Summer is a season of fun and relaxation, but it's also an important time for property managers to ensure their properties are well-maintained and prepared for the warmer weather. From HVAC maintenance to pest control, there are several tasks that should be on every property manager's summer maintenance checklist:
Nine Summer Maintenance Tasks Every Property Manager Should Know About
- Check and Maintain Air Conditioning Units
One of the most important tasks on a property manager's summer maintenance checklist is to test and maintain the air conditioning units. This includes changing air filters, cleaning the units, and ensuring that they are in good working order. It's also a good idea to schedule regular maintenance with a professional to catch any issues before they become major problems.
- Inspect and Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Summer storms can cause debris to accumulate in gutters and downspouts, which can lead to water damage. According to Angi, on average, water damage restoration costs $3,449, going as low as $450 and as high as $14,000. Property managers should inspect and clean gutters and downspouts regularly to prevent this from happening.
- Check for Water Leaks
Water leaks can cause significant damage to a property, so it's important to check for signs of leaks regularly. This includes looking for water stains or dampness around windows, doors, and plumbing fixtures. If a leak is detected, it should be repaired as soon as possible.
- Inspect and Maintain Outdoor Areas
Summer is the perfect time for residents to enjoy outdoor areas such as swimming pools, courtyards, and picnic areas. However, these areas require regular maintenance to stay in good condition. Property managers should inspect outdoor areas for damage or hazards, such as cracked pavement or broken furniture, and schedule repairs as necessary.
- Test and Maintain Sprinkler Systems
A well-maintained sprinkler system is essential for keeping landscaping healthy during the hot summer months. Property managers should test and maintain sprinkler systems regularly to ensure that they are working properly and not wasting water. Broken sprinkler heads and cracked lateral lines can waste thousands and thousands of gallons of water over the course of just a single watering season.
- Check and Maintain Roofs
Summer weather can be hard on roofs, so it's important to check for damage regularly. Property managers should inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles and schedule repairs as necessary.
- Clean and Maintain Swimming Pools
Summer is the peak season for swimming, so it's important to keep your swimming pool clean and well-maintained (if you have one). Property managers should hire a professional to clean and maintain the pool and ensure that all safety equipment is in good working order.
- Perform Pest Control
Summer is also the peak season for pests such as ants, mosquitoes, and wasps. Property managers should schedule regular pest control treatments to prevent infestations.
- Update Emergency Preparedness Plans
Finally, property managers should review and update emergency preparedness plans, including evacuation procedures and contact information for emergency services.
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