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What Do Seattle Property Managers Actually Do?


System - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Property Management Blog

Seattle property managers have a number of responsibilities when it comes to taking care of your rental property. Today, we’re going to share a few examples of things that make up an average day in the life of a property manager. 


Ready to Rent


One of the first things a property manager will do is get your property ready for the rental market. Whether you have just purchased it, moved out of it yourself in order to turn it into a rental or you’re between tenants, a good property manager will inspect the property and make recommendations on how to make it an attractive rental. 


Advertising and Marketing


You do not want your property to be vacant on the market for too long. A property manager will take professional pictures, write up an accurate and appealing description and list your rental home on all the correct high impact websites. We do more than advertise your rental on Craigslist. We have access to all the websites that are most frequently viewed by people looking for rentals, including Trulia, Zillow, Hotpads, Padmapper, and many others. Your property manager will also make sure the property is priced correctly. There will be appointments and showings and rental applications, and your property manager will take care of all these things.


Tenant Screening


Once you have people interested in renting your property, you’ll need to screen them. A property manager will know exactly what to look for and also how to avoid getting into trouble with fair housing laws. Every applicant must be treated the same, and there will be a credit check, a background check, a call to former landlords and a verification of employment and income. 


Move in and Move Out


After a tenant is chosen, the property manager will review the lease in detail with that tenant. A move in checklist will be completed, where the property manager documents the condition of the property before the tenant moves in. A similar inspection will be conducted at the end of the lease, and we will compare the way the property looks in order to determine if charges for any damages need to be held from the security deposit. 


Maintenance


Throughout the course of the tenancy, your property manager will take care of any maintenance or repair issues needed. This means overseeing preventative maintenance, from having the air conditioning and heating systems checked annually to conducting routine inspections and looking for water leaks and roof issues. There will also be an instant response to emergency situations. If a tenant calls in the middle of the night because the water heater has exploded or the heat stopped working, your property manager will be prepared to take care of it. We also work hard to develop relationships with insured, licensed contractors and vendors. This means you’ll get a competitive price and high quality work. 


Protection


The most important thing a property manager does is to provide protection to you and your property. We collect rent, we manage the security deposit and we respond right away to any concerns or threats. There are a number of laws regulating the landlord and tenant relationship in Seattle, and they are constantly changing. A property manager will know those laws and keep up with those changes. You won’t have to worry about a tenant not paying rent or destroying your investment. A property manager gives you peace of mind. 


This list is only a small example of the things a property management company can do for you. If you have any questions or if you’d like to hear about our services, please contact us and we’d be happy to tell you more.

 

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