Tenant “Improvements”: When Grayson Residents Make Things Worse
The best Grayson residents for any rental home are those who care for the property as if it were their own. But sometimes, Grayson residents may feel the need to customize a rental home a bit too much. Residents may want to make improvements to the rental home by themselves. Whether they are motivated by personal satisfaction, artistic aesthetics, or a fear of paying for repairs, residents who take improvements and repairs into their own hands are usually doing so without the proper knowledge of the repair scope or the permission or knowledge of their landlord.
Resident Knowledge and Experience
The problem with residents making repairs is there is no guarantee the residents know what they are doing. If they have little or no experience with home remodeling and maintenance, their attempts could make things worse. Certain permanent “improvements” go well beyond the ordinary. Particularly if things are broken or are damaged, residents may be tempted to try to “fix” it themselves. Or worse, outright hiding the problem.
Leave it to the Professionals
While it’s true that ignoring or badly repairing small things may not matter too much, when it comes to the plumbing or electrical systems, windows, doors, or other structural features, neglecting to report damage or residents trying to patch things up themselves could lead to expensive repairs later on. For example, if a resident tries to replace a faucet or cracks an exposed pipe, a leak could start underneath, out of sight. Even a small leak may create the perfect environment for moisture to become trapped. Leading to rot to develop in the walls or lower levels of the home. Over time, the flooring, walls, cabinets, and more could sustain serious water damage, leading to costly repairs.
Damaged exterior doors and windows also pose a serious risk to both residents and your property. If a window or door is broken or improperly installed, the security of the home is seriously compromised. The home’s interior is also left exposed to the elements, and may cause additional damage to interior walls, sills, and floors.
Real Property Management of Greater Gwinnett
For this reason, it is important to encourage residents not to make improvements themselves. Make sure Grayson residents report any damage as soon as it occurs. At Real Property Management, we excel at handling resident improvements and reports of damage in just this way. We manage resident expectations and take care of all necessary repairs in a timely fashion. Would you like to learn more about Real Property Management’s services? Please contact us for more information.
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