With the weather warming up and the rain starting to go away, you have the time to get out and do some work on your rental properties. It’s important to keep up maintenance on your property so that you’re paying out in small increments instead of big ones when things need to be fixed. A little work now can save you from a lot of work in the future.
Paint the Garage Door
For a lot of landlords, a garage door is a luxury and not a necessity and so sometimes it’s not given the care that it should be. Here’s the thing, painting the whole outside of a house is costly and time-consuming, however painting a garage door is quicker and cheaper, plus it has the added bonus of having much of the same effect as painting the whole house. A painted garage door makes your home look well taken care of and it’s a curb appeal bonus that starts working from the minute a prospective buyer drives up.
Clean the Gutters
This is a home maintenance project that’s often overlooked, but if you don’t clean your gutters regularly, it can become a big problem down the road. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, you should clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall and that’s even if you live in California.
Test Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to make sure your property is safe to live in and that includes making sure that all the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it’s important to test your smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries once or twice a year. Use the arrival of spring to remind yourself to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If the alarm is more than 10 years old, you’re required by law to replace it.
Service the Air Conditioner
We all know that in California finding a quality air conditioner repairperson when you actually need one is like winning the lottery. When it gets too hot in July and August and you’re AC breaks, you’re lucky to get someone to come to your house within a week or two. So, try and save yourself some pain and suffering by getting the air conditioner serviced now. HGTV suggests you have the air conditioner serviced in the spring so you can catch any problems now and the unit will work great through the hot weather.
Check the Concrete
HGTV also suggests that you inspect the concrete around your house. Make sure that there are no cracks in the concrete and that the existing concrete is still sloped away from the house to drain away from the home and the foundation. If you need to, hire someone to fix it. Letting the cracked concrete go unfixed not only ruins the curb appeal of your home, but it also can lead to bigger problems down the road.
Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.