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Thinking about fall/winter maintenance needs for your
investment before the season hits can often save you money. An extra
benefit is that it can help to keep your tenants happy. For example, if
you wait until the rains or winds come and the roof leaks, you will be
competing with everyone else to have the work done because roofing
contractors are at their busiest. This can mean major delays and higher
costs. When the weather is better, contractors may not charge as much
because their workload is lighter and they want more work. Tenants can
become unhappy with the inconvenience of a leaky roof but if the problem
is severe enough, there can be loss of rent because of uninhabitable or
There are many areas where early maintenance can be a
benefit. Here are items to consider during summer and fall months to see
how you could avoid unnecessary repair expense or tenant problems.
Heating is simply a necessity and in the eyes of the legal system, it is
a requirement for the health and safety for tenants. You could experience
loss of rent if the tenants are without heat for an unreasonable amount
of time. Having the heating system checked out yearly before cooler or
cold weather hits could avoid bigger maintenance problems and making
necessary repairs can prolong the life of the heating unit.
Walls, foundations, windows, doors, and
Checking walls, foundations, windows, doors, and plumbing can reveal
problems with moisture, leaking, cracking, drafts, and more. It is truly
important to avoid water and moisture problems that could lead to toxic
mold - one of today's biggest liabilities for investors.
Having gutters and downspouts cleaned and if necessary, repaired after
leaves fall and before heavy rains hit can reduce damage and avoid other
problems. Many landlords think tenants should do this but it can become a
safety issue. Having a qualified vendor handle the problem can be a safer
and more cost effective solution.
It pays to have roofs checked for missing materials, hanging branches,
and any other damage. Have repairs completed before winter weather hits
to avoid unnecessary damage and expense inside of the property. You may
not be able to avoid winter storms but the roof may hold up better if
maintenance is completed. Proper maintenance can also extend the life of
Chimneys, fireplaces, and smoke
If your investment has a fireplace and chimney, having a yearly checkup
can prevent fires and/or other safety issues. Of course, a working smoke
alarm/detector is an absolute must.
Driveways and sidewalks
Damaged, cracked driveways and sidewalks can be a safety issue. Many
times you cannot repair them during bad weather, leaving it open to more
liability. Contractors are more likely to give you a better price during
Porches, patios, decks, retaining walls,
fences, and landscaping
Again, these are items where necessary repairs can extend their life.
Major tree roots can cause many problems, such as broken sidewalks,
raised driveways, and problems with sewers. When possible, avoid these
There may not be maintenance problems with your property at
this time. However, it pays to review where you could avoid larger
expense and liability by addressing them in advance. Start planning for
winter maintenance now and as your property management company, we are
always here to help you with your investment.