14 Jan Property Maintenance Checklist
Rental Property Maintenance Checklist
A rental property maintenance checklist can help you catch small problems before they turn into large expenses. That’s because when you follow a checklist to keep you on track maintenance tasks become routine instead of reactive. Although there are different maintenance tasks for different seasons, there are some basic tasks that should be done regularly. From water leaks and damage to routine inspections and gutters, to help you avoid costly emergency repairs and keep your tenants happy, we offer you some insight on what tasks should be on your rental property maintenance checklist.
Rental Property Maintenance Tasks for Every Season
There are some basic maintenance tasks that should be performed regularly (as in not seasonal but ongoing). Although regular maintenance work may not be the most exciting task on your to-do list, you can easily save hundreds if not thousands of dollars doing it routinely. In fact, it’s the best way to make sure that small problems don’t turn into large expenses. Plus, regular maintenance keeps your tenants happy! With this in mind, we offer insight on the most basic rental property maintenance tasks.
If you own a rental property, you need to exterminate either every month or every other month. Even if there is no sign of a problem, you want to keep them from occurring. Because, this is a maintenance call you never want to get from one of your tenants! Although pest control can seem costly, an infestation be more costly. In fact, not only would you have to pay to get rid of the pest issue, you would also have to relocate your tenants while doing so. Rather than work in a reactive manner, spend the money on pest control. You will save money in the end.
Check For Water Leaks & Damage
Check for water leaks and damage, especially after it rains. Look for spots on walls, ceilings, and roofs. Check around windows, sinks, doors, showers, water heaters and toilets. Because a consistent water leak can cause some major damage, the sooner they are detected and removed, the better. Especially when you consider the risk of mold forming. To check for water leaks and damage on a regular basis, make this a part of your routine inspections. In fact, no matter how many rental properties you have, you should visit your rentals on a regular basis. As with all rental property inspections, you should have a checklist, and a camera with you.
Test Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
These devices should always be checked regularly. Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are necessary in all rentals. Whether you perform a check on these devices during your regular inspections, or during some routine maintenance work, always make sure they are in good working condition!
Change the Filters
Changing the filters regularly can help prevent the air ducts from becoming clogged. In fact, when an air filter is dirty, it can cause the system to work harder. When this happens, it can increase the utility bill, or worse cause a system malfunction. For this reason, it’s best to ensure the filters are always clean.
Perform Routine Property Inspections
Regular property inspections are a critical piece of ensuring your investment’s long-term success. That’s because tenants may not notice or tell you about maintenance issues right away. During a routine maintenance inspection, it is good to check for things such as the safety and security of your tenants by inspecting things like smoke alarms. Additionally, check the overall cleanliness of the property, look for mold around bathrooms and kitchens, and make sure all appliances are working; heating is operational, and check for leaks among other things.
Do not wait for something to break before you fix it. Instead, catch any problems and fix them when they are small. In the end, you will save time and money. With regular inspections and routine maintenance, you’ll be taking a proactive approach to property management. And, a proactive approach to ensuring your investment’s long-term success. If you have questions about how and when to schedule regular maintenance tasks or need help doing so, please contact us.
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