You may not be aware that property maintenance companies can also be used for your personal residence. Many people who travel for business or live on a property that requires quite a bit of maintenance are able to contract out the work to be done.
Some of the services you can get from a property maintenance company are mowing, weeding, pruning, and other landscape type functions like planting flowers and gardens and yard/garden maintenance.
You can also get windows washed, filters changes on heating and cooling systems, floors washed, and housework done. If you have animals many property management companies can be retained to take care of the animals on a short term basis or as a regular part of the contract.
When looking into a property maintenace service you will want to make sure that they are experienced. The last thing you need is to hire someone who is not capable of getting the job done. Make sure to ascertain their skill level, exactly what services do they provide and what will the need to outsource or sub contract.
Does their expertise match your property and the types of maintenance you anticipate they will be accomplishing? It is a good idea in property maintenance to find a jack of all trades rather than a master of one. A lot of general knowledge will serve your purposes better than a specialist.
Where is their business located? If your maintenance company is too far away from the property you need maintained their response times and availability will be detrimental to the job you need them to do. If the property maintenance you are looking for is going to be reactive what is their response time? This is very important as some problems just cannot wait until morning. Will it cost extra for an odd hour or holiday call out or will the cost of that be built in to the program?
Are you looking to hire a full time service or a part time basis? Is the maintenance going to be scheduled or as needed? Do you want them to provide tracking of all activities to you and plan their work or do you want to be involved in the planning of the maintenance activities?
As you can see there are many things to consider when hiring a property maintenance company whether you are looking for help with your rental business or for you own residential home. Make sure the companies you wind up considering all provide references. Request both employer and character references and talk about their good clients and ones that weren't so good.
Make a list of the qualities and experiences you believe to be critical that you property maintenance partner must have and then check each of those off with the candidates you interview. The final candidate should have each box checked if they don't keep looking; it isn't worth settling as it will cause you too much stress and money!