Buying an investment property is a great way to generate a healthy income stream. However, it’s not as easy as buying a unit, renting it out, and letting the payments come in. Property management takes a lot of patience and hard work, and if you don’t want it to become your full-time job, your best bet is finding someone for whom that’s the case. A property manager can take all the worry off your shoulders so that you really are making money with minimal stress.
Here are some ways property management companies can make your life much easier!
Tenants require a significant amount of interaction, especially if you have several at one time. Maintenance issues pop up; rental payments are due; and other tiny issues occur which need to be addressed, lest you risk bad word of mouth or even litigation. A property management firm takes over all day-to-day tenant interactions and responsibilities so that you don’t have to constantly be on call 24/7.
A property management firm will advertise open units, interview and screen prospective tenants, draw up leases, and handle move-ins and move-outs, saving you a significant amount of time and hassles. In the worst-case scenarios, they are also responsible for handling evictions. One big bonus of working with a property management company is that they are knowledgeable in the legal aspects of the eviction process, and will generally know how to proceed better than a new or inexperienced landlord.
For some, one of the best aspects of hiring a property management firm is handing over the paperwork to someone else. A rental management firm can complete all the paperwork involved in finding and screening tenants, checking credit reports, conducting background checks, drawing up lease agreements, and keeping track of monthly rent. If you own an entire building with a high turnover rate, the reduction in paperwork can be well worth the cost of hiring a property management company.
As a landlord, you won’t just own a house or building – you will also likely own the land it’s sitting on. In addition to the repair and maintenance of buildings and individual units, you will also need to devote some resources to making sure the land is attractive and well-maintained. That can include planting and keeping flowerbeds; repairing pathways; mowing lawns; installing grass sprinkler systems; and scheduling regular pest control. A property management company can hire the contractors or landscapers that will perform this upkeep and ensure that the work is being performed adequately.
If you have the time and expertise to manage your own property, and if you are comfortable being on call 24/7 to handle various issues, you may find that you prefer to manage your property yourself. However, if your time is already booked with other responsibilities, or if you find interacting with people stressful, you are probably better off hiring some outside help. Once you’ve outsourced the work to someone else, you can breathe easy and enjoy the benefits of your investment property!
Barker Realty, Inc. is a full-service real estate brokerage firm with more than thirty years of Raleigh NC property management experience. To set up an appointment with one of our skilled property managers, click here.
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