Keeping your Portland Oregon Rental Property well-maintained is one of the keys to success with owning a rental property that produces consistent ROI.
Sadly, many owners fail consistently at rental property maintenance, and they often find themselves with disgruntled tenants and the prospect of having new renters every 12 months.
Thankfully, you can resolve maintenance issues at your rental property quickly by following these tips.
Tip #1 – Make Sure Your Tenants Know Their Responsibilities at Your Portland Rental Property
One of the most important things to do when you own a Portland Rental Property is to make sure your tenants understand their maintenance responsibilities.
This means that you should educate them on how to do simple things like keeping the shower drain from getting clogged with hair, plunging toilets, or pouring hot water down the drains if they are draining slow.
Spending 10 minutes with your tenants to understand how to resolve simple maintenance issues will lead to less money spent on maintenance over the course of 12 months and fewer maintenance calls because they will be able to resolve maintenance simple maintenance issues themselves.
One important thing to ask your tenant when they move in is if they have a toilet plunger, scrub brush, and vacuum cleaner because if they don’t have these basic things, you may want to buy them for your tenants when they first move in.
Offering your tenant, a care package of basic household things is a gesture of goodwill and a smart way to encourage them to clean/maintain their rental themselves.
Tip #2 – Encourage Your Tenant to Report Maintenance Issues
Tenants should always be encouraged to report maintenance issues immediately because the sooner maintenance problems can be resolved, you avoid the possibility of a maintenance issue turning into an even bigger maintenance problem.
Even though you must encourage your tenants to report maintenance issues, you must make sure that you’re accessible and ready to resolve maintenance problems at a moment’s notice.
To do this, start by creating a list of trusted companies in the PDX area that you can call during the day, or night, that can resolve your plumbing, heating, electrical, or minor repair issues.
Also known as a ‘vendor matrix’, these should be companies that you personally vet and keep their numbers saved to your phone so that you know whom to call whenever a maintenance problem arises, instead of wasting time researching the problem.
Tip #3 – Know Where Your Breaker Box and Water Shut-Off Valve Are Located
Last of all, but most important, another thing that you should educate your tenant on when they first move in is the location of the breaker box and water shut-off valve for your home.
Knowing where these two things are located is important because your tenants should be able to shut the water off to the property themselves and point an electrician to the location of the breaker box if the power needs to be shut off.
Hire A Portland Oregon Property Manager
One of the best things that you can to do quickly resolve maintenance issues at your Portland Oregon Rental Property is to hire a local property manager.
A property manager will resolve maintenance issues quickly, saving you the time and hassle of resolving maintenance issues while ensuring that your rental property is always in excellent shape.
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