Taking care of a rental property in San Jose can often feel like a chore. Owners have to maintain the lawn, appliances, heat and air conditioning, water, electricity; the list goes on and on. However, if you want to make life easier, hire a vendor to do the work for you.

A vendor is any person or company that sells goods or services to someone else. For example, if your homes’ roof needed to be repaired, you would hire a person or company who specialize in that service to do it for you.

There are plenty of choices available for owners, but not all may be the right choice for your needed repair or service. If you’re unsure of how to find a trusted vendor, contact a property management company, such as Real Estate Connections in Los Gatos.

At Real Estate Connections, Los Gatos property management company, we already have  working relationships with many vendors who provide quality service and quick turnaround at the lowest possible cost. We have an idea of what they can do and how they can do it.

However, if you decided to search for a vendor on your own, there are a number of things you should look for. The tips below can ensure that the vendor you hire will do the job right the first time.

  • Ask questions. Do they have a license? Are they insured? What is their past experience?
  • Ask for references and contact them. Be sure to ask for past clients who had similar work done to ensure they can complete the job required in the time allotted.
  • Most vendors have pictures of prior work completed, so have them show those to you.
  • Recommendations are always a simple and effective way to find a reliable vendor. Start with asking a trusted friend, someone who has a rental property and had the same work carried out on their unit.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau to find more information on a specific company and their service record.
  • When you meet with a potential vendor, make sure they act in a professional manner. If they’re professionals, they’ll get the job done with quality in mind and provide an open line of communication throughout.
  • Most people look for price first and that’s not the way to determine who’s right for the job. Once you’re aware of the costs involved, be sure not to choose the cheapest vendor available. just because they are cheap.  In the long run, spending more money now will save you in the future.
  • If it’s a big project, however, check around for more than one estimate. If not done properly, a poorly executed job will end up costing you over thousands of dollars.
  • Lastly, don’t accept a handshake or verbal agreement; get it in writing. Make sure there is a written agreement between you and the vendor detailing what services will be performed and when.

In short, make sure the vendor you choose understands what you need. By implementing these given tips, you will be that much closer to receiving the service you deserve.

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us.