Renting out a property is a business and landlords can save a lot of time, money and headaches if they employ a property manager.
Property managers keeps things on a strictly professional level between landlord and tenant, ensuring the property is taken care of, rent is paid on time and that maintenance is carried out promptly and effectively.
They also ensure that all routine inspections, exits and entries are completed thoroughly and if issues arise, a professional property manager is better prepared to deal with the problem effectively.
"Many property owners are afraid to hire a property manager because of the cost involved - not realizing they will actually make more money in the long term due to the increased care of their property," according to Amanda Swan, director of Robert Crawford Property Management.
"By using a property manager you will get better tenants that stay longer and have less damage and repairs to deal with. Your property remains in great shape."
Being your own landlord takes time, effort and resources and when it's all said and done, couldn't you make better use of your time?
"It can be a full-time job to track rent payments, collect late fees, deal with complaints and repairs, prep the property for new tenants, find vendors, and deal with bad tenants," Amanda said.
"It may also become a constant source of stress. Relinquishing these ongoing responsibilities to a good property manager can allow you to benefit from your investment without sacrificing your time and health."
A good property manager knows how to find the best tenants and screen out potential tenants with a bad history.
"Property managers have a bigger pool of applicants to choose from due to their extensive marketing and advertising programs," Amanda said.
"An established property manager will already have waiting lists of potential tenants. The result is better quality tenants in your property faster."
Property managers know the law and can help you avoid legal hassles when it comes to discrimination in screening and selecting tenants.
"In the event that an eviction becomes necessary, an experienced property manager will know how to handle it in a way that will save time and money while staying within the boundaries of the law," Amanda said
As director of property management at Robert Crawford, Amanda brings over 30 years of hands on experience in the business.
"I believe in proactive and honest communication - keeping our landlords involved at all times," Amanda said.
"At Robert Crawford Real Estate we are at the forefront of property management technology.
"Our property managers enjoy a mix of cutting-edge mobile- and web-based technology for seamless management of the many administrative processes required.
"My priority it to maximise my landlord's return on their most valued asset and further their investment portfolio.
"We maintain excellent communication skills and balance the needs of both the landlord and the tenant whilst understanding and ensuring that the rights of all parties are considered and any laws adhered to."
Robert Crawford Real Estate is located at 3/71 Regent St New Lambton.
For more information about property management or real estate in general email Amanda@robertcrawfordrealestate.com.au, call 4957 6166 or visit Robertcrawfordrealestate.com.au.