As a rental property owner, you will occasionally have some irregular maintenance to accompany your routine maintenance. While asbestos and black mold will often entail an insured removal, here are some less dangerous structural issues of which you should be aware.
Even if you forget the potential for severe water damage for a moment, leaking pipes are generally indicative of a poor service record, archaic design, or a deeper underlying flaw in the structure of the property. They’re also responsible for huge amounts of wasted money on your monthly utility bills, so fixing them is worth your time and effort.
Old or Damaged Insulation
Water damage, animal interference, and time all aid in degrading your insulation. When inspecting a property, ask about the property’s maintenance timeline. If the insulation hasn’t been updated or, at the very least, investigated in 10 years or so, you may end up losing money.
Although perfect insulation isn’t a deal-breaker in many instances, it’s important to remember that poor insulation will drastically reduce quality of life during seasonal extremes. You’ll also save between 10 and 20 percent on your monthly energy spending if the insulation is up to date.
As time passes, cupboards, drawers, siding, and floors can warp, crack, or otherwise suffer a lack of structural integrity. If you don’t catch instances of this happening right away, you can lose your deposit; furthermore, the general day-to-day frustration of owning a drawer that sticks or a cupboard that won’t shut is well-worth a work order.
If you notice problems such as these during your initial inspection, call a maintenance ompany right away.
At Keyrenter Tooele, we’re committed to providing you with resources for acting as a responsible landlord. If you want more guidance from professional property managers, give us a call at (435) 255-3000 today!