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Welcome to DIY Landlording! This website is loaded with information for landlords, property managers, home owners, contractors, and sub-contractors to learn about the everyday needs of landlords. A landlord has many responsibilities and must be both an excellent problem solver and a team builder, developing a team of experts to carry out a wide range of solutions to deliver a healthy and happy home to the landlord’s renter. This website breaks down the important information that will help a landlord maximize rental profits, avoid catastrophic losses, manage relationships with tenants, learn the law and optimize how they run their business. Some articles are strategic in nature, while others provide common learning that give DIY Landlords the valuable insights to be better operational property managers.

ADVERTISING STRATEGIES FOR LANDLORDS
Advertising Rental Property
Effective Advertising Fills Vacancies

Free Space Selling at Craigslist
Online Advertising that Get Attention
Creating Your Own Business Cards

PASSIVE INCOME STRATEGY FOR LANDLORDS
Why Passive Income is Important to Retirement
What is Passive Income Stream?
Building a Lucrative Passive Income Stream
Alternative Income Strategies
Are Mortgage Rates Affected by Federal Fund Rates?
What are Mortgage Backed Securities?
What happens to Bonds during Rising Interest Rates?
The Effects of Rising Interest Rates
How Passive Income in Real Estate Works
Real Estate Investing as Passive Income
Passive Income Investment thru Real Estate
Need a Property Management Company?

RENTAL PRICING STRATEGY FOR LANDLORDS
How to Price Rental Property
Setting your Rental Property Prices – Real Estate View
Ways to Add Value to Your Property
Amenities Tenants Look for in a Rental Property
In Search of a Suitable Rental Property
Fixing a Rental Property
Set House Estimates for Rental Property Like a Pro

SAFETY AND SECURITY STRATEGY FOR LANDLORDS
Understanding Institutional and Commercial Security Systems
Physical Security System Procedures
Residential Security Checklist
Home and Rental Property Safety Measures
Safe Apartment Living
Landlord Security and Safety Systems

HOME AUTOMATION STRATEGIES FOR LANDLORDS
What is Home Automation
Exploring Building Automation Systems
Intelligent Buildings and its Key Elements
Pros and Cons of Industrial Automation Systems
House Automation Tools
Applications of Home Automation Systems
Security and Domotics in House Automation Systems
Integrated Applications in Smart Homes
California’s Green Building Program

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR LANDLORDS
The Most Competitive US Real Estate Market
Deeds and Title to Real Property
Make Money in Real Estate
How Money is Made in Real Estate
The Role of Inflation In Appreciation
Ways of Vesting Title to Property in California
Should I buy a Condo or a House
Why Invest in Apartments?
How to Profit in Commercial Real Estate
New Buyer Trends for Home Hunters
How to Negotiate Your First Home Positively
Tips on Homes For Sale by Owner
The Steps in Selling You House by Owner
Do You Need a Lawyer to sell Your House by Owner?
How to Buy Overpriced Homes
Benefits of a Private Home Sale
Purchase Contracts and its 10 Basic Clauses
Three Major Mistakes in Buying a Home
What Home Buyers Must Do Before Buying a Home
Selling Before Buying
The Escrow and You

FINANCING AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS
Understanding Capitalization Rate
What is a Derived Cap Rate?
Great Interest Rates Still Exist
The Banks Loan Constant
The NOI and Cap Rate Influences
The Near Future Investment Outlook
Cap Rate Valuation as Criterion for Investments
Reversionary Value and Change in Asset Value
How to Acquire the Selling Price of Your Home
Would it be Better to Pay Cash for a House?
How to Beat an All Cash Offer on a House
Foreclosures are Driving Full Cash Payments for Homes
Buying Your Dream Home with a Zero Down Mortgage
Five Important Mortgage Facts You should Know

IRS CAPITAL GAINS TAX EXEMPTION
What is a 1031 Exchange?
The California 1031 Exchange Rule
What it means to be a dealer
Tips for Real Estate Investors on Real Estate Tax Deductions
Strategic Analysis for Real Estate Tax Deductions

THE RESIDENTIAL INSULATION APPLICATIONS

The Residential Insulation Applications

 

THE TOP 100 REAL ESTATE BOOKS IN THE SHELVES TODAY
No. 1-10 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 11-20 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 21-30 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 31-40 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 41-50 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 51-60 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 61-70 Best Seller Real Estate Books
No. 71-80 Best Seller Real Estate Books

No. 81-90 Best Seller Real Estate Books

No. 91-100 Best Seller Real Estate Books

LANDLORD AND TENANT CONCERNS
Ten Questions for Prospective Tenants
Overcoming Screening Fears of Apartment Hunters
Prohibited Questions in Interviews of Prospective Tenants
Reasons Why Tenants Move
Common Apartment Rental Scams
The Dos and Don’ts of a Landlord
How to Deal With Problem Tenants
How to Rent a House
Renting a Room
Positive Aspects of Pet-Friendly Rentals
Move-in/Move-out Inspection Checklist
How Tenant Eviction Works in California
Tenant Eviction Procedures
California’s Rental Options

