There are many property management companies in Seattle, and picking one can often seem daunting. All of the property managers you consider will tell you that they provide the best services for the most affordable prices, so how do you find the companies that will really make a difference and provide the highest quality of service in a timely manner? We have a few tips that will help you find the best company for your property management needs.
Checking out online reviews on sites like Yelp and Google can be helpful. Just remember that a reviewer is not required to provide any verification of what they are posting. If you read a negative review from a disgruntled tenant, it might be the result of a property manager simply doing his job. Pay particular attention to reviews and comments from property owners. Those will give you a good reflection of how a property management company works. You should also check the Better Business Bureau for information and ratings. Set your standards high and work with a company that has an A+ rating.
Work with a company that has been in business for a reasonable amount of time. When the rental market is strong, a lot of people tend to jump on the property management bandwagon. The best property management companies will have strong foundations and are able to stay in business when the market slows.
Being able to communicate frequently and openly with your property management company is absolutely essential. Good communication starts immediately; when you ask about a company’s services. You should note how quickly it takes for the company to respond to your phone call or email. If communication is poor before you even have a professional relationship in place, it’s probably a good indication of how they respond to their clients.
Search for property management companies through professional organizations such as the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Property managers belonging to this organization adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and ethics. You can go to the NARPM website and search for members in your local area.
Choosing a good property management company makes a big difference in your success as a landlord. If you have any questions about what to look for, or you’re interested in hearing about our services, please contact us at Brink Property Management.