Spring is a time of renewal. And for landlords, spring is the best time to check off the many major cleaning and maintenance tasks. While Grandville rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Even though the tasks of spring cleaning and maintenance can prove to be overwhelming, they should not be missed or put off.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the best season to get all these little jobs done. There are some tasks that are not easy to do in winter temperatures and tasks that are all about checking the damage caused by the previous season and its storms and 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.
Together with the big items, don’t forget to check on smaller features too. 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 ignore the outdoor light fixtures – you may have to change some of the bulbs.
When you do your spring cleaning, remember that the yard will need some tending as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may be all over the grounds because of the winter, so a general clean-up may be required as soon as spring arrives. Spring is also the best 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 don’t close properly or holes have appeared, it’s probably time to find replacements.
This is, believe it or not, just a starting point for a thorough spring cleaning & maintenance list. Since there are so many items that need to be accomplished, it makes sense to get the services of professionals who can handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Investment Solutions, you won’t need to trouble yourself about spring maintenance. We will make sure that the seasonal tasks will be done thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Investment Solutions or still have questions, contact us online or call us directly at 616-419-8880.
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