The New Year brings a new opportunity to breathe new life back into your rentals. The start of the year is an ideal time to do maintenance because it starts a new budget cycle and when you set your annual goals. Regular maintenance also ensures the rental's safety, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, enhancing occupant satisfaction and retention. Start with assessing the rental's condition and set repair and upgrade priorities. Identify and plan to address any minor issues before they become big problems.

Here is a helpful maintenance checklist to kick the New Year off right:

Conduct Thorough Safety Checks

  • Inspect and test smoke, flood, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers for expiration dates and proper pressure
  • Review and update emergency evacuation plans
  • Inspect emergency signage and lighting

Do Exterior Maintenance

  • Inspect the roof for damage or leaks
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Check the condition of windows and doors for drafts or leaks
  • Repaint or touch up exterior paint where needed
  • Inspect and repair any cracks in the building's foundation
  • Check and maintain outdoor lighting fixtures for safety and visibility
  • Prune trees and shrubs
  • Inspect and repair outdoor lighting and pathways
  • Power wash exterior surfaces if needed

Maintain Interior Features And Amenities

  • Paint or touch up walls and paint fixtures as needed
  • Inspect and repair any damage to walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Check and secure handrails and banisters
  • Inspect for signs of pests and arrange for professional pest control if necessary
  • Deep clean common areas
  • Clean and organize storage areas

Service The Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning (HVAC) System

  • Schedule professional HVAC inspection and servicing
  • Replace or clean HVAC filters
  • Check and clean vents and ducts

Check The Plumbing

  • Inspect for leaks in faucets, pipes, fixtures, and toilets
  • Test water heater functionality and adjust settings if necessary
  • Clean out drains to prevent clogs

Assess Electrical Systems

  • Inspect all outlets and switches for proper operation
  • Check circuit breakers or fuses for adequate function
  • Look for any exposed wiring and secure or cover it

Every rental is different. Modify this list to meet the unique features and climate of your rental. For more information on keeping your rentals in excellent condition, work with the knowledgeable team at Occupancy Solutions. We'll provide all the information, strategies, and advice you need to maintain your rental.