Keep Your Rental Home in Top Shape

For some, summer is the start of a new lease. For others, summer is a time to take inventory of your rental and make sure everything is in working order. Regardless of your situation, summer is the perfect time to ensure your rental home is in tip-top condition. Not only can proper maintenance enhance your living experience, but it can also help you avoid unexpected repairs and keep your landlord happy. Here’s a comprehensive summer seasonal maintenance checklist to help you stay on top of essential tasks.

Air Conditioning Check

Air conditioning is something you really want to have working properly in the summer. Make sure it’s up and running by checking and replacing the filter. Replace or clean air filters to ensure efficient cooling and air quality. Routine maintenance like this should take place every 1–3 months, especially during the summer. Also make sure the system is running properly. Run your air conditioner for a few hours and check for any unusual noises or performance issues. If anything seems strange, contact your landlord or a professional for maintenance.

Inspect and Clean Ceiling Fans

Don’t be the person who turns on the ceiling fan before dusting it off—trust us on this one. Dust and clean the blades to keep the air circulating effectively and to prevent dust buildup. Also make sure to check the rotation. Ensure the fans are set to spin counterclockwise, which promotes a cool breeze.

Window and Door Seals

Make sure to inspect seals. Check windows and doors for any gaps or cracks that could let in hot air and increase cooling costs. If you find any gaps, make sure to seal them. Use weatherstripping or contact your landlord to caulk and seal any openings. This way, you’re improving energy efficiency and saving money.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Another important part of your summer seasonal maintenance checklist is checking alarms. Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and test the alarms to ensure they are functioning correctly. This is also a good time to review the locations of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure detectors are properly placed according to local safety regulations.

Plumbing Inspection

Contact your landlord or property management company about any plumbing related issues or concerns. Look for any signs of leaks in faucets, under sinks, and around toilets. Report any issues to your landlord immediately to prevent water damage. Something a lot of people miss on their summer seasonal maintenance checklist is sprinklers and outdoor faucets. Inspect outdoor spigots and hoses for leaks or damage, and contact your landlord about checking the sprinkler system.

Pest Control

Mosquitos aren’t the only pest to worry about in the summer. Inspect your rental for other infestations. Check for signs of pests such as ants, spiders, or rodents. Pay close attention to kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. It’s also important to take preventive measures even if you don’t find anything. Keep food sealed, take out the trash regularly, and clean up spills promptly. If you notice any infestations, contact your landlord or a pest control professional.

Outdoor Spaces

Summertime means spending a lot of time outside, so make sure you clean your balconies and patios. Sweep and clean outdoor areas, and check for any damage or needed repairs. Inspect outdoor furniture for wear and tear. Clean and protect it from the summer sun.

Gutter and Drain Maintenance

Contact your landlord or property management company to clean gutter debris. Gutters and downspouts need to be clear to prevent water buildup and damage. Ensure that all outdoor drains are free of debris to prevent water backup. Report any blockages or damage to your landlord. 

General Clean-Up and Safety Check

Summer is a great time for a thorough cleaning of your home. Focus on areas that are often neglected, such as behind appliances and inside cabinets. Escape the heat and declutter your space inside. Remove items you no longer need and organize your space for a fresher, more enjoyable living environment.

You also want to make sure your rental is safe. Check and make sure you have accessible fire extinguishers. Confirm they are fully charged and not expired as well. You should also review and update your emergency plan with your landlord and any roommates. This includes evacuation routes and emergency contact numbers.

Taking the time to complete the summer seasonal maintenance checklist can make a big difference in the comfort and safety of your rental home. Not only will you enjoy a more pleasant living space, but you’ll also contribute to the upkeep of the property. A well-kept property is beneficial for both you and your landlord. Have questions about the summer seasonal maintenance checklist? Contact Henderson today!

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