Spring is a time of renewal. And for landlords, spring is the best time to check off the many major cleaning and maintenance tasks. While Baton Rouge 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 be a large undertaking, they can’t just be neglected or postponed.
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 accumulate a lot of dirt and debris in the winter, making spring the most excellent 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.
When checking the big items, don’t neglect the smaller features. Exterior door hardware should be checked, and squeaky hinges or broken locks repaired or replaced. Some touch-ups might be needed for the exterior trim, and exterior wood elements should be examined to see if they need to be refinished or sealed. And remember to look at the outdoor light fixtures – they may have bulbs that no longer work.
When doing your spring cleaning, it’s important to give some attention to the yard as well. Sprinkler systems and outdoor faucets should be tested and turned on if winterized. Dead leaves and branches may be all over the grounds because of the winter, so a general clean-up may be required as soon as spring arrives. Spring is also an excellent time to fertilize lawns, trees, and other vegetation.
Going a little bit further, spring is a great time to examine the 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 so many items that need to be accomplished, it makes sense to get the services of professionals who can handle the process for you. When you hire Real Property Management Baton Rouge, you won’t need to trouble yourself about spring maintenance. We will make it our priority to perform the seasonal tasks thoroughly and on time. If you are interested in working with Real Property Management Baton Rouge or still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 225-389-6860.