Posted by Gary Winter
Rising damp, structural faults and leaky roofs - there are all sorts of problems that can rear their ugly head in any property, and keeping an eye out for them is often the best way to tackle such issues before they spiral out of control.
While this is a factor for all homeowners throughout Britain to consider, it is also of particular importance for landlords - properties that are left vacant for an extended period of time while repairs are carried out can be particularly costly, and also have the potential to pose a significant threat to long-term profits.
Indeed, investors may be able to rely on tenants to draw their attention to problems such as loose taps or exposed light fittings, but it is the bigger issues that aren't always immediately visible that can sometimes cause the most trouble.
So considering the difficulties that may arise when certain areas of a property go unchecked, Nick Oldridge from Roofapedia.com advises landlords to regularly visit their assets to ensure that they are in a good condition.
"If you are a landlord you should attend the property at least yearly or twice yearly to do an inspection and see where you stand with your roof structure," he said.
As well as making sure to frequently keep a check on the state of a property, investors can purchase cheap landlord insurance policies in order to safeguard against having to foot any repair bills that can threaten the ability of a portfolio to provide the expected returns.
"You could very quickly wipe out all that you gain from your rental income if you have a problem [in the roof]," Mr Oldridge added.
By taking a sensible approach that involves inspecting properties regularly and protecting them with the necessary insurance cover, landlords can reduce the risk of their yields suffering in the event of any unexpected damages.