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Welcome!

We have some exciting news here at Graf! In the past few weeks, we have added new members to our team! Please welcome Erica, Anna Trevor, and Karley!

Erica is our Relations Specialist. You will find her at the front desk when you visit our home office in Selah. She is happy to answer any questions you have and help guide you through the process of becoming a renter through Graf.

Anna is the Property Manager for all our CWP properties. She is overly excited to help make your experience renting through us as enjoyable as possible.

Trevor is one of our fabulous Maintenance Technicians. If you need something fixed, checked on, or improved, he is the man!

Karley is our Administrative Specialist.  Although you don’t see her much, she ensures everything is in place and going according to plan to make moving a walk in the park. Things would be much more hectic and less organized without her!

We will also be welcoming Rachel in the near future. She will be the Property Manager for the Moses Lake area.

We couldn’t be more excited to get to know each of them and watch them grow within the company! They each have something special and unique that will make our pre-existing team that much stronger. Next time you stop in our office, make sure to say hi and welcome them to the team!

Moving?

If you are planning on moving soon, let us help make the process as simple and stress free as possible! There are many steps that go into moving and it is easy to forget something.

Let us know! The very first thing you should do if you plan on moving, is to give us proper notice. If you are renting month-to-month, we require 20 days notice. If you have a 12 month lease, we will need 30 days notice. Here you can find the exact vacate notice form we will need. When filling this out, please make sure ALL tenants initial and sign the designated areas. We are unable to accept the vacate notice unless it is completely filled out.

Clean, and then clean some more! One of the best ways to ensure you get most of your deposit back, is to make sure it is clean when you leave! Here is the exact cleaning list our crew goes through when they go in for a final cleaning. If you go through this yourself, you are only increasing your chances of getting the deposit back.

Finally, after everything has been cleaned and packed, you are now ready to return your keys. You can either bring your keys into our office, or we have a drop box outside the doors. If you decide to use the drop box, make sure you put the keys in an envelope with the following information: clearly marked address of the unit you just vacated, your first and last name, the date and the time you dropped them off. It is very important that you return the keys no later than 12:00pm on the last day of the lease.

After everything has been complete, we will send our crews in for a final inspection. Keep in mind it can take up to 21 days for us to process all paperwork and reports. If you get a deposit back, we will send it in the mail by the 21st day.

Thank you for choosing us to rent through! We wish you the best of luck with your move!

 

 

Congratulations Jacquie!!

On August 2nd the Graf family celebrated Jacquie’s 20th anniversary with the company!! Jacquie shows amazing dedication to the company and incredible work ethic. We are so happy to have her on the team after all these years and hope she stays for many more! Congrats Jacquie! 

Tips for New Renters!

When you sign a lease to rent, you are agreeing to live at that location for a long period of time. In most cases, you will sign a year lease. A lot can happen in a years time. One of the most important things to keep in mind as a renter, is your budget. Your budget must take into consideration all possibilities. The more detailed your budget is, the safer financially you will be.

What if an emergency happens? What if your car breaks down? What if the weather is more extreme than you anticipated meaning you need a new coat? All of these situations are exactly why it is extremely important to know what your rental budget is BEFORE you begin renting.

The first step is determining what your net income is. NET income, not gross. There is a difference and it is vital to know it.

Next, it is a good idea to make a list of current monthly payments and expenses. Things such as car payments, phone bills, and an estimate of how much is spent on food should all be included on this list. This will help give you a better and more accurate idea of how much money you have.

After you have determined your net income and deducted all the pre-existing monthly expenses, then you can finally determine what your rent budget should be. A good rule of thumb to follow is not to spend more than a third of your remaining net income on rent.

For more details and advice visit Budgeting Tips for First-Time Renters.

 

 

National Night Out 2017

On August 1st from 6:00pm-8:30pm the Selah Police Department will be hosting a National Night Out at Wixson Park!

National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our community by building relationships with local law enforcement! Come enjoy various different fun-filled activities, and free food & drinks!

