Whether it’s your home or your rental property, a professional contractor is the best choice for repairs, renovations, or general maintenance.
Whether you’re a rental property owner or an owner of the property where you live, one thing you can count on—there will be ongoing maintenance and ongoing upkeep that will demand your attention. The best way to proactively deal with the challenges of property management is to engage a professional property management company. But before you hire them, be sure to ask this important question:
“Do you use professional contractors and technicians
who are experts in their specific field?”
You see, there’s a huge difference between a contractor and a handyman. While someone is useful who can handle small fixes, the experienced contractor will have a knowledge base of what’s needed and what’s not. Knowing how to effectively address a maintenance issue will reduce time and cut costs from any job. Professional contractors who have gained valuable experience over time offer the reliability you want.
At Cousin James Management, we have spent more than 25 years bringing together some of the finest professional contractors available. Whether the problem is a broken water heater or the need for new flooring; a fresh exterior paint job; or an air conditioning problem—we can confidently say—we have just the individual for the job!
Our tenants have come to rely on this and appreciate the fact that we care enough about them, not just the property, to get the problem resolved without hassle or delay. This has contributed to the long tenure of many of our tenants.
Contractors who work with Cousin James Management are licensed professionals with specific expertise in plumbing, electrical work, or HVAC installation and repair. They have the knowledge, training, and experience to handle complex projects and can provide warranties for their work. If the project is large and time-consuming, it may even require permits and/or inspections.
From a homeowner or tenant perspective, using certified technicians offer many benefits such as:
- Lower utility bills through proper installation and maintenance
- Fewer callbacks, manufacturer, or parts warranty claims
- Efficient service
- The job is done right the first time
- Equipment that runs at peak efficiency
- Receiving advice from a knowledgeable, skilled, certified technician
Other important reasons for having a certified professional contractor do the work include:
- License and Bonded
A professional contractor will be licensed in your community to the do the work they are contracted to complete. They will also have insurance to cover the workers and should be bonded as well. Money is set aside by the professional in the bond to cover payouts in the event of a dispute. A licensed and bonded company will help protect the property owner.
- Proper Tools
Although it might be possible to take out a wall using just a chainsaw and a hammer, that doesn’t mean the job will be completed with the best results. Professionals who work on repairs, reconstruction, and renovations on a daily basis will have the tools that will make the work clean, efficient, and more precise. The right tools make a world of difference.
- Experience and Expertise
Training and on the job experience gives the professional an edge when it comes to projects, whether residential or commercial. The experience from doing similar jobs for others reinforces their competence needed to get the job done properly.
- Assistance and Staff
Many problems can arise when you try to do a complex project on your own. You may not be able to get the help you need to do the project right. Professional contractors have staff that work together and specialize in different areas so they have the support they need to complete the job, large or small.
- Speed and Accuracy
The more you do a task, the faster and more skilled at it you become. Professionals have been trained to do home repairs over the lifetime of their business. They will be in a position to complete the job with accuracy that only comes from practice and training. They will also be able to complete the job faster than someone who is learning how to do the job as they go along.
Look at a project and begin making a list of all the benefits of completing the project yourself. Make a separate list of all the benefits for hiring a professional. As you begin to compare the two lists, you will likely discover even more reasons to hire a property management company who works only with professional contractors. instead of taking on the enormous job of doing it yourself. Find out what to look for when selecting the best property manager. Cousin James Management has a free checklist to help you cut to the chase. Download the Checklist here or if you have questions and want to chat with us, feel free to let us know by contacting us today.