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5 Ways to Manage The Stress Of Owning Rental Property

You may ask what could possibly be stressful about owning rental property?

It’s easy to look at the positives instead of the negatives on this one. Things like monthly cash flow, loan pay down, yearly appreciation, and BIG tax breaks have us feeling good. Make no mistake; there are a TON of positives to owning rental property.

However, don’t jump into the rental property game without seeing that it can be stressful. People often overlook things like times of vacancy, tenants who don’t pay rent, and maintenance issues.

Real Estate provides no shortage of opportunities for stress. So how should you deal with stress when managing your rentals?

Here are 5 ways to accomplish stress-free property management. Some of these may sound like common sense, but common sense is not always common practice.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Number one is getting enough sleep.

Typically, we’ve found that when we don’t have enough sleep, we don’t make very good decisions. We all have a certain amount of willpower during the day, and certain things take their toll.

Things like making tough decisions, avoiding temptation, and getting mentally drained are all kinds of things that tax our willpower.

By the end of the day, if we are tired and worn out and don’t get enough sleep, we make poor decisions. These decisions could affect relationships with tenants, property managers, and everyone else in your day-to-day life.

Step 1: Get a good night’s sleep.

2. Exercise and Stay Healthy

Be sure that you are prioritizing different ways to stay healthy, like:

  • Working out
  • Doing yoga
  • Taking a walk
  • Finding any way to relieve stress

Overall, health is vital in managing stress. Working out, eating correctly, and getting enough sleep will play a role in managing stress.

If you are healthy, the times where rentals are causing issues will be easier to deal with.

Step 2: Be healthy.

3. Stay Focused on Your Long-Term Goals

Point number three in stress-free property management is having a long-term view of your rental property in mind. Go into the investment or rental period with a long-term vision for what you are looking to accomplish.

Save Up for Repairs and Maintenance

Things are going to fluctuate with time. Prime examples of this include having a tenant that moves out or going and repairing a house. If you had a tenant for a certain amount of time, it could take anywhere between $2,000-$6,000 to get the house back to being rent-ready.

If that is the case, you will be under a lot of stress due to managing contractors, renting the house, etc.

So, always playing the long game is key to not getting caught up in the short-term stress and making short-term decisions. Understand that rental property investing is a long-term play.

It is equally essential to save money during good times. Putting money away to be prepared for future maintenance and move-out processes will save you a lot of stress in the end.

Step 3: Keep the long-term goal in mind.

4. Be Willing to Roll With the Punches

Next, you will want to be able to roll with the punches.

We recognize that this is easier said than done. When you have a difficult situation with a tenant, you need to understand that this is a part of owning your property.

We say this all the time because it is so important to understand. When you own rental property, you are in business. This is not a hobby; this is a business. There are many things that go into that, and learning to roll with the punches is one of them.

Being emotional is not the best way to own a rental property. The antidote? Be objective and roll with the punches!

Step 4: Roll with the punches.

5. Build a Solid Team

The last tip to stress-free property management is to have a solid team around you.

Avoid Doing Your Own Taxes

If you are a landlord doing it yourself, you want to make sure that you have your own CPA. Also, make sure you have a good attorney, a set tenant screening process, and a good understanding of how to screen according to your local and federal laws.

These things are very, very important.

But why hire a CPA? As a property manager, you want to avoid doing your own taxes. Although you might pride yourself on being independent, unfortunately, this is where mistakes can be made. 

More than likely, you are not qualified to do your own taxes. Rather than taking the risk and potentially costing yourself thousands upon thousands of dollars, seek out refuge from the experts. Avoid expensive problems by hiring an experienced CPA who works with real estate investors specifically.

Hire a Property Management Company

If you consider hiring a property manager, having a good one is critical to building your team.

You might be on the fence about whether or not to hire a property management company, but a good rule of thumb is if you have a full-time job, you should seek professional help. A property management company can be incredibly beneficial to you and save you time and money with things such as:

  • Screening potential tenants
  • Performing repairs
  • Drafting lease agreements

A property manager, a CPA, an attorney, these types of people; all of them together can help you so that you are not doing it on your own. But, before you go out hiring a team of your own, make sure you conduct thorough research on every individual you bring on. Without careful screening of these individuals, you could potentially be costing yourself a lot of money later down the line.

Step 5: Build a solid team.

Final Thoughts

By following these five simple steps, you will be headed in the right direction of stress-free property management. Remember that while most of these steps, if not all of them, may seem like common sense, actually living them is what will be the most beneficial to you in the long run.