If you’re a seasoned landlord, chances are you’ve experienced at least one out-of-hours call from a panicked tenant about a leaky toilet or boiler breakdown. Why is it that these things never seem to happen at a reasonable hour?
Repairs and maintenance of your rental portfolio can be costly and stressful, so having trustworthy tradespeople is invaluable. You need someone who you know will get the job done and (hopefully) won’t charge you exorbitant fees to do so.
For newer landlords, finding a good contractor should be at the top of your to-do list.
In this quick read, we look at some questions to ask yourself (and your contractor) to ensure they’re right for the job.
Are they local?
You may or may not live near your rental property, but it’s important that your contractor does (or can get there quickly), especially in the event of an emergency. Whether it’s a one-person business or multiple workers, you need to know how far they are from the property to make sure they get there in good time (hopefully preventing you from receiving multiple irate calls from your tenants).
Are they accredited?
What does the contractor do? Is it a bit of everything? Or is it a specialist trade such as a plumber or electrician? Either way, if they’re doing works on your rental property, you’ll need to check their accreditations. For example, are they registered with RGI (Registered Gas Installers), RECI (Registered Electric Contractors Ireland), CIRI (Construction Industry Register Ireland) and so on? It’s easy to check online to find out if someone is accredited and able to do the work you need them to.
Do they come recommended?
Word-of-mouth recommendations are really helpful, but it’s always a good idea to see if they’ve got a website or social media page, too. Past customers (especially unhappy ones) will be likely to leave reviews.
Do they have an on-call service?
Once you’ve established a relationship with a tradesperson, find out if they’d be happy to work outside of normal office hours. And if they do, what’s the charge? Make sure you know what to expect, as in urgent situations you could be paying a far higher rate than normal.
What did your tenants think of them?
If you’re using someone for the first time, ask your tenants what they thought. After all, they’re the ones who are getting a first-hand experience of the service. If they had a negative encounter, is it worth using them again?
At Liberty Blue, we offer a full property management service and have a team of reliable contractors. Contact us on 051 85 81 82 or by emailing email@example.com to find out more.
Cormac Finlay on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 in auctioneers, blog, county waterford, DIY, Dungarvan, estate agents, Landlord, liberty blue, property advice, Property News and Advice, renting, Waterford
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