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Get Your Home Ready for Spring: 10 Tips for Renters

Gardener doing seasonal yard work ahead of springThe days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer – it’s ultimately time to start preparing your Yorktown rental home for spring! As a renter, knowing what you can do to make your home for the warmer months ahead is necessary. In this blog post, we will focus on providing 10 tips to guide you to prepare your rental property for spring. Keep reading to learn more!

  1. Check for leaks and water damage. Whether or not this season brings us rain this year, spring is the perfect time to check your home thoroughly for water leaks and damage. Look around the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room for any manifestations of water damage or discoloration on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Furthermore, you may check your faucet, inside vanity cabinets, and around the base of each toilet. If you notice any signs of a leak, contact your Yorktown property manager straightaway.
  2. Clean the window screens. Dust, pollen, and other airborne particles can easily accumulate on window screens, so spring is a great time to thoroughly clean them. Start by removing any screens and wiping down the windowsills with a damp cloth. Rinse the screens with a garden hose and allow them to dry before replacing them in the windows. Just make sure to clean only the screens you can reach safely.
  3. Test and service your HVAC system: Before summer hits, it is extremely crucial to test and service your rental property’s air conditioning and heating systems. A good landlord will schedule regular HVAC maintenance for you, but if yours doesn’t, now is the time to ask! Regular HVAC maintenance will help ensure that your rental home remains to be at a suitable temperature throughout the changing months of spring and summer.
  4. Check for pest damage: As temperatures begin to warm up, you’ll want to pay attention to signs of any unwanted pests invading your rental home. Inspect windows, doors, vents, and other openings for any indications of slight holes or gaps, as these can become easy access for bugs and rodents. If you come across any, contact your property manager right away.
  5. Plant some flowers: Add a splash of color to the exterior of your rental home this spring by planting some flowers! Look into the different types of flowers that will be most appropriate for the rental property’s current climate and soil type and look into which flowers are best to prevent common pests. Then, create a colorful display of your favorites to help give your home a taste of spring.
  6. Replace smoke detector batteries: Check all the smoke detectors around your rental property – spring is a great time to replace any old batteries if needed. This will assist in ensuring your rental home is always safe in a fire emergency. If this task is something that your landlord normally performs, remind them to schedule it!
  7. Clean out closets and drawers: With winter ending, it’s time to mellow out on those heavy layers! Now is the ideal opportunity to take inventory of what you own and donate or recycle anything that you don’t need to any further extent. If you haven’t worn something in at least a year, it may be time to donate it.
  8. Clear debris from patios and decks: Winter can be difficult on rental property’s outdoor spaces. Get rid of fallen leaves, twigs, branches, as well as other junk from your rental home’s patios and decks for a clean look in the spring.
  9. Clean sliding window and door tracks. If you have any sliding windows or doors in your rental home, spring is the perfect time to give the tracks they glide on a good clean. During winter, dust, and grime can build up in window and door tracks, creating poor functionality. To keep everything running smoothly, use a damp cloth and a small brush to remove dirt and debris from the tracks. Then use a vacuum or compressed air to get into the tight spaces. If your rental home’s sliding windows and doors seem stuck, apply a light lubricant to the tracks.
  10. Check lighting fixtures: Spring is a great time to inspect all of your home’s light fixtures and replace any broken bulbs or burnt-out lights. Consider switching out any old-fashioned bulbs for LED ones – they’re more efficient and last longer, cutting down on electricity costs!

By following these 10 tips, you’ll soon be ready for the warmer months ahead. But in every season, keep up with regular maintenance to keep your rental home beautiful and comfortable all year round.


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