Keep your Rentals and your own Home) running smoothly and looking grat with this simple checklist. Making these repairs an/or additions may also attract possible Tenants to that vacancy you have been trying to Rent out!
- Handout different colored stickers to each Tenant to place on anything in any basements or storage areas that they’d like to “SAVE”. Otherwise in two weeks it’s gone! Cleanout time.
- Repair window screens and check screening on porches before bug season arrives. Save old screens for patches.
- Build or repair fences and arbors so they will be ready for planting season.
- Aerate lawns, de-thatch, rake and bag your first cut. Then you can mulch each week with no leaves or branches.
- 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.
- Tighten all the screws, nuts, bolts in any garage doors.
- Clean and seal wood deck as necessary. Deck stains with at least some pigment lasts 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 it.
- 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 a garden sprayer, let soak 20 minutes, then rinse lightly with a hose. Rain will finish the rinse. This mixture is extremely slippery, use caution if you have to a walk on any of these areas after you’ve sprayed them!
- Wash siding and gutters with a similar solution. You’ll have fewer streaks if you start form the bottom. Always spray on the horizontal or down, spraying upwards can penetrate between windows or under the siding lap. Always be careful with ladders around power poles.
- Scrape and touch up exterior paint, paying special attention to window sills, gabel vents and garage doors.
- Complete large 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 carpenter ants or termites, call a professional.
- Clean concrete drives, walk-ways and patios.
Thanks to the Chicago Area REIA.