On the topic of property maintenance, always include major appliances in your property management plan. Quality appliances present as a noticeable future expense while also appealing to the potential renters of your Reile’s Acres rental properties. When appliances are not properly maintained, they may fail faster and require replacement more frequently.
There are some helpful hints landlords and tenants can take to stretch the life of the appliances in your rental homes. By practicing a few easy precautionary measures, you can make sure that each appliance lives up to its full potential. The first thing you can do to keep an appliance running is to– believe it or not– read the appliance’s manual. A good landlord will provide a copy of all appliance manuals and encourage their tenants to read them.
Basic maintenance does a lot to improve the longevity of individual appliances. For example, refrigerators need their gaskets and coils cleaned on a regular basis. The gaskets are the plastic strip that forms the seal around the refrigerator door. To prevent gapping, wipe down the gaskets a few times a year. It’s also very easy to clean the coils; simply take off the cover and vacuum or use a soft bristle brush. If the refrigerator you own is the type that has filters built-in, then make sure to schedule when to change these for your renters. This would ensure that it gets done properly and on a regular basis.
Dishwashers also need to be taken care of every so often and cleaning the gasket with soap and water is really easy; doing so goes a long way to keep the appliance stay watertight. Check the filter regularly and remove any debris. You should also make sure your dishwasher is level with the floor. The vibrations from an unbalanced dishwasher could hurt your dishes and even damage the machine itself. On top of maintenance for the mechanical aspects, you can also extend your dishwasher’s lifespan by running a hot water cycle with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner every few months.
For washers and dryers, proper use does a lot to keep them running smoothly. Overloading the machines is the typical mistake many people commit and it is one of the major causes of breakdowns and poor performance. Loads that exceed its capacity puts too much stress on the motor, belts, and transmission, leading to rapid wear and tear. Tell your tenants to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about load size. Also, dryer vents are to be examined and cleaned periodically to avoid buildup. When lint and debris get stuck in the external vent, it can lead to motor or thermostat failure. And a clogged vent also creates a serious fire hazard. We recommend double checking the vents each time you replace the filters.
Although these tasks to maintain your appliances are really simple, they still require you to set aside time and energy. Getting renters to lend a hand is the first step, but seeing to it that it actually gets done can be difficult. Instead, save yourself the headaches and wasted time and money; engage the services of the experts at Real Property Management Optimum. We give regular property evaluations and maintenance services that include large appliance care, and this lengthens the lifespan of all major appliances and reduces your costs. Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a ring at 612-730-8293 to know more.
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