Terra Residential - Houston Property Management
March 2015
Address
14655 Northwest Freeway
Suite 124
Houston, Texas 77040
Houston's only
Certified Residential
Management Company.
Specializing in Investment
Brokerage & Management
since 1990.
What Do Our Clients
Think About Us
5 Star Google Review
A Google User: I am a Realtor and my client's rental property needed a property management company to care for his property while he was out of the country. We put the home on the market, and I have to say Jamie at Terra Residential was wonderful to work with.
Google Review
A Google User: The best management company I have dealt with in the past 30 plus years and have been with for over 20 years.
Google Review
Stephanie A.: Many times, people take time to make complaints when things go wrong. But, they don't take the same quality time to stop and give compliments. As very new residents working with Terra Residential, Inc., my husband and I have experienced GREAT customer service...
Serving You
Michael Mengden
MPM®, RMP®, GRI®, TRLS
President/Broker

(713) 895-9966 x305
mmengden@terraresidential.com
James Dominy, TRLS
Property Manager

(713) 895-9966 x308
jdominy@terraresidential.com
Jennifer Steward, TRLS
Property Manager

(713) 895-9966 x306
jsteward@terraresidential.com
Rebecca Roeber, TRLS
Property Manager

(713) 895-9966 x307
rroeber@terraresidential.com
Judy Wyble
Administrative Assistant

(713) 895-9966 x303
jwyble@terraresidential.com
Our Services
  • Leasing
  • Make Readies
  • Rent Collection
  • Evictions
  • Electronic Statements
  • Online Payments
  • Property Acquisitions
  • Sales
  • And More
Our Associations
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What is Useful Life and Why is it Important?
All things on earth have a life expectancy - people, buildings, clothing, food, etc. All the parts of an investment property have a life expectancy as well. A building can last for years, even centuries, while you may have to replace that dishwasher next year or in ten years.
Why is it useful to consider life expectancy? It is always better to know as much about your property as possible. Property owners can do more planning and budgeting if they are aware of the life of different items in their investment property, such as heating units, air-conditioners, various appliances, garage door openers, or water heaters. Knowledge can also help you plan for the unexpected - for example, it may be worthwhile to pay for a 3-5 year warranty than paying for a high maintenance bill when that one-year warranty expires one day after purchase on the new dishwasher.
How can you figure out the life expectancy of an item? The following is a chart compiled from various Internet sources that generally agree on the life expectancy of various appliances and features in a property. The information below is to provide you with a general idea and the numbers can vary. There is no way to give you an "exact" chart because many factors can affect the life expectancy of your appliances and systems, such as care, maintenance, type, and the number of features.
Item Average Life
Dishwasher 5-10
Range, electric 13-16
Range, gas 13-19
Range hoods 9-14
Microwave 5-8
Refrigerator, standard 14-17
Freezer 12-16
Garbage disposal 10-13
Trash compactor 7-12
Clothes dryer - electric 11-14
Clothes dryer - gas 11-14
Clothes washer electric 11-14
Clothes dryer - electric 11-14
Heating, central 15-20
Air-conditioner, central 15-20
Garage door opener 20-25
Water heater 10-25
Sit down and create a similar chart for the systems and appliances in your investment property. Other steps can help you with this task.
  • When you buy a property, you may not know the exact age of the appliance but you can easily find out the building age and a physical inspection of the appliance can give you some indication of its age.
  • Talking with the selling agent or even a former owner can help.
  • Take into consideration the condition, care, and history, previous care of the property.
  • You can also research the manufacturer of existing appliances or pending purchases online.
  • This exercise will at least make you think about the expectations in your current property or you may be considering another investment.
  • Add one more column to your chart and list a "replacement price."
By creating this chart, you are ready when it is necessary to repair or replace a system or appliance in your property. As your property management company, we have years of experience handling appliances and systems. Contact us if you have questions on your property; we are happy to help you.
Announcements
Check Your Insurance: Events can happen - flood, extreme heat, hurricanes, fire, and more! It is important to check your insurance to obtain the best coverage possible and ensure that it is current. Review now with your insurance agent before a disaster/emergency occurs.
If An Emergency Occurs: Our first priority during any emergency is to handle the situation, taking any necessary measures for the safety of your property and your tenants. Then, we will contact you as soon as we are able.

The material provided in this newsletter is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT legal advice.
Although we believe this material is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is 100% without errors.

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