Inspect your home inside and out

Your Home Maintenance Checklist For 2021

Inspect your home inside and out

Inspect your home inside and out, including the roof and foundation.

With the new year, and more time spent at home, it’s time to give your property a little TLC and put a maintenance checklist in place. To get started and ensure your home is in good shape, start by looking at these key areas.

Check Up On The Condition of Your Roof

It is important to assess the condition of your roof, and look for any signs of damage and wear and tear. Roofs can take a beating due to the elements, even if your roof is not that old. Look to see if there are any shingles out of place, discoloration, mold, or moss. These can be signs that it is time to get an inspection by a roofing expert to determine if anything needs to be replaced.

Determine If Your Exterior Needs Some Touching Up

 If you are thinking about practical, as well as aesthetic, upkeep on your home, then look no further than the exterior. The appearance of your siding or paint can change the entire look of your house. If your siding is in need of repair or if your paint is fading, then it is time to freshen it up. You can check out exterior home trends for 2021, and then pick out a new or sophisticated material to boost curb appeal.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Sometimes simple maintenance tasks can be forgotten until they start to have negative impacts on your property. For instance, cleaning out your gutters should be something you build into your regular outdoor maintenance schedule. Leaves and other debris can quickly pile up, clog your gutters, and defeat the purpose of having them in the first place. Clogged gutters cause water to dump against the exterior of your home, making it soggy, and water can potentially seep in and cause damage. Most major issues can be prevented if you keep up on your gutters and ensure that they are clean.

Ensure Your Foundation Is Water Tight

Make sure you are taking steps to make your home water tight so you don’t have to deal with water damage down the line. This could involve repairing your retaining wall, fixing cracks in your foundation, caulking around windows and doors, keeping your gutters cleaned out, and reinforcing and repairing drywall can all help make your home impermeable.

Tune Up Inefficient Appliances

It is important to keep your appliances on a regular maintenance schedule. There are many moving pieces to each of your appliances that need to be kept in pristine condition. When something is off or goes wrong with one part it can affect the entire performance of the appliance. You can check into your home warranty options to service your appliances to help them run more efficiently. 

Inspect Your Electrical System

Keeping close tabs on your electrical system is essential for safety and for ensuring your entire home system can function properly. Faulty wires, burned-out sockets, and outdated electrical panels must be addressed immediately to prevent fires. Ensure that your electrical system is up to date so that it can meet demand. Especially now, smart home systems are increasingly popular, and it is critical to ensure your electrical is top notch and can handle automation.

Take Proper Care of Special Materials

If your home has unique or has specialty materials it is important that you take care of them properly. If you have concrete driveways, walkways, stone or tile, ensure that they are not cracking. To keep such materials looking their best, be sure to clean them with the proper solutions on a regular basis.

Inspect and Test Home Safety Devices

To keep you and your family safe, you must perform routine safety inspections of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It can be easy to forget to check your detectors. Take time to check the indicator lights frequently and change the batteries. Also, check that there are enough and that they are installed in the proper locations.

Don’t wait and put off maintenance tasks. As a responsible homeowner, it is essential to keep up on your property not only for safety reasons, but to be able to enjoy your property to its fullest potential. Of course, Classic Construction & Restoration, Inc is here to inspect areas such as roofs and foundations, where damage can be hard to spot, but also expensive to repair if problems aren’t caught quickly. Call us at (469) 290-8980 to schedule your inspection today!

 

Playground slide and stairs with various primary colored railing.

Maintenance for Community Managers: How to maintain your community’s playground equipment –

playground slide and stairs with various primary colors With the hot Summer weather drawing near, the kiddos in your community will want to start playing on the playground more frequently. Before they swarm the equipment, check out these CAI maintenance tips for playgrounds.

Clean the equipment
If you’re thinking like a parent or childcare worker, you probably just imagined yourself wiping everything down with Wet Ones. Don’t worry; there is a faster way!

The first thing you might want to do when inspecting the playground equipment in your community is have it power washed. This will not only remove any dirt or mud buildup but also allow you to see any imperfections or damaged areas of the equipment more clearly.

