Spring is a season of rebirth. And for landlords, spring is the best time to check off the many major cleaning and maintenance tasks. While Merritt Island 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 accumulate a lot of dirt and debris in the winter, making spring the most excellent 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 need some touch-ups here and there, and exterior wood elements should be checked to determine if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t overlook the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need replacing.
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 during the winter, so once spring comes around, you may need to do a general clean-up. Spring is also the ideal time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a bit further, spring is the ideal 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 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 Brevard, 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 Brevard or still have questions, please contact us online or call us at 321-610-8022.
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