Engaging a Maintenance Professional
Before opening your home, it is important that you build your maintenance team to ensure that regular maintenance tasks are completed properly, as well as having someone available to handle repairs when needed, especially on an emergency basis.
Keep track of your preferred vendors in Buildium, including their contact information, notes, invoices, certificates of insurance, etc.
If you sign a contract to hire someone to do work for you, or if a contractor asks for what name to put on your invoice, we recommend that you use your company name to do so.
The first vendor you must have in place is a basic handyman (or woman, of course). This is an individual or company, or even yourself (if you have the skills for it), available to do small fixes in the home. Frequently needed tasks include fixing leaky faucets, cabinet doors, a broken window, patching and painting walls, cleaning a heating system, fixing a loose light, or other similar tasks. A handyman does not typically need a license to properly do most small fixes around the home, but they do need to know what they are doing. Insist on checking references prior to hiring anyone to do work.
Plumbing & Heating Technician
In addition to the handyman services listed above, we strongly recommend you engage a plumbing and heating contractor early on. This contractor should be available for annual heating system maintenance and for plumbing emergencies which cannot be accomplished by your handyman, including drain cleaning, fixing a burst pipe, or other plumbing emergency. Please bear in mind that a plumbing and heating company will be far more expensive than a handyman; if your handyman can do it (and do it properly), go with them before calling in an expensive expert.
Plumbing and heating contractors require licenses in almost every situation (except perhaps drain cleaning). Check their license prior to hiring them to do any work. In addition to checking their license, ensure that they have adequate worker’s compensation insurance.
Appliance Repair. Appliance repair needs come up from time to time. Often, the repairs can be simply completed by your handyman. Sometimes it is cheaper to replace the appliance. For expensive appliances such as coin-operated laundry machines, it does make sense to hire a local appliance repair technician. Often, there are no required licenses for appliance repair, but you should verify the contractor’s insurance and check references. Always ask for a price up front.
Electrical Service. Electrical repairs are not frequent events. Modern electrical systems do not need much regular maintenance, and a loose plug or light can often be repaired by a handyman. With this said, any major electrical work should be evaluated and repaired by a licensed electrician with appropriate insurance.