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Whether you are a single unit operation or manage a large apartment complex, choosing your maintenance contractor is very important decision. The demand for good maintenance professionals continues to increase while the availability decreases.  Whether you are refurbishing a rental unit for a new tenant or doing repairs to a leased unit, you may be faced with having to hire someone other than your regular handyman. The service pro is described as someone proficient in a variety of abilities in repair and maintenance. They must have the experience and inventiveness to assess problems and solutions to small jobs in the rental unit. This includes fixing any sort of mechanical, electrical or structural problem as well as performing routine measures to prevent potential problems from arising. 

  Hiring the right maintenance contactor, also known as a handyman, should be a process that involves much care and attention to detail. A haphazard hiring process can cause more problems and cost more money than the original need required. Property managers should treat the hire like any major purchase or job because the ramifications are the same. The following are seven tips that will guide you to making to making a good decision.

Determine your needs. Before scheduling an appointment, it is wise to detail exactly what your needs are. Take an inventory of your property by physically inspecting every square foot of the unit and testing all mechanical and electrical devices.   It is important to develop a checklist in order to save time and give attention to detail. Keep this checklist on file for your future use. This list is a very valuable asset to the property manager. Having this list will also demonstrate to the contractor that you are knowledgeable and organized. It may influence the price of the job.

Qualify the Job- After determining your needs, it is important to assess if the job requires a special licensing. Such jobs include plumbing, electrical and structural repairs. Most cities will not issue permits without proper licensing. Bringing in a contractor without properly qualifying will waste everybody’s time and money. You may have to pay a trip charge by bringing in a contractor without the proper licensing.  It is not always less expensive to hire a handyman than a professional to do a job.  A professional can diagnose and fix a problem faster.                           

Qualify the contractor. It is very important to determine if a particular contractor is in good standing with the business community. Always check with the Better Business Bureau and the local chamber of commerce to see if the contractor is in good standing by consistently following good business practices. In addition to checking with business organizations, never forget to ask for a least three references. Once you have the references, never forget to follow up. Always ask the references about their satisfaction with the contractor as well as the appearance and professionalism. Most of all, if this is an individual, conduct a background check on your potential worker to look for past criminal history. Remember, these contractors may have contact with your customers and this contact could be a factor which could weigh heavily when its renewal time, not to mention the risk associated with having access to the property.


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