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5 Property Management Mistakes that make you a Bad Property Manager

We all make mistakes. But when in comes to property management mistakes, the consequences can be tremendous. Property managers balance so many moving pieces, and fixing even the smallest mistakes or bad habits can make a huge difference to your resident experience and your business growth.

From hiring people who aren’t a good fit to letting tenant screenings slide, there are plenty of predictable characteristics of what some might call a bad property manager. 

But it’s not always as straightforward as it seems.

So, we decided to seek out an expert on property management who could talk to us about how property managers can avoid the most common property management mistakes. 

Meet the Expert: Michael Catalano

Michael Catalano is a lifer in the industry and has unique insights as a founding partner of PURE Property Management. We asked him for the five most common mistakes made by property managers are and he delivered.

‍Michael Catalano is co-founder and general partner of Silicon Valley-based PURE Property Management, the fastest growing profitable residential property management and technology company in the U.S. As a second-generation property manager with over 25 years of experience running, growing, and acquiring property management companies, Catalano is an industry insider looking to transform the traditionally cumbersome and complex process of managing properties. PURE acquires hyperlocal property management companies and invests in their people, processes, and technology to achieve market leadership in their location.

1. Mismanaging Trust Accounting

“One of the biggest mistakes I see newer property owners make is not actively managing and understanding their trust accounting,” says Catalano. “Trust accounting discrepancies can do more than jeopardize your bottom line. Depending on the state you live in, big shortages can put you out of business or even in jail.” 

The key to avoiding any discrepancies is to have the right people in place. Trust accounting in rental property management requires a more specialized understanding of the industry than a traditional CPA often has. The accountant you hire needs to have a deep knowledge of how money fluidly moves through all stakeholders, specifically in the property management industry - residents, property investors, and vendors. They need to keep accurate and up-to-date accounting so that you always know what your resources are. While shortages do come up occasionally, even with the most well-run companies, knowing and troubleshooting to find the problem right away will help avoid bigger discrepancies later. 

“Every owner should be monitoring trust accounts with their CPA at least monthly, and for some states, it is a licensing requirement. In these states, if you have a negative in a trust account, you will lose your license and can also be fined or jailed. Shortages in a trust account usually occur when money from a client has been placed in the wrong client account, commingling funds. As soon as you commingle, you break the law in most states.” 

Catalano really stresses the importance of getting this right the first time and offers two important suggestions: 

“Number one, put someone in place that understands this. Fortunately, there are now many accountants and firms that specialize in trust accounting. You can find the best for you by talking to your colleagues and checking references before hiring. 

The second is to conduct a self-audit every other year. Take the time and spend the money to hire a professional auditor to audit your trust accounting and make sure that all the accounts are balanced and in order. It may cost about $5,000, but that is considerably less expensive than having it wrong,” emphasizes Catalano. 

2. Dropping the Ball on Forecasting and Financial Analysis

“It is very important to have a sufficient understanding of your everyday and future finances by budgeting and forecasting, which is critical to running any successful business. I’ve seen some property management companies miss this important step,” says Catalano. 

Underdeveloped financial analysis can leave a lot of money on the table and become a costly mistake in property management services. Catalano is quick to note how some basic budgeting and bookkeeping refinement have quickly increased the margins and cash flow of many of the companies that have joined the PURE Property Management family, and this modification is generally something that every company can very easily do on their own. 

“In addition to budgeting and forecasting, it is important to have an understanding of your KPIs and metrics as well. I feel like a lot of companies in our industry could do a better job of tracking so that every day they can answer critical questions about the financial position of their business – ‘What’s my revenue per door?’ and ‘Who is bringing in revenue and why and what am I paying them?’” 

Catalano offers this advice to help ensure you’re keeping up with finances appropriately: “You should always be prepared to sell your company, even if you have absolutely no plans whatsoever. Because when you operate at that level, you will have the best control and understanding of your overall finances. By watching your revenue and expenses on a daily basis, you will always have a pulse on the health of your business.”

