Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner (finally), which means it’s time to start preparing your properties for new rentals. Whether you manage just a few homes or you’re responsible for hundreds of residential and/or commercial properties, this is an excellent time of year to make sure everything is in tip-top shape for maximum occupancy. Let’s take a moment to go over a simple checklist for spring property management preparation.
Clean up debris
If your rental properties are located in an area that got a lot of snow this winter, chances are there is a lot of cleanup that needs to be done now that the weather is finally turning. Salt that was used to keep walkways clear of ice will now need to be washed off and a good sweeping of driveways, steps and any other common areas should be completed to remove excess dirt, fallen branches and anything else that may have ended up trapped under the snow.
Whether you complete this task yourself or hire a professional to come in, spring is the time to start sprucing up the yards and gardens of the properties you manage. Weeds will need to be pulled and any planting should be tackled over the coming weeks to ensure properties that are visually appealing.
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Inspect your roofs
Heavy snow and ice can cause major damage, thus they are huge headaches for property managers. Once the big thaw has taken place, it’s important to have all your roofs inspected thoroughly. Any necessary repairs should be performed as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Gutters should also be cleaned of any excess debris.
Repair walkways and/or stairs
Concrete often cracks during periods of extreme cold, so you’ll want to check all the walkways and outdoor stairs to ensure that they haven’t become a hazard to your tenants. As a property manager, being proactive about repairs can save you from major expenses and costly lawsuits down the road.
Check air conditioning units
Don’t wait until the temperatures rise too much to find out if your air conditioning units are functioning properly. Have all units inspected and any repairs or routine tune-ups performed now so that they’ll be ready to go as soon as the warmer weather arrives.
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Touch base with your clients
Along with the properties you manage, spring is also a great time to conduct an assessment of the health of your property management organization. Touch base with your clients, invite referrals and just make your presence known. This can help improve retention rate and promote ongoing growth so that as the weather improves, so will the success of your business.
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