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How to Choose a Property Manager: The Complete Guide for Landlords

Chris Barber - Friday, September 9, 2022
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In life, there are a lot of things that are easy, but being a property manager and landlord isn't one of them. If you are a rental property investor, you likely don't have experience running a property.

Allocate these job duties to someone else. To find the right fit for your property, you need to know how to choose a property manager.

Keep reading to learn more.

Search Locally

During your search for a property manager, you should look locally. In any real estate business, local knowledge is of the utmost importance.

Local property managers will know how to attract tenants, set a fair rental rate, and will have contacts in the area.

Do Research

You don't have to spend hours doing research on candidates, but it's important to get a better idea of who they are through an internet search.

You can find a wealth of information about property managers in the area online. They may have reviews that provide honest opinions. These reviews may be from investors or tenants.

Use Google and various real estate websites to gather resources on property managers.

Along with online searches, you should rely on word of mouth. Ask consumers and other property owners about their network and who they think can do a good job.

Ask Questions

Before you choose a property manager, you should interview every applicant that you are very interested in giving the job to. Interviews open up the floor for you to learn more about someone's property management experience.

Since there are various options for property managers, it's important to ask the right questions to get a good idea of who will be a good fit.

Some of the essential questions to ask are:

  • What are your qualifications?
  • How many properties do you manage?
  • How are maintenance and repairs handled?
  • What are your fees?
  • How often will you inspect the property?

Along with these questions, come up with your own questions that relate to what exactly you are looking for in a property manager.

Find Out What Services They Offer

Property managers have similar roles and services, but some of them vary drastically. If you are looking for specific services, it's important to know that your property management team offers them before hiring them.

Keep in mind that not every property manager is skilled with all types of property.

These are some of the services property managers might provide:

  • Finding new tenants
  • Screening tenants
  • Handling tenant complaints
  • Property maintenance
  • Collecting rent

When you hire a property manager through a property management company, you benefit from all of these services and more.

Compare Prices

Comparing property management fees is essential because you want to afford this service without worrying about the cost bleeding you dry. 

To help you figure out which person is best for the job, it's best to set a budget beforehand. Find someone with the right skills that align with your financial circumstances.

Choose a Property Manager Now!

When looking for a property manager, search locally, do research, ask questions, and compare prices. When you follow this guide, you'll have the tools you need to hire the perfect person for the job.

Don't wait any longer to choose a property manager. Contact us today to start benefitting from our services.


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