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How to Care for Your Rental Property – Best Landlord Tips

In this week's blog we are going to talk about how to properly care for your Sarasota & Portland rental property.

When you take care of your rental property, you’ll preserve the value of your asset and keep your tenants happy. There are a few cheap, preventative things you can do that will go a long way in saving you money. Preventative maintenance is the best way to protect your investment.


One of the easiest ways to care of your rental property is by including landscaping in the rent. This makes the yard look nice, and your neighbors and tenants will be happy. Tenants will be paying for the services anyway because you can include it in your rent. Professional landscaping works out well for everyone.

Cleaning the Exterior

Trim back any trees, bushes and limbs that might be touching the property. You want to keep these away from the house so bugs and ants don’t climb up the limbs and then get into your property.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors make a lot of sense. You can either install brand new ones between tenants or change out the batteries, depending on your laws. It might be best to put a 10 year smoke and carbon monoxide detector in.

Filter Changes

Change out your furnace filters. Replacing them is easy and if you have fresh ones for the tenant moving in, your furnace works better and it’s less trouble for you. Let the tenants know how often these filters should be changed.

Plumbing Maintenance

Take a look at your plumbing. You want to make sure the toilets don’t leak. If you hear them running or you notice your faucets dripping, take care of those problems while they’re small. Tenants don’t want their water bills going up and you don’t want an expensive plumbing disaster later.

Window Security

The windows in your property need screens and they should open, shut and lock properly. Take care of these things up front before your tenant is moved in. It’s better to fix things in advance and have a happy tenant paying rent on time.

If you have any questions or need any help, contact us at PropM, Inc.