For a few single-family Grand Prairie rental property owners, maintenance and repair are often seen as a major burden. But looking at it another way, preventive maintenance is a necessary part of the ongoing care that your valuable investment needs to ensure the greatest possible return. This applies regardless of whether your property is occupied or vacant. Even though your tenant is responsible for some maintenance tasks, it’s important that you also conduct certain ongoing maintenance tasks regularly. This is not only a vital part of responsible property ownership but can also help you attract and retain quality tenants. In this part, we will illustrate the top 5 preventive maintenance tasks that you (not your tenant) should be doing to keep your cash flows in the black.
1. Plumbing System
Probably the easiest approach to end up with significant repair bills is to neglect your rental property’s plumbing system. Instead, take the opportunity to conduct annual inspections of all pipes, faucets, drains, and water heaters in the house. Inspect for indications of leaks under cabinets or around the base of toilets, slow drains, and other emerging issues. Don’t rely on your tenant to report every little thing – you must check it yourself. By catching and addressing these issues when they are small, you can prevent expensive water damage and emergency plumbing repairs.
2. HVAC Efficiency
Another critical maintenance task you must be conducting is HVAC upkeep. Air conditioning units and furnaces need to be serviced at least once a year to stay efficient. Forgetting these systems can quickly shorten their lifespan, resulting in expensive replacement bills. Inside the house, check for blocked vents, dirty registers, and other hints that HVAC problems are developing. This can help keep your property’s HVAC unit functioning appropriately and keep your tenants comfortable year-round.
3. Water Damage Prevention
One more top preventive maintenance task that must be undertaken each year includes preventing water damage to your property. Water damage is usually triggered by clogged gutters, roof leaks, poor drainage around the foundation, leaking sprinkler pipes, and so on. To discover potential issues early, do a visual inspection of your property’s exterior, roof, and grounds. If you see water pooling, stains, or debris, these are all warnings of impending water damage and should be addressed immediately.
Your tenant’s safety is a top concern for them and you as the property owner. One of the most important preventive maintenance tasks is to make sure that safety features are functioning accordingly. This includes door and window locks, alarm systems (if your property has one), and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is a small change to replace a deadbolt on an exterior door, but it significantly minimizes risk while also improving safety.
5. Structural Integrity
Finally, check your property for possible concerns with your structural integrity. This could be as simple as doing a visual inspection for signs of termite damage and cracks in the foundation. You should also check for any damage to the home’s siding, flashing, and roof to ensure that it is still weather-proof and visually appealing. If you encounter any damage, cracks, or unsightly wear and tear, it’s best to have repairs done immediately to avoid even bigger problems developing down the road.
Preventive maintenance is something that should always be a primary concern, not just during move-out or when an emergency arises. However, remembering to perform these and other required maintenance tasks every year and as needed can be difficult. Instead, try to work with Real Property Management Meridian to do the preventive maintenance for you. Our Grand Prairie property managers have the experience and expertise to keep your property in good condition year after year. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call us at 817-678-8787 today!
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