The snow is melting, the days are longer, and the bees are buzzing – that’s right, spring has sprung! Like us, we bet you’re relieved that the seasonal depression has passed, but don’t get ahead of yourself. You may be a little bummed to see what condition the winter weather has left your property in – so we’re here to check in, like the good friends we are. Here are the top 4 maintenance tasks you need to do at your multifamily property this spring!
Inspect the Roof & Clear Gutters
You might not be the only one affected by the winter blues. The stress of snow and ice can cause damage to your roof, resulting in loose shingles, cracks, and even sagging. You can read all about the 5 most common roofing problems to prepare for in the spring here. Once these issues arise, your entire building’s infrastructure is compromised, so it’s important to take care of these repairs ASAP. And while you’re up there, take the extra time to clear out your gutters from debris build-up that could leave your property vulnerable to leaks.
Check Walkways for Cracks
Similar to how water can seep into your roof, freeze and cause cracks, this is also a concern in concrete sidewalks. Freezing water expanding pre-existing cracks in the winter can cause bigger damage than you might suspect. Not only is this affecting the curb appeal of your property, but it’s also leaving you liable to potential accidents from residents tripping and falling if the damage is significant enough. So get out there and take a walk around your property, checking for damage on your walkways. Fill small cracks with caulking to prevent large damage from occurring, or if the damage is significant enough, replace entire sections to avoid trouble down the line.
Tidy Up Your Landscaping
Speaking of curb appeal, spring is the perfect time to get a start on your outdoor maintenance. If you’re anything like us, you probably let your outdoor spaces go to the wolves during the winter. Now that it’s warming up, consider raking up debris like old leaves, loose branches, and anything else that may have found its way into your landscaping. Additionally, tend to your grass with some basic lawn care, plant some fresh flowers and greenery, and trim back any overgrown plant life.
Tend to A/C Units
One thing we can guarantee is that spring won’t last long. Before you know it, summer will be here, and you’ll have residents blowing up your phone with air conditioning complaints. That is – if you don’t tend to your A/C units in the springtime. Get a professional in there to service your HVAC and make sure your systems are all set for the warmer months.
Routine maintenance is a crucial part of operating a rental property and keeping residents satisfied year-round. With the right property management software, set recurring maintenance tickets dedicated to each season’s tasks, so it’s never something to think twice about. Plus, keep track of your spring maintenance to-dos and download our essential checklist below!
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