We are all guilty of turning a blind eye to a little problem that seems more an inconvenience than anything, but thankfully, when it comes to your rental, your property manager understands that taking care of those little problems can lead to better overall management and return for you.
Every property will from time to time be faced with issues or things that need attention. Whether that is a broken door or window, a leaking tap or issue with heating or cooling, maintenance – no matter how infrequent – is a constant for every property…investment or not.
Issues can arise, though, when regular maintenance work turns into more frequent maintenance and ends up costing you more and more money. Unfortunately, simply patch-up jobs won’t cover it and occasionally more investigation is needed to manage an issue.
Trees, for example, while incredibly important for our planet, can pose a problem when the larger they grow, the more damaging their root systems can be to properties in close proximity. Not all trees are bad, of course, but certain species have particularly invasive roots systems and can wreak havoc, in some cases, on the home’s structure and easily make their way into underground pipe systems, causing ongoing problems with plumbing, electrical and the like.
They’re not all bad, and there’s no need to run out straight away and cut down every tree surrounding your property. In fact, planted considerately, trees can provide excellent privacy and climate control for a property.
But, if you are regularly getting calls for plumbing issues caused by trees on your property, it may be worth taking note of why these issues are reoccurring before the call out fees and ongoing works bills start coming in. And if that big tree that seems to have tripled in size from when you first bought the property seems to be the culprit, it may be worthwhile weighing up the cost of removal versus ongoing expense.
If you’re at all concerned about maintenance on your property, your property manager is available to talk through your concerns anytime.