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WHAT DO YOU NEED?

We know your life is busy.  Between work, school, committee meetings, church, community & sports activities, life can be crazy!  We know there are people that are looking for a new place to live but do not have the time to look at different apartments, houses, town homes, duplex or twin homes.  We want to make the process easier for you!  You can view various units and apply on-line on our web site without having to leave work, home or school.  We are in the business of providing homes for people.  Here are some things to consider when looking for your new home.

  1. Set your budget BEFORE you start looking.
  2. Find out what utilities are paid by the Landlord.  Ask what other amenities are included with your rent.
  3. Ask yourself if the location works for your lifestyle needs.  Are you are willing to drive further from necessary destinations to get the price you want…
  4. Make a list of things you need…(examples: in unit washer/dryer, garage, walk out deck/patio, etc.)
  5. Make a list of pros and cons of the units you view and compare them.
  6. Ask about the security deposit and any other possible fees required to move in.
  7. If you have a pet, ask if there is any pet rent and/or a pet deposit.  Is any of the pet deposit nonrefundable?  Are there breed or size restrictions?
  8. Ask about any “move in” specials.
  9. Make sure the leasing agent or person you speak with is helpful in answering your questions and/or concerns.  Remember…this is the person/company you will be working with when you move in.
  10. Set a goal for how long you want to reside at your new residence.  Is your goal to buy a house?  To rent a larger unit at some point?  Moving costs you money, so find a place that you know you can live in for an extended period of time, should something happen to change your long term plans.

We know there are a lot of choices out there.  Just know…we are here to serve your housing needs.  We have a variety of prices, housing styles and locations for you to choose from!

Call today! 605-271-HOME

 

Solar Bummer!

The big phenomenon! Everyone’s has been hyped up for months to witness one of the worlds greatest sights. The total solar eclipse. The last time the States witnessed a total solar eclipse was back in 1918. Almost 100 years ago! Now that would be a pretty amazing thing to witness. But here in the Sioux Falls area, we seemed to have gotten the short end of the stick. Our eclipse experience was shaded by clouds and rain galore. This is obviously a massive let down to most people but it’s important to remember that at times like these we can turn to the internet for a second chance.

Big name news channels like CNN and NBC were all streaming the eclipse at its peak. Most smaller stations even had some live streams of the eclipse on full display. Multiple third party sites have videos and still image shots of the phenomenon. NASA seems to have a nice collection of the photos as well. So go ahead and take some time to cycle through some websites, and find your best view of the Great American Eclipse!

CNN Eclipse Showing: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/21/us/solar-eclipse-live/index.html

New York Times Eclipse Showing: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005380536/solar-eclipse-live-us-2017.html?mcubz=1

NASA Eclipse Showing: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse2017

Photo Credit: Alaska Airlines

 

 

Sioux Falls Fair

One of my favorite things about the fair is the food. Who doesn’t love fair food? It’s a sugar overload but who cares? When you’re knee deep in kids running around screaming and yelling, who doesn’t want to stuff their face with a nice funnel cake? The point of the fair is really just to get away for a little bit. The moments where you can just sit down and enjoy the atmosphere of pure-hearted fun is truthfully a grand feeling.

The Sioux Falls Fair will be ending this Friday so it’s important to get out and enjoy it while it’s still here! People from all over South Dakota make the commute to come out and see the fair. The flashing lights, the twirling rides, the sunset you get to witness while riding on the Ferris wheel. It’s all a sight that no one should miss. Not to mention the Carnie games. You’ll usually have a slim to no chance of winning but it’s worth the try, right? We here at Charisma adore local activities like these and taking advantage of the times to do them are essential. So make sure you get out while the weather is still perfect and enjoy some time with your friends and family! That’s what the fair is all about!

Take a Chance!

One of the scariest things about graduating from high school is deciding where you want to go from there. If you’re dead set on going to college then go for it! Shoot for the stars and hope you don’t fall. Maybe you’ll stay with your parents. Personally, I enjoy the idea of freedom and right to do what I want when I want. Without having your own place that can be pretty complicated. With that being said it brings me to my next topic, renting for young adults.

