How to create an electrical, fire safety, and HVAC maintenance checklist for your rental property
No. 1 – Electrical Maintenance Checklist
- Make sure outlets are wired properly, have polarity, and are grounded with a tester. Any outlet that is not grounded should be grounded by an electrician.
- Fuse boxes and electrical panels – Consult a licensed electrician before replacing any electrical panel.
- Upgrade your building’s wiring if it has older wiring. Ensure that your tenants don’t need extension cords or adapters by replacing 2-prong outlets with modern 3-prong outlets. It is important to replace any “knob and tube” wiring as soon as possible.
No. 2 – Checklist for Fire Safety and Prevention Maintenance
- At every turnover and inspection, replace batteries and test the functionality of smoke and CO2 detectors. Make sure detectors are wired-in where possible.
- Check with your local fire department for information about where fire extinguishers are required and make sure they are recertified regularly.
- Add escape ladders to your move-in/move-out inspection list for each unit above the first floor.
No. 3 – HVAC Maintenance Checklist
- Change furnace filters regularly to ensure that air flows freely at all times, ensuring efficient operation and equipment longevity.
- The HVAC ducting should be cleaned every 3-5 years to improve indoor air quality. Dust allergies can be a problem for tenants with dirty ducts.
- Keep dryer vents clean by cleaning lint screens after every load and vent pipes at least every two years.
- Clean the vents in the bathroom, kitchen, and dryer on a regular basis. The bath fan covers and hood filters should be run through the dishwasher every time they are changed.