Property Management Tips – Have You Checked Your Rain Gutters Lately?


By GoldenWest Management

There’s no doubt that fall is a great time of year because it’s when we get ready for the Holidays but for landlords, fall should also be a time for them to take care of annual maintenance including checking the rain gutters at their rental properties.

Rain gutter maintenance is important because even though we don’t have much rain at all on the West Coast during the year a sudden downpour can pool water on the roof of your rental property if the rain gutters are not functioning properly, and this may result in leaks.

Easy Rain Gutter Maintenance

One of the great things about rental properties is that checking rain gutters is generally an easy thing you can do yourself. All you need is a ladder, small shovel, tube of caulking, putty knife and blower to clean the debris from your rain gutters.

Safety tip – Before attempting to clean your gutters yourself you should also wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms from getting scrapped on the gutters.

Step 1 – Climb your ladder and clean the debris, leaves and “goop” from your gutters. Whenever possible, have a spotter to help hold the latter firm.

Step 2 – Check all gutter spikes that fasten the rain gutters to your rental property. If you find one or more spikes that are not fastened to the fascia board on your rental you should purchase new spikes at your local home improvement store and fasten the new spikes to your gutters.

Step 3 – Once your gutters are cleaned and securely fastened to your rental property you should take a hose and run water through your gutters to check for leaks. If you spot one or more sections of your gutters that are leaking you should use your tube of caulking to plug up those holes.

Step 4 – Review the downspout to make sure that it’s draining water away from your rental property because water that pools next to your rental can damage the foundation.

How Much Does It Cost To Pay Someone To Perform Rain Gutter Maintenance?

If you’re not someone who likes the idea of climbing a ladder to do rain gutter maintenance yourself it’s a good idea to hire a contractor to maintain your rain gutters for you. Professional rain gutter maintenance costs about $250. Before hiring someone to make sure that know exactly what their fee includes since some companies may charge extra for installing new rain gutter spikes if they are needed.

During this time of year, you should also make sure your renter's insurance is up to date and covers both personal property damage and replacement lodging because in the event there is a small or large leak, you are covered for more than just the pro-rated daily rent authorized by most leases.

Get Property Management Here

To save time, money and hassle of maintaining your rental property yourself contact Goldenwest Management today by calling us at (866) 545-5303 or click here to connect with us online.

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