As a property manager, sometimes you will find yourself in an unavoidable situation. A situation where you have to deal with a lot of trash in one of your homes. That can be the result of:
Eviction Clean-outs: Evictions are a normal part of life for property managers. But getting a troublesome tenant out does not always get rid of the tenant’s stuff. Sometimes, when evictions happen, you will find the home filled with junk that the tenant left behind. You have to remove these before you can move forward with your business.
Home renovation: If one of the homes under your management needs renovating, chances are you will be dealing with a lot of junk. Regardless of the size and type of project – wall demolitions, replacing floors, upgrading electrical or plumbing systems, or replacing kitchen cabinets - most renovations will throw up a sizable amount of trash.
A horror tenant: The usual way for one of your homes to get trashed up is when a tenant’s lease end and they decide to leave some of their stuff behind when they vacate the house. Usually, tenants’ security deposit serves to protect you from this, but while you are sorting out the legal and cost aspects of the tenant’s actions, you still have to clean up the home.
Landscaping project: Any landscaping project is bound to generate junk. Apart from tree branches, stumps, and other green waste, there will be miscellaneous items that people like to leave out in the yard. Stuff like broken bicycles, disused pipes, the interlocking pathway you just tore up, and garbage are a few things you are likely to find in the yard.
In each of the above situations, getting rid of the junk is the first order of business. As long as the home remains dirty and untidy, it becomes tough to make any money from the property. You cannot show the premises to new tenants. And every minute that the home remains that way increases the losses to your business.
How quickly and efficiently you clean junked-up homes matters. It matters to the vacancy rate on the property, your revenue, and your relationship with the landlord. Most importantly, it matters to your reputation as a property manager. But, what is the best way to remove junk from one of your rental properties?
Usually, you have two options; the hard way and the easy way.
The hard way to get rid of junk
You can set aside all the work you have to do - meeting with old and potential new clients, inspecting a home, advertising a vacant property, sorting out the financial reports for one of your homes, and myriad other things – then roll up your sleeves and spend the better part of three or four days doing junk removal.
If you do this, you will eventually clean up the home and have it ready for showing. In the meantime – while you are busy cleaning out sheds and sweeping floors - you can watch your business lose opportunities for growth and improvement. And on a personal level, you will give up the time you could have used for meeting people.
That is the hard way to do it. But there is also an easy way; you can hire a junk removal company. Why is this the better option?
Why your property management business needs junk removal services
Property managers often have to deal with two conflicting objectives; speed and quality. They want to shorten the turnover time for their homes. Also, they want each house to be in pristine condition when tenants see it. More often than not, the property managers’ attempt to have a home ready on time leads to haste – instead of speed – and a shoddy outcome.
But when property managers hire junk removal companies, they can get the guaranteed speed and quality every time. That is just one of the ways junk removal benefits property managers. Other benefits are:
Junk removal companies can start cleaning a home hours after it becomes vacant and have it ready in twenty-four hours or less.
They will undertake both interior and exterior junk removal, going as far as hauling away broken vehicles, abandoned play-sets, and derelict sheds.
Protect the home
Junk removers avoid the kind of damage that commonly occurs when amateurs clean a junked-up home – scratched floor, gouged wall, and chipped door edges.
Professional junk removers have the required permits/licenses to deal with all kinds of waste. Landfills will not let anyone dump hazardous materials unless they have the right qualifications.
Using junk removal services gives property managers the space to become more competent at their core roles. It helps them build a more profitable business by re