Kiernan Walshire

Using a Local Property Manager to Limit Your Risk of Loss

Vacation rental property manager

Owning a vacation rental property can be a rewarding source of extra revenue for you. However, if the property you rent out is geographically distant from your home, it can be almost impossible to ensure it is maintained to your standards or to handle emergency situations on the premises without a local property manager there to provide hands-on support. Even if your vacation rental property is just across town, there are many benefits to hiring a local property manager.

What Does a Property Manager Do?

It’s the property manager or management company’s job to make sure the property is well-cared for, clean, stocked with household supplies and that everything runs smoothly for your renters. A local property manager is also typically better able to handle plumbing emergencies, appliance malfunctions and other unexpected issues, especially when the property owner isn't nearby. Good property managers have established relationships with local service providers so you can rest easy knowing that if the furnace or air conditioner breaks or the toilet overflows at 2 a.m. in your rental unit, someone else is handling it.

What Are Other Benefits of Hiring a Local Property Manager?

Hiring a property manager can also demonstrate to vacationers that you are professional, responsible and reliable. Ultimately, creating a better experience for your customers can lead to positive reviews which, in turn, can lead to more bookings and increased revenue for you.

Some property management companies can also handle all of the details related to marketing your vacation property, handling bookings, inquiries, payments, purchase and renew vacation rental insurances, taxes, fees, etc. 

How Does a Property Manager Help Reduce Risk?

From a risk standpoint, hiring a local property manager can also significantly lower your risk exposure. If your property is seasonal, the property manager can handle all of the tasks associated with winterizing your vacation rental property, closing it for the season, and opening it back up when you are ready to begin renting it out again. Some property managers can handle all pool tasks such as opening, closing and routine cleaning. Because property managers are in the business of property maintenance and upkeep, they will periodically check in and can handle vacation rental property off-season emergencies. If there is a broken pipe, a broken window, or another maintenance issue that needs to be addressed, it can be handled promptly. This can help keep your costs down and limit losses.

Can I List a Property Manager as an Additional Insured on a Vacation Rental Policy?

Yes! The appropriate insurance coverage for your vacation rental business, like the coverage provided by CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance, also enables you to list your property manager as an Additional Insured on the policy. Listing your property manager as an Additional Insured provides him or her with the liability protection they need, while giving them the extra incentive to help ensure your property is protected against losses.

Hiring a Local Property Manager Benefits Both You and Your Renters

Enlisting the help of a property manager, especially when you are not geographically near your vacation rental, has a number of benefits that are impossible to discount. From reducing vacation rental-related risks to responding to emergencies to giving you much-needed peace of mind, a property manager might be your answer to a running a successful vacation rental business from afar. 


Protection at all Costs

Property managers can provide you with peace of mind that your short-term rental is being watched and given the attention it needs all the time. To be completely protected, make sure you have the correct insurance coverage to lessen the impact of potential risks. To learn more about protecting your vacation rental business through CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance, request a free quote or speak with one of our insurance experts.

This blog may contain scenarios that are provided as examples only. In an actual claim situation, coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy issued. The information provided is general in nature and may be affected by changes in law or the interpretation of such laws. The reader is advised to contact a professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance, a division of CBIZ Insurance Services,Inc., is the largest insurer of short-term vacation rental properties in the United States. As part of an $850 million New York Stock Exchange traded company (CBZ), we are the first broker to develop specific policy coverage to meet the needs for vacation rental properties and the amenities offered by these businesses. We have insured vacation rental properties since 2002.

The CBIZ Vacation Rental Insurance team knows insurance, specifically the risks and exposures related to short-term vacation rentals.We won't confuse you with technical "insurance speak" ~ our representatives are well versed in explaining your coverage in plain English. With hands-on, personal customer service, we guarantee swift communication and a 24/7 claims team that is ready to respond to your call any time of the day. As specialist in the industry, we leverage our knowledge and passion to ensure you and your business are adequately protected.