Do you like cleaning?

I don’t either.

But I like to have my rental properties well run without much daily oversight… so it has to get done!

For much of the country, the warmer weather sparks a renewed motivation in homeowners to tackle tasks that may have been pushed aside during the shorter days and colder temperatures. If you are managing your rental properties on your own, it may be a good time to do some cleaning. Being proactive with maintenance responsibilities can also prevent calls from your tenants. Equally as important, it can also provide insight on how your tenant is treating your property.

Here are 10 maintenance tasks to knock off your to-do list:


1. Change furnace filers.

Completing this task is an easy way to ensure the heating system is running at top performance. Furnace filters are inexpensive, ranging from $10-$20 each. If you have more than one unit to maintain with similar filter sizes, buy them in bulk to save time and money.

2. Replace smoke & carbon dioxide detector batteries.

The recommended standard is to change batteries in your smoke detectors in the spring and the fall at Daylight Savings Time. The reasons are obvious: change the batteries to ensure your tenants are safe; no one wants a lawsuit due to non-functioning detectors. Depending on your tenants, it could be beneficial to change them on the off chance that your tenants are inclined to break the detector instead of replacing it to stop the chirping when the battery is dead.

Related: 10 Tips For Maintaining Your Rental Properties

3. Ensure that lint from the dryer vent has a clear path to the outside.

Obviously this is applicable to units that have interior washer-dryers. Also, if the complex has shared amenities, it’s wise to check the dryer vents. Start by checking the lint holder in the dryer to ensure it’s free of lint; if there is a large amount of lint, it may indicate that the lint holder is not emptied regularly enough (each time the dryer is used). Remove the hose that attaches to the back of your dryer and check for any build up. If you see any, use a vacuum to remove it. Also check to make sure there are no holes in the vent system.

4. Flush…