Right now, one of five households in Britain is renting their home. That number is expected to increase to one in four households within a couple of years
If you own rental property already or are considering getting into the business, this is good news. However, it also means you'll be dealing with far more request for building maintenance.
By knowing some of the most common things tenants complain about, you can be ready to deal with them quickly so a small problem doesn't become a large one.
Keep reading to find out what maintenance issues are faced most often by building managers.
1. Clogged Drains
A clogged drain may not seem like a big issue at first, but this is one that can quickly turn into a nightmare if not taken care of as soon as possible. Whether it's a sink, tub, or toilet, clogged drains should be considered urgent repairs.
When a drain becomes clogged, it can cause sewage backups into other drains. This, in turn, puts your building at risk for water damage if these start to overflow.
Multiple clogged drains or numerous slow drains can also be a sign of a larger plumbing problem that needs to be addressed.
2. Leaking Pipes
A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but this is another plumbing issue you don't want to ignore for long. If you do, you may face water damage, mold growth, and structural issues.
Pipes that are cracked or broken can quickly do some major damage if the leak gets larger, so you'll want to take any complaint by tenants about leaks seriously.
3. No Hot Water
This is another common problem of tenants and although it may be able to be put off for a day or two during the summer, if you want to keep your tenants happy, you need to fix this problem quickly.
There are a number of causes of a lack of hot water, so go through a full maintenance checklist to uncover the root of the problem to get it solved.
4. Broken Appliances
When you can't cook from home because your stove isn't working or your food is going bad in your refrigerator, it's going to be frustrating.
That's why malfunctioning or broken appliance issues should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Your course of action will depend on the appliance and the problem but speed is key here for property managers.
5. AC or Heat Not Working
If your tenants are going without heat in the winter or AC in the summer, you can rest assured they won't be your tenants for much longer. Particularly for families, these issues need to be solved without delay.
Need Help with Building Maintenance?
Now you know five of the most common issues that need to be addressed when it comes to building maintenance. As you can see, taking care of these problems as soon as possible will keep buildings in good repair.
If you need help with building maintenance, consider hiring a company that specialises in just that. To learn more, check out our post with five reasons a property management company can help you.
Lee West has a wealth of experience managing and refurbishing high class properties in London. He has been the lead contractor in many prestigious buildings such as Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, Chelsea Royal Free Hospital, House of Parliament, Kew Gardens and many more.