Tenants who have not properly looked after and maintained the property can be a nightmare for any landlord.
As a landlord, it is essential to keep your property in a good condition which in turn helps your house keep its value and reduces the amount of costly repairs you’ll need to do. It also gives your tenant a safe, habitable living environment – which they’re entitled to by law. 0800 HANDYMAN, London’s first mobile handyman service gives their top tips for maintaining your property:
Invest time and money – make sure you dedicate time to keeping your property in good condition and be prepared to pay for its upkeep (it’ll save you expensive repair bills in the long run). It’s a good idea to put aside three months’ rent to cover emergencies, or if your tenants leave. If you own an old property then don’t forget it’s more likely to need more in the way of maintenance.
Shop around – There’s never any point cutting corners and paying less for a shoddy job. But you can get plenty of quotes from reputable tradespeople so you’re getting the most cost-effective job.
Build relationships- You’re likely to work with the same tradespeople time after time, so try to keep your professional relationship friendly and productive. Try to build up a few contacts, so you have someone to fall back on if your regular person can’t handle the job.
Act quickly – Don’t be tempted to let a problem fester in order to save money. It won’t go away and will just end up costing you more.
If you’ve provided furniture and appliances with your property, it’s worth creating an inventory before the tenant moves in to prevent any problems further down the line, and have a well-written tenancy agreement.
Service regularly – Boilers and cookers need frequent servicing to keep them safe – and reduce the chances of anything going wrong.
Carry out regular inspections – You need to inspect your property regularly. Tenants don’t always know how to carry out even basic maintenance on a property, and often won’t tell you about problems until they leave. Regular checks will give you a good idea about the state of your property so you aren’t left with any unexpected surprises!
To make an enquiry or booking with 0800 HANDYMAN, please telephone; 0800 426396 (HANDYMAN) or refer to the website at www.0800handyman.com.