Property Maintenance

Should I Repair or Replace My Boiler?

Should I Repair or Replace My Boiler?

Property Maintenance

Whenever people have problems with their boiler, they have the dilemma of whether to repair it or replace it. The decision depends on a number of factors. You should consider each of these factors carefully before making your decision.

“It’s important to choose honest, experienced and fully qualified heating engineers” says Stuart of MP Plumbing, a Bristol based plumber “that way, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your boiler – whether that be repair or replacement. You don’t want to pay for repairs if they are going to cost more than replacement, it’s just not logical and will end up costing you more in the long run”.

Age of the Boiler

If your boiler has been running for 10 years or longer, then you should think about replacing it. If your boiler is not that old and you are having problems, you can usually get away with repairing it. It is common for manufacturer’s to include a warranty of up to two years when you buy a boiler, so if you have any problem with the boiler within this time frame, the manufacturer will repair it for you or replace any parts if needed.

A boiler that is more than 10 years old may also be unsafe. It may not meet the latest laws and guidelines concerning boilers and gas safety. Before repairing your boiler, you should ask a professional to inspect it to see whether it’s safe to continue using it. Boiler safety is very important because faulty boilers can release carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is very harmful to your health and can even cause death if you’re exposed to it for long periods.

Repair Cost

The repair cost depends on the nature of the problem. It can be more expensive to repair old boilers, especially if they are more than 10 years old as it’s likely the manufacturer will have stopped production of the parts. Availability of parts will become less, so the prices for them will rise. If a newer boiler has a problem then you can find the parts easily and it will cost you less to fix. However, even with newer boilers, you may need to do expensive repairs. In such case, it may be better to replace your old boiler with a new one. If the problem with the boiler is minor and it can be fixed quite easily then you should repair it instead of replacing it. You should compare the cost of repairing and replacing the boiler, and then make your decision. As a rule of thumb, if your boiler has passed three-quarters of its lifespan and the cost of repairing it is one-third of the price needed to buy a new one, then you should replace the old boiler with a new one.…

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Emergency Repairs On Your Rental Property

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance

As a landlord, there are plenty of potential headaches that are easily avoidable regardless of who your tenants are. If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to ensure your property is always kept up to a high enough standard for people to live in comfortably and according to what you have agreed. Emergency repairs may be necessary from time to time, although it can be tricky to judge what counts as an emergency if you’re inexperienced. Here are some examples of times when it would be the responsibility of the landlord to implement a fix as soon as possible.

1) Emergency plumbing and heating

“As we all know, the weather can take a toll on a property and its occupants. When it’s freezing cold and your property’s boiler needs servicing, this can be classed as an emergency for your tenants,” advised Jerry from Fast Action, emergency plumbers in Edinburgh. “Ensure you have the number of an emergency plumber and heating engineer so you can get this fixed quickly should you need to.”

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Who’s Going To Fix This Mess?

Landlord Advice, Property Maintenance, Tenant Advice

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, nobody wants to end up fighting over whose responsibility it is to fix a particular problem with their rental property. However, in many cases it can be inevitable because things have not been decided clearly enough in advance. In all cases, the best thing to do is ensure you have a written agreement that both parties sign, meaning that in future you can refer back to your document and establish who needs to deal with a particular issues as and when it crops up.

However, it can be tricky to know where to start when drawing up your agreement. Here are a few ideas of where the responsibility lies for a few specific examples.

The landlord is normally responsible for…

– Emergency plumbing and heating repairs, such as when there is no hot water or the heating doesn’t work properly in the winter
– Safe and functional electric wiring
– Security of the property, including locks and all exterior doors
– Serious leaks of any kind, whether water or gas, in the roof or the floor
– Damage to the property from a storm, a fire or other accidents
– Failure of essential appliances in the property that the landlord provided
– Reimbursing tenants if they had to pay for any of these emergency services

Landlords are also generally responsible for smaller repairs and anything that goes wrong with something they have provided. However, not all of these things have to be dealt with immediately, only within a “reasonable” amount of time. For this reason it’s a good idea for tenants to request everything in writing, so there is evidence that the landlord was informed of what needed doing and had the appropriate amount of time to ensure it was completed.…

Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Hire A Plumber Or Do It Yourself?

Property Maintenance

You might find yourself taking on a lot of odd jobs yourself if you’re maintaining your own property to rent out or sell on. Depending on your experience, sometimes it’s faster and cheaper to simply put your mind to a task and get it done without the hassle of hiring a professional. However, when it comes to plumbing, you might want to reconsider getting the job done by a plumber who knows their trade best.

On the one hand, you can indeed save time by getting the job done yourself. When you factor in the time spent looking up ideas of who to call, following up references, negotiating a deal, finding a time that suits both parties to complete the work, waiting for payment to go through, not even accounting for any possible delays, it can take much longer to have professionals tradesmen come in to do the work for you.

Sometimes this is made worse by the fact that professionals might be paid by the hour, so they may not be in a rush to finish the work to your tight schedule. You might find it’s much more cost effective to spend that money ensuring you have the best quality materials and tools, meaning you can make sure the plumbing work you do is up to the same standard as the rest of your own work. You also get the added benefit of adding a new skill to your repertoire, and once you’ve learned something once you can save money in future by never hiring an expensive professional again!…