PropertyWare – A Great Property Management Solution

ProWare offers great advantages for operating your multifamily and residential properties. Even for a single family home investor the tool offers great advantage. $20 per month covers up to the first 10 units. And with training available as pre-recorded videos on the web, you can get up and going for little more than the monthly charge. Perhaps more important, choosing ProWare is a great way to set yourself up to scale your property management capability.

I believe ProWare offers a great comprehensive set of features. However, from my perspective, some features are especially compelling for users who are considering a property management system. Specifically, consider the following:

  • ProWare’s web based service is available anytime anywhere. Literally, if you couldn’t afford a computer you can get started simply with the monthly fee for the management system. All you truly need is a handheld scanner and access to the Internet. Even a terminal at your local library could do the job. Perhaps just as positive, ProWare has a disaster recovery site, provides offsite data backup, and uses the industries leading data security and protection capability.
  • Cost stands out as a tremendous feature. You can implement ProWare for $20 per month and serve up to 10 units. The cost for 100 units is $125 per month and for 150 units is $175 or $1.00 per unit. In other words, almost any property can afford ProWare.
  • ProWare offers great add on modules. ProWare will support ACH, Debit charges, and credit card charges creating a fully web ready service capacity for your tenants through its EPay service. ProWare offers background and credit check and integration. ProWare offers integrated advertising management with the ability to upload property photos and to advertise on your website, via Craigslist and more.
  • ProWare integrates with Quickbooks. This means working with your accountant will likely be seamless and the cost contained.
  • ProWare allows scanning and attaching communication with residents, to or from vendors, from contractors, and more by allowing attaching documents to units, buildings, and much more.

ProWare offers a windows like interface that almost any employee, manager, or owner can become familiar with in a matter of days. In short order, you are able to meet your total management needs with a minimum infrastructure while you know you are supported by the very best network and data protection, security and support. As an investor a ProWare supported project can be relied upon. As an operator, the software will meet your every operational need.

Should You Extend Your Home or Move?

Speak to your local council

Although very minor extensions (up to 3 metres beyond your original wall) can usually be undertaken without obtaining planning permission, it is still always best to check with your local council before you commit to extending your property. You could be in a lot of hot water afterwards if your extension flouts the rules and permission is not in place – the council could insist that the extension is demolished, leaving you not only back where you started but also out of pocket, having paid for an extension you cannot enjoy.

Ensure your plans are properly drawn

You might think you know something about extension planning – maybe you were good at technical drawing at school, or you did a course in college. Do you really want to risk the value of your home, though, to save a few pounds on professional planning? Depending on the size and scale of your project, a structural engineer or architect can do a great job for you, offering their expertise. For smaller and more straightforward jobs, your builder should be able to help you with the plans. Don’t forget, there is technical knowledge needed which involves angles, weights and in-depth understanding of materials to ensure the structure is safe – things which you probably didn’t pick up in GCSE Graphics! More importantly, your extension needs to conform to safety regulations which industry professionals will be used to handling.

Look at the loft

You could expand backwards, forwards or sideways, but what if you don’t have the room? Consider building upwards, creating rooms in your loft area. The loft is often a wasted space which houses unneeded junk, and if your roof is high enough, you might not even need to do a lot of building work to turn that unused space into a lovely new bedroom or office.

As you probably won’t be changing the layout of the building significantly, you may not need planning permission – but again, always check to be on the safe side. Your loft conversion will need to meet Buildings Regulations, which take into account safety measures such as fire safety, and the finished work will be checked by a qualified inspector. Don’t let this put you off, though – your builder should be able to advise you of how to ensure that you can meet these regulations, and you can also speak to your local council for further advice. Particularly if your family is outgrowing your house, building into the loft can be a great solution to provide extra space.

Consider the potential to add value

One of the reasons that many people consider extending is to add value to the property. An extension often offers this potential, meaning that the initial cost of building the extension is not lost. You can often, in fact, gain money when you come to sell by having an extra bedroom upstairs or a conservatory on the back.

