Get your rental property ready for spring in Indiana. Even though it may not seem like it, Spring is already here, and vendors are already filling up their schedules. Seasonal maintenance may be a chore, but seasonal inspections and preventative maintenance keep your costs down and help ensure your property is ready for the upcoming weather.
Here are 5 tips to get your home ready for Spring!
Clean your gutters
Snow, ice and debris can make a mess of gutters during the winter. A clogged gutter can cause water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Gutters can be damaged from ice and heavy snow in the winter and this can also lead to damage to the roof, interior and exterior of the home. To avoid any damage, have your gutters cleaned and checked for needed repairs.
Before you know it the mild temperatures of spring will be gone, and the hot humid temperatures of summer will be here. This is the perfect time to have your HVAC System inspected to ensure it is ready when the temperatures rise, and your tenants need it the most. This is also a good time to make sure and remind your tenants to change the air filters monthly to help ensure the HVAC System stays in good working order.
Clean the exterior
Spring is the perfect time to clean the exterior of your property. Checking for areas that could use a good power-washings this will give your property a new fresh look. Power- washing the home also gives you the opportunity to evaluate the condition of the exterior of the home from chipping paint to rotting wood and address these issues before they become a larger problem.
Inspect the Roof
During an exterior roof inspection, you should be looking for curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing and cracked caulk around vent pipes. If you identify any of these items, it would be wise to have a professional roof company look at any of these issues.
As we all know Spring is the best time to begin Landscaping before everything becomes overgrown. As most landlords require the tenant to maintain the landscaping there are some things that tenants will not do that will help maintain the value of your property. Some of those items include: lawn aeration and seeding, fertilization, trimming of trees. Keeping tree branches 5 to 7 feet away from your house will help to stop roof damage and critters finding ways to nest in your attic.
One of the most important components of successful property management is making sure the property you own is kept in good condition. Spring is the perfect time to do so. By adding these 5 simple tasks to your to do list, your property will be in great shape and ready for the hot and humid weather that will soon be upon us.