Spring is here! Spring is here!
After a cold and sopping wet winter, I think we can all agree that we're happy about warmer weather and sunnier days. But with all of the positives of springtime comes a bit of added responsibility. (And no, we’re not talking about getting a tan!)
It’s spring cleaning time! In order for your investment to retain its value, you must ensure the property is well kept, and looking and functioning at its best. The spring season is the refreshing time period to do just that.
Here are Aborn Powers’ spring cleaning tips for your property.
Start with a walk through of the property
Before you begin cleaning, start by scanning the property for higher level issues. If you are using an external cleaning service, our recommendation is to walk through the property with them to assess what needs to be cleaned or fixed. The key here is to catch smaller issues before they become a financial disaster.
Make a list of high vs. low priority tasks
Low priority tasks are often more of a wish list, items that you would love to have done someday. Think carpet, paint, new roof, whole house fans, better windows or appliances.
This will get you on the right track of what to tackle first.
Spring Cleaning To-Do’s
▢ Inspect the exterior. There could be damage or cracks on the roof or side of the building. Catch these issues before they become a big problem!
▢ Check driveway, sidewalks, parking for cracks or sunken concrete. If you notice damage, it’s best to fix it soon as possible to avoid bigger problems. There are companies that can grind down concrete so it is no longer a trip hazard.
▢ Check the fences around the property. Make fence repairs as needed.
▢ Landscape the property. This depends on what the outside of your property looks like, but it will typically include trimming bushes and trees, replanting and cleaning up.
▢ Clear out the gutters. It’s time for all of the gunk and leaves to go.
▢ Assess the floors. Cold weather and rain can damage ground surfaces both inside and outside. Arrange cleaning and maintenance solutions that fit your flooring type. Professional grout cleaners can do wonders.
▢ Deep clean the bathrooms. Bathrooms should always be cleaned regularly, but sometimes they need a thorough, deep clean!
▢ Clean the carpets. Cleaning the carpet in your property can remove stains, dirt and allergens, not to mention it will look better.
▢ Dust/clean blinds and drapes. Get rid of the sneaky dust and allergens hiding here.
▢ Inspect HVAC units. (Especially the AC before summer!) The last thing you want you or your tenants to have is a broken AC unit in the summer.
▢ Replace air filters.
▢ Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries as needed.
▢ Inspect all emergency and safety equipment. Check the status of fire extinguishers, security systems, alarms and more.
Other Helpful Tips
1. Stock up on items
Since you are in the cleaning mindset, it’s a perfect time to stock up on supplies your property needs. (Light bulbs, water filters, hardware, etc.)
2. Establish communication with your tenants
3. Record what you did
The last piece of advice we have: When you have a clean and organized property, the people in that space will be happier and healthier. It’s a proven fact!
Here’s to an awesome springtime full of cleaning!
Aborn Powers has over 20 years of experience in caring for investments, which includes spring cleaning! We hope this has been a motivating article for you and your property.
Please contact us if you have any questions about caring for your property. Remember, we treat your investments as if they are our own.