3. Failing to Complete Workflow Implementation

“While property management is not a particularly tech-savvy industry, we’ve seen more changes over the last three or so years than in the previous 30. There are now single-point technology solutions for the most time-intensive tasks within the workflow process innovated to increase efficiency. But the implementation remains challenging,” says Catalano. 

“I’ve noticed that in this industry, when you decide on a new process or workflow that you would like to implement, I see a lot of incomplete implementation. Every new process requires employee training, which means extra time away from daily responsibilities, but it helps, in the end, to actually sit down and hold a class on how to operate the new technology or workflow. The technology only delivers optimal efficiencies if the users know how to wield them appropriately. So you need to think critically about how much technology to implement and what it means to your current and future workflows.”

Catalano says that as the industry has embraced technology at an increasing rate, the companies that have leveraged that change most successfully are the ones that made the proper investment in educating their teams. Technology can help with communication, streamlining workflow around property maintenance issues, leasing, move in, renewals, rent payments, tracking late rent or other late fees, security deposit, etc.

Part of the challenge of technology implementation, according to Catalano, is the lack of an end-to-end technology solution that completes the entire workflow process within one system. “Right now, company owners are trying to piece together too many technology platforms on their own,” adds the professional property management veteran. “That’s the hard part because, in this industry, the different technologies do not truly connect. While some property management tech solutions are labeled as APIs, generally they aren’t true APIs because they don’t talk to each other.” 

The lack of integration Catalano touches on here makes heavy reliance on a large amount of software a hazardous venture. Not only do employees need to learn to be efficient with all of them, especially in smaller companies, but because they are not interconnected, there’s a lot of manual data transfer. 

“Right now, a property management API is like a CSV file, where you're downloading and then importing that CSV file in the new platform. In order to implement an entire workflow process, property managers use seven to 10 different platforms for all the different processes. Moving from one tech process to the next, we’re asking our property managers or leasing agents or maintenance coordinators to remember what they did in one platform and literally hand type that information in the next platform. As you can imagine, things get lost in translation, and then you have a problem.”

4. Falling Out of Compliance with Laws and Regulations & Screening Tenants

“I live and operate in California, and it seems like California has a new law every day for resident rights,” says Catalano.”Property managers have an obligation to themselves, their teams, their clients, and their residents to stay up to date with the ever-evolving laws and industry regulations in their state.”  

And unfortunately, as everyone knows, rapidly changing fair housing laws get complicated really fast.

“To make this situation even more complicated, in addition to the statewide ordinances, there are local ordinances as well that supersede the state ones,” says Catalano. “So, for example, you have to stay on top of knowing that while there is a statewide rent control in California, certain areas in Silicon Valley have a different rent control.” 

Knowing that lease and eviction law changes are fluid, Catalano believes it helps to think of them as living, breathing organisms that are continually changing and growing. In addition, Catalano recommends that you should review all state and local laws and regulations on at least a monthly basis. And while leases and property management agreements don’t need to be updated monthly, they should be combed through on a regular basis to be sure they are all compliant. Understand the laws around background checks, credit checks, and discrimination when screening tenants, etc.

“Updating your lease agreements is tedious and can sometimes be monetarily expensive. You may even have to pay an attorney to do it. But at the end of the day, you really have to do it. Believe it or not, we’ve had a few situations, especially in California, when we have acquired a company and when we have looked at the leases have found as many as four items in there that are actually illegal.”’

“It’s not easy to be perfectly compliant with how many laws and regulations there are, how quickly they change, and how different they are from place to place, but it is important if you don’t want to get sued. While lawsuits from renters are generally frivolous, they’re happening more and more, and it’s not something you want to open yourself up to.” 

5. Making or Keeping a Bad Hire

“Right now, hiring is probably one of the most difficult aspects of this business, and can be one of the biggest mistakes property managers make. There are a lot of hurdles to finding and placing the right people for every job.” 

