Performing maintenance and responding to tenant repair reports is an important part of being a rental property owner. When it comes to home maintenance, you, the landlord, are responsible for the following three things:
- Maintaining a clean and safe property.
- Adhering to the proper building codes, zoning regulations, and possible homeowners associations rules.
- Responding to tenant requests for repairs.
If you want to know more about how landlords solve repair issues, read on for our breakdown of the six most common rental home repairs.
Water Heater Making a Popping Noise
If you’ve noticed your water heater making a popping noise, don’t be alarmed! The popping noise you’re hearing is actually the sound of steam escaping from mineral deposits in your water heater.
In most cases, flushing your water heater tank is usually enough to remove any mineral buildup and stop the popping noise. If this doesn’t work, you can use a de-liming solution to further loosen and remove the sediment. However, to add a de-liming solution to your water heater tank, you’ll first need to drain and depressurize the entire tank unit.
Without regular maintenance, fridges, stoves, and dishwashers will eventually break down and stop working. If you aren’t ready to replace the appliance, you’ll probably need to contact an appliance repair person. Although it depends on the appliance, a qualified repair person typically charges between $50 and $100 per hour.
Sometimes, fixing an appliance might be as simple as replacing a pilot light or installing a hose fixture. In this case, you, as the landlord, can save a lot of money by personally completing the required repairs.
Dripping Faucets and Water Leaks
Most landlords understand that fixing drips and leaks is an unavoidable rental home repair cost. As long as any leaks and drips are detected early, the repair cost is rarely more than $0.50 for a washer or $20 for a faucet replacement.
Remember, it’s in your best interest as a rental property owner to find and fix water leaks as soon as they appear. If left unaddressed, dripping faucets and water leaks can end up costing you hundreds of dollars in extra water bill charges.
Backed Up Toilet
If your tenant clogs the toilet, you, the landlord, are not responsible for covering the cost of a plumber. However, if the toilet is backed up because of an issue with the rental home’s plumbing system or water supply, the landlord is contractually obligated to fix the problem within a reasonable period of time.
Unfortunately, major plumbing and water system problems often end with a hefty repair bill. If the drainpipe has collapsed, something that usually only happens due to cracked pipes or tree root punctures, you will probably have to completely replace the plumbing for your toilet and bathroom. However, if the drainpipe is intact, a backed-up toilet can generally be fixed by clearing any blockages in the waste pipe or drain trap.
While not technically a repair, dealing with pest infestations is still the responsibility of the landlord. In most cases, early detection is still the best way to limit the damage of a pest infestation — this is especially true in the case of termite infestations.
To improve the odds of early pest detection, make sure your tenants recognize the warning signs of a pest presence. These warning signs include droppings, grease tracks, and rodent nesting. If you want to avoid an infestation altogether, your tenants must also be aware of the relationship between poor hygiene/cleaning and pests.
Most landlords understand that repairing flaking paint is a recurring cost of owning a rental home. However, if the paint is flaking prematurely, consider implementing one or more of the following measures:
- Allow extra drying time between paint coats.
- Take more care when cleaning and priming the painting surface.
- Check the painting surface and surrounding room for traces of moisture.
- Use a more adhesive paint.
If you’re good with your hands and want to save money on repainting, why not learn the process yourself. Remember, if it’s your first time painting, you can drop into your local hardware store to practice stripping paint, applying primer, and using a paintbrush.
Ready to Buy? Get in Touch with a Local Real Estate Agent!
If you’re looking to become a rental property investor, we strongly recommend that you first partner with an experienced, local real estate agent. In addition to helping you avoid money pit real estate; a good agent will also point you towards homes that don’t need a lot of repairs or renovations.
To connect with a top-rated, full-service agent in your local area, contact Clever! Partner Agents in the Clever Partner Network will support and guide you through every stage of the property buying process, from home investment financing to closing negotiation. In a competitive market, property investors who buy through Clever can also benefit from on-demand home showings.