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Spring/Summer Maintenance Tips

Dena Watson - Friday, April 14, 2017

With the warmer weather, it is time to think about doing necessary chores around your residence. It does not take long for neglected items to produce a poor appearance or maintenance problems. Here are some tips for to maintain your residence:

  • Test your smoke detector. If necessary, replace the batteries and call us immediately if the smoke detector does not work.
  • It is time to clean up winter debris - dead leaves, animal droppings, trash, or any other items that are unsightly.
  • It is particularly important to clear any debris away from the immediate exterior of your residence to promote fire safety.
  • If you still have not taken down holiday lights and decorations, do so now.
  • If your rental contract indicates you are not responsible for gardening, it is still important to report any lack of maintenance to us so that we can assist you.
  • Adjust sprinklers according to weather conditions for hotter summer weather.
  • If you have difficulty with your sprinklers, contact us for assistance.
  • It is also time to trim lawns and weed flowerbeds.
  • Be sure to keep shrubs trimmed to clear walkways and prevent accidents.
  • Report any problems with trees roots immediately.
  • Watch gutters for clogging, overflow, and poor drainage. If you need assistance, notify us.
  • Check sprinkler controls if you have them and set them accordingly. Call us if you need assistance.
  • Avoid letting water accumulate in pots or containers, such as animal dishes - this can lead to problems with mosquitoes and other pests.
  • If water accumulates, and will not drain either inside or outside, notify us immediately.
  • Dispose of any toxic waste, such as motor oil, properly. Do not put toxic waste in garbage receptacles or dump anywhere inside or outside of the residence.
  • Clean your garbage can, and at all times, keep the lid secure to avoid unwanted pests or animals.
  • Store your garbage receptacle properly.
  • Keep any receptacles for pet food or water clean to avoid attracting unwanted pets or animals as well.
  • Clean your windows both inside and out.
  • Clean door and window tracks so that they keep working properly. Report any maintenance needed for locks or operation.
  • Check all outside lights for proper operation. If after replacing a light bulb, the light still does not work, request a maintenance order.
  • If you have air-conditioning in your home, turn it on to see if it operates properly and if not, report it as soon as possible.
  • Replace all air-conditioning and furnace filters. Clogged filters will only prevent the unit from working properly and increase your utility bill.

Keeping your home clean and orderly, inside and out, is a responsibility outlined in your rental agreement. It is also important to maintaining a good rental history. If you have any maintenance questions or concerns, please free to contact us - we are here to help you.

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