How would you write your job description as a property manager? What kinds of things would go on it? We’ve talked before about some of the roles that property managers hold, but what about a job description?
Thinking about your job description can help you to realize what it means to be responsible for the things you have to keep track of, and what it means to be accountable to the people you are accountable to, especially clients and tenants. In today’s article, we’ll take a look at some of the key elements in every property manager’s job description.
Keeping Properties Occupied
As a property manager, you are responsible for making sure every property you manage gets filled and remains that way. This means advertising for tenants and then screening the applicants. Naturally your concern is making sure that you only pick the best people, since you want to minimize any trouble with the rent or with cleanliness issues and damages as much as possible.
Of course, you are also responsible for collecting rent, and enforcing late fees and evictions as needed. This can be an unpleasant part of the job, but it is important. After all, you are accountable to the client for your performance with regard to keeping properties filled with rent-paying tenants.
Inspections might not seem like an important part of this, but they actually are. You are likely to find that good tenants share characteristics, as do bad tenants. If you can learn to ascertain behavioral patterns of good versus bad tenants, you are likely to have that much more insight into which category a prospective tenant is likely to fit. This is why it is important to conduct inspections as efficiently as possible by using digital property management software.
Keeping Properties Maintained
Making sure that properties receive the upkeep they need is an important part of your responsibilities as well. You will be the one tenants call in the event of broken appliances, problems with the plumbing or HVAC, and the like. Even if the tenants have some responsibilities for maintaining the yard and the like, you will still need to make sure that they are fulfilling those responsibilities. If they are not, you will have to pick up the slack sooner or later.
Again, digital property management software provides an important tool that can help you to keep of the state of any property you manage. Why make your job any harder than it has to be?
Ensuring Properties Remain Livable
The logical extension of keeping a property well-maintained is ensuring that it remains livable. After all, if one set of tenants leaves a tremendous mess and a lot of damage when they leave a place, you will need to make sure that everything is cleaned up and repaired before you can start showing it to prospective new tenants.
This is another reason it is so important to optimize your inspections with digital property management software. A good property inspection app can help you to keep track of exactly what you need to, and it can greatly reduce the hassle of inspections.