Property Management Blog


Dawn Ostovich - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it's important to prepare your rental property for summer. Good maintenance not only keeps your property in good shape but also makes sure your tenants are happy and content. Here are some important tips to help you get your rental property ready for summer:

1. HVAC System Checkup: Make sure your HVAC system is ready for summer. Have a professional check it, clean filters, fix leaks, and test cooling. This helps avoid problems on hot days and keeps tenants comfortable.

2. Inspect and Clean Gutters: Remove leaves and twigs from gutters and downspouts to stop clogs. Good drainage prevents water damage, especially in summer storms. Adding gutter guards can help to reduce future upkeep.

3. Check Outdoor Plumbing: Inspect outdoor faucets, sprinklers, and hoses for leaks or damage. Repair any issues to ensure they function properly during summer. Promptly fixing drips and leaks can help conserve water.

4. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Safety is very important. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work right. Change batteries if necessary and remind tenants how important these devices are for preventing emergencies.

5. Exterior Maintenance: Check the outside of the property for damage like cracks, loose siding, or peeling paint. Fix these problems quickly to stop them from getting worse and to keep your rental property looking good.

6. Pest Control Measures: Summer is prime time for pests like mosquitoes, ants, and rodents. Prevent them by sealing cracks, getting rid of standing water, and trimming plants near the property. Think about hiring pros for regular pest control checks and treatments.

7. Outdoor Spaces: Spruce up your outdoor spaces like patios, decks, and balconies by cleaning furniture, cutting back plants, and adding things like potted plants or décor to make it cozy.

8. Communicate with Tenants: Keep tenants informed about any maintenance or projects that might impact them. Ask them to report issues quickly so they can be fixed before they get worse.

Using these maintenance tips will prepare your rental property for our hot, muggy summer months and keep your tenants comfortable. Preventive maintenance saves time and money in the future and ensures tenant satisfaction and retention.