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Top 10 Property Preservation Service Professionals near Chicago, IL

1. Homeriver Group
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In High Demand
  • 13 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Chicago, IL
"Homeriver Property Management is a full-service property management company. Homeriver Property Management has created a new standard in the residential property management industry by using innovative systems that are managed by skilled and experienced property managers, top-level accountants, and cost-effective and experienced maintenance staff. Our clients are able to generate the highest-possible return on their properties or investments without any stress related to their property management. Homeriver Property Management manages buildings from one to 100 units. This includes everything from condos, town homes, and single-family homes to small and large apartment buildings. As a full-service property management firm, we offer the following services: * Advertising and marketing of vacant units -- HomeriverProperty Management employs one of the largest networks of skilled leasing individuals to ensure our owners that their property will run at the highest level of occupancy. * Lease drafting and move-in procedures -- The leases that we use are leases to ensure full compliance with all local, state, and federal laws and statues. We include all up-to-date per any changing law or situation that would affect an owner. * Complete screening of all tenants -- Homeriver Property Management does a full credit background and eviction search on all incoming tenants. By doing this, we are able to make sure that we are dealing with the highest-quality tenants and individuals available who are leasing our owners' properties. * State-of-the-art on-line accounting and financial reporting -- Homeriver Property Management utilizes a web-based property management system. We provide our property owners with online access to view their financial statements that show when monies are collected and any disbursements that have been made. We can provide numerous reports including tenant rental histories, work order history, property rental histories, and profit and loss statements. Our system provides you, the owner, with access to the information you need when you need it. * 24-hour maintenance staff -- Our experienced maintenance staff is available around the clock to ensure that issues associated with a building can be acted on in the most timely fashion. We are also able to offer the lowest potential maintenance-related costs due to having our maintenance staff in house, allowing for large savings and higher profits for our owners. Monthly rental collections -- We handle and implement a multi-step process to ensure that monthly rent payments are made. We also offer constant reminders to tenants of the importance of on-time payments. Coordination of all eviction proceedings -- We follow a strict and effective rental collection process, but in the event a tenant can no longer meet rental obligations, we will handle the eviction process swiftly. Our firm is knowledgeable in state and local property management laws, and we also work with some of the top eviction attorneys, to ensure a complete and accurate eviction process. We handle the entire eviction process, so you won't have to."

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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a property management company do?

Property management companies manage the rental of residential homes, apartments, condos, commercial spaces and retail spaces. Property managers can oversee just a single unit or many properties, whether those sites are inhabited full-time or are vacation rentals. A property management company helps a property owner or landlord find tenants; collects rent; takes care of accounting, property maintenance and repairs; handles on-site management; and manages vacation rental check-in and checkout tasks. Although many property owners or landlords successfully manage their own rental real estate, a property management company can help you handle tenant issues and maintenance problems, especially if you are not located in the same city or state. Most property management companies deal with tenants directly, and their tasks include:

  • Marketing the rental property
  • Collecting rent
  • Handling repair problems
  • Responding to tenant complaints
  • Evicting tenants  

A property management company may be a good choice for property owners who have several investment properties, live far away from the rental property, or don’t have time for hands-on management.

What is a general contractor?

When starting a home remodel or new construction project, you will probably hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to take a set of building plans and construct them as outlined. The general contractor may help perform the day-to-day building, or they may just hire workers and oversee all the work activities. In either case, the job of the general contractor is to see that your project gets built.

When you have a building project, ask for bids from various contractors. The bids tell you how much each will charge and what their scope of work will be. Once you have selected a bid, you sign a contract with that general contractor outlining the specifics of the project and the milestones during the project when they will receive payment installments. Once the contract is official, the general contractor will bring in their crew to begin construction. The contractor will manage the workers and subcontractors (anyone who doesn’t work directly for their company but that they need to outsource, like a marble installation pro), order all the materials, obtain work permits, and confirm that all the workers and subcontractors are completing their projects as planned. They typically handle all the payments to the workers and subcontractors, and send you invoice. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.  If you are organized and competent to oversee construction projects, and are able to make sure everything is being built properly and meeting code, it’s possible you can be your own general contractor.  

Do property managers need to be licensed?

The licensing requirements for property managers vary from state to state, but many states require property managers to have a real estate broker’s license and in some cases be a legal resident of a state. Property management may not be specified in a state real estate statute, but according to the Institute of Real Estate Management their activities may include advertising the availability of a rental property, discussing a property management agreement with an owner, negotiating leases, showing a rental property and collecting rents.

How do you choose a commercial general contractor?

A commercial contractor provides similar services as a residential general contractor but specializes in working with large-scale projects for businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments and development firms. When researching commercial general contractors, review their portfolio of work and confirm they have ample experience working in the area you need. For example, if you are building a small strip mall, ask if the contractors have experience successfully incorporating all the needed elements such as a parking lot, meeting ADA requirements, accessing the proper permits, and completing work on time.

Once you’ve identified several qualified candidates, request bids for your project and then compare the scope of work with your needs and budget. Your commercial general contractor should oversee design, permitting, construction, materials purchase, and adherence to building code and zoning regulations, as well as sticking to an agreed-upon budget and schedule. It’s important to establish clear communication with your future commercial general contractor, as this will mean a smoother process for everyone. For all these reasons, it’s also especially important to follow a few smart hiring practices when it comes to finding a general contractor.

What do general contractors charge?

If you’re doing a home remodel, building a new home or embarking on a commercial building project, you’ll hire a general contractor. A general contractor is a professional who is qualified to oversee and execute construction projects. Each construction project is unique; even two duplicate homes built on lots next door to each other could have different construction costs due to factors like different excavation costs when building the foundation. Since each project is unique, many general contractors make bids on potential construction projects. These bids can then break down to a per square foot cost that encompasses the labor of all the workers needed for the job, materials, the scope of work, and any equipment needed. Materials and finishes make a major difference in your cost per square foot. For example, choosing standard kitchen tiles at $3 per square foot will result in a lower total project cost than imported marble tiles that cost $63 per square foot. Where you live will also affect how much general contractors charge, as labor and the cost to do business can cost less in many regions than in high-cost areas like New York or San Francisco. Here are some examples of average costs general contractors typically charge in various regions:

  • Home addition in San Francisco: $250-$270 per square foot.
  • New home construction in Knoxville, Tennessee: $100-$200 per square foot.
  • Kitchen remodel in Tennessee: $40-$80 per square foot, depending on finishes.
  • Bathroom remodel in Vancouver, Washington: $110-$170 per square foot.

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