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Is The Damage Really That Bad?

June 7, 2021
Handyman in overalls repairs pipes under the sink in the kitchen, next to a box of tools

When it comes to repairing damage done to your rental property, it can be hard to tell what needs to be fixed and what can forgo a repair. You might start to wonder if those scratches on the hardwood floor are really that bad, or if that small area of knife cuts on the kitchen countertop are noticeable. Should I have them repaired, or should I move the next tenant in? 

Well, the simple answer is yes. You should always have them repaired. When you put forth a clean and well-maintained unit, you can almost guarantee that you’ll see better reviews and a higher resident retention rate. Here’s why you should never pass up the opportunity to fix a damaged surface, even when the repair is minimal.  

Visible Damage = Less Care From The Tenant:
Suppose an area of your unit is already damaged. If the tenant moves in and sees it, chances are they won’t treat it as well as they would’ve if it was in better condition. If an area is already scuffed up, it’s easy to avoid taking further precautions to make sure it doesn’t get any worse. Think about it this way. Would you feel worse if you put a scratch on a car that already had ten others or if you scratched a brand new one? Well, that’s exactly how it works with the surfaces in your unit too!

Repair Now Or Replace Later:
If the tenant doesn’t take precautions to minimize further damage, you can bet that it will worsen over time. If it gets to the point where you can no longer repair it, you’ll more than likely have to replace it and that can be expensive! Don’t dig into your maintenance budget to replace something that Surface Experts can quickly repair. 

Avoid An Insurance Hazard:
Besides being an eye-sore, damage can quickly turn into a safety hazard if left untreated. Laminate countertops, for instance, are incredibly sharp when broken along the edges. If a tenant accidentally runs into a sharp corner or cuts their hand on it while cooking, you’ll not only be left with a repair but a possible insurance bill too. Not to mention an injured and unhappy tenant! By keeping the surfaces in your unit free from cracks, cuts, and sharp edges, you can reduce your chances of a medical issue down the road.

How Surface Experts Can Help:
We can help make repairs to almost any surface in your rental unit. Whether there’s visible damage on your countertops, cabinets, hardwood floors, or even your stainless steel fridge, we can help repair it quickly and seamlessly. When residents see the pride you take in maintaining your units, they’ll be more likely to take care of them too.

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