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Hayward Property Management Facts: Property Maintenance Part 2 – Vendors

Deanna Hansen - Friday, May 03, 2013

One of the most important things you need to do at your property is to hire good vendors. You must hire people who are licensed, insured and carry workers compensation insurance if there are other employees doing work. You need to do this so you don’t incur any liability at your property. It also ensures a better quality of work.

We had one of our property owners hire someone from in front of the local Home Depot to go out to his property and do some work. We knew that he had done this because after he was done with the repairs, our inspector from Aapex Property Management went over to check things out and the work was really shoddy. The paint had been sprayed poorly, and there was paint sprayed into the carpet, there was paint on the cabinets in the kitchen and all over the stove and the countertops. When we called the owner to ask about who had taken care of the maintenance on the property, he told us what he had done and who he had hired.

This is problematic, because if the person he had hired from outside of the Home Depot had gotten hurt while on the property, our owner would have been sued. His insurance company would have helped him with the lawsuit, but none of us want to go through a lawsuit for something like this, which could have been avoided. Also, you don’t want shoddy work done on your property. It just creates a bad impression when tenants come in and view it.

Hire vendors who will treat your tenants well, especially when you are scheduling work while there is a tenant in the property. A tenant will get upset if there is a maintenance person in the house throwing tools around or acting mean or leaving a mess behind. Hire someone who will be mindful of tenants.

As a Hayward property management company, we establish relationships with all of our vendors. We have some vendors who have been with us for a long time. One licensed contractor has been working with us for almost 20 years. He has reasonable rates and he does a good job for us every time. As an owner, you might hire someone just once or twice. We have the same people and companies work with us over and over again, which often gives us a high volume discount. That saves a lot of money for our owners, and it’s something to keep in mind.

When you are hiring vendors, make sure you find someone you can trust, who is reliable and will treat your tenants well. Always make sure they are licensed and carry the required insurance. If you have any questions about locating vendors, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Aapex Property Management.
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