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Choosing Between Using Property Managers and Self-Managing Your Rental

2 March 2024

When it comes to managing a rental property, landlords are faced with a crucial decision: Should they opt for the convenience of a Property Management (PM) agency, or take the reins with self-management?

This choice is significant, impacting everything from daily operations to financial returns.

The Pros of Property Management Agencies

PM agencies are the go-to for landlords who prefer a hands-off approach, especially those living a considerable distance from their property. These agencies handle the day-to-day, from tenant issues to maintenance, offering peace of mind and convenience. However, this service comes at a cost, typically ranging from 7-10% of your rental income. For many, this price is a fair trade-off for the ease it brings, but it's essential to consider how this fee affects your overall returns.

One potential downside to consider is the level of personal attention your property will receive. With a PM agency, your property is one among many in their portfolio, which might lead some landlords to wonder if their investment is getting the focus it deserves.

The Pros of Self-Management

On the flip side, self-managing your property puts you in the driver's seat, offering significant savings on management fees and a more hands-on approach to who lives in your property and how it's maintained. The challenge? It can seem daunting, especially to those new to the landlording.

A property management software can be a game-changer for those contemplating self-management but hesitant about the complexities. In New Zealand, platforms like myRent have become a lifeline for over 27,000 landlords, many of whom were navigating landlord responsibilities for the first time. Our software is tailored for NZ landlords, simplifying the management process, ensuring compliance, and providing a support system not just for using the software but for addressing tenancy-related queries too.

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Making Your Choice

The decision between using a PM agency and self-managing your rental ultimately hinges on your preferences, lifestyle, and how involved you want to be in managing your investment. If the thought of saving on fees and having direct oversight appeals to you, exploring property management software might just provide the middle ground you're looking for. It’s about finding the right balance that works for you, ensuring your rental venture is both profitable and manageable.

Whether you lean towards the comprehensive support of a PM agency or the autonomy and savings of self-management, remember: the right resources and tools can make all the difference in successfully managing your rental property.

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