How to Maintain Your Rental Property

Posted by Steph Kaye on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 1:46pm.

Let’s talk about renting. Do you have investment properties? We have some tips on how to maintain your property what with fall fast upon us.

A key to a successful partnership with your renter is open communication. If there are things that need to be done for fall, let them know. It will enhance the relationship and underscore the care you take for your property.

First, ensure that the windows and doors are appropriately caulked and weather stripped so that heating bills don’t rise to ridiculous levels. Additionally, if you have a fireplace make sure to clean the flue and that it’s free of debris. No one wants a fire hazard or smoke inhalation risks calls regarding those incidents.

Legally all smoke alarms have to be up to snuff. Battery-packed and ready to do their job.

Lastly, check the attic and ensure that the insulation is well-positioned to inhibit any leaks or roof problems.

Similarly, check that gutters are free and clear so that no one has to get on a ladder and temp a lawsuit.

Make sure that all stairwells, walkways and patios have secure handrails.

Winter is coming…and with that it’s necessary to wrap the AC units to deter rust and weather damage.

If there are trees and shrubs that concern you or the renter, make sure to trim anything that can lead to damage before the wet season is truly upon us.

For professional help, have an HVAC person come and service, clean and inspect your system. This extends the life of the unit as does reminding the tenant to change the filters. It’s not a big job by any means, replacement of filters and will save you on major expenses down the road.

Also, if you are concerned about the roof have a maintenance team come and do a survey check to ensure that everything is working in proper order.

All of these tasks, combined, can retain the integrity of your rental property and imbue the renter with a sense of care as if it were their own house too. A win-win all around.


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