A rental home’s garage provides a lot of appeal to a home. However, some well-intentioned tenants, who just want to preserve the appeal of the home, can be damaging a rental home’s garage without knowing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements is not unheard of, and it’s not always because of misuse or neglect.
Sometimes, a tenant tries to help but simply doesn’t know the proper way to clean or maintain a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Kennesaw 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. The garage door adds to the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and also the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But all of these elements must go through regular proper maintenance to keep them working well. If an element of the garage is problematic, the whole thing could become a burden instead of a benefit.
The garage door, since it’s the most visible exterior element, needs to stay working properly and looking nice. It needs regular cleaning and maintenance. A tenant could unwittingly damage a garage door in different ways, from failing to do basic maintenance tasks to cleaning using the wrong tools and cleaning products. For example, the materials that make up each garage door varies between different types of doors. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. When a tenant power sprays a painted door clean, they would be causing extensive damage to the garage door. It may be an accident, but regardless of motive, using the wrong tools for the job can cause problems. Harsh household cleaners may also damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.
Beyond looks, a garage door cannot operate properly if it doesn’t have a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers. These elements may rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. In fact, if a garage door produces a lot of noise when it opens or closes, it may be a sign that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This maintenance task is so simple yet it can greatly affect the useful life of a garage door.
The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are typically the parts that sustain unintentional damage. A leaking car engine could be a problem since oil stains on concrete floors aren’t easy to deal with. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can get in 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. Comparable to the garage door, these difficulties can be kept in check by simply conducting regular cleaning and maintenance, the problem is that many tenants don’t know how to do it.
As an example, the way to clean up motor oil is wholly different from the way one cleans up other substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials must be used so that cleaning it would solve the problem and not make it bigger. 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 prevented, it is best for a tenant to have all the right information and a good amount of oversight. This way, they can ensure that the rental home’s garage is kept in remarkable condition.
Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. That is why a professional property management company is needed, and choosing to have one is a good decision.
At Real Property Management East Cobb, one of our services is to help property owners prepare their tenants on the proper care and upkeep of their rental homes in Kennesaw and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our team of property management professionals can help secure your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. Please contact us online or call us at 770-622-5657 to learn more about how we can serve you.
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