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Now that warm weather is here to stay, it’s almost time for the vacation season to start! But, before you head out for vacation, it’s important to prepare your rental home for the few days that you’ll be away. Listed below are four effective tips on how to best prepare your rental home for summer vacation so that coming home is something you look forward to and not something that you dread!
While not always a fun task, it’s an important one, nonetheless. Before you head out for a trip (especially if you’ll be gone longer than 3 days), it’s always a good idea to get rid of perishable food items in your fridge, wipe down your kitchen, and empty out the trash. There’s nothing worse than coming home to dirty dishes in the sink and stinky trash in your trashcan, so take the time before you leave to prepare your home for your return.
Kinda nervous about leaving your home for a long trip? Buy an indoor lighting timer to add an extra layer to your home security. With your indoor lights on a sequence, you can schedule when your lights go off and on, giving the allusion that someone is home. While this traditional method of home security isn’t guaranteed, it can definitely bring some comfort in knowing that it at least looks like someone is home. Need a light timer but don’t know where to get one? Click below for a digital timer for only $25!
To save money on your electric bills while you’re away, unplug unnecessary electrical items before you leave on vacation, such as your TV, toaster oven, phone chargers, and more. Unplugging your unused electrical devices also protects your electronics and appliances from unexpected power surges that may occur while you’re away on vacation.
There’s nothing more frustrating than coming home from vacation to a dripping kitchen ceiling or a flooded basement, so it is always helpful to have a friend or family member check in on your rental home while you’re away to make sure that nothing is out of the ordinary. This is especially helpful when an unexpected storm comes through. Plus, having a friend look in while you’re away can be comforting, and provides an added sense of home security.
Preparing for a vacation is always exciting, but don’t let the dread of a dirty house prohibit you from enjoying a relaxing return home. Find comfort knowing you’re well prepared so that you can fully enjoy your vacation.
With the start of summer almost upon us, it’s time to prepare your rental home so that you can fully enjoy the sunny season without the stress and inconvenience of last-minute upkeep! Here are six things that you can do to get your rental home ready for the warm summer months so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the start of summer.
Instead of waiting for the first sweltering day of summer to turn on your AC, check to make sure your AC unit is working properly as early as April or May. When the weather is in that ideal in-between of late spring and early summer, turn on your air conditioning unit to see if there’s any maintenance that needs to be done. This is a great opportunity to make sure that everything is running smoothly in your AC unit, allowing you to enjoy a nice, air-conditioned home that keeps you cool all summer long.
Now that you’ve checked your AC unit to make sure that it’s working properly, it’s time to check your doors and windows to make sure they are properly sealed. Go through your rental home and inspect all exterior facing doors and windows so that they are suitably sealed to take on the summer storms and unrelenting heat.
Switching out your air filter on a regular quarterly basis helps you avoid dirty air filters that block the flow of clean, cool air, which is especially important during the height of the summer. Replacing your air filter is a simple but crucial task in home upkeep.
Need more ideas on how you can prepare the interior of your home for the warm, summer months? Click the button below to view your list of resident responsibilities.
You know all those little I’ll-use-it-one-day tidbits that have been slowly taking over your kitchen drawers? Well, now’s the time to refresh your space – say sayonara to your unused items and be prepared to be amazed at all the space you forgot you had.
Pro Tip: Have a bunch of gently used winter items that you haven’t gotten around to packing away in the attic? Donate bags of gently worn garments to your local charity shop or thrift store. Have a lot of clothing, furniture, and odd-and-ends to get rid of? Host a garage sale! A garage sale is a great way to clear out all of your clutter all at once while also allowing others to re-use and enjoy your gently used items.
It’s almost time for summer evenings spent out on the lawn grilling, gardening, and enjoying the beautiful weather. However, it’s easy to forget those little pestering bugs that always seem to show up uninvited. Before summer settles in, take preventative steps to get rid of pests by spraying your lawn down with insect spray, setting out citronella candles, and making sure all windows and doors are properly sealed.
Click the button below for a link to natural and kid-and-pet-friendly lawn spray.
With everyone wanting to spend time out of doors, late spring is the perfect time of year to get a headstart on lawn maintenance! Whether trimming walkways, re-mulching your flower beds, or mowing/watering the lawn, these tasks are all simple ways to make your lawn look healthy and ready for summer. To protect your lawn against the unrelenting summer sun, if you have an irrigation system, be sure to adjust your sprinkler settings in line with your county or municipality usage regulations or to your preferred setting (recommended twice per week, 15 mins each time). For more information on irrigation recommendations, please click the button below.
It’s easy to overlook all the important steps it takes to ensure that your rental home is prepped and ready for the start of the new season. Stay on top of your rental home upkeep and enjoy a relaxing summer!
While the dryer is running, check that the exhaust is coming out. It should smell nicely of fresh laundry. If there isn’t much exhaust, check for blockages as well as you can. You may need a professional. Also, vacuum the lint from the hose at the dryer.
Debris from pollen, insects, leaves, and other elements build up quickly, so cleaning is important. This includes basement windows!
Decks and patios are generally easy to maintain. Just give it a good wash. Hammer in any popped-up nails to avoid tripping or foot injuries. Also check for any loose boards or posts and notify our Maintenance Department of any loose railings or boards that cannot be easily secured by yourself.
You probably won’t have to look too hard to notice any insect problems this time of year. Ants, spiders, moths, and other insects are common and fairly easy to take care of. Remove cobwebs, keep ant poison handy, and make sure all doors and windows are tightly sealed/closed. Pest control is the resident’s responsibility.
However, if you suspect termites, please contact our Maintenance department immediately.
Check all of your faucets and toilets for small leaks. If you have poor water pressure coming out of a faucet, the aerator is the likely culprit and is an extremely easy fix. Just contact ResiHome to assist.
Repair grout as needed. This will prolong the life of tiled surfaces, prevent leaks, and keep things looking fresh.
Lawns, trees, and bushes grow fast in the summer. As a resident, it’s your responsibility to mow the lawn, trim tree branches, and hedge the bushes to keep landscaping in check and keep your home looking great!
Air filters prevent harmful debris, dirt, and contaminants from entering your home and ruining your HVAC system. Change your filter every 3 months.