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A Smart Guide for Annual Maintenance on your Rental Property
Repairing problems is obviously something any halfway decent landlord or property manager knows is one of the main factors in keeping tenants happy. Just 1 day with a broken air conditioner in Southern California and your tenant will definitely be reminding you. However, many individual owners and mediocre property managers tend to overlook maintenance issues that are preventative.  Cutting corners on maintenance will only bring headaches and surprise expenses down the road.  Use this checklist for annual maintenance; if you’re using a property manager, be sure these tasks are part of your agreement.
Schedule an Annual Inspection
Include provisions in your lease to perform an annual or semi-annual inspection of the property. If you can schedule this with the tenant, you can point out issues that they may be responsible for ahead of time, as well as keep an eye on the general condition of your property. However the main intent is to perform these maintenance tasks and inspect for potential issues.
Test Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
Be certain those safety devices are put in according to the manufacturer’s directions and test them at the minimum of one timeper year. Working carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms are neededwithin all rental homes. Smoke alarms ... more

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