Over the decade or so that we have been working in this industry. We’ve gotten a feel for a lot of the typical mishaps that happen in rental units. If anyone reading this is familiar with the days when spring break was in full swing, it could be incredibly profitable or almost catastrophic to rent your unit out during that time frame.
Thankfully over the last several years this area has become less of “THE party town,” and much more family-friendly so there has been a shift in what we would consider “routine” type maintenance and while we don’t have someone employed full-time as a maintenance man, we do have several reliable jacks of all trades which we can call on. They do not have technical degrees so there are some jobs they are unable to do like major HVAC, plumbing, electrical or remodeling work.
Examples of what they are able to do and what we see most often include but are not limited to:
- Holes in drywall
- Leaky or stopped toilets
- Not at all or slowly draining sinks and tubs
- Broken Furniture
- Replacing batteries in locks or smoke detectors.
- Replacing A/C filters
- Replacing light bulbs
- Closet or Sliding glass doors off-track
- Damages to door frames
- Loose or damaged toilet seats
The list goes on but it gives you a feel for what we generally call our guys for.
The general advantage to using them is that it is typically incredibly less expensive. Most contractors or repairmen will charge a $75 or $100 fee just to take a look at the problem. Since Beachside Solutions is already in the unit often, and is likely the one that identified the problem, we have firsthand knowledge of what we are looking at and can have the handymen provide us with an estimate of what it will cost to fix the problem.
We have the ability to set up a recurring monthly service for things such as replacing A/C filters or maintenance inspections of a unit where we look for things that a cleaning service might miss like water damage due to a slow leak or stains on the ceiling, erosion of caulking in showers, etc…
I must reiterate that they are not full-time employees of ours so a lot of their work is done in the evening time or on their schedule, however so far they have been extremely good at prioritizing things.
One of the most frequent questions that I get asked when discussing this is “What if I have a back-to-back reservation and they can’t make it out between guests?” I will be up front with you, they very likely won’t be able to get there in between guests. However what we’ve found (even in my own personal units) is that if you, as the owner tell the incoming guest that you are aware of the problem and have already asked someone to come fix it and can give them a general time frame, then 9 times out of 10 the guests are more than happy with that because they want functioning appliances and useable furniture.
As anyone who has rented their condo before knows, trying to get a repairman between checkout and check-in on the same day on a busy Saturday during the summer is about as likely as winning the lottery. But we do try our hardest to get someone on the problem as quickly as possible with the least amount of intrusion on the guests.