The Landlord List: Maintaining the inside of your rental property

Here is a list of things to consider doing in-between tenants.  I basically think to myself: What would need to be done in the next five years?   After all, a tenant could stay a long time, or you could find yourself with very little time between renters.

  • Clean the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher.  If the washing machine is front-loading, check for mildew, and don’t forget to leave the door open
  • Clean the refrigerator.  Don’t forget to vacuum the coils
  • Clean the filters in vent hoods and cook tops
  • Clean all air ducts and the dryer vent
  • Deep clean carpets
  • Clean out drains.  Run an enzyme-based drain cleaner to help prevent future problems
  • Clean and seal grout, both flooring and bathroom tiles
  • Clean the shower door.  If the door gets spotty from hard water, use a protectorate to make this easier for next time
  • Replace toilet seats.  Check toilet plumbing for issues
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  Consider using 10-year batteries.  If the detectors are more than ten years old, replace
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors if needed
  • Hire a pro to do a furnace and a/c check
  • Take photos of EVERYTHING

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