As warmer weather begins to show up, here are 7 checklist items for spring rental property maintenance outside provided by Keepe the on-demand maintenance company.
Spring is the best time to plan and get to work on a rental property maintenance on the exterior.
As weather gets warmer, it becomes easier to begin projects that would have been difficult or even impossible to complete during the wet and cold of winter.
7 spring rental property maintenance outside todo’s.
No. 1: Water Drainage
After winter showers it is necessary to check whether any water remains undrained around the property.
Noticing whether puddles fail to disappear after 24 hours is one way of gauging this. If water fails to properly drain, moisture can easily increase around the property’s foundations and walls, often causing heightened moisture levels within the property and water damage to walls and floors, which all facilitate mold growth. Our experts encourage turning to a professional who can evaluate the efficiency of a property’s drainage system and suggest any maintenance work to ensure that water is directed away from the property.
No. 2: Roof
While it’s best to hire a professional to climb on the roof and check for cracks that might cause interior leaks, the Do-It-Yourself and Climbing-Free option (not recommended) entails spraying water with a garden hose (if possible) onto the roof and checking whether it drains without leaks.
Promptly turn to a roof cleaning and repair specialist if interior leaks are noticed. Additionally, natural debris – such as leaves and branches – can easily collect on the roof during the winter, which makes the spring a good time to schedule a roof cleaning service.
No. 3: Gutters and Downspouts
With strong winter winds, gutters will have likely accumulated sediments and debris.
Check in with your trusted gutter cleaning specialist and schedule a cleaning service.
No. 4: Foundations
If your property has an exposed brick or concrete foundation, check for cracks and signs of deterioration.
Turn to a foundation professional for necessary repairs to guarantee that the property is properly and safely sealed.
No. 5: Windows, Entryways and Thresholds
Window sills and entryways can easily develop cracks.
Those cracks make it possible for critters to enter the property while also contributing to straining the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system as a poorly-insulated property fails to retain a desired temperature. A professional handyman can easily reseal cracked thresholds.
No. 6: Caulking
Similarly to entryways and windows, exterior caulking can wear off as a result of harsh weather exposure.
To guarantee that a property is properly insulated, a professional should check the conditions of exterior caulking and re-caulk deteriorated areas.
No. 7: Siding
A cleaning and pressure washing specialist can assess the conditions of a property’s exterior siding and recommend whether it should be thoroughly cleaned.
Cleaning dirt and debris from siding keeps mold and fungi from growing and should be a part of spring rental property maintenance.
Keepe is an on-demand maintenance solution for property managers and independent landlords. The company makes a network of hundreds of independent contractors and handymen available for maintenance projects at rental properties. Keepe is available in the Greater Seattle area, Greater Phoenix area, San Francisco Bay area, Portland, San Diego and is coming soon to an area near you. Learn more about Keepe at https://www.keepe.com