“In California, if you want to be a property manager, you have to be licensed, which is also the case in other states as well. With a lack of viable candidates, however, many unlicensed people are doing property management duties that require licensing. As a company owner hiring unlicensed employees, you could get in some serious trouble with the Real Estate Commission,” says Catalano. 



“So have a strategy for finding the right employees for your company. Start by confirming that they have the required licensing. Next, make sure that they have the right personality for the job that they're hired to do. We use a company called Culture Index to help us determine if there is a good fit. The company uses personality analytics to determine if the job candidate will be in the right position, whether or not they have the skills to be a leader, and answers personality trait questions like ‘are they ambitious and will they follow directions accurately?’ This Culture Index has really helped us with hiring and making sure that we have the best person in the right position for them. 

In addition to implementing a hiring strategy, Catalano says that it is important to understand your end goals for each department and the overall company structure to hire the right workers correctly. 

“You should have an org chart, even if you only have six employees. The chart should visually outline, ‘Who's doing what?’, ‘Who reports to who?’ and ‘Are they in the right position?’ When you are hiring, you need to know if the position is departmental, portfolio, or hybrid. Both you and new hires will want to know the plan moving forward to attain more growth, and I think that’s a big pitfall. Having this org chart will keep you from hiring the wrong person or guide you on how you want to run the business,” says Catalano.

“Having an org chart and hiring strategy really ties back to knowing your financials and metrics. Understanding how many doors are being managed per full-time employee and how to structure around the best servicing that door count is the best way to optimize your business for success. I know that these strategies work because I think the average in the industry right now is about 50-60 doors per FTE and at PURE, we're sitting at about 115. You can get to well over 100 iIf you're more efficient, maybe 150 iIf the technology gets a little bit better. We think we can get to 200 eventually. So that's how we look at it. How are you structuring your business to get the best and most efficient organization?”

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10 Best Property Management Maintenance Software

