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If you’re a landlord, you’ll want to keep your property in the best possible shape. A decent-looking building will likely attract renters. But if portions of it fall into disrepair, it’ll be difficult for its owner to find occupants for it. And they’ll have to spend scarce funds to renovate it.

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That’s why landlords need property managers. If you’re able to hire a good property manager, they’ll maintain your building, manage relations with your tenants, and ensure that your property stays intact.

More Reasons Why You Need A Property Manager

There’s more that a property manager can do for you. They can take care of tenant-related emergencies on your behalf, so you don’t always have to tackle them yourself. And if anything gets damaged, they’ll get someone to fix it.

An experienced property manager should be conversant with laws concerning landlords and tenants. They’ll work to ensure that both parties remain within legal bounds. And when your tenant’s rent is due, they could collect and remit it to you.

Your property manager may screen potential renters. If they are aware of the tendencies of problematic tenants, they could even detect such people and screen them out. This will save you from future conflicts and damages.

How To Find A Good Property Manager

Property managers don’t all offer the same quality of service. So you’ll need to be careful when you prospect for them. Here are five steps you can take to find a good property manager.

Talk To Other Landlords And Agents

Ask other landlords and real estate agents whether they know anyone who can take good care of your property. They are most likely to provide you with options because they also own and manage the property.

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Don’t just request the contact information of any manager. Ascertain that the candidates referred to you are the best that the referees know or have worked with. This pre-selection will improve the quality of managers you’ll have to screen.

Take Your Search Online

It’s possible that you’ll find decent property managers online. They may have their name and contact details on digital directories. Scour these online pages, and jot down relevant contact information.

Check web forums for reviews. There may be excellent managers who have received praise from persons that have worked with them. You may also put out a request for a manager on those forums. If they’re frequented by a large community, you’ll have at least a few property managers respond to your post.

Go For Local Managers

Whether you’re hunting for property managers online or offline, look for persons who have experience managing real estate in the district where your property is located. They are more likely to understand the local property market and specific needs of your property than persons from other locations.

Screen Multiple Candidates

The bigger your pool of candidates is, the higher the chances you’ll find a property manager that’s just fine for you, Don’t settle for one person who you’ve found from a single inquiry. Keep asking around for people who fit your bill, until you have a number of potential hires that you’re satisfied with.

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When you interview property managers, ask them about their experience in the field. Find out what their fees are, and whether they’re negotiable. If you can, try to reach a compromise with them that’s in line with your budget, or not too far off from it.

Inspect Their Previous Work

Examine the track record of your prospective property manager. How well did they engage the tenants in other properties they’ve managed? Have they kept the buildings in decent shape? What do the landlords and real estate agents they’ve worked with think about them?

The answers to these questions may help you decide which property manager you’ll settle for.

Final Words

Landlords don’t always have the time to look after their property. They often have to hire a property manager to do that for them. If this describes your reality, you can follow the steps we’ve discussed in this article to find a property manager that you can trust.

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This article was first published on 11th June 2022


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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