While the general clean up the property usually falls under the tenants responsibility, there are a few items that only the property manager can take care of.
- The Roof – Unfortunately by the time a resident reports that there is water falling from the ceiling the damage has been done. Grab a pair of binoculars, or a ladder and hop on up there. Are there any missing and broken shingles? Did the ice from last winter cause any lifting or damage? What do those rain gutters look like? All these things are MUCH less expensive to repair/replace now than when the tenant reports the “indoor rain”.
- HVAC – Everyone knows how important it is to change the furnace filter regularly. But the one commonly overlooked area is the A/C condenser, vacuum the coils or have a technician clean it out. There is nothing worse than having to replace the condenser unit, when a little maintenance could save you thousands!
- Test the smoke detectors – Sensors wear out with time, and batteries die. Tenants don’t always report that the battery died 2 months ago and just removed the battery. It only takes a few minutes to replace the battery and to double check the sensor. A general rule of thumb is that smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. (source: www.nfpa.org)