Serving All of Thurston County
The Thurston County area is home to some great cities and small areas that many people are looking to move into. While some people are looking to live here permanently and are interested in buying their home, there are just as many people who are interested in renting their home. The rental market is alive and well, despite what many people think. Those who own property here in this area will find that putting it onto the rental market may be the smartest investment move that they have ever made.
We Make this a Smart Move
When you decide that putting a rental property onto the Thurston County market is what you want to do, in order to ensure that you are making a smart move it is essential that you work with professionals who handle this property for you. We are those professionals. We are a full-service property management firm that steps into the role of landlord for you. Our goal is to make it easier than ever to have rental property since we do the hard work for you.
We start with advertising this to the market, then accept all the applications from those who want to live here. From there, we look at all those who want to live here and use our tenant screening services to find the one person that is going to be a fit for this home and for what you want. We then handle all the day-to-day activities that may be needed, whether this is collecting rent, arranging for repairs or even making sure that the tenant is treating the home property. We do it all for your Thurston County rental so that this investment is something that you only see the benefits from rather than the hard work that is involved with owning rental property.
ATTRACT TENANTS WITH PROPERTY MARKETING
Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings, describing your property thoroughly, and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including utopiamanagement.com. Our dominant position in the marketing place and years managing rental properties has allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.
- Advertising on most popular rental websites
- Quality listings including photos and video
- Showings 7 days a week by appointment
- Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competition
Apartment Management Services
Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI. And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.
- Online rent collection and direct deposit
- Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
- High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
- Tenant retention strategies
- Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
- 24-7 emergency response
- Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal
Commercial Property Management
When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts. We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.
- Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
- Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
- Tenant Retention Programs
- Vendor Management
- Contract Administration
- REO Management and Disposition
- CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
- Customized Asset Management Strategies
HOMES & CONDOS: RESIDENTIAL RENTAL MANAGEMENT
Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down. Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.
With 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.
For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry. Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.
THOROUGH TENANT SCREENING AND LESS THAN 1% EVICTION RATE
Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.
Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia® Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind. As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.
- Exceptional property protection options for owners.
- Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
- Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.
Quality Maintenance & Repairs
Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general contractors license (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients. When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.
- Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
- Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
- 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
- Move-in and Move-out Inspections
- Licensed and Insured Vendors
All Financials Tracked & Reported
Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department with use of your owner web portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency. All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.
- Custom Web Portal
- Accounting staff make financial management easy
- Rent and security deposit collection online
- Bills and year end figures available any time
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Thurston County located?
Thurston County is situated in the picturesque western region of Washington state in the United States. Nestled within the renowned Puget Sound area, the county boasts a scenic location with stunning natural landscapes. Bordered by the southernmost part of Puget Sound to the east, Thurston County shares its borders with Mason County to the southwest, Lewis County to the south, Pierce County to the northeast, and Grays Harbor County to the northwest. The county's notable feature is its role as the home of the state capital, Olympia, which serves as the political and administrative hub of Washington. Spanning across an expansive area of approximately 734 square miles (1,901 square kilometers), Thurston County encompasses diverse environments, including lush forests, sparkling lakes, meandering rivers, and captivating coastal areas. Positioned at the heart of the Puget Sound region, Thurston County offers residents and visitors convenient access to a wealth of urban amenities, recreational opportunities, and awe-inspiring natural attractions.
What are the amenities in Thurston County?
Thurston County offers a wide range of amenities to cater to the needs and interests of its residents and visitors. The county is known for its abundant outdoor recreational areas, including parks, trails, sports fields, and playgrounds, providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation. The dining scene is diverse, with numerous restaurants, cafes, and eateries offering a variety of cuisines to satisfy different tastes. Shopping options are plentiful, with a mix of malls, boutiques, and specialty stores where residents and visitors can find everything they need. Thurston County also has a vibrant cultural scene, with museums, art galleries, and theaters that showcase local talent and provide enriching experiences. Additionally, the county is equipped with essential services such as healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and community centers, ensuring the well-being and convenience of its residents.
What are the schools like in Thurston County?
Thurston County is known for its diverse and well-established educational institutions that provide quality education for students of all ages. The county is served by multiple school districts, including the North Thurston Public Schools, Olympia School District, and Tumwater School District, among others. These districts offer a wide range of public schools, including elementary, middle, and high schools, ensuring comprehensive education opportunities. In addition to public schools, Thurston County is home to private schools that offer alternative educational approaches and specialized programs. The county's schools are dedicated to creating a nurturing and inclusive learning environment, with a focus on academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and supportive resources to help students reach their full potential.
What are the transportation options in Thurston County?
Thurston County provides a range of transportation options to ensure efficient and accessible travel for residents and visitors. With a well-developed road network, including major highways like Interstate 5 and State Route 101, the county offers convenient connectivity to various areas within and beyond its borders. The Olympia Regional Airport serves as a gateway for air travel, connecting Thurston County to domestic and international destinations. For local commuting, Intercity Transit operates a comprehensive bus system with routes covering the county, providing public transportation options. Furthermore, Thurston County promotes sustainable transportation alternatives, such as dedicated bike lanes, trails, and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, encouraging biking and walking as viable modes of transportation. With its diverse transportation infrastructure, Thurston County ensures that individuals can easily navigate and explore the region.