Most states legally require property owners to maintain a pest-free rental, but it’s also good business sense. No one will want to rent from you if word spreads that there are pests, and owners who won’t do anything about it! Then there’s the fact that pests like termites and carpenter bees will actively damage your property, forcing you to make expensive repairs. Here are some ways to keep your rentals as pest-free as possible.
When it comes to educating tenants on pests, most rental complexes follow the standard procedure of handing the tenant a sheet of paper and hoping that they read it. You can do much better by having a face-to-face conversation with each new tenant about cleanliness and sanitation. Stress the fact that, this being the South, there are roaches and other pests, and they will enter any place that seems like a comfortable habitat. Encourage tenants to always seal food in plastic containers; always keep a clean sink; seal garbage can lids; and take out the trash regularly.
Even if you have a property management company, it’s a good idea to visit the property yourself once every few months to inspect it personally. Check to see that the walls, floors, and foundations are sealed; that garbage isn’t lingering on porches; and that common areas are litter- and trash-free. Encourage residents to report any tiny cracks and openings they may find in their rental units, and look for them yourself during tenant turnovers.
Pests, especially rodents, are attracted to food and garbage that’s left out in the open. You can deter them by encouraging residents to keep garbage can lids closed at all times. It might also be a good idea to place a surveillance camera over the garbage area, just to give residents some extra encouragement to follow the rules.
Since we are in the South, it’s a good idea to have an exterminator spray the perimeter of your rental property each month. The cost for exterminating typically ranges from $40 to $60, but it’s a small price to pay compared to the high cost (and danger) of a total fumigation. Preventative maintenance is always cheaper than a repair, even when it comes to bugs!
Want to keep your investment property pest free, without worrying about it? A property management company can look after the grounds and common areas; encourage residents to pick up after themselves; hire and manage maintenance crews and exterminators; and all the other nitty-gritty parts of managing a property. If you’d like to learn more about our Raleigh property management services, contact us here!
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