Happy 2021! January puts us right in the middle of southwest Florida's visitor season. And while the changing landscape of the coronavirus pandemic is still keeping us on our toes, it looks like things are getting better.
If you own a rental property--especially a vacation rental--and aren't yet fully booked for the coming months, now's the time for a home inspection. The last thing you want is for your renters to find a problem before you know about it.
Chances are, you don't see your rental property every day, so you don't have the intimate knowledge of it that you have of your own home. Unfortunately, a lot of landlords manage their property on an incident-by-incident basis: The AC breaks, so they call AC repair. The roof leaks, so they call a roofer.
But this kind of patchwork problem-solving gets expensive. And on top of that, renters won't appreciate a property that's managed in pieces rather than as a whole.
This is where home inspectors are a great tool for rental property owners. A home inspection report gives you a comprehensive, intimate look at your whole house, all at once. Contractors are specialists in one specific home feature, so the guy you call in to fix your AC can't also tell you there's a problem with your pipes.
A home inspector covers all of those areas, and often can even tell you there's an issue developing well before it becomes a major problem. A home inspector can tell you what contractor you might need, and can even help you prioritize repairs. Prioritization is a big deal this time of year. You don't want to lose valuable rental time to repairs that could've waited until after season.
And if there is something that needs fixing now, you can get it done quickly and still have time to take advantage of this season's visitors.