I am in HEAVY move-out mode with approximately 15 residents moving between NOW and the end of July.


I have changed my move-out procedure as I experienced residents wanting to get “checked-out” at odd times over the last couple of years.


ENTER my paraphrase The Eagles in Hotel California....You can check-out any time you like....just text me!  Yes, I am now requiring that residents leave their keys, garage opener(s) and forwarding address on a size #10 envelope ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER and that they TEXT me that they have left the property.

It eliminates (1) them having to come to my office to return keys; and (2) the need for me to go to my office to get their keys to do their check-out inspection.


Once I receive a text, I can schedule the move-out inspection according to my priorities AND then schedule workmen to do any “make ready” work for new residents.


As I have written before, TEXTING is the new BLACK!.

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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I think this is a great way of using technology to your advantage Wallace.

Jun 16, 2014 11:35 PM #1
Will Nesbitt
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Wallace S. Gibson great info on smartphone property management, from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jun 17, 2014 07:10 AM #2
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Might be a good idea Wallace I will have to think that one out. I have them put everything in an envelope and put in the night drop as they call. 

Jun 20, 2014 06:04 PM #3
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

So's working....I can resond with a "K" and add the house to my list...since I have key boxes on my properties, I can go directly to do the move-out inspection when I get their text....having lease end dates on the same day of May, June and July really help

Jun 20, 2014 06:47 PM #4
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