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 Lynnwood 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 collect a lot of debris and dirt in the winter, making spring the most ideal 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 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 overlook the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need replacing.
When planning your spring cleaning, be sure to include the needs of 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 a great 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 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 really only a starting point for a full and 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 Eclipse, you won’t need to be concerned 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 Eclipse or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 425-209-0252.