When you are a landlord, it can be a challenge to maintain your property correctly. Often, you are relying on your tenants informing you of any issues. Luck will sometimes be in your favour, and you will have tenants who are proactive about maintenance issues. However, it’s far more likely that you by the time any issue is reported, it has become a bigger problem, or it is something that you will figure out yourself. Therefore, it is worth knowing a few property maintenance tips which should help to keep your property in great condition and an excellent place to live for tenants. Read on to find out more.
1. Keep In Touch With Tenants
The best (and easiest) way to stay on top of household maintenance is to keep in touch with the tenants. You will not want to be bothering them constantly, but when the tendency starts, you should encourage them to get in touch straight away with any issues – no matter how big or small. It is then a good idea to check in quarterly and to pay a visit to the property from time to time. However, these visits will need to be written into the tenancy agreement.
2. Educate Tenants
Following on from this, make sure that at the start of every new tendency, you provide them with an information pack which details what they need to do and who to contact when there is any kind of problem. When people are new to renting, they may not know basic household maintenance, so it is always a good idea to educate them. Information pack should contain information such as:
- Where the stopcock is
- Where the circuit breaker is
- How to use the central heating
- How to minimise/get rid of mould
- How to test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
3. Have Contractor Contact Details Ready
When there is an issue at the property, you will want to act swiftly and use the services of the best people in the area. If there is an issue with the septic tank, for example, then you will need to find the best septic tank emptying services and doing your research in advance so that you can immediately get the best company around can make all the difference. You should also have numbers for plumbers, electricians and locksmiths. Building relationships with these contractors could help you to get a better deal too.
4. Know Fire Safety Laws
Fire is the biggest threat and a huge concern for all landlords. It is essential that you are aware of what the fire safety laws are and to take the correct steps to make sure that you are compliant. Additionally, you should always conduct a fire risk assessment at every property and educate tenants on what to do in case of a fire.
It is crucial that you are on the ball when it comes to property maintenance as a landlord. It can be difficult because you are reliant on your tenants, but by educating them and making it easy for them to contact you with any issues, it should help you to keep the property well maintained and to deal with any problems before they become significant problems.