Spring is a great time to reassess your property, undertaking maintenance and inventory assessments that can help ensure your investment remains in tip-top condition and keep existing or prospective tenants happy.

Use the season as a prompt to conduct one of your regular property inspections, giving adequate warning to tenants if your property is currently rented out or making the most of a vacant property to do a more thorough review if it’s not. Remember that regular inspections allow you to keep on top of issues before they develop but can also be a condition of your insurance.

Check for winter damage

One of your priorities should be checking for any damage inflicted by storms, snow or frost on your property over the winter months. Look out for anything that could pose problems later down the line, such as loose or damaged roof tiles or guttering, even if there are no obvious issues yet. Even just cleaning out the guttering of winter debris can help prevent leaks or split guttering.

Look out for signs of mould or damp

Another potential problem that might have developed over the winter months is damp or mould issues caused by condensation. This will be a particular risk where tenants might not have been ventilating rooms properly, especially if they have also been drying washing inside.

If you do spot a problem, then get it sorted urgently. Bring in a dehumidifier if needed and then wash and treat walls or areas to stop mould in its tracks. Do what you can to improve ventilation, including reminding your tenants to open windows and not dry washing inside.

Check detectors are working properly

Another important step is to double-check that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly. These are a legal requirement within your property so checking that they are fully functioning at regular intervals is vital.

Deep clean carpets and upholstery

If your property is empty then take full advantage of the opportunity to deep clean carpets, sofas and anything else that might need a more thorough clean – especially since the warmer weather will help such items dry faster.

Be aware of anything that needs replacing or repair

Are there any jobs that need doing that previous or existing tenants have highlighted that you should now be doing? Or, taking a fresh eye around your property on an inspection is there anything that is looking worn and needs replacing or repairing? Have tenants reported any unusual noises with appliances that could indicate a washing machine is on its last legs, for example?

Review your inventory

Reviewing your inventory will be part of your process before and after tenants move in and out of your property. It records what is in your property and the conditions of those items and your property.

This will be another useful indicator to note what might need replacing. However, an inventory review could also help identify whether such items are actually required or whether they are simply taking up space prospective tenants need for something else.

Tidy up landscaping

Extend your maintenance eye to your property’s garden or outdoor space, too. Your tenant should be responsible for general maintenance such as cutting the grass but are there shrubs or trees that need cutting back or fence panels that need replacing? Or could the patio or any outdoor furniture do with a power wash to restore their glory and get ready for summer?

Being extra aware on your spring inspection not only helps you keep your property looking and performing its best but should be a great signal to your existing or prospective tenants of what a great landlord you are, too, protecting your reputation as well as your property.

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