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Are you drowning in paper at your home or office?

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By Caitlin Meehan, Director of Client Care for Home Rental Services, talking about the great shredding services provided by Shred-it.

Over the years, everyone collects stacks of paper, canceled checks, confidential paperwork, and customer forms are just a couple of examples of the things that can stack up. And you can’t just throw that stuff away.

Our office is mostly web based. But we still generate enough confidential paperwork that we’ve got to have a secure shredding solution.

Shred-it LogoOur answer? Shred-it.

Shred-it is the largest document destruction company in the world. They operate in 18 countries and in 170 markets. They’ve become a best-practice for information security and workplace privacy. They provide document destruction, hard drive destruction, chain of custody and other privacy related services.

Shred-it Truck at Home Rental ServicesShred-it brings one of their massive trucks with on-board shredding machinery to our parking lot each month. One of their staff comes up to our office on the 9th floor and grabs the locked “to be shredded” bin that we keep in our kitchen area. They take it out to their truck and shred the paperwork immediately and bring the bin back to our kitchen.

It’s a great service for a reasonable monthly price.

Do you have boxes of paperwork sitting around your home?

If you have trouble making it to one of the local “shred days” hosted by banks or other businesses, you can do a one time drop-off! Shred-it has a secure shredding facility located near Lackman and College in Kansas City.

Shred-it Kansas City
10000 Lackman Road
Lenexa, KS  66219

Secure Drop-off Service
$60.00 for the first 10 boxes
$6.00 for each additional
$40.00 to witness shreds and by appointment only
Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 3:00pm

We’ve Been Wrapped!

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Wrap FactoryAs much as the Home Rental Services team travels all around our beautiful city, you may have missed us driving next to you. That’s going to change! We just picked up our cute, newly wrapped HRS vehicle this week, and we can’t wait for you to see it!

On the day it was available, we eagerly headed to Wrap Factory KC in Edwardsville. We were so excited to see the finished product. Aside from there not being a big red bow on it when we arrived, we found it beautifully wrapped and ready to go. We tried to coax Matt with Wrap Factory KC to come out and take a picture with us and his finished product, but he humbly answered,  “one hundred percent no.”

So we shook his hand, said a big thank you, and went out and took our own pics. What do you think?

Be on the lookout for our wrapped Prius. Let us know if you see us out and about!

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Party Pic Companies!

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Party Pic ExamplesWe’ve been to quite a few events recently and noticed that there’s a party pic photo booth at just about every event. We love doing these, as you can tell in the photo!

A photo booth experience is a fun thing to do at an event, especially with the people you work with. It makes a great souvenir to take with you as a reminder of how much fun the evening was.

We thought we would do a quick roundup of photo booth companies that you could hire for your next party or event!

Booth Crazy Photo Booths

Booth Crazy Photo BoothsA blurb from their website: “Looking for a retro photo booth to have at your next event? Booth Crazy Photo Booths is not for you! Really, Booth Crazy is the un-retro modern Kansas City photo booth experience. When you see what we offer, we think you will agree it is the best photo booth available in Kansas City at any price. Just so happens that it also costs less than many lesser photo booth companies! Whether your event is upscale or on a budget, Booth Crazy Photo Booths is your KansasCity photo booth connection.”
Visit the Booth Crazy Photo Booths website.

A Good Time Photo Booth

A Good Time Photo BoothA blurb from their website: “Our photo booth measures 5 foot by 5 foot and stands approximately 7 feet tall.  The booth is wheel chair accessible and it’s large enough to fit all your friends.  It is draped in regal black velvet with a luscious, red velvet curtain as the entrance to the booth. Inside the booth a 22 inch touchscreen allows you to chose between color and b&w photo strips, and see yourself getting ready for each photo.  A series of four photos are taken with time between each photo allowing you to switch poses.  The event host will also have the choice between four different backdrops and the use of a prop bucket filled with costume props to add an extra element of fun!”

Visit the Good Time Photo Booth website.

The Photo Bus

The Photo BusA blurb from their website: “The flowers, your dress, the linens, the music… these are all things your guests will enjoy the day of the event but they’ll soon fade from their memory. A printed photo of them being silly, goofy, loving that’s personalized for your event and posted on their fridge? That’s something they won’t forget. When you rent from The Photo Bus Company you have a choice of three different photo booths: The Photo Bus, The Enclosed Booth, and The Open Air Booth. They’re all unique on the exterior but they all come with the same service and quality. ”

Visit the Photo Bus website.

