LandlordStation's Guide to DIY Property Maintenance

Investing in real estate can be a smart business choice, but it can also feel a little overwhelming at first.

You're not just a property owner, but also a landlord and property manager that is responsible for making sure that your property is filled, receiving rent on time, and properly maintained.

You'll want to find ways to save money without cutting down on efficiency in your business.

While some landlords prefer to hire a third party to handle all maintenance needs (and there's nothing wrong with this approach), if you have the time, you may find that there are some repairs and upgrades that aren't as difficult as you might have originally thought.

We've put together a few Do It Yourself articles to help you get started.

  • How to Regrout Shower Tile - The high moisture in a bathroom can cause the grout in your shower to degrade faster than it might in any other room. If you let it go, it can look grungy and poorly maintained.
  • How to Reglaze a Bathtub - An older bathroom can be spruced up without any major replacements being done by simply reglazing an older bathtub that has begun to show its age.
  • How to Fix a Clogged Bathtub - If Draino doesn't immediately take care of a clogged bathtub, your tenants may turn to you for help.
  • How to Fix a Leaky Shower Head - A leaky shower head can be annoying, but it can also cost your tenant on their water bill over time.
  • How to Fix a Porcelain Sink - An old, worn sink can make the bathroom look dirty. Make sure you know how to keep a bathroom sink looking nice and new.
  • How to Repair Cracked Ceramic Tile - Ceramic tiles can look amazing or terrible depending on their upkeep. If you find that a tile has been cracked, you'll want to repair it.
  • How to Resurface Kitchen Cabinets - An outdated kitchen can work against you when you're trying to market your rental to the best possible tenants, but full renovations can be expensive. Try a nice compromise that you can do yourself: resurfacing your kitchen cabinets for that updated look without the cost of a fully redone kitchen.
  • How to Fix a Dishwasher Not Draining - A blocked or broken drain can cause water to pool at the bottom of your dishwasher, making it difficult for your tenants to thoroughly clean the dishes.
  • How to Fix Your Garbage Disposal - You may have a tenant that isn't aware what you should and should not put down a garbage disposal, but if it breaks, you have some tips on how to repair it.
  • How to Fix a Kitchen Faucet Handle - Your rental's kitchen sink probably gets quite a bit of use, so if something happens to the faucet, you'll need to make sure that you can get that fixed for your tenants ASAP.
  • How to Fix a Dripping Kitchen Faucet - A steady drip from a faucet can be both irritating and costly over time.
  • How to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink - A clogged kitchen sink can put a quick stop to meal prep.
  • How to Kill Mold on Drywall - Mold can be bad news for your tenants' health if it's not taken care of quickly.
  • How to Patch Nail Holes in Drywall - Tenants will likely hang decorations and photos on their wall while living in your rental. This is considered normal wear and tear, for the most part, so you'll want to find the quickest and most cost efficient way to plug these holes before you move your next tenants in.
  • How to Patch Cracks in Drywall - There are a number of reasons that a crack might appear in your rental's wall, but if you follow these steps you can have it patched in no time.
  • How to Seal Hardwood Floors - Hardwood floors are more durable and will help to up the value of your rental, but you'll need to take care of them.
  • How to Seal a Sliding Glass Door - Don't let your tenants' electricity bill skyrocket because of a badly sealed door.
  • How to Fix Mini Blinds - Pets can wreak havoc on mini blinds. While there's a point that it may become more cost-effective to simply replace them after the tenant moves out, repairing them can be easy.
  • How to Repair a Rotten Window Sill - If your window shows sign of rot, you'll want to make sure you get that repair done quickly. It may be easier than you think.
  • How to Patch a Shingle Roof - If you can handle small roof repairs yourself instead of going to your insurance company for that, you may be able to keep your payments lower.
  • How to Repair a Leaky Roof - A roof that is leaking can cause quite a bit of damage the longer it's left unrepaired.
  • How to Fix Rain Gutters - Rain gutters can help prevent damage to the house, so if they've sustained damage, you'll want to repair them as soon as you can.
  • How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Your Walls -  Squirrels may be cute from a distance, but they can do damage to your home if they live in your walls or your attic.
  • How to Fix a Leaking Hot Water Heater - Water damage can be costly. Don't let a leaky hot water heater turn into an expensive disaster. 
  • How to Get Rid of Bermuda Grass - Bermuda grass can be stubborn, but if you're trying to remove it from your property, you can follow these tips.
  • How to Get Rid of Tree Stumps - The stumps left behind by trees can make a project look unfinished. If you're going to take the tree down, you'll probably want the stump gone as well.
  • How to Patch Stucco Exterior - If you have a stucco exterior on your rental it will wear down over time. You'll want to do your best to keep it up so that your rental will always look fantastic to potential tenants.
  • How to Patch Concrete Steps - If you have concrete steps on your rental property, you may want to know how to patch those up. Given enough time and/or traffic across them, you may find that they break down. If so, you'll be ready.
  • How to Patch Concrete Cracks - You may find a crack in your rental's driveway or along a sidewalk an be hazardous to your tenants if they trip over it. Don't risk your tenants getting hurt.
  • How to Repair a Leaky Outdoor Faucet - A leaky faucet is more of nuisance, but if left too long it can cost them on their water bill.
  • How to Fix Sinkholes - You don't want to leave a sinkhole open for someone to find in the dark and accidently hurt themselves in. Check out how to handle them here.
  • How to Fix a Burst Pipe -  If you have a sudden freeze that your tenants weren't prepared for they may have an unpleasant surprise in the form of a burst pipe.

Not every maintenance repair can or should be handled by a non-professional. If you ever feel uncomfortable or unsure in a project, it may be best to hire a pro.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017

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