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Maintenance, Emergencies, and Professionals, Oh My!

Tenant on the Phone with Yukon LandlordIf you have a Yukon rental property, sooner or later, your tenant will call you with a pressing request for maintenance or repairs. It’s very important to glean the best ways to respond to different tenant requests. If you are handy, there are some things you could definitely deal with yourself. On the other hand, there are times when working to fix something yourself could make matters worse. To be aware of when to call in a maintenance tech, here are some helpful questions you can use to assess the problem situation.

How urgent is the problem?

If your tenant has contacted you with reference to a repair or maintenance issue, you should first check how urgent the problem is. Even while your tenant may be unhappy regarding an inefficiently operating dishwasher or dripping faucet, these are maintenance items that do not necessitate an emergency visit. In addition, if your tenant reports an issue that would make the property uninhabitable, you should take immediate action to set right the problematic issue. Some common examples are significant water leaks and damage or a non-functioning furnace or air conditioner. For these types of issues, it is just right to seek help from professionals.

Do you know how to do it yourself?

If you have experience with executing maintenance and repair tasks, you may be the best person to actually respond to a tenant’s request. This applies especially if the task is a speedy one or something you already know how to do. But at the same time, trying to actually fix something in an emergency without the proper tools or know-how could spell a definite major fiasco. Therefore, if you are either not sure enough how to tackle the burden or don’t have time to do it soonest, it’s definitely best to send a service technician to take care of it for you.

Is doing it yourself REALLY the best use of your time?

Another basic question to consider is whether going over to your rental property and completing repair and maintenance tasks is the best use of your time. Every hour you spend on property repairs and maintenance is an hour you are actually not spending on other more significant things, whether managing your investments or spending quality time with loved ones. If you just sit down and consider how much your time costs, it may be more economical to hire a service tech instead.

Do the repairs require a licensed professional?

Most maintenance and repair items are rather very simple, do-it-yourself tasks, like for instance replacing filters or cleaning the refrigerator coils. Others, needless to say, may definitely need the services of a licensed professional. Such duties are either too dangerous or difficult for untrained Yukon property managers to do themselves. Electrical problems, major plumbing issues, and hassles with an HVAC unit should all be fixed by a professional service technician.

Is regular maintenance being scheduled?

To keep your rental property in good condition, you ought to ensure that regular maintenance is properly completed. If your tenant seems unable or unwilling to help you with some routine maintenance tasks, will either want to do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. In each case, proactive maintenance is one of the reliable methods to stay away from those late-night emergency calls and keep a close track of your property’s condition. By maintaining and replacing things before they break or wear out, you can reduce your maintenance and repair costs and keep your tenants glad and content with your rental, as well.


If property maintenance and repairs are not your best-liked part of owning a rental home, we surely can help! At Real Property Management Elevate, we implement a proactive approach to property maintenance. We, as well, have ready access to a network of quality service providers who can keep your property in totally mint condition for less than you’d definitely pay on your own. Contact us online to learn more!


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