A rental home’s garage adds a lot to a home’s overall appeal. However, some tenants, who want to help, unwittingly damage a rental home’s garage without realizing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements do occur, and misuse or neglect isn’t always the cause.
There are instances when a tenant would try to be helpful, but the problem is that they don’t really know how to properly clean or maintain a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Denham Springs tenants the right information, you can do a lot to prevent unintentional damage and keep your valuable investment in good condition.
A garage is an important part of a quality single-family rental home. An attractive garage door boosts the home’s curb appeal, just as the interior, windows, cabinets, and even the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But every one of these should be kept in good condition, and that means they should be maintained properly. If one part is broken, the whole garage could become a liability instead of an asset.
The garage door needs to stay working properly and looking nice since it’s the most visible exterior element. That means regular cleaning and maintenance for it is required. There are many ways a tenant could unintentionally damage a garage door. They may not know what the basic maintenance tasks are and inadvertently not do any. They could also mistakenly use the wrong tools or cleaning products when trying to clean the door. For instance, the materials used for each garage door differs depending on the kind of door. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. If a tenant uses the wrong tools to clean a garage door, they may end up causing extensive damage instead. There may be a tenant that thinks it’s okay to power spray a painted door clean. Harsh household cleaners can also damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.
Going past appearances, a garage door can only work properly if it has a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers These parts can rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. In fact, a loud garage door often indicates that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This very easy maintenance task can profoundly extend the useful life of a garage door.
The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are the parts that usually suffer from unintentional damage. A leaking car engine could be a problem since oil stains on concrete floors aren’t easy to deal with. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can gather in windows and seriously compromise the tracks, locks, and glass. Cabinets may be crushed or broken by heavy storage items or even parking a vehicle too close. Just like the garage door, all of these issues can be prevented or corrected with routine cleaning and maintenance. The problem is that a tenant may not know how to do it.
As an example, the way to clean up motor oil is wholly different from the way one cleans up other substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials must be applied or else the attempt to clean it may make things worse instead. Harsh chemicals or scrub brushes can scratch or damage windows and window tracks as well as cabinets, but regular household cleaners may not be enough to get the grime off either. To stop continued wear and further damage, a tenant should have the correct information and also a substantial amount of oversight to make sure that the garage of a rental home is kept in great working condition.
Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. For this reason, getting a professional property management company to help is an intelligent decision.
At Real Property Management Baton Rouge, we assist the property owners in instructing their tenants on the proper care and upkeep of their rental homes in Denham Springs and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. The property management professionals in our team can help safeguard your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 225-389-6860 to know more about what we can do for you.
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