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Fall Maintenance Tips for Tenants

Richey Property Management - Monday, September 25, 2023

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As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisper, it's a clear sign that fall has arrived in Virginia. Along with the picturesque landscapes and pumpkin spice lattes, this season brings unique maintenance challenges for tenants in the Old Dominion state. 

To ensure your rental property remains in top condition and you enjoy a comfortable living environment during the autumn months, here are some essential fall maintenance tips for tenants in Virginia.

Gutter Maintenance

Virginia's fall season is known for its falling leaves, which can quickly clog gutters and downspouts. When gutters are blocked, water can overflow, causing damage to the roof and siding. As a responsible tenant, make sure to clear the gutters of leaves and debris regularly. Different leases have different requirements so check who is responsible but make sure to report clogged gutters in order to not only preserve the property but also prevent potential water damage issues.

HVAC System Check

Fall marks the transition from air conditioning to heating systems. Before the temperatures drop significantly, test your heating system to ensure it's functioning properly. Replace air filters as required and if needed, and if you notice any issues with heating or ventilation, promptly report them to your landlord or property management.

Weatherstripping and Insulation

Virginia winters can be chilly, and a well-insulated home will help you stay warm and save on energy bills. Check for any gaps around doors and windows and install weatherstripping where necessary. Consider adding draft stoppers or door sweeps to minimize heat loss.  And if you notice any large areas where drafts are occuring, notify your property manager.

Yard Maintenance

Maintaining the outdoor space is often a shared responsibility between tenants and landlords. Rake leaves, trim overgrown bushes, and remove any debris from the yard. If there are trees on the property, consult with your landlord regarding any necessary tree trimming or maintenance to prevent potential damage during fall storms.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Fall is an excellent time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure they are in working order by testing them and replacing batteries if needed. This simple step can save lives and ensure your safety throughout the colder months when heating systems are in use.

Plumbing Inspection

Prevent frozen pipes by insulating exposed plumbing in unheated areas of your rental property, such as the basement or crawl spaces. Disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets and turn off the water supply to outdoor spigots to avoid freezing and bursting.

Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning

If your rental property includes a fireplace, consider having it professionally cleaned and inspected before using it for the first time in the fall or contact your property manager if you notice issues. Creosote buildup can be a fire hazard, so it's essential to ensure that the chimney and flue are clear and safe.

Pest Control

As the weather cools down, pests like mice and insects seek shelter indoors. Seal any cracks or gaps in your rental unit to prevent them from entering. If you notice any signs of pests, promptly report them to your landlord for professional pest control or take care of them yourself depending on what your lease says.

Taking proactive steps to maintain your rental property during the fall season in Virginia not only ensures your comfort but also contributes to the longevity of the property. By following these fall maintenance tips, you can enjoy the beauty of fall in Virginia while ensuring a safe and cozy living environment throughout the colder months. Remember that effective communication with your landlord or property management is crucial to address any maintenance concerns promptly.