With a New Year comes “New Year resolutions.” Typically these include weight loss, more vacation time, and to save more money. But this year we are thinking outside of the box and making a commitment to preventative maintenance. Foreseeing maintenance issues before they arise will reduce costs and keep your tenants comfortable at the property.
Although winter is already under way, these are the 10 things we are still checking for this January to help with preventative maintenance:
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
This winter is set to be one for the record books. El Nino promises to bring some much needed rain to California. But with it comes potential for disaster. Keeping gutters and downspouts clear is necessary in preventing water damage to structures.
It’s always important to keep trees and shrubs trimmed back away from your home to prevent damage to roofs and structures. It’s also important to trim branches in tall trees that could be falling hazards.
Inspection of electrical panel and GFI plugs
Annually inspecting electrical is the best way to catch electrical problems before they begin.
Inspect carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Chimneys can be an easy maintenance area to forget but a dirty chimney can be a huge hazard. If a chimney is being used, make sure it is being maintained.
Testing drainage and pumps
With Potential Flash floods on the horizon, drainage should be a priority. Standing water will accumulate and cost thousands in property damage.
Inspecting foundation for cracks and bulges
Foundations can crack with movement of the earth. It doesn’t take a huge earthquake to do major damage. Gradual slow pressure can be enough to destroy a foundation. Periodic monitoring can catch small problems as they appear.
No pest does as much damage to a property as termites. Make sure your vulnerable wood stays intact by checking for signs of termites.
Furnace or wall heater inspections
Most heaters should be tested BEFORE they are needed, preferably in late summer. At the minimum annual inspections should take place in the New Year to make sure they are functioning properly.
You don’t need to be a roofer to inspect your roof for missing shingles or damage from nearby trees. Catching roof problems early can save big money in water damage down the line.
To make sure everyone is safe and happy this winter season, make sure you are staffed with the right people and tools to handle any incidents. If you are concerned that you might not be well equipped this winter, consider our Full Service Property Management to answer all of your preventative maintenance requests.