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Rentals and preparing for summer

Getting Your Rentals Ready for the Summer

Photo of a bike on a lawn at a rental property

 

 

Summer is just around the corner and as we enter into the hottest time of the year, there are some things that you as a landlord can do to make sure that your rental homes or apartments stay in top-notch shape as the heat approaches. Redding, California, has been named one of the hottest places to live during the summer in the United States. Temperatures during the summer in Redding can get up to 115 degrees. With this kind of heat, it is important to take precautions against this weather with your rental properties so that they stay in great condition. So what can you do to prepare for the summer heat?

  1. Prevent against potential fires – Fires tend to be a common occurrence in the summer near Redding and Shasta County. One way that you can keep your rental homes and apartments safe from fires is to keep your lawn mowed down. While Redding is the greenest it has been in the last several years, it is still good to take some outdoor precautions against the dry heat that commonly hits around this time of year.  Keeping a fire break of 100 foot radius around your rental properties if surrounded by low bush is recommended by local fire departments for fire safety. Lawn Mower mowing grass at a rental property
  2. Summerize your swamp coolers – Swamp coolers are a common form of air conditioning in Redding and Shasta County. If your rental homes or apartments have built-in swamp coolers, it is important to check and make sure that the swamp coolers are in great condition before your tenants begin running them consistently throughout the summer. A great way to check out your swamp coolers is to take off the cover and check the pads, the float and the motor. Depending on how old they are, you may need to put in new pads and some new parts. Once you do that, you can turn on the water pump to get the system going.  Instructing the tenant on how to properly use their evaporative cooler is important also.  
  3. Install screens on your windows – Some of your tenants may open the windows in the homes or apartments at times during the summer to air out some of the hot air and to let some fresh air in. If you do not have screens installed on the windows in your rental properties, it would be a good investment to install them and to keep your tenants happy. Having screens on your windows will give your tenants the ability to air out the house while also preventing any insects from getting into the home.

If you would like more information on how you can best manage your properties during the summer season, feel free to give us a call at Authority Property Management! If you are a landlord who does not want to deal with the potential stress that can come with taking care of critical tasks for your property, you can hire a property manager to take those critical tasks out of your hands. A property manager will not only handle maintenance and help you prepare your rentals for the summer, but they will also handle your relationships with your tenants! Authority Property Management does property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to serve you!

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Posted by: joline on May 19, 2016