Originally Posted by Lukacs Property Maintenance
When i first moved to Merritt i needed a place to live. I was looking in the local newspaper and saw an add for places for rent by one realestate company. I phoned and talked to the property manager. I didn't end up getting a place from them but it aventually got out to them that i ran a lcb. Further on down the road however, i adventually ended up renting from the property manager. I told her that the lcc that she had did a bad job. So she thought she would give me a try. I've been doing work for them ever since.
I am in a similar business to you (See my discussion in Introduce Yourself)
I do a similar thing to you but want I dont believe in doing is bad mouthing others it can get up someones nose especially if the contractor in question is related to the Property Manager giving out the work
In these days of modern technology what I do use my cellphone and take some pics of the property
Also because the property is for rent I may also have a quick look around including in windows and out buildings and do a mental quote on the job
This gives you an advantage when you do go to the Agent you can give them a rough estimate of the price
If I get the job having already taken pictures in advance I also take pics when finished that way once you have a good relationship with your property managers you can show them the pics to verify completion when you give them the invoice
What makes this good is you dont have to wait for them to do a physical inspection
Another policy I have is while out I note down addresses of propertys which maybe up for rental by agents within the same company and if they look in need of a make over ask my contact to refer me to that agent
Its also a good move to keep a list of the various propertys you do that way you almost act as the agents spy so if you see the current tenant is neglecting their duties about keeping it tidy you can tip off the agent.
Its also a good idea to ask the agent when you have done the job if they or the new tenant is responsible for ongoing maintainence in which case there is another opportunity to pick up a new job
Finally dont be to fussy about what jobs you accept once you start working for an agent they may ask you to do little jobs ie remove some bags of rubbish when passing a place or cleaning up some real disgusting jobs
Just remember that if you wont do it someone else will
For the smaller jobs like rubbish bags etc I charge a standard fixed fee of $US 10