No matter how diligent you are about taking care of your rental property, the truth is that the house is going to need repairs sooner or later. Whether it’s the appliances, the central cooling/heating system, or the plumbing, something is bound to need fixing at some point. And depending on the rental agreement you have with your tenant, you may be responsible for fixing them yourself.
Some things will be simple fixes that you can handle alone. Others may require full replacement of the fixture or appliance. But sometimes, it will be your best bet to hire a professional to do the repair.
How do you go about finding a contracted professional that will handle the repair quickly, efficiently, and effectively? We’ve come up with a few tips for you to keep in mind when you’re looking for a contractor for your rental property.
Ask for references
One of the best ways to find someone reliable is to ask other property owners who they have used. Ask for both good and bad experiences, so you know who to try out, and who to avoid.
Don’t resign yourself to a high price from the first person you call. Call a few people and ask for a rough estimate of the cost for your project. Once you have a good idea of what it should cost, you’ll be able to find a good deal.
Check review sites.
Sites like Yelp can be very useful when you’re searching for contractors or small businesses. You’ll be able to see what other people think of the contractor and whether or not they would recommend doing business with that person. Look for contractors who have more than a few reviews, with a rating of 4 stars or more.
Ask plenty of questions.
Before your contractor gets to work, ask exactly what they’re going to do and how much it’s going to cost. Are they charging separately for parts and labor? How long is the repair going to take? When do they expect payment and what forms of payment do they accept? Knowing these things will avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Don’t make rash decisions.
As anxious as you probably are to have the work done quickly and cheaply, you probably shouldn’t base your decisions on who can be there first or who is the cheapest. These people might be desperate for work, meaning they might not be your most competent option. Instead, look for someone who is highly reviewed, reasonably priced, and most importantly, seems to know their stuff.
Use a property management company. Nothing will make repairs easier than having someone else do a lot of the work for you. These companies handle many aspects of property ownership, including payment collection, maintenance, marketing, and more.
Maintenance and repairs on your property can be stressful, especially if they are impacting your renter’s quality of life. By following these tips, you’ll be able to handle these stressful situations in the best way possible.
Real Property Management makes managing your rental property a breeze. Take the guesswork out of renting and let someone else handle the contracts, payments, and maintenance for your property. Contact us today at (480) 719-1243.