February 26, 2018 | Barb Huntley

Rental income, like many things in life, isn’t a quick get rich scheme. It takes time and hard work to turn a rental property into a profitable side hustle. If you are ready to put in the time and effort required to own a successful rental property, then it’s definitively worth it. But remember what you will have to do to start seeing your property make gains.
First, you will need to take time to research the areas you are considering buying property in. Find out things like what is the economy in that city?, what is the average cost of living?, what are typical rental payments?, and what are the future plans for businesses in the area? If you can find the answers to these questions you will be making a better-informed decision on your property and can hopefully predict its success.
Once you choose a property, it’s a matter of deciding what maintenance you need to do and how you will find long-term tenants. Both of these steps can take time and money. You’ll need to decide if fixing up the property is worth it for the amount of increase in value you can ask for rent. Remember, every month you don’t have a tenant is money you will have to spend to cover the mortgage.
Once you have tenants, it’s important to keep them satisfied with their living conditions if you want them to stay. This will also be helpful when they move and you have to find new tenants. Old tenants can vouch for the quality of living and how the landlord manages the property. This means you need to be available to help and answer phone calls when the tenants have questions or maintenance issues.
Lastly, remember owning a rental property won’t necessarily produce positive net gains right away. Make sure you are in it for the long haul. If this all sounds doable, then what are you waiting for? Start your research on your future investment!


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