With summer on the run, the cooler days are the best time for prepping rental property for new tenants.
Even though Texas doesn’t enjoy the keen changes in seasons like some locations, it’s still important to make good use of the cooler temperatures to prepare for fall and winter.
Most rental property owners or managers already have a checklist for the essential to-dos on their property, but in case you’ve been too busy, here’s a helpful list of the really important things to do now.
Start at the Top
The roof of any dwelling is important for overall good health of the structure. But in Texas, in particular, the intense summer sun can break down the granular surface of shingles, causing water to seep into the house or structure. Check the condition of the shingles and if they look torn, faded or worn, replace them. A healthy roof is critical to any dwelling.
Landscaping is important year-round, but the early fall months are a great time to trim back overhanging limbs, especially if they are touching the roof. A well-kept, green lawn is a nice attraction for tenants. Fall is a good time to plant colorful winter flowers such as pansies which add to the overall view. Rake leaves and check trees for good health.
And don’t forget to feed and aerate your soil. A well-maintained landscape will attract better tenants.
Look for areas that need caulking to improve heating efficiency or help prevent infestation, gutters that need an extra cleaning or a gutter guard placed in before the autumn leaves have a chance to settle in, and any vegetation that needs to be trimmed away from the walkways.
If your property has patios, decks or balconies, be sure that all railings and supports are sturdy. Colder weather (even in Texas) can bring unwanted icy conditions. Your railings need to be able to hold a person who might slip while on your property.
Cold weather brings with it small critters that seek warmth in the nearest dry space. To ensure that this space isn’t your property’s attic, caulk small holes and cover larger holes with hardware cloth. Small animals can cause big problems on your attic insulation which can lead to ice damaging your roof. While you’re patching holes, be sure to check for any signs that your insulation from the previous year.
Check the HVAC system before cold weather strikes. Schedule a system check-up in late September or early October to ensure the unit is working properly. Late summer is the ideal time to catch small heating problems before they cause large ― and expensive ― problems during a cold snap.
Good insulation in the attic and walls of your property prevents cold air from seeping into the interior. When cold drafts get inside, they force the heating unit to work overtime to warm the house. That leads to higher energy bills. Investing in insulation can help you and your tenants save on energy costs. Check window seals and door seals and replace any old or worn ones with energy efficient new seals.
By spending the fall to ensure that all the properties you manage are ready for the cooler weather is one of the best ways to protect your investment. This will also mean fewer complaints during the autumn and winter seasons and lead to a better ROI long-term.
Remember, if you’re too busy to handle the upkeep of your rental property, there are experts who can skillfully do it for you. Cousin James Management has many years of experience keeping property owners happy throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. Give us a call and let’s see what we can do for you. We look forward to meeting you!