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How to develop a maintenance plan for your Rental Property

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Investing in real estate can be a smart move, but it comes with its own set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges of owning a real estate investment is maintaining the property. Without proper maintenance, the property can deteriorate quickly, leading to a decrease in value and potential rental income. Developing a maintenance plan for your real estate investment can help prevent this from happening. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the steps you can take to develop a maintenance plan for your real estate investment.

Conduct a Property Inspection

Before you can develop a maintenance plan, you need to know what needs to be maintained. Conduct a thorough inspection of the property to identify any issues that need to be addressed. This can include everything from minor repairs, such as leaky faucets or loose doorknobs, to major repairs, such as a leaking roof or foundation issues.

Prioritize Maintenance Tasks

Once you have identified the maintenance issues, prioritize them based on their level of urgency. For example, a leaking roof should be addressed immediately, while a loose doorknob can wait until the next scheduled maintenance visit. Prioritizing maintenance tasks will help you allocate your time and resources more effectively.

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Set a Maintenance Schedule

Once you have prioritized the maintenance tasks, develop a maintenance schedule that outlines when each task will be completed. This can include routine maintenance tasks, such as changing air filters and inspecting HVAC systems, as well as more complex tasks, such as painting and landscaping. Be sure to schedule maintenance tasks based on their level of urgency.

Hire Professional Help

Some maintenance tasks require the expertise of a professional. Identify which tasks require professional help and hire a qualified contractor to complete them. This can include tasks such as electrical work, plumbing repairs, and roofing maintenance. Hiring professional help ensures that the job is done right the first time and can save you time and money in the long run.

Set a Maintenance Budget

Maintaining a property can be expensive, especially if major repairs are needed. Set a maintenance budget to ensure that you have the funds to cover routine maintenance tasks as well as unexpected repairs. Be sure to include the cost of hiring professional help in your budget.

Keep Records

Finally, keep a record of all maintenance tasks completed, including the date, description of the work, and any expenses incurred. This can help you stay organized and keep track of when routine maintenance tasks need to be completed. It can also be helpful if you decide to sell the property in the future, as potential buyers will want to know that the property has been well-maintained.

In conclusion, developing a maintenance plan for your real estate investment is an important step in ensuring that your property remains in good condition and retains its value. By conducting a property inspection, prioritizing maintenance tasks, setting a maintenance schedule and budget, hiring professional help when needed, and keeping records of all maintenance tasks, you can stay on top of maintenance issues and prevent them from becoming major problems.

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