The leaves are starting to turn, which means cooler weather is finally on its way. Since new lease terms tend to begin in the summer months, it may have been a while since you were on your property. If you haven’t scheduled routine maintenance checks and prep your property for autumn, it’s time to start. Add these items to your fall preparation checklist and protect your property for years to come.
Drafts can turn into wasted energy in the winter months. Now is the time to check your doors, windows, and outlets. Check the caulking and weather stripping and replace as necessary – you’ll find this is much easier to do in September or October compared to January. On a fall windy day, make a point to visit your rental property and tend to all drafts – because your tenants will notice them come wintertime.
Rain gutters are an important, if often overlooked, aspect of your property. If you don’t routinely clear your rain gutters of debris, you risk water collection on your roof, which can lead to rot and leaks. Tending to this simple task will extend the life of your rental property roof and reduce the risk of serious damage. While you’re up there, be on the lookout for leaks, cracks, and broken connections. In some cases, you won’t have to scale the roof to clean the gutters – a strong leaf blower will get the job done in a matter of minutes.
A smart, tamper-proof thermostat is a surefire way to reduce your energy bills over the winter. Programmable thermostats help prevent tenant abuse and can reduce your energy costs up to 35%. They will help control your heating bills throughout the winter, and prevent tenants from fiddling with the controls in order to achieve the “perfect” temperature.
Don’t neglect your fall maintenance checklist. Get started and prep your property while the weather is still warm!