How Well Do You Know These 4 Core Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

All of us are well-versed in what property management is designed to do for our tenants and our investment properties. When we consider property maintenance, we usually think of those responsibilities: fixing or replacing broken appliances, changing locks and performing major repairs.

At the most basic, core level, owners and managers are required to provide a habitable space for tenants. What this means can vary based on local law, but these standards always involve things like safety, health, and cleanliness. Some tasks, however, don’t necessarily always fall to property management. Your tenants have responsibilities, too.

While they may not be vital to the habitability of the property, there are things tenants have to do. Sometimes those lines can get blurry and cause contention: so let us clarify.

Remember that these guidelines are typical and may vary under different legal regulations.

4 Core Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities...

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Topics: property maintenance, tenant maintenance responsibilities

4 Steps to Protecting Your Investment Property from Heat and Humidity

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Summer isn’t all fun and games. For many of us (especially in the Southern and Southwestern U.S.), summer can get unbearable. Heat, whether dry or humid, demands a conscious effort to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated.

People aren’t the only things that can be damaged by sun, heat and humidity. Properties can also be worn down by harsh summer heat. Just like in winter, we have to be mindful of how temperatures can pose problems for our investment properties.

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Topics: property maintenance

[VIDEO Included] 3 Strategies For Preventing Maintenance Disasters!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Rental Property Maintenance

No one likes to do it and no one likes to pay for it. As real estate investors, staying on top of property maintenance is a key way to keep your tenants content and build a reputation as an investor who cares for their business. Even when you have property management handling the nitty-gritty details and hands-on aspects of property maintenance, that doesn’t mean investors can ignore maintenance and simply rely on that management company.

Smart real estate investors stay in front of property maintenance by accepting it as a capital expenditure (capex) that is going to always be there.  Maintenance is what prevents major issues and when issues arise, whether you landlord yourself or use a management company, time and action are vitally important.  The longer we wait as real estate investors to address maintenance issues, the bigger the problems become and the bigger bite they take out of our check books.

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Topics: property management, property maintenance

Protecting Your Investment Property When Your Tenant Won’t Speak Up

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Feb 12, 2015

One off the number one reasons people are drawn to renting is the idea of a maintenance-free lifestyle. Yes, not having to deal with broken appliances and property upkeep is an alluring notion for many. For real estate investors, though, when buying investment property, dealing with property maintenance can be a big pain. While particularly big repairs always hurt the wallet, the fact is that any maintenance task takes time and effort to properly address.

The sooner you catch a problem, the sooner you can fix it. So what’s a landlord or property manager to do when tenants keep things to themselves?

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7 Ways to Maintain Great Winter Curb Appeal

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Winter. It can be a magical wonderland that conjures up images of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at one’s nose, but more often than not, winter can get downright dreary. Whether it’s slushy, dirty snow, brown winter grass or bare tree branches, winter can hit your curb appeal hard.

I came up with a list to help turn the dreary winter look into a tidy and well-kept property.  These ideas can help properties rent quicker and at a higher rate.  Just because winter is dreary does not mean our real estate investing properties have to be!

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Topics: property maintenance

Want to Save Money in the Long Run? Attentive Property Management!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 25, 2014

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’ve been letting property maintenance slide, you might be throwing money away. Property management isn’t something that real estate investors really like to deal with — but it’s a necessary element to any investment.

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Topics: rental properties, property management, property maintenance