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Top 10 Maintenance Tasks to Put on Your Calendar

Make it easier to keep up with your Mt Vernon rental property's maintenance by performing these 10 tasks regularly.As a Mt. Vernon rental property owner, have you looked at the list of maintenance tasks for your rental and wondered how it got so long? Missing a few tasks won’t necessarily be a problem, but there are some maintenance tasks that you should be doing every year. Neglecting these maintenance tasks can not only lead to decreased tenant satisfaction but big repair bills down the road. These ten maintenance tasks will help ensure that your rental property will not be a source of headaches or hassles.

1. Change Your Filters

Furnace filters need to be changed regularly and correctly. Clogged filters are the cause of poor indoor quality and can also decrease the life of your rental property’s furnace.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

Did you know that clothes dryer vents are among the leading causes of residential fires in the U.S.? This is one maintenance task you must not overlook. A clogged dryer vent can not only be a fire hazard, though. It can also become a home for unwanted pests and can cause mold problems.

3. Relight the Pilot Light

If you keep your pilot light off during the warm months, you should relight it and check if the system still works well long before cold weather arrives. Tenants won’t be happy waiting in the cold for your furnace to be working again.

4. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater

Over time, sediment accumulates at the bottom of every water heater. To extend the life of your rental property’s water heater and ensure that it is working properly, be sure to drain it once a year.

5. Look for Leaks

It sounds simple, and it is. Go around your property and do a visual check of your property’s plumbing, fixtures, and sprinkler systems at least once a year. Address all signs of leaks or pooling water right away.

6. Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

Replacing the batteries in your rental property’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is also an important annual task. Waiting for the unit to fail and start beeping is not proactive and will be a big inconvenience for your tenant.

7. Lubricate Garage Door Springs

Your rental property’s garage needs regular care as well. It is important that you lubricate the springs and wheels of your garage door at least once a year. A properly lubricated garage door will serve you well for many years, while a neglected door will break down long before it should have.

8. Give Your Appliances Some TLC

Doing basic maintenance on your rental property’s appliances every year will extend their life. For example, your refrigerator will work better and last longer if you regularly vacuum the coils and clean the seals around the refrigerator doors.

9. Clean Window Weep Holes

Have you noticed the weep holes on your vinyl windows? They are there to help drain away water and condensation. However, dirt or insects can clog these holes. Simple flushing out of the weep holes once a year will help avoid condensation and other moisture problems.

10. Check for Pests

Finally, you should also check your property for signs of pest infestation every year. Termites can start as a small problem. But it can become a nightmare for you and your tenant if left unchecked.

Property maintenance is a necessary, yet often time-consuming part of owning rental properties. Why not let the professionals handle it for you? Real Property Management DePenn offers a full range of property management and maintenance services provided by expert Mt. Vernon property managers, giving you total peace of mind that essential maintenance tasks are being done every year. Learn more by contacting us online or calling at 866-820-9913.

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