Like any other structure, your rental needs ongoing maintenance to keep it in good condition and to ensure it retains its value. Summer is a great time to get some critical things done. Use this summer rental maintenance checklist from our experienced property managers in Apex.
Exterior of the Building
Rental maintenance on the outside of the building is important for maintaining property value.
Clean out gutters and downspouts. The removal of debris from the gutters will help keep water from spilling over into the yard, driveway, doorway, patios, etc. Keep the downspouts open is also just as important so water can flow smoothly away from the home or property foundation.
Have your chimney and fireplace inspected. If you have a gas or wood burning fireplace, it’s vital to have these appliances inspected annually, especially if you are burning and using frequently. The Fall is the best time to have this done, so you’re ready for the colder months ahe ad.
HVAC inspections also are key. We recommend having your HVAC inspected as well, especially after a long hot summer. This will ensure the furnace and units can heat your home and property efficiently.
Pressure wash the exterior. This will remove layers of dust and bird droppings. It will give the property an instant facelift while also uncovering any other problems lurking under the dirt.
Inspect the siding. Look for loose pieces of siding. If you have wood siding, look for signs of rot like deteriorating wood or bubbling paint. Have repairs made if needed.
Check the brick. If the exterior is brick, look for places where the mortar may be deteriorating. You may need to have it tuckpointed.
Check the foundation. Cracks allow water, insects, and radon to come into the basement or crawlspace. Leaks can cause the foundation to deteriorate and can even undermine the structure of the house.
Repair and paint the outside as needed. You don’t need to paint every year. However, if the paint is faded, chipped or cracked, it is time to bring out the paintbrushes.
There are other summer rental maintenance jobs that you need to do to keep your rental property in good condition.
Have the HVAC system checked and serviced. You need that unit to last as long as possible. Annual maintenance is key to making that happen.
Clean the dryer vent. If your tenants have a dryer, make sure the vent is clear. A clogged dryer vent is a fire waiting to happen.
Fill cracks on the sidewalk or driveway. Cracks are a tripping hazard, plus you want to keep the concrete or asphalt from deteriorating further.
At Barker Realty, our property managers in Apex use this checklist to keep their properties in great shape and are attentive to any needs from both landlords and tenants to maintain a presentable, and functional property. Get in touch with us for more information or to discuss your rental properties with our team to help you manage your investments.