Being a landlord isn’t easy.
That’s why many property owners turn to property managers for help.
Property managers handle everything related to your rental property, such as rent collection, tenant screening, property advertisement, and tenant eviction.
While trained and equipped to do these tasks, property managers can need some help from property owners. For example, they may need your help to get the property rent-ready.
They may also need you to give them all the necessary information regarding the house.
By helping your property manager, you’ll help make their work a lot easier and more efficient. Your tenants will also enjoy a high quality of living and you’ll receive much fewer calls.
Here are 10 ways that you can help your property manager.
1. Fill out and return all the provided paperwork.
There are some important documents that are necessary for the smooth running of operations.
Many managers, in fact, require that all paperwork requested be returned even before they can lease or market a property.
2. Give your property manager your full contact information.
This is perhaps the most obvious thing to do.
Your property manager needs things like your phone number and current address.
The easier they can get hold of you, the faster they can solve issues that pertain to your property.
3. Hand them copies of your rules.
Tenants can only be held accountable for breaking rules they know about.
Not for the rules they don’t know exist.
Make sure your property manager includes these as part of the lease.
4. Share all the information you can with them.
Where is the water shut-off located?
Does the house have a propane tank?
Where is your property’s electrical junction box?
Sharing this information up-front will help smooth the transition from self-managing your rental property to allowing your property manager to take full control.
5. Ensure your property is rent-ready.
Listing your property is not as easy as sticking an ad on rental listing sites like Craigslist.
Your property needs to be move-in ready – clean, repaired or remodeled. Handing over a messy property to your property manager only goes to show that you don’t value your investment.
Making your property rent-ready may involve doing tasks such as:
- Paint, repair, and fix. Are there any holes in the walls? Are there any damaged tiles? Is the carpet showing any signs of damage? If so, then you need to fix the damage.
- Clean the carpets. Professional “full-steam and shampoo” carpet cleaning works best.
- Spruce up the yard. Replace dying or dead shrubbery, fix broken sprinkler heads, pull the weeds, prune the trees, and cut the grass. Don’t forget to remove garden decorations, yard furniture, and flower pots.
Change the air filters. Additionally, clean the vents and the surrounding ceiling area.
6. Make sure everything is working as it should.
All essential appliances and fixtures should be in good working condition.
Prior to handing your property over to the property manager, double check that everything is in a good working state.
Check that the faucets in the bathroom and kitchen are leak-free. Check that the light bulbs, as well as their sockets, are also in a good working state.
You should also make sure you fix anything that may negatively impact the health and safety of your tenants. Good examples are checking for mold and lead-based hazards.
When it comes to safety measures, you’ll need to verify two things:
- One, that there are two ways of exit from the unit.
- And two, that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
7. Get rid of all your personal items.
Leaving personal items in a property encumbers everybody.
When your tenant moves into the home, they should not have to deal with items that belong to others.
You also risk getting your personal items damaged or stolen.
In addition, this also leaves your property manager caught right up in the middle.
8. Give your home a thorough cleaning.
Nothing will make a potential tenant turn around and run faster than a dirty home.
Set the initial benchmark.
Before the tenant moves in, ensure that the property is in pristine condition.
When cleaning it, don’t just cover the basics. Include the blinds, curtains, fly screens, windows, garbage bins, and the garage as well.
9. Give your walls a makeover.
A fresh coat of paint on tired-looking walls can give your rooms an instant uplift.
Instantly making your property warmer and more welcoming.
10. Make sure that all utilities are paid.
When visiting your home, prospective tenants expect to get an idea of how it feels living there.
You want to make sure there is running water so that toilets and sinks work.
You also want to leave the lights on as well. Some tenants may visit in the evening.
Also, keep your air conditioner on to keep your potential tenants comfortable.
By doing so, your property manager will have an easier time managing your property.
There you have it!
Those are 10 ways you can help your property manager. By helping your manager, you’ll make their operations a lot more efficient, making everyone involved happier.