Spring is a season of rebirth. And for landlords, spring is the best season to get the many big cleaning and maintenance tasks done. While Dr. Phillips rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Although it takes a lot of effort to do spring cleaning and maintenance, these projects cannot be put off or neglected.
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 to do many of these exterior tasks because many of them would be difficult to perform in the winter weather. There are also some spring tasks specifically done to check for damage caused by either the winter storms or the 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 collect a lot of dirt and debris in the winter, so the best time to clean them would be when spring rolls around. The roof should be checked for loose, missing, or damaged materials, and any leaves or debris cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.
When checking the big items, don’t neglect the smaller features. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Some touch-ups might be needed for the exterior trim, and exterior wood elements should be examined to see if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t skip the outdoor light fixtures – you may need to replace some of the bulbs.
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 an excellent 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 the perfect time to look at the home’s garbage cans and check their condition. 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 South Orlando, you won’t need to bother 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 South Orlando or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 407-982-2000.
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