Protecting Your Austin Rental Investment with Detailed Property Walk-Throughs
Smart landlords know it’s important to keep an eye on their investment property. At Austin Landmark Property Services, we don’t make promises we can’t keep. We know some property managers claim to inspect your home three or four times a year.
In Texas, only licensed inspectors may conduct an official inspection. A licensed inspection can cost hundreds of dollars and is typically only performed when purchasing a home. Most Austin property managers are not licensed inspectors. Therefore, we do not promise to perform inspections. Instead, we perform walk-throughs.
When you have a good tenant who pays rent on time and your home doesn’t have any real maintenance issues, we’ll perform a walk-through once a year, usually halfway through the lease period. Anything more frequent could violate your tenant’s privacy and look like harassment. If your property has ongoing or recurring maintenance issues or your tenant has proven to be a problem, we’ll make the walk-throughs more frequent.
Walk-Throughs Avoid Deferred Maintenance and Property Damage
The most important reason you need an annual walk-through is to ensure the safety and habitability of the rental home. Some of the high priority safety and habitability issues we check for include:
Functional smoke alarms
Window and door locks
Unreported leaks or water problems
It’s also important to use these walk-throughs as a lease enforcement tool. You want to be sure your resident is following all the terms of your lease agreement. We can look for unauthorized pets and roommates, and we’ll also document any modifications that have been made to the home. We’ll address illegal activity and bring the resident into compliance before situations get out of control.
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Protecting Austin properties in Barton Hills/Travis Heights, Westlake, Avery Ranch, Anderson Mill, Great Hills, and surrounding areas.
Walk-Through Reports are Detailed and Documented
We want to make sure everything is detailed, accurate, and well-documented when it comes to walk-throughs at your Austin rental property. We contract with third-party vendors who specialize in these walk-throughs. It ensures a completely subjective and accountable report. We can review and provide a consistent, professional report with pictures included. You don’t want a busy property manager rushing through this task. You want a professional who is experienced in this type of walk-through.
Your report will be emailed and available as soon as it’s complete. We will handle all high priority items right away, and we’ll discuss lower priority items with you before making any repairs or taking any action.
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This is a cost-effective alternative to professional inspections. A walk-through in most homes will cost less than $150.
Additional Ways we Protect Your Austin Investment
Beyond annual walk-throughs, random drive-by checks of the exterior are performed. This is easy for your property managers to do when we’re in the area.
When work is performed at the home, our in-network vendors will always report anything out of sorts to us. For example, if there’s a dog at the property when we listed the property as being pet-free, our vendors and contractors will let us know. Anything that looks off to our professional maintenance partners will be reported and dealt with.
Our Austin property owners who use this regular walk-through service feel more informed about their properties, and these investments are typically better maintained. We find there’s less deferred maintenance and fewer tenant surprises. These aren’t mandatory when you work with us, but we highly recommend them.
I am actually tenant of a house through ALPS since 2009 I am fortunate to deal with a group of professional Housing Manager, Maintenance Manager and other Admin team, They were very helpful to me and to my family every time we requested their services they provide us in a record of time and efficiently. I highly recommend the ALPS to any one who needs to deal with them.
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If you’d like to learn more about our properties and what it’s like to work with Austin Landmark Property Services for professional Austin property management, get in touch. We’d be happy to talk more about our rental properties, our application requirements, and our leasing process.
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