Tenants are going to make complaints from time to time because something has gone wrong at the property. Landlords need to know some of the basic maintenance fixes. This will get everything working again quickly without the need to call a professional.
We have a list of some of the most common repairs that every landlord should know how to handle.
A clogged drain is a problem because it’s going to lead to odors as well as the possibility of a drain overflowing. The drain might be in a sink or on the floor of the shower. Wherever it is, this is one of the maintenance fixes that a landlord should be able to handle.
It could be too hot or too cold and no matter what, the thermostat is not working. Sometimes it involves updating the settings. Often, it involves upgrading to a digital thermostat that functions better. The landlord should plan on having all properties on the same model thermostat so that maintenance fixes in this department are handled even faster.
Replacing a Breaker Switch
“My garage door is broken” or “my light switch stopped working” are common complaints that often lead to a breaker switch being thrown. The fix could be as simple as throwing the switch back to the “on” position. In other instances, it means replacing the entire breaker switch so that the problem does not continue to happen.
A toilet running nonstop is a common problem that renters deal with. Landlords should be able to fix the “guts” of a toilet relatively easily. In most instances, it involves replacing the flapper, which is a $20 part from any home-improvement store. By being able to do the repair without calling a professional, it has the potential to save big money.
Water leaks are relatively common. They might be coming from around the window, adore, or even under a sink because of plumbing issues. The landlord should be able to identify the source of the problem and make the repair.
Leaks are maintenance fixes that need to be addressed immediately because they have the potential to destroy flooring, drywall, and more. If water is left behind, it can also lead to mold and mildew.
Sometimes, the water leak is easy to locate and repair because of finding where it’s coming from and replacing the broken pipe. Other times, a landlord needs to know when they are over there head in order to call in a professional. This can ensure that leak detection equipment is used and the issue is taken care of to the fullest.
Hot Water Heater Repair
A broken hot water heater will have tenants calling nonstop because they have no hot water. This means the landlord needs to be able to get in and fix the problem without having to call and spend money with a plumbing company.
Many times, the heating element inside the heater needs to be replaced, and this could be replaced for around $20 and take a few hours to handle the replacement. Otherwise, it could involve replacing the entire hot water heater, which could cost several hundred dollars.
A lot of maintenance fixes come from various appliances. While you might have to replace an appliance, it’s often a fix that can be done in under an hour. This could include gaskets on refrigerators, running the cleaning cycle on a stove, or replacing the motor on a garbage disposal. If there is the need to replace an appliance, it’s a good idea to look for a used one or one at a “scratch and dent” sale in an effort to save money.
Landlords called about everything, and this includes rodents, cockroaches, and all sorts of other bugs. This means that a landlord should be able to know how to take care of the bug problem. It might involve spraying or even setting off a bug bomb. If the problem continues, then a professional should be called so that the rodents/bugs don’t start to cause major damage within the home.
Landlords have the potential to save the homeowner a lot of money by knowing about some of the basic maintenance fixes. A property management company in Rio Vista will see to it that the repairs are handled, however. This will see to it that problems don’t fester and become serious financial drains.
When you want to learn more about repairing property, contact us at Keyrenter Solano. Our property managers in Rio Vista will be able to talk to you about managing properties, handling repairs, and more.