As a landlord, your property is precious to you as it is not only source of income, but also a very expensive investment. Taking care of a rental property, however, is not something that can be done easily and a lot of planning goes into it. Here is a useful aid that can help you through it.
Safety and maintenance checklist for landlords
Houses are like large machines, with thousands of parts keeping it functional, and like all machines, they need constant upkeep like plumbing, wiring, landscaping, including the walls and floor.
Things you need:
- Tool kit- even if you are not very well versed with how to use them, have one handy. Hammer with nails, set of screwdrivers, screws, pliers, wrenches, knife, duct tape.
- Flashlight with fresh batteries, notebook and pencil, gloves and eye goggles, ladder.
Things you need to inspect:
- Scan the house from the street level, is it properly lit?
- Check for trees, or other poles that may cause some damage.
- Lawn- it should always slope away from the house
- Are the fences strong and sturdy?
- Look for insects like termites, roaches and crickets. Rats and other garden animals should also be looked for.
- Check the doors and windows, their frames, and make sure they are still strong.
- Plumbing and wiring: Check for leaks and sparks, any faulty point will have crackling sounds and a plume of black soot above the socket, check the fuse and trip ECBs.
Most accidents are preventable with a little care and preparedness, so make sure you have this safety and maintenance checklist for landlords always handy. There is really no point in having the checklist and not making use of it, so go through the list and schedule regular repairs.