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Preparing Your Lake Forest Rental Property for Fall

Person Performing Fall Maintenance By Cleaning GuttersWith the cool weather months just around the corner, now is the time to get your Lake Forest rental property ready for the change in season. You have to take this opportunity to do the annual maintenance and repair tasks your rental property needs before it gets too cold outside. You might encounter a lot of problems if you wait for winter to arrive. Your Lake Forest rental property will be winter-season ready once you complete these essential fall maintenance tasks.

  • Clean Out Gutters: Leaves and other debris tend to accumulate in your gutters so it is important to remove these to allow the water to flow freely when rains come during autumn. Also, check the downspouts and make sure to do repairs if necessary, and make sure the water is being directed away from the home’s foundation.
  • Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing: If your property has an automatic sprinkler system, drain it completely and turn it off from the box. Also never forget to drain all hoses and outdoor faucets or else you could experience freezing and bursting later on.
  • Furnace Tune-Up: A fall-ready furnace! You haven’t paid any attention to your furnace for almost a year, and now is the time to give it some deserved maintenance. You could choose to have it professionally serviced or if you do it yourself, do a complete visual inspection and be sure to install a new filter.
  • Clean Fireplace and Chimney: Not only the furnace, but you should also prepare your Lake Forest rental property’s fireplace and chimney for the winter months. Chances are, it’s been a while since you had your chimneys cleaned so now is the time to do that. Also, don’t forget to do the same with the fireplace and inspect the flue. Make sure they are in “top shape” for the rigors of winter.
  • Replace Weatherstripping and Caulk: Keeping the warmth in and the cold out is a big part of fall maintenance preparations. It is important to fill the gaps so check windows and doors and replace weatherstripping if worn out or missing. Where necessary, caulk around windows and doors for a weather-proof seal.
  • Let the Light In: Natural light is good for your property as well as for the mental health of your tenants. Let’s work on ways to keep the light in. To maximize natural light, clean your rental property’s windows and blinds. Now is a good time to replace older light bulbs with brighter, energy-efficient ones.
  • Safety Check: Lastly, have your rental property ready for fall by doing a comprehensive safety check. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors. Make sure that all fire extinguishers are not expired. Implement a safety plan for your tenants in case of an emergency.

The checklist may seem long but keeping your Lake Forest rental property in good condition pays off in the long run.

Need further assistance with your fall maintenance checklist? Contact us online today! Real Property Management Agile has teams of home service professionals ready to tackle your annual maintenance checklist right away!

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