• February 22nd, 2017 - 
  • Posted by gordonw_CLD

Property Maintenance Mistakes

We all make mistakes, its only natural, but sometimes our mistakes can cost more than we could have imagined. For a Landlord making sure that their property is running smoothly is the most important part. You need to make sure that your tenants are living in a safe environment.
Wanting to cut back on costs can lead to many mistakes. Most of the time this method can backfire on you and end up costing more than first thought.

No Regular Maintenance

One of the most common mistakes a landlord can make it not having any regular maintenance scheduled. This is important, as you are able to see and fix any potential problems before they happen. If you don’t notice these problems before they happen they could end up costing you a fortune to fix in the future.

Doing it yourself

Unless you are a professional, undertaking maintenance work yourself is never a good idea. Not only could you cause more damage but it could end up costing you more to repair the problem than if you were to hire someone in the first.
Basic maintenance is fine for you to tackle yourself. For example you don’t need to be an expert to paint and decorate a room, although you will need to have a basic knowledge of decorating.

Inexperienced Contractors

Similar to doing basic maintenance yourself, hiring someone who isn’t experienced will probably end up costing more than you first imagined. Not only will they probably do something wrong but they could take even longer to do a bad job.
You might think that £15 an hour is really cheap, but when that person doesn’t know what they’re doing and take over 8 hours to complete a job, that can then cost you around £120. A professional might cost around £50 an hour but they will get the job done in a realistic amount of time.

Being Organised

The life of those in property management can be a chaotic one. With a million things to do it’s easy to miss a few things off the list. That’s where being organised plays an important role. Make sure that you have a list of all the tasks that will need to be done, you can always add to this list as new tasks come up.
It is vital that you look after your property and have regular maintenance checks. Investing in property maintenance software as well as maintenance management software can help keep you on track with those regular maintenance checks.

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