In the property management world, tech solutions abound. There are so many different players on the market, but sometimes, that wealth can be tough to navigate. When it comes to property management maintenance software, single-family property managers have to identify, first, how they approach maintenance and, second, what tech solution will best support their team, workflows, and operational structure. It’s a daunting task! That’s why Second Nature builds integrated solutions to support residents in preventing issues from ever developing. These solutions reduce maintenance needs through preventive maintenance strategies and take work off the property manager’s plate. But no matter how much prevention you build in with tools like our Resident Benefits Package, you’re always going to need some maintenance management. So, today, we’re going to look at some of the best approaches you can take and the best software available to you for property management maintenance. Property management maintenance software solutions come in two basic categories: Platform Solutions: Property management operations platforms or accounting software that include maintenance support, among other full-service property management solutions. Dedicated Point Solutions: Property management software designed to tackle one specific problem – in this case, maintenance. We’ll explore solutions that fit into both of these categories and how to weigh the pros and cons of each. 1. Property Meld Property Meld is a leader in the small to medium-sized property management business space. It’s a maintenance point solution to optimize work order management, response time tracking, vendor and resident communication, scheduling, and analytics. Its built-in “Owner Hub” helps provide the right amount of transparency to your clients. Perhaps the best feature is the Insights Tool, which helps you track metrics like the median speed of repair, average resident satisfaction, vendor health score, total spend per unit, and more. Pros: The user interface is intuitive for PMs and residents Opening repair tickets takes just minutes Tracking repairs and resident satisfaction is easy and transparent Powerful analytics help you see your success at a glance Cons: If you’re looking for a full-service operations platform, Meld won’t be the solution for you. 2. Lula Lula is another dedicated point solution focused on property maintenance technology. They leverage a network of vetted contractors to make finding the best technicians easy. Lula’s team becomes an outsourced extension of your property management company, troubleshooting, coordinating, and managing maintenance tasks. They operate in over 30 markets in the US and boast results like 80% one-trip resolutions and a net promoter score of 80. Pros: They do the work to vet and provide the vendors You can bring your own vendors in if you want to Integrates with any software Customizable plans for self-service or full-service Cons: May not yet be available in your market Only focuses on maintenance 3. Buildium Buildium is a popular all-in-one solutions platform and property accounting software with excellent management features. The web-based solution and app provide support in accounting and invoicing, communications, leasing, and maintenance activities. Their portals provide tenant support, maintenance management, and templates to make every part of property management easier. Pros: A near-complete solution for property management Excellent tenant and owner portals and communication hubs Analytics and tracking to streamline operations and results A 14-day trial helps you evaluate if it’s a fit Customizable packages Cons: Lack of transparency for owners The listing process isn’t as comprehensive as some users want Can be pricey 4. Mezo Mezo is an AI-driven, cloud-based property maintenance management software. The aim of the app is to take work off your plate by automating maintenance ticket responses, resolutions, and insights. Mezo takes requests directly from residents and uses conversational AI to ask questions in real-time, identify problems, and diagnose the issue. It will support residents in resolving the issue on their own or integrate with your management system to get work orders quickly sent. Pros: Residents can get help immediately when they have issues and potentially resolve themselves with Mezo’s chatbot support Technicians arrive with Mezo’s analysis and diagnosis, allowing them to come prepared and resolve issues quicker Integrates with most PMS options Cons: Doesn’t integrate with all other PM tech solutions As a newer technology, still has some bugs and gaps 5. Lessen Lessen, formerly SMS Assist, is an enterprise-level solution providing