Maintenance should always be a given for property management. As nice as it would be for a property to always be in perfect condition, the reality is that, at some point, you will need to have maintenance done. These are some of the most common repairs we've found that a tenant will request.
Since we use our appliances very frequently, often everyday, it's no surprise that they are expected to break down once in a while. There are a lot of moving parts inside an appliance, so when something breaks down, it can be one of many things. You'll want a trusted appliance vendor to check out issues because they can tell you if you can fix it or if you need to buy a new one.
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Often, this is an issue with a hot water heater. Depending on the type of hot water heater, it can be an issue with the whole heater, the burner or the element. You can have the water heater serviced occasionally, where a plumber will inspect and clean the system. This may need to happen more often if you have especially hard water or don't have a water softener.
Whether the leak is from pipes, connections or faucets. Continual leaking left unattended can cause major damage that can costs lots of money. Many times, leaks under the sink are from either the supply line or the drain the line, and much of the time, leaks are caused from pipes not fit together properly. And, if faucets are dripping water, you may just need to replace the rubber washer in the faucet itself. Though they may not always be an expensive or difficult fix, it is imperative the fixes are made properly. Otherwise, you'll be fixing it again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.
Garbage disposals are a great perk for renters, but they can be a pain for landlords when they need regular repair or replacement. Many times, the issue is from the wrong types of food being put down there. Learning how to extend the life of your garbage disposal can help save you hundreds!
The toilet itself is typically made of long-lasting porcelain, but the inner workings are often not so durable. To prolong the life of your toilets, you may want to replace the inner mechanisms every few years. It is less expensive to repair or replace broken parts to a toilet than to replace the whole thing.
If a furnace stops working, it could be one of many different issues. If your tenant says their furnace is going out, you should send an HVAC technician out as soon as possible. For preventative maintenance, you'll want to have your unit serviced twice a year by a certified HVAC technician.
Paint is a cosmetic issue for rental properties, but it is worth mentioning because you should be prepared to repaint every 5 or so years. Some of the biggest complaints from tenants when viewing properties are about condition. Scuffed or damaged paint makes a house look like its worse condition than it might be. And nice, new paint can make a home look brand new, perfect condition. Every 5 tenants or every 5 years, you may want to consider repainting to give your property a fresh new look.
Who Can Help Me?
You don't need to go at it alone. Hiring a quality property manager to inspect the condition of your property can save you tons in maintenance costs. A good inspection process can detect potential issues before they cause more damage. To learn more about how a property management company can help, use this guide.