If you’re a landlord with several properties on the rental market, you don’t need to be reminded about the wide range of issues that can require your attention. As well as regular monthly administration tasks, tenant call-outs can be both a costly and time-consuming matter.
Luckily, with the services of a locksmith at your disposal, you can group together many potential issues, and delegate them to just one service. With a reliable locksmith in your contacts list, you can save time and money in the long run, and provide peace-of-mind to both yourself and your tenants.
Here’s a look at the top 5 issues you can easily resolve with a professional locksmith, offering both a timely response, and minimal involvement from yourself.
1 – Lock Changes and Repairs
One common cause for lock repair is due to wear-and-tear, which can occur over time. Perhaps some of your property’s locks are original features which have since grown dull, and difficult to operate. No prospective tenant will appreciate being shown around a property where a ‘special technique’ is required to operate a lock. Strong, smooth, and easy to operate are the main requirements when dealing with both Yale locks and deadlocks, and your tenants are correct in expecting these across the board. Lock changes may also be required if a tenant has lost their key close to home – even if the key has no distinguishing features, it’s difficult to feel safe if you know there’s a lost copy of your key somewhere close-by.
2 – Non-Destructive Entry
This happens to us all at some point. We hear the door close behind us, check our pockets or bag, and realise we’ve left our key inside. It’s an unfortunate mistake, but it happens surprisingly regularly. As a landlord, you may or may not keep copies of keys at home for security reasons, but even if you do, you can’t guarantee that the call-out will come when you’re not travelling or on holiday. If you use an estate agent, the office will have key copies, but assistance here is restricted by business hours. With a locksmith on call, you can be sure the issue is swiftly resolved, without damage to your property.
3 – Window Locks
The above points are just as relevant to windows as they are to doors. Luckily, a good locksmith won’t just tend to your door locks, but will be skilled in window maintenance too. From lost keys, to ill-working mechanisms, you’ll want to ensure a quick resolution to any issue.
4- UPVC Repairs
Although generally durable, UPVC windows can endure wear-and-tear over time. Hinges may become unsteady due to misuse, and UPVC can be prone to scratches and damage. In addition, recent break-ins have seen intruders pull apart loose-fitting UPVC to gain entry to a property, as it is a much quieter access option than smashing glass. For your tenant’s safety and security it’s always a good idea to ensure your window fittings are in good order, and replaced promptly with quality materials when required.
5 – Alarms and CCTV
Security features such as intruder alarms and CCTV are a great way to ensure tenant safety, as well as reducing potential costly damage to your property. While alarms are a common requirement for houses and single properties, CCTV is particularly popular for owners of large properties such as flats or apartment blocks where there’s regular footfall. Whichever security feature you’re looking for, a professional locksmith will be able to assist.
Where can I find a reliable locksmith in the East Midlands?
Here at All Masons locksmiths, our Leicestershire-based team of professionals are ready to assist 24-7. Fully insured and CRB checked, we offer a one-hour emergency service, as well as specialising in break-in repair and UPVC windows.