Spring Property Maintenance Checklist
Spring 2020 is not far off. The recent warm weather is energizing tenants and landlords both. And whether its landlords duties or tenants’ responsibilities, property maintenance is important.
For tenants, it means keeping costs down so rent prices don’t have to be raised. And for landlords and property managers, it means keeping asset values high. Any significant lapse in property maintenance could be costly. For property management firms, good maintenance is a key part of their business value proposition.
There’s nothing nutty about taking care of your property with a spring time checkup to find out what needs repair and cleaning. It’s just good property management.
Hire a Property Management Company?
You can hire a property management company to handle the maintenance work on a monthly basis, or you could hire a local handyman, if available. From Denver to Chicago to Phoenix, and San Francisco, there’s many available. Today’s worker availability is tight, so landlords may find themselves doing repairs and maintenance, out of necessity in 2020.
Your reward for good maintenance is fewer expensive repairs and emergencies, happier tenants, and higher rents . This will look good when you prepare your income statements and report to a property investor.
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Spring Maintenance Needs to Be Top of Mind
It’s important to maintain your rental unit regardless of whether you’re renting it out Airbnb style or you’re managing yearly leases. Neglecting the mechanical, roofing, and window maintenance could lead to much more costly repairs soon enough.
Exterior Inspection Tips
Inspect the Roofing. High winds can loosen up shingles allowing rain or insects to get at the underlying wood sheathing. Animals like squirrels and raccoons and even birds can take advantage of missing shingles especially if there’s rot underneath. Termites, bees, and carpenter ants like these opportunities.
Yards are small and many tenants can’t see their roofs from their backyard. Time for the landlord to go up on a ladder and inspect as closely as possible, from shingles all the way to the top.
Check the Gutters: The roof eavestrough gets clogged by ice, leaves, dirt and more during the late fall and winter. The overflow or leaks can damage your siding and foundation. The weight of ice and snow can create breaks in the gutter and gaps where critters might get in.
Check for Wood Rot: If you haven’t checked your wooden deck, siding, trim, porches in a while, there may be some rot to take care of. It invites insects and weakens foundation posts which will be expensive to replace.
Pruning Trees and Vegetation: Bushes and trees overhanging your house or townhouse can damage your home. Look for plants/weeds that are only going to cause trouble.
Walls and Siding
Bugs and critters usually get into your home during the fall season and will still be there come springtime. They can chew and claw wood and wiring and generate extensive damage, and you’ll have to pull down or cut through drywall to get at them and their damage. That’s big bucks.
Sidewalks and Driveways: Cracks in the driveway or sidewalks can lead to soil erosion underneath. What happens after the spring thaw is particularly important. The tenant might not notice what’s happening or what to look for.
Windows and Sills: Do you have issues with moisture? Windows and sills might have been cracked during the winter allowing moisture into the window unit itself or around the frame where mold and mildew can create extensive damage. Mold intervention in windows or damp rooms can be very expensive to remediate.
Mechanical Items: Checking your furnace after a lengthy winter is just plain wise. Plugged filters, small barely noticeable leaks, sump pumps no longer working, and A/C units not working right might require replacing them. Don’t forget to turn units on and listen close for unusual sounds.
Lawn Maintenance: Tenants are often required to do their own lawn care, however many don’t even if you provide the lawnmower and garden tools. They may need a gentle reminder in person. Without care and attention, weeds, grubs, and pests soon move in. Without regular care, the lawn starts to look bad. Future prospective tenants notice and will cross your property off their list or expect a discount on the rent.
There’s nothing too complicated about property maintenance and spring checks. They’re a vital part of managing rental properties.
The gist of spring maintenance checks is to spot things before they cost you big money. Any property manager knows the biggest expenses are better off delayed — but delayed from regular maintenance, not from neglecting them.
Using the ManageCasa property management solution, you can encourage tenants to mention issues at the home now at springtime. If they don’t, the might think the issue was their fault and believe they should hide the matter.
Try the ManageCasa Online Property Management portal now. See how a simple, online-based property management tool can help you manage and store documents conveniently, communicate with tenants optimally, and help you report with ease to your owners.
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