SECURITY DEPOSITS
California Laws on Security Deposits
How to Protect Your Security Deposit

HIRING A CONTRACTOR

Hiring Licensed Contractor
Residential Architects Services
Why do we hire Architects?
Why we need to Hire Licensed Contractors?
What is a Licensed Contractor?
How to Validate a California State Contractors License
What is a Contract?
What to Include in a California Builders Contract
What is a Contractors Change Request?
Why Change Request Orders Have to be in Writing
Before Signing a Contract, check the vexatious litigants list
Understanding Vexatious Litigation
California Vexatious Litigant List

MECHANICS LIEN ON CONTRACTS
What is a Mechanic’s Lien?
Three Basic Requirements of a Mechanics Lien
How to Prevent a Mechanics Lien
Lien Waiver and Release Forms
How to Determine a Valid Mechanics Lien
How to Remove Recorded Invalid Liens

INSURANCES AND SURETY BONDS
The Basics of the Contractors Surety Bonds
Insurance claim on Homeowners’ Insurance Policy
Basics-Renters Insurance Plan
Understanding Homeowner Insurance Policies
What is the Umbrella Insurance?

FIRE POLICY
Fire Policy – Actual vs Replacement Value
Understanding a Dwelling Fire Policy

WORKERS INSURANCE POLICY
The Workers Compensation Policy
Workers Insurance Scope of Coverage
Duties of an Employer to a Workers Compensation Policy
Under Insured Explained

CONTRACTORS GENERAL LIABILITY POLICY
Understanding the Contractors General Liability Policy
How the General Liability Policy Works
Buying a CIGA General Liability Insurance
Coverage of General Liability Plans
What is the Course Of Construction Insurance Policy?
What are Artisan Insurance Policies?
How to Settle Your Claim with Insurance Adjusters

SIGNIFICANCE OF INSURANCE CERTIFICATES
What is an Insurance Certificate of Liability?
How to Request for Insurance Certificates
A Holder of a Certificate of Liability can also get Protection

CALIFORNIA REAL ESTATE QUALIFICATIONS
How to Qualify for a California Real Estate Salesperson
How to qualify for a California License Broker
Understanding California’s Brokers Courses

HOME SURROUND SOUND AND SPEAKER SYSTEMS

Introduction to the Home Surround Sound System
How to Set Up a Home Theater System
Speaker Set Up for Critical Listening Pleasure
Basic Requirements for a Home Sound System
Basics of Home In-wall Speakers
A Guide to Speakers & Placement in Homes
How to Hook Up Outdoor Speakers
Converting Theater Speakers to Wireless Speakers
Home Theater Configurations

PLUMBING
A way of Choosing Water Plumbing Pipes
Common Plumbing Pipes Used in Homes
How to Use PEX Piping in Plumbing
Ceiling Height and Slope for Steam Showers
How to Replace Angle Stops
How to Cut Cast Iron Pipes
The Pipe Materials Technology
Piping Technology Made Easy

HOME INSULATING OPTIONS FOR LANDLORDS AND HOMEOWNERS
How to Insulate a Home
The Best Way to Insulate Older Homes
Types of Eco-Green Insulation
Top 5 Eco-friendly Green Insulation Options
Green Insulation Factors to Look For

HOME SOUNDPROOFING OPTIONS FOR LANDLORDS, TENANTS AND HOMEOWNERS
Soundproofing an Existing Wall Between Rooms
The Cheapest Way to Soundproof a Bedroom
How to Soundproof Your Home
Soundproof You Own Living Space

BASEMENT AND CRAWLSPACE WATERPROOFING AND ENCAPSULATION
What is Elastomeric Waterproofing?
Asphaltic and Elastomeric Waterproofing Systems
Cement Base, Bentonite & Blind-side Basement Waterproofing
Four Tips for Crawlspace Waterproofing
DIY Crawlspace Waterproofing
Common Insulation Problems in Crawlspaces
Crawlspaces in Your Homes
Types of Insulation for Crawlspaces
Spray Foam Insulation Problems in Crawlspaces
Basement Waterproofing and Vapor Barriers
Understanding Foundation Drainage
All about French Drains
How to Use Rocks in Drainage Ditches
How to Design a French Drain
How to build a Yard French Drain
Inadequate Soil Drainage on Foundation Walls

USE OF GRAVEL AND COARSE AGGREGATES
Type of Aggregate and its Applications
All About Construction Aggregates
What are Coarse Crushed Aggregates?
How to Estimate Gravel for a Driveway
How to Calculate Gravel in a Project
How to Estimate Building Materials for French Drains

