As we edge closer towards summer, it’s a great time to take a look at any properties you own and consider what maintenance work needs to be carried out. The best way to judge what work a property needs is by completing a thorough property inspection. In this blog, we share a comprehensive property inspection checklist to help you get started with your maintenance plan.
If you are a rental property owner, good property maintenance is essential for a whole range of reasons. Here are just a few of the key benefits:
When we hear 'property maintenance', it’s easy to just think about the issues. But it’s actually a lot more than the occasional quick fix. At Quinovic, we believe effective property maintenance is made up of the following five things:
1. Regular inspections
After you settle a new rental customer into a property, the job doesn’t stop there. Many factors will affect the condition of the property over time, whether it’s the constant use of something or accidental damage. The last thing a property owner wants at the end of a lease is to have a backlog of work that needs doing, as that can mean a costly delay in getting the next rental customer in.
Top tip: We recommend checking on the condition of the property by completing an inspection every 90 days, but your insurance policy will likely detail how often this needs to be.
2. Proactive and preventative maintenance
Having a proactive and preventative approach with maintenance is about identifying tasks that need to be completed and addressing them immediately, rather than waiting for them to become a bigger problem.
Top tip: When you complete your inspections, be sure to note down anything that needs to be actioned straight away, as well as anything you feel should be checked again before the next inspection. Waiting a further 90 days to revisit something could be the difference between a small repair and a larger more costly job.
3. Responding to requests promptly
Lack of or delayed communication between a rental customer and property owner can hugely affect both the condition of the property and the relationship. A good relationship means both parties feel comfortable to discuss issues as they come to light, and work together to find a solution that works for everyone.
4. Focusing on long-term solutions
With plenty to keep on top of as a property owner, it can be tempting to use band-aid solutions when things pop up unexpectedly. Taping up a broken window rather than getting the glass replaced might seem like an easy solution but is only delaying the inevitable, and potentially putting the rental customer at risk with health and safety.
Top tip: If you are unsure how to fix something yourself, seek the advice of a professional in that field. Consider calling a trades person and asking for a rough estimate on timeline and cost so you can make plans and inform your rental customer.
5. Keeping compliant with any legal obligations
Keeping your property in good shape is not just a nicety, it’s a legal obligation. Key elements include keeping plumbing, electrical and the house structure in a safe state. The Residential Tenancies Act outlines what you as a property owner must do to comply, it’s important to read over this information and stay up to date whether you are an existing or a new property owner.
An inspection checklist is not just about what to check, but also when to check it. Using this approach is a great way of saving yourself valuable time, and ensures you are checking items at the right time of year.
Spring is a great time to schedule outdoor work before the heat of summer hits. Getting gardening work done, as well as outdoor painting or touch up jobs is an easier task when you aren’t battling the weather. It’s also a great time to check on how your property held up over the winter, and potentially organise some preventative maintenance.
Spring inspection checklist
If you’re finding it difficult to think about proactive property maintenance, you’re not alone. Between your own life, responding to requests from your rental customers and maintaining the property you live in, the added responsibility of thorough property inspections can feel like a lot. A property manager is a great way to take some of this pressure off. A property manager keeps on top of these things, so you can be assured your rental customer will feel taken care of.
Property managers will generally have a list of trusted trades people they have dealt with in the past. They will also be familiar with changing legislation and health and safety requirements for any maintenance work. If you have any questions about anything property maintenance related, your local Quinovic office can provide you expert advice.
Get in touch with your local Quinovic office today.
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