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Spring Maintenance Checklist for Rental Property Owners

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Temperatures are warming, flowers are blooming, and birds are singing. Spring is at our doorsteps, and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and give our rental properties the TLC that they deserve.

Spring maintenance, cleaning, and inspection are essential tasks that should be done annually if you want to preserve the value and appeal of your rental property. A proactive approach not only addresses winter wear, it can help your unit stay in top condition for the warmer months ahead. Another bonus? Your tenants will be much happier and satisfied in a clean, airy, and well-maintained home.

In this article, learn why landlords shouldn’t skip spring maintenance. We’re also providing a checklist of important spring maintenance tasks for rental property units so you’re sure everything’s covered. Let’s dive in.

Why Is Spring Maintenance on a Rental Important?

While fall and winter maintenance focus on preparing for colder weather, spring maintenance addresses a different set of seasonal concerns. Tasks include inspecting and repairing damage caused by thawing ice, checking for water intrusion from melting snow, and preparing landscaping for the growing season.

Here are more reasons why spring maintenance is essential for rental properties:

  1. Recover from Winter Wear and Tear: Winter may mean holiday cheer, cozy fires, and breathtaking snowscapes, but there’s also a flip-side: snow and extreme conditions can spell trouble for homes and gardens. In 2022, winter weather resulted in an estimated $64.1 million of property damage. From frozen water pipes to strained roofs and damaged structures, winter can stretch the limits of your rental unit. Spring offers a reprieve from the cold, allowing you to assess any damage caused by snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

  2. Prepare for Tenant Turnover: Spring is a common time for tenant turnover in long-term rentals, as leases may end and tenants look to move. If you complete maintenance tasks early in spring, your property will be ready for viewings and move-ins anytime.

  3. Prevent Pest Infestations: As the sun starts shining brighter, it’s not just humans who come out to play; ants, termites, snails, and other creatures get more adventurous too. Spring maintenance includes identifying and addressing any vulnerabilities that could lead to pest infestations, such as cracks in the foundation or gaps in window screens.

  4. Optimize Energy Efficiency: You want your property to stay cool and comfy without breaking the bank on energy bills; spring maintenance allows you to check the property’s energy efficiency and make improvements before the hot summer months. Tasks such as sealing drafts, cleaning air ducts, and servicing HVAC systems can optimize energy usage and reduce utility costs.

  5. Spruce Up Outdoor Spaces: Spring is the perfect time to freshen up outdoor spaces and enhance curb appeal. Landlords can tackle tasks such as landscaping, pressure washing exterior surfaces, and inspecting outdoor areas like decks and patios to ensure tenants are safe and the home is inviting.

  6. Maximize Your Rental Income and Plan Ahead: Preventive maintenance may cost some time and money, but including this as a recurring expense in your annual budget means you won’t get caught off guard by emergency repairs. Treating potential problems before they get bigger spares you from surprise headaches and exorbitant costs in the future, ultimately optimizing your rental’s profit potential.

Spring Inspection and Maintenance Checklist for Landlords 

From exterior maintenance and plumbing to security checks, here’s a checklist of the things you need to do during rental property spring maintenance:

Roof and Gutters

  • Inspect the roof for any damage caused by winter weather, such as loose or missing shingles, flashing, or seals. Look for signs of ice damming, which may indicate inadequate insulation or ventilation.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts thoroughly and remove leaves, twigs, and debris accumulated over the winter. Check for any blockages or damage preventing proper drainage during spring showers.

  • Make sure that downspouts are directed away from the foundation to prevent water from pooling around the property and causing structural damage.

  • Consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris buildup and reduce the need for frequent cleaning during the spring and summer months.

  • Trim overhanging tree branches that may be touching or rubbing against the roof, as they can cause damage and provide easy access for pests.

Exterior Surfaces

  • Inspect the exterior walls, siding, and foundation for cracks, gaps, or signs of water damage that may have developed over the winter months.

  • Power wash exterior surfaces to remove dirt, grime, and mold buildup that has accumulated during the winter. This will help refresh the property’s appearance and prevent long-term damage.

  • Repair any damaged or peeling paint on exterior surfaces to protect against moisture and decay. Consider applying a fresh coat of paint to boost curb appeal and for additional protection.

  • Seal gaps around windows, doors, and other openings with weatherproof caulk or sealant to prevent air leaks and improve energy efficiency.

  • Check for signs of pest activity, such as chew marks or droppings, around the property’s exterior. Seal any entry points to prevent pests from entering the building.

Landscaping and Lawn Care

  • Clean up flower beds and remove any debris, dead foliage, or weeds that may have accumulated over the winter to help promote healthy plant growth and keep away pests and rodents.

  • Aerate the lawn to improve soil drainage and promote root growth. Reseed bare patches and apply fertilizer to encourage lush, green grass.

  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead or damaged branches and encourage new growth. Trim back overgrown vegetation that blocks windows or pathways.

  • Check irrigation systems for leaks, clogs, or damaged components. If sprinkler heads are present, test them to ensure proper coverage and adjust as needed.

