February 22, 2019 Only Estate Agents

Types of home Maintenance Tasks

Exterminate on a monthly basis

If you are an owner of a rental property you need to make exterminating every month or every other month a priority. Even if there are no current signs of rodent or insect problems, you need to make sure you’re doing what you can to prevent such problems from occurring. It is important and crucial that you don’t limit the extermination to one apartment, as the critters will simple just travel to another part of the property, so make sure the extermination is completed on the entire property.

Although it might seem easy enough to complete this task on your own it is always left best to the professionals who can make sure the extermination is completing fully. Monthly extermination will cost you money, but it is a much cheaper alternative then the high cost of losing prospective tenants due to a pest problem. It is advised to shop around for the best price.

As an example, spending $25 a unit for a monthly extermination is a better and much more affordable option then loosing $1000 in rent because of a tenancy vacancy.

Check for water damage and leaks

The most efficient time to check for leaks is after a heavy rainstorm, after ice and snow have begun to melt, or on very hot and humid days when pipes tend to sweat. It is important to check for things like, soft spots in the roofs, ceiling and walls, look for signs of water around windows, showers and toilets and check under sink, boilers and water heaters.

It is most crucial to identify a water leak early on as ongoing leaks can significantly damage walls, ceilings and a tenant’s possessions.

Examine shower caulking and grout between tiles

Over time the grout in between tiles can crack and the caulk surrounding the tub can loosen. Once and if this happens it means you no longer have a water proof seal and that water can actually leak through and damage surrounding walls or the floor below. If you even notice any cracks or hole it is vital that you replace the caulking or grout as soon as you can to prevent potential water damage.

Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly

Insure that you check these devices monthly in order to make sure they are working in order. All devices should be tested including both battery-operated and hard-wired devices.

These devices save lives. If there is a fire or carbon monoxide leaking in your building and your devices are not in working order, then you can face legal action. Ensure that you are aware of when to replace these devices, carbon monoxide detector lasts 5 years and smoke alarms last up to 10 years, so make sure they are being replaced when the time is up.

Change the filters in your forced air systems

It is vital that you are replacing your filters in your heating or conditioning unit at a minimum of twice a year. If you have a dirty filter left in your appliance it can increase your utility bill as your system will have to work harder or it can lead to malfunctions, such as your cooling system freezing-up.