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Maintaining Your New Year’s Real Estate Resolutions

Hewitt Real Estate Investor Crunching Numbers to Determine his ROISuccessful investors recognize that one of the most reliable ways to keep the value of your rental properties growing is to set clear annual goals. This is just as valid when it comes to property maintenance as it is for planning capital improvements or preparing to buy a new property. No matter where you are in your real estate investing business, outlining a set of New Year’s resolutions for your rental property can help your investing goals stay on track.

Smart property maintenance resolutions begin with a thorough property evaluation. A detailed assessment of your property’s condition is crucial to establishing your maintenance and improvement priorities for the year to come. The age and condition of everything, from your property’s roof, gutters, and siding, to the interior paint, carpet, and appliances, should be assessed and carefully recorded.

While most elements of your Hewitt rental property will require regular maintenance, others may need an inspection every other year or even every few years. Recognizing the age and condition of each part of the property can help you space out the less familiar or more expensive to-do items, and keep your property maintenance expenses consistent over time.

As soon as you have defined which elements are in urgent need of maintenance or repair and which can endure a little longer, the following step is to set some goals for the upcoming year. It can be easy for property owners to get bogged down in the day-to-day details of property upkeep. By setting a goal to keep sight of the main goal, as well as possibly hiring a property management company such as Real Property Management Talent, you can stay focused on the tasks that will help you attain your investing goals. Cultivating a long-term vision can help you better prioritize property maintenance and improvements, and also help you avoid unwanted diversions.

Another resolution that can help lead your property maintenance decisions in the coming year is to strive on improving the return on your investment property. Maximizing profits does not need cutting corners or compromising on quality. But there are actions you can do to help manage maintenance costs and charge more rent. Reducing reckless spending is one area that usually helps. But there are other, more proactive things you can do.

There are many relatively minor, inexpensive upgrades that you can perform to a rental property to significantly enhance its appeal and its value in the eyes of prospective tenants. Resurfacing a worn-out countertop, adding new light fixtures, or even painting the front door can add a fresh new feel to a tired or dated rental house. Before you make any improvements, however, you’ll need to know as much as you can about the rental houses in your area. By simply conducting a market analysis, you can better understand how your rental home compares and set a more accurate rental rate.

Ultimately, one of the most important resolutions you can make this year is to team up with a network of real estate professionals who can offer expert advice, information, and referrals for quality, affordable property services. Networking is one of the best ways to learn all you can about the industry’s best practices, not to mention to learn about new ways to maximize your property’s potential.

The old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” certainly applies in the field of real estate. By engaging new people and relating with others whose skills complement your own, you can more confidently plan an approach to property maintenance that all but ensures future success. Contact us or call us at 254-401-0400 for more information on how we can help you with your Hewitt property management journey.

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