The benefits of renting out your property may be many, but managing it can be difficult. This is especially true if it isn’t your full time job. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up being a landlord. You can still benefit from renting out the property you own even if you don’t have the time or resources to manage it. All you need is an experienced and reliable property manager.

But which property manager will suit your needs best?

To know that, you need to think about a couple of things before selecting your ideal property manager.

Check out a reputable firm

Getting the help of a professional means you need to find one. To do that you need to make sure the property manager you are checking out has a property management license. This will let you know that they are serious about their job and will take all the necessary steps to ensure you secure effective and sound management.

Ask about the management fees

What will be their cut from the rent earned? The management fees usually vary from state to state. However, you should expect it to fall within the bracket of 8 to 10% of the rent acquired every month.

How often will the property be assessed?

Find out when the property manager plans on inspecting the property and how often. Regular checks can help keep your property in tip-top shape. If you have long-term tenants, the property needs to be scrutinized on the inside and the outside for any problem or damage that may not have been reported.

Request for references and a representative sample

To know if you are getting the best, you need to see it for yourself. So ask the property manager to offer you some references you could call, as well as some representative samples of the properties he has managed. What do other people have to say about their management services? Also, once you see the samples, do you feel like living there? If the answer is a yes, you can go ahead and pick that manager. If no, move on amicably.

Question about maintenance and repairs

Will you be billed for maintenance and repairs or will the manager keep a reserve from your funds to deal with these expenses? Ask them if you can control the limit of the funds usage if they provide the latter option. With a limit, you will be able to control their spending of your money. Also, ask to be informed before any expenses are covered.

Finally, at the end of it all make sure you have a written agreement with a termination clause that is suitable to you. Make sure the agreement highlights all the responsibilities that the property management firm will undertake on your behalf.