A well-maintained rental property boasts good curb appeal, keeps tenants satisfied, and is less susceptible to seasonal damage. With hot, humid weather and summer storms on the horizon, now is a good time to inspect your property – inside and out – and make any necessary repairs or updates. Here’s what to do.
Inspect Outside Common Areas
Outside common areas are key for tenant enjoyment and comfort – and are one of the first things that prospective tenants see when driving past. Keep your outdoor areas in good repair with the following checklist:
- Check your pool area. Clean, treat and resurface your pool if necessary. Confirm that fences and gates are up to code, that the surrounding area has slip-proof flooring, and that safety signage is visible. Hire a lifeguard if applicable and have any pool equipment serviced.
- Inspect outdoor furniture. Inspect patio and deck areas to check that tables, chairs, umbrellas, and grilling equipment are in good repair – and that fire extinguishers are working. Poorly maintained equipment not only looks bad but can be a hazard.
- Inspect gardens and irrigation systems. Prune overgrown trees and bushes, replant and weed as necessary, and check that your watering systems are working. Look for areas of standing water – these can become mosquito breeding grounds.
- Check paving and parking areas. The shift from cold to warm weather can cause cracks and settling. Check your parking areas, pavements, sidewalks, stairwells, and entry areas to ensure that they’re even and safe. Repave, repair, and repaint as necessary.
- Check signage. Confirm that all signage is clean, clear, and visible. Make updates if required.
Inspect External Building Areas
Summer brings its own seasonal challenges, including storms, pests, and humidity. Protect your building – and your tenants – by inspecting the following:
- Check doors, windows, and screens. Ventilation matters, and so does protection from the elements and intruders. Confirm that all doors and windows open and close, locks are secure, and screens are installed and functional. If your windows are older, consider upgrading to newer energy-efficient panes. Trim overhanging trees.
- Check roofing, flashing, and chimneys. Summer storms can cause significant damage, so ensure your roof is in good shape. Check for signs of water intrusion and that pests haven’t taken up residence. Have chimneys or external vents checked and cleaned.
- Check siding and wood areas. Changing temperature and humidity can affect the function of your siding. If you see signs of rot, water or pest intrusion, or other damage, call a professional to repair or replace the affected area. This can reduce the risk of significant structural damage.
- Service HVAC, plumbing, and electrical. Before those air conditioners turn on for the summer, have a technician check condenser units and ensure that everything is in order. AC units put a significant drain on your electrical – so have an electrician check your systems and upgrade your box if needed.
Inspect Internal Areas
Use the summer season to perform inspections of interior common areas and individual apartments – whether tenants are moving out or resigning their leases. Here’s what to take note of:
- Check safety devices. Check that smoke and CO detectors are installed and working, and fire extinguishers and other protective devices are provided in key areas. Make sure that door locks, buzzers, and cameras are functioning properly.
- Check appliances. Preventive maintenance is cheaper and easier than handling repair requests. Check ovens, microwaves, fridges, and any other appliances – and repair small issues that could become larger ones.
- Install window units. If your property doesn’t have central air, make sure that window units are installed. Get these in early to avoid potential moisture damage or pest intrusion from open windows.
- Look for signs of damage, mold, or pests. Inspect walls and ceilings for evidence of water intrusion or pests and make a note of worn or damaged surfaces – now is a good opportunity to line up a painter.
- Inspect attics, basements, and pipes. Check basements are well ventilated, that attics don’t show signs of water intrusion, and that pipes are in good condition – especially after cold weather.
A summer inspection is also a great time to talk to tenants about renewing their lease!
Manders Can Help with Maintenance and Repairs
Preventive maintenance of your rental property is important for keeping tenants happy and your investment in good condition. At Manders, we have extensive experience with all aspects of property maintenance, including repairs, turnover, and renovations. To ensure that your property remains up to code and in good repair, talk to the team at Manders. We can check off every item on your summer maintenance checklist – ensuring that your building retains the curb appeal it deserves.