Preventative Maintenance Programs

It’s no surprise that regular preventive maintenance can greatly reduce emergency calls, health and safety issues, and unplanned expenses on rental properties. Lee Property Management works with numerous vendors to provide cost-effective maintenance programs for our owners. Some of these programs may be required while others are offered as options to our owners. Below is a list of preventive maintenance services and how they help keep tenants safe and maintenance costs low.


Fireplace/Chimney Inspections & Cleaning

Properties with wood-burning fireplaces are required to have their fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned if necessary every three (3) years. Regular inspections can reveal issues that, if left unchecked, may result in chimney fires or structural damage to your home. For more information regarding the importance of regular chimney and fireplace inspection and cleaning, please visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America at http://www.csia.org.

Dryer Vent Inspection & Cleaning

Properties with dryer ducts that don’t vent directly to the outside (ducts longer than a few feet or those that have angles and curves in their ducts) are required to be inspected and cleaned every three (3) years. Regular inspections and cleaning will dramatically reduce the risk of dryer vent fires – saving lives and protecting property.

Irrigation Systems

All properties with sprinkler systems are required to have an annual Opening/Winterizing contract. Sprinkler systems that are not tested properly in the spring or closed properly in the fall tend to experience far more malfunctions and damage. Winterizing is especially critical to prevent freezing pipes. If your system is currently under contract with an irrigation vendor, we will simply continue that same contract. If your system has not been professionally maintained, we will work with you to select the best plan from a one of our regular irrigation vendors.

Termite Warranty

We encourage all of our owners to maintain warranties against wood destroying organisms (primarily termites and fungus). In addition to inspecting for termites once per year, most exterminators will provide information about other property concerns they may find during their inspection including possible plumbing leaks in crawlspaces, fungus, insulation issues and foundation or floor joist damage. We are happy to maintain any contracts already in place on your property or schedule a free inspection and estimate for your house from one of our exterminators.

HVAC

The heating and air conditioning systems in your property are generally the most expensive components to replace. Spending a small amount of money each year to have them properly inspected and serviced can have a huge impact on the life expectancy of these costly systems. As with other preventive maintenance programs, we can continue to work with your existing HVAC vendor or help you to select an annual plan that fits your budget and provides the services that make sense based on the particular systems in your property.

Lawn Care

For owners who want to ensure their lawns stay lush and healthy while their property is rented, an annual lawn care program including fertilizing, weed killing, aerating, seeding and disease treatment is well worth considering. Owners may also choose periodic aerating and seeding as an option.

Professional Home Inspections

As properties age (ten years or older), we encourage our owners to consider a professional home inspection approximately every five (5) years. The home inspector will evaluate the property from the roof to the crawlspace including plumbing, electrical systems, HVAC and appliances. This type of comprehensive inspection can reveal structural and safety related issues that could endanger life and property if left undetected. Past home inspections have uncovered bat colonies in attics and plumbing leaks in crawlspaces. Inspections will also provide owners with an understanding of the remaining life expectancy of important systems in their properties and this will allow owners to better plan and budget for replacement of these systems.

Smoke Detectors

There will be an annual inspection of all smoke detectors in each property by Detector Inspector to be sure all homes are compliant with the law.  If a detector is over 10 years old, it will be replaced on the spot.  Batteries will be checked and replaced if necessary.  A certification certificate will be on file for that property.