A rental home’s garage affects the overall appeal of the home. However, some tenants who just want to preserve or improve that appeal could be damaging a rental home’s garage without realizing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements are known to happen, and it’s not always the result of misuse or neglect.
There are times that a tenant means well but they just don’t know the correct method of cleaning and maintaining a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Titusville tenants the right information, you can do a lot to prevent unintentional damage and keep your valuable investment in good condition.
A garage is an important part of a quality single-family rental home. A good garage door enhances the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and even the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But none of these are to be ignored, instead, they should be maintained correctly to keep them in good working condition. If one component is damaged, it would affect everything else, making the entire garage a problem instead of a benefit.
Being the most visible exterior element, the garage door needs to be kept working properly and looking nice. This is why it needs to have regular cleaning and maintenance. A tenant could inadvertently damage a garage door in various ways, from not knowing what basic maintenance tasks are needed, to attempting to do these very tasks while using the wrong tools or cleaning products. For instance, some garage doors are made from one material while others are made from other materials. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. If a tenant uses the wrong tools to clean a garage door, they may end up causing extensive damage instead. There may be a tenant that thinks it’s okay to power spray a painted door clean. Harsh household cleaners may also damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.
Moving past appearances, for a garage door to work well, it requires a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers. These components may rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. In fact, when a garage door is noisy when it’s being operated, it is a sign that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. The useful life of a garage door can be greatly extended just by doing this one simple maintenance task.
The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are the parts that typically get unintentional damage. A leaking car engine could drip oil stains on concrete floors that aren’t easy to remove. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can accumulate on windows and seriously compromise the tracks, locks, and glass. Cabinets may be crushed or broken by heavy storage items or even parking a vehicle too close. Similar to the garage door, all of these things can easily be prevented by making sure they are regularly cleaned and maintained. The problem is that a lot of tenants don’t know the proper way to do it.
As a case in point, if you have motor oil stains, you have to clean it using a process that is totally different from cleaning other substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials should be used or else when cleaning is attempted, the problem may get much worse instead. Harsh chemicals or scrub brushes can scratch or damage windows and window tracks as well as cabinets, but regular household cleaners may not be enough to get the grime off either. So that continued wear and further damage would be avoided, it would be better for a tenant to possess the correct information and also have a significant amount of oversight. This way, the rental home’s garage is sure to be kept in great condition.
Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. Because of this, using a professional property management company to help make things easier is a really good choice.
At Real Property Management Brevard, one of our goals is to help property owners equip their tenants on the proper care and upkeep of their rental homes in Titusville and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our property management professionals can help defend your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 321-610-8022. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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