You know that fall is coming and you know it’s also time to get your Snellville rental property ready for this season. This is the best time to do the annual maintenance and repair tasks your rental property requires before it gets too cold outside. If you postpone things, winter will catch up to you and you could face a lot of problems. Your Snellville rental property will soon be winter-ready once you complete these essential fall maintenance tasks.
- Clean Out Gutters: When leaves are in the gutters, they clog up the drainage system causing you trouble when the rain comes during the autumn season. Also, make sure the downspouts are working fine and make the necessary repairs to ensure that the water is directed away from the home’s foundation.
- Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: If your property has an automatic sprinkler system, drain it completely and shut it off at the box. Outdoor faucets and hoses might freeze or burst so it is a good idea to drain and cover them.
- Furnace Tune-Up: Time for a fall-ready furnace! The furnace should be serviced in anticipation of the workload ahead. Depending on your preference, you could have it professionally serviced, or do it yourself. If you choose to do it on your own, do a visual inspection and make sure to install a new filter.
- Clean Fireplace and Chimney: In addition to the furnace, you should also prepare your Snellville rental property’s fireplace and chimney for the cold months ahead. You probably can’t remember when you last cleaned your chimney. So now is the time to do it. As part of the system, the fireplace should also be cleaned and the flue inspected. Like getting ready for a long drive, make sure that “all the gears are working” so you won’t experience a break down during the winter.
- Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk: Keeping the warmth in and the cold out is a big part of fall maintenance preparations. Find the gaps around windows and doors and replace the weatherstripping. Depending on the need, caulk around windows and doors for a weather-proof seal.
- Let the Light In: Natural light is good for your property as well as for the health of your tenants. So make sure to let the light in. To maximize natural light, clean your rental property’s windows and blinds. It is also a good idea to replace older light bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones.
- Safety Check: Last thing to do before we declare your rental property as “fall-ready” is to make a comprehensive safety check. Change the batteries in all smoke detectors. Fire extinguishers must be within their service life. Your tenants must have a safety plan to follow in case of an emergency as well.
Accomplishing a long checklist may seem arduous but it will pay off as your Snellville rental property will be in good condition all year round.
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