Author Archives: Sarah Janz

How To Competitively Set Your Rent Price

When setting the rates for your rental properties, you have to make sure your rent prices are set high enough so you can cover costs associated with being a landlord (like your mortgage, insurance, taxes (*sigh*), maintenance), but also be low enough to be competitive in the market.

Yeah, we know – that’s a lot easier said than done.

But as a College Pads customer, finding the sweet spot for rent prices is about to get a little easier with Rent Index. Check out how the Rent Index will help you stay competitive in your market!

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5 Tips For An Easy Rental Turnover

Generally speaking, turning over a rental property takes a landlord or property manager between 9 to 10 days. But with a little planning, you can easily streamline the turnover process and get it ready for the next round of tenants, saving you time and money.

Here are 5 easy tips for streamlining rental turnover:

Tip #1: Communicate With Tenants

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Things To Do To Speed Up Tenant Turnovers

What To Do Before, During, & After Tenant Turnover

If you were lucky, a majority of your tenants decided to renew their leases and stick around for another year. If you weren’t so lucky, the dreaded tenant turnover process is right around the corner. While the anxiety of getting one group of tenants out, and another group in may be keeping you up at night, there are definitely things you can do to make the process easier on yourself.

Here are a few things you should make sure you’re doing before, during, and after tenant turnover:

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20 Best Part-Time Jobs For College Students

Your parents called, they wanted to know how your job search is going? Okay, they didn’t call, but with the semester winding down, you should expect to get that question in the not-too-distant future.  If the thought of starting your part-time job search sounds about as much fun as another year of online classes, don’t worry – we 👏 got 👏 you!

We made a list of easy part-time jobs for college students, and how to find them – check out our lists below.

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How To Have A College Apartment Not Look Like A College Apartment

Off-campus housing tends to be a more budget-friendly living option for students than living on-campus. Not only that, but when you choose to live in an apartment or house off-campus, you’ll have more space and freedom than when you lived in the dorms. The drawback to college apartments and houses is that they can be a little run down – by that, we mean that the walls have seen some things. But hey, living in a beat-up rental is kind of a part of the college experience.

Just because you can’t afford to rent a swanky apartment or house near campus doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to make your rental your own. Without further adieu, here are a few tips on ways you can make your college apartment not look like a college apartment.

Tip #1: Buy a plant (or two)

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College Students and the COVID Thanksgiving Break Dilemma
College Pads surveyed students at campuses nationwide to see what will happen after Thanksgiving break.

Prior to popup testing centers, business closures, and mask mandates – one of the most pivotal changes to occur in response to the coronavirus pandemic was universities transitioning to remote learning late in the Spring 2020 semester. Many students held out hope that the coronavirus would be gone by the following semester and things would go back to normal. 

Things did not go back to normal.

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5 Reasons Thanksgiving Is The Actual Worst

For some students, Thanksgiving break is thought to be a time to enjoy family, catch up with old friends, and enjoy some free food. While the idea of going home to celebrate the holiday with family sounds like a good idea at first, with the way everything is nowadays, it may be a good idea to skip traveling and have a small Thanksgiving feast with your roommates.

If you need another reason to stay home this year other than the pandemic, here are 5 reasons that Thanksgiving break is the actual worst.

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Moving Tips For New Or Experienced Renters

Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve done it like a thousand times before (no judgment), you should know that it’s totally normal to not know what you’re doing. Sure, you may have a general idea of what’s supposed to go where, but if you aren’t careful, everyone involved is going to end up tired, sweaty, and disappointed.

Lucky for you, we have just the tips to help make your next move easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Without further adieu, here are our tips for things you can do to make moving into your place easier (*if you don’t have one yet, check out this post about what to look for in your first apartment).


First Base – Kiss The Mess Goodbye

Whether you consider yourself a “neat freak” or your friends/family members have submitted you to the show Hoarders, you need to clean up your current situation. Until you start trying to deep clean your current place, you won’t realize how much junk you’ve accumulated in the last few months. Do yourself a favor and start your cleaning early. Not only will this help make your move easier, but it’ll also help reduce the chances of losing a chunk of your security deposit for a cleaning fee. For more tips on how to save your security deposit, click here.

Pro tip: If you haven’t worn or used the item in question, donate it, sell it, or toss it.

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Kansas State: The 5 Most Popular Houses For Rent In Manhattan, KS.

If you’ve been dreaming of the day you’ll finally be able to move out of the dorms and into one of the houses for rent in Manhattan, KS, know that living off-campus is everything you could have dreamed of and more. Living in off-campus at Kansas State means you’ll no longer have to wait outside your room because your roommate put a sock on the door, or do an awkward shuffle to your RA’s room in your towel because you accidentally locked yourself out. Sure, there’s a little more responsibility on your end (trash/dishes/etc), but it’s also way cheaper than living in the dorms. Rentals in Manhattan, KS usually range anywhere from about $300 – $600 a month per person depending on what type of rental you choose.

When you’ve never lived outside of the safety net of the dorms, you may be a little overwhelmed at the idea of finding a place to rent, which is totes understandable since there are over 250 different apartments and houses for rent in Manhattan, KS on College Pads to choose from

Curious to know what houses are the most popular for Kansas State students? Well, step this way because we’ve got the inside scoop. Check out the list of the top five most popular houses for rent in Manhattan, KS for students at Kansas State University below. 

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How Off-Campus Housing Is Changing During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Students are scrambling to find off-campus housing for next semester, more than what you’d usually expect to see over summer break. That’s not because they’ve put off finding housing until the very last minute, but because colleges across the United States have slowly started to announce their plans to reopen campus for the fall semester following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While there are still a ton of universities holding off on officially announcing whether classes will be held on-campus or online next semester until mid-July, it’s safe to assume that most college campuses’ plans to reopen will include adjustments to how many students can attend in-person classes at once and other plans to limit large groups. While the possibility of getting out of their on-campus living requirement may be a welcome change for some students, it will also mean that landlords should be ready for a possible flood of inquiries from potential student renters. 

To get a better feel for what that’s like, we spoke with the Chief Operating Officer of DABCO Property Management near Washington State University to figure out exactly what this pandemic has and will mean for them. 

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