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Are Your Arcadia Tenants Damaging Your Garage Without Knowing It?

View of the Garage Door on a Arcadia Rental PropertyA rental home’s garage can be a remarkable element of its entire appeal, but surprisingly, well-intentioned tenants could be causing much harm to a rental home’s garage without being aware of it at all. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements can and does happen, and it isn’t caused by misuse or neglect every time.

In some cases, a tenant has good thoughts and intentions but absolutely doesn’t know exactly how to perfectly clean or care for a rental home’s garage. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Arcadia 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. The garage door adds much to the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and including the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But each of these details will have to be well maintained to keep them in suitable functioning condition. If one element is deteriorated, the whole garage could be seen as a great problem, not seen as an asset at all.

As the most visible exterior element, the garage door requires regular cleaning and maintenance to keep working properly and looking nice. A tenant could incidentally damage a garage door in many ways, from endeavoring to clean it with the wrong tools or cleaning products to forgetting to implement basic maintenance tasks. For illustration, the components that each garage door is made up of differs much. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. If a tenant makes an effort to clean off a garage door with the wrong tools, like making an effort to power spray a painted door clean, they could wind up causing extensive damage to the door. Harsh household cleaners may similarly damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.

More than appearances, a garage door furthermore calls for a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers to be able to work suitably. These components can rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. Fundamentally, a really noisy garage door is your cue that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This easy maintenance task can greatly expand the useful life of a garage door.

The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are likewise the most common components that are subjected to unintentional damage. A leaking car engine can get oil stains on concrete floors that are difficult to erase. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can build 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. Akin to the garage door, all of these problems can be simply prevented or very easily fixed with consistent cleaning and maintenance, but a tenant may not understand how.

As an example, cleaning up motor oil is a very different approach from cleaning other substances and materials. The correct tools and cleaning materials must be applied or there is a potential that the attempt to clean it might end up causing much more damage 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 keep from continued wear and further damage, a tenant must have an acceptable understanding of the how-tos and a great deal of oversight to keep a rental home’s garage in sound and tip-top shape.

Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. On that account, having a professional property management company is such an excellent solution.

At Real Property Management Fairmate, we can be of service to property owners in coaching their tenants on the correct maintenance and upkeep of their rental homes in Arcadia and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our property management professionals can assist you to shelter your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. For more helpful information about our services, contact us online or call us at 626-691-9749.

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