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Property Management How To – Maintenance Costs in Hayward

Deanna Hansen - Friday, May 24, 2013

Most rental property owners want to know how much it will cost to keep a property maintained. There are a lot of factors involved in that answer. One factor is the age of the property. If the home is older and has not had a lot of maintenance done in the last few years, it’s going to cost more to keep that property maintained. We know water heaters don’t last forever, nor do appliances. Even cabinets eventually wear out. Keep those things in mind when you are purchasing a property or preparing to put a property on the rental market.

If the water heater is over 10 years old, I usually recommend to the owners that they go ahead and replace it before they rent out the home. This is because it is inevitable that on some Saturday night at 2:00 a.m., that water heater will start leaking, leaving water all over the place. It is a habitability issue for your tenants, and the water will also cause damage to your property. Therefore, you’ll need to get someone out there after hours to take care of the problem. So, the cost will be a lot more than if you had just replaced it before putting the property up for rent.

Annual surveys and inspections of the property can also keep some of the big ticket maintenance items from happening. A water leak you notice today may cost you a couple hundred of dollars to fix, and a water leak that isn’t noticed for a year will cost you several thousands of dollars to fix.

Make sure you use a licensed and insured company for maintenance work. You don’t want to take the risk of having an unlicensed company or person working on your property. Make sure your contractors know all the local laws, rules and ordinances. Here in the bay area, you have to be EPA certified to work on a property with mold, or to disturb more than three square feet of paint.

At Aapex Property Management, we make sure all our vendors are certified and licensed. We keep copies of their certifications and credentials on fi Property Management How To – Maintenance Costs in Haywardle, so if we ever need to produce those, we can show that the person who worked on a property is licensed. You do not want a tenant who is now ill to sue you later on for mishandling a property because a vendor you used was not certified. Make sure whoever does maintenance knows what they are doing.

If you have any questions about maintenance costs and how to minimize them, please contact us at Aapex Property Management.
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Shakita Lingbeck commented on 07-Oct-2017 10:11 AM
Hello, just wanted to inform you that we had a great vacation at Marina de Bolnuevo in September of this year. We flew into Alicante and hired a car from the airport for the short drive to Bolnuevo. The beaches are perfect, most of them awarded the Blue Flag. The restaurents were great, with paella on the beach a must and managed a day on the nudist beach there. Very liberating. We also visited the Big Guns, The Roman Mines and the Sand sculptures. Will be returning there again next year. Thanks for reading Tony.
Hong Wojewoda commented on 07-Oct-2017 09:44 PM
Hello, just wanted to let you know that we had a great time at Marina de Bolnuevo in June of this year. We flew into Alicante and hired a car from the airport for the short drive to Bolnuevo. The beaches are fantastic, most of them awarded the Blue Flag. The cafes were great, with paella on the beach a delight and managed a trip to the nudist beach there. Very liberating. We also visited the Big Guns, The Roman Mines and the Sand sculptures. Will be returning there again next year. Thanks for reading Niall.

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