Property Managers are different. While many of the services they offer may seem the same, each company is different and how they deliver these services and your experience and interaction with them will vary.
First, ask some relevant questions that will help you understand the basics about how they will care for your home. Then understand their communication style – that’s a big deal. You are out of the area and don’t have direct contact with your home so make sure they deliver a high level of communication to you and to your tenant. It’s got to be a good fit for both you and the property manager.
Look beyond just price and make sure you compare similar services and whether you feel you TRUST this company. After all, this is one of your biggest assets and trust is important. In the end, your gut will tell you which company is the clear winner for you.