Spring is the season of new beginnings. And for landlords spring is the best season to do all those vital cleaning and maintenance duties. While La Porte rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Although spring cleaning and maintenance can be a large undertaking, they can’t just be neglected or postponed.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the ideal time to get all these little tasks done. There are some tasks that are too difficult to do in winter temperatures and tasks that are about checking the damage caused by winter storms and freezing temperatures. For example, it’s important to examine concrete areas each year, including foundation, driveway, walkways, patios, and more, for new cracks or gaps. Windows and doors, too, need to be checked for cracks and gaps (including weather-stripping) and repaired or replaced. Window and door screens collect a lot of debris and dirt in the winter, making spring the most ideal time to clean them. The roof should be checked for loose, missing, or damaged materials, and any leaves or debris cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.
When checking the big items, don’t neglect the smaller features. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might benefit from some touch-ups, and exterior wood elements should be looked at to see if they require to be refinished or sealed. And don’t skip the outdoor light fixtures – you may need to replace some of the bulbs.
When doing your spring cleaning, it’s important to give some attention to the yard as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may also have fallen and settled all over the grounds, and you may have to do a general clean-up when spring arrives. Spring is also an excellent time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Going a bit further, spring is the best time to take a look at the perimeter fences and freestanding mailboxes. Broken fence slats will need to be replaced, and wobbly or failing posts repaired. Gate hardware should be examined for rust or other issues and repaired as needed. Finally, spring is a great time to check on the home’s garbage cans and see what state they are in. If the lids can’t close properly or holes have started appearing, it’s probably time to get new ones.
This is actually just a starting point for a comprehensive spring cleaning & maintenance list. With such a huge number of things that need to be accomplished, it’s only reasonable to bring in a team of professionals who can handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Prestige, you won’t need to be concerned about spring maintenance. We will make sure that the seasonal tasks will be done thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Prestige or still have questions, contact us online or call us directly at 281-532-5455.
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