tech-powered renovations and maintenance at scale. It’s an end-to-end platform for maintenance operations with a vetted vendor network and provides everything you need for maintenance or turning projects. PMs simply use the app to request projects, deploy Lessen network pros, track progress and checklists, check for quality control remotely, and process payments – all in one slick tech solution. Pros: Excellent, seamless tech that’s easy to use and deploy A fully vetted vendor network takes that work off your plate An established brand that has worked out the “kinks” in service Cons: More ideal for more enterprise companies who need scale (rather than smaller SFR PMs) 6. AppFolio AppFolio is a full-service rental property management platform solution that is very popular with single-family property management companies. The web-based app streamlines and automates every stage of real estate management, including management, training, marketing and leasing, maintenance, accounting, reporting, and communications. For maintenance, AppFolio includes workflow automation, work order managemen toolst, online maintenance request, mobile inspections, and more. Pros: Easy-to-use technology with great UX Fully mobile and automated Customizable dashboards and advanced reporting Cons: An expensive platform if all you need is a maintenance point solution Customer service is not always available for maintenance line 7. Rentvine Rentvine is a full-service property management platform that focuses on communication support between PMCs, residents, and clients. The platform streamlines application and tenant screening, inventory management, accounting with a manager’s ledger and client money tracked separately, marketing, leasing, and – of course – maintenance. The app tracks all your work orders from start to finish and supports communication between residents, property managers, and vendors throughout. Pros: Easy to use with excellent customer support Owner and tenant portals work seamlessly Excellent accounting process Cons: Has fewer features than some competitors but is continuously improving 8. DoorLoop DoorLoop is another full-service property management software that provides all the features a property manager needs to manage their portfolio. You can handle accounting, maintenance, listings, marketing, client success, and more, all from the app. For property management maintenance, their software helps manage work orders, handle vendor payments, and track the process from start to finish. Pros: Intuitive, streamlined UX that’s user-friendly Great customer service Excellent integrations Cons: Expensive if all you need is a maintenance point solution rather than a full platform Some functionalities are still being developed 9. FTMaintenance FTMaintenance is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) point solution platform designed for maintenance managers, executives, and technicians. While it’s not specifically designed for property management, the software streamlines work order management, vendor payments, tracking, and more. For some PMs, this could be the added solution they need to focus simply on complex maintenance jobs. Pros: Robust work order tracking Excellent mobile app for vendors and maintenance managers Analytics and organization Cons: Not designed specifically for property managers, focused more on commercial properties Complex if you are not tech-savvy 10. UpKeep UpKeep is another CMMS point solution focused entirely on managing maintenance. It’s not designed specifically for property managers but may have the features you need if you’re looking for a maintenance-specific app. Explain key features, pricing, and why it should be considered. Their web and mobile app helps manage day-to-day maintenance life cycles, work orders, payments, and more. Pros: Great work order tracking with in-depth reports and financial analysis Easy to use for maintenance scheduling and organizing work orders Cons: Not specific to residential property management Difficult to learn how to use How Second Nature Helps with Property Management Maintenance When it comes to maintenance, at Second Nature, we’re always looking to empower the resident. Our Resident Benefits Package provides solutions that minimize maintenance needs and costs in the first place. From HVAC/air filter delivery to on-demand pest control to rental rewards, we aim to incentivize residents to care for their property and take work off the property manager’s plate. We also work closely with other property management software providers to ensure you have everything you need for success in your SFR property management business. Learn more about the Second Nature RBP and how it can bring ease to your work.

