A Higher Standard in Jacksonville Property Management

A Higher Standard in Jacksonville Property Management


Proudly Serving Jacksonville and surrounding areas

Welcome to First Place Management, Inc., Northeast Florida's premier residential property management firm. Our commitment is to care for your property as if it were our own and ensure that you can be confident that it is well maintained and your asset is protected. With 50 years of professional business experience, this contributes to making us an industry leader. Due to the evolutionary nature of the industry today, our commitment to ongoing industry education and certification further ensures the protection of your asset to the benefit of both owner and resident.

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5 Ways a Property Management Company Will Make Your Life Easier

jeannie fredrick - Thursday, October 22, 2015

5 Ways a Property Management Company Will Make Your Life Easier


There's more to renting your property than determining the rental price, finding a suitable tenant and making repairs when necessary. Of course, those are a few of the facets that accompany renting a property, but are you familiar with the most current landlord/tenant laws? How about the legal screening of a potential tenant? Do you perform an annual property inspection?

Respected and knowledgeable professionals in the property management industry do all the above and more:

  1. Tour property prior to renting – Property managers will inspect your property and point out any potential hazards or repairs that my need to be completed prior to placing it on the market. Often, owners may unintentionally overlook a repair and not realize the importance of getting it fixed prior to a tenant taking possession of the home.
  2. Marketing of your property – There’s more to placing a sign in the yard or throwing a few ads online. First, your homeowner’s association may not approve of signs in the yard. Professionals know the HOA rules and the appropriate sites to attract the best renters for your property.
  3. Screening the potential tenant, collecting the deposit and presenting an attorney-drawn lease – Running a background check is just the start of screening a party prior to turning over the keys. Will they be able to make the monthly payment? Do they have a sufficient deposit! What about pets? How many people will be living in the home? Also, do you have a legal and binding contract?
  4. Handling repairs – Do you really want to answer the phone at 2 a.m. to find out that your renter has no air conditioning or heat? Are you well versed in the best vendors for every conceivable repair? Not only do they eliminate those middle-of-the-night calls, but property managers have a vetted list of the best vendors, whom the property manager has built a relationship with. These vendors can often get to the property much faster than if you were to call out of the blue.
  5. Annual property inspection – By thoroughly inspecting the property, professionals can ascertain whether there may be upcoming problems. For instance, there may be safety issues that you wouldn’t see just driving by. A leaky refrigerator may be a sign of bigger problems. Air conditions filters that haven’t been changed can be putting unnecessary stress on the HVAC system.

At FPM Properties, not only do we do all this, but we do much, much more. To see a list of our services to compare us with other property managers, click here.

We encourage you to give us a call at (904) 246-1200 and we’ll gladly answer any questions you may have about hiring a property manager. 

Are you ready for Hurricane Erika?

jeannie fredrick - Thursday, August 27, 2015

With the possibility of Hurricane Erika approaching our area, it’s a great time to remember those important to-dos and purchase necessary supplies. It’s never too early to get ready.

The first step in being prepared is to stay informed.

  • Regularly, watch local news and check websites that pertain to hurricanes
  • A tracking map is a good way to watch the current path, and to get your children involved
  • If you can involve your kids, it will take out the big fear if a storm does hit the area

Next, if a storm is imminent, you’ll need to decide whether or not evacuate:

  • You should plan for both options.
  • Take into consideration your situation, plus the strength of the storm.
  • Whatever decision you make, make it early.
  • In the case of evacuations, interstates could be turn into one-way roads, possibly not going in the direction that you planned. Prior to Hurricane Andrew hitting south Florida, all lanes of I-95 were turned north bound. 

Preparation of the outside of your home is ultra-important:

  • Cover your windows with plywood. The recommended plywood would be 5/8” thick, exterior grad or marine plywood, cut to the size of your window.
  • Don’t waste your time with tape. It has been proven that tape does not keep windows from breaking or glass from flying.
  • You may want to reinforce your garage doors.
  • Be sure to bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down. These items can become missiles in a storm.

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare or purchase supplies. Many big box stores run out of supplies and you could get caught in a situation where it’s unsafe to leave your home. Put together a supply kit that includes:

  • A 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • One gallon of water per person per day for 3 days
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • For a complete list, click here 
  • Also for a list of supplies for various areas, check out this list 

Some often overlooked tasks include:

  • Gathering your important paper and putting them in waterproof containers
  • Get cash because if power is out, ATMs won’t work
  • Fill your car with fuel. Again, no electricity equals no fuel pumps working
  • Charge your communication devices like your phone or tablet
  • Also, do your laundry because you may be out of power for a while

Remember the pets!

  • You’ll need to have supplies on hand for your animals. Have an emergency supply kit for them as well
  • If you do evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS! They may not survive, and if they do, you may not be able to find them after the storm

For more information, check out these resources:

*National Weather Service Weather Safety 

*Ready.gov kids  

*Family Emergency Plan – Checklist 

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Jacksonville, FL 32257

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Disclosure: First Place Management Properties, LLC., dba. FPM Properties is "not" a real estate brokerage and does not lease or sell properties.
All sales and leasing activities are conducted through First Place Management, Inc. a licensed Florida Real Estate Brokerage.