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4 ways attending a conference can benefit your property management career

Being a property manager is hard work – you’re always juggling a dozen different tasks on a hectic schedule. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day commitments that you forget to focus on the bigger picture -where your career or business is headed. Attending a conference is the perfect excuse to get away from the office. They keep you informed about current trends and emerging technologies within the property management field.  

Nothing beats face to face communication  

Reading online articles and blogs alone is not enough to give you a full understanding of what’s happening within your field. Nothing beats immersing yourself in an environment that is designed for the sharing of expertise from industry leaders. Being in such a social environment is much more engaging compared to reading something off a screen. Conferences also offer interactive displays and product demonstrations that can’t be found elsewhere. This hands-on experience allows you to make informed decisions on what new tools you want to incorporate into your work.  

Knowing the right people gets you places  

Most of us will have realised by now that it’s not always what you know that gets you up the career ladder but who you know. Conferences are the ideal place to meet a range of people who specialise in different areas within property management – investors, contractors, software developers, commercial developers, consultants and thought-leaders. Sharing ideas, knowledge (and business cards) with fellow attendees can be immensely beneficial to your career and business. Sparking a conversation could lead to a long-term partnership.  

Put yourself in front of potential clients  

Conferences are a powerful vehicle for marketing if you know how to put your best foot forward. Practice your one minute “elevator pitch” – the purpose is to communicate your goals and interests in an engaging way. Do some research beforehand on who will be attending the conference. Connect with the people who will be interested in what you have to offer, hand them your business card. By impressing the right people, you’ll be able to attract more clients through referrals and word of mouth. If you’re new to the networking scene, start by talking to the people next to you before or after presentations and during breaks.  

Get inspired by new perspectives

Finally, keep in mind that it doesn’t always have to be about work – go enjoy yourself! By simply exposing yourself to new ideas, you’ll feel inspired to take on a fresh approach that can revitalize your business. Some time away from the office can also save you from burnout. So next time a conference invite comes around, don’t turn it down.  

Speaking of which, the RETG Conference Tour is happening right now across Australia. Learn and network with some of the country’s most esteemed players in the Property Management space including Alan Hashem, the founder of Inspection Manager. Get real insights into their expertise across a range of topics such as emerging technologies, lead generation, efficiency, profile building and how to rapidly grow your business. Click here to find out more about dates and locations. Don’t forget to come visit the Inspection Manager stand when you attend! 

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Have you missed any of these red flags during a routine inspection?

Routine inspections are a big part of a property manager’s day to day job.

Along with the millions of other tasks they’re expected to complete, it can be tempting sometimes to rush inspections and assume everything is fine. No doubt this often leads to some serious problems down the line, especially if tenants are hiding bad or illegal behaviour.

You can never be too careful when it comes to routine inspections. At Inspection Manager we compiled a list below of red flags you should be on the look-out for.

The drug house

It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare – their house becoming a meth lab for Walter White wannabes. Fortunately, there are a number of telltale signs of tenants cooking something other than food.

  1. The property is starting to look like a high security prison. Bedrooms, sheds, garages are always locked and non-accessible during inspections. There are deadlocks and alarms to interior doors, surveillance cameras installed and bars on windows.
  2. You notice water stains, damage to ceilings, and an unusually high water bill.
  3. There is a hazy mist in the premises, exhaust fans are installed without permission, or makeshift ones are present.
  4. You think you’ve walked into a high school chemistry lab – there are glass flasks, beakers, rubber tubing and lots of chemicals.
  5. You find small plastic bags lying around. They could be coin bags or bags suited to hold small pieces of jewellery…or drugs.

Illegal subletting

Airbnb has become a major trend in recent years and unfortunately so has illegal subletting. Some tenants have been raking in extra cash on the side by illegally sharing the house with tourists and holiday-makers. Meanwhile, landlords are faced with additional wear and tear on their property, the cost of uninsured property damage and liability for any accidents on their premises. Make sure you watch out for the following signs of illegal subletting:

  1. Your tenants are requesting an extra set of keys and are vague about the reason.
  2. There are no personal photos on display anywhere around the house.
  3. The property looks too neat and “too good to be true”.
  4. There is extra rubbish, clothing or bedding, for example, pillows, duvets, suitcases or extra toothbrushes.
  5. The level of wear and tear to the property is unusual considering the number of tenants and duration they’ve been there.
  6. The neighbours are complaining about how many people are coming and going from the property. 

Hidden damages

Sometimes tenants (after a massive rave on the weekend) think they can get away with hiding the damage – holes in the walls, cracks on the table, or burns on the couch. Here’s how to find out if there are hidden damages at the property:

  1. Check behind towels that could be strategically hung to cover damage.
  2. Move over pot plants that are placed in the middle of the kitchen bench tops (they could be covering a large crack or stain).
  3. Look underneath calendars or posters to check for hidden damages to walls.
  4. If you notice the curtains are tied up, it’s best to inspect them for stains or holes.
  5. Have a look under furniture or rugs that have been moved awkwardly into unusual places (maybe to cover something).

A furry secret

We all love our furry friends, but landlords don’t if they’re an unauthorised pet. Furry residents always leave behind little signs of their existence:

  1. Pet hair stuck to the back of curtains and on the bottom of furniture, or in the curtain tracks.
  2. Pet smells.
  3. Animal faeces, kitty litter, yellow urine stains on carpet or lawns.
  4. Pet food bowls, toys or blankets.
  5. Pets locked in cars.

Now that you’ve read through all these signs of lease-breaching behaviour, it’s almost impossible for you to be fooled during your next routine inspection. Snap some photos of those red flags on Inspection Manager and send them to us (and the landlord).

We’d love to see what crazy things you find!

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