It's Fall! Time for cooler temperatures, colorful falling leaves, football and family. And it's also the time to make sure that our homes are ready for the upcoming months!
As tenants, you have a responsibility to maintain the home as required by your lease, but also, to save on expenses such as utilities or HOA fines (if applicable) and to reduce repairs which always seem to happen at the worst times.
First and foremost, report all necessary repairs in writing and in a timely manner.
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- Make sure your lawn is mowed and edged as long as the growing season continues.
- Remove weeds and dead flowers from beds, trim bushes, trim trees and add mulch if necessary.
- Keep yard clear of debris (toys, trash etc.) and animal droppings.
- After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts.
- Reduce watering as temperatures are cooler and the growing season is coming to an end.
- Check sprinkler system and report if malfunctioning.
- Make sure to dispose of all trash and keep trash receptacles in approved locations.
- Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots during winter months.
- Make sure you continue to replace HVAC filters every month.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries when daylight savings time ends.
- Replace burnt out light bulbs with the correct size energy efficient bulbs.
- As the weather turns colder, use caution when operating the fireplace.
- Check to see if damper is open before starting a fire.
- If the fireplace uses wood, dispose of the coals and ash in a safe manner.
- Clean and remove normal mold and mildew.
- Run dishwasher only when it is fully loaded.
- Clean oven at least once a month.
- Use care in what goes into the disposal (no bones, etc.).
- Report all water leaks as soon as they are discovered!
With a little care and elbow grease, we can enjoy the fall season and know we are prepared for the months to come!