Spring is the season of restoration. And for landlords, spring is the best season to get all those crucial cleaning and maintenance tasks accomplished. While El Segundo rental homes need maintenance year-round, spring presents a unique opportunity to check your properties for a few specific things. Although spring cleaning and maintenance can seem to be like an endless array of tasks, these things cannot be left unperformed.
Season-specific cleaning and maintenance items can involve either the interior or exterior of your rental homes – or both. But spring is the ideal season for many of these tasks. There are exterior tasks that are just too difficult to do in winter weather, and there are other tasks specifically done to check the effects of the freezing temperatures and the winter storms. 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 debris and dirt in the winter, making spring the most ideal time to clean them. The roof should be checked for loose, missing, or damaged materials, and any leaves or debris cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.
On top of the big items, you should take a look at the smaller features as well. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Exterior trim might need some touch-ups here and there, and exterior wood elements should be checked to determine if they need to be refinished or sealed. And don’t overlook the outdoor light fixtures – they have bulbs that may need replacing.
When planning your spring cleaning, be sure to include the needs of the yard as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may also have fallen and settled all over the grounds, and you may have to do a general clean-up when spring arrives. Spring is also the ideal time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Moving a bit further, spring is the ideal 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 the best time to take a look at the home’s garbage cans and see what condition they are in. 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 California Coast, you won’t need to be concerned about spring maintenance. We will make it a point that seasonal tasks will be completed thoroughly and promptly. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management California Coast or still have questions, please contact us online or call us at 310-535-2150.
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