Property Management Blog

5 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill This Winter

System - Sunday, January 19, 2014

It is winter, so that means electric bills are on the rise.  We have already experienced one polar vortex this winter, and with more cold weather on the way we thought it would be a good idea to share some cost saving advice.  

1.  Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature.

Lowering and raising your thermostat can actually waste energy.  Keeping your house at one consistent temperature is more cost efficient.  Try setting it at 68 degrees.     

2.  Purchase a humidifier.

Adding moisture to the air can make your house feel warmer than it actually is, allowing you to keep the thermostat one or two degrees cooler.  There are also health benefits associated with the use of humidifiers.  

3.  Wear extra layers.

Simple, but it can help.  By keeping yourself warm you will  be less tempted to raise the thermostat.   

4.  Open your blinds.

When the sun is out, allow as much sunlight into your home as possible.  Any amount of warmth can help.

5.  Replace your air filter.

A clogged air filter can add strain on your heating system causing it to work harder than it needs to.  

Click here for more energy saving tips from HEC.

-Riner Rentals

“For ALL your housing needs!”

Renters' Parking Issues Highlighted on WHSV TV3

System - Thursday, January 16, 2014

If you rent in or own rental property in Harrisonburg, you are probably aware that parking is at a premium.  There aren't many places in Harrisonburg that the "parking pinch" can't be felt.

If you are a tenant who lives in a rental unit or complex close to one of the college campuses, you may notice that students do park or have parked in designated resident parking.  As a tenant, this can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are working late or cannot find parking in close proximity to your rental.  James Madison University policy dictates that freshman students cannot have a car on campus.  This forces students who decide to bring vehicles to school to find alternate parking solutions, which can sometimes include parking in towing zones or designated rental parking lots or spaces.  

Here are a few things you can do to protect your rights as a tenant/property owner:

1.  Be familiar with your lease agreement, its' provisions, and what can be done should you find someone parked where they should not be parked.

2.  Know what towing company can be called to tow unauthorized vehicles.  These companies should have clearly visible posted signs with a phone number.

3. Be courteous of your neighbors, and if you have guests over, have them use a designated visitor parking space or lot, or find street parking that does not require a decal or pass.  Ask your neighbors to do the same, if you are comfortable doing so.

4. Call your property manager, owner, or landlord to clarify any policy, ask questions, or bring concerns to them as soon as there is an issue.

As a property manager, I can assure you that the best interests of all tenants is the ultimate goal for Riner Rentals.  Sometimes, unpopular policies must be enforced to ensure that tenants can have use of parking that they are entitled to.  If you park in a private lot and your car is towed, please know that we are simply enforcing a policy to maintain the premises and its' rules and regulations for all of our tenants.  We hope that you would expect the same treatment should you rent from us.

If you have any further questions about parking, feel free to contact me directly at

Until next time,

Paul Riner, Owner, Riner Rentals

Riner Rentals First Blog Post!

System - Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let me be the first to welcome you to the Harrisonburg Property Management Blog presented by Riner Rentals. We hope that this blog will be a wealth of information for property owners, potential property owners, tenants, potential tenants, or any visitor who might be interested in property management and/or the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area!

Let me start with a brief introduction. My name is Paul Riner, second generation owner of Riner Rentals in Harrisonburg, VA. I grew up in Harrisonburg, went away to school, moved back to Harrisonburg, and will hopefully be in Harrisonburg the rest of my life. To say that I believe I live in the best place in the world to raise a family would be an understatement. I’m glad that my love for this community and my desire to serve our owners and tenants has led me back to this area to raise my family. I hope you will grow to love Harrisonburg, too, if you don’t already, and that I might be able to be a small part of your time here; long or short. If you aren’t already familiar with the area, there’s no better place to look than our fun list of things to check out. Click here to jump there now! It’s by no means conclusive, but we hope you will find that it offers a lot of options to get to know the area for the first time or all over again. Click through and have some fun!

To save you a little reading time, hop over to our website and check out Riner Rentals’ “About Us” page for more specific information about who we are and what we do. Click here to jump there now! Here’s the short version: Riner Rentals has managed all types of residential and student property in and around Harrisonburg and Rockingham County for over 15 years, currently representing more than 150 private owners. What makes us different, you might ask? The diversity of what we offer.

If you are looking for a one-bedroom studio apartment in downtown Harrisonburg, a 7-bedroom student rental for your time at James Madison University, a 3 bedroom farmhouse in the country, or a 2-bedroom townhouse in a residential neighborhood, no sweat; Give us a call and we will do everything that we can to help you find the perfect home for your needs. If you are a single professional, student, family, artist, farmer, teacher, doctor, nurse, plant employee, administrative assistant, or professor (etc., etc. etc.), we hope you will give us a call to help you find a new home. I hope that Riner Rentals can provide you with local knowledge, value, integrity, and a love for the area that bleeds into the properties we lease and the management services we provide.

Hopefully, this blog will be an interactive place that owners, tenants, and area residents can interact, ask questions, get to know one another, and leave having learned something new. I hope that you will feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions about anything you read, if you need a property manager, or are looking for a rental property to help call Harrisonburg or Rockingham County “home”.

I hope you’ll join the conversation and follow our blog to learn something new. You can also follow us on social media for more regular updates and information. These links can easily be found on the top right corner of our homepage. Click here to jump there now!  We’d love to have you join our network however you feel comfortable doing so!

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1587 Port Republic Road
Suite #3
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: 540.438.8800

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