Spring is the season of revival. And for landlords spring is the best season to do all those vital cleaning and maintenance duties. While Raleigh rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Even though spring cleaning and maintenance are huge projects, these things must not be delayed or ignored.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the ideal time to get all these little tasks done. There are some tasks that are too difficult to do in winter temperatures and tasks that are about checking the damage caused by winter storms and freezing temperatures. 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 have a lot of dirt and debris stuck to them from winter, making spring the greatest 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.
When going over the big items, don’t overlook the small features. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might benefit from some touch-ups, and exterior wood elements should be looked at to see if they require to be refinished or sealed. And remember to look at the outdoor light fixtures – they may have bulbs that no longer work.
When you begin spring cleaning, don’t forget that you’ll need to attend 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 everywhere during the winter, so once spring begins, you may have to do a general clean-up. Spring is also the perfect time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a little further, spring is the perfect 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 a great time to check on the home’s garbage cans and see what state they are in. If the lids no longer fit well or holes have begun to form, it may be time to replace them.
This is actually just a starting point for a comprehensive spring cleaning & maintenance list. With so many things to do, it’s wise to let a team of professionals handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Raleigh, you won’t need to be anxious about spring maintenance. We will see to it that seasonal tasks are done thoroughly and on time. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Raleigh or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 919-481-0008.
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