Landlords Dont Forget to Clean out Gutters at Least Twice a Year

Landlords: Don’t Forget To Clean Out Gutters At Least Twice A Year

Published On: March 19th, 2019Last Updated: March 19th, 2019Categories: Investment, Investment Properties, Investments, Leasing Your Property, TenantsTags: , ,

If you are renting out a home for the first time, we should warn you: Tenants rarely inform their landlords about maintenance needs before the issue becomes and issue for them. By the time a maintenance issue is a problem for the tenant, it usually means it will be much more expensive for you. Sometimes, even the best new rental property owners forget about gutter maintenance. They’re quite important though. A backed up gutter can cause leaking into the home! There could be nesting birds, sticks, and all sorts of debris in your gutter and you wouldn’t know until your tenant reported a leak!

Most professionals suggest cleaning gutters twice a year. So, put it on your schedule in advance! I once saw a building with the downspout extension fallen off of it and a pool of water right at the foundation. A week later, the downspout extension was still laying on the ground, and I had to wonder if the tenants had any plans of letting their landlords know. So, it’s not a bad idea to check to make sure are connections are sound on your gutter system as well as clear any drains that gutters might direct water into. A tenant may not even let you know if there is water in the basement if their belongings aren’t at risk.

Gutters help steer rainwater and snowmelt away from your home’s roof, inner fascia and foundation. Excess moisture can cause issues with mold an pests. So, it’s not just water you have to worry about. Moist wood can attract carpenter ants and termites.

Well working gutters can absolutely help. Stop in to your rental home after any major storms to check on damage and make sure gutters are not clogged with debris or fallen.

Safety is important, so get out a ladder and have a spotter if you can. Don’t clean the gutters from the top of the roof. Make sure your ladder is sturdy. Move the ladder as you go, so that you don’t have to lean over too far. It might take extra time, but it won’t save you any time if you end up with a broken leg! Get out a tarp and put it underneath, so that you can toss any debris on that. That will help make cleaning the gutters on your rental home a breeze.


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