COVID 19 Update
RMA wishes all our owners safe sequestering!
Please read our COVID 19 update:
Idaho has had a turn for the best with the COVID-19 spread! Hospitalizations are on the decline. As of February 22nd, 197 new cases were recorded that day bringing the total number to 169,180 with 1,826 deaths. As of February 22nd,296,929 doses of vaccine have been administered to Idaho residents. Idaho has been advanced to Stage 3 Order.
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For Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine information click HERE
5 Preventative Maintenance Items to Help Save You Money!
By Michelle Davelaar, Infinite Maintenance and Cleaning
We all know when something in a home breaks, we need to repair it. However, there are many things that we should do to a home that often go overlooked. Springtime is the perfect time to tackle some of these items. Let’s focus on five items that can be quickly marked off your preventative maintenance checklist.
1. Cleaning & Sealing of gutters and downspouts.
Fall leaves and Winter weather creates build-up in your gutter runs. Left unaddressed, your gutters will begin to sag and leak. Sagging gutters can lead to numerous issues including misaligned gutters, the hangers separating from the gutters, or worse the hangers separating from your fascia. Maintenance of your gutters is a quick, yet important task.
2. Recalking around windows and doors.
Did you know that over just a few years, caulking will begin to dry out and lose its elasticity?This can dramatically affect the heating and cooling of a home. By simply scraping out the existing caulk and applying a new bead around all windows and doors, you will greatly improve the efficiency of the home.
3. Furnace Filter Replacement
A furnace filter should be replaced every six to eight weeks, depending on your furnace and type of filter. Filter replacement is the easiest way to save thousands of dollars in repairs over the life of your furnace. There are even filter delivery programs that can have them delivered right to the door on a recurring schedule.
4. Replacing or cleaning your dryer vent
This is an important task that should never be ignored. The amount of build-up that accumulates in your vent lines can create a very dangerous situation. The lines should be cleaned at least twice a year to avoid any issues. You may need to clean them more often if you have a larger number of people in the home using the dryer. According to the NFPA, from 2010-2014 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.
- These fires caused annual averages of 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.
5. Replacing the smoke detectors
Many of us have been told to swap out detector batteries in the spring and fall. However, if your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old; they should be replaced. In addition, there should be one smoke detector located in each bedroom and one in the common areas. Also, in the common areas or bedroom hallway, there should be a carbon monoxide / smoke combination detector.
There are dozens of other seasonal preventative maintenance items that are recommended to keep a home in its best condition. Most of those tasks are quick and inexpensive items that reduce repair costs down the road.
Infinite Maintenance and Cleaning is one of many companies that can tackle these tasks for you. We offer multiple preventative maintenance packages to meet your personal needs. Infinite Maintenance and Cleaning is one of RMAs valued preferred vendors. Many of the suggestions they give in this article are tasks that are accomplished with each tenant turnover and others are suggested in our Optional Services that we send out to you each January. If you haven’t already completed your optional services survey, please do so promptly in order for us to include your property(s) on the schedule.
RMA would like to remind you to get signed up for the optional services for 2021 as soon as you can. Optional services help maintain the value of your property. You should have seen those options come into your email. If you have not, please click HERE to fill out that form.
There is no optional maintenance work scheduled for February.
The maintenance updates only apply to those of you who have pre-ordered these preventative maintenance services. If you didn’t opt in for a service you read about in this newsletter, and would like to schedule a service, just email MacKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know.)
Other questions? Please email MacKenzie. email@example.com or call: 208-514-4864
Accounting would like to inform you that your 1099’s have been sent out for 2020. You can find your profit and loss statements on your Owner Web Access.
If you ever have questions about your statement, please contact your property managers:
Spencer Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Lusk, email@example.com
If you have trouble logging into your client portal, please contact your property managers or Brandy Kerr at RMAinfo@rentalsinboise.com.
This month’s tenant newsletter discusses with our tenants the importance of keeping their emails up to date with us as more and more of the world becomes electronic and snail mail becomes a thing of the past.
Check out our tenant newsletter this month: https://rentalsinboise.com/property-management-blog/march-2021-tenant-newsletter/