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Top 10 Maintenance Tasks to Put on Your Calendar

Pompano Property Manager Changing Smoke Detector BatteriesFor most Pompano rental property owners, the list of maintenance tasks your rental needs can be quite long. Missing the occasional task won’t usually cause problems, but there are maintenance tasks that you have to do every year. Neglecting these maintenance tasks can not only lead to decreased tenant satisfaction but big repair bills down the road. By completing these ten maintenance tasks, you will save yourself a lot of hassle.

1. Change Your Filters

You need to change your furnace filters regularly and correctly. Clogged filters lead to poor indoor air quality and a shorter life for your rental property’s furnace.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

You would not want to overlook your clothes dryer vents. Basic maintenance tasks must be done at least once a year since this is one of the top causes of residential fires in the U.S. A clogged dryer vent can not only be a fire hazard, though. It can also harbor unwanted pests and cause mold problems.

3. Relight the Pilot Light

Most property owners turn off the pilot light during warm months. You have to relight it and check if the system is working well long before cold weather arrives. You would not want your tenants to be waiting in the cold while you get the furnace up and running.

4. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater

It is natural for sediment to accumulate at the bottom of every water heater. To extend the life of your rental property’s water heater and ensure that it is working properly, be sure to drain it once a year.

5. Look for Leaks

It sounds simple, and it is. Go around your property and do a visual check of your property’s plumbing, fixtures, and sprinkler systems at least once a year. If there are any signs of leaks or pooling water, have this taken care of immediately.

6. Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

Another important task you should do yearly is to replace the batteries in your rental property’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Waiting for the unit to fail and start beeping could put your tenant’s safety at risk.

7. Lubricate Garage Door Springs

Owners of rental properties with a garage should lubricate the springs and wheels of their garage doors at least once a year. A properly lubricated garage door will function well for years, but a neglected door will easily break down.

8. Give Your Appliances Some TLC

Your rental property’s appliances will last longer if you do basic annual maintenance on them. For example, your refrigerator will work better and last longer if you regularly vacuum the coils and clean the seals around the refrigerator doors.

9. Clean Window Weep Holes

You might have noticed that your vinyl windows have a weep hole on the exterior. This helps drain away water and condensation. However, if left unattended, dirt or insects can clog these holes. Flushing the weep holes out once a year can help avoid condensation and other moisture problems.

10. Check for Pests

Finally, check your property for signs of pest infestation every year. Termites can start as a small problem. But it can become a nightmare for you and your tenant if left unchecked.

Property maintenance is an integral, but often time-consuming part of owning rental properties. Why not let the professionals handle it for you? Real Property Management United offers a full range of property management and maintenance services provided by expert Pompano property managers, giving you total peace of mind that essential maintenance tasks are being done every year. Learn more by contacting us online or calling at 973-747-5629.

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