My tenant stopped by today and told me that she is moving out at the end of the month. Hmm...I guess I shouldn't quit my job just yet then. I kind of expected it since they were late on the rent so much last year and never did seem to catch up on all of their bills.
I was hoping to have enough money to rip out the carpet and put in tile before the next tenant. Now I will have to decide between new tile and paying the money towards the mortgage. If she had moved out at the end of December I probably would have tried to furnish it and rent it out for the Gem Show. That is funny because I just sold the last of the house furnishings at the garage sale. I think the only stuff I have left are linens and kitchen supplies. That is probably for the best. It is a lot of work to set up a house and I would have spent money on beds, dressers and tables and chairs.
This time I am considering hiring a property manager. I have been lucky with my current tenant because she almost never complained and kept the house very tidy. I don't want to get more tenants like the ones before who trashed my house and I don't want to have to ask anyone for the rent or late fees. That is definitely something to look in to tomorrow. If they can get me more than $750 in rent then a property manager will pay for themselves and I will have one less thing to worry about...assuming I find a property manager I can trust.