If you manage an apartment complex, then you want to be sure you have a maintenance employee you can turn to when maintenance emergencies arise around the complex. However, you also want to be sure you do what you can to avoid having emergencies happen as much as possible. You can learn about some of the extra things you can do on a regular basis in order to decrease the odds of finding yourself in the middle of some of those emergencies that can happen at any time and with little to no warning. Here are some of the things you can have done on a routine basis:
Have the property exterminated on a monthly basis
You should have a pest control company come out to spray around the entire complex once a month. This is going to help you to prevent the infestation of apartments which will save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. If an infestation happens in one apartment, then it will spread to the others and be quite costly and time-consuming to take care of. Also, you should have the pest control company come out to spray the inside of apartments a few times a year, as well as when tenants vacate an apartment.
Have the exterior plumbing checked regularly
Your maintenance personnel should have it on their list of to-dos to go around the complex and check on the condition of the exterior plumbing. This includes the pipes and connections to the washing machines, pool pump, sprinkler system and all exposed pipes. Also, make sure the tenants all have emergency numbers to reach you right away if they experience problems with their plumbing. Otherwise, the situation can get a lot worse if they need to leave a problem untended to overnight or especially over the weekend. When a tenant moves out, make sure all of the plumbing in their apartment is looked over well.
Check all of the smoke detectors in common areas and in the office monthly
Along with going around the complex and checking the smoke detectors monthly to make sure the batteries are still good, and they are all working properly, you also want to make sure your tenants are keeping up with theirs. It may be a good idea for you to have batteries at the office that they can take for free, so you know they are going to replace their batteries when needed. Also, you may want to put out monthly reminders, so they remember to check the ones in their apartment.
Contact a property maintenance company for more information and assistance.