How To Hire A Property Manager For Your Port Charlotte Snowbird Home

The life of a Port Charlotte snowbird sure is grand, isn’t it?

You get to live in perpetual summer, enjoying the best weather of both northern and southern climates.

You get to have two sets of friends, explore two different states, and you never have to deal with that cold, nasty white stuff if you don’t want to.

However, when you have two different homes across the country from one another, it is easy to become a little overwhelmed with all you have to manage for each property. Especially, if you rent out your Port Charlotte home while you’re north for the summers.

The best solution to this problem? Hire a property manager for your Port Charlotte property.

Benefits of hiring a property manager for your snowbird property:

  • Higher quality tenants
  • Less legal problems and complications
  • Shorter vacancy periods
  • Better tenant retention rates
  • More efficient rent collection process
  • Less stress, more freedom, and more money in your pocket

In today’s post, we’re sharing what you need to know before you hire a property manager for your Port Charlotte home.


Ask For Referrals

As you know, it can be time-consuming and frustrating to sort through service providers on the web. So before you turn to social media asking your friends and family for referrals for a property manager, consider asking your Realtor first. Your Realtor isn’t just someone that helps you buy and sell real estate, they’re also your partner in all things real estate related. Most of them already know of at least one or two property managers that are reputable and have proven themselves trustworthy.

Interview Multiple Property Managers

Don’t just assume that your Aunt Jane’s, friend’s sister is a great property manager. No matter who refers you to any service provider, you should take the time to interview them and ask pointed questions like:

  • How do you screen the tenants?
  • What is your average tenant turnover rate?
  • How will repairs and maintenance issues be handled?

Local Vs. National Property Managers

These days, you can hire a property manager that is local, on-site, or one that works for a large national company. Although the larger companies can sometimes offer more competitive pricing, most people find that their quality of service leaves something to be desired. Ultimately it is up to you to choose who you want to oversee your Snowbird escape during the summer months but be sure to compare the pros and cons of each before you pull the trigger.

Compare The Rates

The rare to hire a property manager averages between 7-13% nationally. Often, those fees will be dictated on the area, the level of service and the number of properties that you hand over to the manager. Not all of these fees are set in stone, however. So, be sure to enlist the help of your Realtor and their negotiation skills to try and squeeze out the best possible deal.

Thinking Of Buying A Second Home In Port Charlotte To Escape The Winters?

You can rest easy in the summers knowing that your Port Charlotte property is in good hands when you hire a property manager.

If you want to add an extra layer of protection and peace of mind, you would be wise to buy a condo or villa!

Currently, Port Charlotte is home to Harborside, one of Florida’s most desirable new luxury communities which is situated on its own private beach.

Not only is Harborside a stunning waterfront community, but it features a long list of modern amenities including a pool, spa, fitness facility fishing pier and a community boat. Plus, each of the condos and villas that are still available are competitively priced, making them attainable for millennials, snowbirds, and families!

Click here for more information about the new construction condos and villas still available in Harborside, or to schedule your private tour.