Erik L. Anderson Insurance Agency
Jun 16, 2023
Owning rental properties is a fantastic investment and a great source of regular income. You can safeguard your profit margins by reducing insurance claims for damages and liabilities. Use this checklist to help avoid legal or financial risk.
Keep Outdoor Areas Free From Hazards
Start outside to evaluate for liability hazards that could cause slip-and-fall injuries or damage your property. This includes:
Install Smart Locks and Security Cameras
Your entrance should be well-maintained and designed to keep intruders out. For apartment buildings and short-term rentals in particular, doorway security cameras and smart locks are a good investment. Smart cameras will allow you to observe any unwanted visitors. Smart locks let you avoid having old keys floating around town, and you can remotely open the front door to allow workers or inspectors inside.
Check Fire Suppression Regularly
You can reduce disastrous fire claims and potential fatalities by checking the following every 30 days:
Chimneys and flues should be cleaned as often as needed of soot and residue and checked for animals or blockages that impede the flow of exhaust.
Keep the Roof and Foundation Well Maintained
Your property is nothing without a strong foundation and functioning roof. However, these two structural elements are often a common source of insurance claims. Your location, weather, and landscaping will play a major role in how often you need to check these elements and make repairs.
Plan to check your roof and gutters several times per year, especially in autumn, as well as after large storms for leaks, loose shingles, torn flashing, hail damage, fallen branches, and the like. If you get significant snowfall, know how to prevent ice damming too.
Keep an eye on the foundation after the snow melts in winter and following heavy rains. Look for cracks, settling, unevenness, mold, mildew, and standing water.
Perform Annual Inspections on Plumbing, Electrical, Gas, and HVAC Systems
Have a professional check your rental property’s essential building systems at least once per year for safety and smooth operation. This will reduce the risk of water damage, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, explosions, and legal complaints. Plus, finding and fixing small issues early, before they become major problems, may save you some significant money as well.
Winterize Unused Rentals and Outdoor Water Sources
If you own property in a region where the temperature drops below freezing, then before the thermometer plummets in early winter, be sure to disconnect hoses and cover outdoor spigots. Prepare any automatic irrigation systems for cold weather according to instructions. Cover any pool or hot tub areas (which should be fenced off with limited access all year round).
If you have a house or apartment that is not being rented during winter, you’ll have to winterize it appropriately. Usually, you can do one of two things:
A Few Final Rental Property Maintenance Tips
Here are a few final suggestions to make the rental property maintenance process go smoothly:
In case you do need to deal with a claim, make sure your rental property insurance is up to date and gives you the protection you need. At Erik L. Anderson Insurance Agency, our independent agents can tailor a policy to your property. Call Erik L. Anderson Insurance Agency at 410-686-5400 with your questions, or start your policy online today.
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