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Renters: 27 Preventive Maintenance Tasks on the Interior & Exterior

As a landlord you will need to ensure that preventative maintenance is done in addition to fixing issues as they arise.

These are the tasks that must be completed on a regular schedule, typically annually, regardless of whether anything is damaged. These are not repairs, but rather preventative measures.

These projects should be completed annually to keep future repairs to a minimum. This will allow your property to operate like a well-oiled machinery. You’ll save money in the long run, as you will be able to spot issues before they become a problem. Give the list below to your handyman at least once a month for each unit that you own.

This list is only a small sample of what you might need to do for ongoing maintenance. Some of these may not apply to your home, and you may need to address additional issues. This is a great place to begin.

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Renters: 27 Preventive Maintenance Tasks on the Interior & Exterior


  • Replace furnace filters at least once a year
  • Vacuum dust off fridge coils
  • Replace smoke detector batteries
  • Make sure the carbon monoxide detector works and is properly installed
  • Clean the fireplace
  • Make sure that the lint coming from your dryer vent is able to travel outside.
  • Flushing water heater
  • Check expiration date on fire extinguisher
  • Bathrooms: Replace any damaged grout or caulk
  • Tighten all handles, knobs and racks.
  • Remove showerheads to clean the sediment
  • Repair any damage to the weather stripping around all windows and doors.

Renters are more likely to stay in a property that is well maintained.


  • Remove all debris and leaves from the gutters
  • Look for signs of damage on the siding and roof.
  • Check the sump pump to make sure it’s still working
  • Test garage door opener, including auto-reverse function
  • Repair damaged window screens
  • Look for termites and other bugs
  • Check for tree interference with power lines
  • Re-caulk all doors and windows as necessary
  • Trimming the landscaping
  • Look for water and bugs in the crawlspace
  • Paint that has peeled or become damaged can be repaired.
  • Fertilize your lawn
  • Close any crawlspace openings
  • Check the water valves in both the spring and fall
  • Exteriors can be cleaned with a garden hose, mildew remover and a mildew cleaner

This preventative maintenance check list can be used each year to identify problems before they turn into costly repairs. You will also keep your property looking good. Your tenants will also appreciate that you are dedicated to making their home run smoothly and look great.

It’s the ultimate win-win situation.

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