Renting at such a young age can be terrifying. If you’re going out on your own with no experience then hopefully this guide can help you get prepared before going headfirst into a lease that’ll leave you trapped. Some key things to look out for when deciding on a property are location, pricing, requirements, and even pet policies. If you’re younger than 21 then chances are your credit probably won’t be the greatest either, luckily that’s where your parents can come into play. A lot of times you’ll need some kind of cosigner when you have poor or no credit. It’s unfortunate but every rental company will do the same. Luckily cosigners can swoop in and save the day. Most of the time your parents will be the best bet, they know you the most and will probably be able to trust you with such a large responsibility.

First things first. You’re finally ready to go out on your own and get a place for yourself. Often times apartments can seem easy to get due to rent pricing but don’t forget the cost doesn’t just stop there. Living on your own means having to buy little things that you use everyday but don’t really notice. For example, you’ll be responsible for your paper towels, toilet paper, groceries, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, the list goes on and on. Don’t let those things deter you from moving in though, you just have to be smart about it. budgeting is a very important thing, work hard and save money, the more you have set aside before you move in, the better off you’ll be.

Secondly, always make sure you’re mentally prepared. Are you really going to be able to do this alone, if not do you have a roommate that can split the cost with you? A close friend or a significant other can really make things easier when it comes to getting your own place. Word of caution though, if you’re in a newer relationship, maybe moving in together isn’t a good idea. Don’t get me wrong it could work, but are you sure you’re ready to spend the next 12 months with that person? If things go south then somebody is probably going to leave, which leaves the rent to be rested upon another’s shoulders. If you’re going to tackle this move in with a partner then make sure you’re both ready. Whether it’s a friend or a significant other, be ready for anything.

Third, make sure that both names are on the lease! This is probably one of the most crucial things about renting with a friend. If one of you cracks under pressure then when things get rough it may not go well. Imagine being 7 months into your lease and suddenly your roommate decides to leave because things got hard. Now you’re responsible for everything by yourself, rent, groceries, utilities, everything. That’s not a position that anyone would want to put themselves in. Having both names on the lease assures that no one can be abandoned.

Last but not “lease” See what I did there? All awful puns aside make sure you enjoy the process. You’re looking for a home, not just an apartment. Making the move is something you have to be 100% sure of. There are no take-backs in the real world. Don’t settle for anything you’re not absolutely in love with. Renting should be an exciting experience, not something you fear. So go out there and apply for what fits you best. You won’t regret it.  

Summer Fun!

 

Living in South Dakota can bring a lot of ill opinions to the winter season. We spend so much time complaining about the cold air, the snow-caked driveways and the ice that never seems to give up. We spend so much time waiting for Summer, that when it gets here we barely know what to do with it. That’s what we’re here for. A lot of times adults feel like they can’t have too much fun during the Summer because of work and the kids, but the reality is you just have to find the right things to do. Nobody wants to spend an arm and a leg just for some good Summer fun so why not take a look at Charisma’s top five list of things to do in Sioux Falls during the Summer!

  1. Parks: This one must’ve been pretty obvious right? They’re almost always free to get into and your kids can have a blast until they’re completely drained. For parents, this is usually a good time to get some sun, relax, and just enjoy the nice weather. Bringing a cooler with snacks and drinks can make this a much more enjoyable experience!
  2. Swimming Pools: South Dakota has a plethora of public swimming pools available all throughout the day. Terrace Park, Aquatic Center, Watiki Water Resort, and even the Sioux Falls favorite, Wild Water West!
  3. Public Events: One thing that Sioux Falls excels at in particular is its public events. For example, every Saturday throughout the Summer people can come to the Moonlight Movies downtown and enjoy a free movie under the stars. This may not seem like much but honestly getting out to enjoy a movie with the family can be rewarding. There’s plenty of space for the kids to play and the parents can pull up a lawn chair or a nice towel and just relax.
  4. Sports: A lot of families may not be too into sports, but if you are, then believe me there’s going to be no problem finding something to do this Summer. What’s more American than baseball? Unless your answer is apple pie, you’re wrong. Sioux Falls Canaries play all Summer and tickets are relatively inexpensive.
  5. Sight Seeing: It doesn’t take much to go outside and just enjoy the view. The beauty of the Midwest is the never ending supply of scenic routes, beautiful landscapes, and state parks galore. Whether you’re taking your family kayaking through the winding rivers splitting through the Palisades or walking the trails at Good Earth, your family is bound to have a blast on these nature-filled adventures.

