As a landlord, ensuring your rental property is well-managed and maintained, mainly when you are not around, is essential. The responsibilities of a landlord can be a lot, from keeping up with repairs to collecting rent and ensuring that your tenants are safe. However, these responsibilities don't stop just because it's the holiday season and you need that much-needed vacation. Before you pack up and head off for the holidays, take the necessary measures to ensure your rental property is secure and your tenants are well-informed. Here are some tips that you can follow to prep your rental property before going on vacation.
Let Your Tenants Know Emergency Contact Numbers
Before leaving for your trip, inform your tenants about emergency contact numbers. It's crucial to ensure everyone knows who to call in case of any issues. You can leave a list of contact numbers on the fridge or any other conspicuous spot for easy access. Ensure that you are easy to reach in case of emergencies. Provide your phone number, email, or any additional contact information.
Remind Your Tenants About Holiday-Related Rules
It's the holiday season, so your tenants may want to decorate and get into the holiday spirit. However, you must ensure they follow any holiday-related rules. For example, you may have regulations on outdoor lighting, fireworks, or open flames. You can send a friendly reminder that holiday decorations must be safe and not interfere with your rental property. Always ensure that your tenants know what they can and cannot do.
Find Somebody to Fill in for You
Having a trusted person fill in for you is always a great plan. A reliable person can handle any issues in your absence. You can also consider hiring a professional property management company to handle your rental while away. You could also trust a friend or relative who thoroughly knows your routine. Ensure that the person you trust knows all the necessary details about your rental property, including the location of emergency kits and essential tools.
Consider Extra Security Measures
While you are away, ensure that any extra security measures are taken. If you have security cameras installed, ensure they are working correctly and set up to alert you in case of any unusual activity. You could also consider hiring a security patrol to check regularly and ensure everything is in order. Additionally, if you have cameras that can be monitored over the internet, you can conveniently keep an eye on your property from anywhere at any time.
Make Sure Your Vendors Know Your Plans
It's essential to inform your vendors about your vacation plans. Let your cleaning company know your plans and agree on the schedule. If you have landscapers who take care of your rental property's lawn, ensure they have your vacation dates and know what to do. Ensure they know how to contact you or your contact person in case of any issues.
Leaving your rental property unattended for the holiday season can be stressful, but with proper preparation, it shouldn't be. Before leaving for your vacation, inform your tenants of emergency contacts, remind your tenants about any holiday-related rules, have a trusted person fill in for you or a professional management company, consider extra security measures, and ensure all your vendors are on board to help. By following these simple tips, you'll enjoy your vacation and have peace of mind knowing your rental property is secure and well taken care of.
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