If your job is property management, you need to remember the clock is ticking in terms of property maintenance for the season.
Not only can the heat cause wear and tear to yards and buildings, but you’ll be kicking yourself if you wait until colder weather before finally addressing key issues. And the availability of area labor could be another issue.
“Summertime offers favorable weather for all sorts of projects, yet it is also a busy season for most contractors,” notes Rweiler.com. “Make sure you conduct the necessary research, budgeting and coordination before the sidewalk starts to show from underneath the snow.”
Consider tackling these property maintenance tasks now to get ahead of the game:
- Clear Out Gutters
Pull together your blowers, rakes and brooms so you can take care of debris now, before falling leaves compound the problem. You might also invest in spout screens or gutter caps to help prevent future issues.\
- Evaluate Driveways, Walkways and Patios
Seek signs of cracking, chipping, crumbling or holes. Use stone filler or wood putty for minor issues and hire a contractor for major ones.
- Monitor Windows and Doors
Leaked air along doorways, windows, foundations and other seams could stress your AC now and your heaters later. Weather stripping, caulking and/or replacements may be necessary. A certified technician could conduct energy audits, including blower door tests, to identify such leaks.
- Eliminate Pests
Look for signs of pest problems such as gaps in foundations, displaced materials, scurrying sounds, swarming, sagging floors and ceilings, termite excrement, chewed-off wings, odors and/or the mud tubes built by insects to facilitate movement. If you suspect a major infestation, call in a professional.
- Clean Chimneys
Fireplace flues and liners should be swabbed out annually to prevent ash and soot build-up.
- Communicate Improvements with Tenants
Do yourself a favor by ensuring your tenants know about any ongoing projects, including timelines and expected outcomes. By keeping an open line of tenant communication, property managers and the property maintenance service team can address problems with tenants that might otherwise lead to an empty unit.
Property management is a 24/7 job. By planning ahead, you should be able to wrap up many of your important tasks before the weather turns. Happy summer!