Tip of the Month - January 2009
Source: Profitably Managing your Rental Properties
R. Dodge Woodson
Bad plumbing can be messy and
costly. Faulty wiring can be deadly. Inspect a rental
unit’s electrical system at the same time you inspect the
plumbing. If the unit has its own fuse panel, check the fuses to
see that they are the proper size: A Tenant trying to fix a blown
fuse may replace it with one that is wrong for the circuit, and an
oversize fuse could lead to a fire. Make provisions in your lease
to prevent Tenants from creating electrical safety hazards. If
you see extension cords running all over the unit, insist that they be
removed. Any electrical appliances you supply should be inspected
as warranted. Keep them in good working order to avoid expensive
repair bills or premature replacement.
Windows and doors that stick can annoy your
Tenants. Doorbells that do not work are also a nuisance, and
cabinet drawers that are hard to operate sent a Tenant into a
tailspin. These may be little things but they can add up to make
a hostile Tenant. By going through your units on a regular basis,
you can control the small complaints.
NOTE FROM CROSSETT REAL ESTATE
IF your rental property has fuses, you should
plan an update to a circuit breaker panel, 150 AMP service: experience
has shown that refrigerators, microwave ovens, dryers, etc. should be
dedicated circuits-GFI outlets placed as per code requirement.
Your electrical updating should only be performed by a licensed
electrician and all work inspected. All breakers should be
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This web page was updated on 12/26/2008.