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Five Spring Things to Protect Your Home

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As the season changes, we usually tend to annual maintenance and repairs from the winter season to keep our homes in good shape and avoid costly repairs later on. Rising Tide Property Management  team offers these top five spring things to protect your real estate investment.

  1. Inspect the Roof

A typical New England winter can bring roof damage from winds, snow, or hail and usually you don’t know what damage exists until a problem arises. Well, don’t wait.

According to National Home Improvement guidelines, an asphalt, wood, or composite shingle  needs professional  every three years, while a tile  can go up to five years between 

  1. Replace Filters

Dirty HVAC filters will force your system to work harder, and cost you more money. Heating and cooling system filters should be cleaned or replaced twice a year. A simple and important task to keep your home’s engine running efficiently. Also consider draining your hot water heater. Sediment builds up in the water heater tank which will curtail the life of the unit.

  1. Clean Dryer Vent

This task is easily overlooked. Not all lint is caught in the link trap. Hiring a professional to unplug this appliance will save your dryer from working harder and help prevent a potential house fire.

  1. Decks, Driveways, and Fences

After a long winter, head outside to inspect and clean decks, driveways, and fences. A good pressure washer will do the trick. Don’t have one? Borrow, rent, or hire a contractor.

  1. Smoke Detectors

Simple. Replace your batteries twice a year, it could save your life.

If the COVID stay at home order is preventing you from tackling these spring maintenance projects to protect your real estate investment, we can help.

As essential work, our property management team can head out to your property and facilitate these maintenance matters or help establish and arrange for contractor services like landscaping, weekly lawn care, or planning ahead for your renovation project.

To learn more about how our team can maintain and manage your property while under shelter in place orders, please email Property Manager, Anthony Sillitta at anthony@maddenre.com or visit www.maddenre.com

 

Pest Control and Your Property

For some home is haven, for others it is part of a diversified portfolio of investments. Whichever it is for you, you’ll want to protect it from pests and rodents.

Let’s take a big picture view of your Seacoast home. Check landscaping first. Tree branches that touch your home become a bug bridge and poorly directed downspouts and drainage keep the basement moist for spiders, centipedes, and other bugs.

Next, inspect the exterior for rot, tiny holes that allow mice and chipmunks in or gaps in the roof-line which invite squirrels and bats into your attic.

Then go inside. Cardboard clutter in the garage or basement is a perfect habitat for cockroaches and pet food stored haphazardly is an easy food source for little critters.

While you might not be able to keep your NH property totally bug free, there are some easy DIY pest control practices you can employ.

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes. Pull nests from the soffit gaps and then fill these openings with expanding foam. After the foam hardens, cut off the excess with a utility knife.
  • Caulk between trim and siding with acrylic latex caulk. Keep a wet cloth handy to clean up any stray caulk. Smooth the bead with a wet finger.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Seal doors, windows and basement sashes with adhesive-backed weather stripping. Clean the surface first so the weather-strip will adhere well.
  • Look for gaps in the dryer vent. Make sure the damper isn't stuck open or broken off completely. And check that the seal between the vent and the wall is tight.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house and clean your gutters twice a year; ants will nest in clogged gutters.
  • Make sure basements, attics, and crawl spaces are well ventilated and dry. Insects and other small pests are attracted to moist spaces.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly. Same for pet food, store in a metal trash can, mice can’t climb up the slippery material, or sealed plastic container. And if you have a fireplace or woodstove, stock fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.

There are some problems you need a qualified pest professional for. If you have cockroaches, it's usually best to hire an exterminator. You can try and do it yourself but the products are expensive and only effective if strategically placed. Add to that, if you miss any they will completely repopulate in just a few months. For just a little more money, you can hire a professional who understands the insect, will place the bait in hard to reach crevices, and will probably guarantee the work.

Need help maintaining a pest-free property? Our property management team will provide a basic inspection to source any problems and make necessary fixes.  For more information, please email Property Manager, Anthony Sillitta at anthony@maddenre.com or visit www.maddenre.com

 

How to Hire a Property Manager Company

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Whether you are an investor just getting into real estate with a plan to expand your portfolio or a home owner with a vacation property along the New Hampshire or Maine coast line, at first glance, you might think you can self-manage your property. Don’t be fooled.

There are many challenges and barriers to consider. Attracting and screening tenants, chasing rent payments, and performing routine maintenance are all time-consuming and can be stressful.

After all, not everyone is built for a DIY self-management situation. It calls for a solid time commitment and an in-depth understanding of the market and rental laws to maximize your return on investment.

If you are not made for a self-manage approach, then you want to be sure to complete necessary due diligence to hire a qualified team to protect your investment

There are five things you’ll want to investigate about your potential property management group. Read more here.

To learn more about how our team can make your property a worry-free part of your financial portfolio, please email Property Manager, Anthony Sillitta at anthony@maddenre.com or visit www.maddenre.com

Summer Spruce

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Like the seasons of the year, your yard has distinct seasons of landscape maintenance.

Sometime during August, you’ll notice the beds need touch ups, the weeds creeping up, and the lawn succumbing to lack of rain.

It’s time for a summer spruce up.

Lawn

During the latter part of the summer, raise your mower blades ½ inch higher. Taller grass holds up to heat and drought better. And keep the clippings on the lawn to serve as a barrier.

If you are not under town restrictions, water the lawn in the morning giving it a good soaking. Deep and infrequent watering is better for lawns than frequent sprinkles, which promote shallow root growth. In general, lawns need about 1 inch of water per week. But save fertilizing until fall.

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It's All About the Maintenance

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Property management begins with a management plan prepared by the property manager. The plan will outline the details of the owner’s objectives for the property as well as what the property manager expects to accomplish and how, including all cost considerations.

The plan will address rental rates, budgets, marketing and advertising the property, and maintenance. One of the most important responsibilities of a property manager is the supervision of property maintenance. You want a property manager who is going to care for your property as if it were his or her own.