4 Pre-Renting Tips for Tenants

When it comes time to rent a home, many people find themselves rushed in the process. This may be due to anything from their old lease expiring or time constraints on relocation packages. While it can be challenging to find the time to do so, there are a few key considerations that need to be addressed with your potential landlord before signing on the dotted line, and today we’ll take a look at a couple of them. At Middel Realty in Fort Collins, we pride ourselves on a transparent rental process. If you’re looking for property to rent in Fort Collins, check out our rental listings and give us a call!

Overall Condition of Home

Although it might seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to review the overall condition of your prospective rental home when you first tour it. This is important not only for the inside, but also the outside. Are the cabinets, appliances, windows and other interior items in good shape? Is the lawn and landscaping well-maintained? The condition of the home can speak volumes for how responsive the landlord is to maintenance concerns related to the property.

Emergency Repair Process

Speaking of maintenance concerns, it’s a good idea to check with your prospective landlord to understand how he or she addresses maintenance concerns. Some property management companies leave certain maintenance and repair items up to the tenant. Others prefer to handle everything from changing water filters and light bulbs to performing larger repairs. At Middel Realty, we clearly define our emergency repair procedures and we provide helpful tips and information, so you’ll never be left guessing.

Pest Control

When you’re reviewing the overall condition of the home, pay close attention to whether or not there are any signs of a pest problem. If there is some kind of pest issue in the home, it’s usually visible in the form of spiderwebs, mouse droppings, odd odors, and other tell-tale signs. If you have any concerns, it’s vital to bring this up and have a plan in place for rectifying the problem before you sign the lease.

Tenant Improvements

When you’re seriously considering renting a home, it’s important to know how your landlord feels about tenant improvements. Many tenants choose to do things such as painting, installing new floors, and replacing appliances to make themselves feel more at home when renting. If there are improvements you might want to make to the property, be sure to discuss this with your landlord ahead of time. It’s possible that your lease may need to be altered to include a section that addresses any tenant improvements.

Rental Homes in Fort Collins

For renters looking for Fort Collins property to rent, it doesn’t get any easier than working with Middel Realty. We’ve been serving the Fort Collins area for more than 40 years, and when it comes to providing quality rental properties and tenant services, we simply can’t be beat.

Call us at 970-221-2300 today to learn more!

When Should You Call the Landlord?

 

Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, there will inevitably come a time when an appliance malfunctions, plumbing leaks, or something else happens, requiring a call to someone in the middle of the night. If you’re a renter, it’s likely that your initial thought will be to call your landlord. But what defines a true “emergency,” warranting an after-hours call to your property manager?

At Middel Realty, we have been a leading property management company of rental homes in Fort Collins for more than 25 years. Above all else, we want your rental experience with us to be positive. This means that we want to be responsive to any concern or question you have, including after-hour emergency repair calls. How do you know what situations are worthy of a late night call to us? Today we’ll take a look at a couple of times that we will want to hear from you right away, day or night!

Water Leaking

When water is leaking in your rental home, it is important to notify Middel Realty of this right away. Water can be extremely destructive if not properly mitigated and we want to make sure your home is protected from unnecessary damage. If you happen to notice a slow, small leak in the middle of the night, our emergency repair tips can get you through until the morning. However, if an appliance is experiencing a catastrophic failure causing a large amount of water to escape, contact us right away.

Broken Furnace

Colorado winters can be dangerously cold, and having a furnace that’s operating properly is vital to keeping your home warm and comfortable. Middel Realty takes the health and safety of our tenants very seriously. If your furnace is not operating properly, or not running at all, there are a few things to check before giving us a call. First, be sure your thermostat is set to heat. It might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth checking. Second, check to make sure there are no issues with the pilot light. Lastly, ensure that the filter and front cover of the furnace are properly positioned. If the furnace is still not working and you’re concerned about the temperature in your home, please call us.

Electrical Concerns

Is there a switch that’s not functioning properly in your home, or making odd noises? Do you trip a breaker every time you run your hair dryer? These are seemingly minor electrical troubles that could signify a bigger problem with the wiring in your rental home and may warrant a call to our team during regular business hours. However, there are times when you should contact Middel Realty for electrical concerns no matter the time, day or night. If there is smoke or an odd smell coming from any electrical outlet or circuit box, please contact us right away. In case of an electrical fire, please call 911 immediately and get to a safe place.

