DIY Maintenance Tips for Scottsdale Vacation Rental Property Owners

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Owning a vacation rental in Scottsdale is an amazing business venture. But you also need to make sure your property and its amenities stay in tip-top shape. Guests wouldn’t want to stay in a place with leaky pipes or a broken airconditioner – especially with the Arizona heat. 

You don’t have to be a maintenance expert but knowing how to maintain your property and fix small issues around will save you from expensive issues later on.

Plus, your guests will appreciate staying and coming back to a home where everything is working as it should be. 

So, let’s go over some of the essential maintenance tips that you should know to keep your Scottsdale vacation rental in top condition. 

DIY Maintenance Tips for Your Vacation Rental

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors keep your guests safe so you need to make sure that they are functioning properly. Test them monthly or in between guests. 

Press the test button to make sure they are working. Replace the batteries annually or sooner if you think it’s needed.

Check Your GFCI Outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are suitable outlets in areas where they’re more likely to get in contact with water, like in bathrooms and kitchen. To make sure they’re functioning properly, you need to test them regularly. 

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, here are the exact steps you can do to test your GFCI outlet: 

  1. Push the RESET button.
  2. Plug in a nightlight or similar device.
  3. The nightlight should be ON.
  4. Press the TEST button.
  5. The nightlight should turn OFF.
  6. Push the RESET button again.
  7. The nightlight should turn back ON.
  8. If the nightlight did not turn OFF, the GFCI is not working properly.

If they’re not working properly, be sure to contact an electrictician immediately to fix it. 

Look For Signs of Leaking Sinks

Leaking sinks can lead to water damage and mold growth. Both can get expensive very fast if you don’t prevent it or stop it from getting worse. 

Once a month, or in between guests, make sure to inspect the pipes and connections under your sink. If it’s too dark or you can’t see it properly, take a flashlight with you. 

Look for any signs of leaks or moisture. You can dry the area first and wait a couple of minutes to see if there will be any leaks.

If there are any loose connections between the pipes, make sure to tighten them. 

Inspect if the washers are worn-out and need replacing. If they are, be sure to contact your plumber.

Change Air Filters

With Scottsdale’s desert climate, you would need excellent air conditioning and heating. Your guests will appreciate it when it becomes very hot during the day or very cold at night. 

You should change your HVAC filters every 3 months or when it’s being used a lot. 

To do it yourself, you need to turn off the HVAC system first. You then find the filter which you can find in the return air duct or near the air handler unit. If you don’t know what that is, you can do a quick search online, but if you still can’t find it, it may be best to find someone who knows. 

Be sure to remember the size and type of the filter so you can get the exact replacement. If the current filter is filled with dust and debris, you need to replace it. It won’t work properly otherwise.

Once you get the replacement filter, replace the old one and make sure it’s positioned correctly. After the new filter is secured, turn the HVAC system back on.

Regularly doing this makes sure you keep the air clean in your Scottsdale vacation rental.

Drain Water Heater

It can get very cold quickly at night so having a reliable water heater is important for your guests’ comfort. Draining the water heater yearly can help remove any build up that will make it inefficient or break it. 

Doing this requires you to turn off the heater first by switching the power at the circuit break for electric models or setting the thermostat to “pilot” for gas ones. Next, shut off the cold water supply valve. 

Get a garden hose and attach it to the drain valve and direct it to a safe and appropriate area. Open a hot water faucet so you can allow air into the system. Now, carefully open the drain valve so the water can flow out. 

You need to wait for the tank to empty and make sure the water is finally clear of any debris. After this, you can remove the garden hose and turn back on the cold water supply.

Leave the hot water faucet open until the water flows steadily. After this, you can turn the heater back on.

Unclog Drains

Clogged drains can be very simple to clear up without needing a professional. 

Pour some boiling water down the drain and pour half a cup of baking soda. Get a mixture of vinegar and water and pour it slowly down the drain. It will fizz and bubble and the clog will slowly clear up. Cover the drain for about 15 minutes and gently pour hot water again.

This is a simple and inexpensive way to make sure your drain doesn’t flood up.

Maintenance Tools You Should Have

Doing some of these tasks yourself also requires you to have some of the basic toolkits ready. Some things you should have includes a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, and some wrenches. 

You should also have extra batteries, batteries, light bulbs, duct tape, and caulk.

It’s always best to be prepared for any maintenance tasks so you can do it immediately and it’s less of a hassle for you.

Keeping Your Property In Top Condition

Doing regular maintenance on your Scottsdale vacation rental requires some effort, but it will end up costing you so much more money if you don’t do it. 

Being on top of your property’s maintenance can help you save up while still giving your guests a safe and comfortable stay. 

After all, happy guests are more likely to leave amazing reviews for you and they could even become repeat guests.

If you think these tasks can be a bit too much or are something you don’t have the time to do, don’t worry. A vacation rental management company like Cactus Vacation Rentals can do all of it for you.

Our in-house team can handle everything from making sure all your alarms and detectors are working, to changing out any filters.

We’ll take care of your vacation rental so you can just sit back and relax. Contact Cactus Vacation Rentals today to learn more.


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