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Great Experience

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Hi Brad,

Your company was the property manager for the condo rental I lived in for the past year.

Every person I interacted with was professional, courteous, and friendly all year!!! This rental experience was the best I’ve had in my 15 years of renting! When the time comes to buy a house, I will contact your company specifically because of the positive rental experience I have had with you. Thank you for all the help!!

Mike

Always Working to Save You Money

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Always Working to Save You Money by Dick Dohack

If you have utilized our services at Gulf Pointe Properties for any length of time, you are likely aware that we treat your property as if it were our own. This is particularly evident when it comes to maintenance and repairs. We closely monitor every maintenance request that comes in and strive to protect your investment and at the same time keep maintenance costs as low as possible.

Below you will find the email we send to every tenant that logs a maintenance request. In addition we ask pointed questions before maintenance is ever sent out.

Thank you for submitting your request. Please allow 48 -72 hours for non-emergency requests. We will send you an email notification as soon as we update your request. A copy of it is included below for your records. You can update the request online. In the meantime, please make every effort to troubleshoot the problem you are having. Below are recommendations for common issues that may occur.

*Make sure you know where the panel box and shut off valves are*

IF THERE IS A WATER LEAK – SHUT OFF THE WATER VALVES IMMEDIATELY!

Air Conditioning Issue:
• Make sure filter is clean or has been changed recently
• Find the breaker box and switch off both the A/C label & Air Handler labels, then turn back on

Appliance Not Working:
• Make sure appliance is plugged in
• Check breaker box- reset breaker by turning it off and back on
• For Fridge- Check temperature settings
• For Dryer- Make sure lint catcher is clean

Clogged Drain:
• First try plunging the toilet/sink/tub
• For slow or clogged drains, use a drain cleaner such as Liquid Plumber or Drain-O

Electrical Issues:
• Check the breaker box to make sure all of the breakers are on
• Flip the appropriate breaker off and then back on to reset it
• Check light switches- some electrical outlets are connected to light switches
• Check / Change light bulbs if there is an issue with a light fixture

Garbage Disposal:
• Check breaker
• Try pressing the reset button on the garbage disposal under the sink
• PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO STICK YOUR HAND DOWN THE SINK!

Issues With Pests? (ants, mice, etc)
• Tenant is responsible for Pest control in their individual unit
• Spray for the pest or call an exterminator
• Contact us if you believe you have an issue with bed bugs or WDO (wood destroying organisms such as termites)
Power Outage:
• Contact your Electric supplier to check for any reported power outages
(Florida Power & Light: 239-334-7754)

Smoke Detectors Beeping:
• Put new batteries in the detectors, if the issue continues contact the office immediately

White Spots on Dishes out of Dishwasher:
• This most likely is due to hard water. The best solution for this is to use a detergent with citrus or use citric acid in addition to your detergent
• If the property has a water softener, make sure it is filled with salt

Windows Letting Air In:
• Make sure window is closed correctly and locked

According to the Lease Agreement:
• Tenant is responsible to pay the cost to repair any damage they or their guests cause
• If the tenant makes maintenance request and no repair is needed upon arrival of service technician, the tenant is responsible to pay for the invoice

For Example:
– A foreign substance or object is clogging a toilet (other than human waste or toilet paper)
– Breaker is tripped (and there is no other issue)
– Light fixture issue is due to a bad bulb
– Batteries needed replaced in a beeping smoke detector
– Controls need adjusted in a refrigerator
– Electrical outlets that are controlled by a light switch are non-functioning due to the light switch being switched off
– Refrigerator water runs slowly due to needing filter changed
– Air Conditioner is constantly running and it is merely due to extreme weather temperatures (very typical in Florida summers)

In the past, our policy has been that we have employed outside contractors without any mark-up for maintenance requests. What we are finding is that the vibrant and competitive environment we are now experiencing is making it very difficult to provide the level of service and cost savings that you have grown to expect and we have been proud to deliver. We are finding that contractors are raising prices, cherry picking jobs, and failing to follow through on promises.

All of this has led us to a decision that the only way to provide an exceptional level of service was to hire our own in-house maintenance technician. This move allows us to respond more quickly, control costs, and more closely monitor the quality of the workmanship. If for any reason you would prefer that we employ outside contractors for your property we are more than happy to do so. Just let us know. Of course, we will still employ outside contractors when it comes to technical plumbing, electrical, or HVAC repairs.

In the News

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Gulf Pointe Properties continues to grow steadily as the premier Property Management and Tenant Placement Brokerage in Southwest Florida.  We thank you for your continued support and we truly strive to ensure the satisfaction of you and your tenants are met.

We are continuously brainstorming for new ideas to keep our Brokerage ahead of the pack within the rapidly expanding SWFL real estate market.  We are cognisant of the potential dollars spent in order to maintain investment properties and we want you to experience the most return possible on your investment.

In December 2014, we introduced the Air Conditioning Filter Program to maximize the efficiency of the units within your rental home(s).  Simplistic in nature, yet a key detail missed by many.  The tenants have openly stated their appreciation for this added service.  While the tenants will experience lower electric bills in the coming summer months, your units will run more efficiently in hopes of preventing future maintenance calls.

There are so many reasons to invest in Southwest Florida!  March 3, 2015, the Boston Red Sox kicked off their Spring Training Season at Jet Blue Stadium, also known as, Fenway South.  Built in 2012, Fenway South is a huge attraction holding 11,000 attendees.  Located fifteen minutes from some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, people are migrating by the thousands down to this desirable part of the country.

Broker and Owner of Gulf Pointe Properties, Brad Dohack, has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Myers for 8 years.  Brad has been an instrumental part of organizing an annual charity event teaming up with the Boston Red Sox to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.  Funds raised during the event provide more than 298,000 hours of service to more than 1,282 young people in our community who are a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.  The total amount raised during the benefit held March 2015 was over $136,000!