It’s that time of the year when we can throw open our windows and let the breeze in. Spring time also means that landlords need to get organized and get the necessary maintenance check done on your rental properties.
Here are some things you cannot miss in your spring cleaning.
Landscaping and exterior maintenance
As the grass gets greener and lush, a good clean up and trim of the lawn greatly improves the exterior appearance of the property and earns you points with your tenants. It also includes trimming down tree branches that may damage windows or a weak one that may blow off in strong winds. Fall and winter may have gotten leaves and small twigs into the gutters so make sure to check and clear them out. A good wash of the driveway may help too. Post winter is a great time to check for trouble spots in window and door seals to prevent further damage.
Spring is a great time for carrying out HVAC maintenance, as it is neither too hot nor too cold, so your tenants would not mind if the systems are turned off for a few hours during maintenance. Even though it may seemingly work fine, not performing regular upkeep on your HVAC systems may lead to poor air quality and moisture build-up that may lead to more trouble during the course of the year. Apart from changing the filters, it is also an excellent opportunity to make sure all other appliances like the water heater and kitchen equipment are in good working condition. A thorough yearly clean-up of the HVAC systems using a professional service is recommended to maintain good air circulation in your properties.
Mold or leaks
In case you found cracks or damages while inspecting the exterior, there is a possibility of water seepage or leak. With quite a few months of rain storms and snow, there is a chance of mold formation due to moisture build-up. Look for obvious signs of mold like discoloration or odor in walls, window panes, carpets and tiles. Mold is a serious health hazard and its effects can range from throat irritation to worsening asthmatic condition. So it is important to address mold immediately and effectively. Seek professional help in identifying the cause and extent of damage and ways to clean and fix it.
Clogged drains and sewers are one of the most undesirable situations in a living place and can easily make it uninhabitable. It is also the most overlooked part of a house. Make sure drains are not clogged due to defective plumbing, invading tree roots or waste from the residence. A preemptive cleaning may save a lot of trouble and inconvenience later.
Fire and other safety systems
While you are at your rental for your yearly clean-up and maintenance, use the opportunity to check fire, electrical and other safety systems too. Change batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors whether they need to be replaced or not, so they do not run out during the course of the year or to prevent your tenants from removing them to stop the beeping.
As a landlord, you can choose to do the spring cleaning yourself or have someone take care of it for you. While doing it yourself gives you a chance to meet your tenants, check out the interior and give pointers to your tenants regarding upkeep, it may be wise to handle it with professionals who can do a thorough job and help you relieve stress.