Property Maintenance Tips for Derbyshire Landlords
Being a landlord is difficult, but if you can stay on top of matters, the process becomes a lot simpler. If you have time, you can manage your property, but many landlords find it easier to call on a local property management service provider to take care of this process. At Koopers, we are more than happy to provide you with guidance or full-on support, and here are some of our best property maintenance tips for Derbyshire landlords.
Prepare the property, so it is easier to manage when the tenant moves in
As with many things in life, the more prepared you are, the simpler something becomes. There are steps you can take before the tenant moves in, which will make maintaining the property much more straightforward. Consider these tips:
- Make the property easier to clean by tiling bathroom floors and walls, and ensuring you have hard-wearing surfaces in the kitchen
- Install ventilation measures, such as an extractor fan, and make sure your windows are in good condition and can be opened and closed fully
- Create a maintenance schedule which includes annual checks and dates where you wish to test or review parts of the property
- Create a rental agreement which details what maintenance a tenant is expected to carry out around the rental property
Communication is vital in maintaining a rental property
You will find developing a good relationship with the tenant is essential in maintaining a property. If problems arise, the sooner they are dealt with, the easier, and often more affordable, it is to manage the difficulties. Therefore, you want your tenant to feel as though they can contact you as and when they need to, and that issues will be dealt with quickly.
Also, be sure to arrange regular visits to the rental property. When the tenant knows you are scheduled to come around regularly, they will ensure the property is maintained to a high standard. Also, it provides you with the chance to see the property for yourself and work out if anything requires to be taken care of.
Don’t opt for quick fixes
While it may be tempting to undertake a quick fix, it is best to resolve a problem as best as you can, as soon as you can. Quick fixes often don’t provide any benefit, and they often make the issue harder to resolve at a later date. Therefore, if there is an issue, no matter how unimportant it appears to be in the grand scheme of things, it will be better for you to fix it there and then, or call on an expert who can help.
At Koopers, we believe maintaining a property is vital, and both landlords and tenants have a role to play. However, we are here to assist you in managing the property, and ensure your rental property is in excellent condition. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you care for your rental property, contact us today.