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Top 10 Maintenance Tasks to Put on Your Calendar

Sparta Property Manager Changing Smoke Detector BatteriesMost Sparta rental property owners seem to have an endless list of maintenance tasks related to their rental. Missing a few tasks occasionally may not be a problem, but there are maintenance tasks you should be doing every year. Neglecting these maintenance tasks can not only lead to decreased tenant satisfaction but big repair bills down the road. Doing these ten maintenance tasks will save you many headaches and hassles.

1. Change Your Filters

Furnace filters have to be changed regularly and correctly. Not only do clogged filters lead to poor indoor air quality, but they also shorten the life of your rental property’s furnace.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

Maintenance tasks on your clothes dryer vents must not be overlooked, especially since they are among the top causes of residential fires in the U.S. A clogged dryer vent may not only be a fire hazard. They can also cause mold problems or be a home for unwanted pests.

3. Relight the Pilot Light

If you keep your pilot light off during the warm months, you should relight it and check if the system still works well long before cold weather arrives. You wouldn’t want your tenants sitting in the cold while you fix the furnace.

4. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater

It is natural for sediment to collect 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. Do a yearly visual check of your property’s plumbing, fixtures, and sprinklers. Address all signs of leaks or pooling water right away.

6. Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries

Your rental property’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should have their batteries replaced every year. Waiting for the unit to fail and start beeping is not proactive and will be a big inconvenience for your tenant.

7. Lubricate Garage Door Springs

If your rental property has a garage, it is good practice to lubricate the springs and wheels of your garage door annually. A properly lubricated garage door will work perfectly for many years compared to the short lifespan of a neglected door.

8. Give Your Appliances Some TLC

Your rental property’s appliances just need annual basic maintenance to extend their life. Vacuuming your refrigerator coils and cleaning the seals around the refrigerator doors helps keep this essential appliance last longer.

9. Clean Window Weep Holes

Did you know that vinyl windows have to weep holes on their exterior? These help drain away water and condensation. However, dirt or insects can clog these holes. If you do annual flushing out of your weep holes, you can help avoid condensation and other moisture problems.

10. Check for Pests

Finally, you should do an annual check of your property for signs of pest infestation. Termites can start as a small problem. But if left unchecked, it can cause a lot of trouble for you and your tenant.

Property maintenance is a vital but time-consuming part of owning rental properties. Why not let the professionals handle it for you? Real Property Management Momentum offers a full range of property management and maintenance services provided by expert Sparta 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 417-220-4100.

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