Valentine’s Day Is This Sunday! Top 5 KC Chocolatiers

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2016-02-11-Christopher-Elbow-ChocolatesValentine’s Day is this Sunday! If you like to buy your significant other chocolate to celebrate, we thought we would share our top five favorite chocolatiers in Kansas City.

Here’s the list:

  1. Christopher Elbow Chocolates
  2. Andre’s Confiserie Suisse
  3. Chocolaterie Stam
  4. Panache Chocolatier
  5. Russell Stover’s

The Christopher Elbow Experience

If you haven’t gotten your sweetheart a box of Christopher Elbow Chocolates before, consider doing that this year. And if you haven’t been to their retail store on McGee, you’re missing out. It’s worth the trip. You can pick exactly which flavors you want in various quantities. One of our favorites is the Bananas Foster!

They are located at 1819 McGee Street in Kansas City, Missouri. And here’s a link for directions.

Other Things to Consider

No matter what you end up doing for Valentine’s Day, we hope you have a great time with those you care about most!


Group O’Dell and Raving Fans Event [PICS]

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Group O'Dell LogoIf you didn’t know, Group O’Dell is one of the top 5 residential real estate teams in Kansas City. We have a wonderful partnership with Group O’Dell and refer business to each other often!

2014 was a record breaking year for Group O’Dell totaling over $70 million in volume and 279 sales. The numbers were released last week which landed Group O’Dell as the #5 team in the KC Metro and the #1 Keller Williams Team in the Midwest region. You can see the full Kansas City Business Journal List here.

One of the great things about Group O’Dell is that they genuinely care for their customers, business partners and staff.  One of the ways they show their appreciation is through Raving Fans events.  We were invited to the most recent event and had a great time!

Group O'Dell Raving Fans EventThe event was held in the Twilight Ballroom at 28 Event Space downtown.  It was a beautiful venue!  Kandy and David both won door prizes.

We really appreciate our relationship with everyone at Group O’Dell and couldn’t think of a better way to say thank you than to show everyone that we truly are raving fans!

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Vendor Spotlight: Sage Restoration

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We work with quite a few companies in the course of managing hundreds of homes in Kansas City.  These companies provide professional services like carpet cleaning, mold remediation, lock re-keying, painting and repair work. Our success depends on these companies being able to provide consistent, professional work for our owners.  We have worked with some of our most trusted companies for years.  Sage Restoration is one of those companies, and we appreciate them so much!

Sage Restoration

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Alan and Stephanie Sage are the owners of Sage Restoration, located in Overland Park, Kansas.  They are dedicated to helping people who have experienced water, fire,smoke or mold damage in their home or business.  They have trained, uniformed technicians that know what they are doing!

We have experienced first hand that they work quickly and efficiently to get these kinds of problems cleaned up.  We have called them early in the morning as well as after 5pm and they have always done a great job of answering the call and helping as quickly as possible.

Alan and Stephanie rely on us to lease their personal rental properties.  We think that is probably the biggest compliment we could receive.  If you ever find yourself walking into your home to find damage from water, fire, storms, etc. be sure to call Sage Restoration at (913) 905-0500.  They will be there for you and help you get back to “normal” as quickly as possible.

Vendor Spotlight : A Touch of Class Cleaning Service

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A Touch Of Class Cleaning ServiceYou would be amazed how many homes we need to have cleaned on a regular basis!  To make sure that it is getting done consistently and professionally, we had to find a company we could trust.  In early 2012, we started working with A Touch of Class Cleaning Service, owned and operated by Jason Hawk. It was a great decision and we are incredibly happy with Jason and his team!

A Touch of Class has been serving greater Kansas City since 2007 and has cleaned thousands of homes and businesses since they opened their doors.

A Touch of Class is always there for us and they consistently do great work.  They go above and beyond to make sure we are taken care of.  If we need a quick turn around because there are only a couple of days of vacancy between renters, they make it happen.

They are starting a new branch of their company that does professional painting because we have so much painting work we can send to them!

