We started our series on routine rental maintenance by discussing common plumbing problems in rental properties, and in particular how to prevent them. This time, as part two, we’re going to tackle routine maintenance where it comes to security, pest control, & exterior concerns. The third in our series covers electrical, fire safety, and HVAC systems.
Read Parts 1 & 3 of this Series:
Routine Rental Maintenance: Safety & Security
Installing and maintaining safety and security products protects both your tenants and your property. In many locations there are regulations regarding re-keying of locks at each turnover. Not to mention the fact that tenants who don’t feel safe won’t stick around long-term. With property crime becoming more of an issue in some markets, it’s increasingly important for properties to be secure and have deterrents such as motion lights and cameras.
Routine Rental Maintenance: Pest Control
Rental property pest control is complex and often requires the expertise of a professional in order to handle the problem effectively. If you decide to deal with these problems on your own, however, we recommend the following measures:
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Routine Rental Maintenance: Roof & Gutters
Water intrusion is what comes most quickly to mind when we consider preventative maintenance at the exterior of rental properties. Firstly, here are some leak prevention and routine rental maintenance measures we suggest, along with a few tips on general steps to take to keep up the exterior of your rental buildings.
Routine Rental Maintenance: Chimney, Sealants, & Paint
Routine Exterior Maintenance Tips:
1. Flashing at chimneys is a common water intrusion point. Make sure the upper edge of your flashing is bent and bedded into a joint in the mortar. Do not rely on sealant between the chimney and flashing as it will degrade and separate over time.
2. Make sure to paint new caulking in good weather, as this prolongs the life of the product and keeps you from having to repeat the process often.
3. Chalky fading is a sign that paint is getting to the end of its’ life, as is the appearance of bubbles or cracks. Window sills and surfaces where water sits will show wear first.
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Routine Rental Maintenance: Landlord Gurus Takeaway
We hope we’ve given you some food for thought for thought when you’re creating a maintenance plan. Meanwhile, if you have questions or something to add please don’t hesitate to contact us!
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