With cooler fall weather on the way, now would be the perfect time to start getting your Richmond Heights rental property ready for the change of seasons ahead. The ideal time to do all those annual maintenance and repair tasks your rental property needs is while it’s still sunny and warm outside. That is the best way to avoid problems in the winter. Your Richmond Heights rental property will be ready for whatever the new season may bring by accomplishing these essential fall maintenance tasks.
- Clean Out Gutters: As leaves and other debris start to fill in your gutters, it’s important to remove it to allow proper roof drainage during autumn rains. Be sure to check the downspouts, too, and make any necessary repairs to guarantee that water is being directed away from the home’s foundation.
- Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: If your property has an automatic sprinkler system, drain it totally and shut it off at the box. It’s likewise essential to drain all hoses and outdoor faucets and cover them to prevent freezing and bursting sooner or later.
- Furnace Tune-Up: Get your furnace ready for fall! If it’s been a year since you last had your furnace serviced, now is the time to get it done. You can have it professionally serviced or, if you have intentions to do it yourself, do a thorough visual inspection and install a new filter.
- Clean Fireplace and Chimney: Other than the furnace, you must also prepare your Richmond Heights rental property’s fireplace and chimney for cold-weather use. Depending on how long it’s been since the last time you had your chimney cleaned, now is a good time to get that done. You should likewise clean out the fireplace and inspect the flue. Make sure that everything is in good condition and working properly.
- Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk: Keeping the warmth in and the cold out is a big part of fall maintenance preparations. Be sure to check around all windows and doors, and replace weatherstripping that has gone missing or no longer fills the gap. If needed, caulk around windows and doors for a weather-proof seal.
- Let the Light In Bringing natural light in during the colder months of the year is good for your property and your tenants’ health. To maximize natural light, clean your rental property’s windows and blinds. Now is the best time to replace older light bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones.
- Safety Check: Finally, prepare your rental property for fall by doing a comprehensive safety check. Change the batteries in all smoke detectors. Ensure that all fire extinguishers are up-to-date. Last, check to make sure that your tenants have a safety plan in the event of an emergency.
Even though it may take some time, completing these important tasks can help you keep your Richmond Heights rental property in good condition all year.
Would you like help with your fall maintenance checklist? Contact the team at Real Property Management Endeavor today! We have home service professionals ready to tackle your annual maintenance checklist right away!
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