If you or someone you know needs painting or maid services for their home, or janitorial services for their business, please visit their website for more information.  You can also give them a call at (913) 827-7660.  Be sure to tell them that Home Rental Services sent you!

Our Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in Kansas City!

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For this week’s blog post, we thought it would be fun to ask our team about their favorite restaurants in Kansas City.  The list below includes the top 3 favorite restaurants for each of our team members.  If you haven’t tried a new place to eat in a while, give one of the establishments below a try and let us know what you think!  Do you have any to add?  Comment in the area provided below and tell us your favorite Kansas City based restaurant!

West Chase Grill
119th Street and Roe Avenue in Hawthorne Plaza
Overland Park, KS 66209

7936 Quivira Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

Sushi Haru
13133 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145

Spin Pizza
6541 W 119th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66209
913.451. 7746

Longhorn Steak House
16689 W 119th Street, Olathe, KS 66061

Hereford House
5001 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211

Jack Stack BBQ
13441 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64145
816. 942.9141

The Bristol
51 East 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Blue Moose
4160 W. 71st Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208

J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks and Seafood
8901 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212

Majestic Steak House
931 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105

Carmen’s Café
6307 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64113

J. Gilbert’s Wood Fired Steaks and Seafood
8901 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212

Carlo’s Copa Room
14944 W. 87th Street, Lenexa KS 66215

La Bodega: Tapas & Lounge
703 SW Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108

BRGR Kitchen & Bar
4038 W 83rd Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208
913.825. 2747

1201 W. 103rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

The Peanut on Main St.
5000 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112

Jack Stack BBQ
13441 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64145
816. 942.9141

Blanc Burgers + Bottles
10583 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66206

Drunken Fish
14 East 14th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106

The Chesterfield
1400 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

1924 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Oklahoma Joes BBQ
3002 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, KS 66103

Stroud’s Fried Chicken
4200 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205

Jose Peppers
16605 Midland Drive, Shawnee, KS 66217

New Server This Weekend!

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We thought it might be a good idea to let everyone know that we are getting a new computer server for our office this weekend.  Our trusted friends over at Umbrella Systems are doing this project for us.  We will still have email, because we switched to Office365 in October last year… all of our email is “in the cloud!”  Also, our office phone system from Avid Communications will still be working because our internet connection will still be on.  However, due to our server being down for the replacement, there are many activities that might be impossible to do until Monday morning.  We can still communicate… things just might be delayed a bit.

This is one of those necessary maintenance things that is never fun, but so important to get done.  It has been a few years since we have upgraded our network server, and it will be great peace of mind when the project is complete.  One of the best things that will happen as a result of this upgrade is a significant upgrade in the amount of storage we have.  Another is the fact that the backups will be taking a full snapshot picture of our entire server.  Why does this matter?  If the new server crashes in the months/years to come, we will be able to restore the snapshot image to a new server and be back up and running within hours instead of days!

Thank you for your patience as we go through the server project this weekend, we appreciate it!

Happy 20th Anniversary to our Friends at Accommodations by Apple!

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We all need trusted relationships personally and professionally.  And it is so important to be able to count on these relationships.  We have that kind of trust with Kiersten at Accommodations by Apple Corporate Housing and have been referring business back and forth for years!

Accommodations by Apple supplies temporary, furnished apartments all over Kansas City.  They offer short term accommodations for business travelers and relocating families.  We get calls from people that are coming to Kansas City for a 3 month contract and they want to stay in a furnished apartment instead of the typical week-long stay options.  We refer them to Kiersten and she takes great care of them.

Kiersten refers business back to us as well.  Sometimes, it is someone she has heard from that is going to be here for a longer period of time and wants to stay in a home versus an apartment.  Other times, it is someone that has rented an apartment from Accommodations by Apple and ends up taking a permanent job here in Kansas City.  They want to upgrade to a rental home while they figure out their long term living situation.  That is where we come in!

So thanks to Kiersten and Accommodations by Apple for being a company that does what they say they are going to do.  We know when we refer someone to her that they will be well taken care of.  It is a great milestone for them to be able to celebrate their 20th year of doing business here in Kansas City.

If you know someone that needs a temporary, furnished apartment, give Kiersten a call at (913) 888-8100.