It’s better to be prepared than to find yourself in a disaster when it comes to maintaining property. IKO Community Management wants to help you prepare for the year ahead by suggesting preventative maintenance for your rental property. Please be sure to follow any regulations for your city and state in order to keep everyone safe and structures up to code. Every space is different but these tips should help you get started:
- Snow removal – Snow can have a huge impact on the day-to-day operations of your properties. Typical winter snow removal can’t really be seen as preventative maintenance, but we’re taking it up a few levels. With the amount of snow this area has received this winter, it’s time to take a look at your roof. Even if there aren’t any signs of snow’s impact on the interior, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remove any snow and ice that’s taking its toll on your roof before you find yourself with a leak problem or other damage to the structure of your building.
- Cracks – Overtime cracks will start to appear in the plaster, tiles, columns or beams of your building. It is highly recommended that you address and repair these cracks as soon as they appear. Check the structures inside and outside periodically. Repair cracks as recommended for the materials they appear in.
- Weed – In order to prevent any damage to the sidewalks, pull out any weeds that have grown through the cracks. Make sure that you get all the roots out, as they’re what cause the break down of your walkways. Check your sidewalks and other walkways for weeds at least once a week.
- Stabilize – Periodically check over the railing on any staircases on your property. If they appear to be growing loose, stabilize them before someone pulls them apart accidently. While you’re checking railings out, check the doors, ramps and other entrance features to make sure that they’re not in need of repair. You don’t want your tenants tripping over doorways or not being able to open the door to the property because it’s stuck.
- Screens – Before summer hits, be sure to check out the property’s window and door screens. Rips and tears in the screens will allow insects to invade the property when tenants leave the windows open. Check to make sure that none of the building’s screens are missing or broken. This will help to prevent not only the annoyance of bugs buzzing around your tenants but will prevent larger issues. No one wants insects taking up residence and not contributing to the rent.
- Plumbing – Does your building have a leaky faucet or other toilet issues? Take care of them now before they get worse. Don’t let your tenants find themselves without water or plumbing this spring and summer. Like everything mentioned before, we highly recommend that you do a general overview of the plumbing on the properties you’re responsible for multiple times during the year.
Depending on the type of building you oversee, different maintenance will be required. We hope that this has given you some ideas to get started with this spring! We know that you’re busy, but there’s a lot less stress that accompanies preventative maintenance than emergency repairs.
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