Assuming you’re a long term property investor- it is important to prioritise your annual maintenance, and ensuring that the gutters are
clear and that the building envelope is doing its job (preventing water ingress) should be the top of your list.
Use input from your tenants to see which improvements you could do to make them happy. You should aim to first make improvements that
generate better returns, and the tenants will generally tell you this. We find asking prospective tenants at rental property viewings can
yield good honest opinions about what they would improve on.
Getting quotes for maintenance work:
Always think through what you are spending money on, have a plan, and be specific when requesting quotes, e.g. is your trade company quoting
to remove all waste from site? This is important especially if you have an older house that may have lead paint on the walls.
Think about relevant health and safety issues- make it a requirement of contract that workers use the correct personal protective equipment
(this is imperative if your rental ownership is under a company which makes you liable for health and safety of employed trade staff).