Maintenance and repairs at your Seattle rental home really break into three different categories. There is preventative maintenance, which is what you do to keep your property in good shape and avoid more expensive problems in the long run. There is sudden maintenance that’s needed, such as a broken garbage disposal or a closet door that’s come off its hinges. These are important to fix but they don’t constitute an emergency. Then there are emergency repairs such as a tree crashing onto the roof during a storm or the water heater bursting in the middle of the night. Today, we are focusing on preventative maintenance.
The purpose of preventative maintenance is to take care of small problems while they are small. For example, if you have your heating system inspected at least once a year, you’ll know when something needs to be repaired or replaced before it stops working altogether. When you change your air filters and test your smoke alarms, you’re conducting proactive maintenance that keeps your home and your tenants protected. Don’t avoid these types of maintenance issues. Get them taken care of swiftly. Some landlords and property managers find it helpful to create a schedule so you know exactly when service and check ups are due.
Train your tenants to report their maintenance concerns promptly. This will give you the opportunity to keep up with preventative maintenance and it will also give you an excellent opportunity to inspect the property. Take a look around any time you get the opportunity. Check under sinks for slow leaks and look at tubs and sinks in case caulking is needed. Inspect gutters and roofs as well as windows and doors. Work with your tenant to get maintenance issues taken care of promptly. Regular inspections will help you provide preventative maintenance.
Use Qualified Vendors
Your preventative maintenance should be conducted by people who are qualified. You don’t want to send a painter to inspect the furnace and you don’t need an electrician to clean out the gutters. Send the right vendor for the job, and make sure it’s someone who is licensed, insured and experienced. All of your vendors should be reputable and reliable. It helps to establish relationships with them so they get to know your property and offer you competitive pricing.
Taking care of preventative maintenance issues can be just as important as rushing to the emergencies. Keep your tenants happy and protect your investment by working proactively, inspecting regularly and partnering with the best vendors in the business.
If you have any questions, or you‘d like more information, please contact us at Dave Poletti & Associates.