Whether you enjoy the outdoors or not hopefully this list can give some proper insight into having fun in the sun. The beauty of the Midwest isn’t indoors. It’s in the air, in the fields, in the woods. It’s getting out and making use of the blessings around us. So get out this Summer and soak in that sunlight that we yearn for so often. Enjoy the beauty around us and love every second of it.

Ticked Off?

Summer, it’s almost everyone’s favorite time of the year! The sun is shining, and the wind is blowing just right to keep you cool. Don’t let this peaceful setting fool you though, ticks and fleas thrive during this time of year and we here at Charisma are going to give you and your pets a few tips to avoid those pesky parasites! First off even though these tips are widely used it’s always best to consult a veterinarian in regards to what medication would be best for your furry friends.

The first tip that you should always take into consideration is frequently washing your pet beds. It’s common for ticks and fleas to hitch a ride inside your home and stopping them producing will be a major help. Washing your linens and bed sheets that are often exposed to your pet may also help to prevent the spread of the parasites. It’s a common thing done anyway but little things like these work miracles in the long run. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of fresh linens?

The next tip is fairly simple but some people may not think much of it. Mowing your lawn frequently can really help. Ticks especially are harder to avoid in tall grass and once they’re on they won’t let go without good reason. Simply mowing your lawn and even possibly spraying it with vet-approved pesticides can prevent them from being hard to spot before it’s too late. More so for dogs, but a yard is a busy place for our pets and keeping it pest free should always be a priority.

The final tip that we leave you with is always to be alert. Ticks and fleas can be stopped by many different ways but there’s no better way than the old-fashioned eye. Keeping a constant eye on your pets and checking them at least once a week will drastically prevent their chances of getting infections from these pests. Trails are a popular place to pick up ticks and such so when you’re out and about be on the lookout for things that could harm you or your pet.

PETS ARE FAMILY TOO!

Finding a new home can be exhausting…this unit has this amenity but is in the wrong location, that unit has the same amenity but is higher priced, this unit doesn’t have this but meets our budget needs, that unit is above our budget but has everything we were looking for, etc., etc. etc.  While it is important to find the perfect home that fits your lifestyle and budget needs, don’t forget that your 4 legged friend(s) also have needs!  You want a home that your pet will love too!  Do you need a yard for your pet to roam?  Does your pet like to take walks?  Are there sidewalks, parks or trails close by?  Does your pet like people?  Does your pet like other animals?  We know these things are important to consider when you have a pet because all of our staff have had pets at one time, while most us still have one or two, or three…LOL!!  We understand how important your pet is to you.  Charisma is pet friendly with some restrictions like the number of pets some owners will allow at their property.  Some owners will allow 1 pet while others may allow 2 or 3.  Bailey the house hound says, “Let your 4 legged friend follow their nose to one our properties!”  605-271-HOME!!

RUFF DAY?

 

Imagine coming home from a long day at work and you are feeling down. What’s the first thing you’re going to encounter when you walk through that door? It will probably be your pet, if you have on.  Your pet will almost always be your best friend and we’re not talking about the one from high school. We’re talking about your furry friend, whether it’s a dog or a cat. They’re always there for you when you’re up or down, and let’s be honest who can be upset when they’ve got a pet that’s ecstatic to see them?

