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Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Rental Property

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to get to work. These are some of the busiest months of the year, especially when it comes to the real estate market. Whether your rental space is currently occupied or you’re searching for your next tenant, don’t let this season pass by without a little “spring-cleaning.” Regular maintenance and seasonal precautions are essential when it comes to keeping your space in tip-top condition. We’ve collected a list of valuable tips and tricks to consider as you get your hands dirty and spruce up your rental property for the months ahead. Without further ado, let’s dig in!

  • Check Structural Integrity. Cold winter air can be very harsh on materials exposed to the elements, especially considering how dry it is. Inspect the foundations, window frames, concrete slabs, and even shingles for anything that may need to be shored up or replaced. Safety should be your number one priority, but addressing regular wear and tear has the added benefit of increasing your curb appeal.
  • Test Appliances & Utilities. Water pipes are particularly vulnerable in colder weather, so double-check all main lines for any leaks. The HVAC unit should also be professionally inspected after keeping your space heated over the past few months. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operational, and replace the batteries as needed.
  • Emphasize Landscaping. With flowers blooming and leaves returning to the trees, spring is the perfect time to focus your full attention on the importance of landscaping. Simple lawns and elaborate flowerbeds alike require proper care. Lawn care responsibilities typically fall to the current tenant, but you may have to take it on yourself if the space is sitting empty.
  • Consider Power Washing. Power washing is a great way to freshen up your property, and it’s invaluable for increasing curb appeal. From vinyl siding to wooden decks to concrete sidewalks, professional power washing may the perfect way to wash away the dirt and grime of the season past.
  • Prepare for Pests. Flowers are not the only things that come with the warmer weather. Invasive bug species can pose a threat to your rental space. Educate your tenants on pest prevention techniques, use EPA-registered pesticides, and call an exterminator as needed.

Spring-cleaning on your rental property is all about small adjustments and routine maintenance that will prevent larger, more costly repairs down the road. Further invest in yourself by hiring a property manager. Talley Properties offers a wide array of services that will save you time and money. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

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