Preventative Maintenance Tips for Your Danville Rental Property
Taking care of routine and emergency maintenance is pretty natural for landlords. When a tenant calls with a repair need, you know you have to respond in order to maintain a habitable home and protect the condition of your investment.
Preventative maintenance can be a bit more complicated. You know you should do it, but it’s easy to rationalize putting it off.
If you have a preventative maintenance plan in place, you can stick to a schedule that ensures important things are done seasonally and annually. Ultimately, preventative maintenance increases your ROI because it means your investment is performing better and in good shape.
Service your HVAC System
The most expensive system in your property is probably your heating and air conditioning unit. Your tenants are always going to need heat in the winter and air in the summer. Cut down on repair calls by having a technician visit your property once or twice a year to check the furnace, the air conditioner, and all the parts that go with that heating and cooling unit. When the system is kept clean and tuned up on a regular basis, you’ll enjoy a longer life span and you won’t have to worry about a large and expensive replacement surprising you. Make sure air filters are being changed, either by your tenants or your maintenance department. A clean and functional HVAC system works better for longer and it also keeps your tenant’s electricity bills down.
Monitor Trees and Landscaping
Your lawn is more than curb appeal, and if you have outdoor space at your rental property, you have to make sure it’s getting some preventative maintenance as well. Have the trees trimmed back from the roof and make sure there aren’t any bushes or branches growing over windows or damaging the side of the house. Check sprinklers and irrigation systems at least once a year. Hire professional landscapers either on a regular basis or to come out seasonally to make sure your lawn and trees are healthy and safe.
Make Plumbing a Priority
Even a tiny leak can turn into a huge disaster. Make leak detection part of your preventative maintenance plan by checking under sinks every time you’re in the property. You want to ensure toilets are flushing properly and caulking is secure around tiles and tubs. Check appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines for proper water flow. If any ceilings or walls are soft or discolored, take immediate action. It’s also a good idea to drain your water heater once a year and check for rust and wear. The goal is to stay ahead of all plumbing repairs and replacements. Replace that water heater before it begins leaking and causes a flood.
We can help you put together a preventative maintenance plan that protects your property and shows your tenants that you care about the home and its condition. When you are prepared and aware, you will cut down on the number of emergencies you must respond to. You’ll also save money.
For further preventative maintenance tips, please contact us at Stowers Real Estate. We’d be happy to tell you more.