Seasonal Maintenance Checklist for Vacation Rental Homes


    trimming hedges and other vacation home maintenance tasks Preventive maintenance is vital to the long-term value of your home...and crucial to preventing vacation-ruining disasters before they happen.

    The winter season in particular can be ******* a vacation home. For that reason, either spring or fall is the best time to perform annual maintenance tasks.

    Here's a checklist of maintenance tasks you'll need to attend to at least once or twice a year.



    Exterior
    □ Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
    □ Pressure-wash wood siding to prevent mold.
    □ Check the exterior paint for bare spots.
    □ Inspect and replace exterior caulk.
    □ Check window and door sills for leaks and caulk where necessary.
    □ Clean air-conditioning unit.
    □ Check the foundation.
    □ Trim trees and bushes.
    □ Check the sprinkler system.
    □ Check all decks for loose boards, railings, and stairs.
    □ Inspect the condition of the roof.
    □ Check window screens.
    □ Check fences and gates.
    □ Check the automatic garage door opener.
    □ Examine the septic system for flooding or unusual odor.
    □ Check the latches on storm windows.
    □ Inspect the grading around house to make sure that water drains away from the house on
        all sides.
    □ Check outside walls for termite tubes and damaged wood.

    Kitchen
    □ Clean and seal tile and grout.
    □ Check and fix leaky faucets.

    Bathrooms
    □ Clean and seal tile and grout.
    □ Make sure that all toilets are properly secured to the floor.
    □ Check and fix leaky faucets and toilets.

    Attic
    □ Check the attic for signs of moisture (e.g. water stains on the underside of the roof
        sheathing).
    □ Check all wooden materials for mildew and rot.
    □ Look for indications of a pest infestation.

    Misc. Interior
    □ Clean out ashes from the fireplace.
    □ Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.
    □ Replace batteries in clocks.
    □ Clean furnace ducts.
    □ Change furnace filters.
    □ Check doorframes for squareness. Inspect door frames.
    □ Check the main electrical panel for rust and/or water marks.
    □ Test circuit breakers.
    □ Inspect fire extinguisher.
    □ Check walls for condensation and mildew.

    Download a free, printable version of the Maintenance Checklist that you can save and edit yourself.



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