Middel Realty is committed to providing a positive rental experience for our tenants. In the event of an emergency, please contact us regardless of the time of day. To get an idea about what might not constitute an emergency, please visit our notifications page. Please be advised that you may incur a fee for an after-hour service call if it is not an emergency situation. As always, please call us at 970-221-2300 with any questions or concerns, of if you would like to discuss our current available rental homes. We look forward to speaking with you!

Do You Need Renters Insurance?

As you’re in the process of finding a place to rent, probably the last thing on your mind is whether or not you’re properly insured as a renter. While it’s likely not in the forefront of your thoughts, renters insurance is something that should be considered as you browse property listings. The last thing you want is to find yourself in a situation where you need renters insurance and you don’t have it.

At Middel Realty, we are passionate about helping new and existing Fort Collins residents find a place to call home, and we offer a large selection of rental listings for your convenience including many single-family homes. If you’re wondering what types of things are covered under our insurance policy as landlords and what types of things you’ll need to cover yourself for, we’re happy to review this with you. In the meantime, check out the three things that renters insurance commonly covers.

Your Personal Belongings

Many people aren’t aware just how much personal property they have until they have to pack it and move it all. In fact, it’s estimated that the average person has more than $35,000 worth of property that isn’t covered by their landlord’s insurance policy. Generally speaking, your landlord’s insurance will cover the home itself. All your loose personal property, such as your clothing, furniture, and toiletries are typically covered by the renter’s insurance, and in the event of water or fire damage, you may be hard-pressed to replace everything you own without the assistance of renters insurance.

Potential Liability Claims

Have you thought about what were to happen if someone was injured in your home or apartment, or if you accidentally injured someone? In the absence of renters insurance, you may be faced with a lawsuit and incur unexpected expenses related to legal expenses. When you carry renters insurance, however, many policies provide coverage for things such as legal costs and medical payments for others when injured at your home. In some instances, the policy may even provide legal representation if you are sued because someone was hurt at your rental home.

Additional Living Expenses

Once you’ve found a home to rent, you probably have no intention of looking for another place until your current lease ends. However, if something happens to your current rental residence that renders it uninhabitable for one reason or another, you may find yourself browsing the rental listings once again to find temporary accommodations. Depending on the nature of the situation, you may be required to continue paying rent on your apartment or home in addition to rent at your temporary housing. Many times, renters insurance will help with the additional living expenses you incur because of a covered incident.

No renter ever wants to worry about damage to your personal belongings, a liability lawsuit, or unforeseen additional living expenses when they’re browsing through local property listings for rentals. However, planning ahead and consulting with a local insurance agent can save you a lot of heartache and money in the end. Once you’ve visited with your insurance rep, contact Middel Realty to ensure your property is adequately covered, either under your policy or our own. We look forward to being your number one choice for Fort Collins property rentals and can’t wait to work with you!


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3 Perks to Renting Single-Family Homes

The process of finding a rental home for can be challenging and downright overwhelming sometimes. There can be so many options to choose from, and you may not know how to make the best choice. At Middel Realty in Fort Collins, our goal is to make your house hunting experience as easy and convenient as possible. We offer local rental listings on our website as well as video tours to help you in your quest for the perfect rental home. We also offer links to many of the local schools in Fort Collins to help you further. Today we will take a look at three advantages of renting a single-family home over a condo, apartment or other multi-family dwelling.

Privacy

When you rent a single-family home, you’ll get the benefit of not having another tenant or owner directly above, below, or next to you. In terms of your privacy and quiet time, this can prove very advantageous. By renting a stand-alone property, you’re less likely to have to ask your neighbor to turn down his or her stereo or be awoken in the middle of the night by their slamming front door. Likewise, if you have a new baby or young children, you won’t need to worry about your family disturbing your neighbors. The privacy that single-family homes provide are a win-win situation for everyone involved!

Space

Generally speaking, single-family homes typically have more square footage and storage space to offer over condominiums and apartments. While a 1000 square foot condo may provide enough living and storage space for a first time homeowner or CSU student, you might feel a bit cramped in a space this size if you have a family that requires three or more rooms or a hobby which necessitates ample storage space. The bottom line here is that single-family homes may be more beneficial for renters who are looking for a little more living space.

