Spring is a time of renewal. And for landlords, spring is the best season to get the many big cleaning and maintenance tasks done. While Thousand Oaks rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Even though the tasks of spring cleaning and maintenance can prove to be overwhelming, they should not be missed or put off.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the best season to get all these little jobs done. There are some tasks that are not easy to do in winter temperatures and tasks that are all about checking the damage caused by the previous season and its storms and freezing temperatures. For example, it’s important to examine concrete areas each year, including foundation, driveway, walkways, patios, and more, for new cracks or gaps. Windows and doors, too, need to be checked for cracks and gaps (including weather-stripping) and repaired or replaced. Window and door screens collect a lot of dirt and debris in the winter, so the best time to clean them would be when spring rolls around. The roof should be checked for loose, missing, or damaged materials, and any leaves or debris cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.
Aside from the big items, you need to check on smaller features as well. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might profit from a few touch-ups, and exterior wood elements should be examined to find out if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t ignore the outdoor light fixtures – you may have to change some of the bulbs.
When going through spring cleaning, remember to include the yard in the to-do list. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may have fallen during the winter, so once spring arrives, a general clean-up may be needed. Spring is also the perfect time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a little further, spring is the perfect time to check perimeter fences and freestanding mailboxes. Broken fence slats will need to be replaced, and wobbly or failing posts repaired. Gate hardware should be examined for rust or other issues and repaired as needed. Finally, spring is an excellent time to go around and look at the home’s garbage cans and see how they withstood the winter. If the lids don’t close well or holes have developed, It may be time to buy new ones.
This is, in truth, simply a starting point for a complete spring cleaning & maintenance list. Since there are a lot of tasks that need to be performed, it would be wise to have a team of professionals come in and handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Ventura County, you won’t need to be worried about spring maintenance. We will make sure to complete seasonal tasks thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Ventura County or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 805-387-3682.
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