Springtime is upon us, meaning certain property maintenance tasks must be done. But don’t fret - with these eight tips, you’ll have a well-maintained rental home this spring. Whether you’re a first-time or seasoned landlord, keeping on top of proper seasonal maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your tenants enjoy an optimal living experience each year. From landscaping projects to HVACs, our top eight spring maintenance tips for rental property owners are below.
- Check and clear the gutters. Springtime is the perfect chance to check that the gutters of rental homes have withstood the winter and are clear of debris. Gutters can become clogged or damaged over time, leading to water damage, mold growth, and even higher utility bills. Property owners can save big on potential repairs by taking a few minutes to remove any leaves, twigs, bird nests, or other material lodged in the gutter system.
- Have the HVAC inspected. Before your tenants start heading to the beach to escape the summer heat, make sure that your rental property’s HVAC system is ready for the rise in outdoor temperatures. To ensure this, have a professional inspect the property's entire HVAC system before the spring months. This simple inspection could save a lot of money in repair fees or prevent any unexpected breakdowns during the peak of summertime heat. Plus, it gives you peace of mind knowing that those living in your rental homes will have access to reliable air conditioning when they need it most.
- Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to test all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and change their batteries. Of course, as a landlord, you'll want to make your property enjoyable for tenants, but you also have an obligation to keep people safe from potential dangers.
- Check window screens for tears or rips and make sure windows are sealed properly. When it comes to springtime property maintenance, you should pay attention to your window screens and sealings. After all, no renter wants to be bothered by soaring electric bills and oppressive heat waves. So make sure to check your window screens for tears or rips and ensure your windows are still sealed properly; after all, careless maintenance at this stage could lead to bigger problems down the road.
- Check for any large debris that may have fallen on the roof. As springtime approaches, landlords should remember to take their due diligence seriously and assess any minor roof repairs that might be needed in their rental homes. In addition to small repairs, it is also important for landlords to confirm that debris is not accumulating on the roof; large debris can damage shingles, which could lead to more expensive projects later, so it's always beneficial to take preventive measures.
- Make sure the lawn is trimmed, landscaping is refreshed, and all loose branches are removed from trees. Invest extra effort into maintaining the property, and your tenants will be delighted. Make sure all the landscaping gets a refresh - mow the lawn, trim hedges, plant some flower beds; no need to go crazy, but a bit of color goes a long way for curb appeal. Also, keeping the trees in shape is key - all loose branches should be removed before they become a safety hazard. But when it's finally done and everything looks neat and tidy? You'll almost certainly have happy tenants and will have increased the property's value in one easy swoop!
- Have the driveway and walkways power washed to remove slippery mildew. Power wash the home to remove dirt and grime. Sure, the temperature's heating up, but you don't have to let your property fall victim to the elements. Start with your driveway and walkways. Too much moisture can cause slippery mildew to form, and before you know it, your tenants are in danger of taking a fall. Instead, have them power washed to remove any unwanted organic material that may have stuck around over the winter season. Also, consider power washing the home itself; dirt and grime can easily accumulate on the siding or other parts of the residence.
- Work with a professional property management company. This all sounds like a lot, right? That’s where the professionals come in! Working with a professional property management company can make caring for your investment property a breeze. Experienced property managers will regularly inspect your property for needed repairs, help landlords find reputable vendors, and coordinate repairs. That sounds much better than being at the mercy of Google in your time of need.
Making sure these tasks are completed ensures the property will be comfortable and safe for tenants. The expense may seem difficult to manage, but it pales compared to the cost of neglecting basic repairs or keeping tenants in uncomfortable or hazardous conditions. So make sure you don't skimp on springtime property maintenance! After all, part of being a successful landlord is having happy tenants who trust you to care for their homes.
As a leading property management firm in the Cape Fear region, Sweyer Property Management recommends that property owners strongly consider working with a trusted and experienced property management company. Whether it pertains to the eviction process or another area of handling your investment properties, we want to ensure property owners and investors understand the relationship they are entering into when choosing to work with a property management firm.
If you have investment properties and do not use a professional management company, we hope you consider doing so. The experts at Sweyer Property Management will be happy to provide you with a free rental analysis
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