It is important for landlords to keep their properties in good condition, identifying any potential issues before they occur. Not only to satisfy the needs of tenants, but also to prevent any large costs being incurred. Landlords also have a legal obligation to ensure that their properties are kept to a certain standard.
Recent government legislation requires UK landlords to have all electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a qualified electrician, at least every 5 years. Landlords are required to provide a copy of the electrical safety report to their tenants, and to their local authority if requested.
Think Business Support work with landlords to ensure that electrical inspections and tests take place in a timely manner. We look at some of the other areas that landlords should consider to avoid any disputes or future expense.
Regularly inspecting your property/properties is a great way to stay in control of maintenance costs. By carrying out visual inspections around the building, you will be able to spot any potential issues before they become larger (and much more costly) problems. We advise that whilst inspecting a property, you should take a check list with you and make notes as you go. This is also helpful if you own several properties and will enable you stay on top of each properties’ specific problems.
Finding a reliable facilities provider, who can assist you with the maintenance load, can save you time and money in the long run. To ensure value for money, it is sensible to research the field and find a provider who can assist with all your property needs. It is very important that the provider can offer top quality engineers with up to date training, who are experienced with facilities management. A quality facilities provider can free up your valuable time as they bridge the gap between your tenants and the maintenance they provide.
Keeping on top of maintenance issues as soon as they are noticed can save you time and money. Fixing a dripping tap might not sound like a priority job, however if left, those pesky water droplets could be dripping down the basin and dropping onto the floor. Over time, the floor might begin to lift and before you realise, you have a much more expensive repair on your hands. By fixing issues early, you will also give a great impression to your tenants and increase their customer satisfaction.
One of the most important areas of property maintenance, is to periodically check on site safety equipment such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, extinguishers, carbon monoxide alarms and so on. It is also important to regularly check pipe work and assess for evidence of water. Should any fire equipment be out of date, it should be replaced immediately. This will help to keep your tenants safe in their homes and reduce excess damage to due a hazardous situation such as fire or flood.
Regular grounds maintenance is a great way to keep your property and surrounding area looking clean and fresh. It will ensure that your tenants are getting value for money and will help to build positive relationships. Grounds maintenance can also help to make your property stand out from others in the area, which could provoke the interest of potential renters.
Here at Think, we offer a wide range of quality services delivered by our fully trained staff with over 40 years experience in the business. Customer and client satisfaction is at the heart of our services and we are dedicated to providing a five star service in all areas we cover. To find out more about the property maintenance work we do, click here.