How to Hire a Property Manager for Your Residential Complex

orlandovacation_propertymanagementIf you’re thinking of becoming an entrepreneur in the real estate area, the easiest way to do it is to buy a building and rent the apartments, or to buy several houses in the same area and transform them into a small residential area.

However, even if you do have the money to start such a project – and keep in mind that this requires a big enough budget to cover for all the expenses – you won’t have an easy time in managing everything. You know from your own experience that you have to pay the utility bills, but apart from this, you also need to make the needed repairs in case something goes wrong with the building.

In this case – if you’re thinking of buying a whole building or several houses – this will not be enough, because you will also need professional help in managing everything. All this can be easily done with the help of a property manager, so we’re going to teach you how you can find one to help you out when you need it most.


Search Online

This is the first step that you have to take in order to find someone specialized to provide these services for you (assuming that you already have the building and you can’t manage everything alone). Looking online will provide you with plenty of companies that offer you property management services in your area, so all you have to do is make a thorough research to choose the one that fits your needs best.

 


Each Company

When you take a look at their website, make sure you write down all the details that you consider important – since when are they offering their services, what is their portfolio, if the website is kept up to date, if they have contact information and so on. There are plenty of things that you’ll have to look, so if you think that the website is older or the information that they offer is not recent, you can go further and skip their site.


rent_03Contact

Once you’ve made a small list with those companies that seem to fit your request, you can call them and ask for a meeting. Usually, this is for free and they won’t charge you anything. You’ll need to make sure that they have an office or a headquarter – it proves that they are valid and they can be contacted not just by phone or email.


Details

When you meet out with any company, make sure they sent you someone who can give you all the details that you require. You need to talk with someone from the management, someone who knows what it’s all about and how this works. An assistant won’t be of much help to you, so if you see that this is happening (that they send you someone who is not specialized), you can skip that company too.


Portfolio

Ask them about the portfolio and their experience, which buildings do they manage and what their activity is. This is very important, because this will tell you exactly what you need to know. If they can’t give you these details or if they can’t answer the questions that you have about what they do and how they do it, then you can go to someone else.


Price

Last, but not least, it’s also the moment to discuss money. They can charge a price by the month – meaning a fix sum of money for each month of activity, or they can charge you based on what they are doing – if they are renting out the places, if they make repairs, if they do anything extra and so on.


prop_manThe Contract

If you decide on someone in particular, make sure you get a written contract. This is your best way of protecting your interest, so don’t forget to read out everything, especially what is written in fine printing.