One thing that we take great pride in here at Charisma is our love for pets. Nearly all of our properties are pet friendly with very few restrictions. The best part is we don’t discriminate against weight or breed. We here at Charisma love dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, so bring in your four-legged friends to our showings and take a look at what could be your  new home!  Let them sniff around the unit to see where the best place to lay around on sleep is!! You know those 4 legged creatures…they love to eat, sleep, play and give lots of love!! Why leave them out of your big decision on a new place to live!

We even have our own little mascot named Bailey. She’s our little “house hound” and we can assure she’ll find whatever home is best for you and your furry friend. She’s specifically trained to find snacks and pose for photos. (if she feels like it…LOL!!) You might see her in a video or two! She may look small but believe us there’s a lot of bark in this one, the bite part, not so much. So put your trust in her to help you find the perfect home for you and your four legged friend!!

FEELING BLESSED TO SERVE THE HOUSING NEEDS OF PEOPLE!

I woke up this morning to the sun shining and no wind or snow!  Spring is here!!  I got to work, opened my computer, went through my emails and documents and thought about how lucky I am to do what I do…I serve a basic need of life…providing a roof over someone’s head.  Whether you are a current resident or looking for a new home to live in, we hope your experience with us is a good one.  We understand that we don’t always do everything perfect, but we strive to serve people as best as we can and do what is right.

If you are looking for a new place to live, we have a variety of one, two and three bedroom units from apartments, to twin homes and townhomes to single family houses.  We also have storage units for those in between times when you need a place to store your belongings!  Give us a call to see how we can help serve your housing needs. 605-271-HOME!

If you are resident at one of our properties…thank you!!  There are a lot of housing choices out there and we were blessed to get you as a resident!

Check Out the One and Two Bedroom Units at the Colonial Court Apartments Located Just Blocks From Downtown Sioux Falls!

Colonial Courts features spacious 1 and 2 bedroom units!  This complex is located just blocks from downtown Sioux Falls and the area shopping, dining, schools, medical centers & more!  Colonial Courts has underground parking and the water, sewer, garbage & heat is paid!  The 2 bedroom units feature 1,000 sq ft of living space.  The 1 bedroom units feature 850 sq ft of living sq ft of living space.  Units rent for $599 and $650 per month!!  We are pet friendly with some restrictions.  Call today to check it out!!  605-271-HOME!

 

GETTING YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT BACK AFTER MOVE OUT

How to get your deposit back

  1. Pay any unpaid fees and charges prior to moving out.

Contact your Owner/Agent before you move out to see if you have any overdue or past due monies owed to the property.  You want to pay these in full before you move out because your deposit may not cover all these fees and you could end up owing more.

  1. Give proper notice to vacate per the terms of your Lease Agreement.

Your Lease Agreement will have the terms required to end your lease.  Most leases require a “written notice of intent to move out.”  Make sure you include your name, address and unit number and date of lease termination.  Include a forwarding address for the Owner/Agent to send your deposit refund to.

  1. Clean the entire residence.

Contact Owner/Agent to see if they have a cleaning list to help you get your unit ready for moving out.  You want to get your deposit back, so you want to ensure you are cleaning the items you will be charged for if the Owner/Agent has to hire the work to be done after you move out.  If you have a garage or a storage unit, ensure you have cleaned those spaces as well.  Any cleaning not done when you move out can be charged to you.

Sample Cleaning List:

Pull out appliances and clean behind, inside and outside

Wipe inside and outside of cabinets and countertops

Sweep, mop and/or vacuum all floors

Clean windows and sills

Clean vents and ceiling fans

Shampoo carpets (check with Owner/Agent before you clean the carpets to see if there are plans to replace the flooring)

    4. Schedule a move out walk through.

When all your belongings are removed from the premises, the unit has been cleaned and you are ready to hand over the keys to the unit, contact the Owner/Agent to set up a move out walk through.  You want to be present for this.  At this time, any deficiencies that are found should be pointed out and the Owner/Agent should inform you of any charges that you will receive.  These costs are likely to come out of your deposit, so it is important to ask questions.

