Regular cleaning and repair of the home’s gutters is one important component of sustaining a profitable rental property. Gutters work by gathering water from large roof surfaces and bringing it away from the home itself, protecting the window wells, foundation, and other susceptible areas from flooding.
Gutters that are uncared for could lead to pricey repairs down the road. Dry leaves and other debris collecting in a gutter will prevent the downspouts from draining correctly. Blocked gutters will overflow, freeze, and pull the gutters lose gradually. Water gathering in the gutters can rot wood and rust metal too. When gutters fail, water can affect the foundation, flood a basement, and so on.
Some owners of Capitol Hill rental properties assume that since their residents deal with some of the basic maintenance tasks around their rental home, they can be expected to occasionally clean out the gutters as well. However, residents shouldn’t be performing gutter cleaning and repair. Gutter maintenance and repair involve using ladders so proper safety measures must be taken to avoid falls and serious injury. When it comes to your single-family rental home, avoiding liability concerns and other safety risks is of utmost importance. Keeping your residents off of ladders and on the ground is the best means to do this.
While maintaining and repairing gutters might not be an especially hard job, Capitol Hill rental property owners should think carefully before planning to do it themselves. Appropriate safety precautions should be taken, and even then, ladders are risky no matter how safely you use them. Nevertheless, the most difficult thing might be remembering to perform routine maintenance on your rental property’s gutters in the first place. Gutters tend to be one of those maintenance issues that stay out of sight – and out of mind – until they’ve become a big problem.
The good news is that scheduling and performing routine repairs and maintenance on your rental home’s gutters don’t need to be hard. With Real Property Management DC Metro, you can rest easy knowing that your gutter maintenance is being performed in a professional and prompt manner by qualified service providers. As part of an affordable and comprehensive maintenance program, our team does what is needed to keep your gutters clear and your residents – along with your investment property – safe and dry. To know more, please contact us online or give us a call at 202-269-0303 today.
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