Summer is on its way, bringing with it higher temperatures, butterflies and spiders alike, and more home leisure time. To make sure that your property is ready to withstand the demands of the season, check on these three aspects of your property.
Windows and Doors
It is vital in your summer preparation that doors and windows be properly checked. Whether tenants intend to open the windows to catch a breeze or keep everything shut tight to maximize their air conditioning, it is essential that everything is in working order.
For windows, first, examine the caulking. If there are gaps or cracks, or an obvious draft, it likely needs to be replaced. You can do this yourself using caulk softener, removing the old caulk, then filling in those spaces with new caulk.
Then, check the window screens. Damaged screens allow unwanted insects indoors. Clean, intact screens are your first line of defense against these unwanted visitors. Some minor snags can be repaired, but screens with more extensive damage will need to be replaced.
You will also want to check the caulk around the doors and replace it as needed. Be sure to check the door itself to make sure it isn’t damaged or too out of date. If you need a replacement, you can visit a site like roloxhomeservice.com to take a look at your options for doors and services. You make want to suggest (or provide) tenants with a weatherboard to cover any gap between the door and the floor to avoid air leaks.
Check the HVAC System
No one item is as important to summer living as the climate controlling HVAC system. Test the units in each home or apartment to ensure they are running smoothly and efficiently. Check and change the air filters and then run a simple diagnostic.
Switch the system from heat to cool and check that everything is working properly. According to Always Plumbing & Heating, you should call in a professional if you notice:
- Strange noises.
- Slow airflow.
- Warm air.
These can be symptoms of a serious problem in the system. It’s better to get these hiccups sorted out as soon as possible to avoid any air conditioning disasters in the dead of summer. The longer you wait the more likely it is that you will have to get in line for a technician’s help, while your tenants suffer in the heat.
Invest in Pest Control
Many summer bugs are harmless (think common ants), but all sorts of creepy crawlers are more active in the warmer months of the year (think bed bugs, centipedes, and spiders). These pests can drive your tenants up the wall and result in a lot of complaints and hassle for you.
Look for a pest control company that guards against:
- Carpenter Ants
- Bed Bugs
These pests are considered more dangerous than common ants. They bite or sting, and may carry diseases. Your best defense is a good offense. Working with a qualified pest control professional (before the season hits) will ensure that your properties are pest free all summer long.
Simple as these checks are, they will safeguard you and your tenants’ summers so that you can lay back and enjoy the sunshine.