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Landlords, Save Time And Money By Building your Rental Like A Tank
It’s nice to think that a tenant who rents a property would treat that property as their own, but as you can image this is rarely the case. A lot of people who rent a car for instance will mistreat or even abuse it, claiming “oh, it’s just a rental”. There are just way to many stories of a tenant’s that move in and totally destroy rental property. What can you do as a landlord? Simple, build your rental like a tank. You need your rental to stand up to the extra abuse of a tenant. Most landlords will typically use the cheapest material available in an effort to save money but this is usually a costly mistake.
All rental properties should use high quality materials that are built to last. This includes such items as floor tile, carpet, paint, light bulbs, smoke detectors, and many more. Most of the time you will find that higher priced material will stand up to abuse and last much longer than so called “economical” materials. There is floor tile for instance that is designed to last one year, five years, 10 years and all the way up to a lifetime guarantee. The cost of re-tiling a floor is far greater than the extra cost of good tiles. In the end if you use good, tough and high quality materials, you will save money and have a much nicer property to boot. You can purchase smoke detectors with a 10 year battery, lifetime light-bulbs and many other products to last an extra long time or even a lifetime.
You will find that using high quality materials and products will really cut down on the work and maintenance calls as well. When a tenant moves out, pay attention to the repairs or replacement of items that need to be made. Next time you stay in a hotel, look around at what material they use in their rooms. You will often find low pile carpet, heavy duty doors, ceramic tile floors and many other tough, high quality items.
As a landlord you will almost always have to deal with both roach and rodent problems. However, there are good solutions to handling these common landlord problems as well. Go online and locate professional exterminating products. There are products that eliminate roach problem for at least one year, this is much longer than any exterminating spray.
Getting a handle on these common landlord problems will make your job as a landlord much easier and go much smoother. Whenever you have a maintenance call, think about how you can prevent that problem from ever happing again. Don’t allow the same problem to happen again and again, this is what will drive a landlord crazy. Take care of your rental and it will take care of you year after year.
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