As a landlord, you might be thinking to yourself, “I’m so glad I finally found someone to rent my house in Chicago!” We agree! It’s great to finally have a tenant moved in and living in your rental property. However, before your tenants gets too cozy, make sure they are aware of their maintenance responsibilities as residents. Property management in Chicago is easier if your tenants follow these tips from Real Property Management Chicago Edge on fall maintenance.
- Tell them to watch out for anything that might cause accidents, such as loose handrails, carpet that is coming up in a corner, etc.
- Check for electrical hazards like exposed wiring. Have them identify all outlets around the house to make sure none are warm to the touch.
- Inspect fire extinguishers to verify that they are in working condition.
- Check smoke, carbon monoxide, and security alarms and replace batteries as needed.
- Locate gas and water shut off valves and review household emergency procedures.
Filters and Vents
- Clean or replace filters on A/C and heaters.
- Vacuum heat registers, under the fridge, anywhere where lint or hair may get caught.
- Change furnace filters monthly.
Sinks and Drains
- Tell your tenants to clean out all the drains and the disposal.
- Test out all the faucets and double check that they don’t leak or drip.
- Grind ice cubes in the garbage disposal to clean the blades, then flush with hot water and baking soda.
- If there are any unused wash basins or other sinks that are used infrequently, then tell your tenant to run water to make sure they’re working.
Fall Inside/Outside Misc. Items
- Make sure all windows and doors shut tightly to keep extra cold air out.
- Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws if necessary.
- Deep clean carpets and rugs.
- Tidy up outside, so the yard is free from trash.
- Clear debris and store outdoor hoses or similar items somewhere inside to keep them from weather damage.
We know you might be thinking, “This seems like an extensive checklist! My tenant did agree to rent my house in Chicago, but what if they don’t comply?” The good news is that any rental property owner who asks their tenant to perform fall maintenance shows their tenant that they value their property. We know that if you make it clear to your tenants that you care for your property, they will be more likely to do so in return. As experts in property management in Chicago, Real Property Management Chicago Edge is here to help! Should your tenants identify any major maintenance issues while performing the above checklist, they can submit a maintenance request to us and we’ll handle it for you.