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Preparing Your White Plains Rental Property for Fall

Person Performing Fall Maintenance By Cleaning GuttersWith cooler fall weather just around the corner, now is the best time to start getting your White Plains rental property ready for the change of seasons ahead. The ideal occasion to do all those annual maintenance and repair tasks your rental property needs is while it’s still sunny and warm outside. That is the best way to avoid problems in the winter. Your White Plains rental property will be ready for whatever the new season may bring by completing these essential fall maintenance tasks.

  • Clean Out Gutters: As leaves and other debris gets in your gutters, it’s crucial to remove it to allow proper roof drainage during autumn rains. Be sure to check the downspouts, too, and make any necessary repairs to guarantee that water is being directed away from the home’s foundation.
  • Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: If your property has an automatic sprinkler system, drain it completely and shut it off at the box. It’s also essential to drain all hoses and outdoor faucets and cover them to prevent freezing and bursting
  • Furnace Tune-Up: Get your furnace ready for fall! If it’s been a year since you last had your furnace serviced, now is the time to get it done. You can have it professionally serviced or, if you have plans of doing it on your own, do a thorough visual inspection and install a new filter.
  • Clean Fireplace and Chimney: Just like the furnace, you should also prepare your White Plains rental property’s fireplace and chimney for cold-weather use. Depending on how long it’s been since the last time you had your chimney cleaned, now is a good time to get that done. You must likewise clean out the fireplace and inspect the flue. Guarantee that everything is in good condition and working properly.
  • Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk: Keeping the warmth in and the cold out is a big aspect of fall maintenance preparations. Ensure that you didn’t fail to check around all windows and doors, and replace weatherstripping that has gone missing or no longer fills the gap. If needed, caulk around windows and doors for a weather-proof seal.
  • Let the Light In Bringing natural light in during the colder months of the year is good for your property and your tenants’ health. To maximize natural light, clean your rental property’s windows and blinds. Now is also a good time to replace older light bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones.
  • Safety Check: Finally, prepare your rental property for fall by doing a comprehensive safety check. Change the batteries in all smoke detectors. Ensure that all fire extinguishers are up-to-date. Last, check to make sure that your tenants have a safety plan in the event of an emergency.

Even if it may take a bit of time, finishing these important tasks can help you keep your White Plains rental property in good condition all year.

Would you like help with your fall maintenance checklist? Contact the team at Real Property Management DePenn today! We have home service professionals ready to tackle your annual maintenance checklist right away!

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