Keep your rental property safe this November and all year round. These five tips will keep your rentals free from electrical issues throughout 2015 and well into the future.
- Nix extension cords.
- Perform an electrical cord check-up.
- Inspect circuit interrupters monthly.
- Heed warning signs.
- Hire a pro for all electrical work.
- Extension cords are intended as a temporary solution to a lack of accessible outlets. As 2015 comes to a close, install enough outlets at your rental properties to prevent tenants from taking matters into their own hands and putting their safety at risk.
- Check cords running from appliances before your next tenant moves in. Replace any frayed cords, and remove any cords you find under carpets or running across doorways. November chills could mean portable heaters, so warn your tenants against using appliances with frayed cords or plugging multiple heating appliance into the same outlet.
- Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) prevent fire and shock hazards respectively. If you have these types of circuit interrupters installed at your rental homes, inspect them monthly to ensure proper operation. If you don’t have AFCIs or GFCIs at your properties, consider making the investment.
- Walk around your properties and examine all electrical outlets and switches. If they feel warm, replace them. Flickering and dimming lights can also indicate an electrical problem. Tenants’ complaints about tripped circuits and blown fuses should serve as warning signs of a bigger issue.
- Resist the temptation to go the DIY route. Address any electrical problems at your rental properties by contacting a qualified electrician. Read reviews or seek out the opinion of someone you trust to find the right electrical professional.
As November makes way for Winter 2015, your renters are likely using more electricity than ever. In addition to following our advice, talk to your tenants about keeping their rental homes safe at all times by taking simple precautions.
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