The Landlord List: Maintaining the outside of your rental property

There are many things that you’ll want to do in-between tenants.   Although not fun, these activities will help maintain your property and potentially save you from expensive repairs:

  • Look over the structure for cracks and gaps
  • Look for signs of termites (like mud-looking tunnels around the base of the structure) and other critters.  Check for openings that mice can fit through.
  • Trim trees and bushes so that they do not touch the house.  Cut branches that overhang the roof or possibly interfere with power lines
  • Run the sprinkler system and check for issues.  Also wrap the sprinkler system pipes that are above-ground to prevent damage from freezes.  If time allows, make a chart of the different zones for each setting
  • Notice the drainage in the yard.  Make sure that water runs away from the house and address problem areas.
  • Clean out gutters.  Make sure that the gutter system is sloped correctly and water runs away from the house.  Check for leaks.
  • If it’s been a few years, or you’ve been hit by a major storm, hire a roofer to check for damage and seal gaps in the roof
  • Is the fencing in good condition?  Check for broken boards and nail pops.
  • Make sure that windows aren’t leaking and that doors seal properly
  • Clean mildew and wash windows
  • Power wash the driveway and sidewalks, and possibly the house
  • Fill in cracks in the driveway and sidewalks
  • Give the yard a “weed and feed”

3 thoughts on “The Landlord List: Maintaining the outside of your rental property

    • Carrie Robinson – I'm Carrie: a mom, entrepreneur, and business owner. My husband and I own seven rental properties, which I manage and take care of. Not a huge company, but a size that I'm comfortable managing. I hope to inspire you to become the best landlord that you can, and learn from my almost 20 years of experience (and the mistakes that I've made along the way!).
      Carrie Robinson

      Certainly not my husband.

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