Are you an investor interested in acquiring residential property, but don’t have time in your busy schedule to manage all of it yourself? Are you a landlord who needs some help in managing affairs dealing with your tenants? The solution is to find a property manager – someone who will solely take care of all the affairs dealing with your estate and give you more time to deal with other projects. The property manager will also increase and even sustain the value of the investments you have in real estate. Once you have a property manager, the issue of searching for and appropriately placing eligible tenants will no longer be yours to worry about, the property manager will deal with this business to your satisfaction. Finding the right person to take care of your valued investment is very important; here are some tips to consider.

1. Hire someone experienced.
It is important that you do your research on different property managers and even have a meeting with some, so that you can evaluate the level of expertise. Asking how many years the property manager has managed residential properties can give you an idea of how qualified the manager is to handle the task at hand.

2. Find a manager that is knowledgeable about the local market.
A manager that knows the local market well will be able to bring in clients that live in the surrounding areas. Since he knows the local people, he is able to introduce your property in a way that will meet the needs of the potential tenants.

3. Select a manager that has a reliable system.
All the dealings of the property need to be recorded. A good manager should have a program that will safely record and save all the records that deal with the estate. The program should also be able to monitor all the businesses that surround the property, which will give you a sense of security since you can easily retrieve the records if need be.

4. Make sure the manager has accounting skills.
Apart from attracting clients, the manager should be well equipped as far as accounting skills are concerned. Find a manager that is well trained in matters relating to finance and economy, so as to make sure that the financial data in your property is dealt with in the highest form of professionalism and integrity.

5. The property manager should have good customer service.
Your tenants will not only remain on your property because it offers them living conditions that are impeccable, but the customer service also plays a big role. The property manager should be able to relate with your tenants in a way that shows respect and concern for the tenants’ experience in the premises.

6. The property manager should be great in marketing.
To make sure that your property will not be occupied by a tenant who destroys facilities and equipment, the property manager should be able to run background checks on the tenant. The manager also has the right to ask for renter history to make sure that all the tenants on your property are qualified and will give you no trouble at all.

Contributed by Thomas Sujain