Archive for the ‘Maintenance Tips’ Category

Timely Repairs are possible with your Landover Property Management Firm

Friday, January 11th, 2013

rental property managementAs a landlord, you have a legal obligation to keep your rental property or properties habitable. This means making timely repairs and conducting regular maintenance to keep the rental property or properties in tip top shape.

The definition of a habitable property is one that “has adequate heating, water, electricity, cleanliness, and is structurally sound.”

If you fail to repair any problems after receiving a request from your tenant, several things can happen:

1. Your tenant can elect to withhold rent until the problem is properly dealt with.

2. If the repairs are not done in a timely manner, your tenant can opt to hire an outside contractor to make the necessary repairs. The cost of these repairs will be deducted from the rent.

3. If the problem in question violates and state or local building or health codes, your tenant can opt to report you to the local authorities. This could result in a work order, heavy fines, or other penalties.

4. If the problem in question is not repaired in a timely manner and affects the livability of the rental property, your tenant could opt out of his/her lease without warning.

Rental Property Maintenance Tips

1. Heating and plumbing problems should be dealt with as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours after the issue was reported.

2. All other problems should be dealt with within 48 hours after the issue was reported.

3. Remember, as a landlord you should always give advanced notice (24-48 hours) to your tenants before entering the rental property. You are not permitted to show up unannounced unless there is an emergency, like a fire or flood.

4. Rental property rules differ from state to state and from city to city. So be sure to consult local codes regarding rental properties in your state and city. You can find this information at your local building or housing authority.

Potomac Valley Management: Your Landover Property Management Firm, specializing in the Maintenance of your Rental Properties

At PVMGT, we provide complete maintenance services 24-hour, seven days a week. This means we are available whenever you need us. If a pipe bursts at midnight, we are here. If your HVAC unit stops working at 3am, we are here. Just pick up the phone and give us a call. We take great pride in providing full service property management, from management and leasing to marketing, tenant placement, rehabilitation, and maintenance.

Potomac Valley Management’s goal is to protect the value of your investment by helping to maintain the property to your standards.

Hopefully you have found these Quick Tips & Best Practices useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: Preventing Ice Dams

Friday, January 11th, 2013

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam occurs after it snows when the roof becomes warm enough for the snow to begin to melt. This melted snow then runs down the roof, under the snow cover, and eventually refreezes along the roof overhang, forming a sort of dam.

ice dams

Why is an Ice Dam bad?

Ice dams block the natural flow of water from your roof, preventing it from ever reaching your gutters. Instead, water builds up behind the ice dam and eventually finds its way under your shingles and into your home.

How can I prevent an Ice Dam?

There are three primary ways to prevent ice dams from forming on your roof:

1. Have a home energy auditor visit your home and identify any problematic air leaks or areas of inadequate insulations.

2. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends minimizing the amount of heat allowed to reach the roof deck. You can do this by sealing interruptions in the ceiling vapor retarder with air-impermeable materials or by adding a continuous ceiling air barrier.

3. Properly ventilating your attic will help remove excess heat and keep the temperature of your roof deck from rising.

Hopefully you have found these Basic Household Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

Happy New Year from everyone here at Potomac Valley Management!

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A Landover, Maryland Landlord’s Maintenance & Landscaping Responsibilities

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to not only make repairs when requested (within 24 hours), but to also stay on top of regular maintenance and landscaping issues. Failing to keep your rental property in good shape can have several negative effects. These include:

1. Failing to repair problems in a timely manner can give your tenant the right to withhold rent, repair the problem his or herself and deduct the repair costs from their rent, sue if injuries occur as a result of a poorly maintained rental property, or your tenant can move out without giving notice.

2. You may have trouble filling an unkempt rental property once it becomes vacant.

3. By failing to repair a small problem or conduct preventative maintenance, you could (and probably will) end up spending more money on large repairs and renovations.

4. A poorly maintained rental property will hurt your reputation as a landlord. And in this business, reputation means everything!

To ensure repair requests don’t fall through the cracks and to ensure that you perform preventative maintenance annually, you need a system in place to handle these tasks. And hiring a qualified property management firm can be just the solution you are looking for to help keep your rental property in tip top shape!

Potomac Valley Management: A Landover, Maryland Property Management Firm

As part of Potomac Valley Management’s rental management services, we provide maintenance and landscaping services on an as needed basis for tenants. As a mid-size firm, PVMGT has a vast array of resources and service capabilities which are immeasurable, taking care of your needs from bookkeeping to tenant screening to landscaping contractor oversight.

