Spring is the season of new beginnings. And for landlords, there is no better time to do all those important cleaning and maintenance tasks than spring. While Mountain House 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 best season to get all these little jobs done. There are some tasks that are not easy to do in winter temperatures and tasks that are all about checking the damage caused by the previous season and its 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 gather a lot of dirt and debris over the winter season, making spring the perfect 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 going over the big items, don’t overlook the small features. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might profit from a few touch-ups, and exterior wood elements should be examined to find out if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t overlook the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need replacing.
When you do your spring cleaning, remember that the yard will need some tending as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may have fallen during the winter, so once spring arrives, a general clean-up may be needed. Spring is also the best time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Going a little bit further, spring is a great time to examine 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 an excellent time to go around and look at the home’s garbage cans and see how they withstood the winter. If the lids don’t close properly or holes have appeared, it’s probably time to find replacements.
This is, in truth, simply a starting point for a complete 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 One, you won’t need to bother about spring maintenance. We will make sure to complete seasonal tasks thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management One or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 925-794-8339.