PHOENIX PROPERTY MANAGEMENTIt was just another week in Phoenix Property Management for myself. I received phone calls from many investors that do not wish to manage their own properties at this time. You might want to say that they lost that funny feeling. It has been my experience that people burn out at about five properties. It comes to a point when it become a second job with no success.

The mice in this picture seem very innocent. However, mice can cause major damage to a home when left unattended. Plus, they can make messes all over the home. They can reproduce at a high rate. When the cat is away, then the mice will take over a home if left unattended. So, I have noticed when it comes to out of state landlords. We have investors managing their investment homes from out of state and at times out of the country. That is a lot of trust if you ask me.


Here is a picture of a backyard that was under water when we arrived at this unit. I manage other units for this investor. However, this was the last one she handed over to me to manage. She informed me tenants moved out and cleaned it out. So, I was expecting a light clean out and get this unit back on the market for rent.

My guy arrived at this unit this past week to discover the front door was opened. The hot water blew and flooded the downstairs as well as the backyard. Furthermore, the entire unit was trashed with garbage all over that was left behind from the previous tenant. IF THE CAT IS AWAY, THEN THE MICE WILL PLAY AND CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE.




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Comment balloon 20 commentsHarry F. D'Elia • May 12 2012 01:58PM


Suggested for a feature! Wow, that is one mess I certainly would NOT want to have to deal with!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 7 years ago


If there were roaches when the last tenant moved out, there will be 10 fold the number in a month.

If the previous tenant had a pet, there will be about a million fleas in the house in a month.

If the previous tenant had mice, there will be a few new generations in a short time. 

Owners learn after they spend a fortune cleaning up.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Barbara thanks for the vote of confidence

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Lenn you are talking from experience-homes need maintenance and attention

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 7 years ago

DIY landlords who automatically think that a tenant knows how to properly move out are ALWAYS disappointed....move out instructions and guidelines are VERY IMPORTANT

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 7 years ago

I have to agree with you when it comes to move out instructions-mandatory in my book


Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Harry I've got to hand it to you - your job isn't easy.  This investor clearly needs you on her side to get this mess cleaned up and then back to 'managed'.  Hope they have good insurance.  

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 7 years ago

Anna congrats on your feature. Insurance man will be at property on Monday-wowzers!

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 7 years ago


When they know the Landlord isn't watching, that does create a bit of an issue.  Watch over the investment, save money in the long run by hiring a Property Manager!

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 7 years ago

Isn’t it interesting that owners will call in the property manager when things go badly but want to self-manage when all is good?!

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) almost 7 years ago

John I receive two to three calls a week like this one--call me first not last

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) almost 7 years ago

We do property management too and many landlords call us after they are totally disgusted by their properties and tenants.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 7 years ago

This is more than just 'the mice will play'. This was utterly obnoxious. No one deserves this treatment. These tenants aren't mice, they are pigs!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) almost 7 years ago
Larry, the photos are definitely worth a thousand words. If your post does not motivate wavering investors to hire a professional property manager, nothing will.
Posted by Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor, CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436 (Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty) almost 7 years ago

OH dear!  Is that mousie porn? 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 7 years ago


This article illustrates the value of having a property manager for out of state owners.  Property managers are worth every cent they cost.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

I own a number of rental units, on a rare occation do I see a tenant leave a property in bad condition. I consider myself a great landlord and treat my tenants with great respect and they trat me the same way.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 7 years ago

LOL @#15. . I know where your mind is headed to. . .only because I initially though of the same thing.. .


Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 7 years ago

Hi Harry, Yuck! Rodents cause so much damage in the home and outside as well. It is especially dangerous when they gnaw on wires.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 7 years ago

Fortunately this doesn't happen very often(not this bad anyway), however, when Landlords think managing properties is just about collecting rent month after month, they need to think again. Property Management is not an easy task at all. I just took at 7 units and it's a complete mess!! Why is it they call you to clean up the mess and not before the mess started? You get what you pay for!!

Thanks for sharing this with us, I wish ald Landlords could read this!!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 7 years ago