Imagine if you could drift away for a few years to travel the world. That would be exciting until you come back and see the shape of your rental properties.
They might look run-down, worn, and unlivable without proper maintenance coordination.
Fortunately, there's a solution! Hire a property management firm to manage your properties. Your contract can include all the necessary tasks, including the maintenance.
But does it always include maintenance? Not always, as it depends on the contract. Keep reading to learn more about how this works with rentals.
The Difference Between Maintenance and Repairs
First, understanding the difference between maintenance and repairs is vital. These two tasks are both important but different.
Property repairs are tasks you do when things break. They can include fixing broken plumbing pipes or faucets. They include repairing electrical outlets and fixtures when they break.
Repairs occur when things break or stop working properly. Maintaining your property is different.
Maintenance involves tasks that keep the property in good working order. Maintenance also includes updating things when needed, such as cabinets and doors. Maintenance can also include operational duties.
Understand the Key Duties of Maintenance
Rental properties need property maintenance all year. However, the tasks differ. For example, you can follow these fall maintenance tips for fall activities. You can also have a list for spring, summer, and winter.
Here are some of the tasks your property needs:
- Apartment inspections
- Lawn services
- Light bulb replacement
- Smoke detection tests
- Move-out and move-in inspections
Rental maintenance services are the tasks you schedule for your properties.
You may have weekly maintenance tasks to complete. Lawn care and snow removal are examples of weekly maintenance tasks.
You might also have monthly tasks you complete. An example of this might be to change light bulbs or test smoke detectors.
You might also have annual tasks, such as property inspections. Additionally, use a schedule to handle the major maintenance tasks, including cabinet replacement. You might do this every ten years.
Choose the Level of Services You Want
Keeping up with the maintenance is challenging. This is especially true when you own a lot of properties. That's why many people outsource it to a property management company.
You can pay someone else to do the work when you own rental properties. They'll do whatever you pay them to do.
For example, you can hire them to handle your tenant activities. This might include marketing units and screening applicants. It could also include signing leases and collecting security deposits.
You can hire them to handle your maintenance and repairs. In this case, they would handle everything the units needed.
You'll pay for the services you hire them to do, and they'll complete all the services you hire them for.
Need Help With Your Maintenance Coordination?
Maintenance coordination and tasks are crucial for every rental property. Yet, determining what to do and doing it is a lot of work!
Let us help! At Advantage Property Management Services (APMS), we can help. We've helped this community since 2010 and have experience with all types of rentals.
Our team of experts can assist with tenant selection, property repairs, and maintenance.
Are you ready to learn more? Reach out to us today to speak with one of our experts.