Whilst the property is empty it is an ideal time to attend to repairs which may cause inconvenience to new tenants or require noisy equipment. Take a close inspection all around and make a list of the jobs that need doing. A little maintenance now will save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds later. Small repairs left unattended can become major headaches.
Take into account the time of the year. Some external maintenance may have to wait for drier months, be sure to tell prospective tenants that these works are already planned, keep estimates to make them feel at ease.
You can save money by doing some of them yourself, having to do repairs whilst a tenant is in situ, not only requires times to be agreed but may also require the experience of a professional contractor.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS TO CHECK:
- Clear guttering of leaves
- Attend to missing roof tiles
- Smoke alarms on every floor
- Waste pipes & minor leaks
- Appliances are working correctly
- Windows hinges & locks operate correctly
It is a legal requirement to ensure the gas installation and any gas appliances conform to strict safety requirements at any rented property. For this reason, a Landlord Gas Safety Check must be completed before a tenancy begins and is subsequently renewed every year by a qualified GasSafe engineer. If an appliance is changed during the term of the Gas Safety Check, then it must be issued with a new Safety Check. Why not contact us to have one of our qualified contractors have this work done for you, most of our contractors are locally based in Wolverhampton.
The law requires that a Landlord ensures that the electrical installation and appliances are safe to use. As specialist equipment may be required we recommend that a NIC/EIC qualified technician or similar checks the property prior to renting, any issues which arise are remedied and an appropriate Safety Record issued. Again our experienced contractors are from the local area and have good working experience of properties in of your type.
We strongly recommend that regular periodic inspections are carried out – one prior to letting and then every five years thereafter. This inspection would highlight any areas in need of upgrading and should ensure electrical safety.
Legislation requires that all rented property must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) prior to the property being advertised. The purpose of the EPC is to indicate the energy efficiency of the property in it's current state and the potential to increase efficiency should other factors be applied. With the rising cost of gas & electric, tenants are now clearly taking into account the EPC rating before deciding whether to take on a property or not.
Whilst current EPC ratings are only for guidance only, as from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any property rented to have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).