What to Know for Fall Property Management Maintenance
The changing of the season means that it’s time to attend to those maintenance issues at your rental property that you left on the back burner during the busy summer. When these property management tasks are forgotten, our team at Real Property Management Rental Solutions has a few tips for landlords in the Murfreesboro area needing to finish up their “to do” lists:
Head outside first to protect rental property
Before the colder weather hits, you’ll want to ensure that your property will be protected from the elements and creatures that will seek shelter. Ensure that water cannot get in and freeze by patching up any holes or cracks on the outside of the property. These aren’t always easy to find. Even the tiniest of openings can invite animals that could squeeze through small spaces. You should also discourage nesting by making permanent repairs with either a steel mesh or aluminum flashing.
Next, check the condition of the roof. Make sure the shingles are secure to deter moisture during a storm. Clear any debris from your rain gutters to make sure they don’t get clogged and eventually break. Trim any low hanging tree branches that touch any part of your house. Cover the air conditioning unit and winterize your irrigation system. Don’t forget to turn off irrigation water and cover spigots.
Once all this is done, it’s time to step inside.
Rental property maintenance moves indoors
To ensure energy efficiency, check all doors and windows for air leaks. Apply weather stripping or caulk to any drafty areas to keep your tenant’s bills down, and also to protect your heating system in the long term. This would also be a good time to check and make sure that the locks are still secure. If your property has a fireplace with a chimney, have it swept out to prevent fire hazards.
Having your HVAC system serviced at least once per year will help it have a longer lifespan. Ensure the filters are changed regularly by the tenants. Ensure that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly. Lastly, check the attic for adequate insulation to prevent ice damming on the roof.
By performing seasonal maintenance, you are not only helping your property maintain its value, but you are also being proactive. It can help you from making emergency repairs when temperatures are at their extreme.
As the leading property management company in Middle Tennessee, our professionals at Real Property Management Rental Solutions can assist you. Call us today!