Your Rental Property for Heavy Rains
The Atlanta area has some wonderful weather. It offers the change of seasons, a mix of temperatures, and even some sunshine and rain. While rarely does the city have to worry about extreme weather conditions, it does happen from time to time – especially when it comes to heavy rains.
Whether afternoon thunderstorms or a days’ worth of wet weather, there are steps that you need to take to ensure that your rental property s going to be safe when soaked.
Check the gutters
Gutters may always generally be an after-thought. However, they play a large role in protecting your home when heavy rains strike. Gutters carry the rainwater along your roof’s edge, down the spout, and away from your home’s foundation. It is important that you take the time to see that the gutters are cleared out and that there is no debris that is going to cause a blockage. Otherwise, you will find that your rainwater doesn’t have anywhere to go.
While you are checking, make sure your gutters are attached to your home properly. Too much rain and added weight can put a strain on them, leaving you with
Inspect the perimeter
Inspect the perimeter of the property. Look for any cracks or destructions in the foundation of the structure. Even the smallest crack can lead to big problems down the road. While you are inspecting the property, take time to look at the windows and doors, too. Make sure they are properly sealed and without cracks.
The roof may appear fine from afar, but it is important for you to get up on the roof and inspect it. Make sure there are no missing tiles or shingles, as that could cause huge damage if rain gets through.
Give the home a thorough landscaping
Often, heavy rains can bring strong storms. If that is the case, your landscape can cause harm if it is not well managed. Cut back tree branches and trim bushes and other greens. Then, be sure you properly dispose of the debris, so it doesn’t find its way to clog your drains.
Check your insurance
Lastly, check your insurance coverage. You may want to add on insurance for flooding – especially if you know you are in an area that is prone to flooding. It may seem like an unnecessary step during a very dry season, but a few days of torrential rains and you’ll be thankful your investment property is covered.
Weather is unpredictable, but raining weather is inevitable. Be prepared by taking care of your property before the rainy weather strikes.
Marina Shlomov, a managing partner atALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management is the author of many articles on Landlording, Property Management, and Real Estate Investing. A residential builder in the state of Georgia since 1999, Marina is an investor herself. Her property management company is intended “For Investors” and “By Investors” for a simple reason – she knows what investors’ goals are and she works hard to reach their goals. In her spare time, Marina likes to spend time with her family, friends, garden, read and travel. Check her out at www.alhpodland.com. You can find Marina’s articles and comments at @rentalhomesatl on Twitter, on Facebook, Google+, Blogger. and YouTube,Bigger Pockets andREI Club andLinkedIn.