Spring is nearly here and that means landlords all over the country are gearing up to do some spring maintenance on their rental properties. Cleaning and repairing the outside of your rental property doesn’t always have to happen in spring, but it is a great time of year to get up close and inspect the place for any problems or issues that may have happened over the winter. Also, some repairs and maintenance tasks are impossible to do in cold weather, so it’s a good idea to take advantage of the warmer weather to check out things you may not have had access to in winter.
Deciding what needs done on the property for spring cleaning can be overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to make a list of low priority tasks versus high priority. The high priority tasks focus on cleanup, repairs and inspecting the property for any real or potential damage. Lower priority tasks are things that must be done but won’t negatively affect the property if not completed first.
6 High Priority Spring Cleaning Tasks
- Check the gutters for any areas that are plugged with debris from the long winter. Look for any places that are cracked and leaking. Also, make sure that downspouts are properly draining away from the house. Poor drainage can lead to a weakened foundation and even flooding in basement areas.
- Look at the rental property’s roof shingles from the safety of the ground. Inspect the roof as best you can to see if any were lost during the severe winter weather. If you notice any shingles that are cracked, loose or missing, make arrangements to have them fixed or replaced. While the roofer is up there, have them check the flashing around vents and so forth.
- Examine any outdoor hose faucets for winter damage by turning the water on and letting it run for a few minutes. If you aren’t getting much water, there could be damage to pipes inside the rental property.
- Inspect any wood, wood trim, shutters and so forth on the exterior of the rental property to see if there is any wood rot. Warmer temperatures and spring rain can make a small problem a lot worse, so get it fixed before that happens.
- Check sidewalks and the driveway for any new cracks or sinking. The moisture and cold weather from winter can cause concrete to crack, heave or sink. Depending on the damage, you can seal cracks yourself or call in a professional to repair uneven areas.
- Check on the condition of the property’s fence and see to any repairs as needed. If the fence is vinyl or wood and sustained any damage during the winter, it should get fixed sooner rather than later.
6 Low Priority Spring Cleaning Tasks
- Trim trees, shrubs and plants as needed for annual upkeep. It’s also an ideal time to plant any new items like a tree or bush to improve the curb appeal of the rental property. Add mulch to flower beds if needed.
- Get the lawn on track for health and durability by applying a fertilizer and pre-emergent to boost growth and discourage weeds. If you can’t do this yourself, contract with a lawn care company to do it. Spring is also an excellent time to aerate lawns.
- Wash the siding of the rental property using a power washer or the old-fashioned bucket and sponge. Not only will it look better, but you’ll get an up-close look at the property, the foundation, the flower beds and more to possibly discover other issues or problems you or your tenants wouldn’t normally notice.
- Check the mailbox to ensure it survived the winter without cracks or leakage. If you find that the mailbox is no longer working properly, it’s a great time to get a new one set up.
- Give the exterior of the windows a good cleaning using a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water. This natural window cleaner will cut through the dirt and grime from a winter’s worth of storms.
- Clean and repair the rental property’s window screens. Use commercial screen repair kits or buy replacements if the tears are too big. It’s easy to clean dirty window screens by soaking them in a child’s wading pool filled with soapy water. Then, use a soft scrub brush to gently get rid of dirt and grime. Rinse with a garden hose and let dry before reinstalling.
When you take the time to tend to your rental property in the spring, you get the opportunity to really inspect the place to make sure that everything on the outside is working properly and to minimize damage from the effects of harsh winter weather. Your tenants will also appreciate the time you put into ensuring the rental property is well-maintained and looking nice. Spring cleaning is a wonderful habit for landlords to get into and really takes care of the rental property.
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