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When should you hire a property manager?

If you own an investment property, you probably have already done some hard work, extensive research, and had a fair bit of determination. But the work doesn’t end once the contracts are signed. 


As a property owner, you're not just responsible for acquiring and maintaining your properties; you also need to ensure they generate consistent income while keeping both tenants happy and the property in good condition. It's a juggling act that can become overwhelming, prompting many property owners to consider hiring a professional property manager. 


At Ledgeview Commercial, we believe that property management can resolve a lot of the headaches you get when managing your own property. But we also understand that it’s imperative to know all the pros and cons before making a big decision like this. 


Here are some factors you should consider before you hire a property manager: 


1. You want to scale and expand your portfolio

As your real estate portfolio grows, so do the demands on your time and resources. Managing multiple properties requires you to be organized, timely with your responses to tenants, and effective at marketing your property to attract new renters. 

If you find yourself stretched thin and struggling to balance the demands of your expanding portfolio, it may be a clear signal that it's time to hire a property manager. They can bring the expertise and resources needed to efficiently oversee your growing real estate empire.

2. You don’t have time

Effective property management demands a diverse skill set, including marketing, legal knowledge, financial acumen, and people skills. If you find yourself lacking in any of these areas or simply don't have the time to stay on top of legal requirements and industry trends, a property manager can fill these gaps.


Their expertise can help you navigate the complexities of everything from fielding applications to handling maintenance and financials,  ensuring your investments are not only profitable but also compliant with regulations.


3. You don’t live near the properties you own

If you live in a different location than your properties, managing them from a distance can be challenging. If your rental properties are spread across various cities or states, hiring a local property manager becomes crucial.


A local manager can provide on-the-ground support, handling property inspections, maintenance, and emergency situations efficiently. This can be especially beneficial if you are unable to visit each property regularly or if you live far from your investments.

4. You struggle finding quality tenants

Attracting and retaining quality tenants is a key aspect of successful property management. If your marketing efforts are falling short, or if you're struggling to fill vacancies, a property manager can implement effective marketing strategies to attract the right tenants. 

They can also conduct thorough tenant screenings to ensure that your properties are occupied by reliable and responsible renters, reducing the risk of late payments and property damage.

5. You don’t like managing tenants and their conflicts

Dealing with tenant issues and conflicts is an inevitable part of property management. If you find yourself spending more time than you can afford on tenant disputes, late payments, or property-related conflicts, a property manager can step in as a neutral third party.


Their experience in conflict resolution and tenant management can help maintain positive tenant relationships and reduce the stress associated with day-to-day property management.

6. The maintenance issues are getting to be overwhelming

One of the biggest inconveniences about managing your own property is dealing with maintenance issues. They come up at all hours and often turn out to be a bigger problem than you anticipated. If coordinating repairs, handling maintenance requests, and conducting routine inspections become overwhelming, a property manager can take on these responsibilities. 

Property managers not only respond to these maintenance issues quickly, but they typically have established relationships with reliable vendors, schedule timely maintenance, and ensure your properties remain in top condition, reducing the risk of major issues and unexpected expenses.

7. You don’t have the time or desire to keep up with the legal aspects

Navigating the legal aspects of property management, including rental agreements, evictions, and fair housing laws, can be complex and time-consuming. Staying informed about changes in regulations is crucial to avoid legal issues. A property manager is well-versed in local and state laws, ensuring that your rental properties operate within the legal framework.


This expertise can protect you from potential legal pitfalls and liabilities associated with non-compliance.

8. Financial Management

Maintaining a healthy cash flow and maximizing profitability are fundamental goals for any property owner. However, tracking expenses, setting appropriate rental rates, and handling financial transactions can be overwhelming, especially as your portfolio expands.


A property manager can take on these financial responsibilities, providing you with detailed financial reports, ensuring timely rent collection, and helping you make informed decisions to optimize your return on investment.

9. You’re willing to make a little less money to not have to deal with the headaches

While you might take home more money at the end of the year if you manage your own rentals, there many situations where it makes more sense to have a property manager. For many property owners, the tradeoff in income for peace of mind is worth it.


And often, paying for a professional to manage your property can actually reduce your overall management costs by controlling maintenance fees and avoiding potential issues that could result in legal fees, vacancies, and damages.

Hiring a property manager can help you enjoy the benefits of owning an investment property while minimizing the stress involved with such a process. It’s important to take the time to research and interview potential property managers and make sure you choose someone who has the experience, services, communication, and reputation, that fit your needs. 

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