Property Management Blog

General Maintenance Before Showing Your Rental to Tenants


System - Sunday, January 4, 2015
Property Management Blog

Rental season is in full swing as people scurry to find that September 1st apartment before all the good ones vanish off the market. As a landlord, it is your duty to make sure all repairs, maintenance and renovations are done as soon as possible so you can rent out on time. Before you show your apartment, you need to inspect your property and repair anything that might create problems for prospective tenants.

MA law dictates that a landlord must provide a clean, safe and habitable property to tenants. Here are some of the things you should check before you start showing your property.

Dampness and Mold

During winter, homes generally do not get enough ventilation and sunlight to naturally take care of mould caused by dampness. March is the time you need to take a look around your property to spot any damage or dampness that has accumulated during the winter months. Check cabinets, doors, kitchen and bathroom ventilation for mold or other damage caused by dampness. You will need to repair these before you rent out to a new tenant.

Pest Infestations

Generally, landlords fumigate their property on an annual basis which usually coincides with a new lease or agreement. This helps to take care of any insect or rodent infestations so tenants do not have to deal with unhealthy conditions.

Utilities

The landlord is responsible for making sure all utilities and appliances in the property are functioning properly. Before you rent out to a new tenant, all of these need to be checked and repaired. Some of these are as follows.

Heating, Cooling and Water

Check that heating, cooling and water are available. If there are any issues with any of these systems, you will need to get them repaired and functioning so the new tenant does not have any problems during their tenancy.

Plumbing

Check all pipes in bathrooms and the kitchen for leaks or other problems. Do not ignore small problems like leaks because they can lead to bigger problems that can cause damage to your property. 

Drainage

As a general rule, drainage systems should be unblocked and cleaned annually. This ensures that no water is leaking into your foundations and causing long-term damage that could cost you a lot of money in repairs.

Locks and Fastenings

All doors and windows should have working locks and keys. It is your responsibility as a landlord to check that all windows and doors close properly. Doors and windows that do not close completely can lead to problems in both winter and summer. Prospective tenants who come to see your property will probably reject your house because no one wants to have to pay extra heating and cooling bills for your faulty windows.

It is important to take care of all general maintenance and repair issues before the prospective tenant showing season so your property isn’t left vacant before the season ends. If you need any help with managing your property, contact BBA Management at 617-734-6900 or info@bbamanagement.com.