Check structures for insect nests
Lots of insects hate cold weather and to them, the underside of playground
equipment is a good place to build a home. Have your maintenance crew
walk the entire playground area, even the seating areas, and check for insect
nests.

You might this unnecessary because parents should be responsible for keeping their kids from bothering the insects, but there are always parents that are less attentive than you might think. The last thing you want is an angry parent holding
you responsible for their child getting stung by a bee when they’re deathly allergic.

Think “Safety First”
Take this time to have your maintenance crew tighten or replace any loose bolts
on the playground. This is especially important in cases where there are multiple slides or levels to the playground, and if your community is home to lots of children.

If you find any rusty areas on metal playground equipment, or any warped or
damaged areas on plastic playground equipment, consider getting a bid to repair it.

Playground equipment probably isn’t at the top of your Board’s list of priorities
and that’s okay. Just know that to build a new playground set from the ground up,
it can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000. For higher-end communities
that want even nicer equipment, it can cause ten times this much. In the off
chance that your community playground does need some major repairs, know
that it’s cheaper to maintain it than to rebuild it.

playground swing maintenance blue swings

Budget for resurfacing
This is especially important if the playground has wood chips or tire mulch. Even if you don’t plan to completely replace the surfacing, make sure you budget to have it raked and leveled, especially under the swings and slides.

If you’re not sure if you should resurface your community’s playground, Classic Construction recommends reading the Texas Health and Safety Code regarding playground surfacing. You’ll want to make sure your current playground is up to code before worrying about whether or not it’s in good enough condition to leave in place.

Community playgrounds are amenities that do an excellent job of bringing communities together. They get kids and parents out of their homes and into connection and conversation with each other. To make sure your community playground can continue to provide this invaluable service, take some time to schedule the inspection today.

Empty apartment turnover maintenance

Preparing for Tenant Turnover: What Major Maintenance Items Should Be on Your Checklist?

Tenant turnover is a year-round problem for property managers and landlords. But with the warmer weather on the horizon, turnover rates will be on the rise. According to the National Apartment Association, turnover expenses have the potential to reach up to $162,000 or more annually, depending on the property’s location and turnover rate. 

With that being said, here are 3 of the top turnover maintenance tips to help you manage this busy season more effectively and save money in the process.

Begin the process before your current tenant moves out

As long as your resident has given you written notice of their intent to vacate, you can start the turnover process by scheduling a pre-inspection at any time before the current tenant moves out. During this time, you’ll be able to assess the condition of the flooring, the blinds, the appliances and any other big-ticket items that you might need to order in advance. 

Speak with your vendors about availability of materialsa kitchen with with stainless steel fridge, black stove and a black over the range microwave. White cabinets and black countertops. Kitchen receiving maintenance and being cleared.

Because you were smart and started the turnover process early, you now have the opportunity to make sure that your vendors have what you need in stock, or place your order for the materials so that you receive them in a timely manner. 

Additionally, your maintenance team will be able to prepare for whatever make-ready responsibilities they will be handling after the tenant is gone. These can include, but are not limited to, replacing window screens, air vents, appliance upkeep and cleaning. 

Prepare for both major and minor renovations, if necessary

If during your pre-inspection you realize the unit is overdue for a light remodel, you will be able to assess what items need replacing. Simple renovations such as new light fixtures, additional electrical outlets, or new paint can potentially generate a higher rent and depending on the skills your maintenance team possesses, can be done by them for a relatively low cost.

However, if you or the property owner have been going through the process of completely updating units and this one needs a major remodel, this is the time to request contractor bids and estimate the costs. Doing this before the current resident is gone will help you when looking at your turnover budget and you will be able to then determine an accurate timeline for when the unit can be rent-ready.

Empty rooms with clean wood floors a fireplace receiving maintenance. Room has white walls and a white ceiling fan with three lights turned on. Empty room maintenance managing tenant vacancy

Fortunately for you, Classic Construction handles everything from general maintenance to full remodels to large insurance claims. If you find your maintenance staff overwhelmed with their turnover responsibilities, give us a call or contact us today for a free estimate!