The Best Property Maintenance Questions Answered by Atlas Homes
This article is going to be a sort of FAQ as there are quite a few questions that are commonly asked when it comes to property maintenance that we thought deserved their own article. These questions don’t necessarily have much to do with Atlas Homes as a company, we just thought we would help some people out with their own property maintenance. If you are still a little bit stuck then you can always get in touch with us here at Atlas Homes by calling us on 02921690018 or by filling out our contact form.
So, what do you think is the most important question to answer first?
If you are renting accommodation who maintains the garden?
Most property owners write a contract between them and their tenants that usually gives their tenants the responsibility of looking after the garden. Usually this is because if any repairs have to come about, they can turn around and say that the tenants were the persons who signed the agreement to look after said garden. If the garden is quite important or large in scale then the landlord will probably come to an agreement with the tenant, he/she could also hire a gardener if the garden means a lot to them.
The kind of deals that could work both ways for a tenant and property managers would be along the lines of this:
Depending on the building maintenance, the landlord could hire a gardener to come around every week or so and tidy the garden. Because it is a residential property this might be worked out as being added onto your rent every month, however, the landlord might just let the tenants within the rental property work it out. You never know though; he/she could just pay it out of the kindness of his/her own heart.
Another thing you might need to consider is how big the garden is. If the landlord is nice enough, they might agree to get someone to trim the trees and the borders of the garden. Whereas you would tend to the leaves, weeds and grass that end up falling and quite possibly the lawn. Therefore, the premises are nice and tidy and you each do your share.
Please note that all landlords need to provide their tenants with gardening tools. The tenant can buy them but when they leave and if the tenant decides to leave the tools, the landlord must pay for them if they have not provided said tools.
How much should someone budget in regards to property maintenance?
Probably the most asked question when it comes to property maintenance. It all depends on where you live of course. If you live in a newly built flat then you probably aren’t going to need as much property maintenance than when it comes to it than if you live in a house built 50 years ago. Although that’s just common sense really.
It is incredibly important to know how much you need to save when it comes to property management. Depending on your salary we would estimate that you save at least 10% of your monthly income for property maintenance services for when the time comes.
If you are a landlord then read the below paragraph intently as you need to know what is fair to expect your tenant to maintain on the property
People who are new to renting accommodation might not know their responsibilities and it is your responsibility to inform them. After all you’re the one that will pay for most of the repairs in the house anyway.
So, here is a list of the responsibilities that most tenants should already know:
Make tenants use the appliances that you provide properly via the manuals provided.
Taking the time to care about the fixtures and fittings you will find around the property.
Ventilating the property to make sure that it is mould free in every way possible
Keeping the home generally clean and tidy, we don’t want to have to say it but we all know someone who isn’t.
Pests are always a problem. Ant infestations and woodlice are awful so make sure you keep on top of them.
Reporting any serious issues like appliance breakages, any kind of damage to the building, drain blockages and more immediately.
All in all, these are the most Important things when it comes to property maintenance. If you need a hand when it comes to property maintenance then get in touch with us here at Atlas Homes and we can give you all the help you need. Give us a call on 02921690018 and we can start our inspections on the issues that you might have and provide you with transparent solutions that you can afford.
Please note that all of our prices regarding maintenance services and charges are not up for discussion.