Orlando may not have the bitter cold winters or dramatic fall foliage that other regions get, but there are still some maintenance and prevention measures that should be taken care of in autumn. Take some simple steps to make sure your residential rental properties are in top shape before winter sets in.
Roof And Gutter Inspection & Cleaning
The beginning of hurricane season has probably made you aware of any roof leaks your properties may already have, but getting the roof inspected now (and repaired if necessary) can save you significantly in the long run. Make sure the roof and gutters are cleared of any leaves and twigs, and look for any type of growth like mold of lichens that can continue to cause damage as they grow. Spotting damaged shingles or tiles before they actually leak is a best-case scenario because it keeps your repair costs to a minimum.
Replace HVAC Filters
HVAC systems with clean filters run more efficiently and experience less wear and tear that shortens the life of your system. Getting clean filters in place before the colder months helps protect your equipment and your tenants’ comfort, and it also cuts the heating bill.
Chimney And Fireplace Maintenance
If your properties have fireplaces, have the chimneys inspected before your tenants want to crank up their first cozy fire of the season. If you have wood-burning fireplaces, you may need to have the chimney cleaned, as well, for safe operation.
Check that there are no tree branches that are touching, or likely to touch, the roof. Get them trimmed back as needed, because they can cause a surprising amount of damage when wind whips them against the roof.
Check decking, stairs, and walkways for any damage like loose or rotten boards, nails that need to be pounded back into place, or anything else that could be a tripping hazard. It’s also a good time to consider applying or re-applying non-skid coating to stair treads. Check railings to make sure they’re secure and in good repair, too, so they’re ready to help prevent accidental slips and falls during wet weather.
Economical Property Maintenance & Management
Belmont Management Group offers full-service property management in the Orlando area. Our maintenance and repair program offers economical property maintenance services, because of our volume agreements with service providers and vendors. Call or contact us online for a consultation and we’ll let you know how we can help your income properties provide you a better return today and in the future.
Note: Please keep in mind that this is mostly a summary of the important points, but by no means does it constitute or cover the entire topic of rental property maintenance.