As enjoyable as it would be to find the perfect tenants, let them move into your property, then sit back and collect rent checks, there's much more to being a landlord than that.
Just like your own home needs routine maintenance, so does your rental property. As you approach each new season, it's critical to follow your list of seasonal maintenance tasks to prepare your rental property for incoming weather.
If you're not sure what maintenance your Concord area property needs throughout the year, we're here to help! Whether you do it yourself or work with a property manager, check out this guide to seasonal property maintenance.
In the fall, you winterized your home. For spring, you'll bring your property out of hibernation.
Spring maintenance helps get your property ready for a rise in temperatures. You'll also need to do some spring cleaning and upkeep to get rid of any lingering effects from winter:
- Call a technician to perform cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system. You'll want a professional to check the system and make sure it's ready to keep your tenants cool when the temperatures warm up.
- Clear the gutters: winter weather dumps debris in your gutters. Get the house ready for spring rain showers by cleaning the gutters and making sure all downspouts work well.
- Prepare your rental property landscaping for a new growing season: fertilize, pull weeds, trim trees, and clear out dead leaves and branches.
Spring is also a good time for a thorough cleaning! Encourage your tenants to clean the interior while you clean the exterior: power-wash sidewalks, driveways, and siding. If you notice any exterior damage, spring is a great time to touch up paint or fix damaged wood or siding.
In the summer, your tenants want to enjoy the exterior space of your rental property. Make sure to handle these tasks early enough to allow tenants full use of outdoor amenities throughout the summer:
- Clean decks and patio furniture.
- If the property has a pool, schedule professional maintenance and cleaning.
- Check sprinklers and hoses. Make sure your watering system is ready to irrigate the lawn and landscaping.
- Schedule regular lawn maintenance.
- Check fire pits for safety before the first use of the season.
Summer maintenance is also an excellent time to check interior smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Fall maintenance is the season to prep your property for winter.
Outdoor activity is winding down while temperatures begin to fall. Use this time of year to shut down much of the outdoor space of your property while making sure the indoors are safe for your tenants:
- Check, clean, and repair fireplaces and chimneys.
- Perform winter maintenance on the pool and shut it down for the year.
- Schedule a professional to check and repair the home's heating system.
- Check the roof for loose shingles.
- Seal all windows with caulking to keep cooler air from leaking inside the home.
The Concord climate doesn't get very cold in winter. However, it's a good idea to prepare your rental property for temperatures that are cooler than summer.
Even without the threat of big snowstorms like other areas of the country, take a few steps to winterize your rental property:
- Flush outdoor hoses and sprinkler systems.
- Prune bushes, trim trees, and clear landscape of fallen leaves from autumn.
- Flush the water heater. Check for leaks, then refill the tank.
- Clean gutters (again). If your property has trees, make sure falling leaves haven't clogged gutters or drains before winter hits.
Our local climate doesn't often require preparation for frozen pipes or other serious winter issues. However, it's always a good idea to check your property before winter and do a few things to make sure the home and your tenants are ready for our version of winter weather.
Use Seasonal Maintenance to Connect with Tenants
Quarterly property checks are also a great way to check in with tenants! Ask about any maintenance issues, see how they're doing, and make sure they're taking good care of your property.
Schedule a seasonal inspection when tenants are available to meet with you. Then, be sure to coordinate with your tenants for any maintenance tasks or repairs.
Your Property Management Company Saves You Time!
It might seem like a lot of time and work to visit your rental property four times a year for maintenance—especially if you don't live in the area! Working with a property management company gives you the benefit of regular property inspections and maintenance without adding more time and work to your plate.
Let All County Heritage be your go-to property manager in the Concord, CA area. We know what needs to be done to maintain beautiful rental properties throughout the year.
With the right help, it's easy to get started with the next round of seasonal maintenance. Contact us for a FREE estimate!