Fall 2020 is here, and that only means one thing, winter is around the corner in Portland. With the start of winter, we can expect more rain and also snow. This is why fall is also a great time for owners to start focusing on routine maintenance at their single family properties.
In this article, we will provide you with a checklist of the most important items that you should focus on maintaining at your rental property this fall.
Exterior Clean Up For Single Family Properties
The first thing to do this fall once all of the leaves have stopped falling is to get those leaves cleaned up.
You should also have any fallen branches, dead plants, or other organic materials removed from the yard as well because the last thing want is to leave any organic material on the ground to rot once it starts snowing.
Besides taking care of the yard, you should also winterize the sprinklers and clean the gutters to ensure that they are free of blockages and able to handle melting snow or rain.
While you’re doing a property clean up, take the time to access the roof on your rental property to make sure that it’s sealed properly, and doesn’t show any sign of decay because this can lead to leaks during the winter months.
Last, of all, you should hire a snow removal company now to clear the driveway and walkway at your rental property. The last thing you want to do is wait until after the first big snowfall of 2020 to hire someone to remove the snow because they may charge a higher rate if you call them during peak snow season.
Never neglect indoor maintenance because it’s easy to let little maintenance problems develop into bigger issues if you don’t handle them now.
Start by checking all doors and windows on single family properties to make sure that they still are sealing properly and don’t let a draft inside the home.
It’s also important to schedule an HVAC tune-up, just to make sure that it’s running correctly this winter and you should have your air ducts checked as well heat loss will only hurt the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Before finalizing indoor maintenance, remind your tenants to keep the air circulating in the rental property this winter because a lack of air circulation will lead to mold growth.
You should also hire a pest control company to spray the exterior of your rental property because this will keep pests out, especially on those cold winter nights in Portland.
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