  • Plant seasonal flowers or bulbs to add color and interest to the landscape. Consider choosing native plants or drought-tolerant varieties that will thrive in the local climate and require less water and maintenance.

HVAC System

  • Replace air filters to improve indoor air quality and prevent dust and allergens from circulating throughout the property. Consider upgrading to high-efficiency filters for better filtration.

  • Clean debris such as leaves, pollen, and dust from outdoor condenser units to ensure proper airflow and prevent overheating.

  • Check ductwork for leaks or damage that may have developed over the winter. Seal any gaps or cracks to improve energy efficiency and airflow.

  • Test the air conditioning system to ensure it’s cooling effectively. Check vents and registers for obstructions and adjust as needed for optimal airflow.

  • Schedule a professional HVAC inspection and tune-up to ensure the system operates efficiently and is ready for warmer months.

Want even more savings? Be sure to check out: Eco-Friendly Solutions for Your Rental Property That Can Boost Savings.

Plumbing and Leaks

  • Check outdoor faucets for freeze damage that may have incurred during winter. Turn on each faucet and check for leaks or irregular water flow.

  • Inspect outdoor spigot hoses and connections for cracks or leaks. Replace damaged hoses and tighten connections to prevent water waste.

  • Test the sump pump (if applicable) to ensure it’s in working condition to get ahead of the spring thaw and potentially heavy rainfall.

  • Check the water heater temperature and pressure relief valve for proper operation. Flush the tank to remove sediment buildup that could have accumulated during winter.

  • Inspect the property for signs of water leaks, particularly in basements and crawl spaces. Address any leaks promptly to prevent mold growth and structural damage.

Structural Issues

  • Inspect the foundation for cracks or damage caused by freezing and thawing cycles. Seal any cracks with a waterproof sealant to prevent water infiltration.

  • Check for signs of wood rot or decay on exterior surfaces, especially after exposure to winter moisture. Replace or repair damaged wood to prevent further deterioration.

  • Inspect the attic for signs of water damage or pest infestation. Ensure adequate ventilation and insulation to prevent moisture buildup and mold growth.

  • Pay close attention to areas prone to moisture buildup, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Look for signs of discoloration, water stains, or musty odors, which could indicate mold growth. Promptly address areas of concern by cleaning with a solution of water and detergent, and consider using mold-resistant paint to prevent future growth.

Windows and Door Maintenance

  • Inspect window screens for damage or tears and replace them as needed. Clean outside windows to remove dirt and debris that has accumulated over the winter.

  • Check door seals and weatherstripping for wear or damage. Replace or repair seals to prevent drafts and improve energy efficiency.

  • Lubricate hinges and moving parts on windows and doors to ensure smooth operation. Tighten screws and adjust hardware as needed.

  • Test window locks and latches to ensure they are functioning correctly. Repair or replace any damaged or faulty hardware.

  • The sun may be out, but watch out for spring storms. Consider installing storm doors or windows to provide an extra layer of protection for your property and tenants, and also to improve energy efficiency for the home.

Safety Checks

  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. Replace batteries and remove dust and debris from detectors.

  • Inspect outdoor lighting fixtures for damage or corrosion. Change bulbs as needed and clean fixtures to ensure adequate illumination around the property.

  • Check handrails and guardrails for stability and secure attachment. Repair or replace any loose or damaged railings to prevent accidents.

  • Consider reviewing emergency evacuation plans with tenants and ensure they are familiar with escape routes and meeting points in case of fire or other emergencies.

  • Inspect driveways, walkways, and stairs for cracks or uneven surfaces. Fix any trip hazards to prevent slips and falls, especially as snow and ice melt.

Security Measures

  • Check outdoor security lights and motion sensors for proper operation.

  • Inspect locks and deadbolts on doors and windows for signs of wear or damage. Replace or upgrade locks to improve security and deter intruders.

  • Trim overgrown plants and shrubs near entry points to eliminate hiding spots for burglars and improve visibility from the street. 

We’ve got more security tips here: 8 Security Tips to Help Protect Your Rental Unit and Your Tenants.

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Spring Cleaning 

Spring is also synonymous with spring cleaning. We’re talking about deep cleaning floors or carpets, the interiors of cupboards, and all the nooks and crannies that may not get the much-needed attention during routine cleanings.

However, as a landlord these aren’t your areas to clean! You might wonder if a tenant currently lives in a unit, who’s responsible for what? Generally, the tenant should be in charge of keeping the interiors clean. But in some cases, for a big cleaning task like spring cleaning, landlords may choose to offer deep cleaning services as part of their property management services or lease agreements to ensure that the property remains in optimal condition. If you want to handle spring cleaning yourself, be sure to outline it in the lease agreement and coordinate with your tenants to schedule the cleaning and always be sure to arrange with your tenants ahead of time if you plan to enter the unit to do any inspections. 

Spring represents a fresh start, so take advantage of this period as an opportunity to rejuvenate your rental unit and keep it in top shape not just for today but for the years to come.

Need help with rental maintenance and inspection? At Renters Warehouse, we offer 24/7 hassle-free professional property management. We’ll take care of your day-to-day property management tasks so you can focus on activities like growing your investments or looking for your next rental unit.

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