We are talking about preventative maintenance on your rental home today, which is an important consideration when protecting the value of your investment. At Windsor Pacific Property Management, we recommend that you have a property inspection conducted every year by a general contractor. This will enable a qualified professional to look for any maintenance issues that might be outstanding at your property. You will have someone looking for water leaks, any chipping paint and problems that might be happening with your systems, such as furnaces and air conditioning units. Annual inspections are always a good idea.
It’s now the landlord’s responsibility in California to check the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This is something that you’ll need to do at least once a year. It’s also a good idea to have a termite inspection done and a report completed. While checking for termites is not something you need to do annually, you should have a termite inspector check your property every couple of years. The inspector will look for bugs, dry rot, organisms and other malfunctions within the structure that may lead to problems. The idea is to prevent any small issues from growing worse over time.
Take good care of the interior and exterior paint. Pay attention to the caulking on your plumbing fixtures so water doesn’t create mold and rot. You’ll also want to check out the caulking on the exterior of your property. Take a look at your roof and have a chimney sweep inspection done. We always do this before a tenant moves in.
These are just a few of the preventative maintenance items we recommend. For more information on how to maintain your rental home, please contact us at Windsor Pacific Property Management.