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– ANNUAL & REGULAR MAINTENANCE –
The general upkeep of rental properties is essential both in maintaining the value of a property and in attracting quality tenants to lease the property. Property owners depend on their property managers to help them identify items of concern that need to be taken care of. Tenants are liable and responsible for basic cleaning, whereas the owner of the property, often through BCI as Landlord is responsible for specific items as noted.
Just before winter and just after the winter season may be the best times to address certain items of concern, which are easy to overlook. In general tenants are not expected nor required to do a yearly upkeep of a rental property, but should keep their grounds clean, tidy and in order. Owners must have these yearly maintenance items performed at their cost, unless otherwise specifically agreed upon in writing with a tenant and incorporated within the Lease. Landlord Tenant Law requires owners to maintain their properties in such a way as to provide both safe and healthy tenancy. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure indeed. Tenants however are required to keep all areas clean within reason!
Here are a few of the things Tenants can do for basic cleaning and maintenance. Tenants MUST check with Landlord and obtain permission in writing before painting, staining or replacement of any materials. Always check with your Landlord if uncertain.., we are just a call away.
– EXTERIOR –
___ CLEAN DRIVEWAYS / WALKWAYS / PATIOS
___ CLEAN DECKS
___ CLEAN FENCING, BUT NOT REPAIR
___ DO NOT CLEAN ROOFING – CALL LANDLORD FOR THAT!
___ CLEAN TRIM / SIDING
___ GUTTERS / DOWNSPOUTS – CALL LANDLORD FOR THAT!
___ CLEAN WINDOWS / SKYLIGHTS
___ CLEAN SHEDS / GARAGES
___ CLEAN FIREPLACE BY USING A CHIMNEY SPECIALIST
DRIVEWAYS / WALKWAYS / PATIOS:
Horizontal brick, concrete and paver surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis. Dirt, mold and moss can quickly build-up during the winter months. A quick pressure washing of these areas can easily brighten the appearance of any property.
Wood decks usually need to be cleaned and stained every 2 to 5 years. Mold and moss build-up will not only deteriorate decks, but it will also make them slippery and dangerous to walk on. Regular cleaning is essential. Checking the decking for rotten boards is also important for safety concerns.
Like wood decks, wood fences ought to be cleaned and stained in order to keep their durability and beauty. Replacing an entire fence can be expensive, so regular pressure washing, staining and repairs can extend the life of a fence by years.
Composite, tile and shake roofs should be treated with a moss killer treatment to prevent moss growth. Long term moss growth can rot composite and shake roofs. All roofs can be pressure washed if needed. Shake roofs need to be cleaned and treated every 5 to 10 years in order to preserve their beauty, life and durability.
TRIM / SIDING:
The appearance of a building not only adds curb appeal, but also adds value to a building. Vinyl siding and trim need to be routinely cleaned. Ideally, a new paint new coat should be added before paint peeling occurs. Once peeling begins, deterioration speeds up rapidly. The trim still needs to be painted on buildings with vinyl siding. – CALL LANDLORD FOR THAT!
GUTTERS / DOWNSPOUTS:
In the Evergreen State, gutters and down spouts can fill quickly with leaves, branches, mold, grime and even plant life. Cleaning them out not only helps preserve them, but it also protects wood trim and siding from the damage caused by sitting and over flowing water due to clogged gutters and down spouts. – CALL LANDLORD FOR THAT!
WINDOWS / SKYLIGHTS:
These ought to be checked for leaks, cracks and cleanliness, both on the inside and outside. Even minor leaks can cause extensive damage where building surfaces get consistent exposure to unwanted moisture.
SHEDS / GARAGES:
Detached buildings that tenants do not live in still need to be cared for. Neglecting property can not only be a real eye sore, but can also cause the overall value of a property to decline. Regular repairs, cleaning and painting can go a long way in maintaining these buildings.
Most insurance companies will NOT pay for damaged caused by chimney or fireplace malfunctions, including lack of maintenance. We recommend annual cleaning, inspection and needed maintenance of all types of fireplaces…. whether it is gas, wood or pellet etc. – We use:,a href=’http://www.thechimneyspecialists.com/”>www.TheChimneySpecialists.com when we need these services, however owners may use any licensed service. Keep those receipts…, if there is a fire you will need to prove that your fireplace was maintained properly. – TENANT MUST PAY FOR THIS!
– INTERIOR –
___ PLUMBING / Kitchens – Baths & Laundry
___ ELECTRICAL / Sockets – Lighting
___ WINDOWS / DOORS / WALLS / FLOORS
PLUMBING / Kitchens / Baths / Laundry
Handyman should check all pipes, hardware and fittings for leaks or damage that may need repair.
ELECTRICAL / Sockets – Lighting
Handyman should look for “burn outs”, sockets that have burn marks, and light fixtures for damage.
WINDOWS / DOORS
Handyman should ensure that all doors and windows open and close properly and are sealed against the weather, plus wall and floor damages, marks and misuse.
Handyman should look for damage, misuse and
functionality of all appliances…., plus have they been changed by tenant.