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Preventive Maintenance Checklist for Property Management

A big part of property management is prevention. Property managers anticipate issues, plan for problems, and execute solutions. For some, a key part of this prevention is to develop a property management preventive maintenance checklist. For multi-family property managers, a regular preventive maintenance check is standard–and easy. Their properties are often all contained to one apartment building or community, and it’s easy to do a walkthrough to ensure everything is as it should be. For single-family property managers, it gets a lot more complicated. With scattered-site properties, regular inspections are impractical and expensive. In fact, one of the best ways to approach prevention is to help equip residents to take preventive measures themselves. At Second Nature, that’s our approach: “How do we make it easy for residents to handle preventive care of the property?” In this article, we’ll explore both approaches to preventive maintenance: Doing inspections as a property manager – or finding solutions where residents support the process. Let’s dive in. What is Preventive Maintenance? Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to keeping a property in good condition with the purpose of preventing unexpected failures and maximizing longevity. This type of maintenance encompasses a broad range of activities, from routine inspections (more common in multifamily) to air filter delivery services that keep HVAC systems running smoothly. By implementing preventive maintenance tactics, property managers aim to prolong the lifespan of property components, maintain property value, and provide a safe, functional, and appealing living environment for residents. What is a Preventive Maintenance Inspection – and Who Conducts It? A preventive maintenance inspection is a regularly scheduled, systematic evaluation of a property designed to identify and rectify any emerging issues before they escalate into serious problems. In other words, a preventive maintenance inspection is like a health check-up for a property. A well-documented inspection also provides a record of maintenance that can be valuable for insurance claims, move-outs, etc. Generally, SFR property managers find themselves in three different camps when it comes to property inspections: Those who visit sites only when an issue arises. Those who conduct scheduled annual preventive inspections, whether there are issues or not. Those who conduct biannual or seasonal preventive inspections, whether there are issues or not. But there’s also a fourth option: Those who rely on a partner who helps manage prevention for them. There is so much residents can do themselves to prevent larger issues from ever developing – they just need a little support. For example, if a resident is changing their air filter on time, the property manager is going to get fewer HVAC tickets, and the HVAC system is going to last longer. If you can provide scheduled air filter delivery, residents can stay on top of their filter changes. Whichever of the camps you fall into, we want to provide you with resources in this article to make preventive maintenance easier. If you’re the type of property manager who prioritizes regular preventive maintenance inspections, we have a checklist template for you below. If you’re the type of property manager who prefers to react when issues arise (often more cost-effective), we have some suggestions for how to help residents manage preventive measures on their own. What to Include in a Preventive Maintenance Checklist Let’s say you do prioritize regular inspections. Crafting a preventive maintenance checklist for property management is all about anticipating needs and averting potential issues before they arise. Building your checklist begins with a thorough assessment of the property's unique features and vulnerabilities. By understanding the life cycle of various components of a property across the seasons – from HVAC systems to appliances – you can prioritize tasks and schedule maintenance in a way that minimizes wear and tear. Your checklist will likely include the following categories: Structural Maintenance Electrical Systems Plumbing & Water Systems HVAC Systems (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Appliances (if provided) Lawn & Outdoor Areas Pest Control Safety & Security Systems Interior Checks Miscellaneous (Garage, waste disposal, etc.) Sample Preventive Maintenance Checklist for Property Management Companies With input from OnSightPROS, we’ve built a preventive maintenance checklist template for single-family rental property management companies. Use this template as-is or tweak it to fit your property needs! If you want a downloadable and more in-depth template for all types of rental inspections, check out our original post on rental inspection checklists and Get the download here. Structural Maintenance Roofing: Inspect for leaks, damaged tiles, or shingles. Check gutters and downspouts. Foundation: Check for cracks, water damage, or shifting. Walls and ceilings: Look for cracks, dampness, and signs of mold. Electrical Systems Safety checks: Ensure that outlets, switches, and wiring are in good condition. Lighting: Regularly test all indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures. Inspect circuit breakers and panels. Plumbing & Water Systems Drains and pipes: Check for leaks or buildup. Water heater: Test hot water temperature and pressure relief valves and inspect for signs of wear. Faucets and fixtures: Ensure proper flow and check for leaks. HVAC Systems (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Filters: Ensure they are up to date. With Second Nature’s Air Filter Delivery, you’ll have the date stamped right on the filter itself. Ductwork: Check for mold or leaks. Seasonal checks: Ensure the heating system is ready for winter and cooling for summer. Appliances (if provided) Oven, range, microwave: Check for cleanliness and ensure they are working efficiently. Refrigerator: Check coils and inspect seals. Washer and dryer: Inspect hoses and ensure the resident is keeping lint and drainage clean. Lawn & Outdoor Areas Landscaping: Ensure that the landscaping is tidy and up to HOA standards, if applicable. Paths and driveways: Check for cracks or tripping hazards. Pools: Ensure safety measures are in place. Pest Control Notice any signs of pests With Second Nature’s On-Demand Pest Control, you can be sure residents can call a professional immediately if they ever have issues. We handle it for you. Safety & Security Systems Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Ensure residents have kept up to date and they are installed properly. Fire extinguishers: Check expiration dates and ensure