In central Florida, summer property maintenance starts with storm planning. Even if your rental property isn’t on the coast, there’s a danger of high winds and heavy rain when tropical weather comes through.
It also gets hot. Really hot. The humidity is off the charts and most days are at least 90 degrees. That’s going to put your air conditioning unit, your roof, your landscaping, and your entire rental property through a lot.
Here are some of the checklist items that you’ll need as you plan summer property maintenance for your rentals.
Prepare for Tropical Weather
Being in central Florida, the Orlando area is in danger from those hurricanes and tropical storms that hit the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf coast.
Make sure your property is prepared and your tenants understand all the emergency precautions that they’ll need to take if a storm warning or watch goes into effect. The season starts on June 1, so make sure you’ve reviewed your insurance coverage, checked the security of your roof, windows, and doors, and reviewed emergency plans and safety protocols with tenants.
Landscaping and Lawn Care During Central Florida Summers
Schedule regular lawn maintenance for your rental property, and expect that the frequency of visits will likely increase during the summer. Some landlords want to leave this for the tenants to handle, but the tenants are not going to keep up with it as regularly as they should.
Hire a company to take care of the mowing and the weeding once summer approaches. Working with a professional lawn maintenance team will ensure your landscaping is protected and your home continues to look attractive. When you get on a regular service plan, it won’t be too expensive, and you can include the cost in the rent when you’re setting your rental price.
Gutters and Sprinklers in Rental Homes
Your gutters will need to be cleaned out every summer, before the rainy season begins in earnest. You want to avoid leaves, sticks, and other debris getting caught inside the gutters and allowing moisture into the property. This is another service that should be performed by professionals. You don’t want your tenants to get on a ladder and try to clean out the gutters. If they fall or something breaks, you’re looking at additional expenses and a lot of liability.
Sprinklers will need your attention in the summer months. They’ll get a lot of use, and you want to make sure there aren’t any leaks or rusty spots. Close any manual drains that were left open if the sprinklers were off for the winter. Adjust the spray patterns and the timing so your sprinklers will be ready to water your lawn.
Inspect HVAC Systems
Air conditioning is always essential in Orlando, but especially in the summer.
Tenants will begin to use the air conditioning daily as summer approaches, so make sure the cooling system is in good shape and ready to function. An HVAC technician can check the entire unit, including the condenser as well as the compressor.
Talk to your tenants about changing the air filters. Your heating and cooling system is probably one of the most expensive systems in your property. It’s important to maintain it so you can avoid expensive repairs and replacements
Summer maintenance is important as we protect the condition of your rental property. If you’d like to talk about what you should be doing, please contact us at Park Avenue Property Management. We work in Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Kissimmee, Celebration, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, and throughout central Florida.