An important part of being a successful landlord is how you manage the tenants that stay in your property. They will live in your property and won’t know how to do simple tasks like using appliances nor will they know how to adjust the thermostat or how to get to the nearest grocery store.
To ensure a positive stay, we recommend preparing a detailed property manual and leaving it inside your property in an accessible place. This booklet should include the following information at a minimum:
- Arrival and departure information
- Key and any garage or building access instructions and fees for replacement
- Parking location (if assigned) and instructions
- Thermostat adjusting instruction
- Trash day notices
- Instructions on how to use major appliances and electronics (including special instructions for your remote controls!)
- Building Map and fire escape information
- A copy of HOA Rules & Regulations
- Neighborhood information, including directions to the nearest grocery stores, highways, malls, major offices and popular restaurants (you can also include a directory of good take out restaurants too!) Print out maps/directions to help your renter get around.
- Local police and fire departments
- Your emergency contact numbers
- The number of a trusted neighbor
- Any maintenance or important building/property contacts
Remember, it’s your job to provide good customer service. A detailed property manual is a great way to create a positive experience for your clients. It’s also a great way to limit the number of calls you’ll receive from your tenant during their stay!