Owning Real Estate Has
Two Sides, Pleasure & Pain
Owning real estate has its ups
and downs. When everything is going well, nothing could be finer.
Yet... when unplanned events happen, real estate becomes a living
I found that a Problem Prevention Check-Up is a new and better
way to confront an age-old problem. Emergencies.
Just imagine a $3.00 hose to
your washing machine breaking and causing you weeks of mayhem,
lost time and grief plus $4,600.00 in damages! It happened to
Yes, some insurance policies
do pay for most of the damages, but, you must very well earn
it by investing your time and energy. Your lost time is never
paid for by insurance.
According to Ron Alford, Managing
Director of Disaster Masters ® the best way to cure most real
estate problems is to identify the seeds of disaster (Disaster
Seeds™) and then eliminate them before they blossom into expensive
emergency services or into a full-blown disaster.
Because emergency services always
cost the owner the loss of his time and money, it is far better
to stay on top of the things that are likely to go wrong, rather
than wait until they occur. Also, it makes good sense to have
a contingency plan for unavoidable emergencies; a simple plan
that can be implemented with one phone call.
Alford says "Even the most
sophisticated of property owners are rarely able to identify
and fix dormant disasters because they are simply too close
to the issues or don't have a clue about what to look for and
where to start. Moreover, building and maintenance contractors
who work with property every day become blind to ordinary things
which are likely to cause serious damage. In too many cases,
incompetence of the contractors is the problem.
It takes people with special
training to be able to locate disaster seeds and recommend cost-efficient
remedies. For example, Alford has managed over 13,000 insurance
claims during his career and has special training in disaster
prevention. Of the thousands of claims he has managed, he said
"In almost all of these cases, these events could have
been prevented if the property owner had sought advice on how
to Disaster Proof his or her property."
Alford says, "Every building
and piece of property, every house has an infinite number of
hidden problems waiting for the opportunity to blossom in to
a real pain for the owner."