Engelo Rumora blog on 3 top ways to maximize return on your investment property and keep tenants payingEvery investment comes with some degree of risk. Typically, the bigger the risk, the greater the return, but what if you were to simply reduce the risk on the front end of every investment by doing three simple things?
Now, I can’t guarantee this will work on the stock market, but in my experience it works very well with real estate.

I have said many times over that you make your money, your true return, when you buy and not when you sell. A buy and hold is the only way to make a residual income that can be calculated and even secured by your investment potential. All of this being said, be proactive.

It all adds up!

Most investors purchase a property with a certain rental $$$ expectation in mind. $400 per month, $600 per month or $1,000 per month – doesn’t really matter unless you can get someone to pay that amount to inhabit the property. We all know that finding and keeping those tenants is the key to making all those return on investment numbers work. Here are my tried and true top three ways to keep them staying and keep them paying.

No. 1 – The insulation fix

When you purchase the property or after a tenant vacates and you have a breather, spend the extra money and insulate the walls and attic space. The average 1,200-square-foot home is not adequately insulated and we have great, inexpensive products out there to do so. By filling in the gaps in the walls and by laying down a nice bed of the blown-in-stuff in the rafters, you will greatly reduce the heating and cooling cost of the property.

One of the most common excuses that I got when the weather started getting colder was that the tenant had to pay a heating bill so they couldn’t afford to pay the rent. In some areas you can’t even evict a tenant in the winter months. Keeping the bills low by insulating ensures that the rent is paid in full and the tenant stays longer.

No. 2 – The plumbing fix

The most common and costly issue to deal with is a plumbing fix. The “emergency rates” that most plumbers charge compare to the rates of my cardiologist. Even if the solution only takes 15 minutes, you still get charged for at least an hour with the service call on top of that. Again, be proactive. Replace the water feed lines with PEX and put in plenty of shut-off valves for repairs.

Replace the waste lines with PVC and ensure you have at least one clean out. Seal the toilets with caulk, seal the drain connections with plumbers putty and cap off any unused gas lines. Re- plumbing a home usually takes about three days with PEX, but the money and time are well worth every penny. It only takes one call at 2 a.m. with a screaming tenant because water is “just spraying from everywhere!” and getting the $1,000 bill days later to really clear your thinking.

No. 3 – Be responsive to tenants

The last tip is really the most difficult for some investors who would just like to collect a check. Really, it’s the most important. Be responsive. Communication with your tenant will make or break your investment. If you want to stay hands off, ensure that your property management company is engaged and makes regular visits. I have witnessed investors lose the entire property due to vandalism and vacancy because they were not communicating or making regular visits to the property.

Even in great areas where rents for single-family homes are high, life happens. Couples split up, people lose their jobs and family members become ill. In all of these scenarios, resources are strained and pride gets in the way so you may never know until it’s too late. The family you had living in your $1,200 per month single-family home with three beds and two baths, who were just there two months ago, but didn’t mail you a rent check this month, are nowhere to be seen. When you do visit your property, a man that goes by “Uncle Chuck” and his two hounds are staying to “keep an eye on it for you.” Needless to say, this can be avoided by simply developing a relationship with your tenant and checking up at least twice a month.

These three tips were learned the hard way, by paying the price of not being proactive. Like I said above, keeping tenants happy and paying is the key to return on your investment. The area, the property class, multifamily or single family – it’s all the same. Reducing your risk on the investment at the front end will make you more of a return with fewer 2 a.m. phone calls and to me, that is PRICELESS!

Visit Engelo’s site here.

[hs_form id=”4″]

Categories | Article | Topics
Tags |
  • Engelo Rumora

    Engelo Rumora, aka “The Real Estate Dingo," is a successful property investor, motivational speaker and serial entrepreneur who quit school at the age of 14 and played professional soccer at 18. He also is a soon-to-be-published author and aspiring host of his own real estate house flipping show. To date—and against huge odds—Engelo has been involved in over 350 real estate deals worth $50 million in transactions along with successfully founding and running five businesses in Ohio. The most prominent of those is List’n Sell Realty, a Toledo-based discount real estate brokerage offering a “first of its kind” referral program in the nation. Visit www.listnsellrealty.com for more information. You can contact Engelo at engelo@ohiocashflow.com or visit www.ohiocashflow.com.

Related Posts


Submit a Comment