By Brentnie Daggett
It's hard to believe, but autumn is finally here, which means it's time once again to think about seasonal maintenance for your home or rental property. With temperatures cooling down, now is the perfect time to visit those tasks that were on the back burner during the busy summer months.
Fall is the ideal season to check for inexpensive maintenance issues, such as areas that need caulking, gutters that need debris removed or vegetation that needs trimming, to prevent future damage. It's also the perfect time to check the roof for loose or missing shingles. The key is to fix the little things before they cause big, expensive problems.
Temperatures are already dropping in some areas, so some of the critters who have been happy to bask outdoors in summer's long days and mild temperatures will start to seek indoor shelter. Make sure they don't take up residence in your home by ensuring the property is animal-proof. Don't forget to inspect the attic to make sure unwelcome animals haven't destroyed any insulation.
Performing routine maintenance on your property will ensure it's protected from seasonal elements like rain, snow and cold weather. Although it might seem like a lot to handle, most fall maintenance can be done quickly and fairly inexpensively.
With seasonal inspections and a little preventative maintenance, you can help keep your property in tip-top condition. You can also make expensive items, like your roof or furnace, last much longer, which means more money in your pocket.
Brentnie Daggett is a writer and infographic master for the rental and property management industry. She loves to share tips and tricks to assist landlords and renters alike. To learn more about Daggett, and to discover more great tips for renters, visit www.rentecdirect.com.