As a landlord, you are responsible for maintaining and managing your rental property, which means you may deal with a variety of different types of people and some of their personal issues. When a tenant rents from you, your rental property is their home and you will likely encounter some common problems associated with personal residences. Here are some tips to help you handle some of the possible situations your renters may experience and you need to handle.
Remedy Mold Growth
One of the more common types of problems, when you are managing a rental property, can be due to mold growth. Mold can grow in any wet and warm environment, which can occur in many places inside the rental home, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. If the tenant is not venting the property properly after showering or has allowed a water leak to continue unreported, it can result in mold growth.
If the roof begins to leak into the closet of your rental property, for example, it is likely going to result in mold growth, and hopefully your renter finds it and reports it to you before it spreads into the interior wall, insulation, and attic and causes dry rot and further mold growth. The longer the mold continues to grow, the further it will spread mold spores through the property and cause related health problems.
Most small areas of mold growth, you can clean up on your own. Remove the affected materials to replace with new and clean off nonporous surfaces with a bleach and water solution. If the mold covers a larger area or has gotten into the insulation, interior walls, and property's HVAC, it is best and sometimes required by law for you to hire a professional mold remediation company, such as DiBiaso's Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. A mold removal company will guarantee their work and keep your property and your tenants protected from the affects of mold growth.
Arrange for Pest Control
Another common type of issue that may be present in your rental property is with pests. This can consist of one or more of any type of pests, including mice, cockroaches, fleas, bed bugs, ants, or spiders.
Depending on the type of infestation and the extent of the problem, you can remedy the problem yourself. For example, if the pests are ants in the kitchen and pantry, you can clean up the area and place ant poison to prevent further infestations.
But if the infestation is larger or from mice, bed bugs, cockroaches, or other types of difficult-to-remove pests, consider hiring a professional pest control service. A professional pest control company can treat your property specific to its infestation with safe treatments if there are children or pets present. And they will usually guarantee their work and come back for a follow-up treatment when necessary.