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Are you someone that has more than one vehicle in your family to accommodate every driver in your home? Do you have a new car that you’d like to keep protected from the elements? Perhaps you just enjoy being able to park your car without worrying about finding a parking spot when you get home. If any of these situations apply to you or your family, a single-family home may be right up your alley. Many single family homes in Fort Collins come with a single- or double-car garage for the convenience of renters and homeowners.

The benefits to single-family homes go beyond those that we have mentioned here. Contact Middel Realty today to discuss your housing needs in more detail. We’d love to work with you in finding a Fort Collins property that you can call home! Call us at 970-221-2300 or fill out the form below. We look forward to serving you!


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After a Short, Warm Fall, Winter has Arrived

Winter is here! It feels like just yesterday we were wondering where the cooler air was… Well… It is here now. Brrr!

65-degreesPlease remember if you are traveling this time of year to leave your heat on and set at a MINIMUM of 65 degrees. This will help to prevent frozen pipes, something everyone wants to avoid. In addition to leaving your heat on, you can open the cabinets under your sinks (kitchen and bath) to help keep those pipes warm. Also, double check that any and all outside hoses have been disconnected from the spigots, see below.

Are you having trouble with your furnace? Middel Realty is always here to help, but before calling us, please try the following troubleshooting ideas under our “Tenant’s Corner, Emergency Repair” Tips. If you have a gas fireplace, fire that guy up and turn your furnace to “Fan”, this will help circulate the heat from the fireplace until one of our maintenance staff can come out and take a look.

christmas-tree-clip-art-2-1 Another reminder, once Christmas is over, please make sure that you remove any live trees from your property. Larimer County Solid Waste will accept fresh trees FREE of Charge for trees received between December 23, 2016 and January 16, 2017. Please take advantage of this free service if you have a fresh tree this year.

snowflakeIf we have a snow fall, the City of Fort Collins requires that snow is removed from all sidewalks within 24 hours of end of snowfall. Middel Realty asks that you do not use salt on your driveway or sidewalk as it causes damage to the concrete.

What is Happening in Fort Collins

There are Christmas light displays all over Fort Collins, but IF you are wanting to find some of the best here in town, Visit Fort Collins has put together a list to help you find them. The top 5 light displays:spring-creek-gardens

The Midtown Arts Center is showing A Christmas Story between now and the end of the year.

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The Lincoln Center is hosting 5 showings of The Nutcracker

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Regardless of your plans this holiday season, all of us here at Middel Realty wish you a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year. Blessings from our family to yours.

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FALL IS HERE!

Fall is in the air. The leaves changing, the grass starting to brown, school is now in full swing for kids of all ages. Change happens, we see it all around us, especially this time of year. Change is also happening here in our office. You may or may not know that Christian decided that after 7 ½ years, it is time for a change for herself. As of October 7, Christian left Middel Realty. She dedicated a lot of her time to us and to you and it is bittersweet to see her leave. Thank you Christian, for all of your hard work over the years.

We would like to introduce you to Mindy. She has joined the Middel Realty as our new property manager. Mindy has already started here in the office and you will see her if you haven’t yet, either in the office or out and about during sprinkler turn off, which is right around the corner.

Maintenance with Colder Weather Approaching

Speaking of sprinkler turn off, it is hard to believe that we are already at that time. The nights are getting colder and now is the time to start preparing for freezes. Please remember to unhook any hoses you have from the spigot at night. It is far too easy to forget, and then when we do have a freeze, you run the risk of having your pipes freeze. We can’t stress it enough, please remove your hoses from the spigot as soon as you are finished using them. If you have a frozen pipe, please call us at 970-297-2847, maintenance will come out and handle it.

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Not only do we have the issue of frozen pipes on the outside of your house, you can also run into problems inside your house if you go on vacation during the winter months and turn off your heat. This is a big no-no. If you are heading out of town, turn your heat down to 65 degrees. You can leave the cabinet doors to your sink open as well, to help prevent freezing, but make sure that your heat is on.

Fall also leads to some fun events throughout Fort Collins and Northern Colorado

As we have entered fall, there are some fun events happening around including corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted tours through Old Town, and the lighting of Old Town.

