Spring/Summer Checklist

March 28, 2019

Keep your rentals (and your own home) running smoothly and looking great with this simple checklist. Making these repairs and/or additions may also attract possible tenants to that vacancy you have been trying to rent out!

  • Repair window screens and check screening on porches before bug season arrives. Save old screens for future patches.

  • Build or repair fences and arbors so they will be ready for planting season.

  • Repair deck boards as needed; remove protruding nails and replace with coated or galvanized screws. Be sure to check and tighten bolts in deck supports.

  • Clean and seal wood deck as necessary. Deck stains with at least some pigment last longer than clear sealers.

  • Reverse ceiling fans —they should have been blowing upward in the winter—and clean the tops of the fan blades.

  • Check that winter wind hasn't lifted vinyl or aluminum siding, then repair.

  • Wash black streaks from the roof. Use prepared cleaner or save some extra money and mix your own: Combine one part chlorine bleach with three parts water and a handful of trisodium phosphate. Apply to small section of roof with garden sprayer, let soak 20 minutes, then rinse with a hose.

  • Wash siding and gutters with a similar solution. You'll have fewer streaks if you start from the bottom. Always be careful with ladders around power lines.

  • Scrape and touch up exterior paint, paying special attention to window sills, gable vents, and garage doors.

  • Complete larger exterior painting jobs. Follow the shade — don't paint in direct sun — and quit before dusk so the paint can dry before dew forms. Cheap paint is not a bargain. For most exterior jobs, look for 100% acrylic and buy at least the "better" quality.

  • Clean gas grill and replace any rusted or damaged parts.

  • Check crawl space for moisture and remove debris. If signs of termites, call a professional.

  • Clean concrete drives, walk-ways, and patios and clean as needed.







Reprinted courtesy of the Chicago Area REIA. Visit careia.org






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