By now, the news about certain places in the country going back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has reached every Filipino, including those abroad who own rental properties in the Philippines. While this may be a slow period in terms of getting tenants for your vacant rental properties, don’t waste the “downtime.”
Take this opportunity to spruce up your spaces so that by the time that it’s back to business as usual, you can easily get the nod of prospective renters. Remind your property manager or caretaker to do these maintenance to-do’s:
Keep Pests Out
If your property has remained unoccupied for weeks, there’s a good chance that it’s already home to many pesky animals, such as cockroaches, rats, and termites. You know well how these annoying pests can ruin your rental business. It can damage the actual rental space. Insects and animals can tear through walls and the smell of wastes can cling onto floors. When this goes out of hand, existing tenants may complain.
Before future renters experience pest problems, the in-house caretaker can close entry points and sanitize premises. Once the community quarantine measures ease up again, have a professional do some preventive pest control measures.
Clear Out the Gutters
Rainy days are already here. If your property manager hasn’t cleaned the gutters or downspouts yet, the clutter that has built up for months can damage the property. It will cause water build-up when the rains come, causing leaks and mold problems. Worse, it can trigger health problems among residents. Stagnant water, as you know, makes for the perfect breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
Fortunately, it’s easy to clean gutters. With a plastic scoop, a broom, and a hose, your caretaker can easily take the junk out of this part of the house.
Inspect the Plumbing System
When prospective tenants check your rental space after the MECQ is lifted, one of the first things they’ll make sure is that there’s running water. This is why it’s important to have your plumbing system at the top of your priorities in the maintenance checklist. Moreover, you wouldn’t want tiny leaks and clogged drains to cause expensive problems later on.
Ask your caretaker to check for leaky faucets and pipes, blocked toilets and showerheads, and water pressure issues, at least weekly. With this, you can save more in the long run by having regular inspections.
A fresh coat of paint can brighten up your rental space and make it more visually-appealing to tenants viewing the unit. At the same time, it will help your caretaker spot any cracks or dampness, which may be early signs of a big problem.
Neutral tones are the best and safest choice for repainting walls. They’re not too loud that they can be off-putting to some renters, but they’re also not too bland that they take the vibrance out of the space. Moreover, your future tenants will be able to decorate and personalize the space easier once they move in, precisely because it’s a neutral backdrop.
Choose among white, beige, and gray shades for the new paint on the walls.
Check the Appliances
If you’ve provided appliances for your rental space, such as air conditioners, washing machines, or stoves, make sure that they’re still in good working condition. For the aircon, ask your property manager to change the filters. They should also watch out for leaks and cooling problems. If it takes longer than usual to cool the space, they probably should look into calling a repairman.
For the washing machine, inspect the drains, as this can get clogged easily. Any strange sounds may indicate that there’s a loose belt or motor issues.
As for the stoves, the burner should provide maximum flame or glow when the control is turned to the maximum. Your caretaker should watch out for gas leaks and call a professional immediately when there’s something off.
Metro Manila reverting back to MECQ may bring challenges to your business, but it can be an opportunity for you to spruce up your rental properties and improve their value in the long run. With these maintenance checks, you can impress tenants with well-maintained units.