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Once you answer that nagging impulse in your heart telling you that you need a change, then there are some action steps you can take to get you headed in the right direction.  This exceprt from our book; “Mange To Make Money . . . with a Career in Property Management” should prove to be helpful.  I hope you enjoy it!


So you’ve decided that a change in career path is for you.  You are not alone in that thought.  From time to time, our economy will help us to see that our career path may be leading to a brick wall . . . or a dead end . . . QUICK . . . turn or make a change before you crash!

Making that determination is an important step, but, now what?!  Moving into a different area of discipline can be challenging. What is the next step in pursuing a new career . . . a career in property management?

Let’s roll up our sleeves and see.

The first step is to explore what other careers you might be interested in.  Our opinion is that we can all do OK in a career that is not necessarily in our gift set.  What does that mean?  Well, I believe that we were all created with gifts and natural talents that are unique to each of us.

For instance, I am well equipped for managing processes, I am creative, I am a good speaker and enjoy teaching people things that I know.  Now, if I decide that I want to be a doctor, beside the obvious void in my education, do I have the God-given gift to be a doctor?  Do I have the aptitude to understand the stuff I would need to learn in order to be a doctor?  The answer in my case is a resounding NO.

Think with me for a minute about people who are in the wrong career paths.  We’ve all run into them; they don’t really like their job and we are an imposition to them for expecting them to do their job.  You know the cranky store clerk, the non-helpful customer service person.  I’m not talking about someone having a bad day, I am talking about someone who is terminally unhappy in their job or in the wrong career.  That would probably be me if I chose to pursue being a doctor!

The first step in this direction is to identify what it is you were gifted to do.  OK well, that is like asking someone “how long is a string?”

We have created a short little construct to help you identify what it is you like to do.  Now, it is impossible to learn all of our gifting from one little construct.  Our gifts are like a treasure hunt; we have gifts that we may not discover for years.  For instance, Kris and I only learned that we love teaching just a few years ago.  But I have to say this; it was after a great deal of self-discovery coupled with chance.

You can only find this construct and other self-evaluation tools in the appendix of chapter 3 of our book.  You may purchase the book as well as many other helpful property management tools at our web site:

Thank you for reading!


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Renovating your Rental Property – Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Renovating your rental property is all about well . . . marketing.  The goal in marketing your property is to make the property “POP” for your prospective tenants when they first walk in the door.  When you are renovating or updating your property how do you make it POP without breaking the bank or spending unnecessary cash?  This article will walk you through some strategies for getting the most bang for your renovation buck.

When you are updating or renovating your Rental property, you are also committing to make a substantial investment.  Think about the term “update”, it actually means bringing the property up to date so that you can charge the maximum rent for it in a competitive market.  You want to be sure that you put your money where your prospective Tenants will appreciate it most.

First and foremost, get that cottage cheese (acoustic) off of those ceilings!  Now, this may involve some asbestos removal but it is well worth it for the major change it will make to your property.  An option to scraping the ceilings is to “skin” them.  There are actually some lightweight products out there that you can apply over the acoustic.  You tape, texture and paint it just like drywall and again, the effect is great!

Next is to restore those tired and dull fiberglass tubs and showers with epoxy paint.  This is a simple process and they can fill any chips, dents or cracks.  You will have a wide selection of colors to choose from and the cost is very reasonable . . . around $150.00 per tub or shower.  You will want to have a professional do your tub restoration as the product is highly toxic.  Just look for tub restoration on line or in the yellow pages.

Now, it’s time to resurface your double dark 1970’s cabinets with a lighter color.  You can do this the traditional way with enamel paint or glaze and that works well enough.  We have found though, if you are going for a solid color, ask your tub restoration guy to do it for you.  The epoxy paint will last longer and will not chip and crack like enamel paint is inclined to do.

Next, hardware; update all the old door knobs, towel bars and toilet paper holders with the latest finishes; bronze or brushed nickel (note: be sure to do this BEFORE you paint).  You can typically replace all of the hardware in a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home for between $200.00 and $300.00 from a big box store.

Now you are ready to update your light fixtures.  When you match them to your new killer hardware, it ties the look of the property together in a great looking package that your prospective tenants will love.  Our experience is that the big box stores are your best resource for these products for price and selection.

In conclusion: Remember that renovation is part of marketing your property for lease and you want to make the best impression that you can.  Be sure to get the most bang for your buck by putting your money into the things that will WOW your prospective tenants the most!

If this information was helpful to you, see our short video on the same subject:

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