5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Property Managers
5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Property Managers

Oct 05,2022

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Property Managers

After enduring the hot months of summer, fall is a welcome relief. However, it is time for property managers and landlords to prepare rental properties for the wet, cooler weather ahead. It is vital to conduct maintenance checks and repairs before the harsh winter weather takes a toll. 3 Options Realty can help keep your rental spaces safe and tenants happy throughout the year. Here are fall maintenance tips landlords need to prioritize.

Check the Roof

The first maintenance inspection this fall should assess the condition of the roof. A weak or damaged roof leaves your tenant vulnerable to the elements, resulting in hazardous conditions that are costly to repair. If water collects in weak roof areas, trivial leaks can grow into significant water damage and subsequent effects like mold.

Trim the Trees and Bushes

Most greenery shed dry leaves, and debris from bushes and trees fills the property. While it’s easy to ignore the masses, you risk fire hazards that compromise the safety of your premises. We recommend trimming trees and maintaining a neat landscape to minimize the risk of branches falling on your property. A clean landscape means fewer unwanted critters like insects and pests, which can enter your home in the winter to stay warm.

Replace Weather-strips on Windows and Doors

Another crucial maintenance tip for landlords and property managers is inspecting weather strips on all the windows and doors. Summer heat damages these protective strips, leaving the property open to high heating bills and drafts. It is a cost-effective and quick fix that enhances the comfort of your rental property. You don’t have to worry about your HVAC system working overtime to keep the property warm.

Replace Old HVAC Filters

HVAC filters must be replaced at least once yearly, and fall is a great time to handle replacements. The air conditioner has been running all summer, and the filters have accumulated dirt and debris. We recommend replacing old filters before your heating systems kick into full gear during the cold season.

Check for Holes and Cracks

As you conduct inspections or hire a property management company to help with the process, check for holes and cracks. The most critical areas are the walls and foundation, which can become more pronounced. These spaces also create openings for pests and insects to access your rental property, which is not ideal for your tenants and the quality of your property.

Adjust Sprinkler Systems

Water levels are decreasing as the country’s population reaches an all-time high. This has forced many cities to adjust the watering allowances with the seasons. Failure to adhere to the set regulations or limiting watering to only those days can help you avoid fines and high utility bills. Our property management company is familiar with the state and municipal regulations, so you don’t have to worry about infringements.

Clean Gutters and Drains

Most rental properties have outdoor drainage systems and gutters, which need to be cleaned regularly. As mentioned, trees shed dry leaves in the fall, accumulating in drains and gutters. The waste combines with other debris over time, clogging these systems and flooding the premises. If you lack time to clear your gutters and drains, it may be time to work with a reputable property management company.

Check the Fireplace and Chimney

While not all properties have a chimney, they are crucial for keeping your indoor spaces warm during winter. However, you need to clean them at least twice a year, especially if the tenants intend to use them in the coming months. Ensure the chimney has adequate ventilation to minimize the risk of hazardous conditions or fires.

Maintain Common Outdoor Areas

As summer ends, landlords must maintain common outdoor areas, including fire pits, pools, barbeque, panic areas, and others within the rental property. The goal is to protect them from the elements and prevent falls or trips where necessary. Check for loose gravel, cement, or cracks in the pavement to avoid dangerous situations when wet.

Be Respectful of Your Tenants

The last and most important factor to consider is respecting your tenants. Take time and reach out to them before starting your fall maintenance list to ensure you agree. You’ll also need access to their homes when they are away, so involving them makes things run smoothly.

Contact us at 3 Options Realty and schedule an appointment with our highly experienced property managers. We guarantee exceptional services to enhance the quality of your rental property this winter without compromising the return on investment (ROI).

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