Meet the team at Meridian Valley Property Management.
Meridian Valley Property Management is owned and operated by Susan Willadsen, who has been in property management in one capacity or another since 2000. She initially served as a receptionist and she really wanted to help tenants. That’s when she first embraced property management. The agency itself has been around since the 1970s. Susan bought it in 2016, and she has three part-time employees.
They work with clients locally as well as those who don’t live in the area. Susan said many of their clients are homeowners who are renting their homes out for the first time. Some are investors, but most are not. Meridian Valley Property Management finds quality tenants for rental homes, and they prepare the contract and (a) either take over to manage the property on behalf of the homeowner, or (b) after a tenant has been found, the property owner takes over.
When Meridian Valley Property Management is managing the property, they do site inspections and initial walk-throughs to check on the property for owners. The Covington-based property management firm also works with contractors (e.g., plumbers, electricians, handymen, deck and fence builders and repairmen) to handle any service needs.
Susan is passionate about her business, her clients and her staff.
“This company started from the Lord,” Susan said. She wanted to serve and sought guidance from God. “Everyone here is a blessing from the Lord.”
Susan says her agency is hands on. They represent their business and their clients with integrity and excellence. She believes in communicating with her clients and their tenants.
“We want tenants to know they can call with problems right away,” Susan said.
Tenants can also submit maintenance requests online. Another service Meridian Valley Property Management provides is annual inspections of rental properties, even when a home is occupied. They want to spot problems before they get bad. They encourage tenants to participate in this process, and if they cooperate with the annual inspection, they get a chance to win a prize for taking good care of the property.
Learn more about Meridian Valley Property Management by calling 253-630-0123 or visiting them online here: https://web.covingtonchamber.org/Real-Estate-and-Property-Management/Meridian-Valley-Property-Management-219.
More Than Tires
Did you ever wonder who Les Schwab is? This well-known, family-oriented businessman was born in 1917 in Bend, Oregon. He came from humble beginnings and created an independent, family-owned tire business through hard work and determination. Starting with one store in 1952, Schwab expanded to hundreds of stores across the western states, becoming one of the largest, independent tire businesses in the entire country.
And he did it all with a strong work ethic, family values and a love for community. Schwab was married to the same woman for more than 70 years before his passing in 2007. Schwab leaves behind a corporate culture that rewards employees for their expertise and hard work, while treating them – and their customers – like family.
One of those employees, Garret Melton, is the general manager of the Covington shop. Garret has been with Les Schwab for 27 years, including two in the Covington store (17235 SE 272nd St.). When asked what he wants customers to know about Les Schwab, he said, “We are more than tires.”
Did you know that Les Schwab offers these products and services too?
The store offers free flat tire repairs, regardless of where you bought your tires, and they do free trip-safety checks. Les Schwab in Covington is open Monday – Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on Sundays. Stores operate by appointment only, except for flat tire repairs which they try to squeeze in between appointments.
“Any store will treat you like you bought your tires from them,” Garret said.
Les Schwab supports a wide range of local and national causes including Valley Girls & Guys, Kentlake and Kentwood High School athletics and activities, Meeker Middle School activities, King County Fair 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, youth car wash fundraisers, and holiday food drives, just to name a few.
Garret lives in Covington with his family. When not working, he is an avid outdoorsman. He enjoys clamming; fishing for lake cod, halibut and salmon; and digging for geoducks. He once ate a scallop underwater while scuba diving! He has also been a guest on Outdoor Line, a podcast on 710 am radio on Saturdays at 6 a.m., so tune in to hear his outdoor expertise and adventures.
The Covington Les Schwab store is participating in Ready Set Play this year, so be sure to stop by for the Auto Artist activity – coloring a car or truck in the Les Schwab coloring books in the waiting room!
Learn more about Les Schwab in our online directory: https://web.covingtonchamber.org/Automotive-Products-Services/Les-Schwab-Tire-Center-143