Minimize Expenses, Earn More
Many property owners are plagued with sky high maintenance costs, resulting in lower overall profits. In fact, some landlords struggle to turn a profit at all, thanks to a seemingly never-ending list of repair bills. While things do go wrong from time to time, making repairs unavoidable, there are certain measures you can take to keep your costs more manageable. Use the following tips to get a better grasp on maintenance costs in your rentals.
Invest in Proactive Upgrades
It may feel counterintuitive to spend more money in order to lower costs, but proactively addressing future problems can save you a bundle in the long run. Many homeowners only make upgrades to their rental homes after something goes wrong, but this approach can cause problems to grow ever larger.
For example, if your home’s roof is missing shingles, it’s better to pay to fix it now, as opposed to waiting until the situation is really dire. If you let the issue spin out of control, a few missing shingles could turn into a roof that needs a complete overhaul. The same can be said about many other repairs and upgrades.
Save for Maintenance Costs Every Month
If you have mortgage payments to make or debts to pay off, you’re likely applying your rental income to these obligations. Unfortunately, some homeowners treat any additional funds as extra spending money, rather than putting some aside for a rainy day. Ask yourself, if your rental needed urgent repairs to the tune of several thousand dollars, how would you finance these expenses?
Many landlords are forced to borrow money in this situation, incurring interest, bank fees, and a pile of debt. Instead of finding yourself in these shoes, make a habit of saving a percentage of your income every month for unforeseen circumstances.
Stop Taking the DIY Maintenance Approach
Landlords often turn to property management firms in Texas for convenience, only to find themselves shocked by lower maintenance bills. The simple reality is that many times a DIY fix costs more money than the same service from a property manager. At Keyrenter, we’re able to negotiate bulk services from vendors and contractors, with rates lower than what you might be able to obtain on your own.
Furthermore, we get the job done right from the start. Many handymen try to patch a problem and hope it does the trick, but we used licensed workers to complete repairs that meet building codes. This saves money in the long run, as the same problem is unlikely to reappear.
Dealing with maintenance costs is simply one of the harsh truths of being a property owner, but don’t be fooled into thinking you have no power over these expenses. By thoughtfully investing into your property’s upkeep, saving for the future, and choosing the right partners, you could save yourself a small fortune over the lifetime of your property.
Want to learn more about our dedicated maintenance services? Give us a call to get started: (512) 596-0055.
Jonathan has been very easy to work with. He's quick to respond and accommodating as we made the transition to a new home. I'd definitely recommend him!
Kristen S., Satisfied Client
Since the beginning it has been a pleasure working with Jonathan. He has always been very quick to respond to emails which is essential when it comes to property management.
Tyler M., Satisfied Client
Keyrenter was great to work with. I was hesitant to get a property manager at first, but after reading the wonderful reviews on Yelp for keyrenter specifically, I decided to go for it. Jonathan had helped me secure two tenants within a few months. Everything is very transparent and he has always been quick to emails and inquiries I've had
Charles L., Satisfied Client
Just hired Jonathan and Keyrenter to manage my home. This was a transitioning period for me, leaving my old property manager and working with him, and he made it seem so easy! He genuinely cares about your home and concerns. Found me a renter and dealt with the former property manager with ease. Couldn't be happier, looking forward to working with his company for months to come!
Chi G., Satisfied Tenant
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