Spring is the season of new beginnings. And for landlords spring is the best season to do all those vital cleaning and maintenance duties. While Lawrenceville 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 best time to perform many of these exterior tasks, especially the ones that would be too inconvenient to do in the winter cold. Then there are tasks that are absolutely impossible to do during winter because they are about checking the damage caused by the winter weather— such as 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 gather a lot of dirt and debris over the winter season, making spring the perfect 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 don’t omit the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need to be changed.
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 arrives, a general clean-up may be needed. Spring is also the perfect time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Going a bit further, spring is the best time to take a look at the 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 an excellent time to go around and look at the home’s garbage cans and see how they withstood the winter. If the lids don’t fit properly or holes have begun to appear, it may be time to look for replacements.
This is really only a starting point for a full and thorough spring cleaning & maintenance list. With such a long list of things to do, it would be prudent to hire a team of professionals who can handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta, you won’t need to be worried about spring maintenance. We will make it our priority to perform the seasonal tasks thoroughly and on time. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta or still have questions, feel free to contact us online or by phone at 678-504-8580.
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