The nights are getting chillier; that summer garden is looking a little lackluster, and as much as we may hate to admit that those last rays of summer sun are fading, it’s clear that Autumn is right around the corner.

While it may feel like you just got your properties summer-ready, it truly is time to start planning your fall maintenance checklist.

Fall Maintenance for Rentals

Exterior Checks:

Check for inexpensive maintenance issues like areas that need caulking, gutters that need debris removed, or vegetation that needs trimming to prevent future damage. Check the roof for loose or missing shingles. Fixing small issues before they cause expensive problems is key.

Inspect for Fall Safety:

Autumn brings with it cold weather and, often rain. Inspect your supports and railings for decks, patios, and entryways. Be sure that the handrails can support someone who may have slipped in snow or ice.

Animal Proofing:

Cold weather brings critters seeking refuge in the warmth of an accessible basement or attic. To prevent an infestation, caulk small holes and cover large holes with hardware cloth. While you’re at it, check your attic’s insulation. Past critters could have harmed insulation which can cause ice damage to your roof.

Yearly Maintenance:

Now is a great time to take care of those yearly inspections. Remove debris from the chimney, and ensure that your tenants’ smoke alarms are being maintained. HVAC systems should be serviced and cleaned once a year to prevent major damage.

Check-in with Your Tenants:

This is the perfect time to perform routine property inspections and ensure your tenants are complying with lease terms. Address any questions or concerns they may have.

Seasonal maintenance may be a chore, but proactive maintenance will ensure that your rental property remains in good shape and your investment is protected for the coming years. Find out what you should be addressing annually in this comprehensive rental safety checklist.