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Maintenance, Emergencies, and Professionals, Oh My!

Tenant on the Phone with Grandville LandlordIf you are currently operating a Grandville rental property, sooner or later, your tenant will, in time, call you with an immediate request for maintenance or repairs. It’s significant to really understand the best ways to respond to different tenant requests. If you are handy, there are some things you could feasibly deal with yourself. On the other hand, there are times when undertaking to fix something yourself could make matters worse. To learn when to call in a maintenance tech, here are a handful of questions you can use to assess your rental’s affairs.

How urgent is the problem?

If your tenant has contacted you for a repair or maintenance issue, you should first check closely how urgent the problem is. Conceding that your tenant may be agitated regarding a dreadfully functioning dishwasher or dripping faucet, these are maintenance items that do not require an emergency visit. Although, in contrast, if your tenant reports an issue that would make the property uninhabitable, you should take immediate action to find the answer to the disturbance. Various examples are significant water leaks and damage or a non-functioning furnace or air conditioner. In these types of cases, it is usually correct to call in help from professionals.

Do you know how to do it yourself?

If you have experience carrying out maintenance and repair tasks, you may be the right person to handle a tenant’s request. This is definitely true if the task is a fairly easy and quick one or something you already know how to do. Then again, trying to fix something in an emergency without the proper tools or know-how could spell critical disaster. For that reason, if you are either not obviously sure how to put right the issue or don’t have time to do it immediately, it’s most certainly best to send a service technician to take care of it for you.

Is doing it yourself REALLY the best use of your time?

Another important question to consider is whether going over to your rental property and completing repair and maintenance tasks is the best use of your time. Every hour you spend on property repairs and maintenance is an hour you are not spending on those other most important things, whether managing your investments or spending quality time with loved ones. If you examine how much your time costs, it may be more economical to hire a service tech instead.

Do the repairs require a licensed professional?

Particular maintenance and repair items are more or less straightforward, do-it-yourself tasks, such as replacing filters or cleaning the refrigerator coils. But certainly others, on the other hand, may make necessary the services of a licensed professional. Such cares are either too dangerous or difficult for untrained Grandville property managers to do themselves. Electrical problems, major plumbing problems, and huge issues with an HVAC unit should all be totally entrusted to a professional service technician.

Is regular maintenance being scheduled?

To keep your rental property in good condition, you must see to it to ensure that regular maintenance is properly done. If your tenant seems unable or unwilling to help you with some routine maintenance tasks, you have to either decide to do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Hence, proactive maintenance is one of the best methods to sidestep and prevent those late-night emergency calls and pay close attention to your property’s condition. By maintaining and replacing things before they break or wear out, you can reduce your maintenance and repair costs and keep your tenants gratified, at the same time.


If property maintenance and repairs are not your most adored part of owning a rental home, we can help you! At Real Property Management Investment Solutions, we use a proactive approach to property maintenance. We, as well, have access to a network of quality service providers who can keep your property in favorable condition for less than you’d maybe pay on your own. Contact us online to learn more!

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