Handyman Tasks for Every Landlord
Being a landlord comes with a lot of responsibilities. The duty of making your rental property habitable to the tenant is on you, and you have to always be on the alert and ready to face any issue that may arise. Some of the handyman tasks are exciting and not as hard or as scary as you think.
However, you need to have specific items so that you can perform these tasks correctly and with ease. The things you need to stock up include:
- Cleaning supplies
These items will help you clean your house easily: trash bags, soap, mop, bucket, rags, vacuum cleaner, generic cleaners, magic erasers, sponges, bleach, paper towels, spray bottles and squeegee.
- Essential tools
The fundamental tools you should have are: scissors, power drills with different bits, knife, pliers, screwdrivers, chisels, hammer, pry bar, tape measures, and saws.
- Maintenance supplies
You should have the following maintenance supplies in stock: plumber’s putty, putty knife, putty, plungers, drain snakes, Epoxy, wood glue, fasteners, brushes, touch-up points, paint scraper, paints, drop cloths, caulk, plumbing tape, electric tape, and assorted nails.
- Bolt cutters and spare keys
Your tenants may abandon your property and change your lock without informing you. Sometimes they may lose the keys and get locked out of the house. It would be best if you had spare keys or bolt cutters to solve this problem.
Pests can make your rental property uninhabitable for tenants. You can use tools like caulk to seal the access points of pests. You can also use traps and baits to control rodents and ants. If you have a termite infestation in your property, it is better to invite a professional to help you eliminate it.
Below are the handyman tasks you can perform as a landlord:
There are some simple plumbing tasks you can perform and save money. They include:
You should know how and where to turn off the water when there is a plumbing leak. Doing so will prevent further water damage while you wait for a plumber to fix the leak.
- Faucet leaks
Faucet leaks result from worn gaskets and washers. When there is a faucet leak, you can dismantle the faucet and replace the worn gaskets and washers. You can watch videos or read instructions on how to do this procedure on the manufacturer’s website.
- Clogged toilet
You can unclog a toilet using a standard toilet plunger. To do this, insert the plunger into the clogged toilet, and submerge it in water. Ensure that the plunger covers the hole and start plunging slowly, then rigorously to unclog the toilet. Flush later to confirm. You can also use a vacuum cleaner, drain snakes or drain chemicals to unclog the toilet.
- Clogged drains
Drains clogs when foreign objects and debris get stuck in the pipe and build up residues that prevent water from passing smoothly. You can unclog drains using drain cleaners, plungers, drain snakes and P – trap cleaning
Debris on the roof gutters of your rental property can accumulate over time, prevent water flow, and result in roof leaks.
You can prevent roof leaks by cleaning the gutters of the roof at least once a year. You can also seal the joints with caulk and adjust the hangers.
If there is a significant leak on your roof, call a professional to fix it.
Drywall Patching and Replacement
Water, molds, and impact can cause drywall damage. You save a lot of money if you can repair or replace the drywall damage by yourself.
To fix drywall, you need the following: drill, drywall knife, drywall square, drywall mudding tray, drywall tape, drywall screws, two by four boards, and drywall.
You can replace your damaged drywall by following these steps: remove damaged drywall, add nailing strips and framing to attach the drywall, install the new drywall panel, mud, and tape to ensure a tight seal then sand and paint it.
Painting a rental property is expensive. You can sharpen your painting skills and save money by handling this task yourself. To paint a rental property, you need the following items: paints, solvents, brushes, rollers, masking tapes, palm sander, scrapers, ladders, and protective clothing.
The best time to paint is between tenancies or every 7 to 10 years if a tenant occupies it continuously. You should put into consideration, the type of paint and where to use them. For instance, you should use semi-gloss or satin with a PVC less than 40% for your living room and bedroom. Use gloss or semi-gloss with PVC less than 25% for the kitchen and bathroom.
The cleaning task for the landlord is appropriate in between tenancies. It helps you prepare your property for new tenants. A clean apartment will look appealing to the tenants.
The cleaning will be for both the interior and exterior of the house. Clean all the appliance, sanitize hard surfaces, wash and vacuum the carpets and floor, trim the garden and lawns.
Bottom line: Handyman Tasks for Every Landlord
There are some simple handyman tasks you can perform as a landlord and these include:
Drywall patching and replacement
Doing these tasks, yourself can cut down your expenses. However, you should call a professional if you want to save time for other things or if the tasks require expertise.