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Key benefits of property maintenance for investors

As a property investor, your real estate portfolio is a critical source of financial growth and stability. But investing in property is not a ‘set and forget’ process – you need to be on the front foot when it comes to managing your investment, particularly when it comes to repairs or maintenance. And while it can initially seem like a financial burden, in the long-term it can be a strategic investment in your portfolio.  

In this article, we'll highlight the key benefits of property maintenance for investors, and why you should be prioritising it in your investment strategy.

Minimize repair costs

Neglecting maintenance can cost you more in the long run if any small issues are left unaddressed, especially if they eventually escalate into major problems. For example, a worn washer could end up requiring a full tap replacement and add to your water bills if not repaired in time. On the other hand, regular maintenance allows you to catch and address problems early, preventing the need for extensive and costly repairs down the line.

Ongoing maintenance also spreads your expenses over a longer period, keeping costs manageable and safeguarding your investment's profitability.

Longer asset lifespan

Proactive maintenance also helps extend the lifespan of your critical property elements such as roofing, appliances, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This means less frequent replacement and repair costs, reducing your overall expenditure in the long run.

Attract reliable tenants

It’s no surprise that well-maintained properties are more attractive to reliable and responsible tenants. Being on the front foot when it comes to repairs means your tenants are more likely to pay their rent on time, take better care of your property, and stay longer.

Ultimately this means more consistent rental income, which is a crucial aspect of maintaining a successful and lucrative investment portfolio.

Keep tenants happy

It is particularly important to respond to, and promptly action, any repair requests from your tenants. This not only ensures their safety and enhances their enjoyment of living in the property but given ‘a stitch in time saves nine,’ fixing any issues while they are minor reduces the risk of them turning into something major later. By providing a well-maintained living environment, you can create a mutually beneficial relationship between yourself and your tenant that will pay off in spades over the long term.

Reduce vacancy

While tenants in well-maintained properties are more likely to want to stay on as long as possible, on the other hand, an unhappy tenant frustrated at outstanding repairs may decide to leave, leading to your property being vacant for a period of time. As a result, you will then have to set to work finding a new tenant, and given every day without a tenant is a day without rent, this could eventually cost you a lot more in terms of time and money than simply nipping a repair in the bud.

Preserve and enhance value

One of the most obvious benefits of property maintenance is the preservation and enhancement of your property's value. Well-maintained properties tend to appreciate more steadily and predictably, which is essential for long-term investors.

Make for an easier sale

If your plan is to eventually sell your investment, a well-kept property will be more sought after by buyers, potentially spending fewer days on the market and selling for more than competing properties requiring repairs. This is especially the case at the moment, with higher building costs pushing up the bill for any major building or repair works.

In summary, property maintenance isn't just a cost, it's an investment strategy that can pay off significantly in the long term for property investors.

For more advice and guidance on property management and maintenance tailored to your investment goals and local market, please contact your local Hockingstuart office.

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