Spring maintenance isn’t just about boosting curb appeal: it plays a crucial role in preserving your rental’s condition, safety, and value. By attending to maintenance tasks promptly and making repairs as needed, you can prevent minor issues from escalating.
Download your spring home maintenance checklists
Get started by downloading your spring home maintenance checklist (one for you, the other for your tenant), and then follow our top tips to guide you through the areas that should be on your radar.
Tip #1: Check for moisture
Pay attention to the attic and basement, where pools of water are more likely to accumulate. The build-up of water from rain and melted snow can spur mold and mildew growth.
If you spot mold or water damage or the area smells musty, install a dehumidifier to lower the humidity. Also, check your property’s ventilation to ensure it directs air from places like the kitchen outside rather than back into the home.
Tip #2: Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
The smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are two devices you should check at least once yearly, given their critical role in keeping your tenants safe. Test both to ensure they function correctly (these devices usually have a “test” button) and swap out the batteries.
Tip #3: Service the HVAC system
After working overtime during the winter, your rental’s HVAC system may need a tune-up in the spring. You’ll also want to prep the air conditioning unit to handle hotter temperatures so your tenants stay cool once summer arrives.
A poorly maintained HVAC unit can lead to higher energy bills, decreased air quality, and costly breakdowns. To get the job done right, enlist the help of a qualified HVAC technician to conduct a thorough inspection and do any necessary repairs.
Spring is also the ideal time to replace the air filters in your air conditioner and furnace. Doing so will ensure your HVAC system works smoothly to keep the air free from dust and dirt particles.
Tip #4: Inspect the roof and chimney
First, clear your roof of debris, such as dead leaves and branches. Second, check for loose, damaged, and missing shingles. Water flowing beneath the shingles can cause extensive damage to your property’s electrical and HVAC systems, so promptly schedule any critical repairs.
Next, inspect your chimney and address any significant damage with the help of a roofing contractor. Clear out soot and tar if there’s a massive buildup, as it can block smoke from exiting the property.
Tip #5: Remove debris from gutters and downspouts
It’s a dirty and grueling task, but cleaning your gutters and downspouts is essential. During the winter, they can get clogged with leaves, branches, and ice, resulting in drainage problems. Eventually, the water will overflow and spill onto the walls, damaging your rental’s siding and foundation.
Tip #6: Wash and inspect the siding, doorways, and exterior windows
Spring is an ideal season to give your building’s exterior some attention. Consider pressure washing to remove harmful contaminants like dust, grime, mold, and algae from your siding. Pressure washers are easy to operate and perfectly safe—just be sure not to apply excessive pressure to avoid causing damage to your siding materials.
Next, check your windows and doors for signs of deterioration. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the frames, repair damaged screens, and ensure all components function correctly. You can also apply new caulking or weather stripping if you discover gaps and cracks around the windows and doors. This will lighten your workload when preparing your rental for winter.
Tip #7: Test the sprinkler system and outdoor faucets
Activate the sprinkler system and look for any dry patches in your grass. Fix all sprinkler leaks to conserve water and clear obstructions to ensure water flows freely. Replace any rusted or damaged components as well.
Inspect the outside faucets. After turning on the water supply, check if water is dripping from the handle, spout, or primary supply pipe connection. Assess if there’s any noticeable deterioration on individual parts, too.
Tip #8: Look after your lawn and landscaping
After a long winter, your property’s green spaces deserve some upkeep. Your lawn is an excellent place to begin. Start by raking leftover leaves from the fall and removing thatch. From there, aerate, apply fresh seed, and spread fertilizer as needed. Ensure you trim and mow your lawn as well, to foster healthy growth throughout the warmer months. If it’s in your budget, consider hiring a lawn service to help with any necessary maintenance.
Tip #9: Clean and repair the deck
Begin by sweeping the debris and spraying water on the surface using your garden hose. Then, apply soap or a biodegradable product like OxiClean and scrub the deck using a bristle brush to remove dirt and mildew.
Examine your deck for worn-out, loose, rotted, or damaged parts and make the necessary repairs or replacements. Also, consider applying staining or a UV and fade-resistant sealer to protect it from the elements.
Tip #10: Check for pests
As temperatures rise, pests emerge from their winter hideouts and can overrun your property. Survey your rental for signs that point to rodents, bugs, or insects. Some may carry harmful diseases, so it’s vital to eliminate them quickly. The best solution is to hire a pest control company.
Our final thoughts
While better weather makes spring an ideal time to refresh your space, rental property maintenance is also a year-long responsibility for landlords. Knowing what to look for and how to address any problem areas brings you closer to success as a property manager. Check out our Ultimate Preventative Property Maintenance Checklist to stay ahead of potential maintenance issues.