You’ve worked hard to get your property management business to where it is today, but what happens once you’ve reached a plateau? Is it time to start focusing on growth, and if so, what’s the best way to approach that goal?
The workload of a property manager can seem never-ending. Whether it’s fielding calls from owners, handling complaints from tenants, making arrangements with contractors, and of course, all the administrative work that needs to be completed – the days can be downright grueling. And as the business grows, so does the volume of tasks. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and risk burning out. That’s where automation comes into play.
While offering paid time off isn’t mandatory, time away from work is a critical component of work-life balance. It’s also a perk many top employees value, which means the right policy could help make your property management company a more attractive place for talent. The good news is, there are a lot of different options available to you when it comes to creating and offering a time-off policy. Here are just a few of the many choices you can include.
In today’s job market, not only is it difficult to find good employees, but it’s equally challenging to keep them. Modern workers are confident, aren’t afraid to ask for what they want and won’t think twice about moving on to greener pastures if another opportunity presents itself. As such, you may find yourself focusing more on staffing your property management company than you ever have before. To improve the chances of attracting, hiring and retaining top talent, here are a few things to keep in mind.
For property managers, keeping up with the status of your rental properties is essential. Drop the ball and you could potentially miss serious and costly problems that could otherwise have been prevented. On the other hand, if you overdo it with property inspections, it could have a negative impact on the relationship with your residents, which could lead to higher turnover. So, what’s the best approach?
Change is a natural part of business, especially in the property management industry. Oftentimes a company will reach a point at which strategic pivots are necessary, whether it’s in response to market changes, a new competitor on the horizon, to support growth initiatives or something else. How can you know when your business is ready to evolve into its next phase? Here are a few telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs to watch for.
Whenever a business model includes third parties, the risks associated with that business go up. Such is the case with property managers. When you’re managing other people’s properties and some or all of those properties are being occupied by tenants, your business will automatically be exposed to risk in a variety of ways. For instance, there’s a chance a resident’s negligence could cause a fire, or that a renter may skip out on the last few months of their lease, leaving you holding the bag financially.
We recently shared a post that included several tips on hiring ‘A-players’ for your property management company. But while hiring the right people from the start is certainly important, keeping them for the long-haul is equally, if not more critical. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself back at square one again and again.
The property management industry can be a lucrative one, but it’s not without its challenges. Property managers must draw on a variety of skills in order to overcome those hurdles and provide the exceptional service that will enable them to compete. The more you understand the issues you may encounter, the greater the likelihood of achieving sustainable success. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the universal challenges property managers face and what you can do to conquer them once and for all.