Your Rental After a Natural Disaster
The world is an ever-changing place and your rental is at its mercy. Floods, high winds, tornadoes, hurricanes, fire, and hail are just a few disasters that can strike and damage your rental. Your tenants will probably be upset and demanding immediate repairs. It is your responsibility to provide them with a safe home so you will be scrambling to find handymen, plumbers, electricians, and others to tackle the repairs.
Preparing Your Rental for a Natural Disaster
Depending on where you live, your region might be prone to flooding, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Prepare your rental for a natural disaster with these tips:
- Trim all trees back from the home. Have all the old or damaged limbs removed which could prove a danger in high winds.
- Keep the gutters clean to enhance drainage during a rainstorm.
- Ensure the home’s siding is secure. Always repair any loose siding prior to a storm.
- Advice your tenants to secure outdoor furniture, toys, grills, etc.
- Use sandbags if flooding is forecast.
Evaluating Your Rental After a Natural Disaster
You’ll need to inform your tenants that you will be performing an evaluation of the damage caused by the natural disaster. There will also be insurance adjusters and perhaps even FEMA personal who might also have to look things over before you can start getting the damage fixed. If the rental is too be such as the roof, flooring, or walls have been compromised, then your tenants might be forced to move out of the house and seek safer accommodations elsewhere. Likely, if this happens then they might not return, and you will be forced with finding new tenants once the repairs are complete.
Record All Repairs on Your Rental
You will want to keep very strict records of all the expenses you incur after a home disaster. Keep all the receipts, even the ones that you don’t think will be covered by insurance.
Seeking Qualified Repair Work
If the rental home is contaminated from mold growth, exposure to sewage, or some other contaminant then only restoration or mitigation contractors will be allowed to work on the home to get it back to its habitable state. If the rental only suffered minor damage then you can call on the services of a skilled handyman or other tradesmen to meet your needs. However, finding one who is licensed and insured with excellent references can be a nightmare. It takes up time and you must research everything. In such situations, you might feel overwhelmed. However, at Make Ready Residential, we can handle everything for you. We work with reputable tradesmen who can meet and exceed your needs. We handle everything from start to finish.
- All scheduling
- Phone calls
We also work closely with property management companies.
Why Choose Make Ready Residential?
Whether it’s bringing in skilled handymen prior to a natural disaster or scheduling repairs after, at Make Ready Residential, we have your rental covered. We are here to help you repair your investment and make your rental safe plus functional for your tenants.Back to Blog