Take the hassle out of property maintenance.
That's smart rubbish.
Whether you’re managing one property, or have a whole portfolio, property maintenance needs to be planned and managed by professionals to get the right result. At Mobile Skips we work with 100’s of property maintenance contractors to ensure the waste removal and rubbish clean up at managed properties is hassle free. Below we outline some tips and tricks we’ve learned over the many years of being involved with property managers.
Our innovative approach means we’re perfect for all types of clean ups and are much more suited than other skip bin hire options. We take (almost) all types of waste and are Australia’s highest rated rubbish removal business.
Get smart about rubbish.
Create a detailed and accurate condition report
Before new tenants move in, you should document the condition of the place. Take videos or photos and make a list of anything already damaged. By having photos of what everything looked like you will avoid disputes, and it also shows that you have no intentions of withholding the tenants’ security deposit.
A broken drawer, an appliance that won’t work properly, or scratches on the floor are good examples of minor wear and tear issues that are inevitable. However, issues like holes in walls, broken windows, missing furniture items or appliances should be deducted from the tenant’s security deposit. Ensure that tenants have a clear image of what condition you expect your property to be in after tenants move out, and remind them about their end of lease at least three months in advance.
Planned maintenance is the key.
Formulate a preventive property management schedule and stick to it. You are probably familiar with the quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, as it applies to a lot of things including property maintenance. By formulating a schedule for preventative maintenance, it will be easy for you to catch the small issues before they become costly problems.
You should inspect the property once every few months and check the condition of the appliances, the floors, the cabinets, the basement, the roof, etc. You can also make this check seasonally and include the maintenance issues that are specific to each period such as checking the gutters in spring.
Keep good records in the condition report and plan ahead.
Knowing how long they will last will help you plan ahead and avoid any major issues. If you are aware that the washing machine is approaching the end of its life, it’s good to start planning ahead and invest in a new one when you find a great sale. By doing this you save a lot of money and avoid having to buy one urgently.
Simple, low maintenance solutions.
Landscaping should be kept as low maintenance to ensure that it is aesthetically pleasing year round. This way neither you nor your tenants will have to worry about taking care of the lawn. If the property’s outdoor area is small, there are many techniques and ways in which you can make the most of the space that you have available.
Whether you are managing several rental properties or just one, it’s very convenient to use the same flooring, paint, hardware, and appliances in all of them. This will save you time and effort, and avoid confusion in any case. If one of the tenants needs a bucket of paint to fix a wall, you will know exactly what colour they need.
Give tenants some ownership and a say in the up keep.
If you’re not comfortable with letting tenants choose paint for the whole house, you can consider letting them paint an accent wall. This can help make your tenants feel more at home. The best flooring for rental properties is made of durable materials. Most people opt for tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, cork, linoleum, or carpet.
The best paint colours for rental properties are warm and neutral shades of white, grey, and beige. These colours are versatile and hide the imperfections on the walls. However, before choosing the colour palette for the property you should take the lighting and orientation of the space into account. Owning rental properties is a business in its own right, so there are some maintenance repairs and projects that may fall into the category of business expenses and be tax-deductible.
All done and ready to go.
Mobile Skips will deliver fast to all suburbs in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong along with the Sunshine Coast. Book online now and we’ll be there within 3 hours to pick up all of your unwanted household rubbish.
What you can put in:
- Household Rubbish: Furniture, wood, clothes, household junk, office material, white products
- Green Waste: Light green waste like shrubs, prunings, sticks and twigs. Tree branches, leaves and grass clippings.
- Light Construction Waste: Cabinetry, plasterboard, fittings, windows, flooring and doors
What you can’t put in:
- Hazardous Materials: Asbestos, chemicals, poisons, batteries, paint, food & biological waste.
- E-Waste: Computers, Batteries and Electronics
Contact us now to find out more about rates and availability to assist you with your next clean up job.
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