If your tenants are going away on holiday, it is the perfect time to make sure that everything is in order with your property. From necessary paperwork to potential repairs, your tenants holiday can provide a great opportunity to check in. Here’s what you should do before your tenants go away.
Ensure that everything is switched off
Before they go, you may want to serve a friendly reminder to your tenants for them to turn all appliances off. Plugs should be removed from the sockets to prevent residual charges, with the obvious exception of the fridge and freezer.
Complete repair work
As a landlord, you should take advantage of an empty house by completing any necessary repairs. Make sure that you get permission from your tenant by giving them at least 24 hours notice to prevent any disputes. The chances are that they will appreciate any work being done whilst they are away so you should make the most of the time and space.
Make sure paperwork is up to date
It could happen at any time, but if it becomes obvious that there is no one in the house it could encourage potential burglars to take a chance. This is just one of the reasons that you should always make sure that your insurance is up to date. Similarly, if a leak were to occur, it may not become apparent until it is too late to prevent serious damage, and so ensuring that your landlord insurance, and your tenants’ contents insurance is up to date is important.
It is also a good time to make sure that the property inventory is current and up to date, especially if there have been any updates. Property inventory software such as that found here https://inventorybase.co.uk/ can help you keep on top of everything without any unnecessary confusion.
Secure doors and windows
It should go without saying, but it does no harm to check that all windows and doors are locked, especially when the warmer weather has seen windows left open more often. Your tenants may need to be reminded, especially when it comes to smaller windows that are often left open regularly.
Take advantage of your tenants holiday time and it can work out to be a benefit for both of you.