Working with an experienced, qualified property management team is paramount to a real estate investor’s success. A property management company finds the right tenants, collects the rent, and does all the legwork so you don’t have to! It’s important to remember how valuable your property management team is, and to treat them with respect.
Occasionally, it seems that certain investors get a big head when it comes to dealing with property management. They fall prey to the mindset that they are in charge, and the team works for them. This is not good business practice, and it’s certainly no way to treat people.
It’s important to be kind, and remember that the property management team is comprised of human beings. We as landlords should treat our property management companies as team members. Without their hard work and dedication, we would not be able to do what we do. With the help of my property management teams, I’ve compiled a list of five things you can do to collaborate with your team and make their job as easy as possible:
Fix the things they ask you to fix. This one is really simple—when they contact you regarding a leaky faucet, rattling heat vent, or a broken toilet, give them the green light to fix those issues. It might seem like some of these complaints are small to you, but to your tenant, the little things compile. When you anger your tenants, you make your property management team’s job harder.
Let them do their job. You hired this team because they’re qualified to screen the tenants, and collect rent. Don’t try to micromanage them. Don’t come to them with a list of additional demands or tasks. They know what to do, and how to do it!
Don’t be greedy with pricing. Your team is already established in the market, and they know what price is appropriate. Trust their judgment and experience.
Get your account numbers right, and don’t change them last minute. Most property management companies will pay your rent via ACH. If you decide you need to change the account where your rent is deposited, give plenty of notice.
Take care of all paperwork in a timely manner. When you onboard with a property management company, they’ll send you a packet of paperwork to complete. This stuff is important! It’s how you receive your payments and important tax documents.
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