Get Your Rental Ready For Summer! Summer Maintenance Checklist

Denver Property Management, Landlord Essentials

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to make sure your Denver rental property is ready to stand up to the summer sun! Make sure to pay attention to both the interior and exterior of your rental, check for any preventative maintenance items, and spruce up your rental for the wonderful summer months ahead! Here’s a list to get you started.

Interior Summer Maintenance 

#1: Check All Smoke and CO Detectors.

Ensuring that all smoke and CO detectors function properly isn’t just a summer job, but now is as good a time as any to make sure everything is working the way it should. Replace the batteries, test each detector, and install new ones if need be. It’s an easy add-on to any other maintenance job you’re working on in your rental and can help reduce any potential liability.

#2: Get Your AC Unit Ready.

No one wants to deal with their AC not working when it’s 90 degrees out. Not checking your AC unit BEFORE the heat waves hit is a sure way to end up with unhappy tenants. Have your system serviced and checked to ensure functionality, clean any filters, and complete any recommended tune-ups. Doing so not only keeps your tenants happy and cool, but can help keep your system running smoothly.

#3: Reverse Your Ceiling Fans.

Did you know that the direction your ceiling fans spin can actually affect the temperature in your home? If your ceiling fans spin counterclockwise, they push the cool air straight down. This helps keep the cool air right where you and your tenants want it. Check to see if the ceiling fans in your rental home have the option to switch directions, then make sure they’re set to spin counterclockwise.

#4: Check and Clean Your Vents.

“fire danger: the link in my clothes dryer vent” by woodleywonderworks by CC BY 2.0

Dryer vents. Bathroom vents. Air Vents. You name it! Having your vents routinely checked and cleaned can help prevent build-up and help the air quality in your rental home. Make sure to schedule with a professional to have the vents in your home cleaned and serviced.

Exterior Summer Maintenance

#1: Get Your Sprinklers Turned On.

Summer is sprinkler time. Make sure your sprinkler system is up to the challenge by having it turned on and serviced. Your lawn and tenants will thank you!

#2: Primp Your Landscaping.

Summer is a great time to upgrade your landscaping. Check and see if there are any dry spots in your lawn that need some TLC. You can also add a few upgrades, such as new sod, mulch/rock beds, flowers and plants, and more!

#3: Check Exterior Hoses and Faucets.

Make sure your hoses and faucets are all in working order, especially after a Colorado Winter. Check for leaks and other damage and repair as needed.

#4: Wash the Deck/Porch.

With 300 days of sunshine in the wonderful state of Colorado, many choose to spend time outdoors. Make sure the deck, patio, or porch of your rental property is clean and ready for all of the foot traffic by washing away the Winter/Spring dirt and grime. This is also a great opportunity to see if your deck needs any touch-up.

#5: Wash the Windows.

After months of snow and rain, the windows at your rental property may be a little worse for wear. Wash away the dirt and grime and make sure your windows are clearly ready for summer. Your tenants will want to see the lovely outdoors!

#6: Complete Exterior Maintenance, Touch-up and Cleaning.

Summer means sunshine, which can often reveal flaws in the exterior of your home. Take advantage of the nice weather to touch-up or redo the paint on the exterior of your rental home. You can also check to see if there’s any other places that need attention, such as the gutters, roof, windows, and driveway.