While you should be keeping up on maintenance issues year-round, summertime is the ideal time to do annual inspections and take preventative action.
Unfortunately, renters aren’t usually as conscious about repairs as it’s not their own home, so take the initiative by preemptively looking for repairs that need to be made. Remember, that most repairs are simple if caught early. Use the following as a check list for your annual summer inspections:
- Roof Maintenance: As mentioned in a past post, roof inspection and maintenance is fair-weather project. Inspecting and quickly repairing
- A/C Servicing: If your property has air conditioning, don’t let an inspection slip by. Upset tenants sweltering in their apartment can be bee in your bonnet, better to have it in tip top shape by summertime than wait.
- Inspect deck or patio: A wooden deck or patio is a nice feature that your tenants can enjoy year after year. Inspecting it annually ensures that it will last you even longer. Resealing the deck every year or so will also help protect the wood, especially if the wood is pressure-treated. Pressure treated wood needs to be properly sealed to protect it from water damage.
- Lawn Maintenance: Whether your tenants are responsible for lawn care or if you hire it out, a well maintained lawn not only is pleasing, it can also reduce fire risks. In particularly hot areas, dry grass can be a hazard.
- Replace furnace filter: You may need to replace your properties’ furnace filters more than once a year, but doing so before summer is a must. After a winter of running non-stop your furnace filter will surely be clogged. To ensure better air-flow and air-quality you’ll want to inspect your filter often and change at least once every summer.
- Inspect window and patio screens: Window and patio screens are pretty cheap and easy to replace, but they also get ripped pretty easily. Inspect all screens before the heat hits so your tenants can let cool night air flow through the house without inviting the mosquitoes and gnats inside too.
- Inspect Washer and Drying Machines: Another fire hazard is a clogged dryer vent. If your properties include washer and drying machines, be sure to clean the vents at last once a year. You’ll also want to inspect the washing machine hose for wear and replace it every 3-5 years. You’ll also want to check that your Commercial Property Insurance covers this type of home fire.
While not all of these have to be done in the summertime, but it’s a good time to check them off the list. One thing is for sure if you inspect diligently and do repairs as needed, you’ll save yourself a lot time and money by preventing more serious repairs that would surely come if left unattended.