Rental Property Maintenance

Be Prepared for Something to Go Wrong

Unfortunately, things break – even those items that are regularly and properly maintained. This article is not meant to scare you – quite the opposite! It is, instead, to reassure you: that even the most seasoned landlord cannot foresee everything. Don’t think that just because you finally closed on your new investment property that nothing […]

Rental Property Maintenance

Contractor and Vendor Relations

For those of you that live out of town from your unit or who simply don’t desire to get “down and dirty” with your rental, your only option is to establish a solid database (or Rolodex, if that’s still your thing… and there’s nothing wrong with that!) of highly-skilled and moderately-priced local contractors and vendors […]

Rental Property Maintenance

As a Landlord, Should You Fix-It-Yourself?

For those of you with a predilection for craftsmanship (or, at the least, for those of us that think we’re handymen and women!), the super stores (Home Depot and Lowe’s) and the demographic-specific cable television networks (DIY Network and HGTV) have turned everyday homeowners into self-made contractors – a recent trend that has been fueled […]

Rental Property Maintenance

Preventative Property Maintenance

Basic logic will tell you that regular and routine maintenance far outweighs being forced to perform that one major repair that could have been prevented – or at least for which you could have been prepared for months ago. Simple preventative maintenance is often the tenant’s responsibility. However, a little extra effort on your part […]