July 24, 2017

You may be extremely well versed in managing a property in your own state, but what if you decide to move to a new state? Or to manage a property via long-distance? It’s important to consider this advice before you decide to manage property in another state.

Do Your Research

We’re not saying you don’t know your business. You may have been managing properties in your state for many years and completely know the ins and outs of this process. But when you decide to manage a property in a new state, it’s like starting all over again. The property management laws from one state to another can vary greatly, and it is important that you are as comfortable with these laws as you were with the ones of your previous state. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you do all the research when it comes to managing properties in a brand new state.

Find Someone You Can Go to for Help

Even if you do all your homework and feel confident that you will be able to manage your new property in your new state efficiently, it’s a good idea to have someone you can go to who knows the area well and will be able to help you with any questions you may have as they come up. Knowing you have this safety net will come in handy later on, as you will inevitably run up against some issue you may not have thought of when you were mapping out the management scheme for your new property.

Ask for Help Finding Reliable Service Providers

Your go-to person, who we can assume will be living or will have lived in the state in question, should also be able to help you find reliable service providers in the area such as plumbers and electricians. You will feel much better going into your management of this new property—and in this new state—if you know the service providers you have chosen come recommended by someone else.

Use an Online Service for Rent Collection

This is especially necessary if you are managing the property via long-distance. You won’t want your renters to say they were unable to get ahold of you when rent was due. In addition, these programs are actually extremely easy to use and can be modified based on the laws of the state in which the residents are living.

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