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How to Maintain Your Property as a Landlord



Being a landlord comes with a myriad of responsibilities, one of the most crucial being property maintenance. Proper upkeep not only preserves your property’s value but also ensures tenant satisfaction and prevents costly repairs in the future. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to effectively maintain your property as a landlord.


Regular Inspections

Seasonal Inspections

Regular inspections are key to catching minor issues before they become major problems. Conduct thorough inspections at least twice a year, focusing on:

  • Spring/Fall: Check HVAC systems, roof, gutters, and the exterior for any damage. Ensure that everything is ready for the upcoming seasonal changes.

  • Winter: Inspect for drafts, plumbing issues, and ensure the heating systems are functioning properly.

  • Summer: Check air conditioning units, landscaping, and exterior paint for wear and tear.

Move-In/Move-Out Inspections

Document the condition of the property before new tenants move in and after they move out. This helps in identifying any damage that needs addressing and ensuring the property is ready for the next tenant.


Preventive Maintenance

HVAC Systems

  • Regular Filter Changes: Replace filters every 1-3 months to maintain efficiency.

  • Annual Inspections: Schedule professional maintenance annually to prevent breakdowns and extend the system’s lifespan.

Plumbing

  • Leak Inspections: Regularly check for and repair any leaks to prevent water damage.

  • Pipe Insulation: Insulate pipes in colder climates to avoid freezing and bursting.

Roof and Gutters

  • Gutter Cleaning: Clean gutters and downspouts twice a year to prevent blockages.

  • Roof Inspections: Regularly check the roof for damage and make necessary repairs.

Appliances

Ensure all appliances are in good working order. Schedule regular maintenance for major appliances like the furnace, water heater, and refrigerator to keep them running efficiently.


Safety Checks

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Monthly Tests: Test detectors monthly to ensure they’re functioning.

  • Battery Replacement: Replace batteries twice a year and the units every 5-10 years.

Fire Extinguishers

Ensure fire extinguishers are charged and accessible, and replace or recharge them as needed.

Locks and Security Systems

Regularly inspect locks and security systems to ensure they’re in good working order. Change locks between tenants for added security.


Exterior Maintenance

Landscaping: Maintain the lawn, trees, and shrubs to enhance curb appeal and ensure proper drainage around the property.

Paint and Siding: Inspect for peeling paint or damaged siding and repaint or repair as needed to protect the exterior.

Walkways and Driveways :Inspect for cracks and repair them to prevent trip hazards. Keep paths clear of debris, especially during winter.


Interior Maintenance

Flooring

Regularly clean and inspect carpets, tiles, and hardwood floors. Address any damage promptly to prevent further issues.

Windows and Doors

Check for drafts and seal gaps. Ensure windows and doors open and close properly.

Walls and Ceilings

Look for signs of water damage or mold and repair cracks or repaint as necessary.


Tenant Communication

Responsive Repairs

Address repair requests promptly and provide a clear process for tenants to report issues.

Maintenance Reminders

Send reminders for seasonal maintenance tasks, like HVAC filter changes, and provide tenants with basic maintenance tips.

Regular Updates

Keep tenants informed about scheduled maintenance or inspections and communicate any changes in maintenance procedures or policies.


Professional Help

Hire Professionals

Engage licensed professionals for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC work. Use reputable contractors for larger repair or renovation projects.

Property Management

Consider hiring a property management company if you have multiple properties or lack the time to manage maintenance yourself.


Record Keeping

Maintenance Logs

Keep detailed records of all maintenance work, including dates, descriptions, and costs. Track warranties and service agreements for appliances and systems.

Budgeting

Allocate funds for regular maintenance and unexpected repairs. Review and adjust your maintenance budget annually.


With regular maintenance not only enhances property value but also fosters positive tenant relationships, leading to longer tenancies and fewer vacancies.


If you ahve any questsions or you are a landloard, let's connect! Book an appointment today or call 214-335-1105.

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