5 Things to Look for in a Property Manager
By Paul Gribble
Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals
The decision to use your mountain cabin as a rental/investment property becomes so much easier when you have an experienced management company in your corner. As you evaluate potential partners, be sure to find one that provides these five key services.
#1 – Input on income potential
A good property manager can advise you on local market conditions, travel trends, and how to expect and plan for seasonal occupancy demands.
#2 – Marketing help
The best management companies invest in high-quality videos and photos of your property, guest surveys, contests, promotions, rack cards, advertising, PR and more to drive business.
#3 – A solid reservations system
Being able to book vacation rentals in a secure, professional environment is another plus when working with a property manager. Look for a comprehensive system that allows for convenient bookings in-person, over the phone or online.
#4 – Ongoing property management
Going with a pro assures you that there are “eyes and ears” on your second home. Your property manager should oversee services such as lawn care, pest control, hot tub care, A/C service, etc. They can also assist with staging and set-up, including insights for upgrades that make homes more profitable.
#5 – Accountability
Finally, your property manager should be completely accountable, not only to you, but also to guests. Check the company’s online ratings to see what guests are saying. Also make sure the property manager: 1) Pays you in a timely manner; 2) Takes care of your home properly; 3) Is easily reachable via email, phone or text; 4) Collects and pays taxes to both the state and local government; and 5) Is in good standing with agencies such as the BBB, DOR and Secretary of State.
Take the Next Step
Considering offering your cabin for rent? Call Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals at 706-946-1315 for more details on how we can help ensure your success.