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Preparing Your Lathrup Village Rental Property for Fall

Person Performing Fall Maintenance By Cleaning GuttersAs the cooler fall weather begins, now is an ideal time to start getting your Lathrup Village rental property ready for the change of seasons ahead. The best and ideal opportunity to do each one of that annual maintenance and repair tasks your rental property needs is while it’s still sunny and warm outside. That is the ideal approach to avoid problems in the winter. Your Lathrup Village rental property will be prepared for whatever the new season may bring by taking these essential fall maintenance tasks.

  • Clean Out Gutters: When leaves and some debris gather in your gutters, it’s necessary to remove it to allow proper roof drainage during autumn rains. Don’t forget to check the downspouts, as well, and manage any necessary repairs to guarantee that water is being directed away from the home’s foundation.
  • Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: If your property has an automatic sprinkler system, drain it totally and shut it off at the box. It’s also necessary to drain all hoses and outdoor faucets and cover them to prevent freezing and bursting later on.
  • Furnace Tune-Up: Have your furnace ready for fall! When it’s been a year since you last had your furnace serviced, this is the ideal time to do it. It is either have it professionally serviced or do it on your own, do a thorough visual inspection and install a new filter.
  • Clean Fireplace and Chimney: Apart from the furnace, you must also prepare your Lathrup Village rental property’s fireplace and chimney for cold-weather use. Depending on how long it’s been since the last time you had your chimney cleaned, this is the day you need to get that done. It is also necessary to clean out the fireplace and inspect the flue. Ensure that the whole thing is in good condition and working properly.
  • Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk: Keeping the warmth in and the cold out is a huge factor in fall maintenance preparations. Don’t forget to check around all windows and doors, replace weatherstripping that has vanished and no longer fills the gap. If necessary, caulk around windows and doors for a weather-proof seal.
  • Let the Light In: Bringing natural light in during the colder months of the year is useful for your property and your tenants’ health. To maximize natural light, clean your rental property’s windows and blinds. This is also the best chance to replace older light bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones.
  • Safety Check: Ultimately, prepare your rental property for fall by doing a comprehensive safety check. Change the batteries on all smoke detectors. Make sure that all fire extinguishers are up-to-date. Finally, check to make sure that your tenants have a safety plan in the event of an emergency.

Even though it may require some effort, finishing these significant responsibilities can help you keep your Lathrup Village rental property in good condition all year.

Would you like help with your fall maintenance checklist? Contact the team at Real Property Management Advantage now! We have home service professionals ready to tackle your annual maintenance checklist right away!

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