When it goes to property upkeep, major appliances should be incorporated as a component of your property management plan. Quality appliances in your Lexington Park rental properties are alluring to tenants while presenting a significant future expense. When appliances are not properly maintained, they may fail faster and require replacement more frequently.
There are easy actions landlords and tenants can make to boost the lifetime of the appliances in your rental household. By taking a few straightforward cautions, you can ensure that every appliance lives up to its full potential. Believe it or not, browsing the appliance’s manual is the initial act in making an appliance running. A good landlord will provide a copy of all appliance manuals and encourage their tenants to read them.
For individual appliances, basic maintenance can go a long way towards enhancing their longevity. For instance, refrigerators need their gaskets and coils cleaned on a regular basis. The gaskets are the plastic strip that forms the seal around the refrigerator door. To prevent gapping, wipe down the gaskets a few times annually. Cleansing the coils is also effortless; just clear the cover and vacuum or use a soft bristle brush. If your refrigerator comes with filters, it is a good idea to arrange a schedule to change these for your renters to guarantee it is completed accordingly on a regular basis.
Dishwashers also require attention every so often and it’s easy to clean the gasket with soap and water, aiding this appliance to stay watertight. Check the filter regularly and remove any debris. You should also make sure your dishwasher is level with the floor. An unbalanced dishwasher can cause vibrations that will damage not only the machine itself but your dishes as well. On top of the mechanical aspects, running a hot water cycle with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner every few months will also boost your dishwasher’s lifespan.
In regard to washers and dryers, proper use goes a long way toward keeping them in good shape. Overloading the machines is the best way to create poor performances and regular breakdowns. Loads that are too large for the machine can put a strain on the motor, belts, and transmission, leading to rapid wear and tear. Motivate your tenants to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about load size. Additionally, dryer vents should be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid any buildup. When lint and debris get caught in the external vent, it can lead to motor or thermostat failure – not to mention create a serious fire hazard. We recommend double checking the vents each time you replace the filters.
Despite the fact that these upkeep tasks are easy, they do take time and effort. Inspiring renters to help is an important first step but making sure that the tasks are actually being completed can be the real challenge. Why not save yourself both time and costly conservation by turning to the professionals at Real Property Management Gold? We accomplish regular property evaluations and maintenance services that include large appliance care, saving you money by boosting the life of all major appliances in the home. Please contact us or call us at 301-392-2172 today for more information.