Marines, Army, National Guard, Sheriff, Fire Department, Fish & Wildlife, Motorcycle Club, Mustang Club, and Blackhawk are just a few of the many different groups that will be present. This is great fun for the whole family!

For more information, contact the Selah Police Department-Community Services (509)698-7361

Hiring!

 

Exciting news!  We are currently searching for new superstar additions to our team!!

The positions we are looking to fill include the following:

To find out more about these positions, please check out our listings Craigslist!

After viewing the job descriptions, you can send your resume to tryneil@grafinv.com, no phone calls please!

We wish you the best of luck!

 

 

Bugs!

Insects are cold blooded. This means the hotter it is outside, the more energy they have to search for food which generally leads them into our homes!

Ants seem to be the most common occurrence we have experienced during this time of year.  Although little, they sure are annoying! So how do you get rid of ants? Ultimately, ants are your responsibility as a resident per section 18 of the Lease/Rental Agreement. Before getting involved with costly exterminators or dangerous chemicals, there are much safer and more affordable methods to try first.

Vinegar. The way in which ants communicate with one another is through sounds, touch, and scent trails. If you set a little homemade Vinegar trap, one ant initially will find it then in turn send out a signal to the other ants that it has found a food source. Ideally, with this signal of the new “food source”, you will be successful in trapping the majority of ants and be rid of them!

Draw the line.  Literally draw the line with chalk! Chalk and ants does not mix. When ants become in contact with chalk, it sticks to their bodies and does not come off. So not only will ants be unable to physically cross the chalk line, eventually it will kill them.

Divert them. Many people solely  focus on the idea of killing ants. Have you ever thought about maybe just diverting them to a different location? Ants love sweet things, such as honey. Sometimes the answer to getting rid of ants can be as simple as putting a bucket, jar, or glass of honey in a location AWAY from your house. This wont harm the ants in anyway, it will just draw their attention elsewhere.

There are many other natural and harmless ways to get rid of these pesky ants. To check out more ideas and suggestions, check out Home Remedies! 

Stay cool out there, and good luck with all those ants!!

What Do You Think?

We are always looking for continued feedback on our company’s overall performance. We would appreciate your help so that we can continue to provide a customer service experience that surpasses expectations.

Be entered to win a $50 prepaid Visa card by simply reviewing our company for our customer service and/or our maintenance. Once received, you will then be entered into a monthly raffle drawing.
(raffle will be held with a minimum of five reviews in each month; spread the word!)

Your opinion means a lot to us, and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Stay Hydrated!

Wow! It sure is hot out there! As the weather continues to get hotter and hotter, it is extremely important to stay hydrated! Typically, the first thing we think of when thinking of being hydrated, is drinking gallons water. Although it is true that increasing water consumption is the best method of staying hydrated, it is not the ONLY option. Many people don’t like the taste of water or get bored with drinking the same thing over and over. Check out what Daily Burn suggests for alternatives to boring water!

Tips to keep your AC running cool

It has been HOT! We know everyone with an AC is using them and we would like to remind you of a few important things that will help keep you’re A/C running right. If you follow these tips, you should be able to keep cool, even on the hottest days!

 

 

 

1. Turn both the fan and the A/C button on high. The more air flow, the better.
2. It is normal for your air conditioner to drip water (to the outside of your home/business).
3. Your air conditioner will not cool at all if you have not cleaned the filter and vacuumed out the coils so it can breathe.
4. An air conditioner will freeze up if run on highest setting for an extended period of time.
5. To help the air conditioner cool your home/business, close windows and blinds to block direct sunlight.
6. Your air conditioner will keep your home/business cooler longer if you start it in the morning so it has time to start cooling before the outside temperature has reached its high point. If it is too hot outside as well as inside the air conditioner will not be able to keep up with the demand and will not cool your home/business.
7. Do not put anything in front of them that will restrict their air intake or output.

 

If you’ve already tried all these things, and your A/C still isn’t cooling your home, please give us a call so we can put a work order in and fix it as soon as possible. Stay cool!