You need to be canny about your investment, though. Do a bit of research into similar properties on the sales market in your area; if they have had a loft conversion or a kitchen enlarged, for instance, are they being marketed at a higher price that those which haven’t had work done? If the extension isn’t going to add value, then you might want to think again about how you choose to extend; having four bedrooms instead of three is going to make more of a difference to a property’s value than enlarging one room slightly. You might also consider getting a professional opinion from a local estate agent who can give you a potential “before” and “after” valuation for your property, allowing you to determine whether it’s better for you to extend or to move.

It’s worth remembering that extending is usually a cheaper alternative than moving and saves you money on fees like stamp duty, furniture removals and legal costs – not to mention avoiding the stress of moving!

Combine work on your home to keep down costs

Although extending could be cheaper than moving, you are still going to have to find the money from somewhere. If you’re lucky enough to have some cash tucked away for a rainy day, that’s great. But if you haven’t, you might need to think about other options, like reviewing your mortgage, for example, to see if you can liquidate some funds.

Another good tip is to get your money’s worth; you should have as many minor alterations done alongside your extension as you foresee being necessary in the near future, so if you have had a few small jobs piling up, ask the builder for a quote for the whole lot. This way, you can haggle for the best price on both materials and labour, establishing a blanket fee for the works rather than having lots of little jobs done, which could prove costlier.

Find a reputable builder

We have all heard horror stories about disreputable builders who knock holes into your home and then fail to complete the job, or undertake shoddy work which requires repairs within a few months. There are plenty of builders who can be trusted, though – and the best advice to follow is to take a recommendation. Have any friends, family or colleagues had work done on their homes recently? Are there any builders in your extended family? If you don’t have any luck finding someone, then look into the government’s TrustMark scheme, which vets tradesmen before recommending them to consumers.

Potential changes

The government is currently in talks over whether to relax planning laws for a three-year period, allowing people to extend their homes by up to 8 metres without seeking planning permission. The idea is to ease housing shortages by making existing homes bigger and to help create more jobs for the industry. This plan has received significant opposition, however, from local councils who are worried about a “free-for-all” on extensions which could affect the appearance and function of local communities. If you’ve been thinking about extending but couldn’t face waiting for planning permission, though, it’s worth watching this space to see how this story develops!

New Look In Child’s Bedroom Home Improvement Project

Having children is such a wonderful experience for parents. Getting ready for the new baby can become a lot of fun, but a lot of work too. A child’s bedroom home improvement project can be as simple, or as hard as you want it to be. Once you have decorated for the baby and the baby grows up, they will outgrow the baby look room, and you will need to do something different in it. You might feel overwhelmed at not knowing what to do to change the room, and yet not spend a lot of money doing it. There are many ideas that you can do to change the look of the room without spending a lot of money. A child’s bedroom home improvement project might take a little creativity, but you can do it, and for not a large investment too.

Once your child goes from baby to toddler or older, you will definitely have to get a larger bed. A child’s bedroom home improvement project will have to include a different bed. The crib has to go, but there are places you can go to get a larger bed for your child without spending a fortune. If you don’t mind garage sales, you can find great buys on newer used items and in some cases, they may be something brand new that was just stored. Garage sales can be a blast. In order to spend less, set a budget and have an idea of what you are looking for. You can find many things in garage sales, that you don’t need, but want, so stick to your list and your budget. A child’s bedroom home improvement project can be very rewarding when finished, and you did all the work.

You might want to repaint the room as the starting point of your child’s bedroom home improvement project. There are many color choices these days, along with sample cards that you can take home and place on the wall to use as an example of what the color will look like. While you are in the paint department, you might want to look at some of the wallpaper borders available. They have many choices as well as popular cartoon picks. You can get pictures of cartoon characters that just stick up on the wall. You don’t even have to paste or glue. A child’s bedroom home improvement project can be that simple. If you are decorating a boys room, there are even sports characters that stick on the wall.

Make sure if you have the room, to add a desk or table and chairs, with a book shelf in your child’s bedroom home improvement project. Reading is a great thing for kids and the younger you start them out, the better they will do in school. You can pick these items up at garage sales or second hand stores too for little money. In some cases, you might find a good desk that just needs to be refinished. You might be able to pick one up for under ten dollars and once it is finished it could be worth hundreds. Once your child sees the changes you have made, they will be ecstatic. Yes, a child’s bedroom home improvement project can be a little work, but worth all the effort.