Landlord’s address book – maintenance professionals to keep on call
So often in life when we do something for the first time, we learn hard lessons from it. But there are ways to lessen those blows by being prepared, not just for the emergencies but all day and every day.
If you’re fairly new to the buy-to-let business, there will be moments when you will not have seen something coming. Others refer to these events as ‘experience’ but rather than waiting for tricky situations to arise before learning from them, try to forge trusting business relationships with local tradespeople early on. Once you have done so, any emergency which arises will mean no more than a quick call out from a trusted supplier from your address book.
With that in mind, we have created a handy guide for.
- Attend local business network meetings to meet tradespeople face to face and hear what they can offer. Doing this online may save you time, but there is no substitute for seeing them in the flesh. This also means you will be able to take their business card at the same time, so should you need their services in an emergency, you will already have their number. Potential reciprocal business is always a good thing.
- Look out primarily for a plumber who is local enough to attend the property to fix any job required. With such diverse weather conditions in the UK, a frozen pipe could defrost and break quite easily. Having a plumber to perform regular maintenance checks can prevent a major issue from occurring, but if it did, a local plumber is best.
- Rural properties may undergo regular power cuts but if there is an actual issue with your wire work, especially if it is an older property, it would be a good call to bring in an electrician. There are some things that are best left to the professionals and electricity is one of them.
- If your property is new and you know the builder, it is a good idea to keep them in your address book too. What if in the future you required an extension or a garage? Both increase your potential earnings. For smaller projects, keeping in contact with the builder means you will never have to give a thought to any DIY inside either.
- Lastly, and often overlooked, we suggest keeping the number of a cleaning company in your address book. Professional cleaners find areas that require a scrub that most people don’t even know exist. Cleaners are the go-to person between tenancies because nobody has the time to give a property the clean it truly needs.
Forging good business relationships with tradespeople is a must when you are a landlord. That way, should an emergency arise, you won’t be left in the dark during a power cut or, if a pipe bursts, up the creak without a paddle.
In the meantime, Assetgrove is always on hand to offer advice, and help ensure that your property doesn’t cause you or your tenants any problems.