Mission accomplished. I bought a new air conditioner for my tenants in Yonkers, and their living space has returned to a resonable temperature – just in time for a break in the weather!
The purchase proved to be a bit challenging because the vendor I was recommended by my super – the store that supplies AC units to almost everyone in the building – did not have the particular one I needed in stock. I was told it wouldn’t be available until Monday, and with the heat the way it was I didn’t want them to have to sweat out the weekend. So I went to PC Richards after checking with cheaper outlets such as Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. In the end, I chose the safer, yet pricier, option.
Where I got luck was having a helpful superintendent. He’s helped me with projects before and is incredibly responsive to the needs of the residents in the building. Walking me through the purchase on the phone (telling me everything from the dimensions, voltage and BTUs needed to hook up to the particular line where my apartment was), he made the experience so much easier than it could have been. Then all I had to do was drop off the hardware and he handled the installation…for a “small” tip of course.
All in all, it was a valuable (in importance and monetarily) learning experience – one that shaped the type of landlord I working to be and added value to my investment. Plus, it’s tax deductible!
- When you can, lean toward the side of upgrading.
- Take care of your superintendent. There are so many horror stories out there, but a good one can handle a crisis for you and give you peace of mind.
- Be sensitive to the tenant. While I probably would have suffered through the heatwave like I had so many times before instead of paying for a new air conditioner, it doesn’t mean my tenants should have to as well.