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What Can a Decatur Property Manager Do For You?

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Managing your own Decatur investment property is often difficult, especially if you need time for a demanding full-time job, a busy family life, and want some precious down time.

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Those annoying tenant requests always seem to come at critical times – just when you are leaving for vacation or an important business trip.

You may have inherited a family home or become a new Decatur investor. Your Decatur home may need repairs or updates – someone will need to meet the workmen.

When your property is ready, you will need to advertise for new tenants – someone will need to screen them carefully by requiring credit, background, criminal checks, employment and more.

  • How will you market your home for tenants?
  • Who will prepare the Lease?
  • Who will hold the Security Deposit?
  • How will the rent be collected?
  • Who will answer the midnight calls from tenants?
  • Who will you use for handymen, electricians, plumbers, etc?
  • If your tenant gets locked out, who will provide an extra key?
  • What records and reports will you keep?

All these items can be professionally handled by an experienced Decatur property manager who knows your neighborhood…..plus more:

  • We can schedule period inspections of your property
  • We can make sure tenants are following the terms of the lease – no unauthorized additional tenants, pets, or painting
  • We can schedule regular HVAC inspections
  • We can prepare any changes to the Lease
  • We can prepare Monthly and Year-end Reports for your records
  • We can schedule necessary repairs
  • We can oversee installation of new carpets, or schedule painters
  • We can initiate all advertising and marketing
  • We can provide strict screening of all tenants

Managing Residential Property Near Emory University

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You may need a little assistance in managing your Emory area investment home or Decatur property – particularly if  you have moved away from the Atlanta area.

Some investors and owners do successfully manage their own properties.  An experienced Decatur property manager, however, can save you many headaches, like those calls in the middle of the night to syfon water out of a flooded basement or an alarm going off that your tenant can’t locate.  Tenants have called me recently for both of these issues and they need to be handled quickly.

Managing property for other people requires special skills:

  • A very thick skin helps -a property manager acts as a Mediator between the Owner and the Tenant
  • Organization is essential – must be able to set priorities and use follow-up systems
  • Good accounting systems and payment systems
  • A Dedicated Trust Account – regularly balanced
  •  The ability to check credit, background and references
  • Preparation of Leases, Amendments, Move In/Move Our Agreements
  • Great Handymen, Painters, Electricians, etc. – know who to call

A good Property Manager can:

  • Make sure the Heating and Air Conditioning are regularly serviced
  • Make regular inspections of your property
  • Arrange to have a leak repaired or a garbage disposal installed
  • Supervise repairs that often need to be done when a tenant moves out and another moves in
  • Keep you informed of conditions that affect your property

If you are managing your own property or  inherited a home you would like to lease in the Decatur or Emory area, consider hiring a professional Property Manager.