While the weather may not feel like it’ll be spring anytime soon, the season will be here before you know it. Along with blooming plant life and the awakening of nature, you’ll need to de-winterize and do a little yearly maintenance on your rental property. Keep your rentals in shape by using our spring cleaning checklist below, or download a copy by clicking here.
Whether you hire a landscaping service or do it yourself, performing yardwork is not only good for your property, but it increases your tenant’s safety. When cutting tree branches and bushes, be aware of where your electrical lines are. The less foliage around your electrical lines, the safer it is.
- Remove dead trees
- Trim the bushes and grass
- Remove unwanted tree branches
- Make sure foliage is away from electrical lines
- Check your sprinklers for deterioration and leaks
You want your property looking its best. Make the necessary changes to boost your curb appeal by checking your sprinklers for damages and adjusting them to a Spring-appropriate time to not only save water, but also encourage your lawn to grow.
- Clean your gutters
- Check your roof for holes or damages
- Check for cracked paint on your rental
- Replace the lightbulbs on outdoor fixtures
- Inspect outdoor wooden trim, shutters, or decks for signs of rotting
- Inspect your property’s fence for rotting or paint peeling
After a long, cold winter you might want to inspect the interior of the house. Avoid any long-term construction or maintenance by inspecting for leaks. Help your tenants save money on electricity by checking the seals around the windows and doors.
- Replace your rental’s AC filter
- Replace the batteries on your smoke and CO2 detectors
- Check the seals around the windows and doors
- Check door locks and hinges
- Inspect for any leaks
Although your rental may certainly be in need of some TLC, timing is everything. If your area is used to long winters, wait until the snow melts before getting on the roof to check for damages. Your safety is important. Additionally, the timing of your spring maintenance affects your tenants as well and you should take their schedules into account before performing any maintenance.
What’s on your Spring Cleaning to-do list? Is there maintenance unique to your area? Help your fellow landlords by commenting below.