Spring is the season of new beginnings. And for landlords, spring is the best time to check off the many major cleaning and maintenance tasks. While Fortuna rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Although it takes a lot of effort to do spring cleaning and maintenance, these projects cannot be put off or neglected.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the best time to perform many of these exterior tasks, especially the ones that would be too inconvenient to do in the winter cold. Then there are tasks that are absolutely impossible to do during winter because they are about checking the damage caused by the winter weather— such as storms or the 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.
On top of the big items, you should take a look at the smaller features as well. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. A few touch-ups might be good for the exterior trim, and exterior wood elements should be checked to ascertain they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t overlook the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need replacing.
When going through spring cleaning, remember to include the yard in the to-do list. 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 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 the ideal time to take a look at the condition of the home’s garbage cans. If the lids don’t close well or holes have developed, It may be time to buy new ones.
This is no more than a starting point for a complete and thorough spring cleaning & maintenance list. Since there are so many items that need to be accomplished, it makes sense to get the services of professionals who can handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Humboldt, you won’t need to trouble yourself 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 Humboldt or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 707-444-3835.