Routine Maintenance Checks for your Properties

Tina Myrvang

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Due Diligence:

Your house requires routine maintenance. Below are some suggestions for maintenance checks and services on your own home and your rental properties.

Create an annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems.

Here are some suggestions on inspection times and what should be inspected.

Monthly
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires.
• Trim back any shrubbery or plant growth around the outdoor HVAC unit by at least 18 inches.

Quarterly
• Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks.
• Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
• Test garage door and grease tracks as needed.

Semi-Annually
• Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage.
• Power wash windows and siding.
• Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before summer and winter.

Annually
• Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system.
• Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
• Trim trees and shrubs away from the home's exterior.
• Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
• Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.

Being proactive is the best way to avoid costly repairs and issues in the future.
 

Kir Luong

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Fall is upon us ...I hate leaves...I usually have to do at least 2 times per year on some houses to clear gutters.
Who uses a gutter cover to minimize deposition in gutters? I'm wondering if it's effective and worth it. Mike Holmes likes it..since I see him endorsing it.
 

Tina Myrvang

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Holmes on Holmes, haven't seen his show recently. Is it still on the air? Or does it have a new name?
 

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I have used the product. It is very good, but you need to buy it on sale as it is expensive. It does a better job than other products available.
 

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Who uses a gutter cover to minimize deposition in gutters?
It's junk. Leaves sit on it, creating barrier for water to enter the gutters, so it rolls over the edge just like it would if there were no gutters. The solution? Exactly what you hate. Get your hands dirty.

Do not, under any circumstances, use the plastic mesh stuff either. It's even worse. By a lot
 

Kir Luong

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yes, I usually use my hands to scoop it out ...It's just a 20 minute exercise. I don't think the gutter cover is good either (but not sure)...
Bungalows are not an issue, but 2 stories can be scary since it's much higher. So those that buy infills in mature neighborhoods where huge trees exist....I'm sure they don't consider the annual maintenance involving leaves and small twigs landing on the roof.
 

kfort

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Google "gutter wand" ... I think mine is GutterMaster brand. $50. Not as easy as you think, and not as good of a job as using your hands and a hose, but 20' less to fall before you hit the ground.
 

TAMI

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I would like to add pluming fixtures such as toilet operation and wear and tear parts ,check for water leak under vanities ,replace cracked silicon . The above three inspections could save lots of mony both for you and your tenants as they common reasons for flooded basements

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Dan Carrol

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Due Diligence:

Your house requires routine maintenance. Below are some suggestions for maintenance checks and services on your own home and your rental properties.

Create an annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems.

Here are some suggestions on inspection times and what should be inspected.

Monthly
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires.
• Trim back any shrubbery or plant growth around the outdoor HVAC unit by at least 18 inches.

Quarterly
• Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks.
• Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
• Test garage door and grease tracks as needed.

Semi-Annually
• Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage.
• Power wash windows and siding.
• Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before summer and winter.

Annually
• Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system.
• Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
• Trim trees and shrubs away from the home's exterior.
• Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
• Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.

Being proactive is the best way to avoid costly repairs and issues in the future.
Thank you very much for this list! I just purchase my first investment and will use this as a guideline
 

iamcel

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Due Diligence:

Your house requires routine maintenance. Below are some suggestions for maintenance checks and services on your own home and your rental properties.

Create an annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems.

Here are some suggestions on inspection times and what should be inspected.

Monthly
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires.
• Trim back any shrubbery or plant growth around the outdoor HVAC unit by at least 18 inches.

Quarterly
• Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks.
• Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
• Test garage door and grease tracks as needed.

Semi-Annually
• Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage.
• Power wash windows and siding.
• Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before summer and winter.

Annually
• Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system.
• Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
• Trim trees and shrubs away from the home's exterior.
• Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
• Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.

Being proactive is the best way to avoid costly repairs and issues in the future.
This is really the best. :)
 

Sadia.Anwar

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To maintain home and keep the renovations on track; these are difficult things. Many new real estate portals are offering the advice and suggestions for these tips.
 

Julia7248

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Given the monthly checks - I acknowledge the importance of them. Are these things that a PM or landlord would complete ? I query , that some tenants might be a bit apprehensive of a monthly visit.


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Julia7248

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BTW - should have mentioned - the list is great and I appreciate it!


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Rehab Depot

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I agree tenants may be apprehensive but if they are notified ahead of time of the visit they shall not have any issues. I believe whoever is managing the property shall complete the checklist ! In addition , it allows you to stay updated with the status of the property! (cleanliness, animals, neglect etc.)