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Importance of property maintenance

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Whether it is a residential or a commercial property, rented or owned, property maintenance is a necessity for all. It not only increases a property’s longevity but also keeps worries and troubles at bay.

For the landlord, it becomes even more important if the property is leased out. Tenants want their problems to be resolved at once; therefore, it is essential to take care of any maintenance requests in a timely manner.

While preventive maintenance is considered the best, there are different types of maintenance jobs that can be undertaken. Routine maintenance includes cleaning, gardening or other daily and weekly chores, and must be handled on time. There are other tasks such as fixing a leaking pipe or a dripping tap. These can be considered corrective measures, and accidents can be prevented if landlords regularly inspect their property and identify the problem areas. For example, servicing the water heater or air-conditioning regularly may be a good idea to prevent an emergency.

Cosmetic maintenance also becomes necessary at times. It involves tasks such as changing the light fixtures, putting a fresh coat of paint, getting new accessories or doing up a garden. Some property owners who are short of funds generally defer maintenance until it becomes absolutely essential. This tends to reduce the value of the property which may have a negative impact on the tenants. Therefore, property owners must always reserve funds for emergency maintenance work.

To keep the property in good shape, a maintenance manager can be useful. Overlooking minor problems may eventually lead to bigger troubles that require more money and time. It also invariably leads to the deterioration of the property which can be hazardous for the occupants. Hence, irrespective of the number of homes you have, the services of a good maintenance company always come handy. They have trained professionals who are capable of doing preventive maintenance as well as repair jobs.

Besides, homeowners may opt for a specialised property maintenance software that prepares a schedule for routine checks and tracks maintenance work easily. Timely maintenance makes a property safe, and helps increase its value for reselling or leasing. Therefore, looking after your property can always help maximise return on investment.

Handy Hints
• Preventive maintenance hugely helps keep properties in good shape
• A maintenance manager can be hired to regularly conduct inspections
• Property maintenance helps increase a home’s value when selling, renting

Source: Shabnam Mondal, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer