How to pick the right vendor for your rental property in Los Gatos, CA

Los Gatos Property Management - REC Property ManagementTaking care of a rental property in Los Gatos can often feel like a chore. Owners have to maintain the lawn, appliances, heat and air conditioning, water, electricity; the list goes on and on. However, if you want to make life easier, hire a vendor to do the work for you.

A vendor is any person or company that sells goods or services to someone else. For example, if your homes’ roof needed to be repaired, you would hire a person or company who specialize in that service to do it for you.

There are plenty of choices available for owners, but not all may be the right choice for your needed repair or service. If you’re unsure of how to find a trusted vendor, contact a property management company, such as Real Estate Connections in Los Gatos.

At Real Estate Connections, Los Gatos property management company, we already have  working relationships with many vendors who provide quality service and quick turnaround at the lowest possible cost. We have an idea of what they can do and how they can do it.

However, if you decided to search for a vendor on your own, there are a number of things you should look for. The tips below can ensure that the vendor you hire will do the job right the first time.

  • Ask questions. Do they have a license? Are they insured? What is their past experience?
  • Ask for references and contact them. Be sure to ask for past clients who had similar work done to ensure they can complete the job required in the time allotted.
  • Most vendors have pictures of prior work completed, so have them show those to you.
  • Recommendations are always a simple and effective way to find a reliable vendor. Start with asking a trusted friend, someone who has a rental property and had the same work carried out on their unit.
  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau to find more information on a specific company and their service record.
  • When you meet with a potential vendor, make sure they act in a professional manner. If they’re professionals, they’ll get the job done with quality in mind and provide an open line of communication throughout.
  • Most people look for price first and that’s not the way to determine who’s right for the job. Once you’re aware of the costs involved, be sure not to choose the cheapest vendor available. just because they are cheap.  In the long run, spending more money now will save you in the future.
  • If it’s a big project, however, check around for more than one estimate. If not done properly, a poorly executed job will end up costing you over thousands of dollars.
  • Lastly, don’t accept a handshake or verbal agreement; get it in writing. Make sure there is a written agreement between you and the vendor detailing what services will be performed and when.

In short, make sure the vendor you choose understands what you need. By implementing these given tips, you will be that much closer to receiving the service you deserve.

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us.

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5 Responses to “How to pick the right vendor for your rental property in Los Gatos, CA”

  1. Chris Hermanski June 14, 2013 11:51 am
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    Well said and I agree this is not a job for everyone. Property management never sleeps! I have included a link to my blog to let you know how we do things in Portland. Let me know what you think.

    http://blog.mainlander.com/how-to-be-a-landlord-in-portland-facilitating-repairs/

    Chris

  2. Deanna Hansen September 23, 2013 11:18 am
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    Indeed establishing relationships with vendors is crucial for property managers — it ensures maintenance issues are handled efficiently and cost effectively. The numerous points you give in screening vendors is very helpful. Here at Aapex PM, maintenance calls come to us directly so we can determine exactly what needs to be done. Like you, we keep a list of trusted vendors and choose ones that are able to handle after hour emergencies. We talk more about it in this blog: http://blog.aapexpm.com/hayward-property-management-maintenance-part-1-emergencies/. Hope you give it a look and find some useful information on it.

    Deanna

  3. Lois Moore November 18, 2013 2:33 pm
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    Just like you, to ensure proper maintenance on a rental, we have developed excellent relationships with qualified contractors, or vendors as you refer to them. We know they will get the job done right the first time and at the best rates. Here’s a link to our blog which deals with maintenance: http://blog.lmooreinc.com/how-portland-property-management-companies-deal-maintenance/.

    Lois

  4. Deborah Bailey December 3, 2013 9:00 am
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    We like your advice on hiring vendors to maintain rental properties. We believe paying attention to curb appeal will ensure your yard is more attractive and gets you the best possible tenants. Here is a link to our blog if you’d like to look into it:

    http://blog.select1realty.com/property-maintenance-for-brentwood-area-landlords-lawn-and-yard-choices/

    Deborah

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