Birds are singing and grass is sneaking up thru the winter snow blanket, meaning that spring is just around the corner. With spring on its way, it’s time for some spring cleaning. This goes above and beyond dusting, sweeping and cleaning out your closet, especially for those who own rental properties.
The spring season is a great time for annual property inspections, inside and out. With snow melting and temperature starting to rise, mold and moisture can become a huge concern. Also, with the most of the winter’s harsh weather over, any damage the snow or cold could have caused should be inspected to make sure the property is properly maintained.
The roof and the gutters should be a high priority for inspection, as these take a harsh beating during those winter months. Taking the time to replace any loose roof tiles goes a long way in extending the roof’s life and avoiding expensive leaks. Clean the gutters as clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of the property.
Also, windows and door seals should be inspected for water damage, mold and mildew. Sealing trouble spots will help keep energy costs low and help prevent further mold and mildew from spawning. The property should also be inspected closely for any small holes or places where rodents can creep inside, as the damage they can do to wiring and walls can be costly. Make sure that no tree branches are growing close to the roof or gutters as this is a main way rats gain access to a property.
Driveways, sidewalks and fences should be checked for any damage that was made during the winter months. The house siding can be washed, to not only make the property look better but to give an up-close look at the property, foundation, flower beds and any other problems that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Outside water taps and foundation vents should be checked for any damage that may have occurred during the winter months.
Furnace and HVAC filters should be changed regularly to allow for optimum performance and serviced professional every 2-3 years. Chimney should be cleaned of creosote buildup to prevent chimney fires and if any damage done over the winter should be repaired by professionals.
Not only does spring cleaning around the property help prevent expensive repairs by catching any problems early and is a great habit to get into as a landlord, but it helps build tenant trust by showing the tenant how attentive of a landlord you are and how well the property is cared for. Happy tenants in well cared for properties tend to stay in their rental properties longer, meaning less work is spent looking for that next tenant as the current tenant is more then happy to stay in their well taken-care-of rental.
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