In our last blog, we talked about the challenges of home warranties, and we also addressed why it’s not a great idea for property owners to take care of their own maintenance and repairs on the homes they rent out. I’d like to expand on that point a little bit more, because it’s important. Sometimes, property owners who live out of town might come back to Las Vegas for the weekend, or maybe they’re even local, and they think it makes sense for them to show up at their property and take care of any maintenance or repairs. As I said in the last blog, tenants want and need their privacy. Having the landlord show up at the house can be disruptive and it can also make everyone uncomfortable.
One of the reasons I have another property management company manage all of my rental properties is that it’s more professional. It’s a sound way of doing business to have someone else manage the day to day affairs and the maintenance needs. It also removes the emotional component that always shows up when property owners are checking in at the homes they own. It might seem easy enough to stop by and fix something that is broken, but it’s not a great idea. You are much better off leaving your own maintenance work and repairs in the hands of a qualified, licensed, insured and bonded contractor.
When you do your own repairs and maintenance, you are also setting yourself up for some liability issues that you just don’t need to have hanging over your head. You don’t want to hurt yourself or cause further damage to your property by trying to fix something yourself. Let your property manager take care of scheduling the maintenance and calling out the vendors that they work with all the time. It will be more practical and a lot safer for everyone. It’s really the best way to go.
If you have any questions about maintenance or the boundaries property owners should respect in regard to their tenants and rental properties, please contact us at Ravago Group Property Management. We would be happy to talk to you.