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Are Your Azalea Park Tenants Damaging Your Kitchen Without Knowing It?

Azalea Park Landlord Repairing the Kitchen CabinetsYour tenants may unknowingly be ruining your rental homes’ kitchen. A kitchen has many different parts to it, from the floors and countertops to the appliances and cabinets. Every one of the components must be properly used and cared for, or else they may sustain accidental damage.

Through misunderstanding or neglect, unintentional damage to the kitchen can cost investment property owners a lot to have it repaired. However, when you know how the damage occurs, you can teach your tenants proper kitchen maintenance. Doing this would help them keep your Azalea Park rental homes in its best condition.

For some tenants, one of the biggest deciding factors when choosing a rental home is an attractive kitchen. However, a kitchen can also experience a lot of unnecessary damage if it is not being properly maintained. Tenants may not have the knowledge of how to take care of a kitchen’s floor, countertops, or cabinets, unintentionally damaging these features in the process.

Keep in mind that wood or laminate floors can be scratched or gouged by heavy furniture, heavy foot traffic, and even pets. Tile floors normally outlast other kinds of floors, but grout can stain or become damaged by strong cleaners or even magic erasers or scrubbers and dropping heavy objects can crack or break tiles. These sorts of destruction may seem insignificant in the beginning, but over a period of time it can build up to a kitchen floor that has to be changed years before its expected life is over.

Countertops are another hard surface in the kitchen that tenants can accidentally damage, even though he or she is very careful. Countertops can instantly become permanently stained or discolored by setting hot dishes and pans directly on the counter surface, as well as scored by knives from cutting food without a cutting board. It may never even occur to a tenant that a hard stone like granite can be damaged by heat, sharp objects, and harsh cleaners. But it can be damaged and it would result in expensive repairs.

Cabinets are another kitchen element that is often accidentally damaged by tenants. The typical kind of damage to cabinets usually occurs when a tenant attempts to clean them without knowing the proper way. Many household cleaners will take the finish off wood cabinets, as will products like magic eraser sponges. Cabinets that have been stripped of their protective finish are apt to be further damaged by heat, steam, and grime build-up, which will be more challenging to remove at each cleaning.

Though repairs for these parts can be expensive, few things bring about more issues than appliances that aren’t properly maintained. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and ranges need regular maintenance and proper use to keep functioning properly for many years. For example, the useful life of a dishwasher can be severely shortened if a tenant doesn’t know how to load it properly or uses too much soap. Dishwashers also must be cleaned several times a year by running an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner or a cup of vinegar, or risk clogged drains or blocked sprayers.

Placing the wrong cleaning products on an appliance is another usual cause for unintentional damage. Ovens, stovetops, and refrigerators can all be scratched or damaged by harsh chemicals or cleaning brushes, leading them to function defectively and look ugly. Cleaning is a critical part of standard appliance maintenance, but it must be done the right way in order to make sure that the appliance does not stop working.

Educating tenants on the subject of proper kitchen maintenance is a critical part in the management of a quality rental home, but it can be a challenge to do since it runs the risk of damaging the landlord-tenant relationship. This is the area where the skilled specialists at Real Property Management Freedom can come to your aid. We can come to your aid by telling your tenants any significant information while simultaneously encouraging good relations.

We can also aid you by guaranteeing that your tenants are completing the required service jobs in the kitchen every year, performing the daily upkeep of your Azalea Park rental home a trouble-free and easy as pie process. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 813-867-2667 today.

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