Are you the owner of a piece of rental property that is having plumbing difficulties? Have you determined that you are going to need to repipe part of the system in order to keep the building operating within code? If so, you need to make sure that you are prepared for the event by finding the ideal assistance.
First of all, there are some things that you might be able to do on your own. You will need to determine which jobs you have can be completed by yourself and those you need a professional for. Among the questions to ask yourself when deciding are:
* Do I have the knowledge, skills and tools to complete the task efficiently?
* What are the state and local guidelines regarding this type of job?
So, if there is a pipe under the sink that needs to be replaced, you might be able to handle it yourself in an afternoon. On the other hand, large tasks might require assistance. You will need to approach each type of task differently.
For jobs you intend to complete, it is essential that you prepare well before entering the rental home, particularly if you have renters living there right now. After all, you want to create as little intrusion as possible when taking care of their piping troubles. Although you own the house, it is their home. Repeated trips in and out can be stressful to the residents.
Once you have inspected the area and determined that you will do the repair yourself, measure everything that is necessary, including the area around the piping. Note exactly what is damaged and how it needs to be prepared. When you return, you should have the parts and tools to complete the job in one visit if possible. Of course, you might need to return at some point to make sure that certain materials have set correctly.
On the other hand, if you are going to hire a professional plumbing contractor to handle the job for you, you should make sure that you select the most competent professional that you can afford. You can ask other rental property owners for their recommendations or you can search on the web for plumbers that you can use for the task.
It is important that you find plumbers who are accustomed to working with rental properties in order to simplify matters. There will be multiple people who need to coordinate with each other regarding the job and you don’t want to risk miscommunication by working with an inexperienced group of people.
Fortunately, you can look online for a good plumber if you cannot find one via word-of-mouth. Find at least three or four that appear to be good candidates and then look into their reputation. Ask those who appear good options to provide a written estimate on the job. You might want to coordinate the appointments on the same day to make it easier for you to determine which one you should select.
In addition to the price quoted, you should ask if there are any potential charges that might arise during the service and an expected time frame for completion if hired that day. You can compare these answers along with your general perception of the company representatives.
When you own occupied rental property with remodeling and repair needs, it is important to complete the tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible. Use these steps to get on the right track with the repiping tasks at your rental properties. The sooner you start, the sooner you can return to your daily routine!