As a landlord, or potential landlord you will naturally want to keep your property in tip-top condition, not just to attract and satisfy the right tenants but also to avoid any costly repair works down the line. So, here are our top-tips for rental property maintenance.
Personally check your property
The best way to ensure there aren’t any disagreements about the status of the property is to make sure you check it thoroughly before your tenants move in. It is important to note that the standard inventory checks will not suffice here, you will need to visit the property and properly check the status of each room as well as its contents.
Remember, if new tenants move into a property that has been well cared for, is in good condition and well equipped, they are more like to want to keep it in the condition they found it in as they know the landlord cares about them and their standard of living.
Fixing problems early will save you money in the long run
It is important to arrange regular property inspections. As well as being a good way to regularly check the condition of your property, visiting the property this is a good way to check up on your tenants and build a relationship with them. Open paths of communication between tenants and landlords are essential to a harmonious tenancy. Regularly visiting the property allows you to keep an eye on any issues with the property when they arise rather than when they have reached a more serious level.
Remember that these inspections and the amount of notice you will need to provide before arriving will need to be written into the tenancy agreement.
Speak to your tenants
When you have selected your tenants, take some time to sit down with them and explain the basic things they should do to keep the property in the condition they found it in. This will include ways to keep the property aerated, where the stopcock is and how to work any white good appliances that come with the property.
Remember, tenants, especially those who have not rented before may not know the basics involved in keeping a property running, it is therefore important to always take the time to teach your tenants how you would like your property to be kept.
Know the law
It is important that you know the law about what is expected of you as a landlord. In 2015 new laws relating to fire safety came into play for landlords, all properties must now be fitted with a long-life or mains-powered smoke alarm system there must also be a carbon monoxide alarm in high-risk areas of the property. It is important that you conduct or know that a complete fire risk assessment of your property has been undertaken.
Remember, we can help you ensure that your property complies with all the latest health and safety regulations.
Hire the right contractors
Even if your property is not managed, there will still be some maintenance issues which you will not be able to deal with yourself, especially electrics, plumbing or large scale refurbishments. This means you will need to have an external contractor on hand to help with your property maintenance.
Remember INEX Property Solutions are accredited by a number of governing institutions including; TrustMark, Gas Safe Register, NAPIT and we are Members of the British Safety Council. This means that you can trust your INEX contractor will provide the highest quality service to you and should anything go wrong all our work is guaranteed for twelve months so you will not have to pay twice.