Fall in Atlanta is just a few months away, and while we don’t always expect a lot of snow and ice, we do have a drop in temperatures and a change in the way we care for our homes. The changing season is an excellent time to evaluate your home’s maintenance and safety. It’s a good idea to use the fall weather to ensure you and your home are prepared. You don’t want to have a problem with the heat in the middle of winter. Both landlords and tenants are expected to pay attention to fall maintenance.
As fall approaches, begin preparing for a weather change. As a tenant in one of our properties, Specialized Property Management wants to make sure you understand that this part of your routine care. We want to keep our homes in good working condition, and we want you to continue enjoying where you live. These maintenance tips will ensure you have a comfortable season in Atlanta.
We talked about all of these expectations and responsibilities when you sign your lease agreement with us. You should already know that preventative maintenance measures are part of your seasonal care. So, get the fall started by looking at these things and taking care of what you need to do. Remember, we always welcome calls for help from our tenants. If you’re unsure about something, reach out to us.
Seasonal Check-Ups and Preventative Safety Measures
Your fall maintenance plan will include checking for safety hazards around the house and property. Your landlord is responsible for providing a home that’s safe and habitable, and it’s your job to help with that by checking the property once in a while and letting us know when you see a safety problem.
There are five specific areas that need your attention during your fall maintenance check-up. Not only will you help maintain your property, you’ll also stay up to date on how it’s looking and whether it needs any repairs. At Specialized Property Management, we’ll notice that you’re taking your responsibilities as a tenant seriously.
Preventing Accidents at Your Home
Accidents are not fun for anyone, and they cost you and your landlord time and money. Accidents are also often dangerous, and we don’t want to let anything happen to you or your guests. So, take some time to completely inspect your home. Look for loose handrails and unstable steps. Patios and decks should be sealed to prevent painful splinters, and you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any loose boards or nails that can pierce and injure bare feet. Check your carpet for loose areas or buckling patches. If you find anything that might be a trip hazard, talk to us. We also want to know about any exposed tree roots in the yard or surfaces that are slippery.
Avoiding Electrical hazards
Check every electrical outlet in your property. You’ll be quick to notice obvious issues, such as smoking outlets or those that are hot to the touch. The outlets that you use on a regular basis will be easy to notice when something is wrong. But, there are probably electrical outlets that you aren’t always using. Test them and let us know if you see any sparks when you plug or unplug something. If there’s anything wrong, don’t try to fix it yourself. We will call an experienced electrician.
Take a look at fire extinguishers
Every property needs a fire extinguisher, so make sure you know where yours is located. If you cannot find it, let us know. It’s also a good idea to inspect your fire extinguisher. Look for signs of tampering, and make sure it’s easily accessible in case a fire occurs. You’ll want to keep it charged and ready for use at any time. If you have any questions about how to use a fire extinguisher, make sure you contact us. We want to be sure you understand what you have to do if there’s a fire at the property.
Test and inspect all alarms
Smoke alarms must be checked at least twice a year, and if you schedule an inspection of those smoke detectors during your fall maintenance routine, you’ll have a good sense of whether they work or if you need to replace them. We also recommend that you inspect your carbon monoxide alarm. If you have security alarms hooked up to your doors and windows, check them as well.
Locate and inspect all the property’s shut-offs
You should be comfortable with the procedures for shutting off water or gas. So, if you have not reviewed what you would need to do, make sure you do this now. It’s important that you know how to locate the shut-off valves for both the gas and water valves. You’ll also need to know how to shut these things off effectively in case you have a leak. When an emergency occurs, we will respond right away, but when our tenants are informed and prepared to shut off the water when a pipe bursts, we can all spend a lot less time and money fixing the problem.
Take a look at your lease and review all the household procedures that are listed there. If your property manager comes over to fix or replace something that may be a safety hazard, it’s a good opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have.
Keeping Your Orlando Rental Property Well-Maintained
Thank you for making sure your home is safe and habitable. Now that you have crossed those things off your fall maintenance list, it’s time to inspect the routine maintenance issues that often occur from time to time. We ask our tenants to look at these five seasonal maintenance items.
- Change and clean your filters and vents
We ask a lot of our air filters in Atlanta. The air conditioning is used throughout the summer and even in the spring and fall, so change your air filters every month. Check your filter and if it appears that you haven’t changed it in a few months, give yourself a regular reminder so you can be sure you’re changing it monthly. When you make it part of your routine, you’ll enjoy a more efficient air flow in the property, as well as lower electric bills. It helps the owner of your home too, because the lifespan of your heating and cooling unit will be extended.
This is an excellent time to look at other filters. For example, check the filter and the vent in the hood of your stovetop range. This isn’t something you normally inspect, so it could need to be dusted and cleaned. Vacuum all the heat registers in your home, including air intakes, vents, fans, and radiators, if you have them. Clean out the areas under, behind, and between appliances. This reduces your fire hazard potential and also ensures your indoor air and environment are as healthy as they can be.
- Examine your doors and windows
Check all of your exterior doors and make sure they close easily and tightly. The locks need to work, and it should be easy to open and close your doors and windows. You might need to apply some lubricant to the hinges. Look for loose screws and tighten them. Check on your weather stripping and see if it needs to be replaced. Well-insulated homes save money on energy costs.
- Inspect the floors
Your property owner may decide to replace your carpet or upgrade to hard flooring during your tenancy. Keep your floors clean and in good shape. Report any issues with stains, tears, or scratches. You might want to professionally clean your carpets in the fall to keep them looking great and increase the chances that you get a full security deposit refund.
- Look at drains and disposals
Check your drains and disposals for clogs, debris, and back-ups. Specific areas to check include your dishwasher, sinks, tubs, and showers. Test your faucets and check under sinks for leaks or drips. If necessary, change and replace washers. Clean the garbage disposal blades by running it with ice cubes in there. You should also flush the garbage disposal with a mixture of baking soda and hot water.
- Remember your landscaping
Your lawn and patio should be neat and clean. Remove any debris. If you have a patio or a balcony, check it for hazards and make sure it looks tidy. Store your hoses and lawn equipment.
These are the most important things you can pay attention to when you’re a tenant. They are easy inspection elements, and you’ll have a hands-on role in keeping your property in excellent condition. This is part of our desire to ensure you have a positive rental experience with us. These seasonal inspections will help all of us ensure your home is in great shape.
If you come across any safety issues or need repairs during your fall maintenance check-up, please submit a maintenance request online, or contact our office to make sure we know about the things that need to be done.
Thank you for taking the time to conduct fall maintenance and take care of your rental property. We value you as a resident and want you to enjoy a safe, clean, well-maintained home. If you have any additional questions or have any maintenance needs, please contact us at Specialized Property Management in Atlanta.