Advice on renting out a house?

green monopoly house flickr woodleywonderworks ccChris emails:

We're thinking about moving out of state and renting our house in the town of Bethlehem. Can any of your readers recommend a property manager who can be trusted to select good renters and generally do a good job of managing?

Just to expand a bit on the question from Chris, we're curious if people have thoughts/advice on renting out a house in general: property management company vs. no property management company, selecting tenants yourself vs. leaving that to a manager, and so on.

Got a suggestion for Chris? Please share!

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Comments

Highly recommend Isaiah at NGB Management!

Jim Corso of Titan Realty Group

http://www.nytitan.com/property-management/

I'd just set up a lawn care/snow removal service (or make it the tenant's responsibility in the lease) and sign up with something like Williampaid.com. Especially if you do a credit check through experian or one of the other services you can find good tenants on craigslist and a lease at Staples. No reason to throw away $200 plus a month on a property manager for one house. That's my 2 cents anyway. Just have a good handyman at the ready for if (when) stuff breaks and you're gone.

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