Now that fall is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about ways to eliminate the last-minute rushing to prepare your investment properties before the cold months arrive. For the owners who manage their properties by themselves, take out your pen and paper to take notes because with these 3 tips, you’ll transition into the latter half of the year with ease!
No one wants to live in a house that’s falling apart at the seams. Potential renters are going to be paying attention to the details, looking for a put-together house. Consider these important interior and exterior updates so you won’t have to worry about them turning into issues during winter.
- Fixed roof
- Clean gutters
- Repaired heaters
- Fresh paint
- New carpets or hardwood floors
- Secured windows & doors
- Trimmed landscaping (Especially trees)
Don’t be caught unprepared during the winter months. Prep ahead of time and avoid the trouble! Just think of all the maintenance calls that will be flooding your phone if you don’t.
SAFETY PLAN IN PLACE
This step is especially important for larger buildings or complexes, where more detailed planning is necessary for a safe evacuation, should an emergency situation arise. The rise of electrical risks are at the highest of the year, during the winter, so make sure you have some sort of plan in place now.
The winter months not only hold the highest risk of electrical fires, and other electrical related injuries, but this time of the year also holds the highest risk for carbon monoxide related deaths. On top of that electrical product sales increase in December, along with the prices of these products. It is critical that you double check the following and make the necessary adjustments to ensure guaranteed safety.
- Heating sources
- Fire extinguishers
- Smoke alarms
- Carbon Monoxide alarms
- Air filters
Already feeling the stress of managing your own investment properties in the upcoming months? Well this last tip is probably the most important for you. Hiring a property manager will take all the stress of fall and winter off of your shoulders. These professionals handle all repairs, rehabs, and maintenance, make sure all safety codes are up to date, and market your vacant properties with top of the line software tools. Hiring a professional will also make you more money in the long run and will give you the free time to do what you want to do. Whether it’s spending the holidays with your family, or going on a winter vacation to somewhere warm and sunny. A property management company gives you this freedom you wouldn’t have when managing by yourself.
If you want to find out more about why you should hire a property management company, check out our blog post 9 Reasons to Hire a Property Management Company
Or give our professional team at DK Property Management a call at (706) 935-4444. We’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you might have about managing your investment properties!