Get Ready for Fall in 5 Easy Steps
09/23/2019 | dunnedwards |
Summer has “officially” come and gone. That may be hard to believe considering the warm weather we’re still experiencing here in the Southwest.
Now is the time to maintain your property for the soothing chilliness of fall. This can range from taking care of landscaping to ensuring that your building(s) and tenants are safe. Here are five tasks to consider as you prepare for the change of seasons.
- Check the Roof — The hot sun can seriously compromise your roof’s shingles and flashing — which can create major leakage issues once the rainy season arrives. Take a good look at the roof and make sure shingles, flashing and other roof elements are secure and aren’t worn or faded. Where necessary, replace any damaged items.
- Landscaping — While you don’t need to worry about snow and other plant-busting weather, it’s still important to take care of your outdoor spaces! If you want to keep a beautiful green space, now is the best time to fertilize. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a low-maintenance/cost alternative, consider xeriscaping! In addition, check for dead or overgrown brush — as well as clear tree branches close to your building.
- Check Your HVAC — If you haven’t already, make sure you get an HVAC inspection — including checking filters and vents, as well as clearing debris — as soon as possible. The last thing you (and your tenants) want to deal with on a chilly autumn evening is an HVAC system gone awry.
- Keep Critters Out — When cooler temperatures arrive, there is a wide range of creatures looking for a warm home. Mice, rats, cockroaches, ants, spiders, and even raccoons and squirrels may find shelter through small gaps in walls. Walk your property to identify possible places of entry (remember, a mouse can fit through a hole the size of a pen). And don’t forget to talk to your exterminator about preventative measures for bugs.
- Create a Fire Safety Plan — We have mentioned this in previous newsletters but it bears repeating — we are still in fire season! Take the measures needed to keep your property and tenants safe. If you don’t already have a fire safety plan, create one. If you do, revisit and revise it, as needed. Be sure to distribute the plan to tenants and employees so they clearly understand all rules and procedures.
It might not feel like right now, but cooler days coming. The sooner you cross off everything on your fall maintenance checklist, the sooner you can enjoy the beauty of autumn!