You own a few properties and have some good tenants.
You have also had some bad tenants.
I have seen allot of bad tenants in my over 20 years in the service industry. I have to say one thing about that.
All the bad stuff was preventable.
Lets start with the furnace. The furnace is the most forgotten about appliance in a rental.
Every rental I have ever walked into has one or more of the following Issues.
1/ Cat litter box directly in front of the furnace.
This is disgusting...and i will tell you why. Whenever the cat is in the litter-box while the furnace is running all the dust from the box is getting sucked into the furnace and re distributing it all throughout the entire house.
The damage doesn't end there ....the litter then gets baked on to the furnace during heat cycles. The litter dust then works its way into all the mechanical working components on the furnace such as the ignitors and the flames sensor.....shortening the lifespan of each component by 50%.
Next the direct drive or belt drive motors, the inducer motor and on and on.
2/ ZERO Supply of new filters for the next month.
Landlords ...listen up...if you write into the lease agreement of your rental that furnace maintenance is entirely the tenants responsibility AND you supply them with a years worth of filters ...you WIN.
Filters and monthly filter maintenance can reduce the cost of gas and electricity by as much as 30-40% and reduce the need for costly repair by 100%.
This is especially important if you included the utilities into the cost of the rental..... now your paying for the tenants negligence.
IF NOT...then the tenants are on the hook for a higher bill if they don't care about the maintenance of the furnace filter.
Don't make it a choice.
Make it mandatory.
Give them no excuses ...by supplying the filters and telling them that you will be checking on occasion you will avoid allot of problems.
Doing this keeps the house, carpets, walls , ceilings cleaner.
The Furnace will perform better and last longer...don't forget its the MOST expensive appliance in the house.
Indoor air quality also keeps everyone less susceptible to upper respiratory illnesses.
Indoor air quality, clean air can also be achieved by yearly furnace, vent and duct cleaning.
3/ Dryer vents ....cleaning the dryer vent in a rental will prevent fires, premature dryer malfunction, insurance claims.
People always forget to clean the dryer vent yearly and the lint trap between loads. Get the dryer vent cleaning done at the same time as the furnace service each year and prevent issues.
Questions, concerns and or comments/discussion are always welcome....let me know what you think.
I offer 4 time a year scheduled maintenance programs for landlords starting at $69.00 which includes all maintenance of the furnace alone ...vents and ducts are extra.