If you’re a landlord who isn’t working with a property manager, you know what it’s like to hold the responsibility of hiring your own contractors. When you need a plumber, roofer, electrician, carpet cleaner, etc., it’s up to you to find the best ones for your situation. Each of these contractor roles contributes to the success of your rental property, so it’s important to choose wisely.
Depending on your rental property’s state, the laws may be a little different regarding what’s required from a plumber. No matter what though, as landlord you should make sure any contractors you hire are able to work for you legally.
If a plumber or other contractor is certified, it means they’ve taken the necessary measures to be knowledgeable about plumbing and demonstrate that through passing an exam. Look for certified plumbers that can show their skill level.
Besides being licensed and certified, look for contractors that you know will be reliable. Your property will have specific needs, so you want a contractor who can address them. Going back to plumbing as an example, you might have complex piping, especially if your rental property is within a condominium or apartment community.
Also, ask about the rate charged for services. If the work needed is likely to take a long amount of time, you might be able to negotiate a deal and have a good idea of how much the total work will cost.
Know the Workers
When hiring the contractor, get clear on exactly who will be doing the work. You might talk with a licensed and certified contractor only to have them send their apprentice or an employee who isn’t certified onto the property to do the work. Don’t let this happen. Ask questions about who will be working on your property and their background.
Ask the contractor for a copy of their insurance policy so you know exactly what’s covered. Also, ask about any service guarantees or extra warranties they offer.
Always give yourself time to shop around and find the highest quality contractor possible—and do this before you even need work done, so it’s easy to contact the right person whenever you need them.