As professional property managers in San Jose, we see and handle several different types of routine and emergency maintenance. We also do everything we can to implement preventative maintenance plans so we can protect the condition of the investments we’re managing.
Some of the most common rental property repairs we see are simple, and easily avoided. Today, we’re talking about what you can expect as a San Jose landlord or investor when it comes to maintaining your property.
Garbage Disposals Jams and Issues
Garbage disposals seem to be one of the most popular rental repairs that our tenants request. Garbage disposals will get stuck, and sometimes the fix is as easy as clearing a clog or resetting the system. It’s often a problem with tenants and the things they choose to put down the garbage disposal. Sometimes, we pull out foods and substances like pasta noodles, rice, oatmeal, and even pits from avocados and fruits. Our maintenance crews are often fixing garbage disposals, so be prepared to give the kitchen sink your attention when you’re renting out property.
Plumbing and Heating & Cooling Systems
Your HVAC system is going to be one of the most expensive systems to replace, so you can expect to have a lot of maintenance work done on it. We also see a lot of water heater issues and plumbing requests. Get these systems inspected, cleaned, and serviced on a regular basis. It will save you money in the long run if you have a technician come out to look at your plumbing systems as well as your heating and cooling systems.
Clogged drains are also common. Work with your tenants to avoid the minor repairs that can be more of a nuisance than a habitability issue. Make sure your tenants know they need to change the air filters on a regular basis. Ask them to look under sinks and faucets for any small leaks, and to report those things immediately. A good tenant relationship can help you keep your property maintained and avoid some of these common repairs. You’ll save money on your maintenance costs.
Repairing and Replacing Appliances
Broken or malfunctioning appliances are also common. The age of the appliance can play a role in how your respond to maintenance needs. When your washer and dryer are 20 years old, it might make more sense to replace them instead of calling technician out to repair them every time they break. Upgrading to newer appliances can save you money on repairs and be more appealing to good tenants. Consider replacing instead of repairing appliances if they are older or worn down.
Broken sprinklers are also common, and often need repair. Check your sprinklers between seasons to keep them working efficiently. Winterize your rental property, and check your irrigation systems regularly to ensure the sprinklers are not clogged or leaking.
If you have any additional questions about preparing for the most common maintenance needs, please contact us at Real Estate Connections. We would be happy to help you.