Landlords: Prepare Your Rental Property for the Summer With These Tips

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If you own a rental property, you may want to make a few special preparations to ensure it's ready for summertime. There are a number of things you can do to protect your rental property from the summer's heat and to make sure your tenants are comfortable. Take a look at these tips:

1. Establish a landscaping schedule.

If you don't want your rental property overrun with weeds or full of long grass, you need to establish a landscaping schedule. Ideally, if you have rented out a single family house, you should have established in the lease whether or not the tenant is responsible for grounds upkeep. However, if you haven't, you need to contact your tenant, and work something out.

Either stipulate that the tenant does the work or have a lawn service come in. If you own a rental property with multiple units, consider assigning one tenant lawn upkeep duties for a reduction in rent during the summer months.

2. Set up automatic watering.

You can let whoever is in charge of landscaping handle watering, but it can be a laborious task. To ensure the lawn gets watered and doesn't die, you should consider setting up an automatic sprinkler system. Grass is a huge investment in your property, and you need to protect it.

3. Inspect the air conditioner.

In addition to thinking about the outside of the property, make sure that the inside is prepared for the summer. Schedule a tech to come out and look over the air conditioner, or test it yourself to make sure that it is working well. Take care of any repairs before the heat rolls in.

4. Replace broken screens.

Whether the rental property has air conditioning or not, make sure that you replace the broken screens. That keeps out bugs to make sure your tenants don't get mosquito bites whilst inside, and it also cuts down the chance of infestations from cockroaches or ants.

5. Consult with a property management company.

If getting your property ready for summer seems like too much to add to your already busy schedule, consider consulting with a property management company. These companies can handle everything, from screening your tenants to scheduling AC repairs, or you can often hire them on an a la carte basis to handle certain aspects of your rental property such as mowing the lawns during the summer or other necessary tasks.