Clean windows are an indispensable part of a rental home’s curb appeal. You may be looking for a new tenant or already have a long-term lease secured, either way, cleaning the windows at least once every year plays a big part in keeping your renters happy and your rental home’s value high. Depending on the terms of your lease and also the kinds of windows in the property, you may ask the question, “Whose job is this supposed to be?”
An expectation that Smyrna property owners may have that is both fair and reasonable is for tenants to perform basic window cleaning, especially if they live in single story homes. This chore expects them to clean interior windows and maybe include ground-level exterior windows as well. However, if your tenants don’t fully appreciate what “completely clean” means, they may cut corners. This would give you more work in the end.
Make sure never to ask your renters to clean windows that require using a stool or ladder to get to. According to the World Health Organization, more than 164,000 people go to the emergency room due to injuries involving ladder use at home each year, while falls from ladders cause an average of 300 deaths per year. Safety takes priority, which means it is a bad idea for tenants to perform maintenance tasks where they have to get up on ladders. You should not request this nor allow it, even if they ask for permission.
For most exterior windows and windows that can only be reached by using ladders or other special equipment, you should have them done by professional window cleaners. This is extra important for specialty windows. So, if your rental homes have tinted windows, stained glass, or leaded windows, they should be handled differently. If you happen to use the wrong cleaning solution on these windows, you could damage them permanently. And the cost to repair or replace them is really high.
In a similar train of thought, using the wrong tools to clean windows can leave them streaked, spotted, or worse. It’s extremely unlikely that your tenant owns a high-grade squeegee, let alone knows how to use it properly and has had a lot of experience with it. So if you have them do this task, pretty much every other possible scenario would end up with you regretting that decision. Having the knowledge to correctly clean window tracks and weep holes is also important. If these are improperly serviced, it could damage the window and the home.
Make sure to hire a quality service provider when you get your windows cleaned. If it’s a reasonably priced professional window cleaning in Smyrna that you’re looking for, where do you go? Sometimes you can see advertisements for window cleaning services that, after a closer look, are posted by people who lack the necessary knowledge and experience to do the job properly.
There is no need to fret. At Real Property Management East Cobb, we have the industry connections you need to make sure your rental homes will have windows that are cared for by experienced professionals. With a trusted list of vendors, you can rest assured that we will do the window cleaning and other property maintenance matters correctly. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-622-5657.
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