Corn Mazes: Harvest Farms Corn Maze

Pumpkin Patches: Something from the Farm,  Bartels Farm

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Haunted Tours: Fort Collins Tours

Lighting of Old Town:  November 4th throughout Old Townholiday-lights-old-town

We are wishing you a safe and warm fall. Please don’t hesitate to stop by the office and say hi to Mindy. She is looking forward to meeting all of you. Happy Fall!

Welcome To the Middel’s Realty Blog.

This is our new blog that will feature information about our rentals but also useful information about Fort Collins and perhaps an occasional joke or recipe.

A little bit about us… If you don’t know Matt, he was born and raised here in Fort Collins. He was around when many of your homes were built, he has great memories of helping his dad build them. He has since taken over the reigns for Middel Realty. You can see him driving through the neighborhood, fixing your repairs, stopping to chat. He has expanded his job to include real estate and has been a Realtor since 2008 and has helped several tenants buy their homes. Matt and Emily met  at the beginning of their freshman year at UNC and were married in 2007. They have two beautiful little girls, Jozy, who is 6, and Leandra, who is 2. Emily has been working in the office since 2013. She is an accountant by trade but has been branching out to help with our real estate clients. They have enjoyed getting to work together, they have had their challenges, but it has made them stronger. They also love spending time with family and friends, cooking (these normally go together), and being outside.

Matt and Emily Middel. Authors of the Middel's Medley

Matt and Emily Middel. Authors of the Middel’s Medley Blog

Also working with us here at Middel Realty is our Property Manager Christian. You talk to her on the phone, see her in the office and around the neighborhood. She is the cog that keeps our rentals going. She will also be writing on the blog. She has been with Middel Realty since 2009 and has been an incredibly diligent employee. She is a Fort Collins native, so she has a lot of insight and has seen this city grow tremendously over the last several years. Christian getting married this fall, wedding bells are ringing!!! We are so excited for her and her fiance as they embark on this new chapter.

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Christian and her fiance, Jordan, Property Manager and Blog writer.

With the 4th of July right around the corner, we are excited for all of the events around Fort Collins and surrounding cities. Here are a few of the city events that are going on (just in case you don’t have plans yet).

Happy 4th of July from Middel Realty at the Middel's Medley Blog

Happy 4th of July from Middel Realty

 

  • The City of Fort Collins has a day chock full of fun including a 5k and the traditional fireworks.
  • Loveland will also have their beautiful firework display over Lake Loveland.
  • Wellington has a full agenda for the 4th, including a parade and fireworks.
  • Windsor is having a huge 125th anniversary party which will include a concert and firework display.

We would ask that you are cognizant of your neighbors and keep your holiday party noise to a minimum. Even though it is a wonderful time to celebrate our nation, we still have neighbors with kids who won’t appreciate being woken up by fireworks.

 

As a little 4th of July treat, here is a tasty recipe for Quinoa Veggie Salad. This salad can be served warm or cold, we love it cold on these hot summer days.

  1. Cook up two cups of well rinsed quinoa (or more if you are serving a bunch). We cook ours in the rice cooker, 2 cups quinoa, water up to the “2” (or follow the directions on the bag).
  2. Grab one bag of mixed frozen veggies (corn, carrots, peas, edamame, beans, etc) and defrost while the quinoa is cooking. If you are serving this salad warm, you can certainly cook the veggies in the steamer basket while you are cooking the quinoa.
  3. Once the quinoa is finished cooking, mix in the defrosted mixed veggies, one half can of diced tomatoes (or fresh if you have them), some chopped basil, garlic salt, pepper, and a touch of olive oil (we love the basil olive oil from Crescendo in Old Town.
  4. Mix all of these ingredients together and put in the fridge (if you are going to serve it cold). Enjoy!!

Please stop back by often to see what we are up to. We are wanting to share a little bit about us, about Fort Collins, and some fantastic recipes. Be on the lookout for little giveaways (hint: they may be hidden inside the postings). We are excited to start on this new journey of blogging. We hope you will come along on this trip, it will be entertaining if nothing else.

Welcome to Middel Realty

Welcome to Middel Realty. Thank you for your interest in our properties. We would love to help you find your next new house, either renting or buying. Please contact us at 970-221-2300 or info@middelrealty.com. Thank you!