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Are Your Dover Tenants Damaging Your Garage Without Knowing It?

View of the Garage Door on a Dover Rental PropertyA rental home’s garage is an important detail and part of its total appeal, but surprisingly,  well-meaning tenants could inadvertently cause damage to a rental home’s garage without really knowing it. Damage to garage interiors, garage doors, windows, and other elements can and does happen, and isn’t always the effect of misuse or neglect.

On some occasions, a tenant has the best intentions but doesn’t exactly know how to clean or manage a rental home’s garage properly. When that is the case, expensive and unnecessary repairs are often the result. By giving your Dover 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 helps to add to the home’s curb appeal, while the interior, windows, cabinets, and yes, also the garage door opener can have a big impact on a tenant’s satisfaction. But all of these elements have to be individually managed to have them in a good usable condition. If one portion is useless, the whole garage could end up being an issue, not the asset you hope it would be.

As the most visible exterior element, the garage door warrants regular cleaning and maintenance to stay working properly and looking nice. A tenant could involuntarily damage a garage door in multiple ways, from attempting to clean it with the wrong tools or cleaning products to ignoring basic maintenance tasks. To cite an instance, the pieces that each garage door is made up of differs widely. Some are painted, while others are vinyl or metal. If a tenant strives to clean up a garage door with the faulty gadgets, for example, striving to power spray a painted door clean, they could, in the end, be causing extensive damage to the door. Harsh household cleaners may likewise damage a door’s exterior finish, causing far more harm than good.

Beyond appearances, a garage door typically calls for a functional opener, springs, hinges, and rollers to work decently. These attributes can rust, wear out, or break over time and through heavy use. Basically, a garage door that makes a lot of noise is proof that the door’s hardware is in trouble and needs to be lubricated. This no-sweat maintenance task can greatly optimize the useful life of a garage door.

The windows, floor, and cabinets in a garage are also common features that are greatly exposed to unintentional damage. A leaking car engine can make oil stains on concrete floors that are so difficult to clear out. Exhaust fumes, dirt, and other substances can pile 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. Identical to the garage door, all of these complications are always avoidable or easily fixed with regular cleaning up and maintenance, but a tenant may just not know how.

As an instance, cleaning up motor oil is definitely a different process from cleaning other substances. The correct tools and cleaning materials must be used or chances are that the attempts to clean up might lead to so much worse 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 ward off continued wear and further damage, a tenant must have the correct information and know-how and a great deal of oversight to make certain that a rental home’s garage is always kept in a fine state.

Keeping track of a tenant’s cleaning and maintenance record can be time-consuming and difficult for property owners. For this very reason having a professional property management company is such a perfect decision.

At Real Property Management Seacoast New Hampshire, we can be helpful to property owners in teaching their tenants on the right care and upkeep of their rental homes in Dover and conduct regular checks to ensure that such tasks are being done. Our property management professionals can help you to keep and protect your valuable investment from unintentional damage and prevent expensive and unnecessary repairs. For more information about our services, contact us online or call us at 603-343-2202.

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