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Maintenance, Emergencies, and Professionals, Oh My!

Tenant on the Phone with Tarpon Springs LandlordIf you are in possession of a Tarpon Springs rental property, sooner or later, your tenant will call you with an urgent need for maintenance or repairs. It’s crucial to understand the best ways to respond to different tenant requests. If you are handy, there are some things you could positively deal with yourself. On the other hand, there are times when going all out to fix something yourself could only make matters worse. To comprehend when to call in a maintenance tech, here are a few useful questions you can use to assess the concerning and problematic situation.

How urgent is the problem?

If your tenant has contacted you with respect to a repair or maintenance issue, you should first take note of how urgent the problem is. Even as your tenant may be displeased with respect to an improperly-working dishwasher or dripping faucet, these are maintenance items that do not certainly require an emergency visit. But instead, if your tenant reports an issue that would make the property uninhabitable, you should take immediate action to clear up the issue. Some examples are significant water leaks and damage or a non-functioning furnace or air conditioner. In these types of events, it is most commonly better off to assign it to professionals.

Do you know how to do it yourself?

If you have experience with working maintenance and repair tasks, you may be the appropriate person to satisfy a tenant’s request. This is really true, in particular, if the task is kind of simple and straightforward or something you already know how to do. With that said, repairing something in an emergency without the proper tools or know-how could result in a fiasco. Therefore, if you are either not really that sure how to settle the problem condition or don’t have time to do it right away, it’s surely 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 substantial 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 other critically important things, whether managing your investments or spending quality time with loved ones. If you look at how much your time costs, it may be more economical to hire a service tech instead.

Do the repairs require a licensed professional?

Plenty of maintenance and repair items are basically do-it-yourself tasks, to cite an instance replacing filters or cleaning the refrigerator coils. Others, in contrast, may certainly need the services of a licensed professional. Such affairs are either too dangerous or difficult for untrained Tarpon Springs property managers to do themselves. Electrical issues, major plumbing problems, and complexities with an HVAC unit should all be left to a professional service technician to work on.

Is regular maintenance being scheduled?

To keep your rental property in good condition, you must make it a point to ensure that regular maintenance is implemented. If your tenant seems unable or unwilling to help you with some routine maintenance tasks, you have to either strive to do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Certainly, whatever the case, proactive maintenance is one of the ideal means to inhibit those late-night emergency calls and carefully monitor your property’s condition. By maintaining and replacing things before they break or wear out, you can effectively reduce your maintenance and repair costs and keep your tenants happily satisfied, likewise.


If property maintenance and repairs are not your most looked forward to a part of owning a rental home, we can help for sure! At Real Property Management TradeWinds, we implement a proactive approach to property maintenance. We, over and above that, have access to a network of quality service providers who can keep your property in more than an acceptable condition for less than you’d prospectively pay on your own. Contact us online to learn more!

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