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The Importance Of Property Management

Apr 25, 2008
The term property management describes a liaison between the landlord and the tenant. There are many duties that are included in the property management role such as accepting rent, responding to and addressing maintenance issues, advertising vacancies for landlords, and doing credit and background checks on tenants.

Landlords employ a property management company to provide services like the ones named above and pay them a percentage of the rent that is collected each month, this percentage is usually around the 3-10% mark.

A property management company will mainly be dealing with the property maintenance of a landlord's property. Regular property maintenance will make the property safer and will actually save you money in the long run as it will extent the life of your property. All property will require maintenance and in the case of rented property this duty will fall on the shoulder of the property management team.

Depending on the age of a property you may find more problems need to be dealt with in one property than in another. This is why it is highly important that before tenants move into a property it is checked so that any problems that are found can be sorted out in a hope to reduce the amount of problems that will occur once the property has been rented out.

There are many different forms of property maintenance that will need to be taken care of when it comes to property that is being rented out. This maintenance can range from being major problems through to minor jobs such as interior painting, plastering, carpentry skills and gardening projects.

Some of the more major problems that will need to be taken care of in the sense of maintaining a property are building repairs. The term building repairs is a broad term that covers a range of services including interior and exterior repairs such as; windows, brickwork, damp course treatments, timber wet or dry rot in which any rotten timbers would be replaced and the cause of the problem (e.g. poor ventilation, leaking roof) corrected, electrical replacement, floorboards being replaced or property renovation.

Another highly importance aspect of maintenance as part of property management is ensuring that the electrical installation of a property is safe and doing the job that it should be. Electrical installation covers a range of tasks ranging from simple work such as changing a light switch through to more complex work such as a complete house re-wiring.

Property management not only refers to the looking after of the interior of a property, it also concentrates on the taking care of the exterior of the property as well. One of the biggest examples of this is maintaining the roof of a property. Out of all the exterior problems that occur with a property it has been seen that roofing is one of the aspects that tenants request to be sorted out the most; mainly the fixing of leaks. This maintenance work should be carried out by the property management team.
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Helen is the copywriter for ARCH Property Management, specialists in all forms of Property Management .
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