Spring has finally arrived! As a landlord, it’s not only a great time to enjoy the warmer weather, but also to ready your rental properties for the new season. While apartment complexes require less maintenance after the coldest months, single-family homes will definitely need your attention.
Here’s a post-winter home maintenance checklist for landlords looking for actionable tips:
1. Inspect the roof
Winter storms can cause roof damage, so it is important to inspect the roof once the weather warms up. If you notice any cracks, damaged or missing shingles, you’ll need to install new shingles or replace the flashing.
You should also make sure to check the attic for leaks. Pay particular attention to the walls as attic mold can cause serious damage in the long run.
Note: Reach out to your service professional if there is a need for more complicated roof repairs.
2. Check the chimney
Hire a certified chimney sweep to remove ash and soot and identify any structural damages to the chimney. Although a chimney and fireplace might not be in use often during warmer months, basic chimney maintenance is something you should not ignore.
3. Examine the foundation
Your post-winter maintenance should include examining the foundation for any cracks and necessary concrete repair. While narrow cracks can be possible to fix on your own, certain more complicated cases should be passed directly to a foundation specialist for a further inspection.
4. Clean up the yard
Once you’ve resolved major maintenance issues in your rental properties, it’s time to spruce up and beautify the back and front yards. First off, remove winter debris from the gutters and clear away litter, branches and leaves that were hidden under the snow cover.
In addition, give some TLC to your trees and shrubs! Pruning dead branches will help them recover from the cold winter season. Along with that, you can start maintaining your lawn- raking is the first thing you should do to prepare your lawn for the new season.
Related: Winter Rental Property Maintenance: Top 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Wait For Spring
Taking care of rental maintenance is one of a landlord’s most important responsibilities. When something isn’t working properly in a rental, it negatively affects both you and your tenants. To avoid costly repairs - and more importantly, to keep your tenants satisfied! - addressing maintenance issues quickly and efficiently is a must.
TenantCloud maintenance management will help you effectively handle home maintenance. Its functionality allows you to not only accept requests for repairs from your connected tenants, but to assign visual work orders to service professionals and follow up on the progress of repairs.
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