As a landlord, and especially as a student landlord, you need to maintain the quality and condition of your rental property. Accidents can happen, so it is essential you can carry out repair work quickly and effectively. If you commit to maintaining your property regularly, you can save the amount of time and money you have to spend if you wait until the end of term or a rental agreement to make improvements.
Of course, it is best to leave repair and maintenance work to people who are skilled and experienced in this line of work. If you have time and are confident in repair and maintenance work, you can care for your rental accommodation yourself. A lot of landlords like this approach as it saves money. However, if you aren’t skilled in this area, your repair work may not be up to standard, and it can harm the property.
Therefore, it is probably best for your business if you hire reputable maintenance professionals. You may know people you trust and who can be relied upon to carry out affordable and productive work. If you do know people, use them as it helps you to feel confident about the services you receive. However, if you don’t know any reputable professionals in the local area, it is vital you understand how to find dependable maintenance professionals.
Ask for recommendations
The starting point in finding dependable professionals is to ask around. If friends, family members, colleagues or associated have used professionals recently, they will have opinions on how to use and who to avoid. Sometimes knowing which professionals to avoid is as important as knowing who you should hire, so any advice in this area is of benefit and interest.
You should consider cost, quality of work, reliability of service, time is taken to complete the job and customer service. These are all critical components in finding a reliable professional, so don’t just focus on one aspect.
Some landlords will look to hire the cheapest professional, but this doesn’t always equate to authentic value for money.
Look online for reviews and testimonials
The advent of the internet has made searching for a reliable professional much more straightforward. There is a plethora of reviews available online and trusted professionals are keen to share their recommendations.
A quick way to get feedback about professionals is to ask on social media. People love to share their opinions, and if they have received good or bad service, they will likely share their opinion. While you shouldn’t accept a single review as being completely trustworthy, if there is a body of evidence for or against a professional, you should take this opinion on board.
Speak to professionals
As a landlord, it is likely you can offer regular work to maintenance professionals. You want to find someone you can trust and who you feel as though you can develop a strong working relationship. Allocate time to speak with professionals, obtain quotes and chat to them. Hopefully, this insight helps you find a professional you are happy to work with.
If you find affordable and dependable maintenance professionals, you’ll find that operating student lets becomes a simple process. If you require guidance or help in letting to Coventry students, contact Student Circle, and we’ll be happy to help.