We've almost made it through another winter. While winters in Texas aren't as severe as in other parts of the country, winter weather still takes a toll on your rental properties.
As we look ahead to the spring season and warmer temps, take some time to inspect your properties. These things might seem like a headache, but seasonal maintenance is critical to keeping repair costs to a minimum.
Here's our checklist of common spring maintenance items for your San Antonio area properties.
Check the Roof
You don't need to climb on the roof. However, be sure to take a close look at what you can see from the ground.
Winter is rough on roofs. From those few freezes we get in Texas to rain and wind, your roofs can suffer through our coldest season.
From the ground, walk around the house and look carefully for shingles that seem lifted or out of place. Look at the eaves and gutters to notice any gaps or debris tucked under a shingle.
Do you see any raised nails? Nails can raise in high winds when fast winds lift shingles.
If you see any roof issues from the ground, call a roofing expert to climb on the roof and take a closer look.
Inspect the Foundation
The combination of Texas soil and weather make it tough for building foundations to remain structurally sound.
No matter what time of foundation you have, check each rental property for foundation cracks or gaps between the foundation and the soil.
We water foundations in Texas to help avoid issues with property foundations. If your ongoing property upkeep isn't keeping up with consistent foundation watering, your properties are at risk for foundation problems.
As you do your spring inspections, if you notice new cracks or interior doors that don't close, call a foundation expert. Foundation issues should be addressed sooner rather than later, and use a professional.
DIY foundation repairs can cause more expensive issues down the road.
Seal Windows and Doors
In colder temperatures, window caulking and seals can shrink and crack. As the weather warms, check caulking and seals around all exterior doors and windows.
Caulking is a simple repair if you're up for the challenge. Be sure to choose a durable, weatherproof caulk. Fill gaps around windows and smooth out air bubbles for a good seal when the caulking dries.
If the idea of caulking seems like a messy hassle, call a contractor or handyman to get the job done.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Before it's time to switch from furnace heat to air-conditioning, schedule an HVAC system check. Trust a professional for this task.
It might seem like a hassle, but routine maintenance on the HVAC systems in your rental properties prevents expensive repairs or dangerous conditions.
Use the system check as a reminder to change air filters, too.
Look for Leaks
During winter months, exterior faucets should be closed and covered.
In preparation for spring, check all exterior faucets for leaks. Run the sprinklers to make sure all sprinkler heads are working well.
Notice any water run-off or broken sprinklers, then contact a sprinkler repair service.
Inside the property, check all faucets and drains. Winter temperatures can cause pipes to shrink. Be sure to repair any leaks or clogged drains before increased spring water use.
Clean and Repair Gutters
If gutters on your rental properties are full of leaves and debris after fall and winter, it's time to clean the gutters.
Clean gutters help spring rains drain properly. If you notice dents in gutters or shifts in where the downspouts end, have a gutter specialist make adjustments. This helps rain runoff clear out quickly and move away from your property foundations.
Look for Rodent Activity
It's one of the most unpleasant things to check, but it's also one of the most dangerous things to let go unchecked.
Rodents tend to invade homes more in the winter than any other time of year. Like humans, they are looking for a warm place to snuggle indoors during colder temps, and your tenants have food inside, too.
Your rental properties can be a rodent bed and breakfast for the winter.
Check the attic, garage, and pantries for rodent activity. Look for droppings and nests.
Check outside the property for small holes or potential access points. Rats and mice can enter an attic through very small holes. Any opening is an opportunity for rodents to move in.
If you see evidence of rodents, call an exterminator or pest control company immediately.
Your Property Management Company Handles Seasonal Maintenance
If reading these spring maintenance tips is overwhelming, let a San Antonio property management company handle these things for you.
Real Property Management Campanas has long-standing relationships with contractors and pest control companies to handle spring maintenance for your rental properties. Let us keep your rental properties in top condition for you.
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