Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Property Manager

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Managing a rental property can be financially rewarding if you've been in the income property business for a while. While managing a property is rewarding, it also requires a substantial time and effort commitment. The decision of whether or not to hire a property manager to take care of your rental properties is one of the most important decisions a real estate investor has to make. 

Is it possible for you to manage your properties independently? Some people do this quite effectively. Occasionally, doing things yourself makes sense, but in many cases, this is not realistic, especially if you hope to grow your business. It is in the landlord’s best interest to hire a property manager. Having a professional property manager on your team can greatly increase the value of your rental property investments, which is why so many experienced real estate investors believe that recruiting an expert property manager is essential.

Here are 6 reasons why you should consider hiring a property manager:

  1. Having a property manager means increased profits over time: 
    Property managers can save you money over the long haul by finding excellent tenants and dealing with all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship (collection of rent, handling routine and emergency repairs, handling conflicts, etc.). An experienced property manager will find qualified new tenants for your properties fast, preventing income loss due to vacancy. By creating thorough market studies to set the right rental price for your property, a property manager strikes the balance between maximizing income and achieving a low vacancy rate.

  2. Property managers are familiar with the law: 
    Renting and maintaining a property comes with a range of laws and regulations that you must adhere to. There are local, state, and federal regulations, as well as fair housing regulations that you must comply with in order to avoid legal issues later on. Property managers can ensure that your property stays compliant with these regulations and help you avoid lawsuits. On top of the usual legal issues a landlord has to deal with, there are new laws and regulations that keep getting updated and added. A property manager keeps himself up to date with the latest property management rules changes no matter which city or country.

  3. Maintaining vendor accounts: 
    Property managers maintain relationships with suppliers, contractors, maintenance workers, and tradesmen. Building a fulfilling relationship with vendors is a complex process that not only takes time but also expertise that an individual landlord can find hard to duplicate.

    Not only does a successful property manager know which phone to call at 8 p.m. to get a service person at a rental property the next day, but they also supervise whole maintenance projects to ensure they are completed on time and within budget.

  4. Marketing and advertising your property: 
    A property manager will have long-term experience and know exactly where to market properties, creating compelling advertisements that will help fill vacancies quickly and prevent long-term vacancies.

  5. Increased rent collection efficiency:
     A very important aspect of property management is handling rent collection and late fees. Rental income must be collected on time each month to ensure consistent and reliable cash flow and every landlord knows that securing payment from tenants can be difficult, not to mention awkward.  

    An experienced property manager serves as a buffer between the landlord and tenants and utilizes effective, tried-and-true methods to collect rent and ensure that payments are made on time. In order to maintain your cash flow, taking timely payments will be especially important especially if you own a limited number of properties.

  6. Maintain the value of your rental property: 
    Early identification and repair of maintenance issues reduce the risk of more costly problems in the future. In order to maintain and increase the value of your property, a professional property manager will tell you to perform preventive maintenance. The process requires regular maintenance checks, a maintenance schedule, and detailed documentation. In addition, you may also receive suggestions and feedback on upgrades or modifications that the tenants would like.

Whether you are new to being a real estate investor or you have multiple investment properties, hiring a property manager will help you maximize your income and minimize your headaches and help you enjoy the benefits of owning an investment property.

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