Re: Everyone who wants to, pitch in. - Posted by AnnNC
Posted by AnnNC on March 27, 2001 at 10:44:04:
I agree, ask the YMCA about their liability issues.
They are getting paid, so they are covered under work comp,so it’ not the same thing.
When I painted as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, I never signed anything. Don’t know liability there.
And I agree, not everyone knows how to paint. Plus it can turn into too MUCH of a social event, not always a bad thing, but 8 teenagers painting a 12’ x 11’ room for 2 hours…well. Or a second team re-painting a wall…Of course, I was not in charge, or this wouldn’t have happened…apparently no one was. There was no list of order in which to do things.
Molding could have all been painted before being installed and having to be cut around.
I like your idea if it’s modified to remove liability.
You didn’t say how large or if you only are referring to outside work.
Perhaps provide the material, have someone supervise,
give list of instructions; give some perks like coice of color, and extras (as per "Mr. “Landlord”) No ladders should be involved. Have them put deposit on paint rollers so they won’t wash them in YOUR sinks–OK, maybe we don’t want to have them paint! They can probably do a better job of preping for painting than at painting. Hire a contractor, let the contractor hire the tenant as
as helper if that is what the building would provide,
Outside work, like clean up trash, broken glass, to make mowing easier, plant flowers that you supply–low risk stuff.
Your idea is not silly at all. Just need to check it out, and you’ll learn. You can check out Habitat’s website. they do rehabs, too. You could ask someone on a project near you. I don’t know how they determine which jobs to have inexperienced volunteers do.
habitat has the concept you are thinking of. The recipient of the new house is required to put in about 600 hours on the house, or other volunteer work for Habitat.
It think Steve Cook does something similar, or used to, with having his SFH tenants do some fix up for downpayment. Yours is different, I know, these are not homeowners, but some elements of pride might kick in.
It’s always a little tricky to put a value on these things, vs the time factor, but it can be done.
After all, the third place winner of the 1999 CREONLINE Creative Ideas contest was a awoman who got her softball team to rehab her houses.
Following the general theme of give before you get,
find out what the tenants would like, maybe an appliance upgrade, or choice of some.
You’re going to raise the rents anyway, and they sould probably know that. Maybe one month free is not enough.
Social aspects of this idea would probably be a good thing-meet the neighbors, work together etc.
People less likely to trash something they, or their neighbor worked on…sometimes.
The dark side would be to identfy too many problems that the tenant would feel no they shouldn’t pay rent unless it’s fixed. So of course cosmetic things.
Your concept is good,butI don’t know about apartments, It as been done; you just need to fine tune it.
Some LL’s give a gift for early payment, or party by the pool if enough people pay early…many variations.
You didn’t say how multi the building is.
you’d need to check your local laws on how much you can raise rent at any given time.
Plenty of notice on a schedule of raises would be easier to take, then also a choice of trade offs and perks.