17 Sep Rental Maintenance
For landlords, fall is one of the best times of the year to do rental maintenance. It’s also the time to do biannual maintenance tasks, like clean the roofs and gutters, service the HVAC system, and do some landscaping. In fact, now is the perfect time to visit those maintenance issues that took a back burner during the busy summer months. So, as the temperatures cool, take some time to give your rental property the attention it deserves. By performing a little preventative maintenance including a seasonal inspection, you can keep your rental property in top condition. With this in mind, we offer a little insight on some basic fall rental maintenance tips.
Fall Rental Maintenance
From clogged rain gutters to leaky roofs, by getting into the habit of performing fall maintenance tasks, you keep your tenants happy and retain your property’s value. Not only is it good business practice to keep on top of rental maintenance, but it’s also cost-effective. Ultimately, a well-maintained property reflects not just in the appearance and performance of the property but also in tenant satisfaction and the respect they, in turn, show for their home.
Rental Maintenance Tip: Perform seasonal inspections to assess the property for any needed repairs…
Fall Rental Property Inspection
While most landlords do inspections when the lease starts and ends, it is better to schedule seasonal inspections. A fall rental property inspection will allow you to ensure your tenants are complying to the lease terms about maintaining their rental property appropriately, and assess the property for any needed repairs. It’s also a good time to check in with them and address any questions or concerns they have about your rental property. Maintaining a good relationship and establishing open communication with your tenants will increase the likelihood of them reporting maintenance issues immediately. As a result, small issues never become big (expensive) ones. With this in mind, start with the needed repairs, address your tenants concerns, and then move onto these preventative maintenance tips for fall.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST IS NOT A COMPLETE LIST OF FALL RENTAL MAINTENANCE TASKS
Gutters, Roof, & Downspouts
While often overlooked, it is important to clean the rain gutters. But, cleaning your gutters is only part of what you need to do. While you are up there, inspect the roof for any leaks or cracks. If there is a loose connection along the gutters now is the time to repair it. Additionally, make sure the downspouts are far enough away from the rental property. Because if you do not, you run the risk of pumping all the water right back into your rental, which will increase the chances of a flood.
Gutter and Downspout Maintenance Should Include:
- 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 take care to remove dead plants. Overhanging branches are sources of roof debris. They also provide a bridge for rats, squirrels, ants, and other pests onto the roof and into your property. While you can’t do anything to prevent a branch from falling while it’s windy, you must ensure you remove any branches that could be a problem. That’s because, branches that hang over your rental property can be an issue when the wind kicks up. And, it is far less expensive to deal with it now, before they break a window or damage the roof. Which is why, getting rid of them is an important part of fall maintenance.
Fall Maintenance Tips For Rental Properties:
- 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
Preparing your rental property for fall protects your investments and minimizes the chances of getting emergency calls in the middle of the night. By using a seasonal property maintenance schedule to perform upkeep on your properties, you can keep your rentals looking their best year-round and reduce unanticipated problems. If you are struggling to keep up with regular maintenance tasks, you may want to consider hiring a property management company. 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. Contact us today at (858) 576-2176 to learn more about our property management services.