The life of a landlord is never easy. Designing and marketing your condo units is only the beginning of the job. Once your tenants have moved in, you’ll need to deal with all sorts of maintenance and repair issues as and when they arise. From broken heaters to leaking pipes, there are a wide range of issues that landlords may need to deal with on a regular basis.
Being available at all hours of the day and night is draining for anyone. That’s why we’ve come up with a few tips on how you can prevent the most common maintenance issues before they arise. Taking these preventative measures on your rental properties will save you precious time and money that was once spent securing late-night, last-minute repair services.
Replace Old Appliances
Old appliances can be ticking time bombs just waiting to go off. While you may be tempted to keep your larger appliances in your rental units until they finally break down for good, spending a little money on replacing all of your old appliances will save you a lot of hassle and expense in the future.
By replacing old appliances, you’ll guarantee that they never break down at an inconvenient time, forcing you to quickly order a replacement. Plus, by replacing your old appliances now, you may even be able to increase your monthly rental rate – renters will be far more likely to spend a little more on a unit that boasts fresh, state-of-the-art appliances.
Service the Heating and Cooling System
This is a particularly important tip for landlords in the GTA. Toronto’s weather, as we all know, is incredibly varied. With frigid winters followed by glorious, hot summers, city dwellers are bound to use their heating and cooling systems on almost every day of the year. This means that the system will need some extra care and attention to prevent unexpected – and potentially costly – faults.
Preventative measures can include regularly changing the furnace filter, checking for leaks, and scheduling professional maintenance at least twice a year. A professional will be able to pinpoint any problem areas that might become more serious if left unattended. By resolving these issues before they turn into long term damage or late night break-downs, you’ll keep your tenants happy and your maintenance costs down.
You may not realize this, but painting is considered essential preventative maintenance. Repainting your interior walls shouldn’t be left till the paint is chipping and cracks are showing. This is because paint acts as a protective layer for your walls that prevents a build-up of mildew, mold, stains, and peeling. Essentially, good quality, frequent paint jobs will keep your walls in good condition for years to come.
Preventative Measures for Plumbing
The plumbing system in your property is probably the area that needs the most maintenance. It’s a complex and well-used system, which means it can be prone to leaks, rust, clogs, and other issues. Here are a few of the preventative measures you can take to prevent last-minute plumbing problems.
- Fix leaking faucets
- Unclog slow drains
- Look for water leaks in any of the exposed pipes
- Give your tenants clear instructions about what can be flushed down the drain
- Keep tabs on your water pressure
- Clean faucets and showerheads of any sediment build-up
- Invest in a water softener
These are all fairly simple tasks to do in your regular property inspections. If you don’t feel up to the task, be sure to arrange a regular plumbing inspection to prevent more serious issues before they arise.
Regular Property Inspections
In order to stop issues before they become serious and unnecessarily expensive, ensure that you schedule regular property inspections. These inspections will give you the chance to survey the unit for any signs of damage or basic wear and tear.
Del Condominium Rentals – We Help Landlords in the GTA
As an independent landlord, being available 24 hours a day for last-minute repairs can be draining, but staying on top of your property’s maintenance can be next to impossible.
That’s where Del Condominium Rentals comes in. We offer a wide range of professional property management services to take the burden off landlords in the GTA. Including an extensive professional property inspection service, we also offer:
- A marketing service that lists your unit with professional photos to new tenants
- An accounting department that arranges rent collection and creates regular financial statements for your convenience
- A legal team that takes on any disputes
- A wide network of maintenance and repairs service companies
Contact Del Condominium Rentals today by calling 647-952-3644 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the services we offer.
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