20 Oct Fall Property Maintenance
Fall Property Maintenance
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown every “normal” plan for a loop this year, and fall property maintenance is no different. Right now, landlords must balance social distancing restrictions with maintaining rental units. Easier said than done in the world we live in today. Under normal circumstances, fall property maintenance tasks are easy to address. But there is nothing normal about our current circumstances. From necessary repairs to emergency maintenance, knowing how to conduct fall property maintenance is key. Especially in the era of COVID-19 when cleanliness matters! For those who are wondering how to conduct fall property maintenance during COVID-19, we offer some tips on how to do that.
This information is not legal advice; instead, all information is for general informational purposes only.
The tasks performed during fall maintenance help to ensure a habitable property.
Fall Property Maintenance: Important Seasonal Maintenance
The tasks you perform during fall property maintenance are arguably the most important. Not only do they help ensure a habitable property, but they also help you avoid expensive repairs down the line. In fact, it can even be said that fall maintenance is the most important of all seasonal maintenance.
Whether it is rain, storms, or preventing high energy bills, before the weather gets colder it’s important to prepare. Even in California, it’s important to perform preventative winterization measures on a rental home and property in the fall. With this in mind, here are the tasks you would perform under normal circumstances.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF FALL RENTAL MAINTENANCE TASKS
Gutters, Roof, & Downspouts:
- Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent build up of leaves and other debris
- Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters
- Make sure that all support brackets are securely in place
- Ensure that water drains properly
Landscaping & Trimming Trees:
- Trim trees and bushes and remove branches that could prove hazardous
- Remove dead plants
- Check: windows and doors, look for gaps around windows and doors that could let cold air in and hot air out
- Inspect: and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames
- Install: weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills
- Replace: the filter for the heater
- Clean: HVAC ducts to improve heating system’s efficiency and reduce dust
- Inspect: and clean your chimney (if applicable)
- Test: your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed
Tips for Conducting Fall Maintenance During COVID-19
Since COVID-19 spread remains a real concern, it’s important to conduct fall property maintenance with plenty of notice. To do this, make sure to send out information letting your residents know when to expect you. Starting with clear consistent communication will help to ensure your intentions are understood.
Other things like making sure your maintenance crew understands the social distancing guidelines for entering a rental property is of the utmost importance. Ultimately, you want to make sure everybody’s on the same page. To help guide you in assessing how to conduct fall property maintenance, understand your area’s current risk of COVID spread. Additionally, check to see if local stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders are in effect.
Has your property manager abandoned ship when it comes to maintenance? Performing seasonal maintenance is always a chore. But it becomes even more challenging with COVID-19. For this reason, you may want to hire a property management company to help you. At Rancho Mesa Properties, we believe that quick, reliable, and cost-effective property maintenance is key in upholding the integrity of a rental property and ultimately helps cultivate a healthy, happy relationship between tenant, property, and owner.
Whether you are looking to change property managers or simply want to hire one for the very first time, we can help. We manage all types of residential rental properties including homes, condos, and multifamily properties such as duplex and triplexes, and even small apartment buildings. Let us manage your rental properties, so you can enjoy life! Contact us today at (858) 576-2176 to learn more about our property management services.