Routine maintenance is a big part in protecting the condition of your investment home and providing a safe and habitable place for your tenants to live. If you’re working with a professional Sandy property management company, your property managers should be available for all routine and emergency maintenance issues.
When you’re managing your own home, you have to make sure you’re available and responsive any time your tenant reports an issue. Leaving these routine issues alone will only cause them to grow more serious and more expensive.
Safety and Habitability Issues
Routine maintenance should always start with safety and habitability issues. Always inspect, service, and maintain your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you’re keeping your property protected against mold and pests.
Look for potential problem areas such as corrosion on stair handrails or balconies and any deterioration in appliances or electrical outlets. Clogged rain gutters can also be a big problem, so check the outside of your property for any problem areas. Preventative maintenance inspections can help. If you schedule annual inspections, you’ll have the peace of mind that your rental property is safe and habitable.
Water Can Damage Your Sandy Rental Home
Wetness and moisture will cause more damage to your property than anything else. It’s important that you routinely check for leaks. Look under sinks and check ceilings and walls for discoloration or damp surfaces. If you leave a leak to get worse, that moisture will lead to rot and mold. Those can create health problems for your tenants and increase what you have to spend to remedy the situation.
Check your home ventilation and respond immediately when a tenant reports a problem with the plumbing, whether it’s a running toilet or a leaky sink. Remember to check your irrigation system for any leaks as well.
Inspect the Landscaping and Trees
If your property is surrounded by trees, there’s a danger that the branches will get too close to power lines. This could cause fires, so keep the trees trimmed. You also don’t want branches, leaves, and debris to gather on your roof or in your gutters. Hire a professional to trim back branches on a regular basis so they don’t interfere with the wires or with your property’s roof.
Make sure the landscaping isn’t creating a safety hazard. Overgrown bushes in front of the house can block windows, leaving tenants vulnerable. Make sure there is plenty of exterior lighting and keep the outdoor spaces free of weeds, branches, and debris.
Service Your Heating and Cooling Units
Sandy’s climate changes with the seasons, and your tenants will need the air conditioning in the summer and the heating in the winter. Your furnace is an expensive system in your property, and you’ll want to make sure it’s in good shape. Have it inspected and serviced annually. This will prevent emergency repairs and provide you with a longer lifespan for the entire system.
Taking care of your rental property and protecting the condition of your Sandy investment is one of the things we do best. If you’d like to hear more about how we handle routine maintenance, contact us at
Safeguard Property Management.
Safeguard is recognized as a leader in Salt Lake City property management. We provide residential rental management services to owners of single-family homes, townhouses, condos and duplexes throughout Salt Lake County and the northern portion of Utah County.