10 Costly Mistakes Property Owners Make

Learn how to avoid these common pitfalls in your rental home.

Managing a rental property in Las Vegas is no small feat. From finding the right tenants for your home to handling accounting and maintenance responsibilities, it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed by the responsibilities on your plate. Unfortunately, many DIY landlords also make plenty of mistakes along the way...mistakes that can prove quite costly.

Read through the 10 most common mistakes property owners make below to make certain you don't repeat the same problems in your home.

1. Not Marketing a Rental Home in Advance

Think finding a great renter means slapping up a classified ad and hoping for the best? Think again. Don't miss out on great renters by scrimping on your marketing efforts, which could cause your property to sit vacant for months at a time.

2. Incorrectly Pricing the Monthly Rent

It's important to understand how the market dictates your rental rate. You can't simply set the home's rent at random and hope for the best. Inaccurate pricing may leave you missing out on rental income or make it near impossible for you to find a tenant.

3. Skipping Application Screening

Unless you've screened hundreds of tenants in your day, it's easy to make a bad judgement call on a potential renter. Then, you'll find yourself juggling late payments, complaints, and potentially an eviction down the road.

4. Preparing an Unenforceable Lease

An airtight lease is your best defense, should problems ever crop up in your rental property. It's important to draw up a lease that respects Nevada state law and keeps your interests protected, or you could find yourself paying the price.

5. Letting Tenant Problems Escalate

When something goes wrong, you need to act quickly. Letting a problem spiral can cause huge financial losses and create a nightmare legal situation. As soon as a payment issue or lease violation occurs, you need to jump into action.

6. Underestimating Maintenance Costs

Sky high maintenance costs kill your profitability and create plenty of stress. It's important to do your homework, carefully choose your vendor partners, and review your profits and losses monthly to prevent a negative cashflow situation.

7. Ignoring Housing Ordinances & Local Ordinances

Rental housing laws aren't simply "suggestions" for your property. If you don't carefully monitor legislation that impacts your rental business, you could open yourself up to untold liability and potential legal action.

8. Taking Too Much Time to Respond to Tenants

It can be tricky to respond to tenants quickly, but waiting too long to perform maintenance or answer questions is a surefire way to anger your renter. This can cause higher vacancy and turnover rates and impact your earning potential.

9. Putting Off Renovations & Necessary Repairs

Like any other residential home, a rental property needs to be updated from time to time. Many landlords prefer to put renovations off, due to the cost involved, but this can result in longterm complications or create a maintenance emergency.

10. Having No Backup Plan

What will you do when you're facing personal challenges or you're out of town on vacation? Who handles emergency requests in the middle of the night? Managing without a backup plan could land you in serious trouble.

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If you are a small investor or accidental landlord then you know how difficult owning real estate in Las Vegas can be. Handling the day-to-day needs of your property is a full-time job. From finding the best tenants and collecting rents to answering repair requests and knowing tenant/landlord law, managing a rental property is no easy task. To free up your time or grow your rental portfolio, partnering with a professional property manager is essential but how do you know which company to trust?

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