If you own rental properties in Monterey County or elsewhere in California you know that there’s always talk about the next “big one” or earthquake that could strike the Golden State. Thankfully, instead of waiting for another earthquake, every owner can get their rental properties ready for earthquakes by doing the following.
Step #1 – Fix Bad Wiring And Leaky Connections
Depending on the age of your rental property it may have leaky connections and or defective electrical wiring. If this is the case, the first thing you should do is have these problem areas fixed ASAP since doing so will prevent fires and minimize risk should there be an earthquake in the future.
Step 2 – Repair All Cracks or Visible Damage to The Structure of Your Rental Property
Another thing that you can do to get your rental property better prepared for earthquakes is to repair any existing structural issues that your property may have because existing structural issues increase the possibility of a structure collapse which also could potentially harm your tenant.
Step 3 – Fasten Down All Shelving and Cabinets in The Rental Property
There’s no doubt that in an earthquake some of the first things to come down are shelving and cabinetry.
If you want to increase the likelihood of your tenants making it through an earthquake without injury, you should fasten down all shelving and cabinetry in your rental property that may come loose during an earthquake if they are not secured.
Besides fastening down shelving and cabinetry, you should also bolt down any outbuildings on your property, secure items which could easily break during an earthquake and also inspect other hanging items to make sure that they are secure as well.
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