Spring is the season of restoration. And for landlords, spring is the best season to get all those crucial cleaning and maintenance tasks accomplished. While Prince Frederick rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Even though the tasks of spring cleaning and maintenance can prove to be overwhelming, they should not be missed or put off.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the ideal season for many of these tasks. There are exterior tasks that are just too difficult to do in winter weather, and there are other tasks specifically done to check the effects of the freezing temperatures and the winter storms. For example, it’s important to examine concrete areas each year, including foundation, driveway, walkways, patios, and more, for new cracks or gaps. Windows and doors, too, need to be checked for cracks and gaps (including weather-stripping) and repaired or replaced. Window and door screens accumulate a lot of dirt and debris in the winter, making spring the most excellent time to clean them. The roof should be checked for loose, missing, or damaged materials, and any leaves or debris cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.
Together with the big items, don’t forget to check on smaller features too. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might profit from a few touch-ups, and exterior wood elements should be examined to find out if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t ignore the outdoor light fixtures – you may have to change some of the bulbs.
When doing your spring cleaning, it’s important to give some attention to the yard as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may have fallen during the winter, so once spring comes around, you may need to do a general clean-up. Spring is also an excellent time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a little bit further, spring is an excellent time to check perimeter fences and freestanding mailboxes. Broken fence slats will need to be replaced, and wobbly or failing posts repaired. Gate hardware should be examined for rust or other issues and repaired as needed. Finally, spring is the perfect time to look at the home’s garbage cans and check their condition. If the lids don’t close properly or holes have appeared, it’s probably time to find replacements.
This is, believe it or not, just a starting point for a thorough spring cleaning & maintenance list. Since there are a lot of tasks that need to be performed, it would be wise to have a team of professionals come in and handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Gold, you won’t need to be concerned about spring maintenance. We will make sure to complete seasonal tasks thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Gold or still have questions, contact us online or call us directly at 301-392-2172.