Cut Your Maintenance and Repair Costs by real estate expert Craig Summers When a property investor starts searching for properties in , an important factor to keep in mind is the maintenance and repair costs. Their goal should be to keep these as low as possible. In our discussion today, we will look at five elements that the property investor in needs to either look for in new properties or take care of with his or her own properties in . Element #1 Find low-maintenance properties One of the things that an investor should look for is properties in that are built with low maintenance materials and this will also include all of the fixtures. You also want to look at the outside of the property to make sure that the outside is fairly low maintenance. This is referring to the things like the landscaping and shrubbery. Element #2 Find low-maintenance residents This may seem strange, but there are tenants that will be costly to have living in your property in as well as tenants that will go out of their way not to cost you anything. So again, you want to screen your tenants carefully. Element #3 Apply repair charges There are a couple of ways that may help you to maintain your low-maintenance residents in . You can shift a small portion of any repair charges to the tenant. Basically they will pay the first $50 or $100 of any repairs. You must make sure that this is part of the lease and that it is something that the tenant is aware of. You can have a higher security deposit. Usually higher security deposits will attract a lower maintenance type of resident. Element #4 Have a handyman available Hire a handyman that you can trust and that will be available to handle to take care of your maintenance and repairs. This is someone that is dependable and will do a good job of taking care of your properties in . Element #5 Think Prevent You want to always be in a preventive maintenance mode. Have your handyman always looking for ways to cut expenses as well as always looking for possible maintenance issues before they arise. This alone may save you hundreds of dollars over the long run. There is a lot of free information available to you about buying, selling or investing in real estate. For complete information about the real estate market including current homes for sale, property values and more please visit the most complete website online dedicated to everything real estate at www.pauldingandpolk.com. Please feel free to contact me with any of your real estate or mortgage related questions and I would be more than glad to answer your questions. Call me on my cell at 404 374 1620 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org For a FREE List of 3 Plus Bedroom Paulding County Homes under $150,000 with prices, addresses, and descriptions click the link or fill out the form below.