For reasons that I won't go into, I am probably going to have to relocate for quite a while. This will be for at least three years, but could turn into five (or even more).
This means that I am going to have to move our of my place. I want to hang on to it, at least until I see how things pan out, because it's in a good area, a house I like, and it's more than likely that I will move back here at some point.
So I want to tenant it on an investment basis, on a basis that at least cover the outgoings, and hopefully some more besides. I'm not looking to screw the most I can out of someone on a short-term basis, I want to make a reasonable return on the investment, but also get good tenants who will take care of the place even if this means I don't necessarily get top dollar. Because I don't want the hassle of dealing with tenants, I will probably use a professional property manager.
I also want a decent property manager who will do inspections and proactively manage things, which i am obviously prepared to pay a fair rate for.
So, I'm interested in any tips on how to select a good property manager and/or tenants, and any recommendations (for and against) property managers (Wellington region).