Property maintenance is one of your most important jobs as a landlord or rental property owner. When you work with a professional property management company, you don’t have to worry about making landlord repairs yourself. Today, we’re talking about professional maintenance so you know which repairs are critical in your rental property.
Property Management: In-House Maintenance and Vendors
Some management companies have an in-house maintenance team. This can be beneficial to owners because it often saves time and money. At CrossPointe, we just hired two in-house maintenance experts who can quickly respond to repair needs at the properties we manage. It’s easier to coordinate with tenants when we use our own maintenance people, and we can keep costs down for our owners. If a repair is needed that requires a specialist, we will outsource the work to one of our preferred vendors.
Landlord Repairs: Preventative Maintenance and General Wear and Tear
Preventative maintenance is an important way to preserve the condition of your investment and avoid costly repairs. If you defer simple maintenance items or put off small repairs, you’ll end up with a larger problem that will be more complicated and expensive. Wear and tear is pretty normal for rental properties, and if you stay on top of preventative property maintenance, routine inspections, and the regular servicing of things like furnaces and air conditioning units, you’ll keep your home in good shape. Get a contract for things like pest control, gutter cleaning, roof inspections, and HVAC servicing. Taking care of these things every year will ensure all the functions of your property continue to operate efficiently and properly.
Landlord Repairs: Emergency Property Maintenance
Even well-maintained properties will have emergencies occur. When emergency repairs are needed, landlords need to respond immediately. Make sure your tenant has your contact information or the contact information for your property manager. You’ll need a reliable list of vendors who will be willing to respond after hours; whether it’s the middle of the night or a holiday weekend. You don’t want to be scouring Google for plumber at 3:00 in the morning when your tenant has called to report that the water heater has exploded.
Pay attention to property maintenance, and don’t put off the necessary repairs. Neglect will cause your property to deteriorate quickly, frustrate your tenant, and increase your maintenance expenses.
If you need any help maintaining and managing your home, please contact us at CrossPointe Management. We’d be happy to help you.