Skip to Content

Get a FREE assessment of your rental property. Start here!

Get a FREE assessment of your rental property. Start here!

Are Your Fargo Tenants Damaging Your Garage Without Knowing It?

View of the Garage Door on a Fargo Rental PropertyA rental home’s garage can be a principal aspect of its total appeal, but even tenants who are well-meaning could be awfully damaging to a rental home’s garage without actually realizing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements can crop up, and isn’t all the time the consequence of misuse or neglect.

In some situations, a well-meaning tenant doesn’t realize how to effectively clean or tend to a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Fargo tenants the right information, you can do a lot to prevent unintentional damage and keep your valuable investment in good condition.

A garage is an important part of a quality single-family rental home. The garage door gives much to the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and as well as the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But all of these parts should really be suitably maintained to always keep them in good working order. If one part is broken, the whole garage could be a problem and not really a benefit.

As the most visible exterior element, the garage door requires regular cleaning and maintenance to stay working properly and looking nice. A tenant could erroneously damage a garage door in many ways, from cleaning it with the wrong tools or cleaning products to forgetting to do basic maintenance tasks. Take one example, the materials that each garage door is comprised of varies substantially. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. If a tenant aims to clean up a garage door with the wrong tools, such as power spraying a painted door clean, they could cause extensive damage to the door in the end. Harsh household cleaners may, in addition, damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.

Besides looks, a garage door likewise comes with a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers in order to work perfectly. These features can rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. Essentially, a noisy garage door is an indication that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This straightforward maintenance assignment can seriously improve the useful life of a garage door.

The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are moreover common features that easily sustain a lot unintentional damage. A leaking car engine can leave oil stains on concrete floors that are tough to take out. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can build up on windows and seriously compromise the tracks, locks, and glass. Cabinets may be crushed or broken by heavy storage items or even by parking a vehicle too close. Much like the garage door, all of these concerns can be eliminated or straightforwardly fixed with regularly scheduled clean up and maintenance, but a tenant may not exactly comprehend how to carry this out.

For example, cleaning up motor oil is an absolutely different process from cleaning other materials or substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials must be used or there is a great possibility that trying to clean it might cause damage instead. Harsh chemicals or scrub brushes can scratch or damage windows and window tracks as well as cabinets, but regular household cleaners may not be enough to get the grime off either. To suppress continued wear and further damage, a tenant must have the necessary know-how and a good amount of oversight to make sure that a rental home’s garage is maintained in pristine condition.

Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. In this respect having a professional property management company is a very good decision.

At Real Property Management Optimum, we set out to help property owners teach their tenants on the satisfactory care and upkeep of their rental homes in Fargo and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our property management professionals can lead you to keep your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. For more information about our services, contact us online or call us at 612-730-8293.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.