While we’re tired of having the winter blues, don’t fret. Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes not only warm and sunny days, but also plenty of people shaking off the winter doldrums while searching for the perfect Redding rental property to call home. And because we happen to manage rental properties, we’ve got plenty of work ahead of us before flowers start blooming and potential tenants come knocking. And in our eagerness to rent out each property we manage, we’ll grab our paint brushes, brooms, and other handy-dandy gadgets, because here are 10 of the best tips we’ll find anywhere for getting our Redding rentals ready for spring.
Check the Air Conditioning
Now that everyone can turn off their heaters, they’ll be wanting to turn on the air conditioning once the mercury rises. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check the cooling systems at your rental properties before handing over the keys to a new tenant. For starters, check the filters in each unit, changing those that are old or too filthy to be properly cleaned. Afterward, put each AC unit through its paces, making sure all is well. If not, spend a few dollars to replace any parts that have seen better days.
Test the Smoke Detectors
To make sure our tenants and properties stay safe and sound, be sure to check the smoke detectors to make sure they’ll do what they’re supposed to if the time arises. And along with the detectors, check any fire extinguishers as well. For best results, have the extinguishers checked over and inspected by a professional technician.
Weed, Seed, and Water
No, we’re not giving you a recipe for some exotic meal. Instead, we’re talking about landscaping your property once the birds start singing. Since the yard is the first thing potential tenants will likely notice, it’s always a good idea to have the outside looking great. To accomplish this, pull some weeds, plant some grass seed to take care of any bare spots, plant some pretty flowers, and trim bushes and trees. Along with this, be sure to water any new plants and the grass seed, making sure everything grows up to be big and strong.
Power Up and Power Wash
After you get your lawn looking great, grab the power washer and give the exterior of your rental property a good cleaning. And along with this, clean the windows and screens to get rid of any dirt that’s accumulated over the past few months. All this, along with cleaning out the gutters, will make a potential tenant eager to hand over that first month’s rent.
Get Rid of the Clutter
If your property has had numerous tenants over the years, it’s possible some stuff has been left behind along the way, creating a bit of clutter. To make your property look great again, spend some time getting rid of the stuff, such as old lawn furniture, yard equipment, and so forth. Like we say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so neatness counts.
Inspect the Roof
When you’re ready, grab the ladder and climb to the top of the rental property so you can get a good look at the roof. If the property has shingles that are cracked, buckled, or loose, you will need to make sure the necessary repairs are made as soon as possible. Otherwise, there will be a tenant who’s getting wet every time it rains.
While many people assume concrete is there to stay once it’s put down, that’s not always true. In fact, snow, ice, and rain can damage or erode concrete over time. If you find cracks or other damage in the walkway, porches, or patios, they’ll need to get fixed right away.
Since they say good fences make good neighbors, we always take a close look at the property’s fencing before renting it out to tenants. If you notice any sections that need to be replaced, painted, or repaired, best to grab a hammer, nails, paintbrush, and other handyman stuff, and get to work. Or if the property has no fencing but we think it would be better if it did, you might plan a weekend DIY project or hire a fencing company to complete the task.
While it may look funny in a movie or TV show when someone falls down the stairs, that’s not the case in real-life. Since we want to keep our tenants safe while also making sure there’s one less personal injury case for a local lawyer, we take a few minutes to check the stairs at our properties. If there are loose steps, rotting wood, or other issues, we make the necessary repairs, which will cost far less than spending a day in court.
Check the Locks
After we’ve done all this work on our property, the last thing we do is check the locks to make sure the property will be secure for our new tenants. If necessary, we have new locks installed by a professional locksmith, who can ensure all will be well once our tenant moves in.
Since spring is supposed to be a time for new beginnings, taking the time to do these things at your rental property will pay off over time. By doing so, your Redding rental will be ready, willing, and able to be an excellent home for a new tenant and an excellent investment for you.
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