Before you breakout the holiday lights this year consider doing the following items to help prep the property for winter.

1. Blow off roofs and gutters to keep them clear of debris that can clog downspouts during storms. While you are up there I would recommend taking a closer look to make sure everything is in proper working order. Things to look for include; rusted gutters, worn or torn shingles and nail heads sticking up from the shingles. (All of which can be caught early and addressed by a local contractor or handy-person)

2. Pressure washing the house and gutters keep your house looking fresh and clean. This also lets you see what type of condition your paint and caulking are in. If you find sections that are starting to peel then this would be the time to address those issues before they become bigger problem. Dry-rot is the most common issue on siding that can be addressed if caught early. Dry-rot is caused when moisture penetrates wood surfaces that have paint peeling or lack proper caulking to seal the joints. (painting contractor or handy-person should be able to address these types of fixes)

3. Downspout drainage is a common issue in the Bay Area. Downspouts require the right ground slope or drainage to keep water from settling near the foundation. Check to make sure the areas around each downspout slope away from the foundation in order to prevent settling or excessive moisture from building up.

These are just a few things you can do to help extend the life of your home. Preventive maintenance is always less expensive than having to tackle a major remodel on something could have been addressed early on.

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We work with landlords and property managers on a regular basis that have provided us helpful tips on how to make your rental property a safer place to live.

Here are some suggested ideas:

1. Does your unit has a bath-tub shower with a shower curtain & rod? Replace the shower curtain and rod with a bi-fold shower door enclosure. This prevents water damage on the wall and floor from getting worse over time.

2. Upgrade outlets in the kitchen and bathroom to GFCI outlets. This is a required upgrade throughout California and in most counties. A GFCI outlet has a built in breaker switch that will pop should the outlet be overloaded or shorted for any reason.

3. Child proofing all outlets throughout the home is always a good choice if you are planning on renting to families. Upgrading your existing outlets to a child proof type outlet that have plastic insert in them to help prevent children from easily being able to shove miscellaneous items into the outlet is always a good safety upgrade.

4. Door and windows are often overlooked but can be a security hazard if not maintained. Make sure to check that all windows and doors close and can be securely locked and unlocked without issue.

5. Check to make sure the stove/range has a tip-over bracket attached to backside of the unit. This helps prevent the stove from being tipped over should a child open the oven and stand on the door.

6. Exterior stairs & handrails should be free of debris and secure. Adding grip tape to the stair treads help create a grippy surface in most wet conditions. Make sure handrails are securely fastened and are not open ended.

7. Exterior Lighting is an item that is easily overlooked by rental property owners as they tend to visit their properties during the day. Make sure all walk ways are well lit up and driveways have motion lights.

8. Inspect fences and gates to make sure the posts are secured in the ground and or attached to the structure. Fence posts deteriorate over time which can cause a fence to blow over during heavy winds or storms.

9. Inspect your garage door opener to make sure the doors motion sensor is in good working order. Remember that a properly working garage door shouldn't be able to close onto ANY object that is in the way of the door closing. The safety mechanism should detect an item blocking the door and cause the door to stop itself from closing and return to open position.

10. Checking the walkways and sidewalks for cracks and uneven surfaces can help prevent future trip hazards for your tenants. Tree roots are known to cause pavement and walkways to become uneven and in some cases unsafe.

11. Old paint and or chemicals can become unsafe when not properly stored. Schedule a once yearly property walk through type inspection to help prevent dangerous chemicals from being improperly stored.

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