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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 23:13

Summer Property Maintenance Musts

Summer is a time to take on a number of outdoor property maintenance issues. A few of them are a pain, but this is the ideal time of year to handle them. Let them wait, and they'll only become tougher. Your ability to manage each will vary depending on your personnel, equipment, and expertise. Don't hesitate to shop around and contract an outside company to take the less manageable or more time-intensive jobs off your plate.

 

Tips for Summer Property Maintenance

Keep the lawns mowed: Many mistake this as an aesthetic choice. If properties are already rented out, they may skip the occasional mowing. Trimming grass isn't just about making a property attractive, however. It's also key to keeping pests out.

Mow the lawns every two weeks. You may have reason to adjust to more or less often depending on how the weather's impacting grass growth rate. If you don't have the personnel to manage it, you can often get good deals with landscaping companies – especially when they're getting a contract for multiple properties.

Spread mulch: Mulch can help you conserve on water costs. Spread it throughout garden beds so that flowers and shrubs will retain water. You've spent money on those plants to make your properties look attractive, and you also spend money on watering them. A little bit of inexpensive mulch goes a long way toward keeping those plants alive and lessening your water expenses.

Be sure to leave a six-inch gap between the mulch and the property itself. This helps ensure garden pests don't come inside the property, as many hate to cross dry earth.

Install outdoor lighting: This is too often overlooked by property managers. Outdoor lighting helps illuminate paths. It also makes properties look more attractive and inviting. By keeping paths well-lit, you're also able to make outdoor areas safer. This includes safety against crime and safety against falls in underlit areas. Both help protect your tenants while also lessening your potential legal exposure.

Outdoor lighting is fairly cheap and it's not complicated to set up. Solar lighting is energy efficient, so it saves you on cost. It also means you're not having to install and weather-proof extra electrical. Solar lighting is attractive, relatively inexpensive, and provides a solution that can be implemented immediately.

Hire a professional power washing business: Many paths will be grimy and muddy. Structures will also hold onto winter grime. During the winter, fall debris often gets frozen into surface cracks and eddies. This can encourage moisture retention, which in turn leads to mold and mildew problems. When summer heats up, those problems can explode into major issues.

Power washing (often combined with a detergent application) helps force that debris and whatever's growing on it out of its miniature hiding places. Keep in mind that not all surfaces can stand up to power washing. It can peel paint or damage windows if not done correctly. It can be good for homes with paneling or siding, and especially for driveways and walkways. Always hire a professional company to do the job when dealing with home exteriors.

Clean out the gutters: No one likes to do this and yet it must be done. Thunderstorms mean downpours of water that can back up in clogged gutters. Not cleaning now risks damage to those gutters later, damage that will take longer to repair than a simple cleaning would.

Backed up gutters also mean water overflowing and creating unattractive ruts near the home. Over time, this can cause issues for the foundation and even risk minor (but expensive) home flooding. It can also mean water flowing down the side of the home, wearing out window seals, and seeping around them – causing another source of expensive damage. Clean the gutters, or have them cleaned.

Repair patios, porches, and decks: People like to use outdoor spaces, especially during periods when they're stuck at home. Be sure to repair patios, porches, and decks so that people can enjoy them to their fullest extent. This repair also keeps them safe and protects you against potential legal exposure.

Give outdoor spaces a thorough cleaning. Install trash cans, as tenants might not think to place one of their own outside. If there's already a trash can there, tenants will develop the habit of using it from Day One.

Take care of the details: Minor details are quick to check. That little bit of work adds up quickly to a much better experience for your tenants and a more attractive rental to prospects. This includes keeping shrubs pruned back, making sure hose connections work properly and aren't dripping, and clearing minor debris such as manageable branches after a storm.

Some details require professional help. Even if a tree doesn't come down in a storm, a large tree limb could be better managed by a business with a chipper. Bee, wasp, and hornet nests should be handled by professional pest control companies. Don't ignore complaints about outdoor conditions for too long. You may think they can wait because they're outdoors, but they're impacting how tenants want to use that property. Handling these details early and quickly keeps them from stacking up and becoming overwhelming.

Need help managing your property? Want to free up your time for other pursuits? Get in touch with Asheville Phoenix Properties today.