A charming patio or deck can be the main attraction for people looking for a single-family rental house in Monterey Park. A rental home with an outdoor get-together section is generally a property in huge demand. But, take note, this will only happen if the patio or deck is in good condition. Splintered wood, stained concrete, and dirty vinyl planks are likely to, not only drive those tenants away, but could rapidly evolve into potential hazards also. For the reasons given, it’s necessary to do regular maintenance on your rental property’s deck or patio, and also maintain the condition of any fixtures.
About maintenance, wooden decks typically are at the head of the list of those requiring the most upkeep. Maintaining a wood deck doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive fuss, but you do need to clean them with a standard deck cleaner each spring to clear away any dirt and debris that has accumulated. After being cleaned, the deck should then be sealed to protect it from the elements. This will certainly make sure that your wooden deck looks not only really good but is also more resistant to splintering, rot, and mold.
Following many years of being used, however, even a carefully maintained deck will need to be stained or repainted to retain it in decent shape. This is seemingly one of the most time-consuming parts of having a wooden deck, but necessary to keep your property values high. If your deck is painted, the old paint must be taken off first, and the wood planks sanded before being repainted. It is a great idea to opt for high-quality paint designed for outdoor use. Staining a deck is a bit more straightforward and easier, but the wood still needs to be prepped for the new coat of stain. Both stained and painted wood should be coated with a sealant for supreme weather resistance.
The extent of attention and care that wood decks require has led to more property owners choosing vinyl planks instead. Vinyl decks also need to be cleaned but they are generally moderately hassle-free to deal with. Given the fact that vinyl is already extremely durable and weather-resistant, most vinyl planks only require a good scrub with warm water and mild soap to keep looking like new.
If your Monterey Park property has a patio instead of a deck, you may expect that there is no maintenance required. But that isn’t true. Even supposing regular sweeping can help keep surface dirt at bay, concrete and stone patios can still become dirty and stained. This makes it significant to thoroughly clean the patio at least once or twice a year. Concrete can be hosed off, and pressure washed or scrubbed with a bristle brush. A degreaser can be used for stubborn stains or obvious spots. But natural stone pavers should be cleaned carefully to avoid damaging the surface. Both concrete and stone can also be sealed to keep the worst of the grease and stains away and keep cleaning a much easier process.
A final note to take into account, no deck or patio is complete without outdoor furniture. If your property includes outdoor décor or furniture, these items will need regular cleaning and maintenance, too. Most outdoor furniture can be cleaned with mild dishwashing liquid mixed with water and a soft-bristle brush. When items are not in use, they can be covered and, ideally, stored indoors. Wooden furniture, just like wooden decks, should be cleaned and either sealed or repainted each year. Fabric cushions or pillows should be surface cleaned with a mild soap solution and then subsequently fully air-dried to prevent mildew.
Just by simply executing a small number of simple maintenance tasks, you can keep your rental property’s deck or patio looking like the outdoor oasis renters want.
Need a few additional guidelines on upkeeping your property? A Monterey Park property manager at Real Property Management Fairmate would be eager to talk to you! You can contact us online or call us at 626-691-9749 for more information.
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