A property manager is very busy on the road and needs to be able to get as much done without taking unnecessary tasks back to the office.
I believe a property manager should always have a kit they carry with them in the car to be able to do quick and easy tasks that would only take a few minutes. This could save the need to get an owner or tenant to return to rectify an issue and stop you having to go back to the office and contract a cleaner/issue work order for a small job. Most of the time the small task is too big to be ignored otherwise complications will arise later.
Some property managers would argue “Well, I’m not paid enough to be a cleaner!”
My response to this is “No you’re not a cleaner or handyman, but would it take up more time to get the owner/tenant back again or even worse, waste time to get in a cleaner at owner/tenant cost that would normally take you a couple minutes to rectify yourself?”
The point is that it’s all about the little things that are too big to be ignored, but small enough that the most efficient way is to do them yourself and they’re done!
With that in mind, we ran a Facebook post asking our PM audience all the different things they carry in the car.
This list is very comprehensive and its purpose is simply for you to choose what works for you.
Here are 70-plus things you could choose from to place into your PM Car Kit:
Dustpan and brush
Cordless drill and drill bits
One flat head and one Philips head screwdriver
Laser spirit measure
Variety of screws and nails
Hot and cold sticky tap labels
Variety of sandpaper
Sample pot ceiling white paint
Magic eraser (scuff mark remover)
Plastic disposable booties/shoe covers
First aid kit
Bottle of water
Disposable rain poncho
Hand towel and soap
Variety of batteries (AA, AAA, 9V)
Telescopic pole with a mirror
Selfie stick to take pictures of roof and gutters
Blind top clip inserts
Small garden spade/planting tools
Keyrings, tags and labels
Metal spike (hole starter – for ‘for rent’ sign)
For rent sign
Tent peg (for water meter lids)