Own a Second Home? Here's Why You Should Partner With a Property Management Company - R2

Own a Second Home? Here’s Why You Should Partner With a Property Management Company

You finally made the dream of owning a second home a reality. Or, maybe you’ve owned your second property for a while now. Whether it’s for your enjoyment, a long-term investment property—or both—owning a second home can be an exciting adventure! It can also add several line items to your already overflowing to-do list for your first home. 

As a vacation home, your property can be a place to build memories with friends and family, a place to get away from the day-to-day routine, and a place where you can kick off your shoes, relax, and unwind. Whether you visit every weekend or once in a while, a vacation home can provide an escape from the stresses of our otherwise fast-paced lives. 

As an investment property, a second home can provide additional income from others looking to rent your vacation home. As long as the property is well-maintained, watched over, cleaned, and made to feel like a comfortable home away from home, renting out a second home can be an excellent way to bring in some additional income without putting in extra hours at the office. 

However, in either case, owning a second home doesn’t come without a significant amount of work. It requires keeping the place tidy and free of pests. You need to ensure all of the systems and appliances are properly functioning while you’re there and away. The roofing, siding, and back deck must be up to code and in good condition to prevent damage to the home’s interior and ensure the safety of whoever enjoys the property at any given time.

If you own a second home and are overwhelmed by the tasks involved with owning a second property, consider working with a trusted property management company.

What a Property Management Company Can Do For You

A property management company can do many things to help minimize the stress of owning a second home and allow you to enjoy your investment and/or go-to vacation spot.

Rent Collection

As a vacation property owner, you want your guests to have a pleasant experience from start to finish, including the rental payment process. Of course, renters know they will have to pay to enjoy time spent at your property, but it’s not anyone’s favorite topic of conversation. A property management company can take this task off your list and your mind, so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your renters are having a pleasant experience, even while clicking that “Pay Now” button.

Minor (and Major Repairs)

Whether it’s a small repair need as simple as a leaky faucet or something more complex like a pest infestation or a system breakdown, a property management company can help you address these repair needs quickly and efficiently. If left unchecked, minor problems can become much bigger and more expensive. Property management companies often have contractors on call to help with various maintenance and repair issues, so you don’t have to worry about finding a plumber at the eleventh hour.

Exterior Maintenance

One of the most time-consuming aspects of owning a second home can often be keeping up with the many exterior maintenance projects that come up throughout the year. During the winter months, this includes things like gutter and roof cleaning, snow plowing, and shoveling. Year-round, you may need small roof, deck, and siding repairs. During the warmer months, you may want help from a professional with pressure washing for your decks and siding, etc. An experienced property management company can help you with all of these exterior maintenance tasks, so you don’t have to. 

Seasonal Openings and Closings

As the snow begins to melt and the buds appear on the trees, it’s time to start thinking about opening up your home in the NH Lakes Region. If you already have a long list of things you want to do at your primary residence, thinking about prepping your second home for summer can be overwhelming—especially if you don’t live close by. In late spring and early fall, there’s often a need for seasonal furniture set up and take down. Turning over your home to get ready for summer or winter requires a lot of work, but it’s important for keeping your property safe, tidy, and ready for you and your guests to enjoy. Hiring a property management company to handle the opening and closing of your property allows you to minimize the stress associated with owning a second home.

Cleaning and Housekeeping

Keeping up with cleaning and ongoing housekeeping duties for one house is enough work—never mind needing to keep another one tidy and fresh. Your property management company can handle spring cleaning tasks like dusting, mopping, and clearing out cobwebs. They can place fresh sheets and other linens on the beds and hand towels in the bathrooms. They can ensure there’s soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and other household staples for when your first guests of the season arrive. Imagine not having to think about whether your property is ready for your renters; all you have to do is show up!

Home Watch Services

Even if you visit your second home often, knowing it’s being monitored when you’re not there is always nice. Whether you want someone to check the mail, do a periodic walkthrough, or do a more thorough inspection of your property, home watch services are something many property management companies offer. Additional property watch services may include:

Concierge Services

When it’s time for you and your family or friends to enjoy your vacation property, concierge services are a bonus that some property management companies will offer. R2 Property Management takes pride in providing various concierge services to help you enjoy your lake home without worrying about all the little things that need to get done before you arrive. 

