Two weeks ago, before the holiday, we covered the pros and cons of self management. Although we are a property management business, we want to be completely transparent with what you are getting into. We want you to make the best choice for your real estate, even if that’s going with self management instead of using us. However, we also want you to be fully informed. So, here are some pros and cons of hiring a property manager.
Cons of Property Management
First, you do not get to dictate how the property is maintained. When hiring a property manager, you are saying you trust them with your investment. If you hire the wrong property manager, this could potentially backfire.
The other biggest con is the cost. You have to be able to afford the rates property managers charge. They’ll take a cut of your profits. Additionally, they’ll take a fee for the new tenants they bring on board. However, as long as they fit within your budget, that shouldn’t be too much for you to handle.
Pros of Property Management
They make your life easier. After you hire a property manager, you are essentially earning income while hands off. They have more specialized knowledge of the market, as they keep track of many properties.
Additionally, property managers don’t have the same emotional connection to your property. That means they can make objective decisions about your property that you may not be able to do.
They also have a network of maintenance services, so that you don’t have to scramble to find someone to fix issues in your property. Essentially, with just a monthly fee, they’ll take care of all the day to day decisions about your property, leaving you to focus on more important things.
Essentially, you need to decide what’s best for you! You know your property the best. If you think it will flourish more with a property manager, get one! If you think self-management is the way to go, stick to that plan. You can always change your mind and go a different route if the first doesn’t work for you. Just do what’s best for your business!
To learn more about this topic, check out the article that inspired this post: https://www.biggerpockets.com/blog/property-management-vs-self-management#the-bottom-line-no-one-cares-about-your-properties-like-you-do