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Spring cleaning tips for property owners

Spring is a great time to start searching for a new home, but it’s also a great time to make sure, as a property owner, that your rentals are in tip-top shape!

Here are some spring cleaning tips that will ensure your properties shine.

Spend some time in the yard

Providing your rental properties with a little curb appeal is hard work, but it’s well worth it! A large percentage of families looking to rent cite the landscape as the reason for requesting a tour of the property in the first place.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes, all it takes is clearing the yard of debris and putting down some new mulch. By taking the time to work on the yard before spring arrives, you can ensure that the yard is clean and ready for those beautiful flowers to bloom.

Additional landscaping tips include:

  • Weeding flower beds and trim sidewalks and driveways
  • Prune bushes and trees
  • Consider insecticides
  • Cut back overgrown trees
  • Consider planting some new flowers, trees, or shrubs

Check the doors and windows

The winter months can be hard on windows and doors. If the seal is weak, or if weep holes have developed, it can be a real drain on your unit’s efficiency. Not only does it result in higher bills for your tenants, but an improper seal can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which can result in hefty repair bills down the road.

Consider replacing weather strips for a quick, affordable fix. Sometimes, switching out the locks is all that’s needed to create a tighter seal. If you really want to go above and beyond, consider having the windows replaced.

The chimney and gutters

A traditional fireplace can be a real draw for potential renters, but that also means keeping the chimney clean. Chimney sweeps are busiest in the fall, as that’s when people start thinking about using the fireplace again, so schedule your appointment in the spring instead. A proper chimney cleaning will eliminate creosote, but it will also eliminate other fire hazards, like animal nests. The chimney sweep may also be able to suggest repairs.

Even if your rental property doesn’t have a chimney, it definitely has gutters that should be cleaned at least once a year, and spring is the perfect time to do it. Not only can a clogged gutter create a leaky roof, it can also make a great place for small critters to build a home, which can ultimately result in thousands of dollars of damage to your property.

HVAC systems

Homeowners and property owners tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to HVAC systems. Instead of maintaining the unit, they wait until a repair is needed. This can cost a lot of money, but you’re also at the mercy of the repairman’s workload. Most repairs are called in during the summer and winter, when the system is needed the most!

Check the unit for damage or debris and consider scheduling a tune-up. You might also want to check in with tenants to make sure that they’re replacing the filter. Encourage filter replacement by dropping one off. It’s a small price to pay to ensure that the unit runs efficiently all year long.

Not only will spring cleaning entice new renters to your property, it’s a great way to ensure that you aren’t stuck with huge repair bills in the future!

Spring cleaning tips for property owners

Spring is a great time to start searching for a new home, but it’s also a great time to make sure, as a property owner, that your rentals are in tip-top shape!

Here are some spring cleaning tips that will ensure your properties shine.

Spend some time in the yard

Providing your rental properties with a little curb appeal is hard work, but it’s well worth it! A large percentage of families looking to rent cite the landscape as the reason for requesting a tour of the property in the first place.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes, all it takes is clearing the yard of debris and putting down some new mulch. By taking the time to work on the yard before spring arrives, you can ensure that the yard is clean and ready for those beautiful flowers to bloom.

Additional landscaping tips include:

  • Weeding flower beds and trim sidewalks and driveways
  • Prune bushes and trees
  • Consider insecticides
  • Cut back overgrown trees
  • Consider planting some new flowers, trees, or shrubs

Check the doors and windows

The winter months can be hard on windows and doors. If the seal is weak, or if weep holes have developed, it can be a real drain on your unit’s efficiency. Not only does it result in higher bills for your tenants, but an improper seal can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which can result in hefty repair bills down the road.

Consider replacing weather strips for a quick, affordable fix. Sometimes, switching out the locks is all that’s needed to create a tighter seal. If you really want to go above and beyond, consider having the windows replaced.

The chimney and gutters

A traditional fireplace can be a real draw for potential renters, but that also means keeping the chimney clean. Chimney sweeps are busiest in the fall, as that’s when people start thinking about using the fireplace again, so schedule your appointment in the spring instead. A proper chimney cleaning will eliminate creosote, but it will also eliminate other fire hazards, like animal nests. The chimney sweep may also be able to suggest repairs.

Even if your rental property doesn’t have a chimney, it definitely has gutters that should be cleaned at least once a year, and spring is the perfect time to do it. Not only can a clogged gutter create a leaky roof, it can also make a great place for small critters to build a home, which can ultimately result in thousands of dollars of damage to your property.

HVAC systems

Homeowners and property owners tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to HVAC systems. Instead of maintaining the unit, they wait until a repair is needed. This can cost a lot of money, but you’re also at the mercy of the repairman’s workload. Most repairs are called in during the summer and winter, when the system is needed the most!

Check the unit for damage or debris and consider scheduling a tune-up. You might also want to check in with tenants to make sure that they’re replacing the filter. Encourage filter replacement by dropping one off. It’s a small price to pay to ensure that the unit runs efficiently all year long.

Not only will spring cleaning entice new renters to your property, it’s a great way to ensure that you aren’t stuck with huge repair bills in the future!

Posted by: mountainviewpm on February 22, 2016
Posted in: Uncategorized