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Friday, February 22, 2013

Preventive Maintenance for Appliances in Vacation Rentals

As the owner of a vacation rental property, you may sometimes feel caught in a tug-of-war between making sure your guests have everything they need and ending up in the black at the end of the year.  Sure, a complete remodel every year would be nice, but doesn't fit every homeowner's budget.  Luckily, there are several less-expensive ways to keep renters and your accountant happy.  One of the easiest is to make sure your current equipment stays properly maintained.

Take your dryer, for example.  Beach towels are far and away the most common item thrown into dryers at the beach, and getting all of that moisture out takes a lot of time and energy.  Because your guests want those towels out and back on the beach quickly and you want a small electric bill, making sure your dryer vent is cleaned out each year will go a long way towards making both of you happy.  There's another benefit as well:  it's estimated that clogged dryer vents cause over 9000 home fires a year!  Having them cleaned and checked yearly is highly recommended to keep you and your guests happy and safe.

One of the most common complaints we hear from renters on busy check-in days is that the refrigerator isn't cooling.  Generally this is due to the fact that a fridge full of warm food was just added all at once, but occasionally there are other factors at play.  For example, hidden dust can clog the unit's coils, impeding airflow and causing a strain on the compressor. Worn door gaskets and misaligned doors can also allow cold air to escape and efficiency to drop. If the refrigerator has an ice maker, it's also important to regularly check the filter, water valve and lines to assure they are not getting worn and to assure the proper operation of the unit.

Your electric bill isn't the only utility you've got to pay, but tends to get more attention because it's usually the most expensive.  Let a water supply leak develop, however, and you'll quickly find out what expensive is.  A washing machine, dishwasher or other water source appliance can leak up to 650 gallons of water per hour!  Obviously, such a failure can cause extensive short (and long) term damage, and the leading cause of these failures is faulty water valves, hoses and water lines that are not properly maintained. It is critical to have all of the water lines and connections checked to assure that the possibility of water leakage is minimized.

Luckily, we're here to help.  Call our Property Care team if you would like your appliances to be inspected or if you have any questions about how to maintain your appliances yourselves.  We'll have you on the road to a better season for you and your guests in no time!



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Preventive Maintenance for Appliances in Vacation Rentals

Friday, February 22, 2013

As the owner of a vacation rental property, you may sometimes feel caught in a tug-of-war between making sure your guests have everything they need and ending up in the black at the end of the year.  Sure, a complete remodel every year would be nice, but doesn't fit every homeowner's budget.  Luckily, there are several less-expensive ways to keep renters and your accountant happy.  One of the easiest is to make sure your current equipment stays properly maintained.

Take your dryer, for example.  Beach towels are far and away the most common item thrown into dryers at the beach, and getting all of that moisture out takes a lot of time and energy.  Because your guests want those towels out and back on the beach quickly and you want a small electric bill, making sure your dryer vent is cleaned out each year will go a long way towards making both of you happy.  There's another benefit as well:  it's estimated that clogged dryer vents cause over 9000 home fires a year!  Having them cleaned and checked yearly is highly recommended to keep you and your guests happy and safe.

One of the most common complaints we hear from renters on busy check-in days is that the refrigerator isn't cooling.  Generally this is due to the fact that a fridge full of warm food was just added all at once, but occasionally there are other factors at play.  For example, hidden dust can clog the unit's coils, impeding airflow and causing a strain on the compressor. Worn door gaskets and misaligned doors can also allow cold air to escape and efficiency to drop. If the refrigerator has an ice maker, it's also important to regularly check the filter, water valve and lines to assure they are not getting worn and to assure the proper operation of the unit.

Your electric bill isn't the only utility you've got to pay, but tends to get more attention because it's usually the most expensive.  Let a water supply leak develop, however, and you'll quickly find out what expensive is.  A washing machine, dishwasher or other water source appliance can leak up to 650 gallons of water per hour!  Obviously, such a failure can cause extensive short (and long) term damage, and the leading cause of these failures is faulty water valves, hoses and water lines that are not properly maintained. It is critical to have all of the water lines and connections checked to assure that the possibility of water leakage is minimized.

Luckily, we're here to help.  Call our Property Care team if you would like your appliances to be inspected or if you have any questions about how to maintain your appliances yourselves.  We'll have you on the road to a better season for you and your guests in no time!



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