The changing of the season means it is time to perform those maintenance issues at your rental property that took the back burner during the busy summer months. Our team of property managers in Sioux Falls have a few maintenance reminders and tips for property owners for completing these important maintenance issues.
Head Outside First
Before the colder weather hits, you want to ensure that your property will be protected from the elements and critters that may want to seek shelter. Ensure that water can not get in and freeze by patching small holes or cracks on the outside of the property. Find any holes or openings that critters could squeeze through and discourage nesting by making permanent repairs or covering with either a steel mesh or aluminum flashing-depending on the animal you are barring.
Once you have secured the perimeter, check the condition of your roof. Make sure all singles are secure to deter moisture during a storm. Clear any debris from your rain gutters to ensure they don’t get clogged and eventually break. Trim any low hanging tree branches, or any that touch the house, cover the air conditioning unit, and reset the timer on your irrigation system. Once all this is done, it’s time to step inside.
Rental Property Maintenance Moves Indoors
To ensure energy efficiency, check all doors and windows for leaks. Apply weather stripping or caulk to any drafty areas to keep your tenants bills down, and protect your heating system long term. If your property has a fireplace with a chimney, have it swept out to prevent fire hazards.
Having your HVAC system serviced at least once per year will help it have a longer lifespan. Ensure the filters are being changed regularly, and leave extras for tenant use. Ensure the smoke alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly. Lastly, check the attic for adequate insulation to prevent ice damming on the roof.
By performing seasonal maintenance, you are not only helping your property maintain its curb appeal, but are able to be proactive about needed maintenance. As the leading property management company in Sioux Falls, our professional property managers can assist you in finding someone to perform the maintenance. Call us today!