YES! I CAN Say That This Rental Listing is in EXCELLENT Condition!

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

In my Craigslist listings, I frequently indicate that my rental listings are in EXCELLENT or IMMACULATE condition and when I show occupied homes, I get the response that the home does not look like "tenants" live there.



I'm not sure how a property is supposed to look that is tenant occupied; however, just like the saying..."there are no BAD dogs, only BAD owners"...I suspect...."there are no occupied rental homes that are in BAD condition unless the landlord/property manager did not TRAIN their residents not to be BAD".


I go to great lenghts to make sure that my rental homes are in good to excellent condition when new residents move in AND I hold them to higher standards when they move out by:


1) I provide them with names of carpet and house cleaners as well as yard maintenance firms;

2) I provide them with their check-out cleaning instructions WHEN THEY MOVE IN and again in their check-out letter;


3) I end leases at noon on the 3rd Friday of the month so that there is sufficient time for the property to be prepped for the next residents;


4) I upgrade units between tenants * new ceiling fans, pressure wash the exterior; stain and seal decks and porches...


5)  AND I charge a 20% Service Fee if the departing residents don't perform these duties prior to move-out and I have them done and take these costs from their security deposit.


So YES, I can say that a property is in EXCELLENT condition because I make sure that it is!





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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  


View our available Charlottesville, Albemarle and Lake Monticello rental homes online with photos and floor plans

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Comments (6)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wallace, like the 3rd Friday end of tenancy! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Jan 09, 2015 09:38 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

You are the ultimate when it comes to Property Management Wallace. 

Jan 09, 2015 09:50 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wallace, You are a good property manager. It is a difficult job.

Jan 10, 2015 08:22 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace.  Will you come to Massachusetts for me?

Jan 11, 2015 01:07 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love this post..  we have taken on managing a commercial strip. 

Jan 11, 2015 06:11 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

CA - I think MA is out of geo-service area.......thank you for the offer

Jan 11, 2015 06:15 AM