CleanupWhen you manage your own property (versus hiring a property manager) you will likely, at some point, find yourself in need of a professional to perform maintenance on the property. Many landlords are handy with small fixes, but when major plumbing work needs to be done or there is damage due to a storm, it's time to call in the pros. Knowing who to call, though, can be difficult. Hiring a great contractor can make your life much easier and you can go back to them once you've used them once, but if you haven't used them then it can be a bit of a gamble if you don't take certain precautions.

If you find yourself in need of a contractor for major or minor work, check with other local landlords. Who have they used and who do they recommend? Other landlords are a great resource on many different levels and you should not overlook how helpful they can be.

You never want to just accept references given by a contractor off the street. If they approach you with references and a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don't lose out on money. They may not complete the job or they may not complete it well. Sometimes the old cliche 'you get what you pay for' is true, and while saving money is always a plus for any landlord or property manger, you don't want to do it at the expense of your property. In the end, it will cost you more than it will save.

POSTED August 22 2014 9:35 AM

Tenant Screening

Comprehensive credit & criminal screening.
Get access to bankruptcies, employment history, medical records, past addresses, evictions and more.

View Pricing & Get Started

Legal Forms

State-specific legal forms.
Lease agreements, rental applications, lease termination, eviction forms and much more.

Browse Our Legal Forms

Membership Pricing

Our paid membership plans now include free tenant screenings! Greater access to all of our features and the membership pays for itself!

View Pricing & Get Started

Landlord Tenant Laws
top 100 landlords