Summer Maintenance Tips

Summer Property Maintenance Tips

Preventative maintenance beats reactive maintenance any day of the week. Small, consistent investments in maintaining the quality of your property will save you time and money not only in the short term, but also in the long run.  You can avoid the headaches surrounding unexpected fixes by following this summer maintenance guide from Real Property Management Today.

Plant Growth

While small weeds and tree shoots may look harmless at first, the damage caused can be pricey. During summer months, the team at Real Property Management Today plan regular property walk-throughs to ensure growth is not occurring beneath concrete surfaces. They know the importance of avoiding water line intrusions, pavement fixes and resurfacing due to overgrowth. Also, watch for growth encroaching on walls or houses on other properties, or nearby AC units or power lines. Overgrowth of this kind can prove annoying at best and hazardous at worst. Just make sure that when you hire a tree service company, you hire someone with proper experience, licenses and insurance. Keeping your landscaping in check is an important part of your summer task list.

Air Conditioner and Electrical Units

Replacing AC filters monthly is a good standard practice. However, if your tenants do not keep up on monthly replacements, Real Property Management Today ensures that unit filters are fresh before and after the summer heat. This step is vital to increasing the life of your systems. Replacing filters as well as getting in your annual servicing of the unit before the brutal heat of the summer hits will keep your tenants happy and your wallet fuller by avoiding early system failures. In addition to your AC units, quickly checking other electrical features for damage will help you avoid fire hazards or potential problems.

Pests

Insects can be an issue for any rental, no matter how clean the property is or the tenants are. Real Property Management Today takes precautions to curb the problem before it becomes a full-fledged infestation. During summer months they can take care of repairs to the  property windows and screens. Tears in screens or gaps in frames can allow for bugs to invade the property. Making these small repairs upfront will help you avoid the issue altogether. Regular pest control extermination can also prevent long-term pest problems and keep tenants happy.

A little bit of maintenance goes a long way as an investment to avoid larger, long-term problems. Before you begin your summer fun, follow these few tips for preventative summer maintenance. Real Property Management Today knows that one of the best ways to avoid middle-of-the-night calls and tenant and management frustrations is by being a proactive landlord. Schedule a quick review today.

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What to Inspect When You’re Inspecting

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What to Inspect When You’re Inspecting: The Importance of Conducting Regular Inspections

Inspections should not be dreaded by Tacoma area investment property owners, and instead should be looked upon as a time to make improvements on your property. It can be a way to make more money, make your properties safer, and even spread out costs. For do-it-yourself landlords, it can be hard to know exactly what you are looking for when conducting inspections, so we have put together some tips from the Tacoma property management pros.

Inspection Musts From Our Tacoma Real Property Management Today Company

Placing property inspections or reviews on the back burner is doing a disservice to yourself, your tenants, and your property. It’s not safe, and in many cases,  it isn’t legal. One of the reasons we have become a leader in the Tacoma property management industry is because we take the time to carefully check the property during routine inspections for issues that can easily escalate.

Not sure what to look for? Cover your basics:

  • Plumbing issues: check for noticeable leaks or cracked pipes; replace faucet washers as needed.
  • Appliances: verify the water heater, furnace, air conditioner, and any other major appliances supplied by you are in working order
  • Maintenance and Repairs: be proactive about small things now before they turn into big things later
  • Ensure lease compliance: Don’t allow pets? Limited to a certain number of occupants? Smoking banned inside the home? Verify that the rules laid out in the original lease are being followed by the tenants.

During the property review, take note of any new damage done to the property, and document it with pictures. Any issues that are discovered need to be addressed in writing when the review is complete. From there, you can work on ways to solve the issue – whether that means you are going to require cooperation from your tenant or you need to hire a professional to fix something.

Texting and driving

This generation has caused a great commotion over heavily distracted drivers. Reports have shown large increases in accidents from people being distracted while driving due to cell phone use while driving. This link Shows some great alarming statistics on why we shouldn’t text and drive. The most alarming fact is that 11 teens die daily as a result of texting while behind the wheel. 

Buckle up and drive safe. 

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Free Stuff!

Who doesn’t want to save a little money and get free stuff? We all know there are little tricks around our home that can help us save on energy cost. However, did you know that there are companies out there that will help you look for those energy savings? Puget Sound Energy has partnered with Eco Consulting to do just that for you. Please see the attached flyer for information about the services they provide. These services are of no cost to you and they will bring you up to 20 light bulbs and two shower heads for free to help cut the cost of your energy bill. So, again I ask, who doesn’t want to save a little money and get free stuff?

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Laundry, tips and tricks of the trade.

Everyone has it and not many like to do it. But there are many ways to be efficient at it and having best practices in your laundry will help you in your daily, weekly, or monthly routine.

  • The Dryer Lint trap. This is crucial to keep clean and clear. The dryer lint trap plays a crucial role in the drying process. It is there to catch debris from clogging up the ventilation system, however, if not properly maintained, itself can be the main reason for blockage. Check out this short video for a brief tutorial on how to make sure you clean it right.
  • Folding a Fitted Sheet. Most people don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet. It makes a very awkward storage in your linen closet when you have a bunch of stuffed up fitted sheets piled in there. To save space and for more organized storage, check out this short video.
  • Storing and Organizing Laundry. Folded sheets and towels tend to topple over if not folded well or organized perfectly. Over time we can also lose track of set of sheets. Check out this site to see how to best organize your sheets.

Here is a cheat sheet for other Laundry tips.

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A First Impression can be everything…

Advertising your home for rent is a bit like preparing for a blind date. First impressions can make or break a relationship with a potential renter. Just as you would shower, shave, put on your best clothes and dab on some cologne before meeting a date at a restaurant, you want to make sure your house is looking its best when renters come for a tour.

 

Putting your home’s best foot forward isn’t too hard or too expensive, but it’s definitely worth the investment.  Here are a few simple things you can do to ensure that your home shows well and attracts quality tenants.

 

  • Stand on the street facing your home and try to see it through a tenant’s eyes. Is the lawn mowed? Are flower beds free of weeds and debris? Are the walkways and driveway swept and tidy? Tenants will live inside the home, but the curb appeal of the home can entice or turn off a potential renter before they even step foot through the front door.
  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned, with pet deodorizer if there have been any animals in the home. You might not see or smell any signs of pets or spilled drinks on the carpet, but a scrutinizing renter will, and their nose enters the property almost as fast as their eyes.
  • Make sure that the home is “white-glove” clean. If a tenant knows that the home is clean and ready to move right into, they’ll be much more inclined to apply immediately. Don’t forget those spots that are notoriously missed – the top of the fridge, inside bathroom drawers and window blinds.
  • Ensure that all light bulbs are working so that the home can be brightly lit during a showing.
  • If there are any minor maintenance items that are waiting to be done, don’t put them off any longer! Things like drippy faucets, running toilets, or damaged walls tell tenants that maintenance items get ignored on the property and a good tenant won’t want to get involved.

So while you’re preparing to make your home rent ready, keep that blind date in mind and make sure that your home doesn’t get passed over because of an unappealing first impression!