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Are Your Hewitt Tenants Damaging Your Garage Without Knowing It?

View of the Garage Door on a Hewitt Rental PropertyA rental home’s garage adds a lot to a home’s overall appeal. However, some tenants, wanting to help, unwittingly damage a rental home’s garage without realizing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements are known to occur, and misuse and neglect aren’t always why it happens.

There are times that a tenant means well but they just don’t know the correct method of cleaning and maintaining a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Hewitt tenants the right information, you can do a lot to prevent unintentional damage and keep your valuable investment in good condition.

A garage is an important part of a quality single-family rental home. A good garage door enhances the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and even the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But every one of these should be kept in good condition, and that means they should be maintained properly. If one part of the garage is damaged, then every other part would also be affected. The whole garage will turn into more of a burden than an asset.

The garage door needs to stay working properly and looking nice since it’s the most visible exterior element. That means regular cleaning and maintenance is required. There are many ways a tenant could unintentionally damage a garage door. They may not know what the basic maintenance tasks are and inadvertently not do any. They could also mistakenly use the wrong tools or cleaning products when trying to clean the door. For example, the materials that make up each garage door varies between different types of doors. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. When a tenant power sprays a painted door clean, they would be causing extensive damage to the garage door. It may be an accident, but regardless of motive, using the wrong tools for the job can cause problems. Harsh household cleaners can also damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.

Beyond looks, a garage door cannot operate properly if it doesn’t have a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers. These elements may rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. In fact, a loud garage door often indicates that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This task to maintain the garage door is so simple yet it can considerably extend its useful life.

The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are the parts that typically get unintentional damage. A leaking car engine may make oil stains on concrete floors that are very hard to clean up. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can heap up on windows and seriously compromise the tracks, locks, and glass. Cabinets may be crushed or broken by heavy storage items or even parking a vehicle too close. Comparable to the garage door, routine cleaning and maintenance can easily stop all these issues from happening. What makes it a real problem is that the tenant may not know the correct way of doing it.

To illustrate, the methods used to clean up motor oil stains are entirely different from the methods used for other substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials should be used or else when cleaning is attempted, the problem may get much worse instead. Harsh chemicals or scrub brushes can scratch or damage windows and window tracks as well as cabinets, but regular household cleaners may not be enough to get the grime off either. To avoid continued wear and further damage, it would be good for a tenant to have the right information with them and also posses a good amount of oversight. Doing this ensures that the rental home’s garage will be kept in good condition.

Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. Because of this, using a professional property management company to help make things easier is a really good choice.

At Real Property Management Talent, we assist the property owners in instructing their tenants on the proper care and upkeep of their rental homes in Hewitt and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our team of property management professionals in Hewitt can help guard your valuable investment against unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. Feel free to contact us online or by phone at 254-401-0400. We’ll be glad to answer any of your questions.

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