Preventive maintenance at your multifamily property can feel like a never-ending chore with a checklist that keeps getting longer and longer…and longer. To add to it, real-time maintenance requests coming in from your residents will almost always take precedence, so it’s easy to see how preventative tasks can slip to the back burner.
The new year is officially here, and we implore you to make prioritizing preventive maintenance one of your resolutions in 2023. Putting off these tasks can cause major maintenance issues down the road, and even emergencies that could put your property and bottom line in jeopardy. Here are 5 preventive maintenance tasks you need to do every year at your multifamily property.
1. Service Your HVAC
Routinely changing your HVAC filters is imperative to both the efficiency and lifespan of the equipment, and the air quality at your property. This is a simple task that if neglected can put your HVAC systems at risk for failure, costing you much more time and money in the long run.
2. Perform Routine Pest Control
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never seen a single pest at your property (though we find that hard to believe), performing routine pest control is a must at any multifamily building. Check-in with residents to make sure they haven’t dealt with any unreported pests, and annually bring in an exterminator to inspect your property for any signs of unwanted visitors.
3. Inspect the Roof & Clean Your Gutters
Check your roof for signs of damage and be sure to clear out your gutters–both of which could result in leaks and water damage down the line if forgotten about. These are expensive repairs that affect everything from insulation to the integrity of your building’s structure, not to mention the risk of mold.
4. Test Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If you do anything from this list, let it be this. Change the batteries and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to avoid the obvious disasters. These detectors are required by law for a reason, and neglecting this task could be a deadly and financially devastating mistake.
5. Clear Out the Water Heater
Similar to your HVAC systems, clearing out your water heater is crucial to ensuring it lasts its entire lifespan. Failing to clear this out results in debris build-up and will impact its effectiveness. I mean, do you really want a bunch of angry messages this winter when your residents suddenly find themselves without hot water?
Take the Stress Out of Maintenance
Keeping up with the never-ending list of preventive maintenance tasks can seem like a daunting responsibility. Take the stress out of it by automating the process with PropTech. The above list is a great place to start–but we all know there are about a million other preventive tasks you should be regularly taking care of. Utilize ManageGo’s maintenance checklists to organize and, let’s be real, just plain remember, everything that needs to be done. Then it’s as easy as setting recurring tickets based on how often you need each task performed.
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