If you maintain a car by
having periodic oil changes, adjustments to timing,
interior/exterior detailing and more, it will not only
keep the machine in working order but also help with the
value when you decide to sell. In short, your vehicle
periodically needs a tune-up. It is the same with an
investment property; you need to maintain the property
in order to keep or increase its value.
With the change of
seasons and in particular, the advent of spring, it
brings flowers, showers, and hopefully, great weather.
However, properties often have a "tired" look after the
harshness of winter and it could be that your investment
just needs a tune-up. Performing various routine
maintenance items is also preventative; this can avoid
much larger expenditures. It can also assist with
maintaining good tenant relations.
A property, like any
vehicle, can look and feel tired after winter. Your
tenant may be responsible for the general maintenance of
the exterior - mowing the grass, keeping flowerbeds
cleaned up, minimal pruning of bushes, etc. However, an
overall cleanup of the property usually entails more
than the tenant's obligation.
An exterior clean up can
prevent damage as well as keep your property from
becoming the eyesore of the neighborhood. You don't want
people to "identify the rental property" as they drive
through the neighborhood, particularly prospective
tenants if the property is vacant. To prevent that sad
look, pay attention to the following items.
- Trim bushes and trees, removing dead
branches from winter storms.
- Clear all walkways and driveways of
landscape debris and check for damage.
- Repair any roof issues to prevent
unnecessary leaks and damage to the inside of the
- Clean out gutters as well to prevent
unnecessary leaks and damage.
- Check any irrigation systems to
ensure they are working properly and adjust for the
warmer season. Often pipes and connections crack or
split and can cause problems with the first use. This
can also waste precious water resources.
- Check for areas that may be
collecting water that can lead to problems with pests
or cause damage to landscape.
- Have all exterior windows and doors
repaired for any leaks or damage.
- Review landscape for any necessary
changes and if appropriate, consider adding lower
maintenance plants if appropriate.
- Review the exterior paint. Sometimes
just touching up the trim can improve the look of a
property, preserve exterior wood/siding, and prevent
damage. It could be that it is now time for an
exterior paint job.
- If appropriate, clean up weeds and
debris around the property to prevent unnecessary
Check for pest
More than flowers and
showers pop out with spring weather. It is very common
to have increased pest problems, such as major
infestations of wasps, ants, mosquitoes, and more. While
the tenant has some minimal responsibility, pests can
become a health issue and therefore, a liability.
Ordering a pest control spray for the season could keep
this under control.
While occupied, tenants
normally report any necessary maintenance. However, it
can pay off to have a maintenance tune up of air
conditioning/heating units. Once again, this will help
prolong the life of the units. In addition, it is a good
idea to have the interior windows and doors checked when
there is exterior maintenance.
As your property
management company, we will be watching and taking care
of necessary maintenance and we will contact you if
necessary. We want to keep your property "tuned-up" to
protect your investment.