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Landlording: A Handymanual for Scrupulous Landlords and Landladies Who Do It Themselves Paperback – July 7, 2014
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It's laid out surprisingly like a textbook, with small fonts and long blocks of text that seem to stream together. I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision by the author as it seems to be a rambling style of writing, almost as if he's talking straight to you and jumps in and out of the main conversation. Despite this form of writing, it isn't hard to follow and does feel like a conversation between you and him. Just be prepared with lots of sticky tabs, so you can refer back to the nuggets of insight hidden halfway down on a page. They truly are what made the most sense to me, but I'm going to have a hard time finding them quickly as I wasn't prepared with tabs to be able to refer back to. I'm going to have to do a second full read-through, and fortunately I don't mind another read through. I'll probably be doing many re-reads to absorb all the information I can.
This book is especially great for those who are still on the fence about landlording. It will give you hints and tips about what makes a great landlord and how you can avoid making mistakes early on that you will regret later. It will also point out difficulties that most authors or late-night sellers will tell you. It gives factual information that isn't so much a secret in the landlording process, but ones that tend to be glossed over or even failed to be mentioned at all. I've also purchased and read "Property Management Kit For Dummies", and "Buy It, Rent It, Profit!: Make Money as a Landlord in ANY Real Estate Market". While these books do give you some good information, and a different perspective of landlording, they tend to gloss over some important bits that "Landlording" covers in detail. They almost feel like that late-night ware hawker who will give you all the great information you need to know and leave out some important details that you wish you had before jumping in head first. Basically, just enough rope to hang yourself with.
Those of you who are wondering if this product contains a cd with all the forms, wonder no longer. This book does NOT contain a cd for your computer. The author made a decision to only allow the electronic forms to those who sent in a redeemable coupon at the back of the book via e-mail. So if you're the first person who purchases this book and cuts out the coupon, you can send it in and receive all the forms and the demo copy of Pushbutton Landlording via e-mail. Honestly I would have preferred a cd version, so I could always have it available in case my computer crashed or something.
One tip alone saved me from a disaster when one of my tenants complained about bed bugs and showed me the welts from the bites. Normally I’d give him an insecticide and tell him to spray, but I learned from the book that bed bugs aren’t like other household pests. They hide and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices, so spraying the ones you happen to find won’t kill the ones in hiding. They will multiply and migrate from unit to unit, sucking blood everywhere they go. If they’re not completely exterminated by somebody competent when they first appear, they’ll spread and require an entire building to be evacuated and either heated to more than 122 degrees for at least an hour and a half or else tented and fumigated at enormous expense.
The book is over 500 pages of good practical advice with a lot of forms thrown in. Some are new, like the Household Pest Agreement that covers bed bugs, and some are old, like the Rental Application Instructions that help applicants understand the rental application and what you do with it.
I used to copy the blank forms in the back of the book on a copy machine, but now I don’t have to unless I want to. I used the coupon in the back of the book to have them emailed to me free of charge so I can use them with a word processor and a spreadsheet program.
I think of this book as “A Guide for Rental Property Owners to Prosperity and Happiness--Dodging Bullets Along the Way,” and I’m glad I have a copy of this new edition to consult whenever I need answers to my landlording questions.
I’d give the book a lot more than five stars if I could. Since I can’t, five stars will have to do.
The book itself is humorous but tedious reading. extreemly small print and wordy as the dickens = takes a long time to get to a point. Advise is good, forms are good, but better still is another book.
REVIEW UPDATE: looks like they saw my first review because this morning i received an email from "TransferBigFiles.com" that said 'they noted I aint used their stuff' and gave me to the 9th to use it. I followed their link and with some button pushing finally got the forms they promised. Looks like good stuff, just wish it did not require the Amazon review to kick them in the rear to fulfill their promise.
Bottom line; it is a good book full of good information but would be my second choice. I suggest buying the other one first; then if you are starved for humorous rehash and a lot of small print nitty gritty go for this one.
Because they read the reviews and were motivated to uphold their promise on a fine line deadline i up their score to a 2 1/2 star.