San Diego rental property maintenance can become more manageable with a bit of planning and some wise decisions. Here are four ways to decrease your maintenance expenses and promote high tenant satisfaction.
Being ill-prepared for an emergency or maintenance request should not happen to any investment property owner. To avoid this situation, save some cash every month so that when an emergency comes, you’ll be ready for it. Not only that, if you use that fund for emergencies and repair payments, you can also lessen your expenses by not using your credit card and thus avoid interest payments.
2. Be Familiar with Laws and Regulations
Asking a repairperson to fix a problem at one of your properties may seem easy enough. But there are some repairs that require a licensed professional with credentials, and not using such a professional could mean that you are in violation of government regulations. Additionally, for most repairs, communication between the landlord and tenant must be documented in order to avoid lawsuits.
3. Pick up the Phone
No matter what time it is, if your tenant calls, answer the phone. Your tenants will be happy if you respond to maintenance requests on time. Furthermore, you’ll get the opportunity to solve the problem before it worsens. A well-kept property will attract quality tenants for years to come.
4. Prepare for a Show
Before you switch tenants, do all the small yet necessary aspects prior to showing the property. These aspects include switching out filters and light bulbs, as well as performing meticulous cleaning, including carpets and windows. Remember to perform maintenance on all utilities and HVAC. Regularly performing maintenance between tenant turnovers can help keep your investment property in good shape.
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