Spring/Summer 2017 Checklist

Keep your rentals (and your own home) running smoothly and looking great with this checklist. Making these repairs and/or additions may also attract possible Tenants to that vacancy you have been trying to rent out!

  • Repair window screens and check screening on porches before bug season arrives. Save old screens for future patches.
  • Build or repair fences and arbors so they will be ready for planting Season.
  • Repair deck boards as needed; remove protruding nails and replace with coated or galvanized screws. Be sure to check and tighten bolts in deck supports.
  • Clean and seal wood deck as necessary. Deck stains with at least some pigment last longer than clear sealers.
  • Reverse ceiling fans – they should have been blowing upward in the Winter – and clean the tops of the fan blades.
  • Check that Winter wind hasn’t lifted vinyl or aluminum siding, then repair.
  • Wash black streaks from the roof. Use prepared cleaner or save some extra money and mix your own:
    • Combine one part chlorine bleach with three parts water and a handful of trisodium phosphate. Apply to small section of roof with garden sprayer, let soak 20 minutes, then rinse with a hose.
  • Wash siding and gutters with a similar solution. You’ll have fewer streaks if you start from the bottom. Always be careful with ladders around power lines.
  • Scrape and touch up exterior paint, paying special attention to window sills, gable vents and garage doors.
  • Complete larger exterior painting jobs. Follow the shade – don’t paint in direct sun – and quit before dusk so the paint can dry before dew forms. Cheap paint is not a bargain. For most exterior jobs, look for 100% acrylic and buy at least the “better” quality.
  • Clean gas grill and replace any rusted or damaged parts.
  • Check crawl space for moisture and remove debris. If you spot signs of termites, call a professional.
  • Clean concrete drives, walk ways and patios, clean as needed.

from Genesee Landlords Assn.

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