Sacramento Maintenance 101 – Preventative, Emergency and How to Budget
Managing the maintenance on your rental home requires you to be prepared for both preventative repairs and emergency issues. You also need to have a budget in place so you can pay for the necessary repairs and replacements.
Your regular preventative maintenance routine should include things like caulking. Caulk around the toilet and the tub to avoid leaks. Pay attention to your gutters. You should only have to clean out the gutters once every year, and it will save you a lot of money on larger repairs that can become necessary if your gutters aren’t regularly cleaned. Another thing you should do annually is to have your heating and air conditioning systems serviced. To ensure those systems continue to work well, leave your tenants with a supply of filters and instruct them to change those filters every 30 days. You will save on repairs and it will be a longer time before you have to replace that system completely.
It is crucial to have someone available 24 hours a day for emergencies. Your tenants cannot wait until the next business day to call someone about a plumbing crisis, a break-in, falling trees or collapsed fences. When you have someone available 24 hours a day, it means someone is always looking out for your house. Your emergency availability will save you from having to make more expensive repairs that can happen when additional damage is caused to the home.
When you take preventative measures and you provide 24 hour emergency service, you are protecting your home and yourself against expensive repairs. However, we all know that things still happen. Appliances break, water heaters leak and fences fall down during storms. Heaters and air conditioning systems get old. You have to be prepared for these things, so have a budget in place. It helps to keep track of when you purchase these items and how much maintenance has been done on them. You’ll know what to expect and when to prepare to buy new things.
If you have any questions on managing the maintenance on your rental home, please contact us at Sacramento Delta. We deal with these issues every day, and we’d be happy to help you.
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