MASONRY, EXPANSION JOINTS AND CONCRETE WORKS
The Various Tools for Concrete Work
Introduction to Concrete Expansion Joints
All About Control Joints in Slabs
More about Concrete Cracks and Control Joints
What is the Best Solution to Concrete Cracking
When to Install Concrete Expansion Joints
How to Make Expansion Joints in Concrete Slabs
DIY Concrete Slabs
Concrete Pouring in Slab
How to Prepare a Site for a Concrete Slab
How to Calculate Concrete to Pour a Slab
How to Cut Expansions in Concrete Slab Driveways
Seal Expansion Joints in Concrete
How to use a Backer Rod
Using Wood as Flexible Material in Expansion Joints
How to Prevent Shrinkage Cracking in a Concrete Control Joint

HAND TOOLS THAT CONTRACTORS USE
Basic Carpentry Hand Tools
Carpentry Power Tools
Power Saws as Tool of the Trade
The Circular Saw
The Circular Saw Blade
Teeth per Inch in Blades
The Non-wood Jigsaw Blades
Blade Fabrication for Jigsaw
The Power Drill Buying Guide
Drill Features of Power Drills
The Different Types of Power Drill Bits

FLOORING AND WALL
How to Level an Uneven Concrete Floor
How to Estimate Aggregate Base for Concrete
Leveling Old Concrete Floors
Introduction to Limestone and its Application
How to install a Wireless Doorbell
How to Hang Drywall
How to Paint Your Homes Using Brushes
How to Paint Your Home Using Sprayers
Types and Uses of Paint Rollers
How to Install Tiles
The Different Types of Floor Tiles
The Pros and Cons of  Popular Tile Types
Different Tile Patterns for Your Home

HOME MECHANICAL
How to Maintain HVAC Systems
How to Size up Your HVAC Systems

RADIANT HEAT FLOORING
How to Install Radiant Heat Flooring
Install Hot Water Radiant Heat
Installing the Under-floor Electric Radiant Heat System
Hot Water Baseboard System

HOME ELECTRICAL, LIGHTING AND FIXTURES
What is a 100a Service Panel and How it Works?
What are Arc Fault Interrupters?

The Different Types of AFCI
NEC Rules on Electrical Outlets
What are WR GFCI outlets?
How to Size Up Your Bathroom Fans
The Basics of Can Lights

How to Install Recessed Lighting
How to Install or Replace Chandeliers
How to Install a Wall Light Fixture
How to Install LED Light in Cabinets
Decorating with Wall Light Fixtures
What is a Wall Washer Light Fixture?
How to Install a Ceiling Outlet Box
Popular Types of Light Switches
How Three Way Switches Works
Light Switching Methods for Different Purposes

LANDSCAPING
What is Artificial Grass?
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Artificial Turf
Surface Water Drainage and Slope Problems
How to Install a Sprinkler System
How to Plan Your Sprinkler System
How to Install PVC Pipes
How to Install a New Lawn

How to Compact Base Rock in a Driveway

ROOFING AND VENTILATION
The Roofer’s Warranties

What to Do When a Roof Leaks
Installation of Roof Ridge Vents
How to Install Dormer Vents
How to install Gable Vents
How to Install Soffit Vents
Hiring Roofers to Install Roof Vents
How to Repair a Tar and Gravel Roof
Advantages-Steel Metal Roofing in Homes
Are Steel Metal Roofs Noisier than Other Roof Types
Lower Noise Transmission in Homes
Types of Metal Roofing
Proper Attic Ventilation – function and Importance
How to Properly Vent Your Attic

STRUCTURAL WALL FRAMING AND FOUNDATION VENTS
Pros and Cons of 2 by 4 versus 2 by 6 studs
Benefits of 2×4 or 2×6 House Framing
How to find out if my house has 2 x 6 framing
Distance Apart Between Wall Studs
How to Install Foundation Vents

DOORS AND WINDOWS
What are the Types of Exterior Doors?
Installing a New Construction Window
DIY Installation of New Construction Window
Fitting a New Window in an Old House

PROPERTY INSPECTIONS
California Property Inspection
Benefits of Home Inspections

CALIFORNIA TREE LAWS
Laws on a Tree Falling onto Your House
The State of California Tree Law
Avenues if Trees Topple
Claims Against Toppled Trees
Boundary Trees and its Natural Nuisance
When Trees Damaged Your Property

CALIFORNIA FENCE LAWS
California Laws on Fences of Adjoining Properties
California Laws on Agreed Boundaries

LEAD IN THE HOME
Lead Effects on Children and Adults
Avoid Lead Exposure in Homes
How to Lower Lead Exposure
How to Hire a Lead-Safe Renovator

MOLD IN THE HOME
Choosing a Mold Contractor
How to Test for Molds at Home
Why Mold is Bad
How to Remove and Control Mold at Home
Essential Gear for Removing Mold
The Right Mold Contractor
How to get rid of Mold Problems

ASBESTOS IN THE HOME
Regulating the Use of Asbestos
Asbestos Hazards in Your Home
How to Hire a Contractor for Asbestos Abatement
Asbestos Professionals and What They Do
Asbestos Effects on Human Health

Notice:

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