Maintaining Your Property

Routine repairs and emergency maintenance are not uncommon when you’re renting out a property. 

When purchasing an investment home, you need to have a maintenance budget and a maintenance plan in place. 

Owning an investment property doesn’t necessarily mean you personally know how or have the tools to fix maintenance issues when they arise.

This is when hiring professional third-party maintenance vendors comes in handy.


Network of Preferred Vendors

A big part of your maintenance plan should be the vendors you’re going to use on a regular basis.

Vendors you hire should be ones you trust, who are reliable, and have a good reputation. 

These are who we refer to as “preferred vendors.” 

Keeping a list of preferred vendors will ensure your property is well-maintained and your residents are happy.

When you work with a professional property management company, you’ll either have access to their vendor resources or you’ll use the in-house maintenance team they employ. 

Some companies will use both in-house maintenance team members and third-party vendors. 

Before you hire a property manager, find out how they approach maintenance and why it works for their clients.

At Arbors Management, we currently work with third-party vendors. 

Today, we’re talking about how they help us deliver high-quality and low-cost repair services to our owners and their properties.


Working with Professional Maintenance Vendors and Contractors

Whether it’s a routine issue or a middle-of-the-night emergency, we are happy with our team of qualified vendors and contractors. 

We screen our vendors thoroughly before we agree to work with anyone; we check to be sure that the vendors are licensed, insured, and properly vetted. 

This is important; hiring an unlicensed vendor can put you in a lot of legal risk. 

If that worker falls off a ladder at your home, you could be held responsible for the medical care he or she requires.

It is also important to look for vendors who are experienced in the type of work they’re doing. Certain repairs will require a specialist such as a plumber or an electrician. 

And, just as crucial as the vendor being knowledgeable and legally capable, make sure that they will treat your residents and your property with respect and care.


Accessing Preferred Maintenance Pricing

One of the major benefits of having a large network of vendors like ours is that we’re able to provide our clients discounted pricing. 

This pricing helps our clients to save money. We don’t up-charge for our maintenance services, so when our vendors offer us reduced rates because of volume economics, we pass those savings right onto our clients.

Another benefit we earn because of the amount of work we provide our vendors is that we get priority service.

The priority service we receive helps when there’s an emergency or it happens to be a busy time of year. We’ll still be at the top of their lists when we need something done. 


In Conclusion

We would love to tell you more about the vendors we work with, how we choose them, and why it pays to have access to reliable, affordable maintenance through professional property managers. 

We have great relationships with vendors and contractors who specialize in a number of different areas, and we’ve worked with them for many years. 

So whether your property needs a plumber, HVAC tech, roofer, general contractor, or handyman, we have you covered!

Please contact us at Arbors Management to discuss how we can help you with all of your property management needs in Pittsburgh, Western PA, West Virginia, and surrounding areas.