If you own Bend rental properties, you know how much work goes into maintenance. At the very root of every maintenance repair or update is safety. There is nothing more important that making sure that your rentals are safe for your residents. As a resident, there’s nothing more important that keeping your family safe!
During the holiday season, this poses some unique challenges. Here are some maintenance tips that will keep your Bend rental properties safe throughout the holiday season, whether you’re a tenant or a landlord.
Landlords – Basic safety checks
Heating systems go into overdrive and people huddle indoors when the temperature drops. That’s why it’s more important than ever to do some basic safety checks in and around your rental properties.
- Check gas lines and repair or replace lines that seem worn
- Replace the batteries in fire and CO2 detectors
- Refill fire extinguishers
- Check external lighting and change light bulbs
Not only is performing these basic checks good for your tenants and your property, it also establishes your presence, giving tenants a chance to voice their concerns to you directly.
Tenants – Holiday lighting
Decorating your rental and yard with Christmas lights and decorations is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, holiday lights can pose some problems if the cords become weak and worn.
Outdoor lights wear out more quickly than indoor lights, but they should both be replaced at the first signs of wear and tear. If a light shorts out, it can create a spark that can potentially start a fire. This is especially true if you’re using a live Christmas tree, as the branches can dry out, increasing the chances of a house fire.
It’s also a good idea to speak with your landlord to make sure that decorating with lights is permitted. You don’t want to spend hours decorating your lawn only to discover that it’s not allowed.
Tenants – Candles
The holiday season is also the darkest season of the year. With the sun setting in the late afternoon and friends and family gathering for intimate dinners, candles become increasingly popular. Although they can set the mood, they can also be dangerous.
Never place a candle near the Christmas tree or other greenery in your home. Never leave a candle unattended, and make sure that it’s out of reach of pets and children. If you want the same ambiance without the fire risk, use LED or flameless candles.
Landlords – Holiday safety reminders
The holiday season is a great time to send out a newsletter to your tenants. Send them well wishes for the holiday season, but send them a few holiday safety tips too.
The kitchen can become a dangerous place during the holidays. One increasingly popular appliance is the turkey fryer. Unfortunately, this device can be quite dangerous. If these aren’t allowed, make sure you remind tenants.
Mention the importance of replacing worn Christmas lights, and include some tips for properly taking care of a live tree so that it doesn’t dry out. Remind tenants to leave gifts out of plain sight to prevent theft and break-ins.
Get property maintenance help this holiday season
There’s so much to keep track of as a landlord, that when the holiday season rolls around, it can all seem so overwhelming!
If you could use a little help keeping your Bend rental properties safe this holiday season, contact us to discuss all of our property maintenance options.