This post is one of those that isn’t fun to write or read for that matter, unless you’ve been there and done that. Then you’ll immediately appreciate it.
It WILL happen to you.
Play the Landlord/rental/Property Manager game long enough and it happens. A tenant trashes your property. You have a flooded basement. You have a fire. The proverbial Shit hits the Fan.
It’s easy to panic. It’s easy to lose sleep, to not think clearly. It is tough to regain your sense of control in situations like these, but it can be done. With some advanced thinking and planning, you can and will survive.
Here’s how to protect yourself when SHTF:
Remember back to your childhood. You likely enjoyed playing with Play-doh, right? Remember the extruder toys where you put a ball of your favorite color into it and pressed the handle and out squirmed a shaped snake of Play-Doh.
The extruder works because it focuses pressure through a chosen portal. But, and here’s the important part–it only works when you put just the right amount of muddled-up Doh into it. When you put too much Doh in and press the handle, it blows all over the place, right?
So what the hell does Play-Doh have to do with dealing with rental property crisis and anxiety?
Defeat the issue by Narrowing your Focus. Don’t try and jam too many issues into your mind and physical ability or else you’re gonna blow into a big mess, too. Narrow your focus by choosing to focus only on the items/issues/people you can actually influence or control. Only those items where you can make an immediate difference in the outcome. Literally make 2 paper lists–in one column, write out the things you CAN control; in the other, write the things outside of your immediate control. Then start working on knocking down one issue/trouble item at a time. Pick the simplest items first to gain traction. You’ll gain momentum quickly and witness the positive outcomes arrive at your feet even faster.
Once you have regained some confidence, keep expanding your focus into more areas that need fixing.
Your business deals with human beings and sticks and bricks and toilets and tenants. The Shit will hit the fan…but with a strategy to deal with the ugly situations, you’ll be prepared to cope with it and come out of the experience better off.
P.S. BTW–this method is derived from another name you may have heard of before–Kaizen–where companies apply focus on small, tiny fixes to generate monumental results over time.