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autumnspell

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I would like to get your thoughts on cleaning of the deck and patio.  I have a large property with over a hundred trees.  I have a landscaper  who does the weeding and mulching in the spring.   Also, the trees usually need pruning, etc.  As this maintenance can be costly, would it be too much to expect the tenant to power wash the deck/patio?  Or should I just bite the bullet and add this to the list?   Also, I have the option of not power washing at all.  I just take pride in my house.   And finally, I am asking the tenants to mow the lawn with a riding mower that I provide and take care of the leaves.  The tenants have the option of hiring someone to take care of the leaves and lawn if they wish to do so.   Almost forgot the gutter service company that comes to the property 4x a year,  an expense that  I pay for.
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What was agreed to in the lease, pertaining to upkeep and maintenance?  If nothing specific to these activties, you can't make changes without formal (i.e. documented) consent/ agreement.  If going that route, the details of what you want maintained, how often, etc should be crystal clear. 

If it's important to you that the property stays well maintained you'll need to do that yourself.  You can increase the rent accordingly at next lease renewal or new occupants.  I wouldn't depend on the tenants to maintain the property as well you would like to have it.  Stipends, deductions in the rent, etc for the tenant to maintain the property rarely work and are a frequent cause of disagreements.

Gutter service 4x's a year?  That seems a bit extravagant, but it might be important to you.  Is it a big deal that the deck gets dirty?  You're not living there, but again could be important to you.  So.. my point is maybe you can decrease some of the costs by, for example, less frequent gutter service, paying a neighbor kid to clean the deck, etc..

Good luck!
-RP

RichardRichter

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Simply sweep off the patio and hose it down with a garden hose equipped with a nozzle that provides a strong stream of water. Use a natural or synthetic bristle scrub brush to tackle tough stains and a degreaser to remove oily spots near the grill. Never use a wire brush as it can leave rust stains and scratch the concrete surface.


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autumnspell

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Sorry to be posting so late----just wanted to thank you for taking the time to respond to my question.   Both replies had excellent points.   Actually, my tenants are leaving at the end of the month (bought house) and I am increasing the rent to allow for the maintenance.    Thank you again.

Lauren 
RichardRichter

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Well then, that's great news. You won't bother for the future. If you want a team that will literally clean up everything then femme de ménage is perfectly fit for you!
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