For most Tucker rental property owners, the list of maintenance tasks your rental needs can be quite long. While it would be fine to miss a few things sometimes, there are other maintenance tasks you should be doing every year to avoid problems. Neglecting these maintenance tasks can not only lead to decreased tenant satisfaction but big repair bills down the road. Doing these ten maintenance tasks will save you many headaches and hassles.
1. Change Your Filters
Furnace filters have to be changed regularly and correctly. Clogged filters are often the cause of poor indoor air quality. This also decreases the life of your rental property’s furnace.
2. Clean Your Dryer Vent
Clothes dryer vents are among the leading causes of residential fires in the U.S., so this is one maintenance task that should not be overlooked. A clogged dryer vent can not only be a fire hazard, though. It can also cause unwanted pests and mold problems.
3. Relight the Pilot Light
If you turn off your pilot light during warm months, make sure to relight it and check that the system is functioning well before the cold weather arrives. Tenants won’t appreciate sitting in the cold, waiting for you to get the furnace up and running.
4. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater
Over time, sediment can collect at the bottom of water heaters. To extend the life of your rental property’s water heater and ensure that it is working properly, be sure to drain it once a year.
5. Look for Leaks
It sounds simple, and it is. Once a year, go around your rental property and do a visual check of your property’s plumbing, fixtures, and sprinklers. You should also have any signs of leaks or pooling of water checked immediately.
6. Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries
Replacing the batteries in your rental property’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is also an important task to be done every year. It is neither wise nor safe to wait for the unit to fail and start beeping. Your tenant will appreciate not having to deal with that hassle.
7. Lubricate Garage Door Springs
If your rental property has a garage, make sure to lubricate the springs and wheels of your garage door once a year. A properly lubricated garage door will work well for many years, but a neglected door usually fails earlier than it should.
8. Give Your Appliances Some TLC
Your rental property’s appliances just need annual basic maintenance to extend their life. For example, a refrigerator will function in optimal condition longer if you vacuum the refrigerator coils and clean the seals around the doors.
9. Clean Window Weep Holes
Many vinyl windows have to weep holes that help drain away water and condensation. Sometimes these holes get clogged with dirt or insects. If you do annual flushing out of your weep holes, you can help avoid condensation and other moisture problems.
10. Check for Pests
Finally, you should do an annual check of your property for signs of pest infestation. Termites can start as a small problem. Left unchecked, it could become a nightmare for you and your tenant.
Property maintenance is an essential but time-consuming part of owning a rental property. Why not let the professionals handle it for you? Real Property Management Citywide offers a full range of property management and maintenance services provided by expert Tucker property managers, giving you total peace of mind that essential maintenance tasks are being done every year. Learn more by contacting us online or calling at 770-733-1848.
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