they're easily accessible. Emergency exits and paths: Ensure they're clear and well-marked. Interior Checks Floors: Look for damaged tiles, caulk problems, carpet wear, or wood floor issues. Windows and doors: Ensure they open and close smoothly, and check seals. Miscellaneous Garage and parking areas: Check for proper lighting, security, and cleanliness. Waste disposal: Ensure trash bins are clean and in good condition. The Importance of Preventive Maintenance Did you know that something as simple as getting air filters delivered on time can reduce HVAC costs by hundreds of dollars annually? More on that in a minute, but it’s clear that for property managers, preventive maintenance isn’t just about keeping the property in good shape—it's a strategic approach that yields all kinds of benefits. By prioritizing prevention, you can: Minimize costly repairs: Regular maintenance can prevent small maintenance issues from escalating into expensive emergencies. Extend asset longevity: Helping residents proactively care for components like HVAC systems extends their lifespan, saving money in the long run. Enhance resident satisfaction: Supporting a resident in maintaining their property means fewer complaints and issues, leading to higher retention rates. Ensure safety: Regular checks keep safety hazards at bay, reducing the risk of accidents and liability. Improve property value: Consistent upkeep maintains or even increases the property's market value. Stay compliant: Keeping up with building codes and safety regulations is non-negotiable, and preventive maintenance ensures compliance. By incorporating a preventive maintenance strategy, property managers not only safeguard the property's physical health but also its financial viability and desirability in the market. It's a proactive measure that resonates well with residents and investors alike. Best Tools to Support Preventive Maintenance Here’s the big question: How can property managers for single-family homes make preventive maintenance easier? Scattered-site properties don’t lend themselves to regular inspections. So, the best solution, as we mentioned above, is to help your residents do it themselves. Here are three of our favorite products to get that done. Second Nature We’ve built a Resident Benefits Package with proactive property management in mind. Each feature – from renter’s insurance to on-demand pest control to air filter delivery – aims to address ongoing needs and prevent common issues from escalating. Let’s take air filter delivery as an example. In the largest HVAC data study of its kind, filter delivery service reduced HVAC ticket requests by 38% Just by including a filter subscription for your residents, you can help them cut energy costs and ensure your HVAC system lasts for the long term. Learn more about all of the features of our Resident Benefits Package and how it delivers results for residents, property investors, and property management companies. RentCheck RentCheck is a property inspection app built to help residents do inspections on their own. The property manager can request and track routine inspections from the resident. You can set up any cadence you want and customize the self-guided inspection requirements. RentCheck will fully automate reminders and support residents in completing a video inspection that then gets sent to you as a shareable report. zInspector zInspector is another very popular rental inspection app in the SFR property management space. Like RentCheck, property managers use zInspector to schedule, customize, and receive inspections conducted by residents themselves. The app also includes a toolkit with an evolving set of property and task management tools. You can get 360 photos and virtual tours with a compatible 360 camera and printable, customizable inspection reports. FAQs Q: What are the benefits of preventive maintenance? Preventive maintenance offers a multitude of benefits, including: Cost Savings: It reduces the likelihood of incurring expensive emergency repairs and extends the life expectancy of property assets. Efficiency: Regular maintenance ensures that all systems and appliances are running at optimal performance, which can lower energy costs. Tenant Retention: A well-maintained property leads to higher tenant satisfaction, which can decrease turnover rates. Safety: It helps identify potential safety issues before they become hazardous, promoting a safer living environment. Value Preservation: Ongoing care maintains and can enhance the property's value over time. Compliance: Ensures that the property remains in compliance with the latest building codes and safety regulations. Overall, preventive maintenance is essential for maintaining a property's integrity, ensuring tenant satisfaction, and optimizing operational budgets. Q: What is included in basic preventive maintenance? Basic preventive maintenance for property management typically encompasses: Routine Inspections: Regularly checking the structural integrity of the property, including roofs, walls, and foundations. HVAC Maintenance: Ensuring heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are clean and functioning properly. Plumbing Checks: Looking for leaks, clogs, or wear in pipes and fixtures. Electrical System Audits: Inspecting electrical panels, wires, and safety systems to prevent malfunctions. Groundskeeping: Checking outdoor areas, including landscaping, gutters, and drainage systems. Appliance Upkeep: Servicing provided appliances to prevent breakdowns and extend their lifespan. Safety Inspections: Verifying that all safety equipment, like fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, is in working order. These tasks are designed to identify and address issues before they develop into more significant problems, helping to ensure the property remains safe, functional, and appealing to tenants. Q: What’s the ideal schedule for preventive maintenance? The ideal schedule for preventive maintenance can vary depending on the specific needs of a property, but a general guideline is as follows: Weekly/Monthly/Quarterly: Regular checks on a weekly to quarterly basis are more common for multifamily properties and apartment buildings, with quick checks on high-usage areas and equipment, such as communal spaces and gardening upkeep. Quarterly maintenance inspections could include more in-depth inspections of HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical systems, and seasonal preparations. Annually/Seasonally: A small number of SFR property managers will conduct seasonal or semi-annual inspections. A few more conduct annual inspections (unrelated to move-in or move-out, which always includes inspections). These are more in-depth inspections to keep an eye on potential issues.

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