Choosing the right rental property software program is not always easy. There are many things you have to take into account. What problems does it solve for you? What is the cost (now and in the future)? What features are you actually going to use? How much of your time will it require (time is money)? Etc…
If you’re simply trying to solve an isolated issue, the rental property software that you choose doesn’t need to be some robust and complicated program. First of all, why pay a high monthly fee or setup fees on a system that you only need a small portion of? Second, an overly robust system may cause you hesitation to use it. It has been my experience that many systems are paid for and then go unused. It’s not uncommon for a landlord or property manager to like the idea of rental property software but then realize the one they purchased is a hassle to use.
Think About the Costs Involved
When it comes to price, you have to take several things into account. If the system is going to require you or an employee of yours to spend additional time working with it, then the cost of that time needs to be figured into the overall cost of the system. $19.95 a month may seem like a great deal until you figure the additional 2-4 hours a week spent working with it. Also, beware of the “Free Trial.” The only way to know whether a system will actually fit your needs is to spend a good bit of time entering info and working with it. The goal of a free trail for this type of program is that you will have so much time invested that you won’t want to go through it again with another program.
Save Time, Money, and Hassle
Network4Rentals.com is a cloud based rental property software program that was designed with time, cost, and ease of use all in mind. There are no “free trials” because the system is always free. After the initial 5-minute setup, data entry does not require any more time because it is cumulative. The system archives your activities as they occur. Quit taking phone calls from tenants and/or making calls to maintenance personnel and then entering that same information into your software program. Network4Rentals.com is the only rental property software program that is truly free and allows everyone to enter in and be accountable for their own information in the system. This can effectively eliminate the “phone” step and save you both time and money.
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