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A Summer Maintenance Checklist for Landlords

Summer is just around the corner, and now's the perfect time to get your rental property ready. What are the things you must do to meet the needs of your current and potential tenants during the summer? I've prepared this actionable checklist for that. Dig in.

1. Inspect your air conditioning unit. 

Your air conditioning system should be free from issues. Clogged dust covers, disintegrated insulation, and dirty coils will negatively impact the unit's cooling power and lifespan. Make sure to have it inspected and repaired. By doing this, you can keep tenants cool and comfortable. 

2. Replace dark curtains with light curtains.

When it comes to redecorating, you'll want to let the sunlight into the rental by trading those blackout curtains for sheer curtains. Sheer curtains are capable of offering privacy, maintain the view, while keeping a space warm and bright.

3. Prune your trees and bushes.

If you live in an area that is at risk for wildfires, it's a good practice to do some landscaping to prevent your rental property from burning down. Keep in mind that plants, regardless of the type, are flammable if not pruned regularly. Mow and trim early during the day before it gets too hot and humid.

4. Ensure that the smoke alarms are working properly.

Test the smoke detectors and alarms in the rental to keep everyone safe. While this isn't a summer-specific tip, it's still worth mentioning. If smoke is present inside the property, everyone can be notified immediately especially if an incident occurs while people are asleep. Change those old batteries. Make sure that tenants know the sound of the smoke alarm and that they can respond appropriately.

5. Clean the gutters.

Hire professional gutter cleaning services to clear the gutters of debris. Summer is an ideal time for insects to breed, and clogged gutters can be a breeding ground for all kinds of pests. Clean gutters also prevent water from accumulating when it rains. Be on the lookout for signs of pest infestation. 

6. Spruce up your rental.

The pleasant summer weather means more people are searching online for new apartments. Be ready to fill those vacancies. Do a little upgrading by repainting the walls, cleaning the exterior, and adding attractive patio furniture. Include photos of these upgrades when you list your rental property online or show it off on social media sites. 

7. Don't forget about renewals.

Your current tenants are in a bright mood this summer, so grab the opportunity to ask them to renew their leases. Perhaps construct an outdoor patio where your tenants can gather. Offer a renewal discount. Provide incentives. Do a few affordable upgrades.

These are the ways you can add value to your rental, keep everyone safe and happy, and attract new prospects. If you're new to the rental property business and are looking for expert advice for your landlording needs, choose Landlord Prep

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