Spring is the season of revival. And for landlords, there is no better time to do all those important cleaning and maintenance tasks than spring. While Marietta rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Although it takes a lot of effort to do spring cleaning and maintenance, these projects cannot be put off or neglected.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the ideal season to do many of these exterior tasks because many of them would be difficult to perform in the winter weather. There are also some spring tasks specifically done to check for damage caused by either the winter 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 have a lot of dirt and debris stuck to them from winter, making spring the greatest 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.
On top of the big items, you should take a look at the smaller features as well. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. A few touch-ups might be good for the exterior trim, and exterior wood elements should be checked to ascertain they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t omit the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need to be changed.
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 everywhere during the winter, so once spring begins, you may have to do a general clean-up. Spring is also a great time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a little bit further, spring is an excellent 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 ideal time to take a look at the condition of the home’s garbage cans. If the lids no longer fit well or holes have begun to form, it may be time to replace them.
This is no more than a starting point for a complete and thorough spring cleaning & maintenance list. With so many things to do, it’s wise to let a team of professionals handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management East Cobb, you won’t need to be anxious about spring maintenance. We will make it a point that seasonal tasks will be completed thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management East Cobb or still have questions, feel free to contact us online or by phone at 770-622-5657.
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