When you need a home repair or maintenance work at your rental property, it’s important that you have a reliable list of vendors. You don’t want to be looking for a plumber when the water heater is leaking in the middle of the night. Having that relationship in place already will help you solve the problem quickly and affordably.
Recruiting Maintenance Vendors
We are continually interviewing new potential vendors to add to our preferred list. Many of these people get busy, so having a list of HVAC service providers or roofing contractors instead of just one in each category is a great way to protect your property. Vendor turnover can put you at a disadvantage, so have a roster. Talk to employees at the Home Depot and see if you can get some recommendations. They see vendors coming in and out all the time, so they know who stays busy and who acts professionally.
Screening Vendors: Professionalism
Screening a maintenance company is just as important as screening your tenants. You want to make sure they are licensed and insured, and that they carry workers comp insurance. All the employees should be covered, and if you’re working with a contractor, make sure they are bonded. Talk to current and past clients to find out how well they performed the work they were hired for, and what their customer service was like. You can also ask to see a portfolio of their work.
Screening Vendors: Reputation
Check the online reputation of any maintenance services you are considering. Look for the company on Yelp and other websites where customers can rate them and comment on the type of experience they had. Do some networking in your local community. If you have strong relationships with different networking groups, you can take advantage of resources such as maintenance referrals.
Access to outstanding and dependable maintenance and repair services is another reason that professional property management is essential to your success as a landlord and investor. If you have any questions about vendors or Vallejo property management, please contact us at Krystle Properties.