One of the things I think helps to let your tenants know that you care about your rental property is when you occasionally assist with routine maintenance. Now, this could be you or your property manager. Either way, you want to convey the message that it’s important to take care of your rental property.
Here in Kansas City our rental properties have probably had the furnaces running almost non-stop for the better part of two months, save a temperate day or two here and there. This will not only put a little bit of a financial hurt on your tenants, it’s been heck on your furnaces.
So, what we can do is kill two birds with one stone. Maybe even three! I suggest that you, or your property manager, take over to each of your property units a set of new furnace filters and replace them. Why would this be good?
As I said, it shows you care about the maintenance of your rental property. And a dirty furnace filter is tough on the furnace. Even if the tenant does periodically change it, it’s like oil. You can’t change too often.
It will show the tenant you are thinking about them. It saves them only a few bucks and a couple minutes of time. But it is the thought that counts, right?
It allows you, or your property manager, to get inside and casually check out the condition of your rental home. Dogs that aren’t supposed to be there? Massive carpet stains? Problems of any kind?
Many a time I speak with income property owners who tell me the horror stories of what their tenants did to their houses. Almost to a person they also admit that neither they nor their property manager had visited the home while the tenants were under lease. In my mind, that is a mistake.