Everyone knows that the summer months in Phoenix, and throughout Arizona, are hot. Not even hot, but downright scorching. But the summer is also a very busy time in terms of the real estate market. College students move for new internships or job opportunities, new graduates enter the workforce, and families hurry to move while the kids are out of school. If you have a rental property, you should be prepared for an increase in activity.
So, as a landlord, what can you do to get ready for the summer months?
Inspect Your A/C Unit
There is nothing worse than an angry tenant calling in the middle of June about a broken air conditioner. You can get ahead of the game by having your A/C unit serviced regularly as a preventative measure. You may also feel comfortable changing the filter yourself, a relatively cheap and easy thing to do. This can typically be found in the blower unit where the unit meets the return duct.
Check The Sprinkler System
Check for any residual damage from the winter, including broken heads and cracked pipes. You can do this by running your sprinkler system one zone at a time. Fixing any areas of concern can prevent water damage, irregular watering, and unwanted dead landscaping.
Prep The Windows & Doors For Summer Air
Keeping the heat out and the cold air in is vital in the battle against the heat in Phoenix. Check around your windows and doors for any signs of gaps or leaks. Depending on the size of the gap or leak, you might be able to fix it with caulk or weather stripping. You should also check the hinges on the front door which may have come loose due to changes in the temperatures.
Tidy Up The Exterior
Landscaping is a great way to make your rental property out-shine the competition. Renters will take notice of a well manicured yard with trimmed shrubs and trees. Consider having a few flower beds. Make sure you clear out the weeds and have defined bed edges. April and May are especially bad months for weeds throughout Arizona. Subtle touches like clean windows and making sure that fresh paint is applied to any chipped columns or windowsills can make a big difference.
Getting ready for the upcoming busy summer months can seem daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced team can make recommendations about what repairs or upgrades to your rental property can get you the most return for your investment. They can also recommend a great vendor that we’ve worked with for years and coordinate all repairs. The cold weather can certainly take a toll on any home and On Q is here to help you get it back in shape!