This time of year is when landlords should start thinking about the routine property maintenance and other jobs that should be carried out before winter hits. Not only are the winter months more likely to see low temperatures and adverse weather events that can damage properties, but it’s also a period when contractors – particularly plumbers – are at their busiest. So it’s sensible to get your rental property structure and all its fittings and services in the best possible condition before the end of autumn.
5 top tips:
As a landlord, you’ve got to bear in mind is that tenants won’t necessarily take the same care of your rental property as you do of your own home. They may not report minor problems until they’ve become big issues and because they’re not responsible for repairing any damage that the property might suffer over winter, they may not think about taking precautionary measures, e.g. keeping the heating on low to avoid the risk of burst pipes. This is why it’s essential to do regular periodic inspections so your agent always knows about work required or as a landlord you can spot things before they get much worse.
The value of having a professional managing agent
We find many self-managing landlords don’t want to ‘bother’ tenants once they’ve moved in – with some not visiting the property at all until the tenant checks out, even if that amounts to several years! And if tenants don’t communicate issues, that’s when properties can start to fall into disrepair and become vulnerable to the elements.
Having a properly qualified managing agent gives you the peace of mind that you’re not at risk of this happening to you and your property, as our service includes:
If you currently self-manage or have our Let Only or Rent Collection service, and you’d like to talk to us about the benefits of being Fully Managed, just get in touch with your local branch and one of the lettings management team will be very happy to help.
Looking for advice?
If you're looking to let or sell your property, we can help. Get in touch with your local branch or book in for a property valuation.