Hopefully you have found these Quick Tips & Best Practices useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

Potomac Valley Management is complemented by a full service professional team who together have a depth of experience in management, leasing, marketing, rehabilitation, and disposition of multi-family properties.

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: HVAC Maintenance, Inspection, and Repair

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The temperature is quickly dropping as fall is now in full swing. This means that winter is right around the corner. Is your HVAC system ready? The only way to know for sure is you call your local HVAC contractor and have them inspect your system.

Although you should leave HVAC system inspection and repair to the professionals, there are still several do-it-yourself HVAC maintenance projects that you can perform.

DIY HVAC Maintenance Tips

1. Air Filters: As a homeowner, you should change your air filters on a monthly basis.

2. Thermostat: Check your thermostat to make sure your HVAC system is working properly. Is your system achieving the set temperature? If not, you could have a problem.

3. Programmable Thermostat: You could also consider installing a programmable thermostat, allowing you to preset temperatures for different times of the day. This will ensure that your heating system only works when it needs to.

4. Vacuum: Vacuum any debris from your furnace blower compartment.

5. Air Vents: Always make sure your supply-air and return-air vents are open and unobstructed to ensure proper air flow.

6. Unusual Behavior: If you witness any unusual noises, or excess heat or water, you may have an issue.

7. Attic Insulation: While not directly related to your HVAC system, your attic insulation, or lack thereof, can affect the energy efficiency of your home. As a general rule of thumb, if you look across your attic and can easily see your floor joists, you do not have enough insulation.

8. Weather Stripping: Like attic insulation, weather-stripping doors that lead to cold or outside areas can help increase the energy efficiency of your home.

If you notice any issues, call a professional HVAC contractor to have these issues fixed before winter. Delaying repairs could cause your system to work inefficiently, costing you every month on your heating bills, and could cause your system to fail prematurely, costing you even more money.

Hopefully you have found these Basic Household Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

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Basic Household Maintenance Tips: Preparing your Home for Fall

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Summer is quickly coming to an end, which means one thing; fall is right around the corner. But before the seasons change, there are a few preventative maintenance steps you, as a homeowner or landlord, should take to better prepare your property and make it as energy efficient as possible.

Fall Maintenance Tips

1) HVAC Maintenance: With temperatures dropping, your furnace is going to start getting a lot of use. Is it ready for the increased workload? The only way to really know for sure is you call your local HVAC contractor to come out and inspect your system. It is also a good idea to have them clean your ductwork while they are at your home.

There are a few simple tasks that you can take on to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. For starters, change your air filters (this should be done every month). Secondly, make sure your home’s heating vents are clear and are not obstructed by furniture or carpeting. Finally, dust your vents to ensure they are free from dirt, debris, and whatever else has accumulated on them during the summer.

2) Clean the Gutters: Fall is the perfect time to clean those pesky gutters to prevent clogging. Otherwise, leaves, twigs, and other debris could cause water to accumulate. And if this water freezes during the winter months, it could back up into your roof and cause a lot of problems.

3) Chimney Inspections and Cleanings: Do you plan on using your fireplace at all with the weather cooling down? If so, a chimney inspection is a must. You never know what may have found its way into your chimney while it sat dormant. And, if need be, have your chimney professionally cleaned.

4) Test Smoke and CO Detectors: Test all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and replace batteries as needed.

5) Clean Dryer Vents: One of the leading causes of house fires each year is dryer fires. Because of this, it is important to clean your dryer vents annually. And fall seems as good a time as any.

6) Prepare your Water Heater: You can prepare your home for cooler weather by draining your water heater and clearing out any debris that has settled in the tank. This will help improve the efficiency of your water heater while also prolonging its useful life.

7) Check for Drafts: Your home’s energy efficiency is affected by several different factors, including what is known as your home’s envelope (the outer walls). By checking for and fixing any drafts, you can make your home much more energy efficient, saving yourself money every month on your heating bills.

Hopefully you have found these Fall Maintenance Tips useful. If you have any questions, please contact Potomac Valley Management by calling 1.877.390.4090 or visit PVMGT.com today!

Potomac Valley Management, LLC has been providing association management and maintenance services to the Washington-Baltimore area since 2004.

Potomac Valley Management (PVMGT) manages and maintains various condominium and homeowners associations as well as rental commercial properties throughout the region. As a mid-size firm, PVMGT has a vast array of resources and service capabilities which are immeasurable, taking care of your needs from bookkeeping to tenant screening to landscaping contractor oversight.

And we are here to serve you!

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