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Real Property Management Services in Lubbock reminds of the importance of performing Fall Maintenance


The changing of the season means that it is time to attend to those maintenance issues at your rental property that you left on the back burner during the busy summer months. While this isn’t advisable, we know that sometimes things are left on the shelf. When you are in a situation like this, our team at Real Property Management Services has a few fall maintenance reminders and tips for Lubbock property owners on how to finish up their “To Do” lists:

Head Outside First

Before the colder weather hits, you will want to ensure that your property will be protected from the elements and critters that may want to seek shelter from the West Texas cold. Ensure that water cannot seep into your house and freeze.  Do this by patching up the small holes or cracks on the outside of the property. You need to look closely, because these aren’t always easy to find. Remember, anything you leave open is an access for critters that can squeeze through small spaces. You should also discourage nesting by making permanent repairs or covering open areas with either a steel mesh or aluminum flashing.  The material you use will depend on the animal you are trying to bar.

Once you have secured the perimeter, check the condition of the roof. Make sure that all shingles are secure.  This will deter moisture from entering during a storm and will also ensure that they don’t fall off. Clear any debris from your rain gutters to keep them from clogging and breaking.  Trim any low hanging tree branches that touch any part of your house. Cover the air conditioning unit and winterize your irrigation system. Lastly, don’t forget to turn off irrigation water and cover spigots.

Once all this is done, it’s time to step inside.

Rental Property Maintenance Moves Indoors

To ensure energy efficiency, check all doors and windows for air leaks. Apply weather stripping or caulk to any drafty areas to keep your tenant’s bills down and to protect your heating system in the long term. This would also be a good time to check and make sure that the locks are still secure. If your property has a fireplace with a chimney, have it swept out to prevent fire hazards.

Having your HVAC system serviced at least once per year will help it have a longer lifespan. Ensure the filters are changed regularly, and leave extras for the tenant to use. Ensure that the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly. Lastly, check the attic for adequate insulation to prevent ice damming on the roof.

By performing seasonal maintenance, you are not only helping your Lubbock property maintain its value, you are also being proactive about needed maintenance.  Proper planning of maintenance will allow you to make those needed repairs outside of the temperature extremes that we have all come to know and love here in Lubbock.

As the leading property management company in Lubbock, our professionals at Real Property Management Services can assist you in finding someone to perform the maintenance. Call us today!


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