Some examples of concierge services include:

When you arrive at your vacation home ready to relax and unpack, the last thing you want to have to worry about is going to the store. Instead, you can have everything you need waiting for you. 

Did you forget to pick up essential prescriptions before arriving at your lake house? Do you need to arrange dry cleaning services for your favorite outfit? There’s no need to head back out. R2 Property Management can help ensure you have what you need.

Do you need assistance with getting your friends and relatives to the lakehouse? Or does someone need to be picked up from or dropped off at the airport or a bus station? R2 Property Management can help coordinate your transportation needs so you can enjoy your time at the lake.

Do you need help with dinner reservations or ideas for fun things to do on or around the lake? Whether you want to explore boating and fishing adventures or create an unforgettable day of fun for you and your guests, we’re here to help. 

Consider Hiring R2 Property Management for Your NH Lake Home

If you own a second home in the NH Lakes Region, consider hiring R2 Property Management to help take as many things off your to-do list as possible so you can fully enjoy your time at the lake and make lasting memories. Let us worry about all the little details so you don’t have to. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you spend your time at the lake on your terms.

I highly recommend R2 Property Management and Concierge Services LLC for Handyman Services. Jeff Reisner, the owner was available by phone or email to discuss the items I needed done and answer any questions I had. Stanley provided excellent service, was friendly and completed the work in a timely manner. I look forward to working with this company again for any Handyman or Landscaping Services.”  – Lynne Lowrey

Over the last 50 years, I have owned several homes in New Hampshire. Supervision and maintenance have always been an important consideration, and relying on someone whom you can trust is the key. I think that Jeff Reisner and his team represent such an organization.”

“The variety of services provided should make the homeowner’s life so much easier. I think that Jeff’s organization fulfills genuine needs – certainly ours!”

“We had R2 do a deep clean for this year’s opening. When we walked in, it was sparkling!!!!! Amber is a superstar⭐️🎉👏 Looking forward to monthly cleanings, and am ready to book for 2023!” – Dain L.

“Jeff and his team have been amazing to work with. They are responsive to requests — which is so rare for contractors in this area. And they deliver an amazingly high quality product at a reasonable price. I strongly recommend them to all my neighbors.” – Bree S.

“We had a great experience working with Jeff and his team. I really appreciated his responsiveness and willingness to work with me to coordinate repairs to our basement (drywall and paint). I am very happy to have found R2 Property Management as we have many more projects for our house in the Lakes Region, and we will continue to work with Jeff to get them done!” – Shannon S.

“R2 Property Management recently installed a new motion faucet, large sink and new disposal for us. I was exceptionally pleased with both their administrative communication and technical skills. Jeff, the owner, was responsive to our needs and Mike, the technician, was very professional.

There were several challenges encountered with the project and each time Mike presented us possible solutions from which to chose. We are thrilled with the final outcome!” – Michelle L.

“Outstanding job this past weekend. Owner/ Jeff was on site to remove road dirt that had built up over years… on a front roadside lawn. Would highly recommend. Will definitely be using his services in future” – Patti C.

“It is so hard to get anybody to actually show up in the Lakes Region. I called Jeff at R2 and they were awesome to deal with. My house had moss and a mildew on the front of it. They came out and pressure washed it within a few days of me calling. Pricing was better than the competition and the they show up when they say they will! They were professional and and come to find out handle a lot of different types of jobs. I will be using them again.” – Ildiko A.
“Over the last few months I have had a chance to work with Jeff Reisner at R2 Property Management. Jeff’s entire stance is on our community, how to bring local businesses together, use them to provide for local customers in a one stop approach. He has an amazing eye for details and only partners with local businesses that have a great reputation. R2 Property Management is nothing but professional and they communicate with you every step of the way. There are no hidden doors like most companies out there, they tell you what they are going to do and deliver it. I look forward to working with Jeff again in the near future.” – Mark W.

“The team at R2 has been amazing to work with — flexible and responsive to all my needs. And the quality of the finished product was superb! I cannot wait to have another project for them to work on” – Bree S.

“Communication between R2 Property Management and our family has been wonderful. Any questions are quickly answered. They listen to worries and concerns and offer other suggestions when items are unavailable and/or need to be changed. I look forward to many years working together” –  Jean S.