 

Things to keep in mind

  1. Know the difference between ordinary wear and tear and tenant charges.

When you move out of a residence, understand the difference between ordinary wear and tear and what you will be charged for.  Ordinary wear and tear includes things like fading, peeling or cracked paint, doors sticking from humidity, carpet faded or worn from walking, etc.  Items that are not considered ordinary wear and tear and would be tenant charges are things like gaping holes in the wall or plaster, drawings, crayon markings or paint not approved by the owner, broken blinds, missing fixtures, etc.  Items that are not ordinary wear and tear can be charged to you.

  1. Consider the additional charges for above ordinary wear and tear.

Repair costs can up add up.  You might not only be charged the cost of labor to fix the above ordinary wear and tear costs, you could also be charged for the cost of materials.

 

When you should receive your deposit

States vary in the amount of time required for a community to return the security deposit.  South Dakota requires that within two weeks after the termination of tenancy and the receipt of the tenant’s mailing address or delivery instructions, a written statement from the Owner/Agent showing the specific reason for the withholding the deposit must be furnished to the tenant.  Within forty-five days after the termination of tenancy, if requested by the tenant, Owner/Agent must furnish the tenant with an itemized accounting of any portion of the deposit that was withheld.

It is of the upmost importance when a tenant moves out that you provide your forwarding address on your written notice to vacate.  If you do not have a forwarding address at that time, notify the Owner/Agent as soon as it is available to you.

If you have questions about the charges you receive when you obtain a copy of your itemized statement, call the Owner/Agent and ask questions.  If you believe any amounts withheld were wrongly deducted from your deposit, ask questions.

We want your experience to be a good one with us.  Ask questions about your deposit before you move in, before you move out and during the move out walk through.  This is your money and you want all or most of it back.

 *Disclaimer: This information is provided for general informational purposes only. Nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice of any sort and is not intended for that purpose regarding any subject matter.

 

 

LATE FEES

RESIDENTS CALL ALL THE TIME ABOUT LATE FEES.  RENT IS DUE ON THE 1ST AND LATE AFTER THE 5TH.  WE WILL WORK WITH RESIDENTS ON THE RENT PAYMENT, BUT RESIDENTS NEED TO NOTIFY US IF RENT IS GOING TO BE LATE.  TAKE THAT EXTRA TIME TO CALL OR EMAIL US AND WE WILL NOTATE YOUR ACCOUNT. IF WE DON’T HEAR FROM YOU IT WILL RESULT IN THE EVICTION PROCESS BEING STARTED AND WE WANT TO AVOID THAT AS BEST WE CAN.  LATE FEES CAN ADD UP SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO PAY YOUR RENT ON TIME.

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR RENT HERE ARE SOME STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IF YOU LIVE IN SIOUX FALLS OR THE SURROUNDING AREA:

  1. CALL OUR OFFICE TO LET US KNOW YOUR RENT WILL BE LATE
  2. GIVE US A DATE AND TIME AS TO WHEN YOUR RENT WILL BE PAID OR WHO YOU HAVE CONTACTED FOR HELP
  3. THERE ARE SEVERAL ENTITIES THAT HELP RESIDENTS WITH THEIR RENT WHEN HARDSHIP HITS
    1. MINNEHAHA COUNTY – HUMAN SERVICES – 605-367-4217
    2. ST. VINCENT DEPAUL – 605-335-5823
    3. COMMUNITY OUTREACH – 605-3314-3935
    4. SALVATION ARMY – 605-338-6649
    5. VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA – 605-334-1414
    6. LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES – 605-357-0100
    7. INTER-LAKES COMMUNITY OUTREACH – 605-334-2808

WE APPRECIATE OUR RESIDENTS AND WILL HELP WHERE WE CAN.  COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!