It is important to note that when making a property management plan, major appliances should be included. Property maintenance can be tough, but it is a must. Quality appliances in your Millbury rental properties can draw in great renters because they boost the overall appearance and appeal of your property, although quite expensive to maintain. When appliances are not properly maintained, they may fail faster and require replacement more frequently.
It is wise to follow simple measures that landlords and tenants can take to make sure that the appliance lives up to its full potential. As simple as it may sound, but reading the appliance’s manual is the first step to keeping an appliance running. A good landlord will provide a copy of all appliance manuals and encourage their tenants to read them.
For individual appliances, basic maintenance can spell a huge difference between discarding an appliance or extending its longevity. 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. Cleaning the coils is also easy; simply remove the cover and vacuum or use a soft bristle brush. If your refrigerator comes with filters, it is a wise idea to set up a schedule to alter these for your renters to guarantee it is finished right on a consistent basis.
Dishwashers also need attention from time to time, and it’s easy to clean the gasket with soap and water, helping this appliance stay watertight. Check the filter regularly and remove any debris. You should also make sure your dishwasher is level with the floor. An unbalanced dishwasher can create vibrations that will strain the machine and tableware as well. Along with mechanical aspects, running a hot water cycle with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner every few months will also enhance your dishwasher’s lifespan.
When it comes to washers and dryers, proper use goes a long way toward keeping them in good shape. Overloading the machines is the number one culprit of poor performance and breakdowns. Loads that are too large for the machine put a strain on the motor, belts, and transmission, leading to rapid wear and tear. Encourage your tenants to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about load size. In addition to that, dryer vents should be checked and cleaned regularly to avoid buildup. When lint and debris get caught in the external vent, it can lead to motor or thermostat failure – not to mention creating a serious fire hazard. We recommend double checking the vents each time you replace the filters.
Although these maintenance tasks are simple, they do take time and effort. Encouraging renters to help is an important first step but making sure that they are done can be a problem. Save yourself the trouble and pressure that comes with these tasks and obtain the help of the professionals at Real Property Management Metro West-Worcester? We perform regular property evaluations and maintenance services that include large appliance care, saving you money by increasing the lifespan of all major appliances in the home. Please contact us or call us at 508-329-6000 today for more information.
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