4 Tips for Successful Long Distance Landlording
If you’re like many business people, you think and act globally. When it comes to landlording though, having investment property that’s not in the same city, or even the same state where you live, can be a challenge. But with a little strategic planning, it’s still possible to see a positive return on investment (ROI) on your rental property.
1. Have local connections
If you don’t have friends or family who live near your rental property, then you need to begin networking. Attend real estate events to meet local real estate agents or other rental professionals in the area. Such individuals can check up on a unit or help tenants who have locked themselves out when you can’t.
2. Stay in touch with your tenants
You want your tenants to feel comfortable talking with you and the only way you can do this is through ongoing communication. Give your tenants a call every few months or send an email. Since some renters won’t say anything unless asked, you’ll need to do check-ins to see how things are going to make sure they’re happy and that everything is working properly in the unit.
3. Visit your rental property regularly
You’ll need to visit your property at least two times a year to know for yourself what’s going on. Any inconvenience this may cause will be balanced by the fact that since your travel expenses are business-related, they are also tax deductible.
4. Hire a good property manager
If you know you won’t be around your property, hire a reputable property manager. The best individual for the job will have communication, sales and administrative expertise as well as solid technological skills.
You may think that such a hire may cut too deeply into your profits. But a good property manager may actually save you money. That’s because they may help you avoid damages, bad tenants and other expensive problems.
The real estate experts at Herman Boswell can provide long distance landlords like you with property managers with the expertise and reliability you need. Contact us today and let us show you a better way to manage your investment properties no matter where you are!