• November 15th, 2016 - 
  • Posted by gordonw_CLD

Types of Property Maintenance

One of the most essential aspects of owning a property of any kind is keeping it well maintained. Ultimately, you’ll want to protect your investment and prevent any small problems from escalating.

Your property maintenance schedule is likely to include a variety of different tasks throughout the year. We take a look at different types of maintenance and what you should do keep your property in tiptop condition.

Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance should be the first thing you schedule into your annual diary. Schedule quarterly or bi-annual maintenance visits to check that everything in the property is in good working order.

Do make sure that these visits are specified in the rental agreement and always give your tenants sufficient notice. You will not legally be able to enter the property during the tenancy without their permission.

Whilst, you can’t control how your tenants maintain the property, you can ask them to keep you informed of any issues. Small problems, such as leaking taps or the first signs of damp, can quickly become serious. Keeping an open dialogue with your tenants will help you to quickly get on top of problems.

Preventive Maintenance

Its always-good practice to be one step ahead of major problems that could occur.

Preventive maintenance often refers to the regular maintenance of electrical appliances. This is carried out while the equipment is in working order, to avoid it breaking down unexpectedly. You can schedule appliance checks as part of your regular maintenance visits.

Your preventative maintenance should also include looking at the building as a whole to identify any potential issues. You will be looking to prevent decay, particularly to door and window frames and brickwork. You will also want to keep guttering and drains clear to prevent blockages.

Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance is when you instantly fix a problem; this could be by either mending or replacing the item. These problems can include equipment that has failed, been damaged or is ineffective.

You can’t always avoid reactive maintenance, as you never know when a problem will occur. Despite this, a regular schedule of proactive maintenance should help you keep issues to a minimum.

This form of maintenance can be far more costly than routine maintenance, unless you are able to carry out the work yourself. You may need to call out a workman in the evening or at the weekend, which is likely to carry extra charges.

Nevertheless, having established processes in place, and building relationships with tradesman can help you to minimise both disruption and costs from unexpected problems.

Cosmetic Maintenance

This type of maintenance will usually be done before tenants move in. The purpose for cosmetic maintenance is to make the property look more inviting and homely for new tenants. To make the property look more appealing, you could either keep it simple by adding a fresh coat of paint, or go all out and renovate certain rooms.

Maintenance is an important consideration for landlords and something that should always be prioritised. Focusing not just on one form of maintenance but all four will ensure your property stays in the best possible shape.

Landlords can often find it a challenge to juggle their property maintenance responsibilities, particularly for multiple properties. Investing in maintenance management software, can help you to plan out the maintenance for your property or properties will regular reminders and a clear schedule for your business.

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