Spring (if it ever arrives) / Summer Checklist
You can keep your rentals (and your own home) running smoothly and looking great with this simple checklist. Making these repairs and/or additions may also attract possible Tenants to that vacancy you’ve been trying to rent…
* At least twice a year I go through our rentals with the Tenants and ask that they label, even with a postit note what items in the basement/storage area belong to them. Then I have them review what’s left that they have no ownership of and we make a run to the dump. This is much cheaper and safer to do rather than wait until it’s so packed with junk that it’s a hazard.
* Repair window screens and check screening on porches before bug season arrives. Save old screens for future patches.
* Build or repair fences and arbors so they’ll be ready for planting season. We like “whiskey” barrels at our rentals and Depot now has “Mixed” plantings with several variety that don’t bloom all at once.
* Repair deck boards as needed; remove protruding nails and replace with coated or galvanized screws. Be sure to check and tighten bolts in deck supports.
* Clean and seal wood deck as necessary. Deck stains with at least some pigment last longer than clear sealers.
* Reverse ceiling fans – they should have been blowing upward in the Winter and clean the tops of the fan blades.
* Check that Winter wind hasn’t lifted vinyl or aluminum siding then repair.
* Wash black streaks from the roof. Use prepared cleaner or save some extra money and mix your own: Combine one part chlorine bleach with three parts water and a handful of trisodium phosphate. Apply to small section of roof with a garden sprayer, let soak 20 minutes then rinse with a hose.
* Wash siding and gutters with a similar solution. You’ll have fewer streaks if you start from the bottom. Always be careful with ladders around power lines.
* Scrape and touch up exterior paint, paying special attention to window sills, gable vents and garage doors.
* Complete large exterior painting jobs. Follow the shade – don’t paint in direct sun – and quit before dusk so the paint can dry before dew forms. Cheap paint is not a bargain. For most exterior jobs, look for 100% acrylic and buy at least the “better” quality.
* Clean gas grill and replace any rusted or damaged parts.
* Check crawl space for moisture and remove debris. If you spot signs of termites or carpenter ants, call a professional.
* Clean concrete drives, walk-ways and patios, clean as needed.
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Mike Hurney is the Founder and Director of MassRealEstate.net, an Association of Contractors, Investors and Landlords. He is the Author and Coach of the popular Course "How to Become a Real Estate Investor in 12 Easy Lessons" which Trains and Guides Beginners or Sharpens and Challenges the Skill of Advanced Investors. Mike is a Successful Real Estate Investor, Rehabber and Landlord. He's also a Licensed Mortgage Broker and Construction Supervisor.